MEET THE NEW FACULTY: DR. JACQUELINE MONTES

Posted by vanessa on July 21, 2017

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Montes, PT, EdD, NCS to the faculty of the Program in Physical Therapy.
 
Dr. Montes obtained her Bachelor's degree and physical therapy certification at Hunter College in New York City. She has been a licensed physical therapist since 1994 and has been certified as a neurological clinical specialist since 2005. She also holds an MA and EdD in Motor Learning and Motor Control from Columbia University's Teachers College.

Dr. Montes has worked at the Columbia University Medical Center throughout her entire career, first joining the Physical Therapy Department rotating through specialties such as Pulmonary, Orthopedics and Wheelchair Clinic.

In 2003, she joined the multidisciplinary team at the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA ALS Research Center at Columbia University. Her work there included evaluating and treating patients with motor neuron disease, and coordinating their care at home, rehabilitative services, durable medical equipment and mobility aids.

Dr. Montes has extensive research experience in single and multi-center clinical research studies in SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and other neuromuscular diseases. While pursuing her Doctorate of Education at Teachers College her research topics focused on gait, fatigue and clinical outcome measures in neuromuscular disease.

In addition to clinically oriented research, Dr. Montes has numerous publications, including many as first author. Notably, she served as the co-investigator of the USAMRAA Department of Defense grant initiative on a randomized control trial of the effects of exercise on motor function and strength in patients with spinal muscular atrophy. Her current work has focused on the physiological underpinnings of reduced exercise capacity observed in the clinical trial. In a study using near infrared spectroscopy during exercise, Dr. Montes and her colleagues hope to understand the oxidative capacity among leg muscle groups in order to design exercise training models using muscle groups most likely to elicit a training effect in SMA patients.

In collaboration with Dr. Damiano Zanotto at Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Montes is working on a project seeking to characterize gait and fatigue using instrumented footwear in patients with SMA.

Dr. Montes has been awarded a 5-year Mentored Research Scientist Award for Medical Rehabilitation Research, by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

She is currently organizing a Continuing Medical Education course entitled: “Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Evaluation and Management for the Rehabilitation Specialist” to take place at Columbia University Medical Center October 20-21, 2017. For course details and to register, click here. In terms of her teaching activities, she will assist Dr. Ashwini Rao in coordinating the Research Practicum courses.

Dr. Montes commented, "I am excited to join the faculty of the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy and look forward to working with them to develop a multi-faceted motor performance research laboratory and program."


When she's not at work, Dr. Montes enjoys spending time with her husband Howard and her two college-age children Adrianna and Anthony. She also loves running with her dog Leah, a lovable pointer-lab mix.

Dr. Jacqueline Montes

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