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Lance Cherry, P.T., Ed.D., O.C.S.

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


  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida (1985)
  • M.P.T. in Physical Therapy, Emory University (1990)
  • Ed.D. in Applied Physiology, Columbia University (2007)


Lance Cherry, P.T., Ed.D., O.C.S. is board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialization (ABPTS). He has been a credentialed clinical instructor since 2013.

Teaching responsibilities

PHTT 6836 Systems Management III: Differential Diagnosis for PT’s; PHTT 5400 Physiology for PT’s; PHTT 6705 Essentials of Exercise Physiology; Orthopedic residency mentor.

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

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. Some of his presentations at various national conferences include 360° of Hybrid Education; Converting a medical pathology course from face to face to hybrid: processes and outcomes; Where does the time go? A work sampling study comparing faculty activities in traditional and hybrid DPT Programs; Simulation in a hybrid musculoskeletal physical therapy course: development, adaptation, and outcomes; and Student Perceptions of Factors Influencing Success in Hybrid and Traditional DPT Programs: A Q-Sort Analysis. 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, Cherry has practiced in multiple areas of physical therapy, including inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, acute care, and home health. Most of his practice experience and expertise has been in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Cherry continues to practice pro bono at the Judeo Christian Clinic serving under-insured and uninsured people in Tampa, FL.

Professional Activities

Cherry has been an APTA member since P.T. school and is a current member of the Orthopedic and Education sections. He has been active in the Florida Chapter of the APTA (FPTA), where serving as an Assembly Representative for the West Central District. Cherry is a member of the Allied national Honor Society, Alpha Eta.

Within the College of Health Care Sciences, Cherry is a member of the Teaching and Learning Academy. In the professional D.P.T. program, Cherry is Chair of the Committee on Student Progress and the Faculty Search Committee. He is a member of the curriculum committee and is the faculty advisor for the Shark Motion student run pro bono clinic.

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