117 awarded diplomas in health professions

By Kristen Holland Shear

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern, recently conferred diplomas on 117 students graduating from the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.

The Dec. 13 commencement ceremony took place in the Tom and Lula Gooch Auditorium and was witnessed by faculty, friends and family of the graduates as well as by Dr. J. Gregory Fitz, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at UT Southwestern.

The School of Health Professions graduated its first class in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program on Dec. 13. Among the 31 conferees were (from left) Victoria Lopez, Jordan Litt, Dawn Juon and Donald Helsey.

The graduates included students from physical therapy, physician assistant studies, clinical nutrition, medical laboratory sciences and prosthetics-orthotics. All completed their studies in May, August or December 2009.

Dr. Raul Caetano, dean of the School of Health Professions, presided over the event. Alumna Theresa Haibach provided the opening remarks, and Dr. Jon Williamson, associate dean of the school, presented program descriptions.

Dr. Lori Gonzalez, dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of communication disorders at the University of Kentucky, delivered the commencement address.

Dr. Chung-Yi Chiu, assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling, and Dr. Fan Gao, assistant professor of health care sciences, served as marshals. Magistrates included Karen McCain and Edward Mulligan, assistant professors of physical therapy; as well as Cristina Gonzalez and Jennie Hocking, assistant professors of physician assistant studies.

2009 Graduates of UT Southwestern School of Health Professions

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Alicia Arthur, Alexandra Barkman, Kathryn Booth, Mindy Gilliland Brummett, Jennifer Cannon, Veronica Castillo, Jamie Couey, Daniel Coyne, Osaretin Edokpayi, Sarah Ellis, Jessica Elson-Biagini, Alexis Estes, Melanie Forbess, Nathan Foreman, Kathryn Gresham, Britney Haga, Mari Hammer, Jordan Harwell, Donald Heisey, Dawn Juon, Jordan Litt, Victoria Lopez, John Luburich, Cody Palmer, Emily Paslay, Phillip Scott, Jenna Sklar, Carol Smith, Jacquelyne Vickers, Emily Whigham, and Jennifer Wilde

Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Diana Alvarado, Joshua Balsam, Jennifer Bedell, Lesley Berg, Ruth Brower, Andrea Caldwell, Sanjeev Chaturvedi,* Ashraf Currimbhoy, Patrick Dougherty, Natalie Engelman

Jaime Garay, Kimberly Gehlbach, Jane Greenwood, Leslie Herrera-Martinez, Kelly Hiltz, Joanne Hong, Kelly Keeton, Mackenzie Knobbe, Jessica Konvicka, Deepa Krishnamurthi, Melanie Langston, Karen Lyons, Sumera Makhani, Ryan Nulph, Meghan O’Connor, Jamie Park, Joshua Patterson, Gina Quon, Kristen Rice, Exa Rincon, Erin Schendel, Lauren Upton, Katherine Washam, Erika Weeks, Georgia Womble, and Jessica Woods

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition*
Tawana Brown, Erin Carter, Kathryn Chiles,** Jessica Coffee, Darice Doorn, Jennifer McVey, Jennifer Melton, Anna Miller, Anita Pereyda, Ashley Phillips,** Rochelle Robichaux,** Dana Roseman, Megan Russell, Leda Tello, and Alexandra Timpson
Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences
Hiwot Ayalew, Jessica Bertram, Jesse Bower,***
Ti-Eka Edet, Isela Espinosa,*** Prathiba Ganesan,Debra Goode, Ann Gordon, Kayam Joshi, Dawit Kidane, Kari Kruse,*** Kristine Lam, Selam Limennih, Weiliang Lin, Huarui Liu, Isabella Mantel, Molly Montgomery, Patrick Musau, Nada Oueidat, Terence Paddack, Ulla Solberg, and Jennifer Stanfield

Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics-Orthotics *
Katie Bekkelund, Allan Doyle III, Brandon Green, Richard Hunsaker, Zachary Jones, Mallory Lemons, Silvio Martinez, Gina May, Simon Morton, Spencer Smith, Lynne Spencer, Nathan Sutti, and Jillian Swazey

* Degree awarded in May 2009.
** The candidate received a certificate in clinical dietetics.
*** Degree awarded in August 2009.