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Dr. Pamela Mullens Endowment Fund

Pamela A. Mullens

CTC is proud to establish the Dr. Pamela Mullens Endowment fund in honor of our longest-serving board member and leader in the field of rehabilitative medicine. Dr. Mullens (“Pam” to virtually everyone) embodied the attributes that CTC strives to constantly advance: being present, understanding the moment, and drawing on a wealth of knowledge and insight to support each person’s success. As her colleague Judith Aston of Aston Kinetics noted: “Pam’s presence and brightness create infectious connectedness among those around her. Her storm of inspiration and kindness by example are enormous. She is inimitable in her subtle, powerful acknowledgement of what someone is experiencing.”

Having served on the CTC board since 1988, Pam was particularly proud that funds contributed to build the endowment would ensure that children and youth can be served by CTC well into the future, particularly children with special needs over the age of 3. After age 3, children are no longer eligible for federally-funded Early Support for Infants and Toddlers services, leaving many families (particularly those receiving Medicaid) with few accessible therapy options.

Grateful board members, staff, past clients, and colleagues have all been honored to contribute to the endowment fund in honor of her remarkable life and dedication to the well-being of children and families. To make a contribution or share information about Dr. Mullens and the endowment, please visit the donation page or contact Claire Acey, Director of External Relations, at 253-216-0774.

About Pamela A. Mullens, P.T., Ph.D.

Pamela Mullens PT., PhD., C/NDT began her career in rehabilitative medicine by obtaining her undergraduate degree in physical therapy in England. She continued her education, receiving a master’s in educational psychology, specializing in human development and socialization, and later a PhD in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington, for which her dissertation was “Temperament in young children with cerebral palsy and its relationship to stress in mothers”.

The topic of Pam’s dissertation continued to shine throughout her 72-year career as she sought to deeply understand and model the complex interactions between children, families, and therapeutic professionals. Her modeling of “presence, insight, knowledge, and humor” was not only her informal approach with private therapy clients and families, but also as an instructor and mentor. She recently completed 21 years as an instructor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions focused on the pediatric science concentrations of the Doctor of Science (DSc) in Health Science program transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Science. Alumna Lisa Katzman, PT, DPT, notes: “Dr. Mullens has been a force for change and growth in the field of physical therapy for over 72 years. Dr. Mullens gently and permanently shifted my perspective and paradigms as a pediatric physical therapist working in early intervention.”

Pam was also a long-time clinical assistant professor and physical therapist with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington where she engaged in community consultation and taught courses in neurodevelopmental treatment, movement development, clinical problem solving, and aspects of human development. Through this time, she also continued her research and published article regarding therapeutic approaches for children and adults with cerebral palsy.

She also taught extensively in the United States and internationally. In 1994, she received the Award of Excellence from Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA), where she later served as president. She also received the distinguished mentorship award from the pediatric section of the American Physical Association in 2000.

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