Deydre Teyhen - Doctorate: Biomechanics, 2004
Unlike most graduate students, I had the opportunity to attend The University of Texas while serving as an Officer in the U.S. Army. The graduate faculty of the Biomechanics program was top-notch. They constantly inspired their graduate students to excel and embrace scholarly activity. The experience clearly set me up for success in my current position as an Associate Professor, U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy; where I have the privilege of teaching the next generation of Military Physical Therapists to care for our nation’s heroes. Although I only graduated 6 years ago, I would not have more than 2.5 million in research grants and over 30 publications under my belt without the tools I learned from the biomechanics graduate faculty.
I recently deployed to Iraq where I was able to put my knowledge and leadership skills developed at The University of Texas to good use. I was placed in charge of a level III compatible military medical treatment facility at Task Force Delta Med. We were located southeast of Baghdad near the Iranian border. In addition to treating our nation’s sons and daughters, we had the opportunity to train local healthcare providers (surgeons, physicians, and physical therapists) as we helped to rebuild the Iraqi healthcare system. The foundation I gained while attending The University of Texas has helped prepare me for my future in academics, medicine, and humanitarian missions. Hook ‘em Horns!