Beebe Physical Therapist Earns Orthopaedic Specialist Designation
Mark Hedetniemi, PT, DPT, a physical therapist with Beebe Medical Center, has been certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.
Hedetniemi, a longtime resident of Delaware, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from University of Delaware and his Doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He joined Beebe Medical Center in 2003 and his practice areas are in orthopaedics and geriatrics.
According to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties' online directory of certified clinical specialists, Hedetniemi is one of 21 certified orthopedic specialists in Delaware, and the only one practicing from an office in Sussex County.
Hedetniemi practices at Beebe Physical Therapy - Millsboro, and can be reached at (302) 934-1500. Beebe Physical Therapy - Millsboro is located at 232 Mitchell Street and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"We are very proud of Mark's accomplishment and we expect that the entire Rehabilitation team will draw frequently on his special area of expertise," said Mark Blaskey, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Beebe Medical Center.
The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has awarded specialist certification to 828 physical therapists this year. To date 7,573 physical therapists have achieved board certification since 1985. Those who were recognized recently completed the requirements to become Board-certified specialists in one or more of the following specialty areas: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, and Sports Physical Therapy.
To obtain Board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in a specialty area. In addition, candidates must successfully complete a rigorous written examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapist practice.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 66,000 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program in 1978. Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org