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Erin Marie Wentzell Faculty Member

Erin Wentzell PT, DPT, PCS is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Human Function and Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She earned a BA in English from the University of Michigan (2003) and a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from Oakland University (2006). She is a doctoral candidate in the doctorate of public health (DrPH) at the Milken Institute School of Public Health with a concentration in health behavior. She has been a member of the George Washington University physical therapy faculty since 2013 and the academic director of the GWU/Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric physical therapy residency since its inception in 2015. Dr. Wentzell has worked in a variety of pediatric practice settings including inpatient, outpatient, and home-based. She is board certified in pediatric physical therapy by ABPTRFE. She has a certification in Early Intervention and practices as a physical therapist in the DC community through the DC Strong Start Early Intervention program. She advocates for physical activity and health promotion through her role as the director for FunFitness with the DC Special Olympics and an advocate for Park Rx America, Children and Nature Network, and the Green Schoolyards Initiative. In addition, she is the communications co-chair of the International Organization of Pediatric Physical Therapists, the Chief Delegate for the DC American Physical Therapy Association, and the Federal Affairs Liaison for the academy of pediatric physical tehrapy. Her primary areas of teaching are foundations of interventions, teaching and learning, pediatrics, and community-engaged service learning in underserved populations with a focus on health equity. She is passionate about community engagement and participatory service within the DC community. Dr. Wentzell is a member of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, the Health Policy and Administration Section, and the Education Section of the APTA, the American Public Health Association, the Physical Activity Policy and Research Action Network, and the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine.

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