Ep. 14 – From Mentee to OncoPT Mentor – Amy Litterini, PT, DPT

It’s a fact that you can indeed fan-girl in the PT world because that’s how I met Dr. Amy Litterini.  I had just read an article she wrote before attending CSM 2017 when I unknowingly attended one of her presentations, & then promptly ran up to her to introduce myself afterwards.  I doubt she remembers that, but she was kind enough to stop by today’s episode to discuss quite the variety of topics, including her early mentorship & how she is continuing to mentor & guide students today to become oncoPTs.  


Amy’s Bio:

Amy Litterini, PT, DPT, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. She received a BS in Health Sciences and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in Boston, MA.  Since 1996, her career has focused on oncology rehabilitation including research, lymphedema management, fitness programming, wellness initiatives, clinical patient navigation and program development. She is a Certified Patient Navigator by the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in Harlem, NY. Over the past decade, she has published research and presented on cancer survivorship issues, the benefits of physical activity in cancer survivorship, and the effect of gym-based and home exercise programming on functional mobility and gait speed in advanced cancer.  Nationally, Amy has served in various roles for the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the APTA, including section program chair, regional course chair, vice president, and the Oncology Delegate in the House of Delegates. Regionally, she serves with the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society and the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Rehab and Survivorship Committee. She was appointed to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Oncologic Specialty Council in 2016.


1:56 Amy’s 1st mentor: breast surgeon

5:40 Amy’s mentor paves the way to her research path

11:11 Dosing exercise during the “transition to illness,” following a cancer/advanced cancer diagnosis

14:45 Amy’s recommendations for findings guidance on dosing exercise

17:07 Amy’s work now as a mentor & professor

“Even on a bad day, they can do something.” – Amy Litterini, PT, DPT

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