Barb Stevens Trailblazer Scholarship

Dr. Barb Stevens

Dr. Barb Stevens

Dr. Barb Stevens has played a significant role within the Bellin College Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Program over the past decade as primary faculty, bringing her 40+ years of clinical experience and advanced training to the program.  Barb has spent countless hours mentoring hundreds of fellows-in-training in developing clinical reasoning skills.  This scholarship is intended to support qualified individuals who demonstrate leadership in education and clinical practice and are engaged in research.  The scholarship aims to empower OMPT fellows-in-training program participants who are underrepresented minorities by giving them an opportunity to advance their career through post-professional advanced education and research opportunities.

Barb’s Story

Dr. Stevens is received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco in 1974.  Shortly after graduating, she traveled to Australia to train with Geoff Maitland and received her Graduate Diploma in Advanced Manipulative Therapy in 1979.  Early on in her career, Barb trained with PTs Robin McKenzie and Dennis Morgan.  In 2009, Barb received her master’s in business administration (MBA) with a special focus in health care administration.

Over the past 40+ years, Barb has practiced in both private practice and health system clinics as a clinical specialist, director of spine and industrial rehabilitation department and most recently, the rehabilitation manager and clinical coordinator for Sutter Medical Foundation in Roseville, CA.

Barb has extensive teaching experience in orthopaedic and manual physical therapy.  She assisted with the foundation and development of the Kaiser Residency Program in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and served as senior faculty for the program in the early and mid 1980s.  She was an instructor for Phoenix Manual Therapy providing continuing education since 1986.  Barb has taught as primary faculty in the fellow virtual rounds and patient management framework courses in the Bellin College fellowship since 2011.

Over this time, Barb has taught, inspired and created opportunities for many people she interacted with.  She has demonstrated what it looks like to be a life-long learner, how to integrate best available evidence into practice and how to be a stellar mentor.  Barb has truly been a trailblazer in the PT profession, earning her an honorary fellow status with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in 2009.

For more information, please contact the advancement department at (920) 433-6654 or advancement@bellincollege.edu.


Applicants must:

  • Demonstrated Leadership in Education
  • Demonstrated Leadership in Clinical Practice
  • Evidence of research Involvement

Preference will be given to applicants who are underrepresented minorities. However, applicants who are not an underrepresented minority who have significant educational and clinical leadership experience and research involvement are encouraged to apply.

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