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What's new at Texas State Physical Therapy?


The Texas Legislature funded campus construction bonds during the most recent session!!!  The article at the link above will tell you all about the new adventure coming our way.

This means that the new building for our program has been funded!  Physical Therapy, Respiratory Care and Communication Disorders will be working with architects and builders soon in preparation for the move to Health Professions Building #1 on the Round Rock Campus in 2018!! 

We have been in our current building since January 1991 and have outgrown it!  In order to secure new space and state of the art facilities, the campus master plan includes moving all of the College of Health Professions programs to the Round Rock Campus - but this will happen with two new buildings.  A funding request for HPB #2 will go to the next legislative session as a priority!! 

Thanks to a generous donation from St. David's Foundation and additional university sources, we are excited to be planning for our future in Round Rock!!!  Stay tuned for regular updates on our progress and pictures as available.  


Admissions 2017


All documents for the upcoming admissions cycle will be posted on our website, under the Admissions tab, starting August 1st, 2016.  Any questions, please feel free to contact our front office.





CLASS OF 2016: Cyril Thomas and Sarah Wagner

CLASS OF 2017: Jace Kerby, Mikinzi Kaliszewski, and Tracy Cisneros

CLASS OF 2018:  Nick Stewart, Alex Trevino, Sydney Coldwell, Caitlin Sears



Congratulations to the Department of Physical Therapy's 2016 Texas State Doctoral Merit Fellowship Award winners:

Julia Lapo
Julia Lapo

Lina Padegimaite
Lina Padegimaite

Lindsay Jakszta
Lindsay Jakszta

Natalie Stanislov



Texas State DPT students collect “wish list” items for the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) as part of their Spring Service Project.  HCWC is located in San Marcos, TX, and serves victims of abuse in Hays and surrounding counties.



Texas State PT Faculty 100%

Texas State Faculty have taken the challenge. There is 100% membership in the American Physical Therapy Association by the faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy. This is the fourth consecutive year that Texas State has achieved this recognition.


Choosing Wisely: 5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question

Choosing Wisely is a national campaign to promote conversations between health care providers and patients about utilizing the most appropriate tests and treatments, and avoiding care whose harm may outweigh the benefits.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) joined the campaign, initiated by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, and created a list of "5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question."

This high-profile effort aims to educate consumers on health care procedures that tend to be done frequently, yet whose usefulness is called into question by evidence. That said, APTA's list isn't meant to dictate care decisions or prohibit any particular treatment in all scenarios; care decisions should be made based upon the best available evidence, the clinical judgment of the physical therapist, and the preferences and goals of the patient.


Dr. Laurie Hartman travels the world teaching the art of manipulative skill as practiced by osteopaths trained at the British School of Osteopathy in London, England. He is author of the world-recognized text Handbook of Osteopathic Technique. Following his presentation as keynote speaker and lead presenter at the AAOMPT Conference in San Antonio, Professor Hartman dedicated a day to teach students at Texas State University the skills of manipulative therapy.



Food drive


Texas State DPT students complete their fall food drive, donating hundreds of pounds of goods to the Hays County Food Bank to help feed the hungry in Hays County.


Texas State PT Faculty Committed to Involvement in Community Wellness


Jade Mingus KVUE


AUSTIN -- In the months after Braxton Vaughan was born, his mom worried days at the park would never happen. Her normal pregnancy ended with unanswered questions when her newborn son stayed in the hospital for weeks, his symptoms puzzling doctors.

"The genetic tests they did in NICU all came back normal, so they had no clue what was going on. For the first two years that's how it was," said Braxton's mother, Vanessa Garcia.

Genetic tests couldn't determine why Braxton had a brain abnormality, hearing and vision problems, a heart defect and pinky and ring fingers fused together. One doctor said Braxton wouldn't live past one month.

"Everything was very piecemeal and the not knowing was the worst part," said Garcia.

Finally her family got the answers they were so desperately seeking; Braxton has Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, a rare disorder. He is among the millions of patients hoping for a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

"With over 7,000 rare diseases, no one doctor can keep up with all of those," said Garcia.

The documentary "Undiagnosed: Medical Refugees" features Braxton's story and dozens of others struggling to find answers. The project is 80 percent finished, fundraising is underway on Kickstarter to complete it. So far, $20,000 has been raised of a $150,000 goal.

The film's creators are working with Austin non-profit, "U.R. Our Hope," to bring change in the medical community and find a better system of sharing information on rare diseases.


Braxton is featured in a documentary called "Undiagnosed: Medical Refugees."  (Photo: Jade Mingus)


"I don't think the non-medical community really has a grasp of what undiagnosed looks like and what it's like to not get services because we don't know what's wrong with you," said U.R. Our Hope medical liaison, Mary Elizabeth Parker.

U.R. Our Hope helps families with undiagnosed medical issues connect with specialists, find second opinions, sign up for Medicaid and clinical studies.

"I just kept losing children to undiagnosed disorders and realized we needed to step up and if the medical community wasn't going to do it we would," said Parker.

The group and Braxton's family hopes the film will speed up a doctors' diagnosis in hopes of saving lives.

You can read more about Braxton's story on Braxton's Blog.


Dr. Barbara Melzer

In Honor of Dr. Barbara Melzer, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA

In honor of our beloved Dr. Barbara Melzer, the College of Health Professions and the Department of Physical Therapy has established a scholarship to honor Dr. Melzer’s contributions to the College, Department of Physical Therapy, and Texas State. This scholarship will provide funds to third year DPT students to support clinical education experiences.  Donations can be made in memory of Dr. Barbara Melzer. Please make checks payable to the Development Foundation and mailed to:

Texas State University Development Foundation
Attn: Donor Services, JCK-480
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666    


To find out other ways to make a donation, go to this website http://www.ua.txstate.edu/give-to-texas-state/ways-to-give.html.  



Special Thanks To

The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy would like to thank the many companies who support our program by their donation of time, money, equipment and support. Thanks to:

3M EMPI, Inc Osborn Medical Corporation
Action Bandage, LLC Exciton Technologies, Inc Regent Medical
Advanced Orthopedic Designs GaitRite, Inc Sage
Allard USA, Inc Healthpoint Seton Hays County Medical
Carolon Heel Lift Center (Kyle, TX)
Carrington Hollister Wound Care Seton Main Hospial
Central Texas Medical Center - SkiL-Care Corporation
Department of Surgery Hydrofera, LLC Smith & Nephew
Chattanooga Group KCI St. David's North Medical
Christus Santa Rosa Lakeway Aquatic Therapy & Center (Austin, TX)
(New Braunfels, TX) Wellness Center Texas Neuro Rehab
Cody Burrough, PT, MSPT Lympha Press USA, LTD Texas PT Specialists
ConvaTec Medical Solutions Travis Medical
DARCO Medical Technologies, Inc University Medical Center a
Davol, Inc Molnlycke Brackenridge, WC
Derma Sciences Orthotic & Prosthetic Wake Pharma US
Dewey Whisenant, MD Technologies, Inc Warm Springs Specialities
Wellsence, USA
Z - Medica


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Department of Physical Therapy
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone: (512) 245-8351



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The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Texas State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.