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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.

Certificate in Advanced Practice in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation
If you are a PT or an OT, participate in advanced study of the hand and upper quarter rehabilitation—designed for occupational and physical therapists.

Certificate in Advanced Practice in Pediatric Rehabilitation
Participate in advanced study of pediatric rehabilitation—designed for occupational and physical therapists.

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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News & Events



  • Al Rundio, PhD, associate dean for Post Licensure Nursing Programs has been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. He will be inducted at the annual Academy meeting in fall 2015. Rundio has also been unanimously elected to a three-year term as a Trustee of the Inspira Medical Center Woodbury Hospital Board, effective immediately.


  • Girija Kaimal, PhD, an assistant professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, is the 2015 recipient of the American Art Therapy Research Award, the largest cash prize awarded by the American Art Therapy Association. This award, which is aimed at encouraging research among professional art therapists, is for Dr. Kaimal’s research on health outcomes of visual self-expression, done in collaboration with Juan Muniz, PhD and Stella Volpe, PhD of the Department of Nutrition.

  • The Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department proudly introduces two new Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residents, Rachelle Green and Casey Sullivan.  Both residents started working for Drexel Physical Therapy Services on June 1 and will be treating patients in at the Recreation Center, Parkway Health & Wellness and the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services.

  • David Ebaugh, PhD, clinical professor in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department and Noel Goodstadt, PT, associate clinical professor in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department, received the Faculty Recognition Award from the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at the Commencement and Honors Celebration on June 10.  Ebaugh and Goodstadt were recognized for many years of dedicated and inspiring teaching in a hands-on laboratory environment, and for the highest course and instructor ratings within the School. 

  • Margo N. Orlin, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences (and alumnus) has received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award. Orlin is known within and outside the profession as an exceptional practitioner, advocate, academician, and researcher. The Catherine Worthingham Fellow designation—FAPTA—honors individuals whose contributions to the profession through leadership, influence, and achievements constitute frequent and sustained efforts to advance the physical therapy profession.


  • Nyree Dardarian, MS, was awarded the Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award for the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dardarian was also chosen as one of Today’s Dietitian Magazine as one of the “10 Incredible Registered Dietitians Who are Making a Difference”.


Ashley Lotito, Nutrition and Mahmoud Shurbaji, HSAD, 2015 Dean’s Award recipients

Awarded to a graduating student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions who has distinguished himself/herself by providing outstanding service to the College.

Diane Barag, MSN (posthumous), 2015 Achievement Award recipient

Awarded to a graduating student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions who has demonstrated perseverance and ability in the face of significant challenge, while attaining his or her academic goals.

Daritza Ballester, PT, 2015 Community Service Award recipient

Awarded to a graduating student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions who is actively involved in community service.

Quiana Williams, Co-op, Clinical Service Award recipient

Awarded to a graduating student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions who has demonstrated exemplary work through interdisciplinary and clinically relevant work aiming to treat underserved communities at his/her clinical placement.

Dylan Ottemiller, CAT, Social Justice Research Award recipient

Awarded to a graduating student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions whose thesis or research is innovative in improving health and reducing health disparities of communities.


Sara Bunyaratapan, MHS, Physician Assistant, was hired at SouthEast Lancaster Health Services as a certified physician assistant.

Chad Gavitt, BS, Physician Assistant ’99 joined IMPRES Technology Solutions Inc. where he leads IMPRES' Civilian Agency Team, including DHS and their FirstSource II contract. Mr. Gavitt previously worked for various federal contractors and consultants.

Susan M. Kammerle, PT, MPT, Physical Therapy ‘88 was named director of the Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services facility in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Her clinical expertise includes manual techniques/mobilization for the treatment of general orthopedic conditions, including low back and neck pain, sprains/strains/tears, balance issues, post-operative care as well as sports-related and workers' compensation injuries.

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