Members of the inaugural doctoral physical therapy class at Brenau pose for a group photo after the white coat ceremony.

Members of the inaugural doctoral physical therapy class at Brenau pose for a group photo after the white coat ceremony.

PT and Downtown Center benefit students, community

Brenau University continues its strong legacy of establishing university programs and  facilities that benefit both its students and the community, and nowhere is this more visible than at Brenau’s Downtown Center.

The $6.7 million facility funded through gifts to the ForeverGold campaign features classrooms and laboratories for the university’s budding physical therapy program. It also houses the university’s Manhattan Art Gallery that highlights New York-themed artworks from the university’s permanent collection populated with the works from such artists as Andy Warhol and art from the famed Dorothy and Herb Vogel Collection. A 300-seat performing arts theater, meeting and ballroom  space and an executive boardroom round out the 4,500-square-foot space.

Any university student or city resident would love to have access to this caliber of facility. That’s the beauty of Brenau’s Downtown Center: It serves and is available to both.

The physical therapy program, which recently welcomed its second class of 40 doctoral degree candidates, in 2015 opened Brenau Rehabilitation Practice in partnership with Gainesville Physical Therapy. The clinic specializes in balance, fall prevention, bariatrics, sports medicine and treatment of developmental, orthopedic and neurological movement dysfunctions. It offers the public a
highly specialized health care option and provides opportunities for doctoral candidates to work directly with patients under supervision of six licensed and experienced full-time faculty members. With such a facility, those faculty members and their students have opportunities for research in developing more effective patient care practices.

Providing this learning experience in the same location where classes are taught offers an exceptional value to students who can step from a classroom to a clinic just across the hallway.

“Brenau’s Downtown Center embodies what we are achieving through our $40 million ForeverGold campaign,” said Brenau University President Ed Schrader. “Brenau and the Gainesville
community have long enjoyed a wonderful partnership because we both know that what is good for the university is good for the community. Together, we provide a great learning and nurturing environment for our students to thrive in and then to go lead and serve here or in other communities.”