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Residents

2019-2020 Resident

Jessica Traves, PT, DPT, graduated from St. Edward's University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas State University in 2018. Jessie found her passion for the neurologic population after working with the SCI and stroke population during her clinical rotation at St. David's Inpatient Rehab Hospital. After graduation, she worked at Dell Seton Medical Center in the trauma ICU in which she treated various acute neurological diagnoses. Throughout this residency, Jessie hopes to strengthen her therapeutic handling and treatment techniques with the neurologic population as well as provide education and access to those with neurologic conditions in underserved populations upon completion. Jessie is an active member of the TPTA/APTA and has presented her research involving functional movement screens in 2017 during conferences. Jessie is excited to grow and develop as a clinical professional and scholar in the neurologic population.

Recently Graduated Residents

 

William MerringWilliam Merring, PT, DPT graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Lynchburg in 2018. Will completed his clinical rotations through Central Texas Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital, The Central Hospital System and Woodrow Wilson’s Workforce Rehabilitation working to improve the function of patients with a multitude of neurological conditions. Will is an active member for the VPTA/APTA completing presentations at the state level, working to pass legislation enabling direct access care in the state of Virginia and attending CSM 2018 in San Antonio. He looks forward to enhancing his clinical skills by participating in the Texas State University Neurological Residency in addition to teaching the DPT students inside and outside of the classroom.

Rebecca RussellRebecca Russell, PT, DPT  graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2014 and from the University of Texas Medical Branch with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2018. She has found her passion in neurologic physical therapy through her clinical experiences working with patients at sub-acute, transitional, and outpatient settings. She is an active member of the APTA/TPTA and has participated in research at both national and international levels on a presentation examining empathy in the healthcare setting. She has been an active volunteer at her physical therapy school’s Pro-Bono clinic, St. Vincent’s, which serves the under-insured population in the Houston/Galveston area. 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 as well as develop her teaching skills to entry level DPT students.

Past 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.

Gwen Cariker, PT, DPT (2017): Gwen completed the Texas State University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in August of 2017 and became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy in June of 2018. She accepted a position at St. David's Medical Center in the inpatient rehabilitation setting 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 as well as pursuing future presentations over neuro rehabilitation and wellness at the local and state levels.  Email: gwen.cariker@gmail.com

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. 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. Damian works at St. David's Medical Center as a float pool physical therapist with an emphasis on inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation of individuals with neurologic disorders. Damian is also a clinical lecturer in the Texas State University Department of Physical Therapy assisting with teaching in the Neuroscience sequence, Patient Care Skills, and Directed Clinical Instruction. Email: dr1211@txstate.edu 

 

(Updated 10-15-2019)