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Julie L Schwertfeger, PT, DPT, MBA, CBIST


Dr. Schwertfeger earned her BSPT from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, her DPT from Rosalind Franklin University, and her Certification as a Trainer for the Brain Injury Specialist Certification from the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists/ Brain Injury Association of America. Her clinical practice focuses on adult neurologic and medically complex care using evidence based practice (EBP) with a focus on stroke and acquired brain injury. Her research interests center on interprofessional, patient centered care, provider decision making, health policy and self-efficacy. Dr. Schwertfeger has worked on numerous healthcare teams in long term acute, outpatient, rehabilitation and home health. In her last role she assisted in attaining and acting as site investigator on a PCORI contract in partnership with the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR) on the use of patient reported measures by adult neurologic patients during rehabilitation and establishing a stroke certified rehabilitation program. Schwertfeger holds elected and appointed roles in the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) and Section on Research (SOR), currently serving as the IPTA Federal Affairs Liaison, Chair of the IPTA Research Committee, immediate past President and current board member of the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF), and the SOR Federal Affairs Liaison and Practice Chair. She is Chair of the Balance and Falls Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Academy of Neurologic PT (ANPT) and the primary At-Large Delegate for the Illinois Delegation to the APTA House of Delegates. She is the 2017 recipient of the Illinois Babette Sanders Leadership and Service Award.