University Bulletin 2022-23

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Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapy Administrative Staff (251) 445-9330
Interim Chair Blair Saale
Assistant Professors Burley, Cahanin, Jordan, McDermott, Saale, Warren, White
Emeritus Fell, Gray, Kennedy, Wall

Department of Physical Therapy website
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/pt

A physical therapist (PT) is a healthcare professional who provides direct patient care to persons that have movement dysfunction.  They treat functional limitations resulting from mechanical, physiological, and/or developmental impairments to help individuals maximize physical function, activity, and participation.

Physical therapists have the necessary training to meet the total range of primary patient care responsibilities involved in preventing disabilities and promoting restoration of function to the physically impaired, including musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary and integumentary disorders that interfere with physical function. The Physical Therapist performs an examination and then uses clinical reasoning to plan and implement patient-centered PT intervention. Physical Therapists practice in rehabilitation centers, private practices, hospital-based and outpatient-based centers, home health care, sports medicine centers, school systems, and in universities to restore movement and function.

As its mission: The Department of Physical Therapy is:  "Committed to high quality education, promoting and generating scholarship, and engaging in local to global service."

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Physical Therapy Faculty
Burley, Troy R. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BS, California Polytechnic-San Lui
MPT, Western U Of Health Sciences
PHD, Rocky Mtn Univ of Hlth Profess
Cahanin IV, Richard L. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BS, Louisiana State University
DPT, University of South Alabama
PHD, Rocky Mtn Univ of Hlth Profess
Jordan, Kelly E. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BS, University of West Alabama
DPT, University of South Alabama
McDermott, Heidi M. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BA, University of Nebraska-Kearney
DPT, Texas Woman's University
Saale, Blair P. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BA, Furman University
DPT, Belmont University
Warren, Preston P. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BFA, University of South Alabama
DPT, University of South Alabama
MD, University of South Alabama
White, Laura W. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BS, Baylor University
MS, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
DSCPT, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham