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Tammy Loosbrock, MPT class of 1996, DPT class of 2007

Tammy Loosbrock MPT ’96, DPT ’07

Chief operating officer, Sanford Hospital Luverne
Site manager and practicing physical therapist, Sanford Adrian Clinic

Three degrees: Tammy earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Kate’s in 1992, then returned to earn her Master of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees.

“Right after I began my undergraduate education, I was excited to learn that they were establishing a physical therapy program at St. Kate’s. Having a husband and daughter, it made it really easy to stay at St. Kate’s and complete my physical therapy degree.”

A close-knit community: “I really appreciated the closeness of my DPT graduating class. The instructors were professional, very knowledgeable, and yet very human, fun and easy to talk with.”

Professional connections: “The instructors are actively involved in the professional organization and really served as role models in the Minnesota chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as with research. St. Kate’s always had a lot of students sponsored for the MN APTA conferences — far more than other schools — which shows the University’s support for networking and lifelong learning.”

Why physical therapy? “In high school, I worked at a long-term care facility and assisted with walking and exercises for the residents. I enjoyed it and was prompted by a staff member to consider going into physical therapy. After researching the field, I realized how much my interests were in line with the profession.”

Career path: “I was a staff therapist from 1996 to 2000. Then, I transitioned to the rehab manager at our hospital. After moving into that role, I felt like I needed to know more about the business side of therapy to be able to communicate effectively with administration, so I pursued my MBA.

“I made another career change and moved into the chief operating officer role at Sanford Luverne. The balance of clinical and business skills has helped with administrative decision-making and the ability to understand and relate to clinical issues. I use my clinical knowledge and skills as the site manager and as a practicing physical therapist at Sanford Adrian.”

Best part of her job: “I enjoy being able to make a difference in our patients lives as well as employees lives. As a therapist, we are able to make decisions and impact each person individually. In my role as COO, I am able to look at various issues across the hospital and work to make a difference in the patients’ experiences as well as for our employees.”

Beyond PT: Tammy is married and has four kids. “I try to stay involved in the community organizations, school organizations and activities at the local elementary and high school, and am active in the local health care foundation.”