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Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency

Thank you for your interest in The Northwestern University & Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. 

The Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopaedic physical therapy.

Training focuses on:

  • Science-based clinical reasoning
  • Effective and efficient examination and evaluation
  • Evidence-based application of orthopaedic physical therapy interventions
  • Patient education based on sound biomechanical and health literacy principles
  • Participation in research and data collection toward the advancement of orthopaedic physical therapy practice and research

Please download the residency information packet (PDF) for full information. The packet is updated annually in September, just prior to the opening of the application cycle.

Applicants may start to submit the RF-PTCAS application as soon as it is available (typically in October) each cycle year.

Our outcomes:

Ortho Residency Outcomes 2023


Ortho Residency Outcomes 2 2023 


For more information, contact Carol A. Courtney PT, PhD, ATC, at or 312-503-2603. 


Current Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residents


Stephen Hegarty Dr. Stephen Hegarty obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 2022, where he also received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology. He is in clinical practice at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. 





Meghan HennessyDr. Meghan Hennessy received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2022. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Movement Science. She is in clinical practice at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.




Ali RafiqDr. Ali Rafiq received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2022. He obtained his Bachelor's in Biology followed by receiving his Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2019. He is in clinical practice at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. 

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