Abigail Jergenson, PT, DPT, AIB-VR received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa. Prior to graduate school she received her Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University in Kinesiology and Health with minors in both Biology and Psychology. Immediately following graduation she worked at an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Fredericksburg, VA. There she gained a wide range of knowledge treating people with a broad variety of orthopedic problems.
Her special interests are working with geriatric patients and the conditions associated with the aging process. She has a Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification from the American Institute of Balance in order to better assist those with inner ear/balance issues and problems related to dizziness (vertigo, BBPV, visual disturbances).
Prior to finishing her doctorate in Physical Therapy, Abigail spent an extensive amount of time on various research teams. While at Iowa State University she participated and led her own study examining how pregnancy affects our joints. In addition, she assisted with research examining walking speeds and the most accurate method to obtain someone’s normal walking speed. She also completed research at Des Moines University collecting and analyzing gait preferences in those with neurological impairments (primarily Parkinson’s disease). She participated in research at the University of Iowa examining reflexes that detect/react to pain in our upper body. Finally, she completed her own case study prior to graduation on treatment techniques to improve gait in a bilateral amputee patient.
Abigail is grateful for the opportunity to join The Gait Center’s team. She looks forward to helping her patient regain independence and abilities to get back to participating in the activities they enjoy.
Outside of the clinic, Abigail enjoys spending time outdoors, running, stand up paddle boarding, wake boarding, and surfing. Over the summer she has been involved in Life Roll’s On which is an organization that teaches people with disabilities how to surf adaptively.
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