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Dr. Rick Dreiling

Associate Professor
School of Health Professions - Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Office: Hardy 129
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8023900 College St, Box 8023BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-4937(254) 295-4937
Subjects Taught: Humans Anatomy and Clinical Neuroscience
Degrees Earned: BA Oberlin College, PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Rick joined University of Mary Hardin Baylor Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in May 2015 as a professor of Human Anatomy and Clinical Neuroscience.  He brings 12 years experience teaching anatomy in other health care training programs including medical, dental, and doctor of nursing. Rick earned his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and his PhD in Cell Biology and Anatomy from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before becoming an anatomist, he had a 17 year career as an environmental economist.

Rick and his wife, Sheila, have been married for 24 years. They have 3 children: Rachael, Noah and Micah who live and attend school in Wyoming and Michigan. Rick and his family are avid outdoor enthusiasts. They enjoy walking, hiking and camping. Rick is a life long Presbyterian and especially loves teaching Sunday School.  He can occasionally be found wielding a hammer on one of the church's many Habitat for Humanity projects. 

Research Interests

Rick’s research interests focus on how students learn to create relational anatomical models. This work incorporates anatomy, spatial learning, and cognitive psychology.