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Supporting the future of physical therapy

Anne and Rolf Kuhns Over the summer, Rolf and Anne Kuhns made a major estate gift to the Department of Physical Therapy, expanding on the endowed chair and the scholarship fund they established in 2006. “We recognized, both of us, that our experience at the University of Florida was…

Message from the Director

Welcome all to the Fall Edition of the Gator PT. I hope you are doing well and that this upcoming holiday season will be one of joy for you and your family. As we begin looking ahead towards the new year, I want to glance back at the positive outcomes…

Lasting connections

Back in August 2013, the department wouldn’t have known that orientation would be the start of the relationship between Estey Ruppal and Duncan Evans. Now graduated and planning a wedding, we were able to link up with the alumni — to reflect on their time in the program and…

Alum reflects on UF PT memories

We take pride in the diversity of our faculty and enjoy hearing stories of what our former students remember of them. It’s refreshing when we get to catch up with alumni to bring us back to our roots, and that’s what Mike Borut, PT, DPT, CSCS, class of 2002, did…

Gator Balance Class: Fostering progress in students and participants

The cycle of Community Health is one of progress and mentorship at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center. Each semester brings new opportunities and accomplishments. The community participants are always eager to improve their balance while assisting in the development of DPT students, while students are eager to engage…

DPT students participate in Federal Advocacy Forum

The department was well-represented at the APTA’s 2019 Federal Advocacy Forum where two DPT students had the opportunity to participate in the three-day conference held March 31 through April 2. Hannah Belles, a second-year DPT student, and Alyse Hausman, a first-year DPT student, both received travel grants on behalf…

World Lifesaving Championship

In November, first-year DPT student Casey Francis competed in the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia. She was selected to compete with the USA team in relay and individual events. “My events went really well,” she said. “My highest place being in the Open Water Surf Swim where…

New SPTA Officers

Every year a new batch of bright students are elected as the Student Physical Therapy Association Executive Board officers. The Board’s role is to organize meetings to form student committees, plan events within our own program and with other health discipline programs, address questions, concerns and ideas, and make sure…

Faculty Highlight: Joel Bialosky

In this edition, we highlight Joel Bialosky, PT, PhD, FAAOMPT, OCS, clinical associate professor, and ask him a couple questions regarding his time as a PhD student in the Rehabilitation Science Program, what he enjoys the most as an instructor, and fond memories he’s had over the years. How long…