Kate Panasci

Kate (Wilson) Panasci, PT, DPT

Certified Brain Injury Specialist, CBIS; Certified Wound Specialist, CWS)
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Associate Professor – DPT Program
Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education

Kate (Wilson) Panasci graduated from Northeastern University with her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (2003) and Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (2004). Since that time her clinical career has focused primarily on acute care and wound/burn care patient management, with a little inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing thrown in the mix.

Initially starting out in Hartford, Connecticut, Kate moved to Lubbock, Texas in 2006 and remains there today. Kate earned her post-professional DPT degree in 2011 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), and is both a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS). In 2011, Kate made the move to academia as an assistant professor in the entry-level DPT program at TTUHSC. In addition to her responsibilities as faculty in the entry-level program, Kate also served as program director for the online, post-professional (transitional) DPT program from 2014-2021 and is currently the Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education within the TTUHSC School of Health Professions. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy and has presented at local, state, and national conferences. She recently advanced her rank to associate professor and is in her final semester of coursework to receive a Certificate in Online Teaching from Texas Tech University.

Kate and her husband Michael have two children (Ariana – 8 and Luca – 5) as well as 3 cats and some backyard chickens. They love to travel and hike and enjoy getting back to the Northeast whenever possible.

Alumni News

Carl Gustafson

Carl Gustafson, PT, LATC, CSCS (‘87) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Sports and Physical Therapy Associates (SPTA). The private practice has 15 locations in the greater Boston area in addition to the original location in Wellesley. He continues to support the Physical Therapy program at NU by employing many co-op students and alums at his facilities. For example, Alicia Molloy, Kristen Batista, Peter Givens, Danielle Gorman and Justin Dichio are employed in the Wellesley location where Carl works. Congratulations on the 20th anniversary!

Kevin Avilla

Kevin Avilla, ATC, DPT (‘12) is now employed by the Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers, Atlanta, GA. They are owned by the same family business that operates the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. This is an advantage for staff and clients as they are able to draw on the team’s extensive experience in sports rehabilitation to provide state of the art care.

Darryl Elliot

Darryl Elliott, PT (‘90) is now President of the Private Practice Special Interest Group at the Massachusetts Chapter of the APTA. He formerly worked at Bay State Physical Therapy and is the owner of the newly opened private practice, Elliott Physical Therapy.

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