Carmina (Minnie) Rafael, PT, DPT

Associate Director of Clinical Education, Instructor, PT Programs


Miami, FL


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Acute Care
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
Chronic Disease Management
Clinical Education
Neurological Disorders
Neurological Rehabilitation


Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Florida
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of the Philippines Manila

Research Interests

Education Research and Geriatric Physical Therapy

Dr. Carmina “Minnie” L. Rafael is a physical therapist with more than 25 years of professional experience. She has been a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy since 2012 and an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Geriatrics Certified Expert for Aging Adults since 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines Manila and graduated with a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Rafael is an active member of the APTA, APTA Geriatrics section and Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA). She is currently the chairperson of the FPTA Geriatrics Special Interest Group, an APTA Geriatrics Online Education Committee member and geriatric residency onsite reviewer for the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. Dr. Rafael is a senior member of the APTA Geriatrics Nominating Committee and FPTA Southeast District Nominating Committee Vice-chair. She is a manuscript reviewer for the Philippine Journal of Physical Therapy. She was a speaker for the Geriatric Continuing Education online seminar for the FPTA Geriatric Special Interest Group and for the Veterans Affairs Physical Therapy Clinical Education.

She has given two poster presentations: one for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in 2021 entitled “Comparative Case Study of Two COVID-19 Patients in Skilled Nursing Facility” and another for the FPTA Annual Conference in 2021 titled “Never Too Old, Never Too Late. The Case of an Octogenarian’s and a Centenarian’s Rehabilitation after Serious Illnesses with Neurologic Involvement.”