Germaine Ferreira Joins Department of Physical Therapy Faculty

May 10, 2023
Germaine Ferreira

Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Germaine Ferreira, PT, DPT, MSPT, BHMS, as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.

“Dr. Ferreira’s impressive academic record speaks for itself, but her genuine compassion, her heart for her students, and her unapologetic Christian witness really stood out to me during the application process,” said Casey Unverzagt, PT, DPT, DSc, Clinical Associate Professor and chair of the search committee that recommended Dr. Ferreira. “I am beyond excited to see these giftings play out in our department. Her light will certainly shine bright here at Baylor!”

Ferreira comes to Baylor from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, where she has taught in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program since 2016. She is also an accomplished physical therapist with over 24 years of experience in acute care, cardiopulmonary care, and geriatric physical therapy. Before earning her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas State University and Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, Ferreira studied homoeopathic medicine and surgery and practiced as a homeopathic family physician in Bombay, India.

An avid scholar, Ferreira has disseminated at state, national, and international conferences and has co-authored chapters in textbooks, publications, and peer-reviewed abstracts. Dr. Ferreira’s research focus is on heart failure, cardiopulmonary diseases, diseases that impact older adults, autoimmune disorders, musculoskeletal pathologies, and education. She serves as an item writer coordinator for the Federation of State Board of Physical therapy and was recently awarded the 2022 Board Excellence Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Austin has been Ferreira's home since 1995. She enjoys travelling with her family and has observed that “people are the same no matter where we live—we all have a heart, want to be loved and respected.” Ferreira has a passion for helping first-generation college students navigate obstacles and barriers to achieve success.

Regarding the Baylor Physical Therapy team, she shares: “I am excited to join the Baylor family and consider it a privilege and a blessing to be able to partner with students at Baylor University in their journey to becoming excellent and compassionate physical therapists.”