Sheryl Ettinger

Sheryl Ettinger

Assistant Professor Assistant Director of Clinical Education PT, DPT, PCS

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy

PT714: Pediatric Patient/Client Management

PT 737: Exercise Prescription III

PT717: Cardiopulmonary Patient/Client Management

Clinical Education Courses: PT761, PT763, PT765

About Me

I have been a physical therapist for more than 30 years. I earned my B.S. in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, where I am from, in 1990.  

A traveling physical therapy position brought me to California in 1992, where I have lived ever since.  

From 1998-2000 I traveled through Southeast Asia then spent some time working in Nepal. Returning to the to the US, I took my first full time job in pediatrics and found my passion.  

I became an adjunct instructor at Samuel Merritt in 2018 and eventually transitioned into a full time position.

I live in the east bay with my husband and our two teenagers. I love rock climbing and snowboarding but am most happy when I am at the beach with a good book!


2017 - Doctor of Physical Therapy A.T. Still University

1990 - Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Northeastern University

Teaching Interests



Clinical Education

Scholarly Interests

My interests include early detection for children with gross motor delays, physical therapy access for young adults with lifelong disorders from childhood, and using simulation experiences to enhance learning.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Board Certified Clinical Specialist Pediatric Physical Therapy

APTA  Board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

APTA  Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy

Association of Pediatric Therapy

Community Service

Interprofessional collaboration
Providing mentorship to new graduates in pediatrics
Supporting access to services to patients/clients with chronic childhood disorders