After 25 years of faithful service to UNMC’s Division of Physical Therapy Education, Kimberly J. Marlatt, PT, is retiring her position as part-time Clinical Coordinator.
Kim is a 1984 graduate of the UNMC physical therapy program. Her work experience has been in the rural setting, practicing in small hospitals and nursing homes from 1984-1991. She currently owns a private practice in Gordon, Nebraska.
As Clinical Coordinator, Kim primarily assisted in the development and coordination of clinical education in rural Nebraska. In addition, she has been involved in public awareness and recruiting activities as well as pre-Physical Therapy student development activities. Kim also worked closely with the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP).
PT program director, Joe Norman, PhD, said, “Kim has been dedicated to the success of the RHOP Program from its inception and served as a mentor and role model for the students in the Physical Therapy RHOP Track.”
Kim began her tenure at UNMC during the early phases of RHOP, working with the late Dr. Jay Drucker at Chadron State College. The RHOP program has since expanded to include Wayne State College and Peru State College.
“Kim is the energy behind the success of RHOP,” said Professor Pat Hageman, PhD, “providing valuable mentorship to students, connecting vital stakeholders from communities and practices, and leading growth of a high quality physical therapy workforce for the state of Nebraska.”
Kim serves as an excellent example to our students and other physical therapists. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, she has been very active on the state level, serving on the Executive Committee of the Nebraska Chapter APTA from 1985-1992. She also served as President of the Nebraska Foundation for Physical Therapy from 1990-1999.
“The value of Kim’s contributions cannot be overstated,” said Kyle Meyer, PhD, dean of the college of allied health professions. “For 25 years she has represented the perspectives of physical therapists serving our rural communities, and inspired countless students to this important calling.”
Kim and her husband, Tim, have two children and reside in Valentine, Nebraska.