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D’Youville Physical Therapy Alumnae Receive Award

Buffalo, New York – April 07. 2017 – Three D’Youville College physical therapy alumnae received the 2017 Research Award from the American Hippotherapy Association at their International Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado held in March.

The study, completed by Carly Penhollow, Samantha Serwon, and Andrea Bankowski Smith, all 2015 graduates of the College, is titled Immediate Effects of Hippotherapy on Gait Parameters in Children with Developmental Disabilities.

The multi-site study had participants in Arizona, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement, according to the association.

The researchers are currently licensed physical therapists in Florida and Nevada and were at the conference to present the information and accept the award.

“Attendees at the conference were very enthusiastic about the study and a number of therapists want to be involved when the study is repeated,” according to Sarah P. Pictor, clinical associate professor in D’Youville’s Physical Therapy department and who directed the study in 2015.

“These therapists are from all areas of the country which gives this study potential to be significant.”


Dr. Sarah P. Pictor
Phone: 716-829-7827