Bobby Ismail ’94, PT, DPT is committed to developing future physical therapists at University of the Pacific. He and Brandon Nan ’09, PT, DPT, CSCS are co-owners of Golden Bear Physical Therapy and Sports Injury Center, Inc. They recently established the Golden Bear Physical Therapy Endowed Scholarship for students in the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program at Pacific. Along with their financial support of Pacific students, the Golden Bear physical therapy team includes several Pacific DPT alumni. In the past year, they opened three outpatient clinics in the Central Valley. Their goal is to provide high-quality physical therapy (PT) services to underserved areas.
Dr. Ismail is honored to be selected as the Physical Therapy Alumnus of the Year. “I remember the joy of getting the news that I was accepted to the Pacific PT program in 1992,” Dr. Ismail said. “Since 1994, being a Pacific graduate has given me the confidence to represent the School and profession of PT with the highest respect. Being part of the Pacific family is very special and gives me the strength to work hard and act as an ambassador.”
“Being part of the Pacific family is very special and gives me the strength to work hard and act as an ambassador.”
He appreciates the high level of education Pacific offers to future physical therapists and values the unique family-like atmosphere that fosters teamwork and collaboration. He believes the academic standards and quality of Pacific graduates are second to none and that the Central Valley is fortunate to have an institution with such rich history in its backyard.
Dr. Ismail is a member of American Physical Therapy Association and is actively involved in serving his community of Modesto as a board member of the Memorial Hospital Foundation. He also sponsors local Salvation Army events, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County and several other local sports teams.
He credits his self-driven personality to his greatest supporters, his parents. He says he still calls his father for counsel and is deeply influenced by his faith. Dr. Ismail considers his family his greatest accomplishment. He and his wife have six children. He shares that his family are his source of strength and support as he strives to be the best husband, father, business owner and clinician he can be.
By Becky Perry '01, '09