Wilson’s circuitous route to a career in physical therapy included pursuing a dancing career in New York City and studying movement analysis and notation at the Laban Institute for Movement Studies before earning her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she developed a professional focus in pulmonary PT. After four years of PT practice, she taught English in Tokyo and traveled before returning to complete her M.A. in motor control at Columbia University. In 1983 she joined the faculty at Downstate Medical Center and operated a pulmonary PT home care practice. She earn her Ph.D. at McGill University and came to Pacific in 2003. She has been an active member of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American PT Association, serving as Research Committee Chair for 12 years and garnering the section’s highest service award in 2013. She has been Department Chair since August 2011, during which time she convened a new PT leadership council and established the Sanderson Lecture Series, supported by St. Joseph’s Foundation.
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