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

                       Julia2             Pade            Lind

                             Julia Lapo                            Lina Padegimaite                          Lindsay Jakszta


Brenda Boucher

Brenda Boucher, Eric Robertson, Rob Wainner,

Brenda Boucher and team receive the Section on Education, APTA, Stanford Award

The Stanford Award recognizes  the author of a paper "containing the most influential education ideas" published in  the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.  The Stanford Award was initiated by Dr. Kay Shepard in 2000 through an endowment to the Section.

Brenda Boucher, Eric Robertson, Rob Wainner, and Barbara Sanders published the article " "Flipping" Texas State University's entry-level Physical Therapy Musculoskeletal Curriculum and Implementation of a Hybrid Learning Model" in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education 2013:27(3);72-77.

The Award was presented at the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, Education Section Meeting on February 5, 2014.  To accept in Dr. Boucher's absence was Dr. Wainner, Dr. Sanders and Dr. Robertson.   Dr. Wainner presented the award to Dr. Boucher on his return to campus.  Congratulations team!         


Dr. Lois Stickley




Welcome to Dr. Lois Stickley - Fall, 2014!






Beyond the Game:  Kaylan Martin
(Text & Photos Source: University Star, January 13, 2014)

During her senior year of high school, senior point guard Kaylan Martin was the 24th-ranked point guard in the nation and was listed as the 12th best recruit in the state by ESPNU HoopGurlz.

Martin was named the Austin American-Statesman’s All-Centex Player of the Year after she led the Pflugerville Panthers to a state Final Four appearance. Martin was also named All-State and Academic All-State by the Texas Girls Coaches Association during her senior year and chosen as the District 14-5A MVP during her junior year.

Martin grew up in a big family. She is the daughter of Cassandra Terry and Fonzell Martin and has three sisters and a younger brother. Her sister Cierra Martin is a former guard for UTSA, and her stepsister Bianca Sauls currently plays volleyball for UT-Arlington.

“Growing up being the younger sister of two really good athletes, it influenced me to push and be better,” Martin said. "I think that my driving force was just trying to follow my sisters and be like them.”

When the time came to choose a college, Martin chose the University of Evansville in Indiana.

During her time at Evansville, Martin started 29 games as a freshman point guard, scoring in double figures five times.

After her freshman season in Evansville ended, Martin decided to transfer to Texas State.

Martin’s first season at her new school coincided with the arrival of Coach Zenarae Antoine, whose first year featured one of the biggest turnarounds in Texas State women’s basketball history. In Antoine’s first season, she turned a 9-20 team from the previous year into a 17-14 team. This turnaround led the Bobcats to an appearance in the Southland Conference championship tournament and their first win in the tournament since 2003.

Martin joined the team in her first year of eligibility after the NCAA transfer rules required her to sit out the 2010-2011 season. Martin gives credit to Antoine for her success and her leadership on the court.

“I think the main thing is Coach Z. and her expectations,” Martin said.

Martin was not a player who Antoine recruited to Texas State, but they turned out to be two puzzle pieces that fit well together. Martin, a natural-born leader, was put into an up-tempo style of offense where her job was simple—to be a leader.

“She is the type of young player every coach hopes to have on their team, where they are able to operate as a leader both on and off the court,” Antoine said. “She’s extremely focused and determined. It takes a lot to bounce her off her path, and when she does hit those bumps, it’s very easy for her to get back on course.”

Kaylan is now in her first year in the graduate DPT program at Texas State University.



CAD Social


One of the pictures representing the great turnout we had this year at the TPTA CAD Social at Uncle Billy's Bar BQ. Our group included first, second and third year students, our faculty (check out the cool babe in shades... :-), our alumni and even little representative, Baby Okere!!!!!   We were spreading the "light" with our smiles as you can see the glow above our heads....


We Will win!"Dr. Hale and the DPT II students show their World Cup spirit and cheer on team USA!!!"


Orientation for Class of 2017Orientation for the Class of 2017!      



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 third consecutive year that Texas State has achieved this recognition.


Hartman 2



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



Please visit Dr. Eric Robertson's blog at: http://ptthinktank.com/2013/02/18/barb-melzer-i-will-miss-your-brain/               




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
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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.