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Debra Stern, PT, DPT, MSM, DBA, CLT, CEEAA

Debra Stern
Director of Clinical Education, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
(954) 262-1268


Dr. Stern received her degrees from the following institutions:

DPT – AT Still

DBA – Nova Southeastern University

MSM –Rollins College

BSPT – SUNY Buffalo


Dr. Stern  is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She received manual certification from both the Ola Grimsby Institute and James Cyriax. She also completed the APTA’s Clinical Instructional Education and Credentialing Program in 2008 and is a credentialed Clinical Instructor.  She was also certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis.  Most recently she received her CEEAA from the APTA.


Dr. Stern is the Director of Clinical Education. Her primary responsibilities are senior clinical education placements and orientation.  She oversees all other clinical education courses and orientation as well.  Wrap up, the final course in the curriculum, is her final responsibility with each graduating class.  In addition to primary responsibility for the clinical education and courses, she participates in Clinical SkiIls, Intro to PT and others.

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Stern’s educational research interests are varied. Interests include Geriatrics, balance and fall risk diabetes and its impact on balance and function as well as clinical education.  In the recent past, her work focuses on CPR retention and the effects of yoga on veteran’s with PTSD.  She is also engaged with studying different aspects of clinical education and serves on the Florida Consortium of Clinical Educator’s research committee. She recently published Clinical Education in Physical Therapy and is engaged in the revision of the second edition of Effective Documentation. She has also has also completed chapters in several other texts.

Areas of Practice

Dr. Stern has practiced in multiple settings over the course of her career; acute care, adult and pediatric OP, home health, and geriatrics. Her primary focus has been geriatric rehabilitation.

Professional Activity 

Dr. Stern has been an APTA member since completing her physical therapy education, and is a current member of the, Geriatric, Policy and Administration and Education sections.  She is active in the Florida Chapter, where she serves as an Assembly Representative for the Southeast District. After 10 years, she has retired from her position  as chair of the Continuing Education Committee.   She was chair of the original task force on continuing education for the FPTA and was an active task force member on the committee that established the assembly of representatives for the FPTA.

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