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History of the College of Physical Therapy

In April 17, 1991, the San Juan de Dios Hospital and College became an Educational Foundation with Sr. Paz Marfori D.C. as its first President. During her term, the construction of a building across Don Benito Hernandez Street materialized through the magnanimous support of His Eminence, Jaime Cardinal Sin, DD, Archbishop of Manila and Chairman of the Board of Trustees then. Inaugurated on November 6, 1989, the three-storey building was home to the different administrative offices, facilities and services. Sr. Ma. Lourdes Verzosa, D.C. served as Sister Servant and College Director.

It was during this period when the college embarked on a new baccalaureate course, because of the SJDEFI administration’s desire to address the sensitive needs and the growing demands of medical science. The Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy was opened in 1993. Dr. Bee Giok Tan-Sales was its founding Dean.

The College of PT continued to grow steadily under the leadership of the succeeding deans.

Dr. Bernadette S. Infante (June 2000-May 2003) and Ms. Anna Lou Enrile as her Academic Coordinator (2000-2001) and Ms. Kathlyn Jane Fuentes (2001-2003). Dr. Edmund Martinez became Dean (2003-to present) together with Mrs. Kathlyn Jane Fuentes Graycochea (2003 to present) as Academic Coordinator.

In a short time, the College of Physical Therapy has come a long way. To date, it has produced 18 batches of graduates, all of whom have contributed to the continuous development, growth and success of the college. Already, the College of Physical Therapy has gained a reputation for providing quality education and clinical training for its students, as reflected in the board ratings that its graduates have achieved.