Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Bob Frampton

Dr. Bob Frampton has been a licensed physical therapist for over 27 years. He shares why he wanted to work at Concordia, as well as some interesting things about his profession that few outsiders know. Keep reading to find out more!

Note: Frampton’s responses are typed in italics.

Why did you choose Concordia?

I was called to Concordia University. After I attended my interview, I knew that this was the place God wanted me to be. I knew the job ahead was a big one, but I felt with His help, I was ready for the challenge. The challenge was to start a Physical Therapy program at Concordia University Ann Arbor.

What do you love about Concordia?

I love the family feeling. Also, I appreciate the opportunity to attend chapel daily, and I look forward to helping students grow in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and in the world.

What are your goals for your program?

The physical therapy program provides a program of study that blends learning methodologies to create a dynamic, interprofessional patient-centered learning curriculum. This unique curriculum prepares graduates for a vocation as compassionate, confident, and active professional members of the healthcare team, who are capable of managing health and wellness together with the complex issues of disease.

What’s your education and career background?

Initially, I was trained as a physical therapist and then went on to get my doctoral degree in healthcare ethics. Before completing my master of physical therapy degree, I was a dual major in biology and chemistry and was considering becoming an athletic trainer. Additionally, I have worked in both outpatient and inpatient facilities as a physical therapist. I’ve also served as the Ethicist for the Visiting Nurses.

What are some of your career highlights?

I have served and chaired the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Jurisdictional Board. Also, I’ve served as a CAPTE On-site Team Leader, I have also served the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in many capacities over the years. The physical therapy program in Ann Arbor will be the fourth PT program I have started in my career.

What’s the most interesting part of your field that the general public might not know?

Physical therapists can treat wounds. We also work with patients that have cardiopulmonary pathologies and conditions. I like to tell students that physical therapists treat patients at every stage of life from the very young to the very old and in any area that requires people to move and function.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to spend time outdoors. Some of my hobbies include fishing, hiking, bicycling, and enjoying the sunshine. 

Why should students study your program?

This program in physical therapy education is unique. Students have the opportunity to learn curricular content from the leaders in physical therapy and then put what has been learned into practice with dedicated faculty who engage students in immersive activities. The content is delivered online in our learning management system. Students enter the classrooms prepared to engage with the faculty.

Do you want to know more?

If you’re interested in learning more about Concordia’s physical therapy program, visit us here.