Kathleen C Savage

Clinical Assistant Professor Physical Therapy

Dr. Savage is a full time faculty member of the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Sciences at Emory & Henry College, and is the Director of Clinical Education for the program.  

Dr. Savage has a background in education, holding Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education and Program Director positions in physical therapist assistant programs for several years and is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She has clinical experience in in-patient rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health. Other areas in which she has worked are acute care, pelvic health, and out-patient orthopedics for the older population.

She has been a site-visitor and commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, the accrediting body for physical therapy programs in the United States, as well as held elected positions in the American Physical Therapy Association/Tennessee Chapter.



  • BS in Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MSEd in Clinical and College Teaching, University of Kentucky
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica


She teaches as course master or co-teaches in the following courses:

DPT 731 Professional Issues I

DPT 733 Professional Issues II

DPT 780 Clinical Immersion I

DPT 835 Interprofessional Practice

DPT 861 Lifespan Development

DPT 864 Human Learning

DPT 780 Clinical Immersion I

DPT 880 Clinical Immersion II

DPT 981 Clinical Rotation I

DPT 982 Clinical Rotation II

DPT 983 Clinical Rotation III

She teaches special topics in:

DPT 711 Applied Exercise Physiology

DPT 722 Patient Care Skills: Tests and Measures

DPT 851 Musculoskeletal PT III

DPT 857 Integumentary PT

DPT 858 Management of Multisystem Impairments


Dr. Savage is interested in research regarding geriatrics including balance and falls as well as pelvic health for the older person.  Additionally, she is interested in research incorporating standardized patients in simulation labs for enhanced student learning. 

Contact Info

565 Radio Hill Road, Marion, Virginia, 24354

PO Box 947, Emory, Virginia 24327