PT Profile: Tom Mohr PhD | Jun 30, 2012

Name: Tom Mohr
Designation/s: Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and Chair, UND-PT
Years in the field: 37 years
Focus/Area of work: Education and Administration, Chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy at UND.
Where graduated: BSPT at UND, MSPT Univ. of MN, PhD (physiology) at UND


Awards and recognitions:

  • Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor
  • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. President's Award for Outstanding Service
  • UND SMHS William Crozier and Edith Magwood Fawcett Faculty Enhancement Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service
  • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Academy of Advanced Item Writers
  • UND Faculty Star, 5 years running
  • North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award
  • Richard McDougall Long-Term Service Award, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
  • Stanford Award, Journal of Physical Therapy Education
  • FSBPT Board of Directors

APTA membership:

How long: 39 years
Why: I feel it is important to support my profession and the work they do on behalf of all physical therapists. Many of the changes in legislation, direct access, reimbursement, and education would not have happened without the hard work of the APTA. We have all our incoming students join the APTA and we hope that all would continue that professional membership. I have had the opportunity to serve on CAPTE and have made a number of friends through my involvement with APTA. The APTA has provided me with the opportunity for professional growth.

Family/significant others/pets:

My wife, Peg, and I have 5 sons, 4 daughters-in-law and 8 grandchildren. I have a number of hobbies including woodworking, fishing, hunting, and horseback riding. We live near Grandin, ND, on an 11-acre "hobby farm" where we have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses. My hobbies and my family add balance to my life outside of my professional career.

My fondest memories of physical therapy would be of all the students with whom I have had the opportunity to work. By my count, I have worked with 1,396 graduates of our program and another 94 who are currently enrolled. As I think back, there have been a number of good times for the students and a number of bad times in their personal lives. We survived, and with the help and advice of a great faculty, we continue to have a strong program with excellent graduates. To think that I may have influenced several hundred graduates who will work with thousands of patients collectively over their careers gives me a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction. We are always working to make the program better and we continue to make changes in the curriculum. That keeps us challenged and keeps the job fun and exciting. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and hardest-working students at UND, and for that opportunity I feel blessed!