Dustin Barrett

Clinical Assistant Professor Physical Therapy

Dr. Barrett joined the faculty of Emory & Henry College in the summer of 2020. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Sciences within the Department of Physical Therapy. He has been a physical therapist since 2007, with experience in acute care and outpatient orthopedic settings. He is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and is certified in the McKenzie method. He graduated with his Doctor of Science degree in 2024. 


  • Doctor of Science, Physical Therapy
    Bellin College
    May 2024
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
    East Tennessee State University
    December 2007
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Performance and Exercise Science
    Milligan College
    May 2003

Professional Licensure and Certifications:

  • Licensed Physical Therapist, Tennessee and Virginia
  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
  • Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
  • Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT)
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Anatomy (C-CA) from Hardin Simmons University


DPT 700: Human Gross Anatomy

DPT 701: Human Gross Anatomy Lab

DPT 703: Histology

DPT 842/843: Critical Inquiry Faculty Research Advisor

DPT 851/852: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy III/IV

DPT 862: Screening for Referral

Mel Leaman Free Clinic Clinical Instructor 


  • Barrett, D. R., Nielsen, L. M., Rhon, D. I., & Young, J. L. What Are Patients’ Perspectives on the Value of Physical Therapy? A Prospective Cohort Study. Musculoskeletal Care, e1871, 2024. https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1871 
  • Wenger L, Barrett D, Rhon D, Young J. Evaluating and Characterizing the Scope of Care for Interventions Labeled as Manual Therapy in Low Back Pain Trails: A Scoping Review. Physical Therapy Journal, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzad178 
  • Bourassa M, Kolb W, Barrett D, Wassinger C. Guideline Adherent Screening and Referral: Do Third Year Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Identify Red and Yellow Flags within Descriptive Patient Cases? A United States Based Survey Study. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 2023, 1-8. https://doi:10.1080/10669817.2023.2170743 
  • Barrett D, Boone J, Butch J, Cavender J, Bole G, Wassinger C. A Critical Appraisal of Web-Based Information on Shoulder Pain Comparing Biomedical Versus Psychosocial Information. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Volume 32, Issue 1, 2023 p. e23-e32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jse.2022.07.023 


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