Rachel is a physical therapist, educator, and board certified neurologic clinical specialist in Seattle, Washington. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Washington, with an emphasis on rehabilitation Health Services Research using large data to examine quality and outcomes in post-acute care. Rachel's research interests also span individual treatment to health policy that affects neurologic populations, especially those with stroke and Parkinson's disease. Rachel serves on the Washington delegation to the American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates, Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE), and the APTA stroke special interest group board.

On January 10, 2010, Rachel survived the earthquake in Haiti. Her close friend from college, Molly passed away when their building collapsed. Rachel has since been involved in Haiti development work, fundraising, and support, primarily through the organization Molly worked with in Haiti, NPH USA. Rachel founded and chaired NPH USA's first Associate Board for young professionals, a model that has been adopted by other regions. She currently serves on the regional board in the Pacific Northwest. Rachel has returned to Haiti in a teaching and fundraising capacity since 2010 and captured the experience in archived Blog posts on this website. As part of her support for NPH USA and in Molly's memory, Rachel helped to establish a full-ride scholarship to her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Portland, for two young adults who grew up at NPH Haiti.

Contact: raprusy [at] gmail [dot] com.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rachelprusynski
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