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Tyler Spahr

Thursday, January 15, 2015, was the Annual Physical Therapy Legislative Day at the General Assembly in Richmond. A bill was submitted to change the restrictions to Direct Access to Physical Therapy Services. See for more information.

Tyler Spahr, SPT, attended this year with his Clinical Instructor assigned for Spring 2015, Wil Kolb, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, who works at Carilion Rehabilitation within Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Christiansburg, VA.

Tyler noted, “Lobby Day in Richmond was an exhilarating experience.  Meeting face to face with state legislators gave me the opportunity to discuss the importance of direct access and improving the value of physical therapy services in Virginia”.

Wil added, “Thank-you Tyler Spahr for representing the RU DPT program Thursday 1/15 at VPTA lobby day in Richmond. It was a great energizing day to meet with our state senators and representatives to ask for their support of Direct Access changes in VA (HB 1457 and SB 776) that make it easier for citizens of VA to access PT services.  By the end of the day SDPT Tyler Spahr was able to articulate our main points and was comfortable talking about direct access legislation.  We also were able to sit in on the VPTA BOD meeting to understand how our professional organization serves all PT and PTA's.”


VT CIDER Symposium

Kerry Vandergrift, Social Work; Deneen Evans, Social Work; Renee Huth, Physical Therapy; and Sheila Kranjik, Occupational Therapy(missing from photo) presented at the 6th annual VT CIDER symposium. The Facilitating Collaboration Among Future Professionals poster included quantitative and qualitative outcomes from three annual interdisciplinary health symposia where students from Communication Sciences and Speech Disorders, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Work, and Education (fall 2013) collaborated on a patient case. Among the outcomes, students reported improved understanding of overlapping disciplinary roles and improved comfort in working in teams.

  1. Collaborative research leads to 3D prosthetics prototypes »


    Radford University students enrolled in Iain Clelland's Managing New Venture Creation (MGNT 450) class took on a unique and interesting challenge this semester: Designing and then building a mechanical, prosthetic hand from a 3D printer.

  2. Ribbon cutting opens regional university anatomy lab »


    The Virginia Intercollegiate Anatomy Laboratory (VIAL) opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Roanoke at the Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital campus on Friday.

  3. Sophisticated anatomy lab crowns regional university collaboration »


    The Virginia Intercollegiate Anatomy Laboratory (VIAL), the result of an innovative public-private, intercollegiate partnership, will be opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony in Roanoke at the Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital campus on Friday.

  4. Two ceremonies launch RU graduates on health care careers »


    As part of the 2015 Spring Commencement weekend, Radford University graduates who will enter the allied health care field were awarded the symbols of their readiness Friday at a pair of events.

  5. New chair takes helm of DPT program »


    Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Kristen Jagger has been named chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in the Waldron College of Health and Human Services.

  6. RU's Rector joins regional health education leaders for concrete-breaking ceremony »


    In a place where precision will be the norm, a blunt instrument started an important project - The Virginia Intercollegiate Anatomy Lab (VIAL).  

  7. RU doctor of physical therapy program earns prestigious accreditation »


    The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at RU is now fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

  8. Radford University DPT students hear how collaboration works in Health Care industry »


    Nathaniel L. Bishop '88, president of Jefferson College of Health Sciences, shared his unique perspective and experiences as a health care professional with RU Doctor of Physical Therapy students.

  9. Carilion Executive talks health care policy and practice with RU DPT students »


    Steve Arner, senior vice-president for Carilion Clinic and chief operating officer for Carilion Medical Center, shared a corporate health care provider's perspective with Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students in the Health Policy and Administration class on Friday in Roanoke.

  10. WCHHS research featured at first-ever Interprofessional Symposium and Expo »


    The Waldron College of Health and Human Services (WCHHS) community will convene for its first-ever Interprofessional Symposium and Expo (IPS&E) on Thursday, April 17, in Heth Hall.

Archived News Stories

November 7, 2014

Interdisciplinary Symposium builds teamwork across Heath and Education Disciplines

A three-year-old child with special needs was the focus of nearly 200 students and faculty during the Waldron College of Health and Human Services' Interprofessional Education and Practice Symposium held in Heth Hall. Click to Read more

October 18, 2013

Interdisciplinary Symposium builds teamwork across disciplines for tomorrow's clinicians, teachers and nurses

November 23, 2010
Physical Therapy Professors Help Individuals Make Informed, Healthy Decisions

October 7, 2010
It’s National Physical Therapy Month – Make a Smart Move

September 15, 2010
RU Partners with Carilion, Jefferson College of Health Sciences to Base Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Roanoke

May 7, 2010
Delegate David Nutter Leads Discussion on Physical Therapy Program at RU

March 1, 2010
Department Physical Therapy is On the Move

February 4, 2010
RU Alumnus' Career Has Brought Quality of Life To Thousands

October 30, 2009
Genesis Rehab Services Makes Substantial Gift to Waldron College

July 30, 2009
Waldron College Hires Administrators For New Doctoral Degree Programs

November 13, 2008
Physical Therapy Program Receives $100,000 Donation from Genesis Rehab Services

September 4, 2008
Physical Therapy Program Receives University's First Endowed Chair

August 29, 2008
President Kyle Speaks to the Future and Vitality of Radford University

June 25, 2008
RU Board Approves Largest Ever Operating Budget of $163.1 Million

June 10, 2008
New Doctoral and Master's Programs Approved by General Assembly

June 8, 2008
RU Gains SCHEV Approval for New Doctoral, Master's Degree Programs