What a great privilege we have to take our professional PT skills and apply them with the tender love of God, while sharing the hope of the true Gospel, and meeting the physical rehabilitation needs of people in another country. In just a day and a half our team will leave from Pensacola, New Orleans, Nashville, and all meet in the Miami airport for our flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on the southeast end of the Island of Hispaniola. There we’ll join the SCORE missionaries at our home base in Juan Dolio. Each day we will drive to a new location to set up PT clinics in a hospital, nursing home, and some nearby villages to provide PT care to those who otherwise would not receive the care.
It is my real pleasure to introduce to you the Physical Therapists who will be supervising the PT care that the University of South Alabama PT students provide:
Maria Barriero PT has been a PT for 12 years with a specialty in pediatrics, but has experience in outpatient PT (pediatric and adult), inpatient rehab, and acute care. In addition to her great personality, Maria is fluent in Spanish language!
Duane Baxter is the Director of Christian Medical Mission of South Alabama (CMMSA) and is the one who has worked to put together all the details and advance planning for this trip. Duane is married to a PT (Kim Enlow Baxter) and they have four fabulous kids.
Dennis Fell PT, MD is Chair of the USA PT Department and has been on faculty for 21 years. His expertise and passion are in neuromuscular PT and he teaches the neuroscience and neurologic PT examination and intervention courses at “South”. He is an Elder at Grace Community Church, has been on previous mission trips to Poland, Belize, China, and South Korea, and has presented and taught physical therapy presentations in nine different countries.
Mary Bounds Gregory DPT is an alumnus of the USAPT program (2007), is McKenzie certified with specialty in spine rehab, and also practices in vestibular rehab at East Jefferson General Hospital Outpatient Rehab. She is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but now lives in New Orleans with husband Edward.
Diane Pitts PT, DPT, BSN is a graduate of the USA PT program and now Head Therapist at Providence Hospital outpatient PT clinic. She is an adjuct instructor in the USA PT program teaching both musculoskeletal and neuromuscular content. She and husband Darrell have three sons and one new daughter-in-law. Diane is a gifted therapist and communicator who loves God with all of her heart.
Ashley Wells PT is an alumnus of the USAPT program (2005) and is a certified wound therapist and rehab director at Encore Rehab in Ocean Springs Hospital. She and husband John have participated in mission trips to Ghana, Haiti, and Burkina Faso, and love to share the Good News through health care.
Please pray that we will effectively be the hands, feet and voice of Christ sharing salvation to those who don’t know him and encouragement and peace to those who do. “Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12-13)