To develop an interprofessional Falls Prevention Center based on collaborative community engagement focusing on prevention and management of fall risk factors by promoting life skills, independence, confidence, safety and individual well-being.
Our mission is to develop sustainable programs to assess and address fall risk factors and to promote protection from injury. The Falls Prevention Center will strive to create solutions to the issue of falls across the life span through screening, education, living modifications, community engagement, outreach and research.
Central to the Falls Prevention Center is community engagement, partnership, and advocacy. Health, wellness, education, and safety promotion are cornerstones of the center’s services to improve the quality of life for our community across the life span. As the center’s collaborative model is unique to rural Southwest Virginia, development of a sustainable care model will be an evolving process and all care partners will be providing services primarily through donated time and resources. Planning, growth and future center operation will necessitate the integration of grant/research activities, fund raising, educational and community support and the on-going dedication of health care providers. All services will be provided to the community at no charge.
Emory and Henry College’s School of Health Sciences houses the Falls Prevention Center, promoting the educational experience of students through community-engaged learning under the guidance of licensed health care practitioners.
Julia Castleberry, MS PT, DPT, CLT, GCS, NCS, CDP, CES
Dr. Castleberry is a nationally boarded and state licensed Physical Therapist with additional specialty boarding as both a Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS) and Neurology Certified Specialist (NCS) in Physical Therapy. She has advanced training expertise in Vestibular and Balance, LSVT-BIG (an exercise treatment program for persons with Parkinson's Disease), Dementia, and as a Lymphedema/Edema Specialist, and is a founding member of the Falls Prevention Coalition of Virginia. Dr. Castleberry also serves as the chairperson of the American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section’s Stroke Special Interest Group and contributes expertise to various organizations such as the Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia as a board member and assists with grants and research activities.
Serving as an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the School of Health Sciences for Emory and Henry College, Dr. Castleberry has over twenty years of clinical experience in a variety of adult/older adult rehabilitation settings. She is passionate about successful aging and fall prevention.