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Carrollton resident Angie Galvis is first Colombian woman to receive a Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy


DENTON — When Angie Galvis accepted her doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University on May 12, she made history as the first Colombian woman to receive a Ph.D. in occupational therapy.

“I know of two other women in graduate school for occupational therapy,” said Dr. Galvis, who lives in Carrollton. “However, I am the first woman from my country to receive a Ph.D. in the field. I am so happy and proud.”

Dr. Galvis received her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy in Colombia before obtaining a student visa to come to TWU to pursue graduate studies in 2002. She chose to study at TWU because the university’s doctoral program in occupational therapy is the only Ph.D. program in the field in the in the western United States.

“I like that it was a small university with caring faculty,” Dr. Galvis said. “From the beginning the people in the occupational therapy department were extremely helpful and worked with me to ensure I would receive my doctorate.”

Dr. Galvis’ doctoral thesis was on the use of computers versus lecture as an instructional tool to teach occupational therapy students. She currently is employed with Therapy 2000 and specializes in home-care therapy for pediatric patients. In addition to her ongoing therapy work, Dr. Galvis also would like to teach at the university level.

“Completing my degree hasn’t sunk in yet,” Dr. Galvis said. “I am happy to be finished and look forward to my future.”


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