2014 Alumni Merit Award Recipient - Bill Hopfinger '78  

William Hopfinger received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1978 from Saint Louis University. Upon graduation, Mr. Hopfinger opened his first outpatient physical therapy clinic serving as a pioneer in the private practice section in the region. Through his practice he was able to show the community the importance of physical therapy. As utilization of outpatient physical therapy services grew, so did his network. He was able to expand this network to a total of 19 facilities that provide outpatient rehabilitation to referred patients throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area via a home health agency specializing in orthopedic care. The Rehab1Network of clinics is known regionally for excellent care as evidenced by their high employee retention rate and the strong physician support for the practice. These facilities provide employment opportunities, community care and clinical education sites to students year after year.

Bill Hopfinger '78

In addition to hosting students at his clinical education sites, Mr. Hopfinger has stayed connected to SLU by sharing his expertise as an instructor for the Program in Physical Therapy. He teaches the course “Private Practice Opportunities and Managing Your Own Business” to students every year. He has also served on the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy Advisory Board and was also a founding member of the executive committee for The Billiken Club; SLU’s Department of Athletics Booster organization.

Mr. Hopfinginer is also very involved in the community. He currently serves on the Board of Director for Membership at Vianney High School. He also serves on the board for the Saint Louis Soccer Club and Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. He has been the chairman of the Missouri Physical Therapy Advisory Commission since 2010. Previously, he served as the chairman of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association Government Affairs Committee from 1987-2009. While working with the Missouri Physical Therapy Association he led several legislative initiatives that have improved the access to and cost of physical therapy services.

In 1991, Mr. Hopfinger was awarded the American Physical Therapy Association award for Outstanding Service to the Physical Therapy Profession. He also received the Holzum Whealan Award from the Missouri Physical Therapy Association.

Mr. Hopfinger and his wife Mary have been married for the past 35 years. They have three daughters.