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A celebration of 70 years of University of Colorado Physicial Therapy (CU PT) education & Marquette Challenge lecture featuring Shirley Sahrmann


                                    A Special Invitation from CU PT Alumni

You and your guests are invited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program, Thursday, September 7, 2017. Please mark this on your calendar. We have a great day planned with social time with classmates, friends and faculty and an amazing lineup of professional speakers (see the agenda included). Lunch will include a current student panel and a chance for you to share any stories remembered. We know there are great, funny, exciting memories out there and we want to hear them! Then, we move to the evening reception at the Denver Art Museum. The ambience, food and program will be outstanding – an evening to remember! As Alumni, it only costs $50 to attend the day’s events, and $50 for the evening. You could enjoy a full day of education & fun, and attend the evening soiree for only $100 – an incredible deal!



Following the CU PT 70th anniversary festivities take part in the CU Marquette Challenge Sept 8-9, a continuing education event benefiting the Foundation for Physical Therapy. You should have received a “Save the Date” magnet and will be receiving a formal invitation with registration information. We would like as many of you from each class to attend as possible. We will be reaching out to you to identify someone from your class (class president - hint, hint) who could act as point person in helping us contact everyone, or please let us know if you’d like to volunteer to be your class champion. If you have not received a ‘save the date’ invitation from us, please contact us at


Please be in touch with us if you have ideas or could help us with our outreach efforts.

Alyssa Arms, PT, DPT Linda Hannen, PT
President of the PT Alumni Association Endowment Board Member
Class of 2010 Class of 1970
             Special Invitation from Dean Reilly | Dean, School of Medicine

I encourage you to attend the 70th anniversary celebration of the CU Physical Therapy Program, a daylong event that will feature lectures, alumni engagement, and an evening reception at the Denver Art Museum. Throughout the day, we will recognize faculty, staff and alumni for their dedication to excellence in education, research, and clinical care. As we celebrate what the program and our alumni have accomplished, we also plan to show our gratitude to the program’s advocates and benefactors who are investing in the future by supporting student scholarships. I hope you will join us. I look forward to seeing you at the reception on Sept. 7, 2017.



John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine

                                       Special Invitation from CU PT Faculty

Having graduated in 1994 with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, I remember fondly the long days in Sabin Auditorium and of course, the infamous PT labs deep in the basement of the School of Medicine on the 9th Avenue and Colorado Blvd Campus. Much has changed since then. The program has moved from that central location to the Anschutz campus and now offers a doctorate and our labs are bright and sunny. I feel fortunate to be a faculty member at my alma mater where I get to work with our students as they embark on their professional journey. Hoping you will join us for the 70th Anniversary Celebration here at the University of Colorado Physical Therapy program and share your own memories with us!


Robyn Gisbert, PT, Class of 1994
Assistant Professor, CU Physical Therapy

CU Physical Therapy 70th Anniversary Celebration

Agenda for Educational Day Program: September 7, 2017

Venue:   University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Education 2 South, Room 1102
13121 E 17th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045
Category 2 Colorado continuing Competency (4.5 hours); Cost is $50; all net proceeds go to PT Scholarships
8:00-8:30 a.m.
Registration, coffee, breakfast, meet and greet
8:30-8:45 a.m.
Welcome, Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Professor and Director of Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Dean for Physical Therapy Education, CU School of Medicine
Dennis J. Matthews, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
CU School of Medicine
Joel Larmore, PT
Chairman, Physical Therapy Scholarship and Endowment Advisory Board President and CEO, Rehab Visions
8:45-9:30 a.m.
Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD
President, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Professor and Director,  Physical Therapy Program, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Louisiana State University
Update on APTA Issues including Recent Movement System Summit
9:30-10:15 a.m.
James P. Kelly, MA, MD, FAAN, FANA
Executive Director, Marcus Institute for Brain Health
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Professor of  Department of Neurology, CU School of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Military Service Initiative, George W. Bush Institute
Former (Founding) Director, National Consultant/Scientific Advisor, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Medical Center
Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Treatment
10:15-11:00 a.m.
Leslie Morse, DO 
Medical Director of Research, Craig Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, CU School of Medicine
Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, NCS
Director of Physical Therapy, Craig Hospital
Development and Use of the Exoskeleton Rehabilitation System
11:00-11:45 a.m.
Nicholas (Nico) Brown, PT, MPT, FACHE
Vice President, Therapy Clinic Operations
Howard Head Sports Medicine
Vail Valley Medical Center
Role of Physical Therapy in Rock Climbers
CU Physical Therapy 70th Anniversary Celebration (continued)
11:45-1:15 p.m.
Luncheon sponsored by the PT Alumni Association. All attendees invited.  Luncheon includes sharing memories and student/faculty panels.  Robyn Gisbert, PT, DPT MC for student panel.   
1:15-2:00 p.m.
Steven L. Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAHA
Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Frontiers in Rehabilitation, Science and Technology
2:00-2:45 p.m.
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD
Professor, Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director, Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program, Graduate School, University of Colorado, Denver
The Sky’s the Limit: Revolutionizing Geriatric Rehabilitation Practice and Outcomes
2:45-3:00 p.m.
3:00-3:45 p.m.
Optional Tour University of Colorado Health Systems Hospital TourMatthew Gallagher, PT, DPT, MBA
Director of Rehabilitation Therapy Services, University of Colorado Hospital
Optional Tour University of Colorado Anatomy Lab - Michael Pascoe, PhD
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation


Agenda for Evening Celebration: September 7, 2017

Venue:   Denver Art Museum
Duncan Pavilion
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Cost is $50 tax-deductible; all net proceeds go to PT Scholarships;
6:00-9:00 p.m.
CU Physical Therapy Program Evening Celebration and Reception
Recognition of honorees: Patrick Grant, JD, MBA, Joanne Posner-Mayer, PT, and Richard Krugman, MD. Recognition of alumni, clinical instructors, students and sponsors. Celebration of 70 years of success including hors d’oeuvres and small plates

Agenda for Marquette Challenge: September 8-9, 2017

Venue:  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, CO  80045

Category 1 Colorado continuing Competency (15 hours); Cost: see website

September 8-9
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
September 8-9
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Shirley A. Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy Program, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Shoulder and Cervical Spine.  Benefit for the Foundation for Physical Therapy

Marquette Challenge

For more information on the upcoming Marquette Challenge featuring Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, click here.

Sponsorships of event benefiting the CU Physical Therapy Program  and Scholarship Endowment
                                                                      Testimonials from Some of Our Scholarship Recipients

I am so grateful to have received a diversity scholarship. It has made an impact on my life in more than an economic sense. It has allowed me to be part of this phenomenal program which is currently celebrating its 70th Anniversary.

Moreover, by providing me a scholarship, you have believed in me and this has given me confidence to follow my ambitions. This has allowed me to give back since starting this program in June. For example, I organized a community project to expose diverse Aurora middle school students to the Physical Therapy profession. I have also volunteered at the CU Associated free clinics (Stout Street Clinic and DAWN Clinic), serving the underserved patients and I organized a campus-wide winter clothes drive for people who are homeless in Aurora.

I hope you see that in providing a scholarship to students like myself, you are not only giving to one student, but you are contributing to an entire community and culture.

Juan Benzo, Class of 2018
First-Year Student


As a new professional I have been faced with many new and exciting challenges that come with beginning my career. To have been relieved of some of the financial hardship that follows graduation has proven to be one less challenge I have had to overcome. I am truly grateful to the generosity and commitment of the donors. Their philanthropy has expanded the opportunities to me as an individual and professional, and has facilitated the opportunity to provide a meaningful service to my patients. To be an alumni of the program during the celebration of this milestone is a huge honor. I am amongst 70 years of history and hundreds more colleagues and mentors. I could only look forward to what the next 70 years has in store for the program.

Aundrea Lucero, Class of 2016