Angela Rusher

Instructor DPT, PT

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy

•PT 710 Clinical Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice (course co-coordinator)
•PT 718 Patient Client Management VIII - Advanced Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (instructor)

•PT 713 Patient Client Management III - Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (course co-coordinator)
•PT 764 Integrated Clinical Experience III (course coordinator)
•PT 737 Exercise Prescription for Patients and Clients III - Adult and Pediatric Neuro (course coordinator)

•PT 765 Clinical Experience II (course coordinator)

About Me

I am a Samuel Merritt University alumni and have been practicing as a physical therapist in the acute care, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient neuro settings with a focus on patients with neurological and vestibular disorders. I am a board certified Neurological Clinical Specialist, Kaiser Permanente Neurologic PT Residency Faculty, and also have certification as a Parkinson's Wellness Recovery (PWR!) trained therapist as well as Balance Based Torso Weighting (BBTW).  I currently practice as an outpatient neuro therapist and can be found on campus  with a primary role as the Assistant Director of Clinical Education working with second year students on their clinical placements and clinical learning. In my teaching roles, I can be found throughout the 3 years, with a focus in patient/client management of the patient with a neurological diagnosis.   I enjoy being outdoors, yoga, and spending time with my husband and two little girls. We have one cat and one hamster who tolerate each other.


DPT, Samuel Merritt University; BS - Biopsychology and Minor in Health and Exercise Science from UC, Santa Barbara

Teaching Interests

- Patient and Client Management of the patient/client with a neurological diagnosis
- Exercise as Medicine for people with Parkinson's Disease


Revised edition of: Neurological rehabilitation / [edited by] Darcy A. Umphred ; with section editor Rolando Lazaro - Basal ganglia chapter - 7th ed. - IN PUBLICATION

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

- Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist (NCS)
- Neurology Section, APTA
- PWR! Professionals - PWR! (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery) Certified Instructor
- Balanced Based Torso Weighting (BBTW)
- Northern CA Clinical Education Consortium
- APTA certified Advanced Clinical Instructor

Community Service

Moraga Juniors Women's Club - Member - raises money for women and children in the community with beneficiaries that include: New Day for Children, Moraga Education Fund, and John Muir Land Trust

PANC - Parkinson's Association of Northern California

Parkinson's Network of Mt. Diablo