Alumni Highlights

The Duke DPT program communicates with its alumni long after they have graduated. Many alumni are doing amazing things.

Alumni Highlights is the place to keep up with recent alumni news, as well as read about your classmates turned colleagues.

We want to hear from you and celebrate your growth! Let us know what you are doing.

Neetu Shah Trivedi, PT, DPT

Neetu Shah Trivedi, Graduate 2003Class of 2003

Regional therapy director, Georgia Concentra Medical Centers

Neetu graduated from the Duke DPT program in May, 2003, after which she joined Concentra Medical Centers in Atlanta, Georgia. Recently, Neetu shared a few things of which she is most proud:

Recently I was inducted into the Concentra Hall of Fame, Class of 2009. I received the award at a banquet held at our Dallas headquarters in December, 2010. This award is given every year to some 25 colleagues, out of thousands, for going above and beyond in delivering customer service to our patients/clients and fellow colleagues. It is truly an honor to be distinguished among several deserving colleagues. I just come to work each and every day to carry out my true passion for helping people, whether it's a patient/client or colleague. Nonetheless, I am very happy and honored to have received the award.

On a personal front, I have two amazing daughters. My eldest, Riya, is four and my youngest is 11 months. Both are absolute joys! This December, I will celebrate my eighth wedding anniversary (I got married the same year I finished at Duke!). I am excited to hear about all of the changes at Duke and hope the strong program only continues to excel.

Dan Vreeman

Class of 2003

Assistant research professor, Indiana University School of Medicine; Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Dan graduated from the Duke DPT program in May, 2003. He married his classmate, Lorrie Ippensen. They have two children and live in Indiana. Recently, Dan was asked to share a little about his contributions in the area of medical informatics.

Clinician, scientist, or information technology specialist? At times, my three passions have competed against each other. Now, however, I feel fortunate to have found a career path in medical informatics that balances them perfectly.

In 2003, I received the National Institutes of Health-sponsored medical informatics research fellowship at Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, and became the first physical therapist in the US to receive post-doctoral informatics training. Now, as a faculty researcher, I study the role of standardized clinical vocabularies to support electronic health information exchange. My goal is to build bridges across the current "data islands" that hamper the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare around the world.

I direct development of Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), a universal vocabulary standard for laboratory and clinical observations. LOINC is now used in 143 countries and has been translated into nine languages and adopted as a national standard in the U.S. I also lead the terminology services undergirding the Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC), a statewide network of healthcare facilities (70-plus hospitals) providing a "virtual" patient record. One of my publications earned the 2007 Distinguished Paper Award from the American Medical Informatics Association. Two others received the 2010 Stanford Award from the APTA Education Section. Besides writing papers, grants, and a book, I enjoy speaking, teaching, mentoring international PhD students, and serving as president of the APTA's Technology in Physical Therapy SIG.

My wife Lorrie (Class of 2003) is an early intervention pediatric therapist, and a most magnificent mother to our boys, Gavin (nearly three) and Miles (eight months).

In Memoriam: Gary Zigenus

Class of 1974

Gary Zigenfus, a friend, colleague, alumnus, proud member of the Iron Dukes, and a generous supporter of the Duke DPT program, passed away on July 8, 2011. Gary was a strong advocate for evidenced-based practice and clinical education to advance the level of physical therapy practice at entry-level and beyond. Gary had a contagious smile, a gentle demeanor, and a refreshing humor. He was a Dukie through and through. Gary visited campus whenever he was in Durham, and we will all miss him. At the time of his death, Gary was senior vice president for Concentra Medical Centers.