| 18 July 2017

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University of St. Augustine Faculty Members Running for Florida Physical Therapy Association Offices

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health and rehabilitative sciences education through innovative classroom education, is proud to announce that more than a dozen faculty members and alumni are running for elected positions—including president—in the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA).

Tomas Eberle, PT, DPT, a core faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program on the Miami campus is running for president. Eberle has more than 15 years of clinical and higher education experience, and has served on the FPTA Board of Directors for four years.

Several other faculty members are running for leadership positions: Laurie Shimko, PT, is running for vice president; Jackie Crossen-Sills, PT, PhD, is running for director of membership; and Gabriel Somarriba, DPT, is running to be on the nominating committee. Alumna Amy McBreen-Babb is running for director of public relations.

Faculty members are also running for delegate positions: Matt Daugherty, PT, DPT, OTR/L, MOT, OCS; John Leschitz, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Ross Marinas, PT, DPT, c/NDT, APTA-CCI; Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc, MS, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT; and Lindsay Perry, PT, DPT, NCS. Alumni running for delegate include Dan Curtis, Kevin Lulofs-MacPherson, and Arie van Duijin.

“At the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, we believe that our students, graduates, and faculty should use their leadership skills to advocate for their professions,” says President and Chief Academic Officer Wanda Nitsch, PT, PhD. “It is great to see so many of them seeking to serve the profession of physical therapy at the state level.”

Voting by FPTA members begins July 18 and ends August 17.


About University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS)

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is a graduate institution that offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, education and health science, as well as continuing education programs. Founded in 1979, USAHS has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Miami, Florida. USAHS is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. USAHS is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network. For more information about USAHS visit


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