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Celebration of Achievement

By: Lauren Wahlquist

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, over 200 CU PT faculty, alumni, students, staff, and friends of the program attended the CU Physical Therapy Celebration of Achievement. The event recognized many accomplishments of the PT Program over the years, and raised over $700 towards scholarships. A highlight of the event was the honoring of the legacies of three retiring faculty members: Nancey Johnson Bookstein, PT, EdD, Betti Krapfl, PT, and Denise Stelzner, PT, MBA.

For nearly 40 years, Dr. Nancey Johnson Bookstein has taught clinical anatomy to health-care providers. Also during this time, in her role as the Director of Admissions, she was particularly instrumental in establishing admissions processes. Students, faculty and staff alike will always remember her sense of humor and dedication to the program and PT profession. “She always knows when to be fun,” said CU PT faculty member and alumnus, Dr. Paul Mintken, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, “and when to really push students and challenge them – in all the right ways.”

Betti Krapfl joined CU PT faculty in 1997, initially assisting with various courses, including the examination and evaluation courses and the neuromuscular course track. In her positions as both a Clinical Instructor and Admissions Advisor. She will always be remembered for her warm personality and the unique and meaningful connections she made with all who she came in contact with. “She wants to know what motivates [students and advisees]; their fears, passions, what truly excites them,” said Lauren Wahlquist, BA, a CU PT Admissions Advisor. “Betti digs deeper and this is what allows her to develop invaluable connections with everyone around her.”

In 1989, Denise Stelzner began working with CU PT, teaching a variety of courses. She designed the content for the Psychosocial Aspects of Care Course. Students and her colleagues applaud her for the constant support she provides and her never-ending compassion and welcoming demeanor. “She has created a culture of respect, value, compassion, and fairness – inspiring students and colleagues to uphold high standards of professionalism,” said CU PT Director of Clinical Education, Jenny Rodriguez, PT, MHS. She has also been a driving force in the development of the unique interprofessional education program at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

CU PT cannot thank these women enough for the endless contributions they have made. Their impact will be forever imprinted on the hearts of students, alumni, faculty, staff and so many others. As a token of appreciation, it was announced during the event that the three retirees are welcomed as honorary alumni of CU PT.