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					                                            Physical Therapy
                                 SHU Physical Therapy Faculty and Staff
    Dr. Michael J. Emery, Ed.D., PT, Department Chair/Director of Physical Therapy Program/Associate
                                        Professor of Physical Therapy
               Dr. Gary P. Austin, Ph.D., PT, CSCS, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
            Donna M. Bowers, PT, PCS, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
                 Salome Brooks, PT, MBA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
                                   David A. Cameron, PT, MA, OCS, ATC
   Kevin Chui, Ph.D., PT, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Assistant Professor of Physical
                        Patricia DaSilva, Executive Secretary to the Faculty & Staff
                    Beverly D. Fein, Ed.D., PT, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
                       Pamela K. Levangie, PT, DSc, Professor of Physical Therapy
                  Michelle M. Lusardi, Ph.D., PT, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
                             Julie Pavia , Physical Therapy Program Assistant

The Physical Therapy Program is a professional educational program leading to a clinical doctorate (Doctor of
Physical Therapy or DPT) as the entry-level degree for professional practice. The program is three years in
length, including 8-10 weeks of full-time clinical work in each of the summers between the first and second

Program Mission
The Program in Physical Therapy prepares graduates for professional practice in physical therapy as general
practitioners who demonstrate self-directed, ongoing learning, an understanding of self in the context of
professional role, competency in clinical practice, a commitment to the application of professional skills,
knowledge of self in service to others, and a commitment to effect positive change within the greater

Program Philosophy
The program and its faculty believe that the Program Mission can best be accomplished through a professional
curriculum based upon a strong liberal arts foundation. Further, we believe that the curriculum of the
professional program should place at its center the process of clinical problem-solving as a construct for: (1) the
acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills; and (2) for the process of clinical decision-making in
professional practice. The application of the clinical problem solving process is dependent not only upon
knowledge of one's patient, but also on the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the profession's body of
knowledge through effective use of the professional literature and current information technologies. We believe
that the problem-based model of learning provides the optimal tools for developing graduates who value self-
directed learning, who are prepared for the clinical decision-making demanded in professional practice, and
who anticipate and respond to changes in the health care delivery system.

We believe that role models who are professionally competent and personally committed to serving the greater
community are best able to model the behaviors of a socially responsible professional. We believe that in order
to be effective, graduates must be sensitive to the diversity of individuals with whom they interact, and to
regional differences in the practice of physical therapy.

Physical Therapy Program Accreditation
Sacred Heart University's physical therapy program is fully accredited at both the state (Connecticut
Department of Higher Education) and national (Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education)
levels. As a result, students are prepared to sit for physical therapist licensing examinations throughout the
United States.
Physical therapists rehabilitate persons with physical disabilities. Others who work in the rehabilitation field
include audiologists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation counselors,
respiratory therapists, and speech-language pathologists.

Physical therapists should have strong interpersonal skills in order to be able to educate patients about their
physical therapy treatments. Physical therapists also should be compassionate and possess a desire to help
patients. Similar traits are needed to interact with the patient’s family.

“Physical Therapist” A full feature site dedicated directly to physical therapy:

“All Therapy Jobs” Job listings for very specific therapy jobs:

“Physical Therapy Jobs” 53,757 physical therapy positions posted:

“PT Central” One stop source of PT Information:

“Physical Therapy Job Assistance” Free physical therapy job listings:


The American Physical Therapy Association
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more
than 66,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.

New York Physical Therapy Association
NYPTA is a professional, non-profit association of approximately 5,000 Physical Therapists (PTs), Physical
Therapist Assistants (PTAs) and PT/PTA students. The NYPTA is dedicated to serving the public's health
interests, improving the standard of health for people of all ages and advancing the benefits of physical therapy
and the interests of physical therapy professionals in state of New York.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Visionary
The mission is to contribute to the development of the profession of physical therapy by recognizing and
assisting professional Doctor of Physical Therapy students and practitioners who passionately pursue a vision to
improve the knowledge base & role of the physical therapist.
PTPN was formed in 1985 to bring together capable rehabilitation professionals around the country so they
would be accessible to patients and a wide range of insurers, including managed care organizations, workers'
compensation companies, and medical groups.


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