Ellen Spake Lecture Series

Friday, January 20, 2023 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Sedgwick Lecture Hall (Room 103)

Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Advisory Board has begun fundraising for a new scholarship and looks forward to it supporting one or more DPT students in the future. Once the scholarship is fully endowed at $50,000, it will be awarded annually with the ability of renewal. All sponsorships and donations for this year’s Ellen Spake Lecture Series will benefit the Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Advisory Board Scholarship Fund.

5:00 p.m. Join the Rockhurst Physical Therapy Advisory Board for a reception and networking hour prior to the lecture. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided.

6:00 p.m. Lecture: "My patient has cancer, now what?!" by Stephanie Moore, PT, DPT '17

Event Price: $10/person for professionals. Free for students.

Professionals: Register Here!

Students: Register Here!

Stephanie Moore, PT, DPT '17
Stephanie graduated from Rockhurst University with her DPT and her MA in 2017. She started working as an acute care therapist at North Kansas City Hospital in 2017. In 2018 she started seeing oncology patients in the outpatient setting and help restart NKCH’s Cancer Rehab program. In the years since she has gained multiple oncology certifications, she is pursuing APTA’s board certification for oncology.

Lecture topic: My Patient has Cancer, Now What?

Dr. Moore will discuss what cancer rehab is and how PTs can support patients. This lecture will help PTs gain a new understanding of how a cancer diagnosis will impact a patient's plan of care and feel more comfortable treating those patients.


History of the Ellen Spake Lecture Series  

Ellen Spake, PT, Ph. D. was one of the co-founders of the Physical Therapy Education Department at Rockhurst in 1983. For 20 years, from 1983 until 2003, she served as the Chair of the Physical Therapy Education Program. Her vision and leadership skills led the department in the curricular evolution from a bachelor’s degree, through a master’s program and to the present Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Subsequently, Dr. Spake served as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and finally as Assistant to the President with the primary responsibility of directing the Office of Mission and Ministry.  She retired from Rockhurst in 2018. 

The first Ellen Spake Lecture Series was launched in 2015 in honor of Dr. Spake's legacy of leadership and excellence at Rockhurst.