The UNM Division of Physical Therapy (DPT) is launching its student-teaching pro bono clinic here in Albuquerque, and will start taking patients on Wednesday, Jan. 20. This is a new service that will be offered to the community – free physical therapy evaluations and up to four free follow up treatments.

The DPT target population is patients with orthopedic conditions (including generalized weakness and chronic pain) who do not have insurance or who are underinsured, which includes individuals who have met their insurance cap or who would benefit from adjunctive care in addition to what they are currently receiving.

This clinic runs the first and third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Patients need to make an appointment, and a referral from a primary care provider is required. Patients will be evaluated by two, first-year UNM DPT students and one second-year UNM DPT student, overseen by a licensed UNM PT faculty member. Two groups of students will be staffed per evening. Patients will receive a PT evaluation with HEP prescription/modification and patient education. The possibility of 2-4 follow-up visits exists depending on need and availability.

The DPT is currently seeking patients to get the program started. If you know of a patient who would benefit from this service, or if you already have a PT referral from a PCP, please fax the referral to (505) 925-1143, attn. Victoria Garcia. The DPT will then call the patient to set up an appointment. If you do not have a referral, DPT can help you get one and will reach out to patients to explain the program and determine if they are interested.

For more information call Victoria Garcia at (505) 272-5479 or email,