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Alt TextChris Baker, PT, MSPT, DC, Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Nutrition


Licensed PT since 2007. Is a graduate of the Texas State Physical Therapy Program.   Provides academic instruction in anatomy and physiology. Is part-time with Texas State and has full time practice in San Marcos, Texas Physical Therapy Specialists.

Office: Encino Hall 333
Phone: (512) 716-2652

Debbie Baylor, PT, MEd

Senior Lecturer

Licensed since 1978. Clinical background in acute care, administration, and pediatrics. Teaches in the professional courses sequence as well as in clinical decision making.

Office: Willow Hall 355
Phone: (512) 716-2669

Alt TextJanet R Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD

Associate Professor

Licensed since 1981.  Joined the faculty at Texas State in Fall, 2014, having taught at Southwest Texas State from 1995 to 2002.  Dr. Bezner was a staff Vice President at the American Physical Therapy Association for 9 years, leading the Education and Governance and Administration Units.  Her PhD is in health education from the University of Texas and her interests and expertise are in health promotion, prevention and wellness.

Office: Encino Hall
Phone: (512) 716-2659


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Karen Gibbs, PT, PhD, DPT, Certified Wound Specialist

Associate Professor

Licensed PT since 1999. Certified Wound Specilaist with active clinical practice in wound management. Teaches examination techniques, therapeutic interventions, special issues, patient care skills and integumentary physical therapy.


Office: Willow Hall 352
Phone: (512) 716-2666

Alt TextDenise Gobert, PT, PhD, Board Certified Neurology Clinical Specialist, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults

Associate Professor

Licensed PT since 1994. Is part of the neuroscience team and research team. Has previously taught at University of Kansas Medical Center and served as adjunct at University of Maryland and George Washington University. Specialty area is vestibular rehabilitation.


Office: Willow Hall 325
Phone: (512) 716-2648

Alt TextJennifer Hale, PT, DPT, Board Certified

Clinical Assistant Professor

Licensed physical therapist since 2007 and has practiced almost exclusively in the
area of brain injury & stoke rehabilitation. Jennifer coordinates the Neuroscience
sequence and is primary instructor for Adult Neurology and Geriatrics. Jennifer
graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2007 and
graduated from the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy residency
in June of 2010. She received her Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy
from the APTA in 2010.

Office: Willow Hall 340
Phone: (512) 716-2654

Alt TextPieter A. Kroon, PT a Free Background Report on Pieter A. Kroon, PT. Malpractice, medical malpractice, sanctions, misconduct, credentials, and penalty or negligence information.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Having graduated from physical therapy school in the Hague, the Netherlands, in 1986, Pieter specializes in orthopaedic physical therapy. He completed his fellowship training in manual therapy at Gulf Coast Graduate PT Institute in Gulfport, MS in 1992. He is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He has been teaching manual therapy courses nationwide since 1994.  Pieter teaches part-time in the musculoskeletal course sequence, coming on board in Spring, 2014.
Office:  Willow Hall 341
Phone:  (512) 716-2655

Lorenz James Lorenz, PT, DPT


Licensed since 2000. A graduate of the Texas State Physical Therapy Program.
Is part-time at Texas State and provides instructions in neuroanatomy, anatomy
and physiology.
Office: Willow Hall 342
Phone: (512) 716-2656

McDowellDebra McDowell, PT, PhD

PT Clinic Assistant Director

Clinical Assistant Professor

Joining us in September 2013. Licensed in Texas. Completed PhD at TWU in 2008.  Has been in practice in Austin for over 20 years with practice focus on older adults of fall prevention; most recently developed the PTA program at South University in Austin. Teaches in the neuro sequence, assists in the clinic and with the clinic decision making course series.

Office: Willow Hall 343
Phone:  (512) 716-2657

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Suzy Dougherty Okere, PT, PhD, Certified Athletic Trainer, Licensed Athletic Trainer

Clinical Associate Professor

Licensed PT since 1998. Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy. Completed a Sports Physical Therapy Residency in 2000. Teaches anatomy and clinical applications for the orthopedic sequence. Completed PhD at TWU Spring 2012.


Office: Willow Hall 323
Phone: (512) 716-2646


MAry ParkerMary Elizabeth Parker, PT, PhD, Board Certified in Neurologic and Pediatric Physical Therapy

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Parker received her undergraduate degree at Duke University in 1991 with a double major in biological psychology and physical anthropology. Her Master's in Physical Therapy was awarded in 1995 from the Medical College of Virginia and her doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 from Texas Woman's University. Dr. Parker coordinates the neuroscience sequence with emphasis in teaching in neuroanatomy and pediatrics. She is dually licensed in Texas and Connecticut, and is board certified in both neurologic and pediatric therapy by the Academy of Board Certified Specialists which is unique in the field. Her passion is working with those with undiagnosed and rare disorders, and she serves this community through her role as the Medical Liaison for U.R. Our Hope.


Office: Willow Hall 322
Phone: (512) 716-2813



Angela Rich, OCS, PT, ScD, Certified Athletic Trainer                             Ang Tall

Assistant Professor

Licensed as a physical therapist in 1994. Certified Athletic Trainer since 1984 and earned a Doctor of Science degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2011.  A private practice owner for 16 years with specialization in sports medicine/orthopaedics and a special interest in treating elite club, collegiate and international athletes. Board Certified in Orthopaedics. A graduate of Texas State Physical Therapy Program, returned in the fall of 2015 as a member of the musculoskeletal team. 

Office: Willow Hall 354 
Phone: (512) 716-2668



Scott W. Shaffer, PT, PhD, ECS


Licensed Physical Therapist since 1992.  Dr. Shaffer is a retired Colonel from the United States Army, serving in a variety of roles to include as Chief of Army Physical Therapy, Dean of the Graduate School at the Army Medical Department Center and School, and Director and Professor at the US Army Baylor Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy.  Dr. Shaffer is a board certified clinical electrophysiologic specialist and has extensive clinical and teaching experience in neurologic and orthopaedic assessment.  He is also an investigator on various research projects to include studies examining injury risk screening and the influence of neuromusuloskeletal injury on postural stability and physical performance.
Office: Willow Hall 349
Phone: (512) 716-2663

Alt textSteve Spivey, PT, DPT 

Director of Clinical Education

Clinical Associate Professor

Licensed since 1990. Director of Clinical Education.  Clinical background in acute care, home health and acute rehabilitation. Special interest in stroke and brain injury rehab, geriatrics, prosthetics/amputations and clinical education.  Assists in patient management course and other clinical courses.

Office: Willow Hall 360
Phone: (512) 716-2674

LoisLois Stickley, PT, PhD

Associate Professor                                                                          

Licensed since 1982. Joined Texas State in Fall 2014 with 19 years of experience teaching in a professional and post-professional physical therapy program and over 30 years of clinical practice. Clinical background in neurologic physical therapy and expertise in professional development and leadership.  Coordinates the clinical decision making sequence.

Office: Willow Hall 351
Phone(512) 716-2665                                                                                          

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Shannon Williams, PT, DPT, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy 
PT Clinic Director

Clinical Lecturer

Licensed PT since 1993. A graduate of the Texas State Physical Therapy program.  Has extensive experience in clinical practice. Supervises on-site physical therapy clinic. Specialty area is orthopaedics.


Office: Willow Hall 356
Phone: (512) 716-2670

Alt TextBarbara Sanders, PT, PhD, Board Certified Sports Specialist, Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association 
Department Chair


Licensed PT since 1972. Director of PT Program. Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy. Specializes in sports injuries -  pre-season participation examinations, acute care and rehabilitation. Teaches in the professional course sequence, assists in research courses and provides special issues lectures.

Office: Willow Hall 362
Phone: (512) 716-2676