Alumni Accomplishments


Congratulations to Dr Andy Lodato, PT, ScD, COMT, from the MPT Class of 2000! He earned an ScD from Texas Tech University in 2015. He co-owns a private physical therapy practice, PhysioCare, in the Seattle, Washington metro area.

Congratulations to Dr. David Krause from the MPT Class of 2011! Dr. Krause and colleagues’ article “Making of a Successful Early Mobilization Program for a Medical Intensive Care Unit” was published in the June 2016 edition of the Southern Medical Journal.

Congratulations to DPT Class of 2012 Graduate: Dr Cara Nordin! Cara Nordin, DPT has successfully authored a book chapter: Scott A, Nordin C. Do dietary factors influence tendon metabolism? In: Ackerman PW, Hart DA, eds. Metabolic Influences on Risk for Tendon Disorders. Springer: 2016:283-289. ISBN:978-3-319-33941-2 (Print) 978-3-319-33943-6 (Online)

Congratulations to MPT Class of 2004 Graduate: Dr Amy Amabile! Amy Amabile, PT, PhD is currently working as an Assistant Professor and Course Director for Anatomy in the Department of Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She received her PhD in Anatomy from the Ohio State University in May 2016, where her dissertation was entitled: “Correlation of Selected Trunk and Hip Muscle Cross-Sectional Areas with Incidence and Severity of Low Back Pain in Adult Males and Females.” She recently had an article published in the journal Respiratory Medicine Case Reports: Amabile, AH, Moffatt-Bruce, SD and DePhilip, RM. Trapped lung and cardiomegaly in a 78 year-old male with congestive heart failure. Respiratory Medicine Case Reports. 2016;18:4-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rmcr.2016.03.002

Congratulations to DPT Class of 2012 Graduates: Dr Francisco Melendez and Dr Matthew McLean! Each has earned certification as an Orthopaedics Clinical Specialist (OCS) after passing a rigorous national examination. We are so proud of each of you!! Both practice locally in out-patient physical therapy settings.

Congratulations to DPT Class of 2013 Graduate: Dr Nicholas Valencia. He has earned certification as an Orthopaedics Clinical Specialist (OCS) after passing a rigorous national examination. We are so proud of you!! Dr Valencia practices in Arizona in out-patient sports physical therapy setting.

Congratulations to MPT Class of 2005 Graduate Jimmy Moody, PT, NCS, CBIS for being appointed to the Board of Governors of the American Brian Injury Association. Mr Moody serves as the clinical coordinator at Mentis El Paso and as a guest lecturer for the UTEP DPT Program. Read more at http://www.biausa.org/acbis/board-of-governors

Congratulations to DPT Class of 2012 Graduates Dr Katherine Carson and Dr Marcos Lopez! Each has earned certification as an Orthopaedics Clinical Specialist (OCS) after completing an orthopedic residency program and passing a rigorous national examination. We are so proud of each of you!! Dr Carson was at AT Stills University Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program in Mesa, Arizona. Dr Lopez was at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center – Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program in Dallas, Texas.

Congratulations to Class of 2010 graduate Dr Daniel Paggen and Class of 2011 graduate Dr Sarah Anderson who both recently were certified in the McKenzie Method (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy).

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ALUMNI WHO HAVE EARNED THEIR POST-ENTRY LEVEL DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY DEGREES:

Brian Abraham, PT, DPT
UTEP Class of 1999; DPT from Boston University

Susan Acosta, PT, DPT
UTEP Class of 1999; DPT from AT Still, ASHS

Allison Carson, PT, DPT
UTEP Class of 1999; DPT from AT Still, ASHS

Michael Cox, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
UTEP Class of 1999; DPT from Hardin Simmons

Heather Allen, PT, DPT
UTEP Class of 2001; DPT from AT Still, ASHS

Denise Olsen, PT, DPT
UTEP Class of 2001; DPT from AT Still, ASHS

Nicole Avillar, PT, DPT
UTEP Class of 2004; DPT from AT Still, ASHS

Elizabeth Cobos, PT, DPT
UTEP Class of 2004; DPT from AT Still, ASHS

Christopher S. Patacsil, PT, DPT, CSCS
UTEP Class of 2006; DPT from Temple University

Kari Telles, PT, DPT
UTEP Class of 2007; DPT from AT Still, ASHS

Staci Telles, PT, DPT
UTEP Class of 2007; DPT from AT Still, ASHS

Israel Medina, PT, DPT
UTEP Class of 2007; DPT from AT Still, ASHS

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ALUMNI WHO HAVE EARNED 
ADVANCED CLINICAL SPECIALIZATIONS:

Michael Cox, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
UTEP Class of 1999

Brian Ranney, PT, OCS, CSCS
UTEP Class of 1999

Rhonda Manning, PT, PCS
UTEP Class of 1999

Iliana Tarango, PT, OCS
UTEP Class of 2005

Sarah F. Anderson, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, FAAOMPT
UTEP Class of 2011

Katherine Carson, PT, DPT, OCS
UTEP Class of 2012

Marcos Lopez, PT, DPT, OCS
UTEP Class of 2012

Francisco (Pancho) Melendez, PT, DPT, OCS
UTEP Class of 2012

Matthew McLean, PT, DPT, OCS
UTEP Class of 2012

Nicholas Valencia, PT, DPT, OCS
UTEP Class of 2013

(Alumni, please email your accomplishments to mgutierrez28@utep.edu. We want to celebrate your achievements with you!)