Christopher H. Wise, PT, DPT, PhD(c), OCS, FAAOMPT, MTC, ATC
Professor of Physical Therapy, Department Chair
Dr. Wise received his PT degree from Arcadia University and his DPT degree from Widener University. Dr. Wise is a certified athletic trainer (ATC), certified manual therapist (MTC), has received his board certification as a clinical specialist in orthopaedics (OCS) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). He is currently in the dissertation phase of his PhD at Nova Southeastern University in a project entitled, “The Effect of Sacroiliac Joint Non-Thrust Manipulation on Muscle Thickness of the Sacral Multifidi, Lumbar Active Range of Motion, and Self-Reported Pain in Individuals with Low Back Pain”.
Dr. Wise is the founding Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Alvernia University. Prior to coming to Alvernia, Dr. Wise was Clinical Associate Professor in the Institute for Physical Therapy Education at Widener University and former Program Director for the PTA Program at Alvernia. He has engaged in active clinical practice in providing care for individuals with musculoskeletal impairments for over 27 years. Along with his wife, he is owner of WISE Physical Therapy, LLC, an orthopaedic outpatient private practice in Kutztown, PA. He was also previous owner of WISEfeet, P.C., a functional foot orthotic prescription service, and co-owner of Therapeutic Articulations, LLC, a provider of educational resources for Physical Therapists.
Dr. Wise’s clinical and research interests lie in the areas of orthopaedic manual physical therapy of the spine and lower extremity biomechanics. In addition to his peer-reviewed disseminations, Dr. Wise has developed and presented over 25 continuing education seminars related to orthopaedic manual physical therapy. He has also initially co-authored an iPod application entitled, “iOrtho+”, which is currently available on the iTunes and Android markets.
- PhD Candidate (dissertation phase)
Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2010
Widener University, Chester, PA
- MS, Physical Therapy, 1991
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
- BA, Sports Medicine, 1989
Messiah College, Grantham, PA
Dr. Wise has enjoyed the opportunity to work within a variety of practice settings in his nearly 27 years of clinical experience ranging from Acute Care, Subacute Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing, Home Health Care, Sports Medicine, and Orthopaedic Outpatient in both hospital-based and private practice settings. He is currently owner and President of WISE Physical Therapy LLC, an orthopaedic outpatient private practice located in Kutztown PA. Since transitioning to full-time academia 17 years ago, Dr. Wise has maintained continuous clinical practice. He is thankful for the opportunity to continue to pursue his passion as a clinician, which has served to inform his academic teaching and research. His pursuit of clinical specialization, through ongoing continuing education and training, has equipped him with skills designed to enhance his effectiveness in achieving more optimal outcomes. Dr. Wise is dedicated to effecting change in the lives of the individuals whom he serves.
Dr. Wise’s clinical experiences serve to direct his scholarly pursuits. He is committed to the development of innovative strategies for helping individuals in managing spine-related impairment. The nexus of human kinematics with specialized training from a variety of orthopaedic manual physical therapy paradigms has served as the foundation of Dr. Wise’s scholarly agenda. He is passionate about pursuing a greater understanding of the impact of manual therapy strategies in the management of spinal impairment and helping to restore individuals to a greater level of pain-free function and wellness. He enjoys pursuing answers to clinical challenges and partnering with his students in seeking innovative solutions. He is driven by a passion to support the success of his students and investing into the next generation of effective and self-reflective professionals who are committed to innovative and patient-centric strategies, evidence-informed care, and lifelong learning.
- George F. Logue Distinguished Alum Award
Arcadia University Physical Therapy Department Alumni Association
- Third Place - Research Poster
American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
- Wise CH. Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: From Art to Evidence. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis & Company; April, 2015.
- Wise CH, Schenk RJ, Lattanzi JB. A model for teaching and learning spinal thrust manipulation and its effect on participant confidence in technique performance. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, August, 2014.
- Wise CH, Schenk RJ. Clinical decision-making in the application of cervical spine manipulation. In: Hughes C, ed. Home Study Course 21.1.5, Cervical and Thoracic Pain: Evidence of Effectiveness in Physical Therapy. Orthopaedic Section American Physical Therapy Association; 2011.
- Schenk RJ, Wise CH. Cervical and thoracic spine: postoperative management In: Hughes C, ed. Home Study Course 21.1.6, Cervical and Thoracic Pain: Evidence of Effectiveness in Physical Therapy. Orthopaedic Section American Physical Therapy Association; 2011.
- Wise CH, Gulick DT. Mobilization Notes: A Rehabilitation Specialist’s Pocket Guide. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis & Company; 2009. Reprinted in: Italy, France, Hong Kong, Korea
- Wise CH, Kepics JM, Lattanzi JB. Classification of movement impairment syndromes of the shoulder in individuals treated for breast cancer. Rehabilitation Oncology. 2009;27:14-21.
Published Abstracts of Peer-Reviewed Presentations
- Wise CH, Kern L, Sharpe T, White T, Yoh K, Zerbe J. Recruitment of the transverse abdominis during selected therapeutic exercises as measured by rehabilitation ultrasound imaging. Accepted: AAOMPT Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT (10/21/2017), PPTA Annual Conference (10/28/2018), APTA Combined Sections Meeting (2/22-24/2018).
- Chown G, Infantolino B, Bross M, Crumling L, Manderichio D, Stevko A, Wise CH. The Effects of Taping on Collegiate Athletes with Self-Reported Plantar Foot Pain. Accepted 31st Kinesio Taping Association Research Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, October 2017.
- Wise CH. The intrarater reliablity of rehabilitation ultrasound imaging measurements of the sacral multifidus in healthy subjects: a pilot study. Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX. February 2017.
- Wise CH. The use of manual stabilization and dynamic stabilization in the management of mid-thoracic pain: a case report. PPTA Annual Conference, Lancaster, PA, October 2016.
- Wise CH. The use of manual stabilization and dynamic stabilization in the management of mid-thoracic pain: a case report. APTA Combined Section Meeting, Anaheim, CA, February 2016.
- Wise CH, Lattanzi JB, Schenk R. A model for teaching and learning spinal thrust manipulation and its effect on participant confidence in technique performance. AAOMPT Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH, October 2013.
- Wise CH, Dyszel K, Frantz D, Gerber W, Hermanns M, Kutcher A, McKenzie T, Orr K, Puopolo M, Tome E. A comparison of the effectiveness of active versus passive warm-up in improving hamstring flexibility in healthy college students. 14th Annual Berks County Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference, Kutztown, PA, April 27, 2013.
- Schenk R, Wise CH. A model for teaching and learning spinal thrust manipulation in physical therapy. AAOMPT Annual Conference, Quebec, Canada, September 2012.
- Wise CH, Arnone J. The immediate and long-term effects of spinal high velocity thrust manipulation on force output of the serratus anterior in an individual with long thoracic nerve palsy: a case report. 3rd Place Award at AAOMPT Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, October 2011.
- Wise CH, Kepics J, Lattanzi J. Classification of movement impairment syndromes of the shoulder in individuals treated for breast cancer. APTA Combined Section Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 2011.
- Wise CH, Schenk RJ. Clinical decision-making in the utilization of high velocity low amplitude thrust of the cervical spine. AAOMPT Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2010.
- Wise CH, McClure P, Sheaffer R. The reliability of a movement-based classification system for cervical spine disorders: a pilot study. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 2009.
- Wise CH. Mobilization with movement of the hip and pelvis in a patient with low back pain: a case report. APTA Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, June 2008.
- Wise CH. The treatment of lower extremity impairments in the physical therapy management of a female collegiate athlete with low back pain: a case report. AAOMPT Annual Conference, St Louis MO, October 2007.
- Wise CH. The efficacy and safety of grade V thrust techniques for disorders of the cervical spine: a systematic review. APTA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, June 2006.
- Wise CH. Piriformis Syndrome: Cadaveric analysis of the deep external rotator musculature of the hip. APTA Annual Conference, Boston, June 8-11, 2005.
- Wise CH. Using technology to enhance development of psychomotor ability. Sun Conference for Teaching and Learning, El Paso, TX, March 5, 2005
- Wise CH, McCoy SC, Wailgum TD, Chlad PS. The effect of varying pre cor EFX 546 workloads on selected biomechanical parameters. American College of Sports Medicine Conference, June, 2000.