Physical Therapy Faculty Featured at APTA NEXT Conference

Several School of Physical Therapy faculty will be serving in leadership roles at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) NEXT Conference & Exposition held in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 11 – 14, 2014.

Associate Professor Dr. Ira Gorman is president of the Health Policy and Administration Section and will serve in the House of Delegates as well as lead section meetings. Dr. Barbara Tschoepe, dean, is secretary for the American Council for Academic Physical Therapy and will be involved in leadership meetings for this group. Dr. Tim Noteboom, associate dean and president of the Colorado Chapter of the APTA, will serve in the House of Delegates.

Dr. Barbara Tschoepe stepping down as Dean of Regis' School of Physical Therapy

Founding Dean returns to teaching, mentoring after 20 years as leader

Dr. Barbara Tschoepe came to Regis in 1994 as the founding Dean of the School of Physical Therapy. She was the driving force in developing the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Regis—the first doctoral degree program offered at the University in 2001. Barb spent the last twenty years developing and nurturing the professional growth of students and faculty within the School. Her vision to be one of the best DPT programs in the nation is now a reality. Under her leadership, the DPT program became nationally ranked as one of the best in the United States, known for developing graduates with moral character, global perspectives and sincere compassion, who illustrate strong leadership and clinical skills.

Recognizing the need to provide a vehicle for baccalaureate and master’s-prepared physical therapists to earn a DPT degree, Dr. Tschoepe led efforts to develop a successful transitional doctorate of physical therapy. The program served a host of practicing physical therapists from around the country by providing an innovative curriculum that combined online and on-ground education. Today, in addition to the DPT, the School of Physical Therapy offers post-graduate fellowships in Manual Therapy and Optimal Aging and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science.

Dr. Tschoepe brought to Regis a wealth of professional expertise, a passion for educating the next generation of physical therapists, and a dedication to our University’s Jesuit mission and values. She has been instrumental in developing international service opportunities for students, and most recently developed collaboration with Addis Ababa University School of Medicine to establish a doctoral program for physiotherapists in Ethiopia. This program will be the first doctoral program in physiotherapy in Africa and is expected to serve as a model for others to follow. This year, the American Physical Therapy Association honored Dr. Tschoepe for her distinguished career and her many contributions to the profession by presenting her with the National Award for Leadership in Education, one of the Association’s highest honors.

We plan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University the weekend of September 19-21, 2014, and honor Dr. Tschoepe at her induction as Dean Emerita of the School in recognition of her outstanding leadership and contributions to our School, College and University. Please plan to join us in thanking Dr. Barbara Tschoepe for her devotion to Regis, her commitment to her students and graduates and her many years of service to the University.

As everyone might expect, Barb will continue in her various national PT leadership roles, plans to continue to advance excellence and leadership in PT education as she serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy. After a well-deserved sabbatical, she plans to return to her first love, a teacher and mentor, where she can once again focus her energies on developing our future professional physical therapists within the School at Regis University