Thank You From Danielle Tolman, PT, DPT!
The amount of people there are to be thankful for is overwhelming.
I never would have had the opportunity of being exposed to the amazing world of vestibular therapy if it wasn't for the combined efforts of Misericordia University's PT Department, Heather Fritz, PT, DPT, and Kristina Dorkoski, PT, DPT, NCS, CEEAA. Jeff Walter PT, DPT, NCS was asked to come in to teach an elective weekend class about vestibular examination and treatment which dove into the specialty deeper than we would have been able to cover in neuro lectures. That two day class then afforded me the rare opportunity to take on a 10 week clinical rotation at the Otolaryngology Vestibular & Balance Center at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA with Jeff. Misericordia University's Physical Therapy Department did a wonderful job of exposing their DPT students to all different facets and specialties within the profession. Without the support of the department and the faculty, I certainly would not be the vestibuloholic I am today. I am grateful to have Kristina Dorkoski now as a contributor to this website. Her pipe cleaner vestibular models that we created in neuro lab was one of the initial sparks for The Functional Inner Ear model!
Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS
I not only want to thank Jeff for taking me on as a student and putting up with me for 10 weeks of a clinical rotation, but also for his continued support and mentoring over the years. Thank you for being a constant source of knowledge, answering all of my questions, letting me periodically come back to observe/geek-out for a day, and reviewing interesting case videos I email to you. I will always have something to learn from you and I appreciate every single interesting article or lecture you send my way. You are absolutely the person to blame for my vestibular obsession! Most of all, thank you for entrusting your invaluable videos, resources, and information to Vestibular Today.
Kelly, who was also fortunate to have a clinical rotation with Jeff, has been my vestibular partner in crime. Thank you for geeking out and speaking the language with me from lamenting over stubborn cupulolithiasis, to shopping around for the best infrared video goggles. I appreciate that you're willing to proof read and double check anything we put up on the website, travel to conferences, and talk through cases with me. Your contribution to Vestibular Today and your friendship is invaluable!
Thank you to my fantastic employers and co-workers over the years at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Center of Rockville and Horizon Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine. Each of you have had to put up with my obsession of all things dizzy, as well as endure my flashy flamingos during Balance Awareness Week (as well as the rest of the year... let's be honest). Because of the support and encouragement you've given me, I've been able to work in the clinic full time while also carving out space to attend conferences, continuing education classes, legislative advocacy weeks, VeDA committee meetings, and pursue developing The Functional Inner Ear Model. If it wasn't for the FYZICAL team in Rockville and more specifically the support I received from Bill Rolle PT, DPT, OCS, I wouldn't have been able to start Vestibular Today. Now down in the Lowcountry, I have been fortunate enough to find a team of people who afford me the time, support, and resources to continue doing what I'm passionate about.