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The Goni Newsletter

  1. 1. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2nd Annual PTAA Bash/Reunion! We will be celebrating the 25th, 20th, 15th, 10th and 5th year reunions of our 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000 classes. Last year’s Bash was a huge success and a fun time for all who attended. This event will be even more spe- cial as it is a celebration of our first graduating class of 1980. We hope you can plan to join us this Fall. • When: Saturday, November 19, 2005 • Where: North Campus, UTHSCSA School of Allied Health and Children Cancer Research Institute • Schedule: 9-10 Continental Breakfast/Registration 10-12 Ethics CE course 12-1 Lunch 1-3 Neuroanatomy CE course by Dr. Patricia Brewer 6-7 Open bar/social 7-9 Scholarships & Awards Dinner • Costs: FREE to PTAA members (see below for details) Lifetime members: CEUs, Meals, and Dinner all FREE Annual members: dinner free; CEUs: Ethics $20, Neuroanatomy $30 Dinner Guests: $15 each Directions to the UTHSCSA North Campus, go to this link: You can also find full details and directions on the PTAA website: 2nd Annual PTAA Bash/Reunion to be Held November 19! Issue 3 September 2005 Spring Picnic Recap 2 Distinguished Alumni of Year Nominations 2 Endowment and Job Board Report 2 PT Department News 3 Website Updates 3 Alumni Updates 3 Join PTAA RSVP for Bash 4 Inside this issue: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Physical Therapy Alumni Association presents The Goni Newsletter Page 1 The Goni Newsletter PTAA officers President: Chris Rabago ‘04 Faculty Liaison: Mike Geelhoed ‘98 Secretary: Tracey Fontenot ‘96 Treasurer: Janna McGaugh ‘99 Student Reps: Jason Goode '06 Sherral Jones '07 Class of 1980 ………. Celebrating 25 years!!!!!
  2. 2. The first annual alumni picnic was held this past June at UTHSCSA. We were pleased to see alumni and their families from the first class of 1980 to the most recent in- coming class of 2008! Kids (and kids at heart) played in the moon bounce while everyone enjoyed free food, drink, and activities courtesy of Horizon Foods (thank you Norma Ford ‘04) and Gentiva HealthCare (thank you Andrew Morgan ‘01). The PTAA is fortunate to have the ability to use UTHSCSA’s great outdoor pavilion and sports fields. Over the next few years, we plan to resurrect some friendly interclass competition on these fields. Expect an alumni picnic at the beginning of every Summer. The alumni picnic will always be free to our PTAA members and their families. We hope that events like this will generate mentorship and future career opportunities for our students. The PTAA is very proud to foster such a relationship between young students and our experienced PT alumni. Recap of 2005 PTAA Summer Picnic Page 2 The Goni Newsletter Thanks to the generosity of our members, sponsors, and job board partners, the PTAA will be awarding the first round of student scholarships from the PTAA Endowment at the November 19 Bash. Please continue to visit the job board at to view the current job openings! PTAA Endowment Scholarships East Texas Medical Center Rehabilitation 903-531-8019 Step N Stride Rehabilitation Center 800-894-7281 Advance Staffing Inc. 877-757-7868 Concentra 800-232-3550 Mariner Health Care 877-760-5100 Hand Rehabilitation Assoc. of San Antonio 210-558-4263 Freedom Therapy Staffing 210-524-0084 Progressive Health Rehabilitation 812-476-7000 Brownwood Regional Medical Center 325-649-3160 Rehab Works 800-899-7037 West Texas Rehabilitation Center 325-223-6302 Hendrick Health System 325-670-2295 Homecare Dimensions 210-696-2626 Warm Springs Rehabilitation System 210-829-0009 Cantex HealthCare Centers, LLC 214-954-4114 St. David's Rehabilitation Services 512-901-2701 Baylor University Medical Center 214-820-2683 Forte Physical Therapy 210-342-5300 Healthcare Therapy Services, Inc. 800-486-4449 King’s Daughters Hospital 254-742-9281 Methodist HealthCare 210-208-2921 Rafael Parra and Associate, M.D., P.A. 210-226-8349 UT Medical Branch, Dept. of Rehab 409-772-8884 St. Joseph Health System 888-881-0142 Christus Santa Rosa Health Care 210-705-5713 Rio Physical Medicine Center 956-412-2200 Brookhaven Ancillary Services 210-828-1991 RIOSA- Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio 210-558-1190 CLC Rehab 214-905-2240 On Assignment Healthcare Staffing 210-308-8515 Gonzales Healthcare Systems 830-672-7581 @Work Medical Services 281-378-1340 RYKE Physical Therapy 361-688-7030 Best in Home Therapy, Inc. 210-559-5656 Bethany Home Health Services 800-238-2386 RehabCare 800-677-1202 Reeves Rehabilitation Center 210-358-2281 InterActive HealthCare, Inc. 281-892-2000 American Retirement Corporation 888-221-7317 Forever Health Inc. 210-402-4099 Hallmark Rehabilitation 800-823-4125 Healthsouth Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation 210-590-7412 Medrec, Inc. 800-437-7560 Northeast Baptist Hospital 210-297-2870 Toepperwein PT & Spine Rehab, P.C. 210-599-8903 Zeitgeist Expressions, Inc 210-271-9414 Online Job Board Partners Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Nominations At the November 19th Reunion/Bash, the PTAA will present our highest award to one distinguished alumnus who has demonstrated exemplary service to their community, country, and/or profession. Email your nominations for the distinguished alumnus award to Mike Geelhoed at Please also include a short supporting statement for this nomination.
  3. 3. In addition to ongoing teaching, service, and clinical activities, the PT Department has been very active in recent months in publishing and presenting their research across the nation and overseas. Drs. Michael Geelhoed (‘98) and Patricia Brewer published “A Pilot Study to Investigate the Validity of the Rule of 3’s of the Thoracic Spine” in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Ann Newstead published “Reliability of the Berg Balance Scale and Balance Master Limits of Stability Tests for Individuals with Brain Injury” in the Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy. Dr. Heather Wilde Braden published “Proportional and Non-Proportional Transfer for Movement Sequences” in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and “The learning of similar complex movement sequences: Proactive and retroactive effects of learning” in The Journal of Motor Behaviour. Dr. Cathy Ortega is an invited presenter at the 4th European Sports Medicine Congress in Cyprus this October. Dr. Giovanni DeDomenico is the president of the Texas Society of Allied Health Professions (TSAHP, and has recently completed his newest edition of his Beard’s Massage textbook with DVD. Our newest faculty member is also one of our newest alumni! Mary Sue King (‘05) joined the faculty as the ACCE and is hard at work confirming clinical sites and supporting our soon-to-graduate students out on clinical rotations. Please check the PT department website for news, bios, and contact information: UTHSCSA PT Department News Website News & Alumni Updates Page 3 The Goni Newsletter The PTAA website ( is receiving heavy traffic and slowly getting updated. We encourage you to continue visiting, especially to view the online job board, which is always updated. In the very near future, you will be able to join the PTAA, renew your membership, join the job board, and register for upcoming events via a Paypal option on our website. The site will also host a chat page for members, virtual class scrap books, and complete picture recaps of all alumni events. We will also be placing alumni updates with pictures on the website. Likewise, for the scrap-bookers of the classes, we will be compiling online scrapbooks for all the classes. If you have pictures or art work from past t-shirts, email or mail them in so we can add to your class’ online scrapbook. These are a few updates that our alumni have sent into us: Tanya Moore ‘04: Lives in Utopia, TX with husband Wayne; expecting our first baby on Dec 20th Jennifer Crouch Lyons ‘00: Lives in College Station; Director of Physical Therapy for St. Joseph Regional Health Center and GSJHC, BSJHC, & MSJHC (in Grimes, Burleson, and Madisonville) Wendy Salome ‘98: Lives in Austin with daughter Emerson (2 yo); new baby due Oct 4; works at Children's Hospital of Austin and is actively participating with the Austin Area Pediatric Specialists Susan Denham Whitehead ‘00: Lives in Helotes with husband Rich and daughter Cassidy; expecting 2nd child in Oct 2005; Director of Clinical Services at HealthSouth RIOSA Email Chris your updates & pics,, we will post to the web & in the next Goni’s Aaron Dudley ‘02: Married Loren Miller (a cardiac ICU nurse) on April 30, 2005 (pictured right); currently live in San Diego, CA as our first stop of many traveling assignments; Denver is the next stop, followed by Seattle, and back to TX! Lee Cundiff Johnson ‘82: Lives in Tyler with husband Mike (23 yrs) & 3 kids; works Outpt part time Jade Pehl ‘04: Moved to Bryan, TX to work at St. Joseph Regional Health Center (a job board partner); husband Eric decided to go with her
  4. 4. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Physical Therapy Alumni Association Department of Physical Therapy - MSC 6247 7703 Floyd Curl Drive San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900 PTAA Membership & Bash/Reunion RSVP Form PTAA Membership dues: $20/year Active Member $150 Lifetime Member Alumni who are married to other alumni receive half-off second lifetime membership (total: $225 / 2 alumni) Upgrade active memberships to lifetime for $130, must upgrade before the end of your 1st year membership Name: ___________________________________________________________________________ Class: _________ Address: __________________________________________ City: _____________________ State:____ Zip: _______ Email1:___________________________________________Email2:________________________________________ Updates: ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Lifetime members: Dinner, Meals, CEUs FREE Annual members: dinner free; CEUs: Ethics $20, Neuroanatomy $30 All Dinner Guests: $15 each ___ I want to join, renew, or upgrade my membership. Enclosed is $_________ for my Annual/Lifetime membership (circle one) ___ I will attend the Ethics and/or Neuroanatomy courses (Circle which apply) Enclosed is $________ Write free if Life member ___ I will attend the Dinner with _____ guests. Enclosed is $_________ for my dinner guests. ___ I want to contribute $______ to the PTAA endowment for PT student scholarships. ___ I do not want to join at this time, but please continue to keep me updated on the PTAA, events and my classmates. Total Enclosed $_________ UTHSCSA - PTAA c/o Department of Physical Therapy MSC 6247 Please fill out and detach the above registration form 7703 Floyd Curl Drive and make check out to “PTAA,” and mail to: San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900 Dear PTAA Members, Alumni, Students, Faculty, and Job Board partners: I started this letter prior to the tragedies in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. I wanted this letter to motivate those of you who have not joined the PTAA to join and for those of you who have joined as active members to upgrade to lifetime members. But, in the wake of these horrible events, I understand that there are perhaps more pressing challenges that need your attention. I suspect many of you have already started to donate and contribute to the victims of Katrina. I know of at least a dozen of our alumni in these states and I pray that they and their families are safe. The PTAA will continue to uphold our mission and push forward with fund raising for our endowment for student scholarships. Likewise , we will continue to plan the November 19th Alumni Bash/Reunion with CEUs. If you feel that you have the resources and ability to give back to our students and support the PTAA efforts, then I would encourage you to fill out a membership form. We must always prepare for tomorrow and through a solid membership, the PTAA can better support the education of our future clinicians and make sure our alumni always have access to University’s resources. If you ever have any questions or comments, please email me. Christopher A. Rábago, PT, MPT, MEd. President, UTHSCSA-PTAA