Physical Therapy Multicultural Leadership Alliance

  • The mission of the Physical Therapy Multicultural Leadership Alliance is educate the local community about the profession of physical therapy. Students reach out to the community via educational programs at high schools, provide physical therapy services in underprivileged communities worldwide, unite communities from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and promote leadership by offering guidance to youth interested in healthcare and the pursuit of higher education.


    PTMLA's mission is to promote the profession of physical therapy within the community. If you would like us to come talk to your students about physical therapy, college admissions, and/or graduate admissions, please contact us through email. 


    We will be offering a scholarship to an incoming USC DPT minority student. More information will be available on our other website  

    Read about our 2014 Scholarship winner in our PT inMotion Winter 2015 issue page 21-22


    Gabriel House: A not-for-profit Christian residential home dedicated to the total care and rehabilitation of profoundly handicapped children and children with immune deficiency disorders. Located south of Ensenada, Mexico, the central mission for Gabriel House includes housing for 50 children; school and therapy programs that meet the specific needs of the children, special needs, medical and dental facilities; a training program for missionary volunteers; and play areas specifically geared to the needs of the children. 

     DPT student volunteers travel to Mexico twice a year with faculty members to provide care to the children residing at Gabriel House. Care focuses on issues such as teaching caregivers range of motion exercises and positioning, safe transfer techniques and adaptation of equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers. Spanish language ability is appreciated but not required for participation. 

    If you would like more information about Gabriel House, please click here.  

    Barranquilla, Colombia: DPT student volunteers visit the small town of Santo Tomás and provide pro-bone physical therapy services in an orthopedic, neurology, and pediatric setting. Spanish language is a requirement for participation. 

    Costa Rica: A new trip taking place for the first time in May 2015. DPT student volunteers will embark in an 8 day medical mission trip to provide physical therapy services to people in several parts of the country. Spanish language is not a requirement for participation.  



    Student website:

    Address: 1540 Alcazar Street CHP 155, Los Angeles CA. 90089-9006

    Phone: (323) 442-2900