Shenandoah University's Division of Physical Therapy (PT) prepares students to be reflective practitioners who provide effective, evidence-based, compassionate care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of movement dysfunction and to promote physical health and functional ability across the lifespan.

We accomplish this through an integrated, patient-centered curriculum with a low student/faculty ratio. Frequent patient care experience, community service by students and faculty and the integration of current technologies are key components of the PT education at Shenandoah University. Join us on Facebook!


SUPT Homecoming Weekend Events Saturday and Sunday, October 24th, 25th and 26th,  2014 Come and join us for a fantastic homecoming weekend filled with SUPT events, including the annual Gala, job fair, a continuing education course featuring Dr. Shirley Sahrmann……..Details for each of these events can be found below.  6th Annual SUPT Gala Gala and…Read More

Degree Programs

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The Division of Physical Therapy offers a Doctorate in Physical Therapy through two different programs, the traditional program and the transitional program and also offers the option to pursue a dual degree with a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master’s degree in Athletic Training. Transitional DPT scholarships are available for SUPT alumni, SUPT clinical instructors, employees of Valley Health Systems, Inova Health Systems, and West Virginia University Hospital- East. Contact Lisa Kilmer lkilmer@su.edu for details.


Physical Therapy (PT) is a challenging and satisfying profession — one with many career pathways from which to choose. The wide range of clinical settings, the diversity of the patient populations, and the variety of specialty areas provide a vast array of employment and professional growth opportunities for the new graduate. Shenandoah University's entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy professional degree program prepares students for the challenges of the profession and provides an excellent foundation for further graduate study. Applications for SU's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are made utilizing the Physical Therapy Centralized Application system. Please see the PTCAS website for information regarding applications and deadlines.

The Physical Therapy Program at Shenandoah University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and was recently reaccredited until October 2018.

Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must have demonstrated success in academics and have a strong background in the sciences. Completion of the bachelor's degree is required. A demonstration of well-developed problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills and commitment to service is necessary. Those applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program should be prepared to work closely with other students in the program, make contributions to the learning process of others and contribute to the enrichment of the curriculum and the profession. Join us on Facebook


PT News

  • New PT Faculty

    Shenandoah University Division of Physical Therapy is excited to announce the appointment of 3 new faculty members. Dr. John Hunt will join the faculty at the Winchester campus while Dr. Ruth Maher and Dr. Megan Bureau will join the faculty… Read More

Northern Virginia Campus Update

Shenandoah University and Inova will collaborate to bring graduate programs in occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT) and physician assistant (PA) studies to the university’s Northern Virginia Campus, near Inova Loudoun Hospital in Loudoun County, Va. The university, which currently offers programs in nursing and respiratory care, pharmacy, teacher education and organizational leadership in Loudoun…Read More

Kevin Forrer '04 - Physical Therapy

Dr. Kevin Forrer was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania where he attended Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College. Dr. Forrer graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2001. He then moved to Winchester, Virginia to attend Shenandoah University’s doctoral program of physical therapy. In 2004, Dr. Forrer graduated from Shenandoah…Read More

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Karen Abraham, Director

Dr. Karen Abraham joined the faculty in 2001.  She has more than 20 years of practice experience, graduating in 1989 with a BS in PT from the University of Maryland Baltimore.  She is a board certified specialist in Orthopedics and currently practices in the area of women’s health physical therapy.  She earned a PhD in…Read More

Dr. Sheri Hale

Dr. Hale joined the faculty in 2004.  She received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University and earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Physical Therapist and an Athletic Trainer and…Read More

Dr. Ed Schrank

 Dr. Schrank joined the faculty in 2002 after practicing Physical Therapy in the U.S. Navy. He is a 1992 graduate of the Army-Baylor program of Physical Therapy. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Texas A&M University) and Controls and System Engineering (University of West Florida). He is a board certified specialist in Electrophsyiology and has…Read More

Dr. Andrea Fergus

Dr. Fergus has been on the faculty since 2002 coming from a faculty position at the Sage Colleges in Troy, New York.  Dr. Fergus received her physical therapy degree from the University of Vermont in 1990 and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia in 1997. Dr.Fergus has practiced physical therapy since 1990…Read More

Dr. Melissa Wolff-Burke

Dr. Wolff-Burke joined the Division of Physical Therapy faculty in 1999.  She began her PT career in Washington state and then moved with her family to Knoxville, TN.  She continued practice in orthopedics, pain management, and amputee rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.  She earned an EdD in Leadership Studies from the University…Read More

Dr. Thomas Turner

Dr. Turner is a 1997 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, Department of Physical Therapy. He has also earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Old Dominion University and a PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology from Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined the faculty in 2006 and his interests include wound care and geriatrics. …Read More

Dr. Lisa McVey

Dr. Lisa McVey graduated with a MPT from the Shenandoah University Physical Therapy Program in 1995, then earned her DPT in 2006 also from Shenandoah University. She has worked in the acute care setting for over 15 years with a special interest in cardiopulmonary physical therapy and intensive care. She is a board certified specialist in…Read More

Dr. Ruth Maher

Dr. Maher received her BS in Exercise Science and her MPT from Georgia State University. She received her post professional clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Simmons College in Boston, MA and earned her PhD in Public Health Physiotherapy & Population Science from University College Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Maher is certified by the American…Read More

Dr. Megan Bureau

Megan Bureau joins Shenandoah University’s Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy after practicing for 9 years as a full time outpatient orthopedic therapist in Winchester, Virginia, for Valley Health. During her time at Valley Health she has been involved in coordinating the coaches’ conference, monthly journal clubs, and also serving as the Team Leader for the staff of the…Read More

Dr. John Hunt

  Education:B.S. in Physical Education with emphasis in Sports Medicine, Ferrum College 1994M.S. in Athletic Training, Shenandoah University 2004 Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University 2004  Professional Clinical Experience:  I began my career with University Physical Therapy in Blacksburg, VA. Although it was a general orthopedic clinic the majority of my patient’s were recovering from sports…Read More

Clinical Education

Clinical Education is an integral part in the curriculum of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Shenandoah University.  Our students begin clinical practice in the first year, and clinical practice opportunities continue to graduation.  SU PT students are mentored by some of the most accomplished clinicians in all practice areas of ambulatory and non-ambulatory care.  With over 250 affiliates, SU PT is able to place our highly prepared students in local, regional, national and international settings.  Joining the mission of the university, we have clinical service opportunities that are continuing to expand.  Graduates of SU PT program are entry-level generalist clinicians, and are well prepared to assume the multifaceted and evolving role of the physical therapist.

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