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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Why Northwestern?

Training the next generation of leaders in physical therapy practice and research.

Tasha Weaherspn, Class f 1999

Tasha Weatherspoon, Class of 1999

CEO and Founder at Elite Physical Therapy CEUs

“As a student, I had the best support system in my classmates and faculty. I've remained connected to NUPTHMS through their alumni CEU courses and serve on the Alumni Board of Directors. I am inspired and truly grateful for the amazing faculty and alumni that continue to set the example of leadership, excellence and passion in our field. I take a bit of that Northwestern spirit with me everywhere I work as I strive to be an excellent clinician that brings out the best in my patients and students.”

Kahryn Bri, Class f 2018

Kathryn Brito, Class of 2018

Physical Therapist, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

“I attribute my career success to the skills, concepts and experience I gained as a NUPT student. The curriculum stresses reflection, critical thinking and that the correct answer is often 'it depends,' meaning the best course of action depends on the patient in front of you, your clinical judgment and the patient's values.”

Mark Kafman, Class f 1989

Mark Kaufman, Class of 1989

Founder and President/CEO of Athletico Physical Therapy

Athletico offers outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation in 11 states and over 450 locations. In 1991, Kaufman opened his first rehabilitation center on Clark Street in the Gold Coast Area of downtown Chicago. Athletico is proud to be the official physical therapy and athletic training partner to organizations at all levels — from professional sports teams, to colleges and high schools, to elite endurance events, performing arts groups and gymnastics programs.

A Community of Support


Located in downtown Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood on the shores of Lake Michigan, our campus is growing at an astonishing pace. Explore our resources to learn more about life in the Windy City.


Northwestern University offers students numerous resources to help manage stress, process grief and feel balanced. Browse our resources to learn more about the many ways we can offer support.


Engaged Mentors

Students are trained in small-group learning situations, and faculty mentorship is a built-in tenent of all our programs. Meet the mentors who are here to help.

Diversity & Inclusion

It's our goal to foster a diverse community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who model inclusion and acceptance in our educational setting and who demonstrate respect for each individual’s cultural history, experiences, traits and characteristics. Visit the Feinberg School of Medicine Diversity & Inclusion website to learn more about our efforts.

Global Health

We offer clinical education experiences for DPT students. We engage locally, nationally and internationally to heighten our global impact for the greater good. We currently have two international partners and are continually seeking new global health opportunities for students and faculty members.
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