University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Faculty Member Teaches Physical Therapy and Treats Patients in Peru

USAHS Miami campus DPT faculty member travels to Peru to teach Physical therapy and treat patients in local villagesSince 2005, Tomas Eberle, PT, DPT, a faculty member on the Miami campus, has been traveling to a remote area of Peru to treat patients from local villages and teach aspiring physical therapists.

Although there are universities in the capital of Lima that offer advanced medical education, they are not accessible to many people living in rural areas. During the summer, Eberle teaches at a modest satellite campus of Sedes Sapientiae Catholic University. He is one of several specialists who travel from Lima and the United States to teach in specialty areas. For Eberle, the focus is orthopaedics.

Classrooms are just open space with desks. No equipment. No air conditioning. Because textbooks are so dated, students rely on lectures from professors. Eberle teaches half the day and treats patients the other half with cohorts of students and 15 recent graduates.

The medical mission is organized by the church. Demand is so high from the 2,800 villages in the 20 to 30 square miles around the school and hospital that the church hands out tickets to the neediest. Even then, they often wait four to eight hours to be seen.

“You never what you’re going to see: amputations, neurological issues, and everything in between,” says Eberle. “Sometimes people are carried in because they don’t have access to a wheelchair.”

“You have to teach students to be creative in their environment. For example, local tradesmen there carve wooden canes,” Eberle adds. “Because many families live together in small houses, there is a lot of family help. A lot of our treatment focus is on educating the family.”

Let's connect

We're here to support you on your educational journey.

Please complete our contact form. An enrollment advisor will reach out to provide information and answer your questions.

Recommended For You


Tuition Reduction Available for Select Programs When You Start this Summer!

Graduate school is an investment in your future: Earning an advanced degree is a way to boost your credentials and open more doors in your career. And at USAHS, you


MS-SLP Program Awarded Initial Accreditation

San Marcos, Calif.—Aug. 19, 2022—The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is pleased to announce that our Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program has been granted


Vivian Sanchez Elected to Expanded Role as WASC Commissioner

  University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) Chief Executive Officer and Interim President Vivian A. Sanchez has been appointed Commissioner to the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). As


New Career Services Director Helps Graduates Launch Their Futures

  USAHS is pleased to welcome Naomi Kinley, MA, as our new Director of Career Services. Kinley comes to us with 28 years’ experience working in HR, recruiting, and university


RSVP for a Spring 2022 On-Campus Information Session

This Spring, join us for one of our On-Campus Information Sessions and learn more about the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) and our graduate health sciences programs.


On-Campus Tours Have Resumed—Book Yours Today!

We’re excited to announce that our in-person tours have resumed! Come visit campus, meet students, and explore our state-of-the-art facilities for yourself. While you’re in town, be sure to experience