Connie D. Hauser

Connie D. Hauser
2007 Award of Honor

– Class of 1971

Dr. Connie Davis Hauser, Class of 1971, came to East Tennessee State University with a goal of becoming a teacher. While she was there, she worked in the Physical Education office, where she was mentored by Coach Hal Morrison, the golf coach at ETSU. Since Hauser grew up as a caddy and was an avid golfer, and since ETSU did not have a women's team, Coach Morrison allowed her to practice with the men's team. What a great opportunity and experience. After her first year at ETSU, Dr. Douglas Crockett of Johnson City generously gave her a scholarship to continue her education. She met Dr. Crockett while working at the Johnson City Country Club where she cleaned clubs and often caddied. Without the support of Dr. Crockett and Coach Morrison, Hauser could never have achieved her dreams and been able to further her education in the field of physical therapy.

Hauser is the daughter of the late, Ruby Webster Davis of Kingsport , and the sister of David Davis of Kingsport . While at ETSU she met Pat Hauser, a BUC football star, who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins. They married in 1970 and have two sons, Gus and Seth Hauser. Pat is a former ETSU Alumni President and a law school graduate of the University of Kentucky. After graduating from ETSU in 1971, Hauser taught school for a short period of time and then continued her education at the University of Kentucky where she graduated in 1974 with a degree in Physical Therapy. She recently received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from AT Still University in Arizona.

Hauser is a partner in PT Pros, a physical therapy company with clinical sites in Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina . She started the company in 1980 and they now employ physical therapists, athletic trainers and a support system of business staff. Hauser was one of the first physical therapists to go into private practice in Kentucky and has mentored many others who have followed her path. She has been the President of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association, on the Board of Directors of the Private Practice Section, and for the past 5 years on the national American Physical Therapy Association Board of Directors. She travels extensively across the country speaking to students and physical therapists, both on leadership and business. She was inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame and most recently received the Robert Dicus Award from the Private Practice Section of APTA, which is the highest honor of the section.

She is passionate about the practice of physical therapy and firmly believes what Morrie Schwartz says in his book, Tuesdays with Morrie, "commit yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning." The field of physical therapy has been just that for Hauser.