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Sherry Pinkstaff

 Dr. Pinkstaff toured the east coast in search of an undergraduate degree with stops in NY at SUNY Cortland, North Carolina at East Carolina University and, finally, Virginia at George Mason University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in International Studies.  She worked for five years in Washington, DC as a publicist focusing on social justice, women’s health and environmental issues.  She returned to graduate school at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) first for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2007) and then to earn a PhD in Physiology (2010).  For her dissertation she performed over 300 cardiopulmonary exercise tests at VCU Medical Center on patients with suspected heart disease, which culminated in the largest study of its kind and resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications.  During this time she also worked as a PT in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at the VCU Medical Center.  Following graduation, Dr. Pinkstaff moved to Frankfurt Germany and worked as a Physical Therapist for the Department of the Army in Manheim and Heidelberg.  In 2012 Dr. Pinkstaff accepted a faculty position in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at UNF.  In this role she teaches mostly basic sciences course such as Physiology, Pathology and Pharmacology, and Exercise Physiology.  She also teaches Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy.   


Dr. Pinkstaff’s interest in community-based learning (CBL) comes from personal experiences with poverty, providing health care to indigent and disadvantaged patients, being an engaged citizen, and her love of teaching.  In 2014 she began to seek a partnership with a local non-profit who provides various services to those who are experiencing homelessness.  Among these services is a Medical Clinic which offers medical, dental and behavioral health care to those who are uninsured or underinsured.  The goal is to engage students and others in providing pro-bono Physical Therapy services.


The Community Scholar Program enabled Dr. Pinkstaff to be more purposeful in her approach to this endeavor.  As a result, Dr. Pinkstaff will be pursuing internal and external grant funding to support this community-based learning project and submitted a deliverable in the form of a Letter of Intent to support the purpose of seeking grant funds.  Additionally, an elective course will be designed to provide structure and context to the CBL experience.