Dr. Brianne Hatherill, PT, DPT, received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from San Diego State University in May 2017. While in the DPT program at SDSU, she completed internships in various neurologic, orthopedic and sports physical therapy settings. She has been trained in the use of functional screens such as the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Applied Functional Science (AFS) principles to identify motor dysfunctions. She believes the foundation of addressing ones pain begins with determining faulty movement patterns and muscular imbalances. Dr. Hatherill also completed her doctoral research working one on one with patients with incomplete spinal cord injuries. This research studied the effects of gait training in a bionic exoskeleton and is in the process of being published in a national peer-reviewed journal.
Prior to SDSU, Dr. Hatherill received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (Movement Science Option) at Penn State University. She grew up a competitive dancer and endured multiple injuries, which guided her specifically to a career in physical therapy. Her intensive dance training has given her a strong appreciation for the human body and its ability to heal itself through movement. She also worked as a physical therapy aide at Core Performance before returning to school to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Dr. Hatherill was born and raised here in Orange County. During her free time she enjoys running, hiking, reading, cooking and spending quality time with her husband and two Labradors. She loves trying new things and hopes to do more traveling in the near future!