For Physical Therapy Appointments: (515) 294-2626

Physical Therapy

State Iowa State University offers physical therapy services designed to aid in the rehabilitation of ISU students, faculty and staff members who have suffered injury or illness, including sports and work-related ailments.

Physical therapy is located in the upper level of Thielen Student Health Center with free patient parking available.


If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions, please call 515-294-2626. You may also direct general questions to Jim Nespor, Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Direct at

If you’d like, you can complete the Physical Therapy New Patient Information Form in advance and bring it with you to your first appointment.


8am – 6pm Monday through Friday

Where to Find Us

The physical therapy and sports medicine department is located on the second floor of Student Health. Just take the stairs or elevator to the second floor, and we’re the first department you’ll see.

Watch this video to get step-by-step instructions on how to find us!


Physical therapy and sports medicine is available to persons of all ages. Health insurance varies drastically in regards to whether a patient needs a provider referral to go to physical therapy. Health insurance not only differs by insurance carrier, but also by plan. We highly encourage students to check with their insurance provider ahead of time to ensure they will cover any charges for the visit to physical therapy.

If you have coverage through the Students & Scholars Insurance Program, SSHIP, you do not need a referral to make an appointment.


The physical therapy staff have years of experience in treating a variety of conditions. We have a wide array of rehabilitative techniques to help regain full physical and performance function.

Each member of the physical therapy team is licensed in the State of Iowa, and includes:

  • Jim Nespor, Director, PT, ATC (Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer)
  • Dabney Larson-Hargrafen, PT, SCS, ATC (Physical Therapist, Sports Certified Specialist, Certified Athletic Trainer)
  • Brent Bowser, PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant)

Injury and Equipment Information

The physical therapy staff strives to stay on the cutting edge of the science and research available in physical therapy evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation.  We offer a wide array of rehabilitative techniques and equipment to help you regain full physical and performance function.

We explore best practices from around the country to provide you with the most up-to-date rehabilitation techniques, tools and equipment.