Heidi M. Garske

Assistant Professor Director of Clinical Education DPT, PT

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Clinical Education

Management of Physical Therapy Services (PT 746), Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy (PT 742), Interprofessional and Interpersonal Communication in Healthcare (PT 743), Integrated Clinical Experience I (PT 761), Integrated Clinical Experience II (PT 762), Clinical Experience II (PT 763), Terminal Clinical Experience (PT 766)

About Me

I have practiced in the early intervention, outpatient pediatric, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), NICU follow up clinic, musculoskeletal, private practice and workplace wellness settings. Early in my career, I was trained in Functional Orthopedics (Johnson and Saliba) and took a year long Maitland course (Ferrell). As a private practice owner, I planned, developed and executed corporate and workplace injury prevention programs which included ergonomic and exercise interventions. After working for many years as a pediatric physical therapist, I completed the National Association of Neonatal Therapists competencies for developmental care in the neonatal intensive care unit. 

As the Director of Clinical Education of the Department of Physical Therapy, my focus is in optimizing the student’s application of their classroom knowledge to the clinic. When I am not working, I can be found spending time with my husband and 3 children, doing a yoga class, sampling locally roasted organic coffees, walking along the ocean or hiking on one of the local trails.


I graduated from Chapman University with a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1989 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2017. 

Teaching Interests

Clinical education, teaching and learning, leadership, neonatal developmental care, pediatric continuing education courses infant massage, workplace injury prevention, dance/choreography, Pilates.

Scholarly Interests

Student resilience in the educational setting, assessment tools in clinical education, curriculum development in clinical education.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Physical Therapy Association (Education section and Pediatric section), Northern California Clinical Education Consortium, National Association of Neonatal Therapists

Community Service

We Care Services for Children,  Youth Heart Center, Leukemia Lymphoma Society

Honors & Awards

Credentialed Clinical Instructor (2014), Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor (2019)