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Among the many volunteers at the Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen in Manhattan was Touro’s School of Health Sciences (SHS) doctor of physical therapy (DPT) student Christopher Evangelista.
Each year, DPT students volunteer at the Educational Alliance’s Sirovich Center, a non-profit organization located in Manhattan that caters to the health and wellness of the senior population,in a unique variety of ways—leading health fairs, helping serve lunch in the cafeteria, teaching origami, or facilitating wellness seminars, where they cover topics important to Sirovich’s clientele, such as ways to maintain healthy bones and posture, proper use and maintenance of assistive devices (e.g. walkers and canes), and balance assessments to understand fall risks.
“Horses have a very calm demeanor, which is why they are so therapeutic for kids with disabilities,” explains Amarinder Parmar, a DPT ’17 candidate at Touro’s School of Health Sciences (SHS), when asked about the connection between physical therapy and horses. “It has to do with the movement of the horse, and the effect the pelvic input has on the children, many of whom don’t have proper body mechanics.”