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Physical Therapy Journal Podcast with Dr. Rebecca Galloway

Editor and Chief Alan Jette Interviews Dr. Rebecca Galloway on her paper entitled, "Hospital Readmission Following Discharge from Inpatient Rehabilitation for Older Adults with Debility". 
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Global Health Initiative: 2015 Annual International Mission Trip

Each year Dr. Utsey and teams of students and licensed professionals travel internationally on a health care mission trip. Our team has traveled to Guatemala and Peru. This year's trip was to Chichicastenanga Guatemala and our team included faculty and students from the SHP Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Departments and faculty from Nutrition and Metabolism.

The purpose of the annual mission trips range from, but are not limited to, providing multidiscipline medical care in an underserved area, forming international partnerships, and setting up global initiative clinical experiences for our global health elective students.

Click here to see slideshow of trip.

Dr. Carolyn Utsey receives Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Utsey

Dr. Carolyn Utsey is pictured holding her chicken "ROTA" that was presented to her during her Interprofessional Global Health Initiative trip to Guatemala last week. Dr. Utsey was unable to receive the Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award in person in Austin as she was traveling with Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy students in Guatemala. Congratulations Dr. Utsey!

DPT Students Display Compassion, Concern for Their Fellow Man

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During the summer semester, we hold two-weeks of pro bono clinics for people in the community with rehab needs. It was during the 2014 neuro clinic that we came to know Mr. P and his family. He'd had a spinal cord injury, and unfortunately, he was sent home with no equipment, no potential for f/u therapy, and no real instruction for the family. His team of student physical therapists did a great job of getting him on his way to better function and provided his family with a great deal of valuable education. We were able to get him plugged in to some community resources for some additional pro bono therapy and equipment assessment.

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The family had told the team that they had built a ramp so that they could get him in/out of their home, and later, Dr. Seale was made aware of just how inadequate and unsafe this ramp was (see before pictures). Dr. Seale reached out to a church in Seabrook to see if they could help. Their Methodist Men Group volunteered and soon set about evaluating and making plans. They could do the work, but could not cover the materials. They asked if I could come up with maybe up to $1000 for supplies. The third year class president, Claire Conroy, was contacted and asked if the class could consider some fundraising. She promised to ask about it in their meeting later that day. They voted to provide a $1000 donation from class funds to cover the cost of the ramp materials.

On a later weekend in October, the Seabrook United Methodist Men completed installation of a ramp, built to code, for Mr. P (see after pictures). His family expressed their gratitude for the students and the group of workers. One of the people in the construction group made the following comment about our students: "your students deserve a great big thanks for their effort. It is wonderful to hear about young people who are not so self-centered as to make a huge difference in other peoples life."

This is an outstanding example of our students' compassion, concern for their fellow man, and their ACTION to make the world better.

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Dr. Carolyn Utsey awarded $400,000 grant for School of Health Professions program

Carolyn Utsey, PT, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair for Physical Therapy, has been awarded a two-year grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to fund the implementation of the School of Health Professions' Bridge Physical Therapist Assistant to Physical Therapist program.

Dr. Utsey

The roughly $400,000 Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program award will help enable the SHP to admit and retain two culturally diverse student cohorts for the Bridge PTA to DPT program, consisting of 20 students in 2015 and 24 in 2016. Other SHP goals for this project include completing online course development tools, developing key clinical education sites and formalizing a consortium of Texas PT Education Programs to offer a Bridge curriculum on campuses beyond UTMB.

Dr. Utsey received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baylor University, then went on to earn a Physical Therapy certificate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and both a Master of Education in Allied Health Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from the University of Houston. Throughout her career, she has received more than a dozen educational grants. In 2010, she won the prestigious William Gould Memorial Outstanding Physical Therapy Faculty Award from the Texas Physical Therapy Association.

Congratulations to Dr. Utsey and her SHP colleagues for this outstanding achievement.

Kudos from the 2014 Texas Physical Therapy Association Conference

Dr. Christine Baker and Dr. Dana Wild, with poster entitled, "Development of an Interprofessional Pediatric Advocacy Program (IPAP)"

Dr. Laurie Farroni, with a poster entitled, "The Art of Caregiving"

Dr. Michael Furtado, Dr. Janna McGaugh and Dr. Dana Wild with two posters; entitled, "Comparison of Pre Season and Post Season Postural Control Performance in High School Student Athletes Who Report an In Season Concussion or Concussion Symptoms" and "Comparison of Self-Reported Within Season Concussion Versus Concussion Symptom History in High School Student Athletes"

Dr. Carolyn Utsey, Dr. Steven Fisher, Dr. Patricia Fingerhut, Dr. Jennifer Ellison, Dr. Michael Furtado, Dr. Rebecca Galloway, Dr. Dana Wild, Dr. Caroline Jansen and Dr. Christine Baker with poster entitled, "Stakeholder Perceptions of Establishing a Bridge PTA to DPT Program: a Qualitative Study"

Dr. Herbert and co-author, Dr. Galloway with poster entitled, "Diagnostic Imaging Utilization Practices by Physical Therapists in Acute and Sub-acute Care Settings"

Dr. Hughes (with authors: Thompson J, Klappa S, Martinez H, Knox M, Bridges J.) with poster entitled, "Revealing the Student Learning Experience by Participating in a Pro bono Patient Case"

Dr. Newman with poster entitled, "Across the Ages: Investigating Physical Therapists Education, Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Evidenced-Based Practice"

Dr. Rowland and Dr. Mossberg (with authors: Hopson, S., Mazzola, C., Michalak, C., Amonette, W.) with poster entitled, "Metabolic Responses to Peak Exercise, Selected ADLs, and Upper-body Accelerometer-controlled Video Game Play"

Dr. Michael Furtado, together with Dr. Jeremy Bourgeois received the 2013 TPTA Outstanding Poster Presentation Award for Jeremy's independent research poster entitled, "Establishing the Effects of a Cognitive Task on Postural Control Baseline Testing in Recreational and Collegiate Athletes"

Dr. Lynne Hughes, Dr. Janna McGaugh, and Dr. Beverly Newman were pinned Fellows of the Tom Waugh Leadership Development Program at the 2014 TPTA Annual Conference.

NEXT 2014 Posters

NEXT Conference & Exposition

"From the lively opening event and Oxford Debate to the challenging and inspirational McMillan and Maley lectures, and all the forward-looking programming in between, NEXT 2014 had it all!"

Thank you departmental participants!

Carolyn Utsey, PT, PhD
Christine Baker, PT, EdD
Steven R. Fisher, PT, PhD, GCS
Janna McGaugh, PT, ScD, COMT
Michael Furtado, PT, DPT, NCS
Jeremy Bourgeois SPT
Carols Estevez, PT


NEXT 2014 Presentations

Jill Seale, PT, PhD, NCS

Orthotic Management of the Lower Extremity:

Part 1- Understanding and Writing the Lower Limb Orthotic Prescription
Part 2- New Concepts in Lower Limb Orthotic Management
Part 3- Current Trends in the Orthotic Management of Stroke

Speakers: Carolyn P. Da Silva, PT, DSc, NCS, Jason M. Jennings, CPO, LPO, FAAOMPT, Jill Seale, PT, PhD, NCS

Congratulations to Laurie Farroni, PT, DPT, PCS

Congratulations to Dr. Laurie Farroni on attaining her new Pediatric Certified Specialist designation!

02/12/2013 - TPTA Legislative Day with Rep. Greg Bonnen

Front row, left to right:
Dawn New, SPT, Jennifer Boudreaux, SPT, Kristen M. Murphy, SPT, Dr. Christine Baker, PT, Representative Greg Bonnen, MD, and Dr. Wendy Herbert, PT.
Back row, left to right:
Matthew Vandiver, SPT, Keith Lee, SPT, and Chris Mata, SPT.

Congrats Chris Baker

Congratulations to Christine Baker, PT, EdD.

Congratulations to Christine Baker, PT, EdD. Dr. Baker is a recipient of the UT System Regents' 2012 Outstanding Teaching Awards. This award is "offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six health University of Texas System institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are the Board of Regents' highest honor." Way to go Dr. Baker!

Christine Baker

Congratulations to our very own, Christine Baker, PT, EdD. 

Congratulations to our very own, Christine Baker, PT, EdD. 
Dr. Baker was the Cerasoli keynote speaker at this year's
American Physical Therapy Combined Section Meeting.

Congratulations to Current t-DPT students and/or Former Graduates and Students of the University of Texas Medical Branch - Department of Physical Therapy

Bethany Licht, MPT, C/NDT recently received her NDTA Certification for Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy and other Neuro Motor Disorders

Board Certified Clinical Specialists 2011:

Geriatric Physical Therapy
Meredith Aurbree Franklin, PT, MPT, GCS
Thao Phuong Le, PT, MPT, GCS

Neurologic Health Physical Therapy
Claudia Elizabeth Angulo-Pope, PT, PMT, NCS

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Daniel Darren Andrijeski, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Sean Michael Berman, PT, MPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Laurie Denise Campbell, PT, Dip. MDT, OCS
Clay Matthew Covington, PT, MS, OCS
Chad Daniel Davenport, PT, DPT, OCS
Gail Diana Kaiser, PT, OCS
Shawn Glenn Moehring, PT, MPT, Dip, MDT, OCS

Pediatric Physical Therapy
Kelly Lynn Barr, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT

Sports Physical Therapy
Amy Lynn Walters, PT, MPT, SCS

Board-Clinical Certified Specialist Awarded Recertification in 2011

PT Students

Thank you to Dr. Furtado and our PT students

Thank you to Dr. Furtado and our PT students for their participation in this year's Celebrate Our Student Night (COS) presented by Southeastern District of the Texas Physical Therapy Association