DPT Program Faculty


Program Director

Chris WiseChristopher 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 pursuing 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 for 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, an 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 presented the results of his research nationally and his poster on the use of thrust on a patient with long thoracic nerve palsy received third prize at the 2011 AAOMPT annual conference. He has published on classification of shoulder impairment syndromes and has collaborated in the publication of two monographs for the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA on manual PT for the cervical spine and post-surgical management of the thoracic spine. He has developed and presented his research on a model for teaching Grade V spinal mobilization.

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 has also initially co-authored an iPod application entitled, “iOrtho+”, which is currently available on the iTunes and Android markets. Dr. Wise has been involved in teaching continuing education courses on manual physical therapy for over fifteen years. He is married with 4 children.

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Effective November 12, 2014, Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

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