Faculty Profile

Bret Kennedy
Doctor of Physical Therapy

I am a part-time annual instructor at SMU in the department of Physical Therapy.  My primary teaching roles are in the Neurologic curriculum although I teach in other areas as well.  I assist in running a pro-bono community lab for those with neurologic impairments.   I also work as a physical therapist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in outpatient rehabilitation at the Herrick campus in Berkeley. My caseload is varied among: neurologic, musculoskeletal, neuromusculoskeletal, oncology, vestibular, neurovestibular, and lymphedema diagnoses.  I am also the Clinical Education Coordinator for our facility and generally have 1-2 full-time students in the clinic with me annually.  


BS: California State Unversity of Hayward, Kinesiology

MPT: Chapman Univeristy, Physical Therapy

DPT: AT Still University, Physical Therapy

Vestibular rehabilitation, concussion, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, clinical reasoning, and clinical teaching to assist bridging the gap between the classroom and clinic.



PT 710: Clinical Foundations in Physical Therapy

PT 713: Patient/ Client Management III: Neuromuscular Rehabilitation

PT 718: Patient/ Client Management VIII: Advanced Neuromuscular Rehabilitation

PT 719:  Physcial Agents & Electrotherapy

PT 737: Exercie Prescription III: for neurologic clients

PT 752: Musculoskeletal Case Studies

PT 753: Neurologic Case Studies

PT 754: Advanced Case Studies

Enhancements to Comprehensive Practical Examinations to Optimize Critical Self-Reflection and Independent Clinical Practice.   SL Gorman, PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP; BR Kennedy, PT, DPT; RT Lazaro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS.  Teaching with Technology Grant, 2016.

Lazaro RT, Gorman SL, Rivera M, Kennedy B, Fairchild J.  Samuel Merritt University. Development and validation of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. Published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 2010.

Kennedy B, Ryujin K, Beekman C. Clients with Spinal Cord Injury. In: Umphred DA, Lazaro, RT. Neurorehabilitation for the Physical Therapist Assistant.  2nd ed. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated; 2014:251-296.

Improving Teaching with Technology Grant, 2016.   Enhancements to Comprehensive Practical Examinations to Optimize Critical Self-Reflection and Independent Clinical Practice: https://samuelmerritt.instructure.com/courses/811126/files/85805221/down...

Improving Teaching with Technology Grant, 2013. Using Videotaped Assessments Uploaded to Canvas to Optimize Learning Opportunities During Practical Examinations:, https://samuelmerritt.instructure.com/courses/811126/files/52822387/down...





  1. APTA, Neurologic an Orthopedic sections
  2. Item writer FSBPT
  3. Volunteer for Benicia High School Athletics, sports medicine.  Sideline coverage for football games.  
  4. APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor   
  5. Impact Trained Physical Therapist (ITPT)     
  6. Member Benicia High School Site Committee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


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