School of Health Professions

‘Don’t tell them that they can’t’

By Alex Branch Londyn Miner can pinpoint the moment that started her path to UNT Health Science Center. It was seven years ago in her Granbury living room, as she tearfully explained her 15-month-old son’s devastating prognosis to a physical therapist. An MRI had revealed that Orion’s cerebellum — the part of the brain that... Read more »

Dec 5, 2017

Advancing modern physical therapy for children in China

By Alex Branch   Two UNT Health Science Center physical therapists spent a week in China advancing the practice of modernized physical therapy in the country where many techniques remain underused. Howe Liu, MPT, PhD, and Yasser Salem, PT, PhD, demonstrated treatment on adults and children with cerebral palsy between the ages of 3 months... Read more »

Nov 6, 2017

Community invited to free autism event at UNTHSC

By Alex Branch   The nation’s largest autism research and advocacy organization will hold a free community science event that is open to the public Wednesday, Oct. 4, at UNT Health Science Center. Autism Research Series: Discovery to Solutions When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 4 Where: Medical Education and Training Building, UNTHSC, 1000... Read more »

Sep 28, 2017

Why I do what I do

By Nicoleta Bugnariu, PhD, PT I was 19 years old and fresh out of nursing school when I emigrated from Romania to Canada and took a job at a residential facility for seniors. One of the women I cared for was a retired nun named Rita. Months after I started, she suffered a major stroke.... Read more »

Aug 4, 2017

A celebration of PA pioneers

By Alex Branch   Karen Kindler felt cautious at her interview as a prospective student in the physician assistant studies program two decades ago. The UNT Health Science Center’s PA program was brand new and accepting its first class of students. “I came with a lot of questions because it wasn’t yet a proven program,”... Read more »

Jul 26, 2017

A national award of excellence for physical therapist

By Alex Branch Myla Quiben, PT, DPT, PhD, prepares her physical therapy students to be health care providers of the future by simulating real-world clinical situations at UNT Health Science Center. Her simulations stress the significance of interprofessional communication – the ability to clearly and crisply share information with health care professionals from other disciplines.... Read more »

Jul 24, 2017

Harnessing human movement

By Alex Branch   Like an actress on a science fiction movie set, Karen Esser prepares for her role surrounded by laboratory technicians attaching small bulb-like fixtures to her black Spandex suit. Within minutes, 54 bulbs – known as reflective markers – cover her body. Esser is led to a treadmill in front of a... Read more »

Jun 20, 2017

Graduating students earn honors

Congratulations to our many graduating students who earned honors from their schools! Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Award for Scholarly Achievement in Research—Jaclyn Bermudez Dean’s Award for Scholarship Achievement in Academics—Brent Shell Graduate Student Association Award, Outstanding Member—Frank Wendt Graduate Student Association Scholarship—Chaitanya Joshi, Nicole Novroski, Justin Sprick, Santosh Thapa, Frank Wendt and Rachel... Read more »

Jun 13, 2017

PT students get unique training from international rotations

By Alex Branch   The small, one-room clinic in Malawi was usually already full with two dozen mothers and their children when Beverly Owoyele arrived each morning. To determine what kind of physical therapy each child required, the third-year physical therapy student at UNT Health Science Center often relied on interpreters and the patients’ own... Read more »

May 11, 2017

Three students honored for Ricco Ethics Awards

By Alex Branch Three first-year students were honored for outstanding ethics essays at the Nicholas and Anna Ricco Ethics Awards presentation. Elijah Hor from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Joyce Chuen from the School of Health Professions and Heily Pham from the College of Pharmacy each received $1,000 awards funded through an endowed gift... Read more »

May 3, 2017