Physical Therapy students are involved in many community events that benefit the La Crosse community.  The Physical Therapy faculty and staff are proud of the students efforts.

Past community involvement includes:

  • Aquatic Therapy & Community Pools with public access (Morgan & Jenna) is currently located at
  • Home Accessibility & Universal Design project (Danielle & Jodi) is currently located at
  • Boat Dock and Fishing Pier accessibility (Matt & Andy) is currently located at
  • Hunting resources project is currently located at
  • Fitness Facility tips & access:
  • Disability Awareness plus accessibility focus on local library
  • General Accessibility in downtown La Crosse:
  • Halloween Food Drive. Students "Trick or Treat" for non-perishable food items to help stock local food shelves in the La Crosse region. Past involvement (Halloween 2000) generated donations of approximately 100 bags of food.
  • Physical Therapy Friends and Family Weekend: Money raised from the raffle that took place during this event were donated to: American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Awareness in the names of Dr. Patricia Wilder and Mrs. Carol Davies, and the Miami-Marquette Challenge (to support research in Physical Therapy for evidence based practice).
  • Students volunteer to serve meals at the local Salvation Army.
  • Adopt a Family for Christmas (Salvation Army). Gifts were donated to a needy family in the community.
  • Massage Days: Proceeds donated to the Miami-Marquette Challenge.
  • Spring 2001: UW-La Crosse hosted the State Physical Therapy Student Conclave in conjunction with the WWTC Physical Therapy Assistants program. Student from 8 schools in the state of Wisconsin attended. Group presentations and workshops were presented by local clinicians and faculty.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Students are involved in local building projects.
  • March of Dimes Walk: Fundraiser for the March of Dimes.
  • Good Neighbor Day: Students help with yard work/clean up of people in need in the La Crosse Community.
  • Service Learning Project in Puebla, Mexico and Nicaragua where students learned about Physical Therapy services and educational programs in another country for the elderly and children with special needs.

For more information please contact Michele Thorman, PT Program Director.