Michelle Sawtelle, PT, MPT, PhD

Associate Professor, PT Programs


Austin, TX


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Adult Rehabilitation
Higher Education
Neurological Disorders
Neurological Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries


Doctor of Philosophy, Texas Woman’s University
Master of Physical Therapy, University of Texas Medical Branch

Research Interests

Neurologic Movement Disorders

Dr. Michelle Sawtelle has served as a physical therapist since 2007 and has taught in higher education since 2013, with her primary expertise focusing on the evaluation and treatment of adults with neurologic movement disorders.

Dr. Sawtelle is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy and serves as a board member for the Stroke Special Interest Group (SIG) within the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT). Her research pursuits focus on the kinematic, kinetic and muscle activation characteristics within the neuro population. In addition, her research agenda centers on exploring the impact of nutrition on neuromuscular recovery of function.

She joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the Austin, TX campus in 2023.