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Updates on Class of 2013

Welcome DPT Class of 2013

DPT Class of 2013

The 2010-2013 Class of DPT students had orientation June 3-4, 2010 and their first classes on Monday, June 7, 2010.  We would like to welcome this dynamic and excited group of students to the third cohort of the DPT curriculum.  The games in the park at Aquarena Springs on Friday afternoon were fun and helped everyone to get to know each other.  Welcome, and have fun for the next three years!

Memory Walk for Alzheimer's - November 6, 2010

Class of 2013 Memory Walk Participants

Pictured is the team from Texas State University Department of Physical Therapy who participated in the Memory Walk for Alzheimer's in San Marcos, TX, on November 6, 2010. The team included students, faculty, friends (two-legged and four-legged). Everyone had a chilly, bracing good time. Thanks for supporting this worthy event and representing our program!

Lakeway Aquatic Therapy and Wellness Center Hosts DPT I Class

DPT Class of 2013

Special thanks to Melody Medley-Keith and her staff at Lakeway Aquatic Therapy and Wellness Center for hosting the first-year students on October 28, 2010. This is the third year that students have spent an evening in the pool learning about aquatic physical therapy. With the opportunity to visit this unique facility, the students have learned so much each year and enjoyed getting to know the staff. As an annual event, this is one of the fall semester highlights when learning is really fun! Thanks to the entire staff at Lakeway Aquatics!

Patient Experiences - Day 1 and Day 2

The DPT I's experienced their first day with their own pediatric "patients." Twelve children with their parents joined the class for the 'assessment' portion of this learning experience. Students participated and observed different ages, levels of disability and were able to apply their didactic skills in this dynamic session. Some fun was had by all!!!

David and kids Jump Lego Land She is quick Yum Yum baby

APTA ELC Meeting Held in San Antonio

APTA Meeting

The American Physical Therapy Section held the Educational Leadership Conference in San Antonio October 1-3, 2010.  Drs. Barbara Sanders, Barbara Melzer, and Steve Spivey were in attendance as participants.  Dr. Eric Robertson was one of the presenters.  This is an annual meeting for the academic leaders and faculty of physical therapy educational programs in the United States.  It provides an opportunity for discussion, learning and networking.  This year was historic with the formation by the Academic Administrators Special Interest Group of the APTA Academic Council.

Held in conjunction with ELC is the Diversity Fundraiser Dinner.  Assisting with the event this year were students from Texas State, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and St. Philips College.  Pictured above are the student volunteers who contributed to the success of the event.  We do appreciate our students - Thanks for representing Texas State so well!

Day at The Springs

Special thanks to the patients and staff of The Springs brain injury assisted living program in Ottine for hosting the DPT II students on Friday, June 10th.  The students had the opportunity to directly interact with the patients during their daily exercise program and also toured the site of the original Warm Springs Hospital.  The students were able to learn about the polio epidemic and how treating polio patients advances the profession of physical therapy.

Springs1 Springs 2 Springs 4            Springs 5  Springs 6

Lawlor Hughes, Albaugh, and Zachary


Wound Care Instruction

Kate Young Biasiolli, a Senior Manager for KCI in Global Professional Education, presented a lecture and laboratory session for second year students.  After covering the basics in negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), Kate directed a hands-on lab where students could practice V.A.C. application on "wounded" watermelons.  (One uninjured watermelon was consumed - it just smelled too good!)  Students also drew wounds on each other so they could apply the V.A.C. and feel NPWT for themselves.  It was a great lab and KCI donated all the V.A.C. supplies.  Thanks, Kate, for an excellent learning opportunity, and thanks, KCI, for contributing to our integumentary program!

Hillin, Record, Shugart, and Harris

(page updated 06-12-2015)



PT Celebrates Veteran’s Day with Recognition of Students

The Department of Physical Therapy proudly recognizes five currently enrolled students for their service in the US military.
Bryan Jacobson enlisted in the Army after 9/11/01, finishing that semester of school to leave for Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, the following April. He continued his service with Advanced Individual Training to become a ground surveillance systems operator otherwise known as a 96 Romeo. Following training, his first duty station was with the 1 st Infantry division, 101 st Military Intelligence Battalion in Wurzbug, Germany. Deployed in February 2004 to Iraq and stationed in Tikrit with area of operations the Salahad Din province from Mosul to Baghdad. 96Romeos operate in small 4-man reconnaissance teams which are attached to infantry, cavalry and scout platoons, and act as liaisons to the Intelligence battalions on the post. Bryan’s team conducted over 90 nighttime reconnaissance missions with Task Force 1-77 Armor and 2-108 th Infantry Battalion. They also conducted daytime convoy security patrols, UAV recovery and guard rotations. He was promoted with highest honors to Squad Sergeant and Charlie Company Armorer on his return to Germany. In 2005, Bryan was in the first graduating class of the Warrior Leadership Course and graduated in the top 5%. After 4 years of military service, he returned home and continued his education.
Thomas Lawlor was in the US Air Force as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician for 21 years and worked on T-37, T-38, F-4g, a-10, and U-2 aircraft. As part of his duties he served as a mechanic, quality assurance inspector, aircraft maintenance instructor, flight chief, production supervisor and squadron superintendent. In the course of his 21 years, he was stationed in the US, Europe, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Korea and served in Desert shield, Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, Deny Flight and Southern Watch.
Christi Messer served in the US Air Force from 1997 to September 1, 2001, 10 days before 9/11/01. She completed basic training in San Antonio and then attended the Police Academy for security forces. Upon completion of the academy, she was stationed in Misawa, Japan, where she spent the majority of the next 5 years. She traveled extensively while in the Air Force – UAE, Hong Kong, Tiawan, Bahrain and Korea. She left the military to be a full-time mother and has now returned to graduate school.
Melissa Osti served 6 years as active duty US Air Force in the communications career field. She served 3 of those years at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska supervising the base Communications control Center, serving as coordination center and emergency response team for communications activities providing service and systems for the based population and aircraft. The next 3 years of activity duty were at Lackland AFB in San Antonio working for the AF Computer Emergency Response Team, providing network defense against attacks on military network communication systems. During this time, she deployed to Baghdad as a liaison officer. Melissa continues in the AF Reserves reporting for duty with the AF Cyber Command Standardization and Evaluation staff during breaks from school.
Cory Peterson was in the US Marine Corps from 2004 to 2005. Corey led a platoon of 84 Marines through ground combat simulations and was recognized for exemplary leadership and execution of those exercises with a meritorious promotion. He trained as crew chief of a CH-46 helicopter for the 3 rd Marine Aircraft Wing in Miramar, CA performing maintenance and repair of aircraft maintenance support equipment and hydraulics. Injured during a training exercise he saw his military career come to an end and returned to school.
In addition to these students, we are proud of two of our faculty who served in the military – Dr. Rob Wainner, US Air Force (retired)  and Dr. David Greathouse, US Army (retired). Thank you all for your service!