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About the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

About the Profession

Physical therapy consistently ranks among the “most satisfying careers,” thanks to the pleasure that comes from helping individuals move forward with their daily lives.

Highly Educated with Clinical Expertise

Physical therapists (PTs) examine, diagnose, and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to elderly, who have health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and function in their daily lives.

To prepare for a career in physical therapy, individuals must complete a graduate degree from an accredited program and pass the national licensure examination.

Trusted Partners in Health

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using research based and clinically proven treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. PTs help teach people how to understand their body so that they will be able to manage a health condition. They also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

PTs refer to and collaborate with other health professionals to help each individual achieve their optimum mobility and quality of life.


PTs provide individualized care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and skilled nursing facilities.

Residency Programs

Neurologic Residency Program

Orthopedic Residency Program

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden, PT, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Division Director

Sandra S. Brotherton

Sandra S. Brotherton, PT, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator

Debora Brown

Debora Brown, PT, DPT, MTC
Assistant Division Director
Director of Clinical Education

Jesse Dean headshot

Jesse C. Dean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Cynthia Cindy Dodds

Cynthia B. Dodds, PT, Ph.D., PCS
Associate Professor


Chris Gregory, PT, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Sara Kraft, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP
Associate Professor

Steve Kautz, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Health Sciences and Research

Stephanie McGowan

Stephanie McGowan, PT, DScPT, OCS
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of Clinical Education

Annie Middleton 

Addie Middleton, Ph.D., DPT
Assistant Professor

David Morrisette, PT, Ph.D., OCS, ATC

Eric Monsch headshot

Eric Monsch, PT, DPT, NCS

Amanda Mandie Sammons

Mandie Sammons, DSc., OTR/L, ATC
Assistant Professor
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Gretchen Seif

Gretchen A. Seif, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS
Associate Professor


David Sword, PT, DPT, CCS, CSCS
Associate Professor


K. Jackson Thomas, PT, EdD

Holly Wise

Holly H. Wise, PT, Ph.D., FNAP



Terri Bozzelli
Administrative Assistant

Susan S. Johnson
Associate Director of Student Services

Adjunct Faculty:

Dr. William Boissonnault
Associate Professor

Dr. Rebecca English

Dr. Erica Pfeiffer

Mr. Michael Timko
Adjunct Faculty


U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate school rankings named MUSC College of Health Professions’ graduate Physical Therapy program #28 (tied) out of 206 accredited programs in the United States.


The MUSC Doctor of Physical Therapy program at MUSC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). For questions or concerns about the program's accreditation or to make any reports to CAPTE, please visit their site.

The DPT Program at the Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

PT Student Handbook (PDF)