Research spotlight: April Newton

Newton is the director of clinical education and an instructor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program. Her clinical practice primarily involves young adult to geriatric clientele in acute care and outpatient orthopedics. Her current research interests include clinical education, evidence-based practice and animal assisted therapy with the pediatric population.

Current research projects

  • Effectiveness of animal assisted therapy along with traditional physical therapy for pediatric patients: A case study.
  • Creating evidence-based practice educational tools to bridge the gap between student and clinical instructor.


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