Assistant Professor - Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7559
Office: Marieb Hall 324
Dr. Venglar earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Master of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and her Doctor of Science degree in Neurologic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a certified clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Venglar’s research is clinically focused, and previously has centered on functional outcomes in patients with neurologic dysfunction following various interventions.
Dr. Venglar's teaching responsibilities include all of the clinical content for adult neurologic diagnoses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program as well as the neuropathology content for the graduate and undergraduate sections of the Movement Science Foundation series.
Research and Scholarly Interests:
- Any population with damage to the central nervous system (particularly stroke, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson's disease)
- Equipment used in the rehabilitation, or quality of life enhancement, of people with central nervous system disorders
- Clinical applications of Kinesiotape
Dr. Venglar has served on a number of university and department committees. Presently she serves in the following roles:
- Steering committe member for the "Women in STEM" living and learning community
- Clinical mentor for senior design students from the Department of Bioengineering
- College and department faculty councils
- College alternate to the FGCU Faculty Senate
- Department ProQuest Administrator
- Program tuition waiver corrdinator
Professionally, Dr. Venglar serves on the Exam Development Committee for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and works at the local ALS Clinic.
Dr. Mollie Venglar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, works at the ALS clinic run though Lee Memorial Health Systems. Dr. Venglar has participated as a physical therapist with the clinic since the clinic opened in 2009. The clinic is multidisciplinary and includes neurologists, respiratory therapists, PT, OT, SLP, dietician, orthotist, DME specialist, psychologist, and a Care Coordinator for the 10 counties the clinic serves.
The clinic, open the second Saturday of each month, typically sees eight patients each clinic day. Patients are provided a room and the disciplines rotate through each room as directed by the volunteers, all who have lost a loved one to ALS. Any concerns that can easily be addressed for the patient are taken care of while the patient is at the clinic and all other needs are referred outside based on the disciplines assessments.
Dr. Venglar invites DPT, AT, and ES students to observe and round with the various disciplines at the clinic. Although students cannot participate hand-ons with the patients, they are able to see a well-run multidisciplinary clinic in action, learn about the different disciplines, and better understand the challenges of ALS.