Cynthia Cruz, DPT, PT, â€™15, recently exhibited for A.T. Still University’s Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Cruzâ€™s contributions to her field include educating students, alumni, and clinical instructors about advanced degrees in physical therapy. She has encouraged over 30 physical therapists in Puerto Rico to pursue a doctorate, elevating the profession and improving patient care.
Dr. Cruz was approached by multiple graduates who visited the exhibit to express their gratitude for A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) donations to students living in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria.
With the assistance of A.T. Still Universityâ€™s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C emeritus, DFAAPA, Ann Lee Burch, PT, EdD, Tammy Roehling, PT, DPT, director, transitional doctor of physical therapy, and Tabitha Parent Buck, AuD, professor and chair, the University quickly organized a $25,000 emergency fund for the ATSU students in Puerto Rico. Thanks to the immediate efforts of ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, â€™84, and the controllerâ€™s office, the funds were distributed to each of the affected students within days.
ATSU continues to offer a valuable Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program to physical therapists in Puerto Rico despite the devastation left behind in 2017.
Learn more about ATSU’s contributions to those affected by Hurricane Maria.