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Can I do my affiliation at Shoreline Physical Therapy?  |  What kinds of patients will I be treating?  |  Advice for prospective students  |  Student Testimonials | Contact Us

Can I do my affiliation at Shoreline Physical Therapy?

University Affiliations are an important part of Physical and Occupational Therapy education that occur in the clinic.  PT and OT students treat patients under supervision prior to taking their licensure exam.  We affiliate with these universities:

Physical Therapy

  • University of Connecticut

  • Sacred Heart University

  • University of Rhode Island

  • Quinnipiac University

  • Seton Hall University

  • Stonybrook University

  • Clarke University

  • St. Francis University

  • University of St. Augustine

  • Shenandoah University

  • University of Vermont

Occupational Therapy

  • Sacred Heart University

  • Quinnipiac University

  • University of St. Augustine

  • Seton Hall University

  • Shenendoah University

  • Thomas Jefferson University

Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Goodwin College

  • Manchester Community College

We find the relationship with these universities keeps our staff in touch with the latest developments and research in Physical and Occupational Therapy.  If you are a student or ACCE from a college or university that is not listed and would like to set up an affiliation with us, please contact Tiffany Rindell (Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for Physical Therapy) or Kathy Leindecker (Field Work Educator for Occupational Therapy), to discuss the possibility of us initiating a contract with your school.

What kinds of patients will I be treating?

Students treat a range of patients, under the watchful eye of a full PT or OT, as required by law.  Conservative care of common orthopedic injuries such as tendonitis, muscle strains, back and neck injuries, sprains/strains and fractures, arthritis, stroke, multiple sclerosis, post-operative care for total knee replacements, rotator cuff repairs and a wide variety of other diagnoses such as vestibular disorders (BPPV) and, if interested, women's health disorders.

Advice for prospective students

We've been students, done our affiliations, and learned a lot of lessons along the way.  Together we have close to 100 years of professional experience.  We have a few pieces of advice for young therapists, especially those of you starting your affiliations.

  • Be punctual

  • Be neat

  • Be professional

  • Ask questions

  • Be proactive - look for things to do

Student Testimonials

"I had the opportunity to study at Shoreline Physical therapy for one of my rotations. A couple of things stood out for me: First, how friendly and inviting the atmosphere is. Second, how much they care about the patients that come through the door. They would go the extra mile for any patient if that meant staying late to fit a patient in, doing extra literature research on a more rare diagnoses, whatever it took they just wanted to help the patient however they could. The clinic is full of incredibly caring people. The therapists were also all educated at the doctoral level, furthered their education to very esteemed levels such as Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, along with a number of continuing education courses that shows their dedication to physical therapy. All of this helped my learning experience greatly. My clinical instructor helped me advance my knowledge and I also received a ton of help from other therapists and staff which is priceless for a student. When I decided to apply to graduate school for physical therapy, this shoreline clinic is exactly what I envisioned therapy should be and is why I wanted to enter this profession. The excellent level of treatment, the friendly staff, and the environment conducive to learning made it a tremendous experience for me. I am grateful for my clinical instructor and all the patients I had the chance to work with and learn from."
--Kevin Marchant II, Student Physical Therapist from Clarke University, May-July 2012


"Having the opportunity to work with the staff at Shoreline Physical Therapy was an experience that will forever shape the type of therapist I hope to become.  As an Occupational Therapy student in a primarily Physical Therapy space I had the benefit of one on one attention with my supervisor.  I was given such a varied experience from hand therapy with adults to treating young children utilizing sensory integration tecniques. Other days we were heading to offsite facilities to cater to their needs. I was learning from a driven therapist who beside having years and years of experience was motivated to continue growing her own education in order to stay recent in the ever changing medical field. There was NEVER a day where I didn't learn something about this rewarding profession or myself as a therapist. The staff at Shoreline are some of the most genuine people I've ever met, and make not only their patients feel welcome but also their staff and students.  I would recommend this site to any potential student looking to step back in a caring, relaxed and therapeutic environment, and really appreciate why they've chosen the profession they have."
--Stacey Raimondi, OTR/L, Sacred Heart University MSOT '12 (Student from April-June 2012)

"I could not be more thankful for having a Level II occupational therapy fieldwork at Shoreline Physical Therapy.  I was welcomed by a team of professional and dedicated staff and had the opportunity to have a knowledgeable and enthusiastic supervisor.  At this site, I was able to practice and enhance my clinical reasoning and therapeutic skills with a very diverse caseload of clients as well as pursue self-directed learning opportunities with support and encouragement.  At this site, you truly begin to see how occupational therapy can enhance the lives of people across the lifespan coming from different backgrounds.  Besides enhancing my clinical skills, I also learned valuable lessons in therapeutic use of self and remaining client-centered.  There were numerous opportunities for both personal and professional growth.  As I begin my career as an occupational therapist, I will use techniques I observed and learned from my supervisor, clients and from my own experiences at this site.  When my fieldwork ended, I left with a greater sense of confidence, an expanded knowledge base, and a group of mentors, especially my supervisor who I feel I can contact in the future with questions, concerns or just to say, "Hi!"
Dannielle Miccinello, OT Student from Thomas Jefferson University (Jan-March 2013)


"Being placed at Shoreline Physical Therapy for my OTA Level 2 Fieldwork was a phenomenal experience. I learned so much while there.   Shoreline Physical Therapy was the perfect facility to receive practical experience integrating and applying the knowledge and skills that I learned in my OTA classes at Manchester Community College.  Just as important as the technical, practical and clinical exposure, I learned the importance of professionalism, ethics and respect.  My supervisor, Kathy Leindecker, provided challenges and opportunities to hone my clinical reasoning skills as well as developing my therapeutic use of self in patient interaction.  I was most impressed by (the owner) Joanne Moore’s approach to lifelong learning in all aspects that relate to holistically treating patients.  I’ve never been to a facility where office time was carved out of the day to include “lunch and learn” on Mondays.  Not only would I recommend Shoreline Physical Therapy to a potential student, I would recommend Shoreline Physical Therapy to anyone looking for knowledgeable, caring staff and exceptional treatment." 
--Allison Waddington,
OTA Student from Manchester Community College (Sept-Nov 2013)





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