Dr. Smith received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas Christian University, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami and a Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University.
Dr. Smith completed the APTA’s Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program in January 2012 and is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor.
Courses: PHT 6706 TIER IA, PHT 6811 TIER IB, PHT 6831 TIER IC, PHT 6841 TIER ID
PHT 6912 TIER II Orientation
Dr. Smith is part of the Clinical Education Team. She is the course leader for TIER IB and ID and assists the DCE with all other Clinical Education courses including coordination of clinical internships and communication with clinical sites. In addition she assists with PHT 6830L and 6914L: Neuromuscular I and II labs, as well as PHT 6920 Applied Clinical Decision Making clinical experiences.
Scholarly Activities and Interests
Dr. Smith’s educational research interests focus on clinical education. She was an author and presenter of a platform presentation titled "Filling a Community Need: An Effective Partnership Between Town and Gown with an Innovative Self-Contained Clinical Education Model," at the 2013 APTA: Educational Leadership Conference. Dr. Smith’s clinical research interests include neurological rehabilitation, functional outcome measures and gait.
Areas of Practice
Dr. Smith’s practice background is in inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient neurological rehabilitation where she worked as a clinician treating a wide variety of neurological diagnoses then as a clinical manager. Her current PT practice focuses on balance, geriatric, and neurological rehabilitation in the outpatient setting.
Professional Activity Summary
Dr. Smith has been an APTA/FPTA member since 1988, and is a current member of the Education and Neurology sections. She is an active member since 2011 of the Florida Consortium of Clinical Educators.