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

Lecturer

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

Office: Encino Hall 333, San Marcos
Phone: (512) 245-8351
E-mail: cb46@txstate.edu


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
E-mail: DB38@txstate.edu


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: Willow Hall 345
Phone: (512) 716-2659
E-Mail: jb25@txstate.edu
 

 



Jacob Garza

Jacob Garza, PT, DPT, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Clinical Lecturer

Licensed PT since 2011. A graduate of the Texas State Physical Therapy program. He completed his fellowship training at the Manual Therapy Institute in 2016. Dr. Garza assists with the musculoskeletal and anatomy sequence. 

 

Office: Willow Hall 347
Phone: (512) 716-2661
E-mail: jg1647@txstate.edu

 


 

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

Professor

Licensed PT since 1999. Certified Wound Specialist 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
E-mail: kg18@txstate.edu


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
E-mail: dg46@txstate.edu


Alt TextJennifer Hale, PT, DPT, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Hale is a licensed physical therapist and Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. She coordinates the adult neuro rehabilitation course content and serves as the Program Director for the Texas State University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. She graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Boston University in 2007 and completed the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy residency in 2010. She is working toward her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Sciences, School of Public Health.

Office: Willow Hall 340
Phone: (512) 716-2654
Email: jlh277@txstate.edu


Alt TextPieter A. Kroon, PT, Board Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Clinical Assistant Professor

Graduated from physical therapy school in the Hague, the Netherlands, in 1986. Specializes in orthopaedic physical therapy. He completed his fellowship training in manual therapy at Gulf Coast Graduate PT Institute in Gulfport, MS, in 1992. Board Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. He has taught manual therapy courses nationwide since 1994 and teaches part-time at Texas State in the musculoskeletal course sequence since Spring, 2014.

 
Office:  Willow Hall 341
Phone:  (512) 716-2655

LorenzJames Lorenz, PT, DPT

Lecturer

Licensed since 2000. A graduate of the Texas State Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Lorenz is part-time at Texas State and provides instruction in neuroanatomy, anatomy, and physiology.

 
Office: Willow Hall 342
Phone: (512) 716-2656

McDowellDebra McDowell, PT, PhD

PT Clinic Assistant Director

Clinical Assistant Professor

Joined 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 focused on fall prevention in older adults. 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
Email: DM78@txstate.edu


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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
E-mail: sd11@txstate.edu


 

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 Masters 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 she 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
E-mail: mp40@txstate.edu

 

 

 


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

PT Clinic Director

Clinical Associate Professor

Licensed as a physical therapist in 1994. Certified Athletic Trainer since 1984. Dr. Rich earned a Doctor of Science degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2011.  She is 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, Dr. Rich returned to the program in the fall of 2015 as a member of the musculoskeletal team. 

Office: Willow Hall 354 
Phone: (512) 716-2668
E-mail: ajr33@txstate.edu


 

Damian RodriguezDamian Rodriguez, PT, DPT, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy                            

Clinical Lecturer

Licensed physical therapist since 2015, Dr. Rodriguez has practiced primarily in the area of neurologic rehabilitation with a focus on individuals with Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Rodriguez assists with lecture and lab for the Neuroscience sequence, Patient Care Skills, and as a clinical instructor during Directed Clinical. He graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2015 and from the Neurologic Physical Therapy residency in 2016, both from Texas State University. He received his Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy from the APTA in 2017. 

 

Office: Willow Hall 353
Phone: (512) 716-2667
E-mail:  DR1211@txstate.edu

 


 

Scott ShafferScott W. Shaffer, PT, PhD, ECS, Board Certified Electrophysiologic Specialist

Professor

Licensed Physical Therapist since 1992. Dr. Shaffer is a retired Colonel from the United States Army, serving in a variety of roles including 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
E-mail: sws70@txstate.edu

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
E-mail: SS66@txstate.edu


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 

E-Mail: LAS239@txstate.edu  


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 Clinical Education.

 

Office: Willow Hall 356
Phone: (512) 716-2670
E-mail: sw32@txstate.edu


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

Department Chair

Professor

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
E-mail: bs04@txstate.edu

(02-21-2019)