Army Physical Therapy Education, Leadership, and Research


Thank you for emailing us about COL. Anderson. She changed our lives and set a high standard not only for our careers but for our lives. Strict, loving, supportive and giving were only a few of the words to describe her. Over the years I have thought about her often with great respect and gratitude.
Karen Stephens Nelson class of 1967

I would like to thank the alumni association for their assistance with allowing me the wonderful opportunity to attend CSM and my elective rotation at the TBI/Vestibular Physical Therapy Department and NMCSD through the COL Elizabeth L. Lambertson Professional Development Grant.  At the APTA Combined Sections Meeting my original research project was presented, I was able to learn from a variety of different educational sessions and talks, and I was able to connect and network with many alumni of the Army-Baylor DPT program. I had the opportunity to support my classmates with their research presentations, and learn about all the new products that are on the market with the various vendor exhibits. It was such a worthwhile experience!  During my 2 week elective rotation with COL (Ret.) Gottshall (Class of 1977) I was able to enhance my educational and clinical experience in vestibular rehabilitation. I learned new techniques to help treat vestibular dysfunction, and was able to carry a full caseload during my time at NMCSD. I had the unique opportunity to help recognize patients appropriate for Dr. Gottshall's research study, assist with consenting them into the study, and following them throughout their treatment. It was a great experience to see how clinical research operates in a clinical setting from start to finish. It was also a unique leadership experience because I had the opportunity to work under a Navy command and see how different clinic and leadership structures operate. During my days off I even had the opportunity to volunteer with the C5 surf clinic, helping patients with amputations learn to surf! COL (Ret.) Gottshall was an excellent mentor and I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn from her. 
LT Dominique Gamble


I spent the year of education at Lawson General Army Hospital outside Atlanta, GA and then 2 years in El Paso at William Beaumont Army Hospital. Then a respite before being recalled for the Korean Conflict in 1951.  I was at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital for 2 years and 1 year in San Antonio. All wonderful opportunities with many happy memories and great experiences that have served me well.  70 years a physical therapist and I have never retired. I have had many different experiences and opportunities over the years... all because of the opportunity to be a US ARMY graduate in physical therapy.
Geneva Richard Johnson, Capt. (on release in 1954)

"The Alumni Association and the DPT program are truly synergist partners.  It is incredibly comforting for the students, faculty, and staff to know that they have hundreds of alumni supporting them on a daily basis. Thank you to all alumni for your support and please know that you are integral to the ongoing success of the program and military physical therapy. 
LTC Scott Shaffer, PhD, MPT, Class of '92,
Director, US Army-Baylor Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

"I thought I was lucky in 1973 when I was selected for the Army-Baylor MPT Program.  I now realized how blessed I have been for that selection.  As your Alumni President, I can tell you that after over 20 years on faculty and continued association with the program, it is humbling how much the program has changed for the better!  To be consistently recognized in the top 5 PT programs in America by US News and World Report pretty much says it all. 
But there is more, as an alumni I realize what a truly small Army PT world it is.  I got my first civilian job because there was another Army grad on staff.  Being a graduate has opened so many doors for me in my almost 40 year physical therapy career.  Even better, in the last 25 years I have seen the Association make tremendous strides in their support of the program for things that the Army does not budget for- funding an annual lecture series to supplement program curriculum, supporting student research presentations at national meetings, helping refurbish the classrooms, paying for buffets for program events.  Our number one purpose in existing is to support the Army Baylor DPT program.  Our members make that possible!
I am incredibly proud to be a graduate and equally proud to serve as the President of this amazing organization."

Jeannie Bryan Coe
Class of '74

Thanks again to the Alumni Association for the financial support to help us attend graduation, flying from San Diego back to Fort Sam.  It's greatly appreciated.
 Very Respectfully,
1LT Jared McGowen
Student, Army-Baylor DPT Program Class of 2013
San Diego, CA



On behalf of the Army-Baylor DPT class of 2014, I would like to extend a thank you to the entire Alumni Association for providing us with refreshments during comprehensive oral exams this week. The junior class did a fantastic job decorating our staging area: they created a "Half Christmas," complete with lights, carols, and gifts under a tree.

Monday and Tuesday were heavy with emotions: last minute nerves, of course; but also with relief, exhilaration, and ultimately, a deep sense of pride.
We are all so proud of what we have accomplished up to this point, and are honored to be tasked with continuing the tradition of Army-Baylor PT excellence.

We are excited to transition from the classroom to the clinic and begin developing our professional skills; and look forward to the day when we, too, can call ourselves alumni of this incredible program. Thank you, once again, for your ongoing support.

Very Respectfully,

Samantha C. Morgan
Army-Baylor DPT Student, Class of 2014


On the retirement of Cynthia Quiroz, Honorary Member and Admissions Coordinator for the past 20 classes:

She was truly like a Mother to each one of us and how she knew us by our name and was always there to help us with anything we needed. She was truly instrumental in getting each one of us to walk across this stage today.  

Abe Dummar, Class of 2013
Class Leader