Physical Therapy Department

25 West Independence Way, Suite J, Kingston, RI 02881

Clinic: 401.874.2006 – Administrative staff: 401.874.5001

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Service & Leadership

Broadening Experiences

Broadening Experiences is your opportunity to apply skills learned in your Physical Therapy Program courses to a unique physical therapy setting that’s unlike any you would experience in a more typical clinical setting. In these courses students plan, prepare for, and participate in a two-week-long volunteer service/clinical opportunity, including, but not limited to:

  • Universities and clinics in: New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Belgium, Japan, Sweden, China, Mercy Ships
  • Attendance at World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amsterdam
  • Guatemala – center for children with disabilities and NGOs
  • India – hospital-based PT program and clinics
PT students weaving with Guatemalans

My life was definitely changed. I feel as if I not only learned a wealth of information for my physical therapy career, but for my personal life.


  • Navajo, Hopi and San Juan Paiute Reservations, Tuba City, Arizona
  • Therapeutic Dolphin Program, Key Largo Florida
  • Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Rehoboth, MA
  • Therapilates


  • Women’s Health Experience
  • Home Health Experience
  • Wound Care Experience
  • Pediatric Oncology

Leadership Projects

Students in the URI Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program can develop leadership and consultation skills through projects addressing a comprehensive, community or organizational problem. Utilizing skills developed throughout the curriculum, you’ll evaluate an environment, identify a problem, assess the feasibility of potential solutions, develop and implement an action plan, and evaluate the results. Students are encouraged to develop projects that utilize their unique skills, backgrounds and interests.

Examples of projects completed in the past and planned for the future include:

  • Community garden at a nursing home
  • Special Olympics Young Athletes Program
  • Special Olympics FunFitness strength, balance and flexibility screening
  • Fundraising to send students to the American Physical Therapy Association National Student Conclave
  • Exercise group for persons with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Organizing a variety of fundraising events including a golf tournament, road race and dinner/reception.
  • Exercise group for women at risk for osteoporosis
  • Recreational dance program for senior citizens
  • Tai Chi as an alternative rehabilitation exercise
  • Injury prevention for a college dance company


Proud of our URI Family!

Our DPT program would not be as successful as it is without the contributions of so many individuals.  Additionally, many of our graduates have embarked on careers that have changed the lives of the members of their community.  It is our pleasure to recognize the following individuals for their accomplishments:

Physical Therapy Program Outstanding Alumni

·       2005: Terry Castelli

·       2005: Jackie Kingma

·       2005: Justin LaFerrier

·       2005: Don Levine

·       2005: In Memory of Nancy Patry

·       2006: James Cowher

·       2006: Patricia Dutson

·       2006: Heidi Oksendahl

·       2007: Carrie Guerra

·       2007: Jean Miles

·       2008: Andrea Mitchell

·       2009: Michael Nula

·       2010: Bert Reid

·       2011: Patricia Ponce

·       2012: Melissa Nassaney

·       2013: David Pavao


Dr. Ruth J.E. Jones Award: For Excellence in Physical Therapy Study

·       2004: Haleigh Lyons, M.S., PT

·       2005: Katie A. Cherhoniak, M.S., PT

·       2006: Shannon E.M. Arndt, M.S., PT

·       2007: Megan M. Wyatt, DPT

·       2008: Barbara M. Kasa, DPT

·       2009: Wendy L. Baker

·       2010: Kristin Shaw

·       2011: Catherine Stone, DPT

·       2012: Natalie Masson

·       2013: Jennifer Sant



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