Dr. Wyman William Cabaniss is saving lives as an emergency doctor and his wife, Dr. Melanie (Blackburn) Cabaniss DPT is now a successful physical therapist thanks to Faulkner University.

Both graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Faulkner where they met and fell in love.

For William, medical school was always a goal of his, and Faulkner helped lay the foundation for him to achieve that.

He discovered his passion for emergency medicine once he began medical school.

The couple returned to Faulkner’s campus this year to talk to current students and help them pursue their career goals after graduation. They were honored as the Distinguished Alumni for the College of Art and Science’s Math, Computer Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences departments’ Marketplace Faith Friday Forums.

William graduated from Faulkner in December 2006 with a BS in Biology and a minor in Biblical studies. While at Faulkner, he was a member of the Faulkner baseball team for four years. After graduation, he began medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB). During his time in medical school, Will realized his desire to treat emergent and critically ill patients and decided to pursue emergency medicine as a specialty. He continued his training with an emergency medicine residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant Medical Center) in affiliation with Brody School of Medicine/East Carolina University.

During his residency, he gained valuable patient care experience and knowledge for his field. He married Melanie Blackburn in 2012 and they now have three children.

He completed his residency in 2014 and began working with Greenville Health Systems in Greenville, South Carolina. Will is also an assistant clinical professor in emergency medicine for the EM residency program with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

Melanie graduated from Faulkner in December 2006. While at Faulkner, she was involved in Tri-Alpha social club, the Faulkner University cheerleading squad and the Faulkner volleyball team.

While Melanie was able to use her degree as a way to enter a local physical therapy program, Faulkner will now be offering it’s own PT program soon. The team at Faulkner University’s College of Health Sciences has expanded to include speech language pathology and three new programs including the physician assistant (PA) program; scheduled to begin in 2020, physical therapy (PT), in 2021 and occupational therapy (OT) in 2022, pending accreditation.

After Faulkner, Cabaniss was accepted into the physical therapy program at Alabama State University and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2011. Her first job as a physical therapist was with a travel company, Jackson Therapy partners that placed her in a rural hospital system in Ahoskie, North Carolina.

While in this hospital system, she worked the acute and outpatient side of PT.

She has since taken contract PT jobs in two other hospitals and also worked the Skilled Nursing Facility setting of PT. This is where she discovered her passion for helping the geriatric community increase their mobility and independence for better quality of life.