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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.


PHT 6710 Clinical Skills 1, PHT 6722 Integumentary PT, PHT 6717 Systems Management I, PHT 6707 Gerontology, PHT 6725 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT, PHT 6815 Physical Agents, PHT 6807 Systems Management II, PHT 6813 Gender Specific Issues in PT, PHT 6835 Systems Management III, 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, inpatient and outpatient wound care as well as managing patients with lymphedema.

Professional Activity Summary

Dr. Hettrick’s expertise resides in integumentary dysfunction with clinical specialties in wound, burn and lymphedema management.  She is a recognized key opinion leader and has a diverse clinical background, complemented by experience in research, professional writing and publication, speaking on the national and international circuit, working on professional and editorial board organizations,  lobbying for legislative change on Capitol Hill and entrepreneurial work.

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