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2021-2022 Catalog


Department of Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy offers the following degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy. Physical Therapists are health professionals who work with individuals of all ages and abilities to prevent or recover from injuries, and chronic conditions. Physical therapists are movement experts who apply their knowledge in providing a wide array of treatments that include hands on care, exercise prescription and education. Physical therapists are guided by the American Physical Therapy Association vision: Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. The Doctor Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Florida (UNF) provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to become practitioners of the highest caliber who are qualified to work in any setting. Students must graduate from an accredited physical therapy program in order to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Upon passing the NPTE, they must apply for licensure in the state in which they plan to work. UNF's Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). View the admission and degree requirements. 

Department of Physical Therapy Faculty

Department Chair and Program Director

Sherry O. Pinkstaff, PhD, PT, DPT, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy


Chitra Lakshmi K Balasubramanian, PT, PhD, Associate Professor
Sara Brennan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Adjunct Instructor
Gina Brunetti, PT, DPT, NCS, Adjunct Instructor
Tava Buck, PT, DPT, OCS, Adjunct Instructor
Debra Depto-Hoffman, PT, DPT, PCS, Adjunct Instructor
Chris Kopp, PT, DPT, Adjunct Instructor
Beven Livingston, PT, PhD, ATC, Associate Professor
Mary Lundy, PT, MS, DPT, C/NDT, Associate Professor
Jacqueline Osborne, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, Adjunct Instructor
Raine Osborne, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS, FAAOMT, Visiting Instructor
Rob Robinson, PT, DPT, GCS, Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Adjunct Instructor
Nata Salvatori, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT
Dawn Saracino, PT, DPT, MHS