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
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: http://utmaps.uthscsa.edu/
You can also find full details and directions on the PTAA website: www.uthscsa-ptaa.org
2nd Annual PTAA Bash/Reunion to be Held November 19!
Alumni of Year
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Physical Therapy Alumni Association
The Goni Newsletter
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Chris Rabago ‘04
Mike Geelhoed ‘98
Tracey Fontenot ‘96
Janna McGaugh ‘99
Jason Goode '06
Sherral Jones '07
Class of 1980 ………. Celebrating 25 years!!!!!
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
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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
http://www.uthscsa.edu/sah/pt/Alumni/Jobs/index.htm#Board 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
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
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 email@example.com. Please also include a short supporting statement for this nomination.
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, http://www.tsahp.org) 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: http://www.uthscsa.edu/sah/pt
UTHSCSA PT Department News
Website News & Alumni Updates
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The PTAA website (www.uthscsa-ptaa.org) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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: _______
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.