Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, ECHM: profile

Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, ECHM

Background

Mindy is a geriatric physical therapist and retired Professor who taught in the School of Physical Therapy at Touro University Nevada in research and geriatrics. She was selected by the CDC as a fall prevention expert in 2009 and works closely with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), American Physical Therapy Association, Geriatric Education Centers and many other organizations. She has studied and published in fall risk measures and validation of evidence-based fall prevention (EBFP) programs for sub-populations. She is a long-time advocate and educator of fall prevention and home modification for interprofessional clinicians and aging service providers, as well as older adults and their caregivers to ensure safe and successful aging-in-place. She has been invited to serve on many local, state and national committees including the NCOA's Evidence-Based Community Falls Prevention Program Review Council. She is both a master trainer and leader for a number of evidence-based programs for older adults and enjoys engaging students in the programs and training. She is currently working with the American Physical Therapy Association's Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy to develop a Fall Prevention Expert Credentialing course. Mindy serves as an Associate Editor for the APTA's Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Recently, she reinforced her knowledge and experience in home modifications by obtaining her Executive Certificate in Home Modifications from USC's Fall Prevention Center of Excellence. In 2019, The University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology invited Dr. Renfro to participate in a Workgroup as part of the Administration for Community Living-funded project, Promoting Aging in Place by Enhancing Access to Home Modifications. Mindy's retirement plan includes ongoing consultation to older adults and clients with disabilities in Montana for home modifications and assistive technology to safely and happily age-in-place at the home of their choosing.