DPT Alumni Awards

We celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni with awards for Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leaders. The Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Alumni Association presented the awards to these individuals on February 23, 2023:

Distinguished Alumni Award

Lee Dibble

Lee Dibble '91
Catherine Worthingham Fellow
American Physical Therapy Association

  • 2020: FAPTA; Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Excellence in Research Award
  • 2x Chattanooga Research Award winner, Outstanding Research Article, Physical Therapy Journal
  • 2x US Army Medical Specialist Corps COL Mary Lipscomb Hamrick Research Abstract Award winner
  • 2x recipient of Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy Outstanding Journal Article
  • 2015: Senior Research Award, College of Health, University of Utah
  • 2011-14: American Physical Therapy Association Section for Neurology Awards Committee
  • 2012: Utah Chapter American Parkinson Disease Association Impact for Parkinson Disease Award
  • 2010: Utah APTA Lifetime Achievement & College of Health Distinguished Teaching Awards
  • 2007-10: American Physical Therapy Association Section for Neurology Nominating Committee 
  • 2008: University of Utah College of health New Investigator Research Award
  • 2005-07: American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference Program Planning Committee
  • 2002-07: American Physical Therapy Association: Utah Chapter, Research and Practice Chair
  • 2005: Neurology Section Outstanding Entry Level Graduate Student Research Award
  • 2003: University of Utah Division of Physical Therapy Outsanding Teaching Award
  • 2001-2015: Organizer & Participant, Salt Lake County Aging Service. Balance & Fall Risk Screening
  • 2002-2018: Play Your Part for Parkinson Disease APDA Utah Fund Raiser Planning Committee 
  • 2000-2002: APTA Section for Neurology, Membership and Public Relations Committee Chair
  • 2001-2004 Board of Directors, American Parkinson Disease Association: Utah Chapter
  • 1994: University of Utah Division of Physical Therapy Outstanding Clinical Instructor

“Lee is a leader, an educator, an innovator, a mentor, a reasearcher, a skilled clinician, a colleague and a friend to many. He has influenced two generations of clinicians and students, and yhe impact of his career has yet to be fully understood. It is with great pleasure that I support his nomination for the Distinguished Alumni Award. There is no one that I know of who is more deserving.” 
~Andrea Gallagher Hoff ‘91

“It is my opinion that you would be hard pressed to find another alum who has contributed more to the field of physical therapy, to their communities, to future physical therapists and to the success of their colleagues and coworkers as Dr. Dibble has.  He is the definition of a Distinguished Alumni of the Physical Therapy Program at Duke University.”                             
–Jess Jacobsen Tidswell ‘02

Emerging Leader Alumni Award 

Maggie Holland

Maggie Holland ‘16
Board Certified Clinical 
Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric PT
  • Certified in Neuro-developmental Treatment-Pediatrics
  • Published “Early clinical phenotype of late onset Pompe disease: Lessons learned from newborn screening” in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
  • Poster Presentation: Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting 2021: Clinical Characterization of 20 Infants Diagnosed with Late-Onset Pompe
  • Disease after Positive Newborn Screening
  • Duke Health Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency
  • Student presentations at NCPTA 2015 and CSM 2016
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Lee University in 2013

“Maggie Holland has a bright future in the world of physical therapy. Her thirst for knowledge, commitment to excellence, and extreme dedication to her patients is clear. I strongly encourage you to consider Maggie as your next emerging leader alumni for the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy program.”  
–Becca Gutman Quinones, Duke DPT Class of 2007

“In addition to her many accomplishments, Maggie is consistently sincere, professional and genuine in her interactions with patients, families, and colleagues. Her leadership is one of character and example. Her words and actions demonstrate true compassion for the patients and families that we serve, recognizing and celebrating the unique qualities of each person. It is a true privilege to work alongside Maggie. She is certainly an emerging leader in our profession!"
–Kara Sporer Lardinois, MS’00, DPT’01

“Maggie has impressed us with her enthusiastic attitude, her dedication to pediatric patients, and her compassion for patients and co-workers.  She takes initiative and is a role model for all PTs and OTs in our department. Maggie has a true passion for leadership, teamwork, and patient care.  I believe she is an up and coming leader in our profession and would be an excellent candidate for the Duke DPT's Emerging Leader Alumni Award. .”
–Jenn Edelschick, Duke PT Class of 1999

Distinguished Alumni Award

–2022  Gerald P. Brennan ’75
–2021  Blair Packard ‘76
–2020  Alan Lee ‘94
–2019  Kelley Kubota ‘94
–2018  Elizabeth Mostrom ‘78
–2017  Dan Vreeman ‘03
–2016  Anne Weekley Thompson ‘79
–2015  Gary Zigenfus ‘74
–2014  Rebecca Craik ‘72
–2008  Andrea Behrman ‘80

Emerging Leader Alumni Award

–2022 Tasala Rufai ‘12
–2021 Tara Widgins Dickson ‘12
–2020 Michael Schmidt ‘12
–2019 Amy Arundale ‘11
–2018 Matthew Ithurburn ‘12
–2017 Paul Salamh ‘07
–2016 Annalisa Na ‘09
–2015 Rebecca Gutman Quinones ‘07
–2014 Dean McCall ‘04