DPT welcomes Michelle Green to faculty

Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences welcomes Michelle Green to the Department of Physical Therapy faculty.


Green, an assistant professor of health professional studies, holds a master of physical therapy from Ithaca College. She is currently completing her transitional doctor of physical therapy degree and will graduate with her DPT in May.


After relocating to North Carolina in 1997, she began her career at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center as a physical therapist. There she gained 17 years of experience working with patients recovering from strokes, patients suffering from PTSD and patients regaining mobility after injuries.


 “Early in my career, I decided I wanted to be PT who could speak to people,” said Green. “I actively looked for an opportunity to help me with public speaking so I could implement my work into everyday situations.”


That opportunity was teaching aerobics. She accepted a position teaching aerobics in a local gym and became comfortable with speaking to large groups of people and speaking out applying physical therapy principles to everyday exercise activities. From there she began traveling across the country, speaking at regional and national conferences about topics, including stroke rehabilitation and geriatric rehabilitation. She has conducted over 200 post-professional education conferences and has been an invited speaker for 6 regional and national conferences.


As an assistant professor of health professional studies she will be responsible for creating blended lifespan classes that focus on treating the whole patient versus the diagnosis of the patient. She will also instruct courses that focus on therapeutic exercise, motor control and motor learning.


“We’re excited to have Michelle join our diverse and skilled faculty as she shares our passion for bringing quality care to rural areas,” said Greg Dedrick, director of Campbell’s physical therapy program. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in neurorehabilitation and therapeutic exercise to the team.”


“I accepted the position at Campbell because it is a great opportunity to integrate my clinical experience, education and exercise knowledge for the next generation of physical therapists,” said Green. “Our mission statement is focused on producing clinicians who can excel in rural North Carolina, and rural North Carolina is one of my passions. I want our state to have the best healthcare possible.”


Green commutes from Fayetteville where she lives with her husband, a graduate of Campbell, and her two sons. Areas of teaching expertise include stroke rehab, impairment-based assessment and treatment development for stroke and other neurological conditions, applications of yoga and pilates to therapeutic interventions, geriatric strength training and linking treatment to task improvement in various patient populations. She is also the aerobics coordinator for 2 gyms in the Fayetteville area.

Photo; Michelle Green advises a DPT student.