By Dr. Eric Schneider

dpt clinical partner

Our “Clinic Partner Spotlight” highlights outstanding facilities and the clinical instructors who mentors our third-year DPT students on their clinical education experiences.

This quarter we would like to recognize the staff at Mercy Fairfield. Mercy Fairfield’s clinics, both outpatient and inpatient, have provided our students with outstanding mentorship and experience.

Mercy Fairfield offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology services and employs over 30 therapists at their outpatient clinic and 24 therapists within their inpatient department. The Mount is well represented -- 18 Mount DPT alumni work at Mercy Fairfield.

The outpatient clinic serves a diverse patient population including post-operative care, general orthopedic therapy, sports medicine rehab for local high school athletes, lymphedema and vestibular services, and outpatient rehab for individuals with neurological conditions. The clinic’s physical therapists hold a variety of advanced certifications in orthopedic manual physical therapy, dry needling, vestibular rehab, lymphoedema, neurological developmental treatment, blood flow restriction, and board-certifications in both orthopedic and neurological physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.



Given the diverse patient population and clinical expertise of their therapists, Mercy Fairfield is a popular clinical site for our DPT students. Jonathan Tatum, PT, DPT, OMT-C, AIB-VRC, who serves as the Site Coordinator for Clinical Education at Mercy Fairfield, says, “Here at Mercy Fairfield, we enjoy having Mount Students. We feel like the students are really prepared during their clinical experience whether it’s a two-week introductory experience or a final clinical rotation. Mount students are always professional, dependable, and just seem to intern with a quiet confidence even while developing their clinical skills. We often involve them in special projects around clinic showing off their ability to adapt in various clinical scenarios. Again, we’re always thrilled to mentor Mount students throughout the year because we know they will represent best that the physical therapy profession has to offer.”

Thank you to Mercy Fairfield, especially Jonathan and his team for all they do for our Program, our students, and our graduates!