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 Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences Department

Developing Industry Leaders

Through technology-enhanced practice facilities and cutting-edge research labs, Drexel’s PT programs allow students to develop advanced skills through evidence-based clinical practice, teaching and research.

Physical Therapy Department

For over 30 years, Drexel’s nationally ranked Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Programs have provided a rich, technology-infused environment for students to develop skills in evidence-based clinical practice, teaching, and research. Drexel’s faculty, through structured instruction and mentorship, strives to develop leaders who excel in health care settings, classrooms and research labs.

Drexel’s nationally and internationally recognized faculty members are among the most highly respected and productive academicians, researchers and clinicians in the country with expertise in a variety of specialty areas. Through their work, they have developed numerous local, national and international clinical teaching and research collaborations and garnered funding from a variety of different agencies. Drexel’s research laboratories and funded researchers provide students with the opportunity to pursue exciting initiatives in multiple areas. 

Many of our faculty have won numerous teaching awards and over half of the faculty members continue clinical practice. The department’s faculty practice, Drexel University Physical Therapy Services, has sites at the 11th Street Family Health Services, in the Drexel University Recreation Center on Drexel’s University City Campus and in the Parkway Building on Drexel’s Center City Campus. Students in the department’s programs get the opportunity to work with faculty in these clinical settings to help refine their patient care skills.  The faculty believe that co-treating patients with developing clinicians helps to foster strong, innovative clinical decision making skills in its graduating clinicians.

Additionally, Drexel’s clinical practice facilities are closely aligned with its research labs and other disciplines within the college so that faculty and students have the opportunity to make connections between patient care and discoveries in the lab as well as appreciate the interaction amongst the entire healthcare team.  The College of Nursing and Health Professions includes Nurses, Physician Assistants, Couple and Family Therapists, Nutritionists, and Creative Art Therapists.  A 37,000 square foot multidisciplinary clinical and research facility on the center city campus helps facilitate interaction amongst these groups and provides opportunities for each discipline to contribute to optimal patient care.


Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Become a competent, compassionate and innovative physical therapist.

Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DHSc)
Take a leadership role as an educator and master clinician in Rehabilitation Sciences.

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Prepare for a leadership role as a researcher and educator in rehabilitation sciences.

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
Participate in a comprehensive curriculum of didactic and structured mentorship to develop into evidence-based practitioners ready and able to advance the profession and patient care in the community.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Faculty

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Nyree Dardarian, MS, Human Nutrition ’06, was quoted in Men's Health magazine in an article on the causes of heartburn. 
Alyssa Robertson, MSN ’11, joined DeSales University as an instructor of nursing in the Department of Nursing and Health. 
Olubola Sode, BSN ‘06, has been promoted from nursing administrative supervisor to chief nursing officer and vice president for patient services at the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, New Jersey. 
Meghan Bubnis, DPT, DPT ‘06, will open Mindful Movement LLC in October, a fitness studio and rehabilitation clinic that offers group and private instruction in Allentown, Pennsylvania. 
Julia Burton, CRNP, MSN ‘16, joined Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics as a certified registered nurse practitioner. 


Michael Yorke, MPT ’99 wrote an article on osteoporosis prevention that was published in the Brick Times newspaper. His clinic, All-Care Physical Therapy, has multiple locations in Ocean County, New Jersey.
Mary Cotton, NP, MSN ‘11 joined the staff of Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pennsylvania. 
Alyssa Robertson MSN ‘11 joined DeSales University as an instructor of nursing in the Department of Nursing and Health. 


According to Robert Maschi, DPT, OCS, CSCS, associate clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and an expert at the Running Performance & Research Center at Drexel Parkway Health & Wellness, there is no correct way to run but there are quite a few incorrect ways.

Certain movement patterns can increase the loads absorbed by bones, tendons and muscles, thereby increasing the possibility of an injury and making for an inefficient run. Over striding is arguably the most common culprit. Over striding occurs when a runner’s foot contacts the ground too far in front of his or her body. As a result, the runner is in the air longer and hits the ground harder.

With training underway for well-attended local races like the Philadelphia Marathon and Rock n Roll Philadelphia, Maschi shared a few tips to help recognize over striding and correct your form.

  1. Modify your step frequency. Step length and frequency are related. A small 5-10% increase in step frequency can effectively decrease ground reaction force and improve running mechanics. Try a metronome app and set a target cadence.


  2. Incorporate drills to increase your turnover rate. Ladder drills and jumping rope to a desired cadence are a few effective exercises for adjusting to a modified step frequency.


  3. Barefoot running drills. . Without shoes, it is easier to identify which part of your foot is hitting the ground. Practice running short distances on a firm surface barefoot. The goal is to get a feel for landing with the foot closer to the center of mass under the body on a flat foot.

For more tips to prevent over striding, register for Maschi’s upcoming FREE webinar, “Over striding: What it is and how to fix it” on Tuesday, August 30 at 12 p.m.

By Margaret DeGennaro ‘12

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