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Current Residents

Jessica Semaan, PT, DPT graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2013 and the University of Saint Mary with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2017.  She has found her passion in neurologic physical therapy through her clinical experiences working within the sub-acute hospital setting and volunteer work with the American Stroke Foundation.  She is an active member of the APTA/TPTA, is a Vestibular SSIG Fact Sheets committee member, has presented research regarding effectiveness of exercise in treating fatigue in Parkinson's at the national and local levels, and volunteered to provide health and balance screenings locally within her community on Physical Therapy Day of Service and National Fall and Balance Prevention Day.  She is thrilled to be a part of this residency program to assist in the advancement of her skills to better serve patients with neurological deficits through mentorship and teaching experiences.

Sean Buchner, PT, DPT graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2004 and from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor in Education in 2006.  He completed clinical rotations at St. David's North Austin Medical Center, Austin Manual Therapy Associates, and Texas NeuroRehab Center, where he developed a broad foundation of both manual and neurologic skills across the continuum of care.  Sean is a member of APTA/TPTA having previously presented research at both conferences in 2016 and 2017.  He has been an active volunteer through U R Our Hope and Operation Turkey.  Sean is thrilled at the opportunity to participate in the residency program.  He is eager to apply his broad clinical knowledge and his previous educational pedagogy to advance his clinical skills and expertise through ongoing mentorship in treating patients with neurologic disorders.  He is also excited to further develop his teaching skills for entry level DPT students, while also deepening his research roots at Texas State University.

Past Residents

Gwen Cariker, PT, DPT (2017): Gwen completed the Texas State University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in August of 2017 and is preparing to sit for the specialist certification examination in Neurologic Physical Therapy in early 2018.  Gwen recently accepted a position at St. David's Medical Center in the inpatient rehabilitation setting and will be working on the spinal cord injury team.  She is a member of the APTA/TPTA and has volunteered with Warm Springs and the Long Star Paralysis Foundation.  In addition to clinical practice, Gwen is looking forward to continued involvement with clinical teaching and research.  Email:

Damian Rodriguez, PT, DPT (2016): Damian completed the Texas State University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in August of 2016 and became a Board-Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy in June of 2017.  Damian works at St. David's Medical Center in the inpatient rehabilitation setting.  He is an active member of the APTA/TPTA and has presented on topics in neuro rehabilitation at the local and state level.  He hopes to continue developing his teaching skills in entry level physical therapy education through guest lecture and lab instruction.  Email: