Dr. Katie Hoffmann completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Central Florida, where she was also a collegiate pole vaulter. She went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Central Florida. During her time in physical therapy school, her capstone project titled “Children and Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease and Physical Activity: A Pilot Study”, was accepted for a poster presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. She also took part in a student mission trip to Kingston, Jamaica to develop and implement care plans for children with special needs and provide caregiver education. She graduated at the top of her class, earning the Outstanding Student Award presented by the faculty.
Katie began her career working in a hospital-based outpatient clinic in Orlando. She worked as part of a team with a focus on a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of care for patients dealing with conditions of the spine. Early on in her career, Katie became an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, and greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring DPT students. She developed a passion for working with the orthopedic population including an interest in manual therapy, exercise, and pain science which lead to the desire to specialize. She achieved the status of a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in 2018.
Katie continues to work for AdventHealth and serves as the Clinical Lead Physical Therapist for the East Orlando location. She joined AdventHealth’s Orthopedic Residency faculty where she serves as a mentor and lecturer. In addition, she is adjunct faculty for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Central Florida and teaches a course called Integrative Clinical Practice. This unique course provides DPT students with mock clinic and documentation experience prior to going out on their first clinical rotation.
Katie is grateful to have the opportunity to educate and lead patients on their path to improved function and quality of life. Outside of physical therapy, she loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, relaxing at the beach, and going to sporting events.
Dr. Cristina Thurston completed her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Exercise Science and Business Management from Florida State University. She then continued on to the University of South Florida (USF) where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. While at USF she was the co-director of the student program BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic, a student driven free clinic for uninsured patients living in the University Community of Tampa.
She began her career working in one of the few level 1 trauma centers in the state of Florida. It was here where she developed her passion for treating individuals recovering from spinal cord injuries. She was inspired to pursue residency and was accepted as the sole resident at one of the top 10 nationally ranked rehabilitation hospitals in the country, Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. Being a part of the only rehabilitation facility in the nation with an intensive care unit and acute medical components on-site, she learned the value of establishing the rehabilitation process early in the continuum of care for individuals affected by both, spinal cord and acquired brain injuries. She utilized this advanced training to achieve the status of a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. In her position as a staff member at the Shepherd Center, she worked as part of a team that focused specifically on a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of care for those with acute spinal cord injuries.
After relocating home to south Florida, she joined the teams of several hospital based systems and an outpatient facility specializing in treatment of neurological injuries, NeuroFit 360. She serves as a residency mentor and lecturer for the Jackson-University of Miami Neurological Residency Program. She also co-teaches spinal cord injury recovery courses as part of a physical therapy continuing education course series that provides hands-on training with individuals recovering from real injuries. She takes pride in helping those with life changing events optimize their new normal by challenging the limitations of their diagnoses.
Dr. Sarah Rose Glick is a physical therapist from Libertyville, Illinois who works at the University of Miami. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree with a pre-medicine concentration, Biology Major, Spanish and Chemistry double minor at Denison University in Ohio in 2010. Sarah earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Miami in 2017. She then accepted a job with the University of Miami in the outpatient orthopedic setting and pain clinic. Sarah went on to complete her Sports Residency with the University of Miami in 2019.
Sarah decided early in life to dedicate her focus to the medical field which included volunteering in pro-bono clinics in Chicago, medical research, and work in the field of child abuse. She decided to pursue physical therapy after her years of experience with Special Olympics sports and work with children with Cerebral Palsy. While in physical therapy school, Sarah helped lead an adaptive sailing course with Shake-A-Leg Miami and volunteered time in both, University of Miami’s pro-bono physical therapy clinic and the university’s Department of Community Service public health fair. During her time in residency, she connected with the Miami VA and fell in love with adaptive sports, accompanying the athletes to the National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games in Louisville, Kentucky. Sarah also has had the opportunity to be involved with the UM DPT program as a guest lecturer, faculty lab instructor and clinical instructor. Sarah has presented multiple research projects at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting, the largest physical therapy conference in the country. She has also presented her research titled, “A Multi-disciplined Approach in the Healing of a Stress Fracture in a Female Endurance Athlete” at the annual University of Miami Research Symposium in 2019.
When not working, Sarah can be found enjoying the outdoors. She is an avid runner and triathlete. In the past, she has led back country mountain biking, backpacking and rock-climbing trips. Most importantly, Sarah owes her success to the love, support and guidance of her family. They have taught Sarah the meaning of unconditional love and have helped her through many of her own health hurdles. Sarah’s mother leads her own medical practice with the quote from the Talmud, “to save one life is to save the world”, and is one that Sarah also strives to embody in her own practice.
Dr. Emily Schultz is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy with a passion for Neurologic Rehabilitation that began early. As a DPT student at the University of Evansville, Emily co-founded and was the first director of Acercise, the first DPT student run pro-bono group exercise program for individuals with neurologic conditions. Emily’s work in the clinic and as an advocate in the community has been the foundation of her early career.
Emily received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Evansville in 2016 before moving to Los Angeles to complete her postdoctoral training in the University of Southern California (USC) and Rancho Los Amigos Neurologic Rehabilitation Center Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. As a resident of this prestigious program, Emily served as a clinician at Rancho Los Amigos Neurologic Rehabilitation Center, a Teacher’s Assistant for USC’s DPT Program, a multidisciplinary PT representative in numerous specialty neurology clinics at Keck Hospital of USC, and as a researcher collaborating with Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite and Dr. Carolee Winstein. Emily graduated from this program in 2017 and moved to Miami, Florida where she currently resides.
Emily presented her residency research titled “Relationships among Patient-reported and Performance-based Measures after Stroke” as a poster at CSM in 2018. She received her Board Certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist and became certified with use of Balance Wear: Balance Body Torso Weighting in 2018. Emily also was selected as a key speaker in the 25th Annual Brain Injury Symposium and presented her original work titled “Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Evidence Based Clinical Tools for Assessment and Treatment of Mild to Severe Brain Injury.”
Emily’s passion for the academic and clinical world in neurologic PT continues to grow each year of her professional career. Emily currently works for the University of Miami in an outpatient neurologic PT setting. Emily is also a Core Faculty and a Mentor within the University of Miami and Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital Neurologic Residency Program. Emily serves as a Clinical Instructor for DPT students, a supervisor in the University of Miami’s Pro Bono student run clinic, and most recently reconnected to her LA ties working as a Teacher’s Assistant for USC’s DPT Summer Hybrid Immersion Program in the lab: Clinical Management of the Patient with Neurologic Dysfunction (PT 581L).
In 2020, Emily took on an important role transitioning to provide physical therapy services via Telemedicine to individuals with neurologic conditions. Emily expanded her creativity of specialty practice to reach individuals and families impacted by neurologic diagnoses in their homes and continues to look for ways to build upon this practice with a special interest in creating opportunities for wellness programming. Outside of PT, Emily loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new countries, spending time outdoors, and watching and participating in sports.