Rusty Bishop

Adjunct Instructor DPT, PT

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy

PCM Ortho, Medical Screening

About Me

I am a Samuel Merritt Graduate, starting career at Kaiser Vallejo PNF residency. Soon after I commissioned in the Air Force as a physical therapist. After time in service moved to the VA working in Monterey in outpatient orthopedics. Major current roles include integrating trigger point dry needling in VA system locally and nationally as well as creating model of direct access clinics to manage and address acute severe pain and dysfunction. 

My biggest passions are my family and spending time outside hiking, playing sports, or just enjoying the beach.


BA from UCSB in 2007, DPT from Samuel Merritt University in 2011

Teaching Interests

Ortho, Medical screening, Dry Needling

Professional Affiliations & Memberships


Community Service