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Connecting an open, inclusive, collaborative global network of physiotherapists at all levels of SMA experience and training

With the availability of disease modifying therapies, there is an urgent demand to develop an educational program that would provide PTs worldwide the necessary knowledge and training to contribute to patient care and clinical research. For several decades, a small group of international PTs from SMA clinical research networks contributed to the understanding of the natural history, developed outcome measures, defined the standards of PT care for SMA, trained evaluators for clinical trials, and helped evaluate the efficacy of treatments. With our broad, diverse experience, we are uniquely positioned to develop this program and network to meet the expanding and unmet need in SMA.


Our Co-Chairs

Jacqueline Montes, PT, EdD 
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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Jean Fitzpatrick Timmerberg, PT, PhD, MHS

Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Director, Programs in Physical Therapy

Associate Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Our Advisory Board
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Sally Dunaway Young, PT, DPT 

Physical Therapist |
Clinical Research Manager

Division of Neuromuscular Medicine

Stanford University

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Kristin Krosschell, PT, DPT, MA 

Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist 

Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Christopher Yun, BS

Clinical Consultant

Lexa Enterprises


Elizabeth Harding, PT, GDipPsych. 
Clinical Research Coordinator

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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