Hall of Fame


Rebecca Nunley, RDH, DDS


Dr. Rebecca Nunley graduated from ETSU Dental Hygiene in 1976, from there she went on to graduate from dental school at the University of Texas in San Antonio and returned to Johnson City to go into private practice.  Dr. Nunley became the Chair of Dental Hygiene in 1988 and served until 2005.  She is now in private practice in Johnson City.


Ruth Ketron, RDH, EdD


Dr. Ruth Ketron graduated from ETSU in the Inaugural Dental Hygiene class in  1971, from there she went on to complete her BS and Masters here at ETSU and her EdD from UTK.  Dr Ketron retired from ETSU after 24 years in the Dental Hygiene Department.  She has been very active in the Dental Hygiene Association, and was most recently given a national service award by the American Dental Hygiene Association.


David Davis, CRT, BS


David Davis graduated from the ETSU Respiratory Therapy Program in 1979, he later received a BS in Organizational Management from Milligan College in 1991.  Mr. Davis was elected to the 110th Congress in 2006 to serve his first term as the representative of the First Congressional District in Tennessee.  With eight years of experience, from 1998-2006, in the Tennessee State Legislature he was known as the "Father of Open Government" in Tennessee.


Mr. Davis sponsored legislation to raise accountability standards of government.  He served on the Tennessee State House Transportation Committee, House Government Operations Committee, House Public Safety and Rural Roads Subcommittee and was Chairman of the Commerce, Labor and Transportation Sub Committee.


Pam Ditto, RRT, MBA


Pam Ditto graduated from the ETSU Respiratory Therapy Program in 1978 and then went on to receive her MBA from Milligan College in 2005.  Ms. Ditto currently serves as the Systems Service Director for the Respiratory Care and the Sleep Disorder Center at Mountain States Health Alliance.  She has been employed at Mountain State Health Alliance for 33 years and has been very active in the Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care, serving as State President for two years.


Dr. Chuck Thigpen, PT, PhD, ATC


Dr. Thigpen graduated from the ETSU Physical Therapy Program in 1997 with a BS in Physical Therapy.  Dr. Thigpen is a nationally recognized expert in the area of shoulder injuries in pediatric and adult athletes.  He currently is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy at the University of North Florida.


Anne Lowdermilk, PT

Anne Lowdermilk graduated from the ETSU Physical Therapy Program in 1997 with a BS in Physical Therapy.  She is the Program Director and an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Walter State Community College.  She is also an officer in the US Army Reserves, Medical Corps.


David Ellis, PT, ATC

David Ellis graduated from the ETSU Physical Therapy Program in 2001 with a Master of Physical Therapy.  Mr. Ellis is currently a staff physical therapist at Fort Sanders Sevier Out-Patient Rehabilitation in Seymour, Tennessee.  He is also a clinical instructor for the Physical Therapy Program at ETSU.  Additionally, he is the Co-Editor of the Volunteer Voice, the magazine of the Tennessee State Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) and was a past chair person of the Reimbursement Committee of the TPTA.


Melissa Ogle, PT

Captain Ogle graduated from the ETSU Physical Therapy Program in 2005 with a Masters and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  She is a Captain on active duty in the US Army Medical Corps.  Dr. Ogle is presently stationed in Iraq.  Captain Ogle previously was a recipient of the Physical Therapy Department's Mac Hensley Scholarship Award (2004).


Chad Capps, PT

Chad Capps graduated from the ETSU Physical Therapy Program in 1998 with a BS of Physical Therapy.  Mr. Capps is the Director of Physical Therapy at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital in Erwin, TN.  He has also been involved in the Tennessee State Physical Therapy Association at various levels since his graduation from ETSU.  Mr. Capps is also a Clinical Instructor for the ETSU Department of Physical Therapy.