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Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT, CLWT

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
(954) 262-1856


Dr. Hettrick received her PhD in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. 


Dr. Hettrick is board certified as a Certified Wound Specialist from the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS).  Dr. Hettrick holds a dual certification as a Wound and Lymphedema Therapist from the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI).  Dr. Hettrick also completed the APTA’s Clinical Instructional Education and Credentialing Program in September 2012 and is a credentialed Clinical Instructor.


Courses: PHT 6710: Clinical Skills I; PHT 6722: Integumentary PT; PHT 6707: 7 Gerontology; PHT 6834: Clinical Practicum 3; PHT 6813 Gender-Specific Issues in PT, and PHT 6915: Prosthetics & Orthotics.

Dr. Hettrick is the course leader for both PHT 6722 and PHT 6707, which are part of year-one curriculum of the NSU DPT program, and PHT 6834, part of the second-year clinical education curriculum. Additionally, she assists coordinating and teaching PHT 6717 Systems Management I, PHT 6807 Systems Management II and PHT 6920 Applied Clinical Decision Making.

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Hettrick’s educational research interests reside in game-based education, game-theory and experiential learning for pedagogy, as well as creating and utilizing technology to enhance teaching and learning. Dr. Hettrick’s clinical research interests center on integumentary related dysfunction, including lymphedema and chronic wounds.  She is exploring the application of forensic science to wound management as well as conducting comparative pathology research between sea turtles and humans exhibiting papillomatosis.

Areas of Practice

Dr. Hettrick’s primary practice background has been in the Burn Intensive Care Unit as well as inpatient and outpatient wound management.

Professional Activity Summary

Dr. Hettrick has been an APTA member since 1995, and is a current member of the Wound Management Special Interest Group.  Dr. Hettrick is a Past President of the American Board of Wound Management and served on the Executive Committee and Board of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.  She was recently appointed to the Board of the World Alliance of Wound and Lymphedema Care and she is helping to establish a lymphatic filariasis morbidity plan for Haiti.  She is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, conducts research and publishes, presents and teaches, nationally and internationally on integumentary related issues.

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