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Dr. David Levine

Physical Therapy Professor and Walter M. Cline Chair of Excellence, Dr. David Levine with Dr. Henry Spratt, Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Science presented research at the annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Their findings determined that terminal cleaning fails to decontaminate air ducts and floors.

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Dr. David Levine honored by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow and Dr. June Hanks honored by the American Physical Therapy Association with the Humanitarian Award.

                                 David Levine honored as a fellow at APTA 2018 conference.June Hanks awarded for humanitarian efforts at 2018 APTA conference.
Group shot of 2018 APTA Fellows.


PT Department Helps Chattanooga Ballet also the CIDC of UTC (Videos)

UTC physical therapy students team up with the Chattanooga Ballet in hopes to help each other learn and grow in their professions.

Dr. David Levine, Associate Professor, partners with Dr. Henry Spratt a Biology, Geology & Environmental Science Professor at UTC for leading research with the UTC Clinical Infectious Disease Control in studying bacteria and soils. 


Graduating Students Banquet (The Venue)

Stage at The Venue the night of the PT Student Banquet.

Student Banquet Album

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Banquet to celebrate our 2018 graduates. This celebration was mainly set up and hosted by students who awarded each other and faculty members with 'most likely to' superlatives. Scholarships from generous donors, alumni and local organizations also were announced.






THEC Award given to Dr. June Hanks

Dr. June E. Hanks, Associate Professor, was recently named one of the five 2018 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award for Faculty/Staff by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Read more about the award and more.

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Preview of Alumni Fall Fest Event Album

Alumni Fall Festival Album

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Gathering of alumni, their families, current staff and faculty of varying graduating classes. Hosted at the lovely Howe Farms venue in Georgetown, TN. Thank you to all who attended, PT students who volunteered with the 'trunk or treat' for the children, Alliance Physical Therapy for catering and Howe Farms for having us!









Haiti Trip

Faculty and 3rd Year PT Students Trip to Haiti

Dr. Cathie Smith and Dr. June Hanks lead a group of 3rd year physical therapy students toward helping Haitians in clinics and sharing lessons with local students in six different cities.


Our campus is ever growing and thanks to donors our Mapp Building has newly renovated space for our program. The space is located outside the second floor from the student lounge and redesigned in two sections for two pursposes: patio space to relax and study on one side and space for testing stations for movement. The album available shows before, during and after stages of the development of the outdoor space.







Dr. Randy Walker Luncheon

Dr. Randy Walker (left) Honored

DPT Director Dr. Ingram (right) speaking on his impact on campus.


"It is with great enthusiasm that we express our thanks to Dr. Randy Walker, the founder of the UTC physical therapy program.  For 40 years, Dr. Walker has been preparing the next generation of physical therapists.  He began his teaching career at Georgia State University in 1977.  His leadership role at UTC has spanned the campus to include interim leadership roles in the college and graduate school.  On behalf of the physical therapy community, thank you Dr. Walker for your lasting legacy to this University and our beloved profession.  We wish you well in your retirement, recognizing that you will continue to teach our students on a part-time basis."

- Program Director Dr. Debbie Ingram

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Dr. Nancy Fell honored by the American Physical Therapy Association

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UTC DPT students volunteer at Camp Wakawalu: this camp is for families who have children with Down Syndrome to enjoy a weekend of playing, singing, dancing, eating, relaxing, and fellowshipping.  



2/4/2016: White Coat Ceremony recognizes PT students (with video)

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5/15/15: Dr. Cathie Smith honored with national and state awards


Spring 2015 Interprofessional Health Fair-  On March 6, 2015, Dr. Fell and several 2nd year DPT students participated in an interprofessional health fair at Boynton Terrace.  They performed 5x Sit to Stand screenings and provided lower extremity strengthening and fall prevention education.

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2/20/15: Physical Therapy professor offers advice on Dog TV 



Dr. David Levine honored for distinguished service by the Orthopedic Section, APTA at Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis.


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5/1/14: Women of Distinction includes Dr. Debbie Ingram 


Dr. Randy Walker honored

Congratulations to Dr. Randy Walker, Dean of the Graduate School and former Department Head. Dr. Walker was honored with the Carolyn Thompson and Roger Brown Award for Community Engagement at this year's Faculty Awards Celebration.


Several UTC DPT faculty and students participated in Research Day. Click here to view an article featuring Dr. Julie Bage, Adjunct Professor of Physical Therapy. The Chattanooga Times Free Press article features DPT III student Libby English.




UTC PT Department visits Tennessee State Capitol; presents at Las Vegas conference

UTC DPT faculty and students at the Titans' stadium.

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UTC DPT faculty, students and recent alumni participated in seven presentations at the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting held February 3-6, in Las Vegas, NV. 




dr_ingram_senator_watson_govenor_haslamThe Tennessee Physical Therapy Association visited with State Senator Bo Watson at a recent event and thanked him for his service.  Pictured are Connie Petty, Director of Rehab at the Center for Sports Medicine and the District Chairman for the TPTA, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Dr. Debbie Ingram, Interim Department Head, and Senator Watson.










Two UTC DPT alumni were recognized at the 2014  PT Forum.   Jeannette Davis, '93 was named the 2014 UTC PT Alumnus of the Year and Harvey Hillyer, '94 was recognized as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year.  They are pictured here with Dr. Debbie Ingram,  Interim Department Head.






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10/26/13: APTA National Student Conclave

conclave fashion showUTC DPT students participated in the professional image fashion show at the APTA National Student Conclave in Louisville, KY in October.  Pictured with them is Paul Rockar, President of the APTA. 









athie Smith AAU summer 2013Dr. Cathie Smith (pictured here with some of her students) taught a course this summer at Anglo-American University.  The course,  Management 359 / 559 - Professional Behavior in Organizations, was offered as an elective during the summer term in the Masters in Business and Law in International Markets and the Business Administration programs. Anglo-American University (AAU) is the oldest private higher education institution in the Czech Republic. Located in the historic Old Town region of Prague, AAU provides accredited bachelors’ and masters’ education programs in the areas of business, humanities, social sciences, journalism, law and international relations and diplomacy.   Founded as a non-profit university soon after the fall of communism, AAU recruits students from over 60 countries to engage in courses taught in the English language designed to uphold the best American and British academic traditions. AAU shares joint graduate and undergraduate programs with several British and American Universities, and it is the first international university invited to apply for accreditation by the U.S.-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) .Dr. Smith holds a Senior Lecturer faculty appointment at AAU.


3/1/13: Department of Physical Therapy hosts faculty from Thailand


2/27/13: Dr. Debbie Ingram to receive national honor



UTC students and faculty participated in the 2013 Tennessee Physical Therapy Day on the Hill .  State Senator Bo Watson met with the students in the Senate Chamber and emphasized the importance of advocacy for our patients and profession.




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12/21/12: Physical Therapy ranked #5 in Best Health Care Jobs report


12/15/12: Transition DPT graduates

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Ten transition DPT students graduated in December 2012.  Graduates of the 100% online program traveled from as far as Florida and California to take part in the ceremony.


10/8/12: TPTA Fall Meeting held in Chattanooga

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UTC DPT Faculty and students met with State Senator Bo Watson and Congressman Chuck Fleischmann at the TPTA Fall Meeting in Chattanooga.



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Dr. Cathie Smith taught a course this summer at Anglo American University. The combined UG / Grad course titled Topics in Global Health Management was offered through the Business Department at Anglo American University as an elective for Business Administration majors and the Masters in Business and Law in International Markets students. The students were from 7 countries: Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Russia, and the USA.




























Four 2012 grads from the entry-level cohort went trekking around Ireland, Scotland and England for 3 weeks following graduation.  Dr. Cathie Smith met up with them in Dublin, Ireland one morning for breakfast at a quaint Irish pub before the four took off to tour Ireland, and they had a great time sharing travel experiences.  Pictured with Dr. Smith are grads Kat Borsch, Sarah Burkhart, Elizabeth Harding and Stefanie Taphouse.


6/12/12 UTC Graduate & DPT Student Achieves Success Despite Brain Injury


4/27/12 Faculty Honors Day


Dr. Nancy Fell, Outstanding Service/ Outreach Award; Dr. Randy Walker, Department Head; Dr. Debbie Ingram, Outstanding Research/Scholarship Award


BenchMark Physical Therapy

Outstanding Clinical Partner Award

3/20/12  tDPT students present at 2012 CSM


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Sharon Antoszyk

Click here to view Sharon's abstract


3/20/12: John Staley named first recipient of the UTC PT Outstanding Alumni Award


3/8/12: UTC DPT Graduate Shannon Womack Robbins inducted into UTC Athletics Hall of Fame


2/28/12: US News & World Report



Stanford Award

UTC PT faculty members Nancy Fell and Debbie Ingram received the Stanford Award at the 2012 American Physical Therapy Association Meeting in Chicago.  The award is given to the authors whose manuscript has been identified by the Journal of Physical Therapy Education Editorial Advisory Board as the article containing the most influential ideas for physical therapy education published in that year.  Two faculty from the University of North Dakota collaborated with them on the manuscript, titled “The Case for Academic Integrity in Physical Therapist Education.”


1/5/12: Physical therapy program secures 100% pass rate on national exam

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12/22/2011: Physical therapy students host Congressman Fleischmann

12/5/2011: Forbes names physical therapy one of "The Ten Happiest Jobs"

11/17/2011: Annual DPT Thanksgiving Lunch


11/10/2011: Oxford Debate on Direct Access with State Senator Bo Watson

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Oxford Debate: DPT III Students debated on the topic of Direct Access to Physical Therapy Services. Debate participants Sarah Burkhart, Alex Diegel, Sharmaine Samuels and Elizabeth Harding are pictured with State Senator Bo Watson, who provided summary comments at the conclusion of the students’ debate.


8/27/2011: Camp Horizon 2011

7/27/2011: UTC PT Students Conduct MS Screenings

5/7/2011: UTC DPT Graduation Awards Banquet


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