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Lance Cherry, PT, EdD, OCS

Lance Cherry
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Tampa
(813) 574-5327


  • BS in Psychology, University of Florida (1985)
  • MPT in Physical Therapy, Emory University (1990)
  • Ed.D. in Applied Physiology, Columbia University (2007)


Dr. Cherry is board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialization (ABPTS).  Dr. Cherry also completed the Clinical Instructional Education and Credentialing Program in February of 2013 and is a credentialed Clinical Instructor

Teaching responsibilities

PHTT 6716 Medical Pathology for PT’s; PHTT 6810 Musculoskeletal I; PHTT 6810L Musculoskeletal I Lab; PHTT 6820 Musculoskeletal II; PHTT 6820L Musculoskeletal II Lab; PHTT 6821  Musculoskeletal III; PHTT 6821L Musculoskeletal III Lab

 Dr. Cherry is a charter member of Nova Southeastern University’s Teaching and Learning Academy and tries to apply this knowledge to his teaching through a “community of inquiry” emphasizing social presence, teacher presence and cognitive presence.

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Cherry’s scholarly interests include using evidence based methods to study musculoskeletal dysfunction and outcomes, the integration of genomics into physical therapy education, as well as exploring various facets of hybrid education in physical therapy, among those student perspectives in hybrid education. He has presented on the topic at national conferences.  Along with the HEDPT faulty he presented 360° of Hybrid Education at the APTA 2012 Annual Conference. In 2013, Dr. Cherry presented Converting a medical pathology course from face to face to hybrid: processes and outcomes at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Dr. Cherry is currently a co-investigator of a grant entitled:  Where does the time go? A work sampling study comparing faculty activities in traditional and hybrid DPT Programs which was a poster presentation at the 2014 APTA Combined Sections Meetings. He also serves as a submission reviewer for the Strength and Conditioning Journal and the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice at Nova Southeastern University

Area of Practice

Since graduating in 1990, Dr. Cherry has practiced in multiple areas of physical therapy including inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, acute care and home health.  The majority of his practice experience and expertise has been in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Dr. Cherry continues to practice pro bono at the Judeo Christian Clinic serving under-insured and uninsured people in Tampa, FL.

Professional Activities

Dr. Cherry has been an APTA member since 1990, and is a current member of the Orthopedic and Education sections.  He is active in the Florida Chapter of the APTA (FPTA), where he serves as an Assembly Representative for the West Central District, a position he has held since 2012.

Within the College of Healthcare Sciences, Dr. Cherry is a member of the Teaching & Learning Academy.  In the Hybrid DPT Program, Dr. Cherry is Chair of the Committee on Student Progress and the Faculty Search Committee. He also serves as a member of the Committee on Student Progress for the Hybrid OTD program. Dr. Cherry serves on the Nova Southeastern University Board Examination Taskforce member

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