Occupational medicine physician and occupational therapist join UT Health Science Center

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Barbara Pinson, MD, an occupational medicine physician, has joined The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler as an associate professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In addition, occupational therapist Lynnette Molkentin has joined UTHSCT’s Rehabilitation Services.

Dr. Pinson comes to the Health Science Center after serving as a medical director and occupational safety consultant with Tyler Pipe Industries. She has also been a medical consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy.

She is board certified in occupational medicine, which is the prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries occurring at work or in specific occupations.

Dr. Pinson completed a residency in occupational medicine at UTHSCT, and she received her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She also has a master’s in environmental science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Ms. Molkentin has 26 years’ experience as a registered occupational therapist. Her areas of expertise include inp[atient and outpatient adult rehabilitation, pediatric therapy, and brain injury. She received her degree in occupational therapy from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Occupational therapists help people regain their physical and thinking skills after injury or illness so they can function as independently as possible at home, at work, and at leisure.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2010, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 75 competitive grants and contracts totaling more than $14 million. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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