Program Director


Chris WiseChristopher H. Wise, PT, DPT, 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.

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 a model for teaching Grade V spinal mobilization and has presented the results of his research.

In 2009, Dr. Wise co-authored a text entitled, “Mobilization Notes: A Rehabilitation Specialists Pocket Guide” (F.A. Davis) and a second text entitled, “Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: From Art to Evidence” (F.A. Davis) is pending publication in 2014. He has also co-authored and developed 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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