Mary Beth A. Osborne

Mary Beth A. Osborne PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist 

Mary Beth Osborne earned both her BS and DPT in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy.  She is currently an assistant professor in residence at the University of Connecticut in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and involved in teaching courses in the neurologic rehabilitation and health/wellness domains.  She is also the associate director of clinical education.  She previously served as the co-director of Duke University Health’s neurologic PT residency program and worked as an outpatient neurologic PT where she provided care to individuals with a variety of neurologic conditions including concussion, stroke, degenerative diseases and vestibular dysfunction.  She worked as an adjunct faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill for 5 years assisting with courses covering neurologic PT and evidence-based practice content areas.  She has held positions with the Academy of Neurologic PT including chair of the Brain Injury Special Interest Group, member of the practice committee and is currently a nominating committee member for the Residency and Fellowship Special Interest Group.  She has presented at local and national conferences on a number of topics in the neurologic PT realm. 

Why PT

I was first attracted to PT as I loved science and studying how the body works.  PT appealed to me as it was a way to study science, but still engage with individuals and help them with learning to move again.  Neuro PT specifically quickly rose to the top of my interests because of the nature of brain injuries and neurologic conditions and how it touched every aspect of my patient’s lives.  I enjoy the complexity and the variety of neurologic clinical practice.


Being a member of APTA is a privilege and also a responsibility.  As physical therapists, I believe we must protect and promote our profession to the highest standards supported by evidence.  The only way to do this is to join together in our professional organization.  I believe that APTA membership should be mandatory for licensure.

Free Time

I love to spend time outside running, hiking or doing anything active while enjoying nature.  I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog and traveling.


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