Cumming physical therapist receives merit award

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CUMMING, Ga. — Cumming resident and physical therapist Dr. Deborah Michael Wendland received the 2013 Merit Award from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) on Oct. 19 at the 2013 Fall Conference in Atlanta.

The Merit Award is the highest honor given by PTAG and recognizes a Georgia physical therapist for exceptional service and achievement within the physical therapy community.

In addition to more than 15 years of practice experience, Wendland is pursuing a doctorate in applied physiology with a focus on biomechanics and a minor in public policy.

She is currently an assistant professor at Mercer University and runs a monthly Good Samaritan clinic for the underserved in both metropolitan Atlanta and other parts of the state.

“Deborah is the perfect example of a physical therapist that is doing big things,” said Dr. Barney Poole, PTAG president. “Her commitment and service to the industry is reflected through this award. She is a great representation of a true Georgia physical therapist.”