Jamie Wetherbe is a freelance writer.
Stories by Jamie Wetherbe:
Physical therapy alum aims to launch nonprofit for black and brown girls with disabilities
The organization, Girls Overcoming Obstacles Daily, will focus on students facing health and resource disparities in South Los Angeles.
Physical therapists turn to telehealth to deliver critical care
In response to COVID-19, USC’s physical therapists are coming up with creative at-home solutions to maintain treatment for patients sheltering in place.
Stand-up comedian bounces back from six bedbound years, thanks to USC team
Eddie Barojas was confined to a bed for years after developing a severe lymphedema. Today — thanks to a team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, urologists and wound-care specialists — he’s back on his feet and ready to return to comedy.
How intelligent workstations will use AI to improve health and happiness
Do you want to be warm or cold? Is it time to stand rather than sit? An interdisciplinary team — made up of designers and USC professors — is using AI to create tech-savvy desks with health and well-being in mind.
Training physical therapists to be advocates, too
USC Doctor of Physical Therapy students are first-line defenders of pain management policy, doing everything from writing letters to meeting lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Dental students gain valuable experience with burgeoning group: older patients
Older adults will soon outnumber children, and Trojans’ regular rounds with residents at the Hollenbeck Palms help them understand the complex needs of this growing population.
Study suggests surgery alternative for rotator cuff pain: push-ups, pull-ups
USC physical therapy study at orthopedics lab helps patient recover without surgery.
Rock climbers learn how to avoid injuries with tips from ‘Climbing Doctor’
Improper use of the feet or poor mechanics can pose problems for those in the specialized sport, USC alum says.
USC dental alumni thank veterans for their service with free treatment
More than 5,000 veterans have received help since the annual Veterans Smile Day event began three years ago.
Drilling, filling and X-rays: Undergrads learn what it’s like to be a first-year dental student
USC’s Dental Explorers program introduces minority students to dentistry and its specialties, including orthodontics and pediatrics.
USC physical therapists treat soldiers at military bases across the country
Three Trojans find more autonomy in the military, where they are the first line of defense when injuries occur.
Barbie’s house is no dream for dolls in wheelchairs
Play spaces can be better designed to include children (and adults) with disabilities.
A five-minute oral cancer screening can save your life
Joana Breckner learned a vital health lesson in the dental office of USC alumnus Phillip Sacks.
Boston Marathon bombing survivors seek a return to normalcy
Alumna uses the power of occupational therapy to help husband and wife get back to the life they knew.
Special Patients Clinic still going strong after three decades
The facility cares for people with physical, psychological or medical disabilities who have been turned away by private practices.
It’s a match for a bone marrow donor
Driven by his zeal to help others, a USC physical therapy student donates bone marrow to save a stranger.
Dentistry student plans to give back
After earning her degree, Suzanne Wen aims to help the homeless and provide a better life for her parents.
Changing minds about people with disabilities
More than 200 USC occupational therapy students have taken advantage of an ‘amazing journey’ that led to Ghana.