Ashley Hyatt

Physical Therapy - Ashley Hyatt


Department of Physical Therapy 
Office Location: HHSB 234
Office Phone: 828.227.2296 


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


While earning her degree at Lafayette College, she played Division I basketball.  She subsequently served in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps for one year where she served communities in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and South Carolina. 

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.  

As a physical therapist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston, Dr. Hyatt established a program for people with spinal cord injuries and assisted in the development of a program for people with cerebral vascular accidents.

During her time at Western Carolina University (WCU), she helped create the Mountain Area Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic where the students have an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom by serving the community and fulfilling a great need in the area.

She currently spends her free time with her one-year twins, Harper and Hudson, and her husband, Cole, an alumnus of the WCU physical therapy program.  They live on a cattle ranch in Waynesville, NC, which has been in the Hyatt family for five generations. 

Specialty Credentialing

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification, 2014
  • 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, 2010.
  • Interactive Metronome Certification, for neuro-dynamic functional rehabilitation. Interactive Metronome, Inc., 2011.   

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • PT 811 Physical Therapy Science I
  • PT 812 Physical Therapy Science II
  • PT 922 Neuroscience
  • PT 923 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I
  • PT 954 Clinical Reasoning

Area of Research Interests

Currently developing a line of research focused on the effects of various types of attentional focus on motor learning of seated trunk control and gait in adults post stroke. The intention of this research is to discover the best methods of communication and caring for learning. 


  • 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? To be presented at American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (Neurology: Stroke Special Interest Group), San Antonio, TX; February 2017.
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