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COVID-19 infection has a wide range of presentations from being asymptomatic, to mild flu-like symptoms, to causing Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) requiring prolonged ICU stay. Consequences of moderate to severe COVID-19 infection may include chronic musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and pulmonary impairments in addition to other systemic effects that prevent patients from regaining their pre-COVID physical and functional status. As a result, they will likely be referred to outpatient physical therapy to address their ongoing impairments. This 7-part course provides an overview for the outpatient physical therapist that includes COVID-19 pathophysiology, acute and post-acute course, outpatient clinic preparation for patients recovering from COVID-19, important components of an outpatient PT evaluation, outcomes measures and interventions, a snapshot of physical therapy at Boston Hope Medical Center (COVID-19 field hospital), and strength training considerations.

Meet our Presenters

Lauren Mellett, PT, DPT, CCS Received a BS in Health Science in 1998 and MS in Physical Therapy in 2000 from Boston University. She completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2012. She has been a board-certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialist since 2005. Lauren has served as Adjunct Faculty in the Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern University since 2003 and spent 5 years as Adjunct Faculty at UMass Lowell. She is an active member of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and served as its Treasurer from 2014-2020. She is a member of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and the Massachusetts Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MACVPR). She is involved in clinical research and has given several professional and community presentations on the topic of exercise training in cardiovascular and pulmonary populations.

Nicole Surdyka PT, DPT, CSCSOwner, Nicole Surdyka Physio: Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Passionate about bridging the gap between rehabilitation and sports performance for youth, collegiate, and professional athletes. I believe in treating patients holistically, in conjunction with the entire healthcare and coaching team, in order to treat and reduce the risk of injuries and optimize performance. D-1 Soccer player; semi-professional soccer with NY Athletic Club and New Jersey Wildcats. NSC Association All-American award winner.

Jessica Garton PT, DPT, OCS, CLT Jessica is a physical therapist at Mass General Hospital working primarily in oncology and pulmonary. Jessica believes in the benefits of exercise and works with patients in different stages of their disease to help them improve their endurance, overall function and quality of life. Jessica has worked at Mass General Hospital for over 12 years where she has been recognized as a Clinical Scholar, and became a certified lymphedema therapist in 2014. Jessica holds a BS in computer engineering from Brown University and a doctorate of physical therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. Jessica enjoys playing on a ultimate frisbee team and training for endurance charity events.

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