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Department of Physical Therapy

2019 Pura Vida 5k

3rd Annual Pura Vida 5k Run

A huge success!  

Students, faculty, families, Graduate School personnel, and friends (even furry friends!) gathered on Feb. 23 to walk, run, and raise funds for the Study Abroad Program. Even though the wind was quite strong, the sun shone brightly, and the smiles were plentiful. Many thanks to the organizers, the crew, the participants, and the supporters. The run raised $5,000 for next year's Study Abroad Program and the trip to Costa Rica. The event also raised money for Graduate College Scholarships as a contribution was made to the Graduate College Scholarship fund for each runner who wore the Running with the Graduate Deans t-shirt. Thank you, Dean Golato and the Graduate College, for supporting our race! Congratulations to George Schwanenberg and Torey Lasater, our first-place finishers! And check out the Study Abroad page for more pictures.

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

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. Melzerā€™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:

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.