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ENACT Welcomes Pre-Doctoral Fellow Radhika Kelkar, MS, PT
ENACT is excited to welcome pre-doctoral fellow, Radhika Kelkar, MS, PT to its training program. Radhika, who joins pre-doctoral fellows Aileen Ledingham and Rawan AlHeresh, came to ENACT in January 2012. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physiotherapy from Maharashta University and Mumbai University, respectively.
In conjunction with her studies in India, Radhika developed her interest in academic research. To complete her B.S., Radhika conducted a qualitative study to reveal insights about trends in the wellness and quality of life of Indian women. Additionally, she assisted in an assessment of the effects of the use of an exercise ball to alleviate symptoms for persons with chronic back pain. Finally, Radhika contributed to physical therapy research by conducting a cross-sectional study designed to fine-tune measurement of the individual components of walking in Get-Up-and-Go assessments.
Radhika will study at Boston University in the Doctor of Sciences in Rehabilitation Sciences program. She states that having the opportunity to expand her ability to conduct research as a primary motivation for applying to ENACT’s doctoral fellowship program. In particular, Radhika is interested in conducting research on osteoarthritis due to the high prevalence and a critical need to improve adherence to clinical recommendations for activity levels. Radhika looks forward to having an opportunity to share her research findings and mobilize students as a university-level professor in the future.
Radhika’s commitment to continuing her own education is an asset to ENACT as well as to her patients. She has completed workshops to further her practice in multiple areas, including peripheral joint and spine mobilization and the use of yoga in fitness. These experiences broadened her expertise to better inform her previous clinical practice, and honed the skills that she now brings to ENACT. Of Radhika, her mentor Dr. Julie Keysor says, “We are delighted to have Radhika join our team. Her passion to develop innovative rehabilitation interventions to minimize functional impairments is a great fit with our Center, and we look forward to her contributions to our group and the field of rheumatological rehabilitation.”