David J. Kempfert, DPT, OTR

Associate Professor, PT Programs


St. Augustine, FL


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Clinical Electrophysiology
Emergency Medicine
Interprofessional Education
Manual Therapy
Sports Medicine
Traumatic Brain Injuries


Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Master of Occupational Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, University of Wisconsin

Research Interests

Preventing musculoskeletal injury
Neuromuscular recruitment and adaptation to injury
Selective exercise training for lower extremity musculature
Tri-planar motions of the foot

Dr. David J. Kempfert has become a comprehensive clinical therapist with content expertise in orthopaedic, sports and manual rehabilitation. His diversity includes being a licensed physical therapist, occupational therapist and athletic trainer. He is a Board-Certified Specialist in both Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and Sports Physical Therapy, and is nearing completion of his fellowship as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. In addition, he holds certifications in Manual Therapy and Emergency Medical Response.

David Kempfert received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 2013. He is a graduate of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences dual-degree program receiving his Master of Occupational Therapy in 2006 and Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2008. His clinical experience includes a variety of outpatient orthopaedic, sports and manual therapy settings. These include: a medical research internship at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse; AthletiCo in Chicago, IL where he worked as both a Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy; Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, AL where he conducted the medical rechecks for Dr. James Andrews medical group; and Concentra Physical Therapy in Jacksonville, FL where he primarily treated members of the armed forces and their families. Currently David Kempfert holds a full-time faculty appointment at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences teaching the musculoskeletal courses in the resident Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He is also lead instructor for the online musculoskeletal courses held for the online Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Dr. Kempfert is a reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and a selected member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the Sports Specialty Council. His passions include the delivery of expert, evidence-based rehabilitation for post-operative and athletic injuries, as well as being an educator and motivator in rehabilitation and movement science.