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Lindsay Perry, PT, DPT, NCS is an Assistant Professor teaching in the neuromuscular curriculum for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine’s St. Augustine, FL campus. Dr. Perry earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree in 2008 and a Bachelor’s in Health Science in 2005 from the University of Florida. She completed a neurologic residency program with UF Health from specializing in the neurologic acute care setting, and successfully achieved the Neurologic Certification for Specialty Practice in Neurology in March 2012.
She has several years of clinical experience in the acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings serving patients with various neurologic injuries. She practiced as a research physical therapist for over 5 years collectively at the VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center in Gainesville, FL followed by the Center for Rehabilitation Research at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Her research endeavors were in the areas of neuroplasticity and walking recovery post stroke and spinal cord injury. She contributed to the development of the neurologic residency program at MUSC, serving as Coordinator of Residency Mentorship and Adjunct faculty to the Division of Physical Therapy.
Clinical practice, mentoring fellow clinicians in the neurological rehabilitative setting, and advocating for pro bono service as a physical therapist are passions for Dr. Perry. She has the privilege of working for Halifax Brooks Center for Inpatient Rehab, serving as both clinician and clinical mentor to practicing clinicians as well as Brooks Neurological Residents. Scholarly contributions to the profession include collaboration on publications, as well as national and state level presentations in the specialty of neurologic clinical practice such as strength and cardiovascular training post Stroke, harnessing neuroplasticity through exercise, and advanced clinical practice across the continuum of care for traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Perry’s contribution of service to society and her profession are through collaboration with the local St. Augustine Wildflower Clinic providing care to underserved patrons, as well as being elected to the Board of Directors for the Florida Physical Therapy Association as Regional Director to the Northern District.
Dr. Perry also received an APTA Emerging Leader award in recognition for her initiative and leadership within the state and national association.