The Faces of SSHP Physical Therapy

UT Southwestern's School of Health Professions attracts applicants from across America who want to be part of our dynamic, collaborative, and experiential approach to education. What you learn here will open your mind, hone your skills, and prepare you for a career rich in opportunity and reward. 

Brought together in an environment that encourages academic excellence and supports an active clinical experience, SSHP students have a great deal to offer each other, both in and out of the classroom. Our graduates benefit from the academic and clinical opportunities that help them achieve at their highest potential and prepare them for successful, satisfying careers in the health professions. 

You may be inspired and encouraged by these stories as you continue your academic and career journey.

Julius Franz

Julius Franz

“We are the future of the profession.”

Julius Franz is a student in the Physical Therapy Program here at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Julius is originally from Germany, and first came to the United States as an international exchange student during high school. He decided to return to the United States for his Physical Therapy training. Julius has been an active leader in his class. He also joined classmates in a trip to Austin to talk with legislators about direct access to physical therapy. Read more and watch Julius' video.

Traci Schafer

Traci Schafer

“One of the things I really like the best about this job, it’s not just hands-on work, its really about teaching the patient how to do more for themselves.”

Traci Schafer is an alumna of the UT Southwestern Physical Therapy Program. She began her career as an exercise physiologist, and later decided she wanted to work with patients and help them with their rehabilitation and enrolled in the Physical Therapy program. Currently, Traci is a physical therapist at Zale Lipshy University Hospital working with a wide variety of patients including burn, stroke, and multiple sclerosis patients. Read more and watch Traci's video.