2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
Physical Therapy, ’86
Holly Johnson graduated from UK’s Physical Therapy program in 1986. She later went on to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in2005.
“My experience at UK was awesome. Twenty seven years ago I was privileged to receive the best physical therapy educational background possible. Dr. Art Nitz, Lavonne Yeager, Richard McDougall, Debbie Brown, Debbie Kelly, and Brenda Gosney were a few of my excellent professors who are still role models to this day. Being from southeastern Kentucky, it was imperative that I form relationships with health care professionals that would serve as great referral sources for my future patients. The UK program offered both a cutting edge, state of the art PT education and professional mentoring that has continued throughout my career. Bringing the highest quality physical therapy services to eastern Kentucky through our company, PT Pros, has been my life’s privilege.”
A life-long resident of Harlan, KY, Holly has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist and clinic director and has been a managing shareholder of PT Pros for more than 20 years. She has also served as a Clinical Educator for several PT programs – including the University of Kentucky, Bellarmine University, and LSU – and, in fact, Holly’s colleagues often comment on her gifts as a highly motivating educator and captivating speaker.
“I have always viewed my role as a physical therapist as a ministry of sorts, one that has allowed me the opportunity to encourage and educate patients to take an active role in their health and physical wellbeing,” said Holly.
Holly’s areas of interest include manual treatment of spine, sports medicine, orthopedics, chronic pain management, industrial rehab and women’s health.
Since 2010, Holly has worked closely with Global Health Outreach – a ministry branch of the Christian Medical and Dental Association – to develop a first-of-its-kind physical therapy outreach program in Ometepe, Nicaragua.
She is an active member of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA), in which she has held multiple offices. In 2009, KPTA presented Holly with the Outstanding Physical Therapist Award. She was chosen as Health Care Provider of the Year in 2001 by the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce. She is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
In her spare time, Holly enjoys teaching Sunday School and Women’s Bible Studies, leading praise and worship at her church, participating in outdoor activities, and spending time with her family, including her husband, David and their adult children, Josh and Anne Corey.
Physical Therapy, ’76
David G. Greathouse is currently the Director of Clinical Electrophysiology Services, Texas Physical Therapy Specialists, New Braunfels, TX. Dr. Greathouse holds a BA in biology and physical education from Marshall University, a Certificate in Physical Therapy from the D.T. Watson School of Physiatrics, and a MS (Education/Physical Therapy) and PhD (Anatomy) from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Greathouse is a Diplomate, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
“As an active duty Army physical therapist, one of the highlights of my 26 years in the military was my selection to attend graduate school (MS, 1975-1976; PhD, 1982-1985) at the University of Kentucky,” said David. “During both my Master’s and Doctoral degree programs, two exemplary components of my graduate education at UK were the flexibility of the programs and the mentorship provided me both academically and clinically.”
From 1970-1996, Dr. Greathouse served in the United States Army attaining the rank of Colonel. Colonel Greathouse had clinical assignments at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (staff therapist), Washington, DC; Irwin Army Community Hospital (assistant chief ), Ft. Riley, KS; Brooke Army Medical Center (staff therapist), Fort Sam Houston, TX; and 196th Station Hospital (Chief PT), Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium. From 1985-1990, Dr. Greathouse was the Director, U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, Fort Sam Houston, TX. From 1990- 1993, Colonel Greathouse served as the Chief, Physical Therapist Section, Office of The Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA; and from 1993-1996, he was the Chief, Army Medical Specialist Corps, Office of The Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA.
From 1996-2005, Dr. Greathouse served as the founding chair and associate dean of the Belmont University School of Physical Therapy, Nashville, TN. During this time, he also was an Adjunct Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he was a member of the anatomy team teaching gross anatomy to first year medical students. Dr. Greathouse also was a Clinical Electrophysiologist (EMG/NCS) in the Neurology Clinic, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Ft. Campbell, KY.
Dr. Greathouse has published over 50 manuscripts and 9 book chapters/ monologues, and has given over 100 professional presentations. Dr. Greathouse is currently the President of the Board of Directors and a member of the International Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). In addition, he is a manuscript reviewer for Physical Therapy and Clinical Anatomy. Dr. Greathouse is a past member of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (1989-1993 and 2005-2009; Chair 1991-1993), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (2005-2009).
Hall of Fame Members
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