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Physical Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3632 Queen Palm Drive
Tampa, Florida 33619
(813) 574-5309

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Joann Gallichio PT, DSc, NCS

Joann  Gallichio

Assistant Professor
(813) 574-5310


Dr. Gallichio obtained her Master’s in physical therapy from the University of Scranton(1998); her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Profession (2010) with a specialization in Neurologic Physical Therapy. 


Dr. Gallichio is board certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialization (ABPTS).



Dr. Gallichio began teaching physical therapy education in 2011 in the Neuromuscular curriculum at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences prior to joining the Nova team in the Fall of 2013.  Her primary teaching responsibilities have been in the Neuromuscular Courses, with emphasis on instruction related to the examination and treatment of individuals with neurologic conditions.  She is a strong advocate for understanding the “why” in conjunction with the “how”.  She believes that things must make sense in order for students to learn them.

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Gallichio’s research interests focus on the recovery of walking following stroke.  Dr. Gallichio moved to Jacksonville, FL in 2006 to be the Site Team Leader at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital for the Locomotor Experience Applied Post-Stroke (LEAPS) study, a phase III, multi-site, randomized clinical trial.  Through research with the LEAPS trial, Dr. Gallichio has presented nationally at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting (2008) and The American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association’s 7th Annual Rehabilitation Education conference (2009).  Publications include an update on Pharmacological management of spasticity following stroke (2004), Virtual reality training for stroke rehabilitation (2004), and the Fugl-Meyer assessment of sensorimotor function after stroke (2011).

Areas of Practice

Dr. Gallichio’s PT practice focus is in stroke rehabilitation as well as physical therapy in the Surgical and Neurological Intensive Care Units.   She has practiced in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, out-patient therapy and home health. 

Professional Activity Summary

Dr. Gallichio has been an APTA member since 1995, and is a current member of the Neurologic and Education sections.