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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, Damien Rodriguez, Karen Gibbs, Angela Rich, Debra McDowell, Suzy Okere, Debbie Baylor, Steve Spivey.


Appreciation Party

The Physical Therapy Department faculty and staff held an Appreciation Party for the "1s" and "2s" (first and second year DPT students). The "Love" theme party included lunch, desserts, drinks and snacks, a photo booth, and fun for all. We appreciate you, Students!


Faculty News

Hale Prepares First PT Cohort in Qatar

Dr. Jennifer Hale is in Qatar this semester, serving as a consultant for a Physical Therapy Program at Qatar University. This is the first PT program in the country of Qatar, and this first cohort starts in August. Hale says she is excited to think about the impact this inaugural class will have on improving the health of Qataris. 

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:

CHARM: Center for Healing & Regenerative Medicine


BSN Medical

Save and Simple

Blue Sky Orthotics & Prosthetics

Ritchie Limb & Brace

3M EMPI, Inc

Osborn Medical Corporation

Action Bandage, LLC

Exciton Technologies, Inc

Regent Medical

Advanced Orthopedic Designs

GaitRite, Inc

Sage Allard USA, Inc


Seton Hays 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


St. David's North Medical

Christus Santa Rosa

Lakeway Aquatic Therapy & Center (Austin, TX)

Wellness Center

Texas Neuro Rehab

Lympha Press USA, LTD

Texas PT Specialists

ConvaTec Medical Solutions

Travis Medical

DARCO Medical Technologies, Inc

University Medical Center at Davol, Inc

Derma Sciences Orthotic & Prosthetic

Wake Pharma US

Dewey Whisenant, MD Technologies, Inc 

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.