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Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, AWCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, CORE

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 (CWS) from the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM), Advanced Wound Care Certified (AWCC) through National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO) and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS).  Dr. Hettrick holds a dual certification as a Lymphedema and Wound Therapist (CLWT) from the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI) and she earned her LANA credential from the Lymphology Association of North America.  Dr. Hettrick also completed the APTA’s Clinical Instructional Education and Credentialing Program and is a credentialed Clinical Instructor.  She is an Experiential Learning Fellow by the National Society for Experiential Education and a Comprehensive Oncology Rehabilitation Expert (CORE) through ILWTI.


Dr. Hettrick is the course leader for both PHT 6722 Integumentary PT and PHT 6707 Gerontology, which are part of year-one curriculum of the NSU DPT program, and PHT 6834 Clinical Practicum III, part of the second-year clinical education curriculum.   She is also a Resident Mentor for the Physical Therapy Faculty Residency Program.  Additionally, she assists coordinating and teaching PHT 6725 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT, PHT 6813 Gender Health, PHT 6815 Physical Agents, PHT 6717 Systems Management I, PHT 6807 Systems Management II and PHT 6920 Systems Management IV Applied Clinical Decision Making.

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Hettrick’s educational research interests reside in game-based education 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 as well as inpatient and outpatient wound management.

Professional Activity Summary

Dr. Hettrick has been an APTA member since 1995 and is a current member of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Special Interest Group.  Dr. Hettrick is a Past President of the American Board of Wound Management and served on the Executive Committee and Board of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.  She currently serves on the Board of the World Alliance of Wound and Lymphedema Care and assisted in establishing a lymphatic filariasis morbidity plan for Haiti.  She is on the advisory board for the Why Wound Care Campaign and Editorial Board member for Today’s Wound Clinic.  She is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, conducts research and publishes, presents and teaches, nationally and internationally on integumentary related issues. 

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