Douglas Steele, DHS, DPT, MHS, PA-C, PT, CPT, brings 30-plus years of diverse experience in health and human performance, physical therapy, and medicine to the university. His early career as a fitness instructor transitioned to a professional career in physical therapy. Upon completing a BS in Physical Therapy at Washington University, Dr. Steele worked in a variety of clinical settings, including private practice, industry, high schools, and collegiate settings while completing an MHS in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Involvement in short-term mobile medical missions in Central and South America prompted his return to the University of Florida to earn an MS in Physician Assistant Studies, which facilitated being able to provide both rehabilitation and medical intervention to underserved populations.
The beginning of Dr. Steele’s formal teaching experience began at the adjunct level in 1994 at the University of North Florida’s program in Physical Therapy while working on doctoral studies. Having completed a tDPT at the University of Indianapolis, he became an adjunct professor for the university and subsequently accepted an assistant professor of Health Science position with Harding University in 2013 teaching in the PT, PA, and PharmD program. While at Harding, Dr. Steele completed a DHS from the University of Indianapolis with a major in Orthopedics and minors in Education and Administration. He joined the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015, teaching in the areas of Medical Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Imaging. He also maintains a medical practice in the UF Health Department of Orthopedic Surgery and works alongside his wife (NP, RD) as a medical missionary in Central and South America.
Dr. Steele continues professional development and research interests to advance rehabilitation science and medicine in the areas of post-surgical (orthopedic) pain management, health and human performance, and global health. He holds certifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and the National Council on Strength & Fitness for Certified Personal Trainers and is a member of the APTA, FPTA, and FAPA.