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Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

The Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Delaware Neurologic Residency prepares residents to apply for the neurologic specialty certification and positions them for advancement along the clinical ladder.

Duration: 12.5 months
Accreditation: ABPTRFE Accredited
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Application deadline: January 31, 2023
Interviews: February 13 - 17, 2023 (in-person vs. virtual TBD)
Program start: Tentatively September 5, 2023
Prerequisites: Applicant must be a graduate from an accredited physical therapy program, have a valid Maryland and Delaware physical therapist licenses or be eligible to take the licensing exam by the time of the interview. Please note that we do not sponsor visas for international applicants.
Number of graduates: 15 graduates since 2011
Specialty exam pass rate: 100%
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Please click the pay application link to pay the supplementary application fee. Application will not be processed until the fee is received and application is complete. All fees are non-refundable.

While it may seem like a big commitment, it was a wonderful learning experience filled with great people and countless opportunities. The residency helped me find focus for my career as far as rehabilitation setting, patient population, research and teaching interests.

- Rachel Reoli, class of 2016

Program Features

The residency includes the following units:

  • Introduction and orientation to facilities
  • Acute care
  • Comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation unit
  • Outpatient neurorehabilitation experience
  • Specialized clinical management
  • Clinical education supervising
  • Academic teaching

Residency Program Coordinator

Sowmya Kumble, PT, NCS, ABPTS

Neurological Clinical Specialist
Email: skumble1@jhmi.edu
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Current Residents

  • Consuelo Divina Vigilar, PT, DPT | Class of 2022

    Undergraduate school: Virginia Tech, bachelor's in human nutrition, food science, and exercise
    Graduate school: University of Southern California, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia
    Professional interests: Neuroplasticity and motor learning, ataxia, spinal cord injury
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of their well rounded program structure that gives equal opportunity for the residents to evaluate and treat patients in the acute care, inpatient, and outpatient settings. I also loved the opportunity to teach and mentor DPT students at the University of Delaware.
    What I like about Baltimore: The food! So many fun and diverse places with authentic food choices, and you don't have to travel far. I also love being by the water.
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  • Kathleen Hagerty, PT, DPT, MS | Class of 2022

    Undergraduate school: Weber State University, bachelor's in microbiology
    Graduate school: University of Delaware, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: San Diego, California
    Professional interests: TBI, vestibular, tactical athletes
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of their model system for care and research, and opportunity for quality mentorship and professional growth in neurologic physical therapy.
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Program Alumni

  • Amit Grewal, PT, DPT | Class of 2021

    Undergraduate school: University of South Florida, bachelor's in integrative animal biology
    Graduate school: Emory University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
    Professional interests: gait training in neurological populations, vestibular rehabilitation, acute rehabilitation
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: Something I personally look for in a program is a collaborative and inclusive team environment. Johns Hopkins truly values an interdisciplinary approach to treatment for each patient population, which allows them to think outside the box and be creative and inventive with evidence-based interventions.
    What I like about Baltimore: Living near the Inner Harbor, I really enjoy the views and local shops and parks, as well as the city atmosphere.
    Amit Grewal
  • Alison Herrera, PT, DPT, LSVT-BIG | Class of 2021

    Undergraduate school: University of South Carolina, bachelor's in exercise science
    Graduate school: Emory University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
    Professional interests: neurodegenerative diseases, vestibular rehabilitation, high-intensity training post-stroke
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of the research-driven aspect to patient care. I also wanted to experience working in a large teaching hospital with an emphasis on interdisciplinary care with the medical and rehabilitation team members. I also preferred the hands-on clinical instructor aspect working with the University of Delaware.
    What I like about Baltimore: I enjoy the views from the harbor and the public parks.
    Alison Herrera
  • Marielle Handley, PT, DPT, CSCS | Class of 2020

    Undergraduate school: University of Massachusetts Lowell, bachelor's in exercise physiology
    Graduate school: University of Connecticut, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Durham, Connecticut
    Professional interests: high-intensity locomotor training after stroke, motor learning theory
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins because of the hospital’s robust tradition of patient advocacy through discovery and innovation, which offered me a unique opportunity to advance my professional and service goals for individuals with neurologic conditions.
    What I like about Baltimore: The people! Baltimore is a unique and lively city. Working in the city provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with leading professionals in the healthcare field while also giving back to the city’s community members.
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  • Casey Houlihan, PT, DPT | Class of 2020

    Undergraduate school: Marquette University, bachelor's in exercise physiology
    Graduate school: Marquette University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Tinley Park, Illinois
    Professional interests: neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injuries, community reintegration
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for the opportunity to work in a large teaching hospital system that emphasizes research-driven care. I preferred the self-driven nature of this residency’s didactic sessions and the hands-on teaching experience at University of Delaware. 
    What I like about Baltimore: I love the views at the harbor, the salsa dancing scene and the unique shopping in Hampden.

    portrait of Casey Houlihan
  • Rachael Arabian, PT, DPT | Class of 2019

    Undergraduate school: University of Nevada in Reno, bachelor's in political science and military science (Commissioned U.S. Army Officer)
    Graduate school: Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Reno, Nevada
    Professional interests: specializing in neurological rehabilitation and collaborating with current and future leaders in the field and providing excellent evidence-based care  
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins to develop my ability to work in a fast-paced academic medical environment with distinct leaders and innovators in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
    What I like about Baltimore: large and diverse fellowship, resident and medical student population

    portrait of Rachael Arabian
  • Julia Falkenklous, PT, DPT | Class of 2019

    Undergraduate school: Fairmont State University, bachelor's in exercise science
    Graduate school: Shenandoah University, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Reisterstown, Maryland
    Professional interests: early mobility, Parkinson’s Disease, Guillain-Barre Syndrome
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: to get the best education in neurologic physical therapy
    What I like about Baltimore: ravens!

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  • Nicole Biltz, PT, DPT | Class of 2018

    Undergraduate school: University of Michigan, bachelor's in cellular and molecular biology
    Graduate school: Washington University in St. Louis, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Midland, Michigan
    Professional interests: neurology, research, academia
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: opportunity to collaborate with leading professionals in my field of interest and exposure to interesting patient diagnoses 
    What I like about Baltimore: many young professionals in the area leading to opportunities for finding people with similar interests (sports, breweries, hiking, etc.)

    portrait of Nicole Biltz
  • Megan Ziegler, PT, DPT | Class of 2018

    Undergraduate school: University of Delaware, bachelor's in Spanish
    Graduate school: University of Delaware, doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
    Professional interests: working with the neurologic patient population and involvement in clinical education
    Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose to work at Johns Hopkins so that I could work with and learn from passionate individuals dedicated to providing the best care to each patient. 
    What I like about Baltimore: rooftop decks and Sunday brunch by the water.

    portrait of Megan Ziegler
  • Rachel Reoli, PT, DPT, NCS | Class of 2016

    Read a Q&A with Rachel about her experience in the program.
    Undergraduate school: Allegheny College, bachelor's in neuroscience and psychology 
    Graduate school: The George Washington University in Washington, DC; doctorate in physical therapy
    Hometown: Perryopolis, Pennsylvania
    Professional interests: cerebellar ataxia

    portrait of Rachel Reoli
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