A recipient of the University of Medical Sciences Arizona’s Humanitarian Scholarship, Dr. Ivens Louius is both a physical and occupational therapist who graduated from the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program with an Academic Emphasis. Currently he is a clinical professor for the schools of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy at the University of Poitiers in France, Claude Bernard University in Lyon, Masso-Kinesitherapy Training Institute of Berck-sur-Mer, Masso-Kinesitherapy Training Institute of Nancy in France, Masso-Kinesitherapy Training Institute of Nantes in France, National School of Physiotherapy of Paris; High School Leonardo da Vinci – Parnasse-ISEI Brussels Belgium; Springfield College Massachusetts, USA.
Dr. Louius is also the founder and the executive director of FONHARE (Foundation for Haitian Rehabilitation), a nonprofit (501c3) organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities regardless of their economic status. FONHARE provides its clients with the ability to integrate back into the community and lead fulfilling lives.
Dr. Louius says, “Thanks to Dr. Pitts and the Board of the prestigious University of Medical Sciences Arizona (UMSAz), I completed my Doctorate degree in Physiotherapy with an academic track.”
With gratitude, Dr. Louius reflects on his academic journey at UMSAz as he became the first native of Haiti to earn and practice with a physical therapy doctorate degree. It is through his foundation, FONHARE , that he continues to address the functional limitations of his countrymen and other health needs. He has truly embodied the attributes of delivering patient centered care. Dr. Louius states, “I live to serve.”