University of Puget Sound Student Physical Therapy Association (UPS SPTA)

Our purpose is to promote the physical therapy profession through education, experience and community involvement. We provide opportunities for personal growth, charity, and leadership through active participation in SPTA. We coordinate and sponsor service learning opportunities to build relationships with the community and fulfill an annual service learning academic requirement as set forth by the UPS Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate Program. We assist with funding for the presentation of research at national professional conferences and plan and sponsor events and speakers that promote networking and career opportunities.

We are a resource for current and incoming students and work to enrich the graduate school experience at University of Puget Sound. Read below for upcoming events and programs and see how you can be involved with SPTA and support physical therapy research and community outreach programs!

Current Upcoming Events:

SPTA Brown Bag Presentations: 

Feb 26th: Spanish for Medical Professionals, led by Mr. Jose F. Lara Aguilar (Department of Hispanic Studies at University of Puget Sound) click here for more information
March 19: Interdisciplinary Collaboration with Speech & Language Pathology click here for more information
April 2: Home Health Physical Therapy
April 16: Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWRI!)
April 30: PT Applications of Yoga

For more information click here

Service Learning Events:

 Ongoing Opportunities

o   Access Tutoring on UPS Campus
o   Adaptive Sports with Tacoma Parks
o   Children’s Museum of Tacoma
o   Doney Memorial Vet Clinic
o   Metro Parks of Tacoma Work Parties
o   Special Olympics of WA
o   Recovery Beyond Paradigm’s Climbing out of Homelessness Program
o   Urban Grace Community Breakfast

Spring OT/PT Job Fair: Click here for more information       

  • Friday, April 27, 2018 (11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Tahoma Room at UPS)
  • Student Resumes Due: Friday, March 30, 20
  • Contact:

T-Shirt Orders

Interested in sporting the newest SPTA look? This brachial plexus t-shirt is available for $20 in Women’s and Unisex sizes XS, S, M, L, XL.

Proceeds from your t-shirt order supports SPTA job fair, brown bag speakers and events for students and the community.

Link to Order T-Shirts:

Fundraising for Research and Global Perspectives PT Outreach

SPTA offers scholarships each year for students to present innovative physical therapy research at regional and national research conferences and travel with the Global Perspectives to offer PT services in Guatemala. The funds for these scholarships are raised through fundraising events put on by SPTA. If you would like to donate to the fund or support our fundraising events to help further PT research and assist students in taking their PT skills to those in need, please contact us with the email below.

 SPTA Presidents & Advisor:

Co-Presidents: Laura Shellooe, SPT and Scott Shelton, SPT
Advisor: Dr. Holly Roberts, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS
Contact: SPTA Email: