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Texas Physical Therapy Foundation News


By Mike Geelhoed, President, TPTF

The Texas Physical Therapy Foundation (TPTF) is very pleased to announce the awarding of $10,000 to our 2017 grant recipients:

  • Gobert et al (TX State): $4000 for "Pilot Study: Exploring Trunk Stability and Balance in Persons with Neuromuscular Impairments in Response to Instrumented Hippotherapy"
  • Mulligan et al (UTSW): $3000 for "The Effectiveness of Manual Therapy and Supervised Therapeutic Exercise Versus Home Exercise Instruction in The Management of Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial"
  • Kabiri et al (TWU): $2700 for "Reliability, Validity, and Sensitivity to Change of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis and the Non-Exercise Test for Health Screenings Among Adolescents"

Special thanks to our grant review committee: Sharon Wang (chair), Rita Patterson, Caroline Jansen, Jean-Michel Brismee, Ann Medley, Janna McGaugh, Steve Goffar, Carol McFarland, and Kurt Mossberg.


The TPTF is your foundation supporting Texas research: 100% of all donations are distributed as grants or put into investment for future grants. Your TPTF functions with zero administrative costs and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Texas researchers. Since 2006 we have built our investment account from $2000 to $97,000, coming closer each year to our goal of a $100,000 endowment account that can provide seed money for Texas researchers in perpetuity.


In fundraising news, TPTF received the following generous donations in 2016:

  • A $2000 donation from the UTEP PT program faculty and students from their annual fundraiser. Under the guidance of UTEP Faculty and former TPTF grant recipients Celia Pechak and Loretta Dillon, the UTEP DPT students have donated over $13,000 from the proceeds of their fundraisers to TPTF in the past 6 years.
  • Annual donations of $5000 from the Texas Consortium for PT Clinical Education, and $2500 from Accountable Healthcare Staffing from proceeds of sales of the PT MACS and PTA MACS.
  • A $2200 donation from the proceeds of a CI Certification course held in San Marcos in April 2016. The 4 presenters of this course are the Directors of Clinical Education (DCE) of their PT programs and members of the Texas Consortium for Physical Therapy Clinical Education: Steve Spivey and Shannon Williams from Texas State, Chad Jackson from Incarnate Word, and Mike Geelhoed from UTHSCSA. This marks the 5th year in a row that the 4 DCE’s have worked together to put on a CI course in the San Antonio-Austin corridor and donated 100% of the proceeds to TPTF. Special thanks and remembrance go to Barb Melzer, an original author of the CI Certification course and the inspiration for holding it annually to support the TPTF. 

Be on the lookout for our request for proposals for 2017 next summer! For information, go to our webpage at: TPTF_Grants or email our research committee chair, Sharon Wang at Thank you for your interest and support of YOUR Texas PT Foundation!



Mission Statement:

 The purpose of the Texas Physical Therapy Foundation is to conduct activities which foster and promote physical therapy education and research by: 

a) awarding and distributing grants for research studies and projects related to physical therapy; 

b) awarding and distributing grants for scholarships to individuals in physical therapy educational programs, and to physical therapy professionals enrolled in advanced studies; and 

c) providing support for physical therapy educational programs and faculty.


Texas Physical Therapy Foundation ("TPTF” or simply "the Foundation”), formerly known as the Texas Physical Therapy Education and Research Foundation (TPTERF), was founded in Texas in 1994. The object of the Foundation was to raise money and distribute grants for Research and Education to Texas Therapists.

During the past five years, your Foundation has awarded over $100,000 in grants for research and education to therapists in Texas.

TPTF is different from the national Foundation for Physical Therapy, and has chosen to remain separate because of its mission.

TPTF board members strongly believe that the funds should go to individuals within Texas, and that beginning researchers should be considered for potential grants. Most grant awarding agencies, including the national Foundation, require a level of experience and certain credentials in their applicants that exclude those without established publications. Consequently, the clinician interested in research and newer graduates are typically not eligible for funding, even if they have well developed ideas and plans. Former TPTF President Kurt Mossberg deserves a great deal of credit for maintaining the mission of including newer researchers in the grant application process.

Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 and are made each October. The deadline for submitting proposals for Research grants is August 15.

TPTF is a 501(c) (3) organization and all donations and contributions are tax deductible.

Texas PT Foundation


Contact Info:

Texas Physical Therapy Foundation
c/o Mike Geelhoed
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, (MSC 6247)
San Antonio, Texas 78229

Email Questions to:
Mike Geelhoed

Email Grant Inquiries to:
Sharon Wang


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