When Associate Professor Paul Mintken’s students wanted to thank him at the end of a semester, they made t-shirts that asked, “What Would Paul Do?” and wore them on the last day of class. Equally apropos would be “What Doesn’t Paul Do?”
As an associate professor at the CU Physical Therapy Program and a clinician for 20 years in Wardenburg Health Center’s Sports Medicine department, Mintken has had a tremendous impact on the patients he treats, the students he teaches, and the in field of physical therapy. His numerous publications and presentations have moved the physical therapy profession forward.
At the clinic and in the classroom, students, colleagues and patients praise his competence, compassion and desire to implement new best practices. Rather than just offer diagnoses, he spends extra time educating those around him on cutting-edge research and techniques. And his focus is always on patient-centered care.
One patient remarked, “Out of all the doctors and therapists I have seen, Paul is the first that really was able to get to the bottom of what was going on and made me feel like he genuinely cared about my recovery, going above and beyond what I would ever expect from a physical therapist.”
Mintken has been recognized for his efforts and accomplishments. He was presented with the CU Boulder Alumni Association's Robert L. Stearns Award for scholarly excellence, incredible clinical expertise and selfless commitment to mentoring his colleagues, patients and students.
Nominated by the CU Physical Therapy Class of 2016, Mintken will also receive the Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching
from the American Physical Therapy Association in June. The award is given for exceptional teaching effectiveness in the academic setting; a distinct expertise in the subject area to which the academic teaching has been directed; and excellence as a role model for academic teaching for students, faculty, and clinicians.
Mintken’s colleague from Evidence in Motion, John Childs, PT, PhD, MBA remarked, “Paul is a top shelf teacher and scholar and even better human being. He has what it takes in all areas… super smart, humble, hard working, and passionate about PT. Our profession is much better off for having Paul a part of it.”
Congratulations, Dr. Mintken!