University Bulletin 2019-20

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Administrative Staff (251) 445-9330
Chair Barry Dale
Professors Dale
Associate Professors  
Assistant Professors Cahanin, Eaton, Fletcher, McDermott, Saale, Waldhelm
Emeritus Gray, Kennedy, Wall

Department of Physical Therapy website

A physical therapist, also called a PT, is a health care professional who provides direct patient care to persons who have disorders of movement, mechanical, physiological and developmental impairment and functional limitations, whether caused by injury, disease, or pain to help them achieve maximum physical function and mobility. 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
Dale, Robert Barry Physical Therapy Professor BSPT, University of South Alabama
MA, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
PHD, University of Alabama
DPT, University of Tennessee-Chatt
Eaton, Kareaion D. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BS, Auburn University
MS, University of Mobile
DPT, Alabama State University
Fletcher, Jeremy C. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BS, Univ of Louisiana at Monroe
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
Waldhelm, Andrew G. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BS, Baylor University
MPT, Nova Southeastern University
PHD, Louisiana State University
Warren, Preston P. Physical Therapy Assistant Professor BFA, University of South Alabama
DPT, University of South Alabama
MD, University of South Alabama