Three recent alumni from the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions were recognized with 2016 Young Alumni Appreciation Awards during Homecoming.
Jeffrey Gildow, PharmD’07, of Nickerson, Neb.; Amanda Oakley, BSHS’09, DPT’09, of Crestwood, Ky.; and Molly Wuebker, BSHS’10, OTD’10, of Urbandale, Iowa, were presented the awards on Sept. 16 by J. Chris Bradberry, PharmD, dean of the school. In presenting the awards, Dean Bradberry congratulated each “for your outstanding contributions to your professions and the fine example you set for your peers.”
Dr. Jeff Gildow graduated from the Doctor of Pharmacy program in 2007. He is a clinical pharmacist with the Indian Health Service in Winnebago, Neb., specializing in infectious disease. As part of his practice with the Winnebago hospital, he is in charge of antimicrobial stewardship and has developed a wound care clinic. Dr. Gildow has also been nominated for the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists board of directors. He generously gives of his time not only to Creighton as a student preceptor and speaker about his experience in public health, but also serves his community as a volunteer paramedic for the fire department in Nickerson, Neb.
Dr. Amanda Oakley earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton in 2009. She practices at the Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, a division of Kentucky One Health in Louisville, Ky., where she is a research physical therapy supervisor in the area of spinal cord injury. While attending Creighton, Dr. Oakley embraced the Jesuit value of cura personalis through community engagement that improve children’s nutrition and increased their activity through such programs as providing adapted bicycles to children with special needs through AMBUCS. She gives back to the profession by serving as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students and providing didactic content to residents in the neurologic physical therapy program at John Hopkins.
Dr. Molly Wuebker completed her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program in 2010. As a student, Dr. Wuebker piloted a program where she partnered with a mom of a special needs son and a community rehabilitiation organization to build and grow Courage League Sport in Urbandale, Iowa. She, along with other dedicated individuals, grew the program’s offerings through private funding and grants into a full scale adaptive sports and recreational facility for children and adults with cognitive, physical or emotional disabilities. Today, she is full-time with Courage League Sports. In her nomination letter, Andrea Thinnes, OTD, OTR/L, associate professor of occupational therapy, wrote, “Molly has truly utilized her knowledge, skills and passion for occupational therapy to make an impact on her community. She is an outstanding representation of magis, cura personalis, and men and women for and with others.”
Since 1996, the school has presented Young Alumni Appreciation Awards to outstanding individuals who graduated from Creighton within the last 10 years. Recipients are chosen, based on qualities that show they embrace high moral principles guided by Jesuit ideals, to acknowledge and thank young professionals for exemplifying the Creighton Credo in their practice.