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USD Instructor is 25th Inductee in South Dakota Physical Therapy's Hall of Fame

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VERMILLION, S.D. — Richard Ekstrom, professor of physical therapy at the University of South Dakota, has been inducted into the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association’s Hall of Fame.

Ekstrom earned the honor because of his impressive, 40-year history of practicing, teaching, advocating and writing about physical therapy. He has been an instructor in USD’s program since 1997.

The South Dakota Physical Therapy Association established its Hall of Fame in 1992. Ekstrom is the 25th inductee.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News