Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

About the Program Director

Christopher H. Wise, PT, DPT, PhD(c), OCS, FAAOMPT, MTC, ATC is a graduate of Messiah College, Arcadia University, and 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 a PhD candidate at Nova Southeastern University.

Prior to coming to Alvernia, Dr. Wise was a 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, where he continues to engage in regular clinical practice. Dr. Wise was also owner of WISEfeet, PC, a functional foot orthotic service, as well as co-owner of Therapeutic Articulations, LLC, a learning resource provider for Physical Therapist educators. 

Dr. Wise has written two textbooks. In April 2015, he completed a text entitled, "Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: From Art to Evidence” (F.A. Davis Publisher). In 2009, Dr. Wise co-authored a text entitled, “Mobilization Notes: A Rehabilitation Specialists Pocket Guide” (F.A. Davis Publisher). He has also co-authored an iPod application entitled, “iOrtho+”, which is currently available on the iTunes and Android markets.

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 and presented the results of his research nationally in such areas as management of peripheral nerve palsy through spinal mobilization, classification of shoulder impairment syndromes, classification of cervical spine impairments, and has developed a model for teaching and learning Grade V spinal mobilization. He is the recipient of several faculty grants at Alvernia. Dr. Wise has been involved in teaching continuing education courses on orthopaedic manual physical therapy locally, regionally, and nationally for over fifteen years.

DPT Program Director

Dr. Christopher Wise, Director of DPT Program
Dr. Christopher H. Wise
DPT Program Director and
Associate Professor of
Physical Therapy

    Upland Center
    540 Upland Avenue
    Reading, Pennsylvania 19611

    Phone: 610-230-5708

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