School of Health Professions

HSC DPT 10 Year Celebration

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Ten years ago, the Department of Physical Therapy welcomed its first class of students. Today, DPT is home to more than 100 students who continue the tradition of excellence in academics and patient care. This anniversary is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our alumni, faculty, staff and students. Together, they have created a culture of collaboration, exemplifying the HSC values in all they do.

Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and the community, we are able to provide our students with the best possible education, tools and resources.

Please join the department chair, Dr. Michael Furtado, current students, faculty and staff for the 10-year anniversary celebration at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 on the MET lawn.

Event Program:

  • 11 a.m. – Networking
  • 11:30 a.m. – Recognizing Distinguished Alumni and opening remarks from Dr. Furtado
  • 12:30 p.m. – Dr. Benjamin Sergeant Award and remarks from the Sergeant family
  • 1:30 p.m. – Campus tours
  • 2 p.m.  – Announce prize drawing winner

Fair Food:

  • Sliders, hot dogs
  • Cotton candy
  • Candy apples
  • Popcorn


  • Fall themed selfie station
  • Caricature
  • Kids’ face painting


  • Axe throwing
  • Corn hole
  • Bowling


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Dr. Michael Furtado, Department Chair

About Dr. Furtado

Dr. Furtado is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions at HSC. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in pre-physical therapy and Master of Science in physical therapy in 2006. He later earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University while he was a practicing physical therapist. He graduated with a Doctorate of Education in Health Professions from AT Still University.

In his early career, Dr. Furtado worked as a staff physical therapist for TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation in Houston, Texas, serving in leadership positions such as the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education and Senior Physical Therapist, creating vestibular and balance programs in sports concussion and military veterans. He specializes in vestibular rehabilitation and in managing the recovery of amputees but is recognized for his expertise through the American Physical Therapy Association as a Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist, with experience treating all types of neurological injuries.

Dr. Furtado served as an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he was Admissions Chair and primary faculty for neuroscience and neurological clinical management. He was also the Founding Program Director for the Hybrid track DPT program. His professional accolades include various teaching and clinical awards with authorship in several peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and numerous poster presentations. He has extensive experience with local, state, and national public speaking engagements. 

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Please register below for everyone in your party who will be attending this free event. If you would like to make a gift to support DPT student scholarships or are interested in event sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to or call 817-735-2745.


Oct 21 2023


11:00 am - 2:00 pm


MET Lawn
1000 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, TX 76107


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