Paris and Patla Break Record with Largest Donation in FPT History

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 22, 2017) – A $3 million gift to the Foundation for Physical Therapy marks the largest donation to the Foundation in its 38-year history.

Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and his wife Catherine Patla’s, PT, DHSc, MS, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT, contribution will be used to create an endowment for clinical research funding. The couple made the announcement at the Foundation’s Boston PT Party on June 22nd during the American Physical Therapy Association’s NEXT Conference.

This investment will help transform the physical therapy profession and strengthen the Foundation’s ability to fund impactful physical therapy research today and in the future. This isn’t the first substantial gift to the Foundation from Dr. Paris and Dr. Patla. They also contributed $500,000 in 2014 which was matched by Laureate Education, Inc. for a $1 million contribution to fund research on the outcomes of physical therapy.

“The Foundation has worked tirelessly to build up a strong cadre of physical therapist researchers, “Paris said. “We support physical therapy research because it is critical to our profession’s ongoing health.”Patla remarked. “We want to sustain the Foundation’s work for generations to come.”

During his career, Dr. Paris has been involved in research, clinical practice, and teaching in the area of orthopedic and manual physical therapy, with a focus on the spine. He is the founder and Chancellor Emeritus of the University of St. Augustine. He has published more than 40 articles in physical therapy, medical, and osteopathic journals, as well as a book titled, “The Spinal Lesion.”  He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s 2011 Mildred Elson Award, the top honor in physical therapy.

Dr. Patla has served as a faculty member of the University of St. Augustine since its founding. She was dean of professional education from 2011–2014 and director of the residency and fellowship programs from 2010–2013, among many other contributions. She published two chapters in the Manual of Physical Therapy (Churchill Livingstone, 1989) and has written numerous course manuals, including home study courses for the Institute of Graduate Physical Therapy.  She was President of the Florida chapter from 2007-2009 and has received many honors and awards, including the 2017 Lucy Blair service award from APTA.

“This generous gift will transform the Foundation’s ability to fund clinical research at a higher level, providing significant and ongoing support for research that forms the basis of physical therapist practice,” said Foundation President, Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. “This contribution surpasses any the Foundation has ever received in support of its scientific program. We are honored by the confidence that Dr. Paris and Dr. Patla have placed in us by recognizing and rewarding the exceptional work we do to support investigators in the field of physical therapy.”

About the Foundation for Physical Therapy
The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

Over the last 38 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 583 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $755 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation.

Contributions to the Foundation for Physical Therapy are tax-deductible and can be made online at or sent to its headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

For more information, e-mail or call 800/875-1378.