Neurological Curriculum Coordinator
School of Rehabilitation and
Medical Sciences, Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
Health Professions Building
PTH 621 Clinical Pediatrics
PTH 735 Exam & Diagnosis III
PTH 745 Patient Care III
PTH 766 PT Seminar IV
PTH 792N Introduction to Hippotherapy
Assist in the following courses:
PTH 746 Patient Care IV
PTH 850 Evidence Based Practice
- Area(s) of Expertise: Hippotherapy, Multiple
Degrees and Universities
of Health Sciences (PT) - University of Kentucky
Master of Science - DePaul University
Doctorate in Health Sciences - Krannert School of Physical Therapy, University
Honors and Recognitions
Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist American Hippotherapy
- Volunteer Hall of Fame - Programs & Services - National Multiple
- Barbara Glasow - Therapist of the Year - American Hippotherapy Association
- Member - American Physical Therapy Association
- Member - Michigan Physical Therapy Association
- Member - Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Member - Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International
- Member - American Hippotherapy Association; Board of Directors
DJ, Killian CB, Long TM, Martin KS.
Hippotherapy: An intervention to habilitate balance deficits in children with
movement disorders: a clinical trial. Phys Ther. 2012; 92(5) accepted.
Silkwood-Sherer D. Hippotherapy as an Intervention to Improve Postural
Control of Children with Movement Disorder. Develop Med Child Neurol. 2009;
McGibbon NH, Brenda W, Duncan BR, Silkwood-Sherer D. Immediate and
long-term effects of hippotherapy on symmetry of adductor muscle activity and
functional ability in children with spastic cerebral palsy. Archives Phys
Med Rehabil. 2009; 90:966-974.
Silkwood-Sherer D. "Het effect van hippotherapy op je
evenwicht" MSinfo, Publication of MS-Anders, Netherlands. December 2008.
Translated article written to discuss published research on effects of
Hippotherapy on Balance of Persons with MS.
Silkwood-Sherer D. A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding
Research. HIPPOTHERAPY. American Hippotherapy Association Magazine. Summer
Warmbier H. Effects of hippotherapy on balance of persons with multiple
sclerosis: a pilot study. Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy.
Macauley BL, Silkwood-Sherer D. Hippotherapy research
review. American Hippotherapy Association Magazine. Spring, 2004.
25 incorrect ways to put on a halter…and other life lessons learned as a NARHA
parent. NARHA’s Strides 2004;10:30-32.
The difference lies in the perspective. NARHA’s Strides. 2003;9:
Effects of hippotherapy intervention
on various neurological diagnoses;
Efficacy of clinical interventions on functional outcomes in pediatric and
adult neurological cases;
Motor learning and motor control on movement disorders.