Improving Functional Outcomes in Physical Rehabil itation is a product of our combined years of experience in both clinical practice and teaching physical therapy students. From the outset, it has been a collaborative venture, bringing together a talented group of contributing authors from both academic and clinical practice settings. Without question, the text has benefited enormously from their participation. Their willingness to share their expertise as well as their interest in the professional development of physical therapy students was continually evident throughout project development. We are honored by their participation in the project. The breadth and scope of their professional knowledge and expertise are well reflected in their contributions. We extend heartfelt gratitude to the outstanding authors who contributed to the chapters and the expert clinicians and educators who contributed case studies.
We convey our gratitude to the following individuals who contributed their exceptional skills to create the numerous figures used throughout the text: Mitchell Shuldman, EdD, Librarian and Director of Media Services, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts; Paul Coppens, former Director of Media Services, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts; Christopher F. Lenney, University Photographer, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York; Jason Torres, N.Y. Vintage Cameraworks, Ltd., Poughkeepsie, New York; Mark Lozier, Mark Lozier Photography, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Lauray MacElhern, MBA, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California San Diego; Kerry A. McCullough, PT, DPT, University of California San Diego Health System, San Diego, California; and Sara Beck-Pancer, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, California.
We are indebted to the generous models who cordially posed for photographs. For their gracious time commitment, belief in the importance of the project, and unfailing patience, we recognize Carole A. Remsay, Leonore Gordon, Joseph Lerner, Emmanuel R. Torrijos, Cynthia Gilbertson, Eric Bell, Stacie Caldwell, Natasha Chevalier-Richards, Paul Colbert, Aaron Hastings, Sally Healy, Emma Larson, Joel Lindstrom, Laura MacElhern, Philomena (Mini) G. Mungiole, Whitney Odle, Natalie Pieczynski, Robert Margeson, Sr., Celso Marquez, Khushbu Shah, J. Anthony Tomaszewski, Catherine Wright, and Mitchell Young. We also thank those who assisted in locating photography subjects and equipment: Cristiana K. Collins, PT, PhD, CFMT, NCS, Long Island University; Stephen Carp, PT, PhD, GCS, Temple University; Robin Dole, PT, EdD, PCS, Widener University; and Tom Weis, Long Island University.
For her patience and competent attention to detail, we extend our gratitude to Molly Mullen Ward, Developmental Editor. Our thanks also go to those who contributed to the production and editing of the case study videos that accompany the text: Mitchell Shuldman, EdD, Librarian and Head, Division of Media Services, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts; and Rob Kates at Kates Media.
We extend our appreciation to the dedicated professionals at F. A. Davis Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Margaret M. Biblis, Publisher; Melissa A. Duffield, Senior Acquisitions Editor; George W. Lang, Director of Content Development; Kirk Pedrick, Manager of Electronic Product Development; Carolyn O’Brien, Art and Design Manager; and Nichole Liccio, Editorial Assistant Health Professions and Medicine. Their continued support, encouragement, and unwavering commitment to excellence have contributed significantly to the development of this text as well as to the expansion of the physical therapy literature. Our appreciation is considerable.
Last, although hardly least, we wish to thank our students and patients who continually challenge us to improve our teaching and clinical skills. It is our sincere hope that this text proves to be a valuable resource in the development of clinical decision-making and practice skills of aspiring professionals.
Susan B. O’Sullivan
Thomas J. Schmitz