It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of David Pariser, PT, PhD.
Dave served as KPTA’s Legislative Chair, during which the landmark SB112 was passed – the copay bill. Since then numerous states have introduced and passed similar legislation, based on our model. He was a current member of the APTA Board of Directors; and a Past President of the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association.
Dave was a respected member of the Bellarmine faculty. He came to Bellarmine from the LSU Health Sciences Center in 2005, after being named Physical Therapist of the Year in Louisiana and being inducted into the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association Hall of Fame for career achievement. At Bellarmine he quickly became a fully contributing member not only of our Physical Therapy Department and the Lansing School, but of the entire University community. In addition to his exceptional teaching, generous service and extensive published research, he participated in pro bono physical screening exams for the Bellarmine University Athletic Department from 2006-2009, served as a faculty search committee chair in 2008 and received the Presidential Merit Award here at Bellarmine in the same year.
Dave earned his B.S. in physical therapy at West Virginia University, and his M.Ed in physical education and Ph.D. in education curriculum & instruction at the University of New Orleans.
He was one of few men to possess a brilliant mind, yet a humble heart. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Dave was married to Gina Pariser, PT, PhD; and was the proud father of Ada and Kayla. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gina and the girls.