Miguel Garcia, PT, DPT, EdD

Associate Professor, PT Programs


Miami, FL


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


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


Doctor of Education, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Florida Gulf Coast University
Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Florida International University
Bachelor of Science in Biology & Exercise Physiology, University of Miami

Research Interests

Falls Prevention in Adult Neurological Population
High Intensity / Functional Mobility Training with Adult Neurological Population
Patient Integration in the DPT classroom

Dr. Miguel Garcia is a core faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Miami, FL campus. He has been teaching in the DPT Flex program since 2009 and leads the various neurological courses within the DPT curriculum. He was promoted to his current position of Associate Professor in December 2023.

Dr. Garcia earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and exercise physiology from the University of Miami, his master’s in physical therapy from Florida International University, his transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University and his Doctor of Education from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Since entering the profession, Dr. Garcia has primarily worked with patients who have neurological disease in the inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab and home-health settings with an interest in patients who have suffered a stroke. Currently, Dr. Garcia has a primary interest in falls prevention with the adult neurological population and leads a research study assessing a community-based falls program that is run on campus.

During his career, Dr. Garcia has also served in various leadership positions, most recently serving as the director of rehabilitation at West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital, where he oversaw daily operations for the therapy and case management departments and overall program development. He has spoken at local, state and national conferences and led various continuing education courses. Beyond his work for the University and the rehabilitation hospital, he also serves as a program surveyor for CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).