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.
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