To optimize physical activity, motor function, and community access/participation in children/adults with movement challenges using evidence based practice and family-centered care; to develop clinical and research experts for sustained excellence in sensorimotor learning and habilitation sciences.
- Founded as part of the Meyer Therapy Center in 1958 for rehabilitation of children disabled by polio.
- Participation in Muscular Dystrophy Adult and Pediatric Clinics in 1975.
- Began serving children in the public schools in the early 1980s; assumed responsibility for all physical therapy services in Omaha Public School in 2000, Bellevue Public Schools in 2008.
- Motion laboratory originated in 1995; Pediatric residency program in 2010; graduate training program and Sensorimotor Learning Laboratory in 2010.
- Seven ABPTS Board Certified Pediatric PT Specialists; three RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professionals.
- 14 physical therapists provide services to approximately 800 children, aged newborn to 21, in the Omaha and Bellevue Public School Districts.
- Annually, six therapists provide approximately 1,370 out-patient, aquatic and/or home-based PT visits, approximately 280 consultations in Muscular Dystrophy clinics, approximately 150 developmental assessments in TIPS clinic.
- NICU developmental consultations at Nebraska Medicine and Methodist Women’s Hospital.
- Mobility and Assistive Technology Clinic (MAT) serves approximately 80 clients annually.
- Advanced blend of engineering, biomechanics and brain imaging to quantify movement disorders and inform treatment strategies for individuals with cerebral palsy.
- Sustained history of extramural funding through National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, NU Foundation and private/industry partners.
- Dr. Kurz has authored more than 60 publications in high-impact journals.
- Three doctoral-level graduates in 2016, four current graduate students in training (2017).
- APTA Certified Clinical Instructors provide approximately 2,200 student hours of training annually; PT students from 8 different academic institutions compete for 6 to 10 week clinical affiliations.
- Graduate level courses taught by Dr. Kurz in Neurosciences, Neurobiology, Human Movement Variability, Biomechanical Instrumentation and Programming.
- Pediatric Physical Therapy and Clinical Gait course development/instruction for UNMC CAHP, PT Education.
- American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education accredited Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency program; of six residents to date, four have obtained Pediatric Specialty Certification.
- Coordinate & sponsor annual continuing education programming for PT and other disciplines.
- Annual participation in community events such as Down Syndrome Alliance Buddy Walk, MDA Muscle walk, Career and Resource Fairs.
- Partner with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, PT and engineering students for Go Baby Go! Nebraska initiative; with UNL bioengineering for senior capstone projects.
- Assist with OPS Fellowship & Sports Classic Games bi-annually; Special Olympics Fun Fitness annually.
- Coordinate & volunteer for community programs that promote physical activity such as Girls on the Run (GOTR) and Bellevue TOPSoccer.