A Physical Therapy Program for      
Breast Cancer Recovery

Diana Tjaden's Curriculum Vitae


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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

CERTIFICATIONS

HONORS & AWARDS

EDUCATION

CONTINUING EDUCATION

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

FULL CIRCLE PHYSICAL THERAPY, P.C., Garden City, NY
June 2011 - Present
Director & Developer
Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery Program

  • Treat patients and perform daily tasks required to run a small business


PEAK PERFORMANCE PHYSICAL THERAPY
, Island Park, NY
Oct 2009 - June 2011
Staff Physical Therapist

  • Developed and implemented Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery Program. This program is geared toward regaining ROM, strength, and cardiovascular endurance for all patients throughout the spectrum of this disease.

June 2008 - June 2011

  • Evaluated and treated orthopedic, post-surgical, sports injuries, and pediatric conditions in the outpatient setting


CATHOLIC HOME CARE
, Rockville Centre, NY
May 2008 - 2011
Home Care Therapist

  • Provided physical therapy services for orthopedic, neurological, and cardiac conditions with the goal of restoring capabilities and enhancing safety during ADLs
  • Initiated and maintained contact with RNs and MDs in order to determine the best plan of care


FAST-EDGE PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT CENTER
, Hauppauge, NY
January 2008 - June 2008
Personal Trainer

  • Provided adult and child individual and group training sessions that included functional exercise, speed, agility, and plyometric activities


RICK JOHNSON PHYSICAL THERAPY
, Hauppauge, NY
September 2006 - June 2008
Paumonock Elementary School & Lindenhurst Elementary Schools

  • Provided school-based pediatric services to Half Hollow Hills & Lindenhurst School Districts
  • Provided services to children with autism, neurological, and orthopedic conditions
  • Determined IEP goals, wrote annual reports, and attended CSE meetings


BODY IN BALANCE PHYSICAL THERAPY
, Hauppauge, NY
7/2003 - 6/2008
Senior Physical Therapist
June 2006 - June 2008

  • Guided the treatment progressions designed by staff therapists and students to ensure that they are consistent and best suited to fit the patients needs
  • Managed daily operations for smooth patient treatment flow on the clinical floor, ensuring patient safety and satisfaction in the absence of the director

Staff Physical Therapist
July 2003 - June 2006

  • Evaluated and treated a diverse population consisting mainly of orthopedic and sports injuries, as well as neurological, pediatric, and women’s health, in a manual outpatient setting
  • Provided manual techniques, neuromuscular re-education through prescriptive and corrective exercise, functional training, and sport specific exercise to patients of all ages
  • Shared knowledge of the body, injuries, posture, mechanics, exercise, and overall health and wellness with patients
  • Was evaluated and proven competent in manual therapy skills and knowledge of the spine and extremities by taking both practical and written exams prior to patient treatment
  • Mentored therapists and participated in manual therapy skill assessments on the spine and extremities. Performed scheduled inservices with the staff.

Clinical Instructor

  • Mentored 3rd-year physical therapy students for 16 weeks
  • Provided a positive learning environment, developed written objectives for a variety of learning experiences, organized activities to accomplish these objectives, and participated in a multifaceted process for evaluation of the clinical experience
  • Modified learning experiences to meet individual needs, objectives, and interests


STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT STONY BROOK
, Stony Brook, NY
Physical Therapy Adjunct Professor
2005 & 2006

  • Provided lab assistance during advanced therapeutic and wellness classes, focusing on manual techniques, prescriptive and corrective exercise, and women’s health
  • Gave 1.5-hour lecture on treating patients with Breast Cancer (2005)
  • Supervised 1.5-hour lab on foot and ankle taping techniques (2006)


PEAK PERFORMANCE PHYSICAL THERAPY
, Lynbrook, NY
June 1996 - June 2003
Certified Athletic Trainer

  • Worked under the direct supervision of a Physical Therapist at this outpatient and sports facility
  • Designed and progressed rehabilitation programs for a population of all ages, following a wide variety of surgical procedures
  • Supervised aquatic therapy sessions; instructed and took care of patients
  • Communicated with clinicians and managerial staff; oversaw quality assurance


LYNBROOK HIGH SCHOOL
, Lynbrook, NY
June 1996 - June 2000
Head Athletic Trainer for the Lynbrook School District

  • Handled all aspects of educational, medical, and rehabilitative services for more than 500 athletes at a Class B high school
  • Educated athletes on prevention of injuries, supplement use, nutrition, and hydration
  • Named “Person of the Year” (2000)

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

  • Guest Lecturer, Adelphi University's "Paths to Wellness" program. Lecture title: "Managing Your Lymphedema." Part of a 4-person panel discussing comprehensive treatment for lymphedema. 2017.
  • Instructor, continuing ed course for Davis Foot Orthotic Solutions: "The Common Limitations in Function Following Treatment for Breast Cancer: Implications for Rehab." Developed and taught course. 2017.
  • Guest Lecturer, Sass Foundation Breast/Ovarian Awareness Day 2017. Breakout Session: "Restore Your Core: Feel Your Best Through Exercise." October 2017.
  • Guest Lecturer, Dwight DeRisi’s “Lean on Me" Lecture Series, 3-4 times annually, 2014 - present
  • Guest Lecturer for Adelphi University's Breast Cancer Hotline Volunteer Inservice, an inservice for staff on the continuum of care for patients with breast cancer (see video here)
  • Guest Lecturer for various breast cancer support groups throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties: Topic: Full Circle Breast Cancer Recovery Program (ongoing)
  • Guest Lecturer for Equinox Fitness Center: Topic: A Comprehensive Treatment Program for Patients with Breast Cancer (2006)
  • Volunteer for “Kick for the Cause” soccer tournament to raise money for breast cancer (2005 & 2006)
  • Physical Therapist for the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer Crusade (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Philadelphia 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk participant (2006)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • NATA Certified Athletic Trainer - 1996
  • Certified NYS Soccer Coach - 1992

HONORS & AWARDS

LEAN ON ME BREAST CANCER NETWORK AWARD
Honored for distinguished work with women diagnosed with breast cancer. Lean on Me is an organization whose mission is to provide support services for this patient population.
May 18, 2017

WOMEN BREAKING GROUND AWARD, NASSAU COUNTY
Awarded to outstanding women in Nassau County for professional achievements and service to the community
March 29, 2017

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD, STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
School of Health Technology and Management
Granted annually by the faculty to one alumnus from each department
November 3, 2016

NASSAU COUNTY CITATION FOR EXEMPLARY WORK
Presented by Comptroller George Maragos in recognition of Full Circle's contributions toward making Nassau County a thriving center for world-class healthcare and healthcare research
October 29, 2015

WOMAN OF DISTINCTION AWARD, STATE OF NEW YORK
Presented by the New York State Senate to outstanding women living and working in New York State whose contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond
September 26, 2015

DISTINGUISHED STUDENT AWARD, STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
Selected for this award by my peers in Stony Brook's physical therapy doctoral program
Spring 2003

EDUCATION

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT STONY BROOK, Stony Brook, NY

Doctorate, Physical Therapy, 2003
Specialization: Musculoskeletal Track

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, Athens, GA

B.A., Exercise Science, 1996
Specialization: Athletic Training

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Weill Cornell Medicines Annual Breast Cancer Survivorship Symposium (2015, 2016, 2018)
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers Cancer Rehabilitation Symposium - A Collaborative Approach to Enhance Quality Of Life (2018)
  • Annual NYU Winthrop Hospital Breast Health Symposium (2016-2017)
  • Long Island Plastic Surgeries Breast Cancer Summit (2014-2017)
  • "Movement Impairments of the Upper Quarter" - Sarhman (2016)
  • "Online International Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit" (2016)
  • "Clinical Kinesiology Taping Fundamentals" - Educata (2016)
  • Breast Cancer Rehabilitation - Turning Point (2015)
  • Oncology Rehabilitation:" Nicole Stout PT (2015)
  • The Comprehensive Management of Edema:" Educata (2015)
  • Strength ABC- Strength After Breast Cancer:" Klose Training (2015)
  • Winthrop University Hospital Annual Breast Cancer Symposium (2012-2015)
  • Axillary Web Syndrome" - Klose Training (2014)
  • 4-Day Lymphedema Management Seminar: Academy of Lymphatic Studies (2013)
  • "An Evidence-Based Approach to Strength Training in Breast Cancer Survivors: Developing an Oncology Rehabilitation Program”: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (2013)
  • Advanced Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: Northeast Seminars (2012)
  • "Functional Mobilization of Upper Quarter:" The Institute of Physical Art (2011)
  • "Breast Cancer Rehabilitation” - APTA Oncology Section (2011)
  • "A Comprehensive Approach to Breast Cancer Management" - North American Seminars (2010)
  • "Balance & Vestibular Training - Turning Testing into Treatment" - Catholic Home Care (2010)
  • "Recent Advances in the Evaluation & Treatment of the Shoulder" - Greater Northeast Seminar (2009)
  • "Breast Cancer Fitness”: Greater Northeast Seminars (2007)
  • Evidence in Motion: “Evidence-based Examination and Selected Interventions for Patients with Cervical Spine Disorders” (2007)
  • The Institute of Physical Art: “PNF 1” (2007)
  • The Institute of Physical Art: “Lumbopelvic Integration” (2006, 2007)
  • The Institute of Physical Art: “Cervicalthoracic Integration” (2007)
  • NAIOMPT: “The Lumbopelvic-Hip Complex” - Diane Lee (2006)
  • Sports Medicine for the Young Athlete - HSS (2006/2007)
  • “Rehabilitation for the Patient with Breast Cancer” - Linda Miller PT (2005)