Neurologic Residency Program

In collaboration with clinical partners, we offer a Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency, which currently offers opportunities for physical therapist working in the neurologic rehabilitation setting. The neurologic physical therapy residency is accredited through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). We currently partner with HealthSouth to have five residents across three states.

Mission Statement

In support of the mission of the Division of Physical Therapy, the mission of the post-professional physical therapy neurologic residency at the Medical University of South Carolina is to develop reflective practitioners who constantly seek evidence to promote excellence in patient care, to optimize functional outcomes, and to utilize financial and physical resources efficiently. The residencies strive to promote a lifetime of learning among the residency graduates.


The MUSC Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in neurology.


Residency Outcomes

  • Graduation rate 100%
  • ABPTS Specialty Exam pass rate 975 FIRST TIME PASS RATE


The curriculum for the residency program includes training in the management of patients with a wide variety of neurologic conditions as guided by the APTA’s Description of Specialty Practice.  However, the MUSC program also includes topics designed to improve all aspects of being a therapist, including neuroplasticity and motor learning, movement analysis, statistical interpretation, business management, professionalism, cultural competency, and teaching and learning theory.  As educating peers is paramount to being a leader in the profession, all residents produce several written analysis projects and also teach at least one content module.

Focused weekends occur in Charleston four times per year to address the following topics:

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Movement Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury / Vestibular Disorders

The curriculum totals approximately 300 hours of didactic training including live classroom experiences in Charleston, virtual classroom experiences, and recorded lectures.

Meet the Faculty


Sara Kraft
Sara Kraft, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP
Residency Director

Eric Monsch headshot
Eric Monsch, PT, DPT, NCS 
Resident Coordinator

Mark Bowden headshot

Mark Bowden, PT, Ph.D. 
Division Director

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

Dusti Annan-Coultas, EdD, 
Assistant Professor

Jesse Dean headshot

Jesse C. Dean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Cynthia Cindy Dodds

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

Rebecca English, PT, DPT, OTR

Chris Gregory

Chris Gregory, PT, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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

David Morrisette

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

Holly Wise

Holly H. Wise, PT, PhD, FNAP 


Each resident is mentored by an employee of the clinical partner, and involves at least 160 hours of 1:1 time together, 100 of which must be in patient care.  Mentoring a resident is different than mentoring an entry level student, as the majority of residents will enter the program with some degree of clinical experience. The resident-mentor relationship:

  • Is a partnership in which the mentor actively supports the professional growth and development of a resident
  • Is a reciprocal and evolutionary process
  • Challenges AND supports
  • Promotes knowledge translation (how does that gained knowledge relate to this patient situation today)?
  • Helps the resident integrate the knowledge – not the mentor’s responsibility to provide the knowledge
  • Teaches the resident how to learn so they can approach any future situations
  • Opens discussions of intention versus impact
  • Guides clinician to finding their own professional identity
  • Strives to provide just the right amount of challenge, just the right amount of support at the right time to obtain learning and professional growth
  • Promotes rapid transformation of research into clinical practice

Admission Requirements

To apply to this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are an employee at a clinical site partnered with the MUSC Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program.
  • You have completed your employer's pre-application residency paperwork.

Current Clinical Partners

UVA Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Roper St. Francis Rehabilitation Hospital

Inactive Clinical Partners

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Charleston, SC

AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fredericksburg, VA

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Rock Hill, SC

Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital

Wake Forest Baptist Health System

Regional Rehabilitation Hospital

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, FL

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of York, PA

For inquiries, please contact Sara Kraft, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP at