Dr. Smith received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas Christian University, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami and a Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University.
- ABPTS: Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy July 2016
- NDT Certified- Management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury 2017-2020
- APTA: Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor October 2014; Credentialed Clinical Instructor January 2012
Course Leader: Clinical Practicum Series 6814, 6824,6834; Assistant Director of Clinical Education serving as part of the Clinical Education Team. She coordinates integrated and full-time clinical education experiences threaded within the curriculum. In addition, she assists with PHT 5611 Introduction to Physical Therapy, PHT 6830 and 6914 Neuromuscular I and II, and PHT 6920 Applied Clinical Decision Making integrated clinical experiences.
Scholarly Activities and Interests
Dr. Smith’s educational research interests focus on clinical education. She was an author and presenter of a platform presentation titled "Filling a Community Need: An Effective Partnership Between Town and Gown with an Innovative Self-Contained Clinical Education Model," at the 2013 APTA: Educational Leadership Conference. Dr. Smith’s clinical research interests include neurological rehabilitation, functional outcome measures, interprofessional practice, and gait.
She has co-authored the following publications Pediatric Integrated Clinical Experiences: Enhancing Learning through a Series of Pediatric Exposures, JPTE 2017;31:137-149; Parkinson’s Disease: Clinical Decision Making in Action in Neurologic Teaching Compendium, August 2016; Platform Presentation: It’s How You Look at It: Assessment of Interpersonal Skills in PT Students Using Point-of-View Technology Vs. Traditional Recording at the 2015 Educational Leadership Conference; Recent Poster Presentations at CSM 2017: It’s Better With a Team: A PT/OT Interprofessional Learning Experience Using Simulation and Can physical therapy help a patient with proximal myotonic myopathy return to the gym?
Areas of Practice
Dr. Smith’s practice background is in inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient neurological rehabilitation where she worked as a clinician treating a wide variety of neurological diagnoses then as a clinical manager. Her current PT practice focuses on balance, geriatric, and neurological rehabilitation in the outpatient setting.
Professional Activity Summary
Dr. Smith has been an APTA/FPTA member since 1988, and is a current member of the Education and Neurology sections. She is an active member since 2011 of the Florida Consortium of Clinical Educators, is a member of the Clinical Education Special Interest Group (CESIG), and currently the Vice-Chair of FCCE.