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Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinics

USAHS PT students have the opportunity to participate in our PT Pro Bono Clinics, guided by expert faculty and supporting treatment of real patients.


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Serving the underserved

Pro Bono Purpose

USAHS Physical Therapy students have the unique opportunity to participate in our innovative PT Pro Bono Clinics.

Students work under the supervision of licensed practicing PT clinician-academics, delivering the full range of PT care to help patients avoid prescription drugs, maximize their mobility, manage pain and chronic conditions, and improve their overall physical function and fitness.

Our six PT Pro Bono Clinics provide an exceptional opportunity for clients to receive services where they may not have access to PT-related services through their current insurance plan. USAHS’ Pro Bono Clinics are fundamental to our efforts to give back to the communities in which we operate, and align with our B Corp values.

Student Benefits

Participation in our Pro Bono Clinics allow students to benefit from unparalleled clinical experience with real patients as well as top-notch guidance, assessment and clinical education training from our expert faculty.

USAHS Pro Bono Clinics offer students invaluable learning opportunities beyond the classroom, including:

  • Experience real patient care
  • Supervision from licensed, practicing PT faculty and staff who are experts in the field of physical therapy
  • Implement what you’ve learned in your curriculum and simulations
  • Receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidance for evaluation and treatment

  • Weekly feedback from clinical educators on your clinical sessions and planning for upcoming sessions
  • Collaborate interprofessionally with students and faculty from USAHS’ OT and SLP programs
  • Campus and discipline-based input from our Pro Bono Clinical Advisory Council

Did you know?

USAHS students, faculty and staff members and their families are eligible to receive treatment at any of our Pro Bono Clinics as a benefit of attending or working for the university!

Clinical Educators and Supervising Faculty

Garrett Mandel, PT, DPT

Dr. Garrett Mandel


Nicholas LaRosa, PT, EdD, DPT, FAAOMPT

Dr. Nicholas LaRosa

Manual Therapy

Marianne Hanover, PT, DPT, PCS

Dr. Marianne Hanover

Neurological Rehabilitation

Darryn Atkinson, PT, PhD

Dr. Darryn Atkinson

Clinical Electrophysiology

Student Testimonials

“It’s essentially one-on-one mentoring with real patients. The faculty would get you to think about things in different ways and gave us really good critiques on our notes.”

Lee R

PT student

Lee R

“Pro bono work has given me the invaluable opportunity to immerse myself in the real patient experience, honing my skills with exceptional care and dedication. What’s truly rewarding is having the chance to practice clinical notes and receive constructive feedback from my supervising PT, shaping me into a better healthcare provider every day.”

Daniel L.

PT student

Daniel L.

“Working with patients and having immediate feedback from professors facilitated my growth as a student. I feel more confident as I go into my final clinical rotations.”

Rebekah J.

PT student

Rebekah J.

“It’s great to get some patient experience and apply what we know. Professors are here to help us as well.”

Michai P.

PT student

Michai P.

Patient Sign-Up

If you’re a patient interested in receiving treatment at one of our PT Pro Bono Clinics , we invite you to contact us to discuss your needs. You’re eligible for no-cost treatment if you satisfy any of the following conditions:

  • You don’t have health insurance
  • Your health insurance limits or does not cover therapy services indicated for your condition
  • The number of allowed visits under your insurance coverage has already been met
  • You’re a student, faculty or staff member at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, or you’re a family member of a student, faculty or staff member

You may contact the USAHS PT Pro Bono Clinic by email: Pro Bono Clinic San Marcos, CA; Pro Bono Clinic St. Augustine, FL;  or Pro Bono Clinic Austin, TX.


Which USAHS campuses offer PT Pro Bono Clinics?

Our PT Pro Bono Clinics are currently offered at our San Marcos, California, St. Augustine and Miami, Florida, and Austin, Texas, campuses, and we expect to add PT Pro Bono Clinics at our Dallas, Texas, campus by the end of 2024. Participation in PT Pro Bono Clinics is available to all students enrolled in the Residential or Flex DPT program. In addition, PT students at our Miami campus can participate in the free community PT and OT program offered at Rock Steady Boxing.


As a PT student, how do I get involved in the Pro Bono Clinic?

Students participate in the PT Pro Bono Clinics as part of the Musculoskeletal IV: Clinical Reasoning class (curriculum subject to change).


As a student, how many days a week will I work at the Pro Bono Clinic?

As part of the class, students are required to participate for 4-6 weeks in the clinic, depending on the course.


What conditions could I be treating?

All conditions are treated. The most common conditions are orthopedic or neurological conditions. Aquatic Therapy and Dry Needling are also provided as a service to patients.


Will I treat both children and adults?

Yes! The PT Pro Bono clinics offer physical therapy to children of all ages and adults, providing evaluations as well as individual treatment plans.


How will I be supervised?

All graduate students are supervised by licensed, practicing PT faculty. The expert faculty at USAHS work with DPT graduate students to provide special assessments and treatments, in addition to quality clinical education for the students.

Clinical educators meet weekly with graduate student clinicians to get feedback about clinical sessions, plan for upcoming sessions, and provide top-of-the-line clinical education training to ensure quality services for clients.


Is there teletherapy?

Teletherapy is offered in some instances. All pro bono teletherapy sessions are delivered in real time via a HIPAA compliant secure Zoom platform.


What are the hours of the clinic?

Hours vary by campus, please contact us to find out more:

Nicole Capell – [email protected]
Christian Guarino – [email protected]


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