Bishop, Rusty_PT

Rusty Bishop

Adjunct Instructor DPT, PT

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Medical Screening

About Me

I graduated from Samuel Merritt university in 2011. Upon finishing I did the PNF Kaiser Vallejo residency followed by becoming an active duty Physical Therapist in the United States Air Force. After serving our active duty member I decided to move to a VA position in Monterey California. In the VA I have lead the development of a dry needling internal training program and am currently the director of the VA Palo Alto Orthopedic Residency focusing on training PTs to function in primary care.

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


In 2007 I graduated from UC Santa Barbara. In 2011 I graduated from SMU with DPT.  2011-2012 I did the PNF Kaiser Vallejo residency. Then in 2017 I passed OCS.

Teaching Interests

Direct access PT skill set, imaging, diagnostic ultrasound, dry needling, and clinical education.

Scholarly Interests

PTs functioning as frontline providers in primary care and how this creates more efficient and effective healthcare system.


CPTA article regarding dry needling

Professional Affiliations & Memberships


Community Service


Honors & Awards

Clinical Site of Excellence 2020