Physical Therapy Geriatric Clinical Residency

Centrex Rehab has partnered with the University of Minnesota’s Physical Therapy Geriatric Clinical Residency Program since its inception in September, 2010. The University of Minnesota houses the didactic portion of the residency program, while Centrex provides sites for clinical practice, including one-to-one mentoring by a Geriatric Clinical Specialist. Clinical residencies are available at two of our Minnesota locations: Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation Center of Apple Valley and Martin Luther Care Center in Bloomington.

During the year long program, residents focus on developing advanced clinical skills in evaluation and treatment while incorporating relevant scientific literature into clinical practice. They gain experience to become effective members of a multidisciplinary team managing a vast array of diagnosis and psychosocial issues related to aging.

Clinical residents have an opportunity to work in a variety of settings across the continuum of care including the following

  • Post-acute rehabilitation
  • Long term care
  • Memory care
  • Outpatient services
  • Aquatic Therapy

Upon completion of the program, residents will be uniquely prepared to do the following:

  • Become advanced practitioners of geriatric physical therapy to meet the needs of older adults
  • To sit for, and pass the ABPTS Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS) exam.
  • Contribute to the profession of physical therapy by demonstrating exemplary professional behaviors and advocating on behalf of the geriatric community in the areas of prevention, rehabilitation and wellness.
  • Become participants in a multidisciplinary team

The University of Minnesota’s Geriatric Clinical Residency is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in geriatrics. To learn more about it, please visit:


Meet the 2018/2019 Residents Lizzie Choma and Emily Zipoy!





Lizzie Choma, PT, DPT

Lizzie is originally from Spokane, WA and recently graduated from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at the University of Montana in Missoula. Lizzie enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, cross-country skiing, cooking and cycling.  She is excited to work at Centrex Rehab and help her patients achieve quality of life through functional movement and exercise. Lizzie will be completing her Geriatric Clinical Residency at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation Center of Apple Valley.





Emily Zipoy, PT, DPT

Emily is originally from the western suburbs of Illinois. Emily completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016 while attending Midwestern University of Glendale, Arizona and stayed in Arizona following graduation to work at a rural community hospital. Emily joined the Centrex Rehab team in July of 2017 where she was accepted to the residency in early 2018, and has looked forward to starting the Geriatric Residency ever since. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, kayaking and trail running.  Emily will be completing her Geriatric Clinical Residency at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation Center of Minneapolis.