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Alumni Spotlight: Logan Koopman ’18 and ’20DPT

By Clarke News  |  May 15, 2024
Clarke: Congratulations on your recent election to the Alumni Association Board! What made you want to get involved? 

Logan: I primarily wanted to become involved with the Clarke University Alumni Association Board because I wanted to give back to the university. I adored the time I spent at Clarke, and I felt like I made an impact during my time there as a student. I want to continue to make an impact as a professional. I have been a guest lecturer for Ortho III for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program for the last four years, and I have loved doing that.  

I also try to make it back for as many Homecomings as I can. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Mary Ellen still working the front desk of the Atrium! It’s a great time to reflect on all Clarke has given me, even outside professional success, too. My current deepest and closest friends all went to Clarke with me, and I love them like family. I also truly loved so many of my favorite professors. I have to shout out Dr. Michelle Slover and Dr. Laura Hecker from Biology, Dr. Brad Kruse and Dr. Alecia Thiele from Doctor of Physical Therapy, Dr. William Gregory from Religious Studies, and Dr. Ann Pelelo from English; though there are many more.  

I look forward to becoming involved more meaningfully by volunteering on the Alumni Association Board.  

Clarke: When you guest lecture and work with current students, what are some of the professional experiences you are sharing? 

Logan: I have managed multiple different roles as a physical therapist, including full-time work in outpatient orthopedics, and PRN work in skilled nursing. My specialty is treating jaw pain, neck pain, and headaches. I have become certified through the Iowa Dental Board to provide continuing education units to local dentists and dental providers. I have taught this topic to Clarke DPT students too. 

I also share how I have been involved in organizational change as a leader in the field. I helped drive meaningful change in DPT tuition costs at Clarke—something I am most proud of for myself and the leadership team for taking steps to better their students’ financial prospects. In turn, I’ve helped shape state legislation through advocacy efforts with the Iowa Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) 

Clarke: You’ll officially join the Alumni Board in September 2024. What are you looking forward to now? 

Logan: I am going to be married to my lovely and genius fiancé Laura Campbell on May 30 of this year. Together, we are moving to St. Louis, where I have accepted a job as a Clinical Manager, and she has been placed in general surgery residency at St. Louis University. I am looking forward to making many happy memories in our new home together! 

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Logan! Do you know a member of the Clarke alumni community we should highlight? Submit your nominations for a future Alumni Spotlight by emailing            

Interview edited for length and clarity.