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For over a century, the University of Texas Medical Branch has dedicated its efforts toward improving the health of society - in Texas and beyond. Today the SHP offers Baccalaureate degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Respiratory Care, master's degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Health Professions, Nutrition & Metabolism and Physician Assistant Studies, and a professional doctorate in Physical Therapy.

In addition to designing and implementing innovative ways to deliver instruction to students at distant locations, the school continuously explores opportunities to expand its program offerings and interprofessional learning.

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SHP Celebrates their 50th Anniversary

Vicki Freeman

It has been a pleasure to serve as Interim Dean this year during The School of Health Professions 50th Anniversary. Many activities took place including the Kickoff Celebration back in November 2017 with current students, faculty and students in Levin Hall. This summer, our SHP departments hosted a lecture series pertaining to their fields of study in partnership with the Sealy Center on Aging and the SHP Dean's Office.

The Office of Alumni Relations helped us organize the Dean’s reception. It was great to be able to connect with alumni and reminisce about the changes that have taken place in the school in the last 50 years. Our distinguished alumnus, Marco Rodriguez, gave an inspirational presentation on how we should pursue our passion.

We celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at both the UTMB Campus and at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort. During the Open House, our departments' faculty and students welcomed approximately 75 guests into their laboratories, giving them an opportunity to get a first-hand look at the University’s progress. I know that the alums appreciated being able to see how we are teaching now and to reconnect with their program.

In the evening, special guests, University President, Dr. Callender, and Past Dean, Dr. Christiansen, spoke about SHP, its history and current activities with Kevin Haslam serving as our Emcee. We are grateful to the Mayor Pro Tem and District 2 Councilman, Dr. Craig Brown, for issuing a Proclamation designating October 20, 2018 as The UTMB School of Health Professions Day (thanks to Hank Thierry for organizing it). Wasn’t it nice that we were able to celebrate the school’s 50th Anniversary in such a spectacular way? When I walked in to our celebration, the room felt "magical". From the decorations to the dinner and then on to the dancing, it was a great event.

A BIG Thanks goes out to everyone who worked to make this a fantastic event, in particular to Michelle Conley who organized it all and to the staff in the departments and the Dean's Office who assisted her. As we all know, it takes a team to pull off these occasions.


Vicki Freeman, PhD, MASCP, MLS (ASCP)cm SCcm, FACB
Interim Dean, School of Health Professions
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Professor (tenured), Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
University of Texas Distinguished Professor

SHP Faculty Researcher Spotlight - October 2018

Lynne Hughes

Dr. Lynne Hughes joined the SHP faculty in 2014 to teach in the Bridge PTA to DPT program. Her current research interest is incorporating manual therapy as an appropriate and effective intervention for older persons. Dr. Hughes utilizes mixed methods design to provide both quantitative and qualitative views of participant outcomes.

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SHP Faculty Researcher Spotlight - August 2018

Brian Downer

Dr. Christopher Fry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism.

His research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms that regulate skeletal muscle plasticity to establish interventions to maintain muscle mass and strength during conditions of muscle wasting. Muscle strength is compromised in a variety of acute and chronic health conditions, contributing to reductions in quality of life and functional recovery.

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SHP Welcomes Associate Dean Dr. Christine Baker

Chrstine Baker

Dr. Christine Baker has been appointed the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) in the School of Health Professions, effective July 3, 2018. She was named the Interim Associate Dean for ASA on March 20, 2018.

Dr. Baker earned her baccalaureate degree from Texas Woman's University (TWU) in 1977, followed by her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from TWU in 1978; her EdD in special education was awarded by Texas Tech University in 1989. She has been at UTMB since 1986, is a tenured professor in the Department of Physical Therapy , and holds the Ruby Decker Professorship in Physical Therapy. Dr. Baker is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at the school, university and UT System including the Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award.

Dr. Baker has been designing and delivering distance education for more than 10 years and has served as a site visitor and team leader fr the Commission on Accreditation in Physical therapy Education (CAPTE). She has many years of experience in academic and student issues at UTMB, having served on many UTMB committees.

Student Accomplishments

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Kudos to Dr. Adrianna Laprea and to the PT students that participated in the Inaugural Land and Sea Adaptive Sports Challenge this past weekend. The students include, Samuel Callia, Gregory Conner, Paxton Cook, Emarchele De Villa, Jordaine-Faith Enriquez, Jacob Erickson, Elaine Gattenby, Jacqueline Gracia, Miriah Hadley, Ellen Hermes, Sara Holland, Melanie Hummert, Elizabeth Kunder, Matthew Lee, Anna Ng, Kierra Patton, Hannah Powell, Erin Rose, Nisha Sanchez, Leslie Snider, Nithin Thaimuriyil, Chelsea Vasquez and Justin Yeh.

Activity was captured by the Galveston Daily News

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