PT, DPT, NCS
Department of Physical Therapy
Office Location: HHSB 234
Office Phone: 828.227.2296
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.
Primary Teaching Responsibilities
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.