Holly Bennett was born in 1994 in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Holly is a physical therapist and early career science writer with avid interests in older adult falls prevention and acute care conservative rehabilitation. She received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Texas Tech University and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her current clinical setting is acute care with additional clinical experience in traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accident, and cardiovascular intensive care. She has also served as Research Assistant at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a focus in clinical research geared towards conservative rehabilitation treatment within balance and falls.
During her academic career, she served as the Student Clinical Director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Inter-Professional Education pro-bono clinic supervising and managing activities of a clinical team consisting of medical, pharmacy, physical therapy, and nursing students. Holly has served as the first ever Student Liaison for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT) Balance and Falls Special Interest Group. Within that role she promoted clinically relevant tools for use in balance and falls management for student members and strived to increase student engagement within the field of older adults. She is also a contributor for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy’s National Falls Prevention Awareness Day Toolkit, a document to serve as a resource for clinicians to organize a falls prevention event within their community. Holly has attained numerous awards and positions including the Geriatric Scholar Award from the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative and the James McKenney Travel Award from Gerontological Society of America.
Currently, Holly serves as the Early Professional Liaison for AGPT’s Balance and Falls Special Interest Group to aid in providing older adult resources to newly graduated clinicians to utilize in their profession. Her current experience within research and professional activism includes assisting in the composition of published manuscripts: Qualitative Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Experience to Assess and Manage Fall Risk in Community-Dwelling Older Adults, and Views of In-Person and Virtual Group Exercise Before and During the Pandemic in People with Parkinson Disease.
Her specialty areas are
• Acute Care Rehabilitation
• Health and Wellness
• Neurological Diseases
• Older Adult Rehabilitation
• Scientific Writing