Holly is the Director of Clinical Education for the PTA program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1984, a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from the College of St. Catherine in 2002, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the College of St. Catherine in May 2009. She became an APTA Board-Certified Specialist in Geriatrics in 2000; in 2006 she became a Credentialed trainer for the APTA's Clinical Instructor Credentialing course.
Holly came to the PTA program with vast experience in geriatric physical therapy in the skilled nursing/sub-acute setting. She has also practiced in acute care, home care and in a rehabilitative day program setting. Prior to coming to St. Kate's in 1998, she served as a CI to numerous PT and PTA students, and had additional academic experience as a guest lecturer in the PT program at the University of Minnesota. She continues her active physical therapy practice as an on-call clinician at two skilled nursing/sub-acute facilities on weekends and during University breaks.
In addition to coordinating all of the PTA program’s clinical courses, Holly teaches PTA 1050, “Introduction to Physical Therapy/Role of the PTA”, PTA 2020, “Advanced Geriatrics for the Physical Therapist Assistant”, PTA 1350, "Health Care Delivery Systems" and co-teaches PTA 1160, “PT Intervention Techniques II”. She has also taught and served as co-coordinator for the associate degree core course, CIL 1500, “Transcultural Learning through Community Connections”.
Holly is an active member of the APTA on a state and national level. She served as a Minnesota delegate to the APTA House of Delegates from 2002 to 2007 and is serving as Minnesota Chief Delegate for 2009-2012. She is a member of the Sections on Geriatrics and Education. As a member of the Northern Plains Clinical Education Consortium, Ms. Clynch is a frequent presenter at state level APTA conferences. She also has presented on a national level, most recently at the June 2008 APTA Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.