Ashley Hyatt


Physical Therapy - Ashley Hyatt

 

 

PT, DPT, NCS
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: 828.227.2296
E-mail: awhyatt@email.wcu.edu
Office Location: HHSB 234

I reside in Waynesville, NC with my husband, an alumnus of WCU's PT program, and my twins, Harper and Hudson. We live on a farm that has been in my husband's family for five generations. Outside of work, I enjoy playing basketball, working out, running trails, hiking, and traveling to see my family (in Hawaii and Pennsylvania) and friends.

What do you love the most about being a Catamount?

The students, faculty, and staff are truly a family, and I cannot imagine working in a more supportive environment! I love seeing everyone grow and learn together in this beautiful area in which we are fortunate enough to live. I honestly could not love my job any more than I do.

Experience

After earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, Dr. Hyatt practiced as a clinician in multiple settings including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, long-term acute care, skilled nursing, and home health. She also worked as a travel physical therapist for a year. As a physical therapist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston, Dr. Hyatt established a program for individuals with spinal cord injuries and assisted in the development of a program for individuals with cerebral vascular accidents.

Dr. Hyatt joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the Fall of 2013 with the primary role of teaching Neuroscience and Clinical Reasoning. She serves as the chair of the Student Affairs Committee in the Department and the primary advisor for the physical therapy graduate assistant program. Dr. Hyatt is also the founder and director of the student run Mountain Area Pro Bono Physical Therapy (MAPPT) Clinic. She continues to practice in an outpatient setting and in inpatient rehab.

Education

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 2004

Specialty Credentialing

  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. Diplomat, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, 2013.
  • Neuro-IFRAH (Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation) Certification (Neuro-dynamic therapy certification course). Neuro-IFRAH Organization, 2015.
  • Interactive Metronome Certification, for neuro-dynamic functional rehabilitation. Interactive Metronome, Inc., 2011.
  • She has also attended courses in vestibular rehabilitation (Emory), the Maitland spine course, and courses on the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) (Institute of the Physical Arts), and functional electric stimulation (FES).

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • PT 921 Neuroanatomy
  • PT 922 Neuroscience
  • PT 954 Clinical Reasoning
  • PT 899 Doctoral Project
  • PT 811 Physical Therapy Science I (co-teach)
  • PT 812 Physical Therapy Science II (co-teach)
  • PT 923 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I (co-teach)

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Hyatt has developed a line of research, along with Dr. Sue McPherson, focused on the effects of various types of attentional focus on motor learning for seated trunk control in adults post-acute and chronic stroke. The intention of this research is to discover the most effective methods for teaching patients specific skills to improve their motor learning.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Hyatt A, McPherson S, Franco V, Bowen H, Foil R, Kao E, Linton T. Impact of external vs internal focus of attentional strategies on seated lateral excursion measures in adults with chronic stroke and healthy adults.
Presented at: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (Neurology: Stroke SIG section); February 2018; New Orleans, LA.
  • Hyatt A, McPherson S, Flinchum K, Hongdoxmai C, Kitchen K, Lackey B, Lehr J, Mollica R. Seated trunk control training in adults post stroke: do focus of attention strategies impact lateral excursion performance and learning? Presented at: American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (Neurology: Stroke SIG section); February 2017; San Antonio, TX.
  • Pollard H, Parker A, Pace B, Hyatt A. Cultivating a culture of continuous quality improvement. Presented at: Physical Therapy Pro Bono Network Western Regional Conference; April 2018; Phoenix, AZ.
  • Pollard H, Parker A, Pace B, Hyatt A. Cultivating a culture of continuous quality improvement. Presented at: Physical Therapy Pro Bono Network Eastern Regional Conference; March 2018; Chester, PA.
  • McNamara S, Pace B, Pollard H, Hyatt A. Optimizing client care through development and implementation of a three-tiered clinical reasoning framework. Presented at: Physical Therapy Pro Bono Network Eastern Regional Conference; March 2017; Chester, PA.
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