Christopher H. Wise, PT, DPT, PhD(c), OCS, FAAOMPT, MTC, ATC

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Department Chair


Christopher H. Wise, PT, DPT, PhD(c), OCS, FAAOMPT, MTC, ATC received his PT degree from Arcadia University and his doctoral 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.

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 of the PTA Program at Alvernia. Along with his wife, who is a PTA, 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. Dr. Wise has published his research related to manual therapy of the spine, including two monographs for the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA and a model for teaching and learning Grade V spinal mobilization. He has more than 15 regional and national presentations, including presentations at both APTA and AAOMPT conferences.

In 2009, Dr. Wise co-authored a text entitled, “Mobilization Notes: A Rehabilitation Specialists Pocket Guide” (F.A. Davis). His second textbook entitled, “Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: From Art to Evidence” (F.A. Davis) was published in 2015. He was also involved in initially co-authoring an iPod application entitled, “iOrtho+”, which is currently available on the iTunes and Android markets. Dr. Wise has developed and presented over 30 continuing education seminars on manual physical therapy to practicing clinicians over the past 20 years.



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