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Lance Peterson was selected as Clinical Instructor of the Year by students and staff of the physical therapist assistant program at Kent State East Liverpool. He is a physical therapist and manager at Novacare Rehab in East Palestine.
As a clinical instructor, Peterson works with PTA students who are placed in the facility as part of their educational experience and training. He has served as a Kent State East Liverpool clinical instructor for more than 20 years.
“Mr. Peterson has made a huge impact on many of our students over the years,” noted Kathryn Sutton, academic advisor and clinical coordinator for the PTA program at Kent State East Liverpool. “He has a special connection with his students. When they work with him, they are not just a student; they are part of his team. He always finds a way to make a positive influence on them; he takes students under his wing; and makes them feel comfortable from day-one.”
The selection is based on nominations from graduating PTA students, with the faculty and staff using student feedback, experiences in the clinical setting and the instructor’s commitment to student success to make the final determination.
One student stated that “(Peterson) was an outstanding role model through a pivotal part of my clinical experience.” Another student wrote that “(he) is a step above the rest!”
Kent State East Liverpool offers an associate degree program for students interested in becoming physical therapist assistants.
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Photo: Lance Peterson, manager and physical therapist at Novacare Rehab in East Palestine, received the Clinical Instructor of the Year award from Kathryn Sutton, clinical coordinator and academic advisor for the physical therapist assistant program at Kent State University at East Liverpool.