UCA Graduate Lori Mize received the Education Excellence Award at the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health conference and business meeting.

“ The award I received was one of the few national awards given  I received the Education Excellence Award, specifically for excellence in education, for leading the pelvic coursework into the digital space, for excellence in team collaboration and in student engagement in the live and digital space,” Mise said. 

“I have been here at UCA for 2 years now, but I have been in academia for 7years. Before that, I developed, opened and operated a specialty women's and pelvic health private practice affiliated with Conway Regional,” Mise said. 

“I have been practicing in the field of pelvic health for almost 17 years, since graduating from UCA in 2004,” Mise said. 

“I have been involved with our national organization, the American Physical Therapy Association's Academy of Pelvic Health since 2010 and I have been teaching post-graduate coursework to PT’s around the world,” Mise said. 

Mise said she became interested in pelvic health PT while attending PT school. 

“I was pregnant with my second child and had low back pain. No one knew what to do with me since I was pregnant,” Mise said. 

Mise said her and other PT students brought in a visiting teacher to instruct them on Pelvic Health. 

“I felt better those last couple weeks before I delivered than I had earlier in my pregnancy, and I've been practicing pelvic health ever since,” Mise said. 

Mise said winning this award was important for UCA as a whole. 

“This is particularly important as we have been transitioning lots of didactic content in the digital space here at UCA. We are trying to see how incorporating more digital flexibility can be utilized in the Physical Therapy Curricula,” Mise said. 



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