The American Health Council has welcomed Barbara L. Cox, as ” Best in Medicine” in recognition of her extensive experience in the field of Physical Therapy.
Barbara L. Cox began her academic endeavors at The University of Texas, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. Her clinical training was completed at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston. She had the good fortune to train under Ruby Decker who was one of the early pioneers in the profession in this country. After completing the program in Galveston, she began her professional career as staff Physical Therapist at a hospital in TULSA, Oklahoma. After a year at the hospital in Tulsa, she relocated to Beaumont, Texas where she practiced for 3 decades. Barbara considerably honed her communication, personnel management and leadership skills and created a firm foundation to further her career aspirations in the years to come. After several years of practice, she became interested in obstetrics and earned a certification in Lamaze techniques for prepared childbirth. She developed a childbirth training program at Baptist Hospital which she led for 17 years while continuing with her therapy programs at the hospital. She then spent 2 years in private practice.
When family needs required a move to Tennessee, she channeled her time and energy into expanding her expertise in the area of geriatrics. Following several months of home health visits, she moved to management of a home health Rehab Department and later managed a Rehab Department in a Skilled Nursing Home.
She has always been known for going the extra mile with regards to patient care as well as staff welfare and has always been a mentor for future Physical Therapists. She has always had a heart for assisting new graduates at the start of their career through the beginning of their practice. Barbara was very active in the Texas Physical Therapy Association which she encouraged other colleagues to support.
Barbara has retired after 53 years of practice. She states that “Physical Therapy has been very good to me and I will always be grateful for the opportunities the career has afforded me.’’ The profession has grown during the years I have been involved. When I started, we were treating Polio patients, which was a very debilitating disease. Technology developments have given us new treatments. Nothing will ever replace the human touch and a compassionate listener for patient, family, and staff alike. I still have people who call me for advice which keeps me looking for new information that I can share. I will always feel blessed when I can help someone else.