School of Heatlh Professions

School of Health Professions Faculty Distinctions

Dr. Linda Smith, Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, is currently serving as President Elect of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and will become President of the organization in July 2012.

 

Helen Sorenson, Associate Professor in the Department of Respiratory Care, presented “Palliative Care in COPD” in June 2012 at the COPD8 conference in Birmingham, England.  The conference celebrated World Spirometry Day a week early and Helen was working in the community performing pulmonary screenings with the CoPD 8 group to help identify patients at risk for COPD in the UK.

 

DeDe Gardner, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Respiratory Care, had her abstract, "Training Respiratory Care Professionals on the Environmental Control of Asthma Triggers,” selected for presentation at the 140th APHA Annual Meeting in October 2012 in San Francisco, California. 

 

Diane Rhodes, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Respiratory Care department, was featured in the Environmental Protection Agency’s news online at: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/casestudies/North_East_Independent.pdf

 

Taline Dadian Infante, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on Friday, June 15, 2012.

 

DeDe Gardner, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Respiratory Care, was co-author of "Regional Indoor Environments: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants," which  has been selected for funding in October 2012 by the EPA. 

 

Dr. Martha Acosta, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, is proud of her son, Ret. Cpt. Jesse C. Acosta.  He was featured on the Fox cable news channel on Memorial Day.  Cpt. Acosta, provided information about his non-profit foundation and another non-profit organization that he has teamed up with to help wounded veterans returning from Iraq and/or Afghanistan.  In the interview, he describes how these veterans who have sustained limb amputations work to overcome their injuries by physically challenging themselves with mountain climbs such as their upcoming climb of Mt. McKinley.  As he describes in the interview, these activities help the wounded veterans overcome any negative self-image they may have by successfully performing these very challenging and inspiring endeavors.   The Fox News interview is viewable at http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-friends/index.html#/v/1661807259001/injured-vets-climbing-mt-mckinley/?playlist_id=1484128321001.  

 

Dr. Ruben Restrepo, Professor in the Department of Respiratory Care, and Marcos Restrepo (no relationship) had their abstract, Tracheostomy and Risk of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia at Latin American Intensive Care Units (ICUs), accepted for presentation at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Francisco, California in May 2012.

 

DeDe Gardner, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Respiratory Care, was notified in March 2012 that their program has been selected to receive the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  To achieve this award, departments were required to 1) have three or more years of outcomes data; 2) hold accreditation without a progress report, 3) document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above; and 4) meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, attrition, and positive job placement.  Only 32 out of 444 programs in the United States received this award. 

 

Dr. Maureen Simmonds, Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, recently won the Canadian Physiotherapy Silver Quill Award with one of her Master’s student’s papers.  It was cited as the best paper published in Physiotherapy in Canada for 2011.  

 

Tina Stein, Instructor and Clinical Coordinator in the Department of Dental Hygiene, and JoAnn Jordan had their manuscript, “Health Consideration for Oral Piercing and the Policies that Influence them,” published in the July 2012 issue of the Texas Dental Journal.

 

Dr. Martha Acosta, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and two of her students created a video for Morningside Ministries on the use of assistive devices so that caregivers of older adults learn about these various devices and related safety considerations.  Morningside Ministries identified the need and had approached them about participation.  Morningside Ministries provides this video as one of the free information-sharing guides to older adults and/or those caregivers who work with them.  Access the video here: http://msm.mediasite.com/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=d9dc1053ca944253b1fdf33b241084f41d

 

Steven Dallas, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, has been named the Interim CLIA Director for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Laboratory.

 

Rebecca Wright, Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Hygiene, presented her poster, “Faculty Perceptions of Caring Attitudes Associated with Professional Behavior” in April at the International Center for Innovation and Learning at Incarnate Word University.  The conference, Cultural and Social Aspects of Research, was attended by 200 attendees from 5 continents, making it truly an international conference. 
DeDe Gardner, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Respiratory Care, led the student project, 2+2 Asthma Education Crew, that was one of four selected as and Outstanding Community Service Learning Projects at UTHSCSA.

 

Dr. Dennis Blessing, Associate Dean/School of Health Professions, and Glenn Forister, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, have written a textbook, Research and Medical Literature for Health Professionals, that was published this spring by Jones and Bartlett Learning.  Contributing authors include DeDe Gardner (RC), Deon Kidd (PAS), George Kudolo (CLS), Cathy Ortega (PT), and Bridgett Piernik-Yoder (OT).  Blessing and Forister were notified that their book received a 5 Star review from Doody's Review Service.

 

Carol Nguyen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene,  was elected to the position of Vice President for Sigma Phi Alpha, the dental hygiene national honor society.  Carol will begin a three year commitment as she moves through the positions of leadership within the national organization that values scholarship, leadership and service.  She extends her commitment to Sigma Phi within the local Beta Sigma Chapter as vice president.

 

Dr. Sue Cunningham, Assistant Professor in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and Nutrition, was named Outstanding Dietetic Educator in April by the Texas Dietetic Association at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition.  Dr. Cunningham started her career as a military dietitian, eventually becoming chief of Allied Health Services at the 5501st U.S. Army Reserves Hospital at Fort Sam Houston. She retired as a colonel with more than 30 years of active and reserve military service. She was a research nutritionist for the Diabetes Prevention Trial before joining the UT Health Science Center’s Dental School as a nutrition instructor in 1999, and then the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition in the School of Health Professions in 2009.

 

Glenn Forister, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, has been named Outstanding Physician Assistant Educator of the Year by the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants’ .  This award “honors an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service to physician assistant students and has furthered the leadership, educational or professional development of PA students.”   Forister has been a PA for the past 21 years.  He started his teaching career by serving as a clinical preceptor and guest lecturer in physician assistant (PA) and nurse practitioner programs. In 2001, he joined the Health Science Center’s PA faculty and discovered a real passion for teaching. He received a Presidential Teaching Excellence Award in 2007 and is a member of the Academy of Master Teachers. He is a doctoral student at Texas A&M University in education and human resource development.

 

Carol Nguyen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene, has been awarded the Teacher Excellence Award by the Texas Dental Hygiene Directors’ Association and Proctor & Gamble.  The award was presented in February at the association’s state meeting.

 

Dr. Myles Quiben, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, presented "Physical Therapy for Boomers: Is the Academia Preparing and Motivating Students for Working with Older Adults?" at the American Physical Therapy Association meeting in Chicago in February.  Dr. Greg Ernst, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, presented "Understanding the Basics of Clinical Application of EMG/NCV Testing: Clinical Case Studies" and "Residency Programs:  Elevating Electrodiagnosis and Wound Management to the Next Level."

 

Talley Infante, Becky Wright, and Mary Jacks, faculty members in the Department of Dental Hygiene, gave a presentation at the 8th Annual Innovations in Health Science Education Conference sponsored by The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education in Austin in March. The team received grant funds from the UT Health Science Education Small Grants Program to develop a clinical teaching video.  Their project, “Mastering the Art of Clinical Teaching: Intentional Teaching” provides all health professions’ educators effective and authentic clinical teaching strategies to enhance the student-educator clinical teaching experience.  

 

strong>Dr. Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, was
awarded an Allied Health Research Institute grant for $60,000 in January.  Her project is entitled, “Development of an Evidence-based Mentoring Program for Early-career Health Professionals Employed at Post-acute Rehabilitation Settings.” 

 

Dr. Myles Quiben and Dr. Martha Acosta, Assistant Professors in the Department of Physical Therapy, have been appointed to posts with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).  Dr. Quiben is one of nine members from a national pool that oversees the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Specialist Certification Program and its processes.  Dr. Acosta has been appointed to the Geriatric Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. 

 

Robert Sippel, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences, had his article, EMS Recap: Apgar Scoring, published in the latest issue of EMS World: http://www.emsworld.com/article/10615556/ems-recap-apgar-scoring.

 

Carol Nguyen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene, and Gino Garza, Instructor,  were notified that their abstract, "Hands On Approaches to Care for Disabled Populations," has been selected for presentation at the RDH Under One Roof 2012 Conference to be held in  August in Las Vegas, Nevada.  More than 100 abstracts were received and of that number, less than 20 were selected by the Advisory Committee for presentation.

 

Dr. Ruben Restrepo, Professor in the Department of Respiratory Care, authored a book, Diseases Affecting the Respiratory System: A Case-Based Approach, that was published this  spring by FA Davis Company.

 

DeDe Gardner, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Respiratory Care, has been selected to serve as a CHEST Foundation Trustee.  She was selected because of her dedicated service to the American College of Chest Physicians and the CHEST Foundation.
Dr. Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, received the Distinguished Teaching Professor award from the UT System.  The award was presented to her in November by President Henrich.

 

DeDe Gardner , Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Respiratory Care, and Carolyn Walden, Director of Research Support, were notified in January of a $50,000 research award from the Will Rogers Respiratory Institute grant program.  Their proposal was titled, “ALS and Airway Clearance (ALSAC): Is There a Better Airway Clearance in Patients with ALS?”