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4th Annual Pura Vida 5K Run and Wellness Event

Cost: $25 (t-shirt only $15)

Can’t make it but want to help: SPONSOR A STUDENT TO RUN $25 OR MAKE A DONATION.  We have 20 students who want to run if they receive sponsors!

When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9AM

Where: Lake Pflugerville Trail and Pavilion

18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville, TX 78660



The Class of 2021 Doctor of Physical Therapy students are preparing for our service learning study abroad course in Atenas, Costa Rica. During this course, we will learn medical Spanish so that we are better prepared to treat our patients who speak Spanish.  Please support our service learning study abroad trip by signing up for the 4th Annual Pura Vida 5K run!  All proceeds will go directly to the Texas State DPT Class of 2021 study abroad trip.


Questions? Contact Suzy Okere

Spivey Named Melzer Professor

Spivey Named Melzer Professor

Dr. Steve Spivey has been selected for the first Barbara Melzer Endowed Professorship! The Professorship was created through the generous donation of Dr. Kathy Safford to recognize the commitment to excellence that Dr. Barbara Melzer established for students and faculty while at Texas State. It is awarded for 3 years and will support the recipient to focus on activities that contribute to the department Mission. Dr. Spivey's proposal is to research and establish the best approaches to foster the mental health practices of those students enrolled in the DPT program. Spivey stated that "Mama" Melzer made all of her students a priority and would do anything to support and protect them. He would like to continue her legacy to identify what we can do to support mental health and wellness and support the "family" culture in the program. As Spivey stated, "I am overwhelmed and honored to be named the Melzer Professor for the next 3 years. Dr. Melzer was an irreplaceable mentor to me. I wouldn't be the man I am today without her support and encouragement. I am thrilled for the chance to continue her legacy of supporting and mentoring the students of Texas State University." Congratulations to Dr. Steve Spivey! 

Veterans Day 2019

Veterans Day 2019 pic of veterans in DPT

Happy Veterans Day!

We salute our veterans: Dr. Scott Shaffer (Army), DPT I Alan Davis (Army), DPT I Dan Cole (Army), DPT II TR Jamar (Navy), and Dr. Mark Lester (Army).

Thank you for your service!

2019 Day of Serving

Day of Serving

A host of first and second-year TXST DPT students and faculty member, Mary Elizabeth Parker, converged on Round Rock Serving Center on Saturday, October 12, to participate in PT Day of Service 2019! They cleaned, sorted, helped people shop, and had a load of fun while making a difference in their community. Great job, y'all!

Community-Access Physical Therapy Clinic

Pro Bono Clinic

The Community-Access Physical Therapy Clinic, located on the lower level of Willow Hall on the Texas State University Round Rock campus, is a student-run clinic offering pro bono physical therapy services to residents in need in Round Rock and the surrounding areas. Our compassionate clinical staff provides evidence-based, therapeutic care in a state-of-the-art facility. Orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation services are available on Tuesday evenings. Call 512-716-2639 or email for more information.

Welcome, Dr. Mark Lester!

Dr. Mark Lester

The Physical Therapy Department welcomes our newest faculty member, Associate Professor Dr. Mark Lester! Lester has been a licensed Physical Therapist since 2002. Dr. Lester is a board-certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy with over 25 years of  experience in military physical therapy, research, and academic settings. He completed his PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2014 with a focus in Neuroscience and Motor Control at the University of Utah. His teaching areas include Neuroscience, Motor Control/Motor Learning, and Research Methods. Mark is a passionate clinical scientist; his research interests include developing novel technology suites to assist in the evaluation and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal injury, investigating the role of sensory integration in motor learning and motor control in people with neuromusculoskeletal injury and disease, and developing and evaluating musculoskeletal injury prediction models and screening tools. Welcome, Dr. Lester!



2019 Awards Day Ceremony

2019 Awards Ceremony

The Physical Therapy Department celebrated its first Awards Ceremony on the Round Rock campus on April 25. The ceremony was enjoyed by a standing-room-only crowd. Dr. Barbara Sanders and Dr. Steve Spivey presented various awards to students, faculty, and others, including awards for academic excellence, which went to students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or greater, and peer tutor recognition, which went to 29 students who have gone above and beyond by serving their fellow students as peer tutors over the past year. Other awards included the Dr. Barbara Melzer Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award (Iain MacGregor), the Dr. Brenda Boucher Outstanding Student in Community Service award (Magda Mitaszka, Sarah Alfaro), the Dr. Diana Hunter Award for Excellence (Justin Marburger), and the Erin Miller Confidence Award (Kayla VonArb and Catherine Madsen). Congratulations to all who received awards and thank you to all who helped make the evening a success.



2019 Cultural Inclusion Conference

2019 Cultural Inclusion Conference

Congratulations to Christine Belscamper, Jeremy Salas, and Cody Raygoza for presenting their research poster ‘International Educational Opportunities for American Board of Physical Therapy Residents’ at the 6th Annual Cultural Inclusion Conference sponsored by UT Health San Antonio.  Our students were able to attend this conference and present their research because of support from the Department of Physical Therapy, the College of Health Professions, and the Graduate College.   


2019 PT Olympics

2019 PT Olympics

Texas State DPT students take home the trophy! Because they earned the highest number of total points during the tournament, the Texas State Physical Therapy Department took home the first place trophy from the 2019 PT Olympics in San Antonio. Congratulations!

Wound Care

Wound Care

Thanks to KCI and KCI representative, Kara Tuttle, for sharing her expertise with DPT students at Texas State as they learned about negative pressure wound care.  We appreciate all our clinical partners who donated supplies in support of student learning.  It was a great lab for the students, and we enjoyed a few slices of watermelon!

Study Abroad Costa Rica Trip

Study Abroad Costa Rica Trip

Educational and Fun!

Texas State DPT and undergraduate students traveled to Atenas, Costa Rica, in January 2019 to participate in a service learning study abroad program.  Atenas is a small town located 30 minutes outside of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.  To maximize their cultural experience, students lived with host families in the local community.  As part of their educational experience, students learned about Costa Rican recreational activities and nutrition. See our Study Abroad page for more pictures. For more information about the program, contact Dr. Suzy Okere ( at 512-716-2646.

Physical Therapy Team

The Physical Therapy Team for 2018-2019.  Pictured here: from left to right - Scott Shaffer, Denise Gobert, Jacob Garza, Lois Stickley, Janet Bezner, Pieter Kroon, Mary Elizabeth Parker, Jennifer Hale, Barbara Sanders, Shannon Williams, Amanda Houser, Damian Rodriguez, Karen Gibbs, Angela Rich, Debra McDowell, Suzy Okere, Debbie Baylor, Steve Spivey.


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 



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

Action Bandage, LLC

Advanced Orthopedic Designs

Blue Sky Orthotics & Prosthetics

BSN Medical

Carolon Heel Lift Center (Kyle, TX)

Carrington Hollister Wound Care

Central Texas Medical Center

CHARM: Center for Healing & Regenerative Medicine

Christus Santa Rosa

ConvaTec Medical Solutions

DARCO Medical Technologies, Inc

Department of Surgery Hydrofera, LLC

Derma Sciences Orthotic & Prosthetic Exciton Technologies, Inc

Dewey Whisenant, MD Technologies, Inc 

GaitRite, Inc




La Brisas Apartments, Round Rock

Lakeway Aquatic Therapy & Center (Austin, TX)

Lympha Press USA, LTD Osborn Medical Corporation

Regent Medical

Ritchie Limb & Brace

Sage Allard USA, Inc

St. David's North Medical

Save and Simple

Seton Hays Medical

Seton Main Hospital

Skill-Care Corporation

Smith & Nephew Chattanooga Group

Texas Neuro Rehab

Texas PT Specialists

Travis Medical

University Federal Credit Union

University Medical Center at Davol, Inc

Wake Pharma US

Wellness Center

Wellsence, USA

Z - Medica



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:; website:

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call the Department of Physical Therapy at Texas State University 512-716-2652 or email


The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy is an organization of member institutions representing physical therapist education programs accredited by CAPTE.  The purpose of the organization is to represent the academic enterprise of education and professional development of physical therapist leaders with the healthcare team to promote health in our society.  The council serves and leads academic physical therapy by promotion excellence in education, scholarship and research, practice and service to improve the health and wellness of society.