Mary Rose Franjoine Named to Business First 2012 Health Care 50

Business First Health Care 50 Comprised of Practitioners who are Making a Difference in Western New York  

April 16, 2012


Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations




            Mary Rose Franjoine, Daemen College assistant professor of physical therapy, has been named to the Business First 2012 Health Care 50. The Health Care 50 is chosen by the editors of Business First from nominations of Western New York practitioners from all areas of health care submitted by Business First readers.


            “Our challenge each year in selecting the Health Care 50 is to indentify those individuals  among Western New York health care practitioners who are leading us through an era of change while maintaining the services and products that this community deserves,” said Business First publisher and president Jack Connors.


            Mary Rose Franjoine, PT, DPT, MS, C/NDT, PCS, is a 17 year member of the Daemen College Physical Therapy Department. Dr. Franjoine’s most recent achievement is a $9800 grant from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Pediatrics for a collaborative research project titled, “Validation of the Pediatric Balance Scale using Rasch Analysis.” This is a joint project with Nancy Darr, PT, DSc, NCS, Professor of Physical Therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. With these funds Dr. Franjoine, Dr. Darr and their co-investigators will further research aimed at quickly and efficiently identifying balance impairments in children.


            Dr. Franjoine is recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist, initially certified in 1996 and recertified in 2004. She is also recognized by the Neuro Developmental Treatment association as a coordinator-instructor and physical therapy instructor for their eight week pediatric certificate course, “NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and Other Neuromotor Disorders.”  


            Dr. Franjoine has also made contributions as an editor and author to a text, NDT in Action: A Guide to Clinical Practice, which will be published in 2013.


            The Physical Therapy Department at Daemen College has maintained continuous accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education since its inception in 1974.  The Physical Therapy Department enrolls over 400 students and over 2000 students have graduated from the program since its inception.


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