Instructors

Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA

is recognized nationally for providing high quality continuing education courses that focus on vestibular rehabilitation, balance training, and fall prevention in the elderly. Laurie received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Puget Sound, as well as a PhD in Applied Experimental Psychology from Central Michigan University.

She has experience as an academic faculty member teaching neurologic and geriatric courses in physical therapy programs in Michigan and California. More recently, she has gained expertise in marketing and management in the corporate sector by establishing and managing a fall prevention program for the elderly in Pierce County, Washington.

Laurie has worked closely with the Department of Health, State of Washington to disseminate a fall prevention program (Stay Active & Independent for Life) in the public health sector, and this program is now recognized as one of the leading evidence-based programs in the country.

Laurie has several publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at national and international conferences. Laurie has completed the competency-based course in vestibular rehabilitation at Emory University, as well as the vestibular function and test interpretation course. She is recognized as a “Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults” through the Geriatrics Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Laurie received the Award for Clinical Excellence from the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA) in 2014.

Mickie Hucke, DPT, JD, PT

is a physical therapist with expertise in geriatrics, orthopedics, vestibular rehabilitation and fall prevention. Mickie graduated from the University of Puget Sound with Bachelor’s degrees in Physical Therapy and Psychology in 1979.

She practiced in the hospital, skilled nursing and outpatient private practice settings before opening her own clinic in Federal Way in 1986. Mickie ran an aquatic therapy program, pelvic floor biofeedback and a back school training program before selling her practice to devote time to Law School. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1998 and worked in Land Use, Criminal Law, Family Law and Mediation as well as serving as Interim Program Manager for the Medical Assistance Administration’s Fair Hearings.

Mickie was a faculty member for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Green River Community College from 2001-2008; she also served as a guest lecturer for physical therapist graduate programs, as well as the Physical Therapy Association of Washington in medical legal-ethical issues.

Mickie received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from A.T. Still University (Arizona Health Sciences) in 2013.

Mickie’s recent clinical experience has included rehabilitation management in the home health and skilled nursing settings where fall prevention is a priority. Mickie is currently working for a small critical-access hospital on Whidbey Island in Washington State where she serves a wide variety of patients in the outpatient and inpatient settings.