Dr. Becca Jordre
Dr. Jordre is an associate professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota (USD). She is an alumna of USD where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1999. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Duke University’s School of Medicine in 2002. She is board certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults through the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Dr. Jordre spends her time teaching DPT students at USD and conducting research on successful aging. She created a fitness screen, the Senior Athlete Fitness Exam (SAFE) for use at the South Dakota Senior Games in 2009 and brought it to the National Senior Games in 2011. Since then she and her students have screened more than 3,000 athletes at the National Senior Games. She regularly teaches others how to conduct the SAFE which has allowed it to expand to several state games across the country. Dr. Jordre publishes her findings from studying senior athletes and uses what she learns to educate other physical therapists, her students, athletes and anyone interested in successful aging. Dr. Jordre is originally from Minnesota and now resides in Vermillion, South Dakota with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and training to be a senior athlete.