- Position: Professor, Program Director
- Department: Physical Therapy Department
- Campus Address: Health Professions Building 1232
- Phone: 989-774-1337
- Email: email@example.com
PTH 666: PT Seminar II
PTH 690: Motor Learning Theory
PTH 746: Patient Care IV
PTH 766: PT Seminar IV
PTH 792N: Introduction to Hippotherapy
PTH 85:0 Evidence Based Practice
- Area(s) of Expertise: Hippotherapy, Multiple Sclerosis, Pediatrics
Degrees and Universities:
Bachelor of Health Sciences (PT) - University of Kentucky
Master of Science - DePaul University
Doctorate in Health Sciences - Krannert School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
Honors and Recognitions:
- Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist American Hippotherapy Association
- Volunteer Hall of Fame - Programs & Services - National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- 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; Past Member Board of Directors, Past President
Reubens R, Silkwood-Sherer D. Home physical therapy and hippotherapy in adolescent with cerebral palsy during time of accelerated growth. Pediatric Physical Therapy [accepted]
Lindroth J, Sullivan J, Silkwood-Sherer D. Does hippotherapy effect use of sensory information for balance in persons with multiple sclerosis? Physiotherapy: Theory and Practice. 2015 [accepted]
Ustinova K, Silkwood-Sherer D. Postured perturbations induced by a moving virtual environment are reduced with brain injury when gripping a mobile object. Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy. 2014; 38(2):125-33.
Silkwood-Sherer DJ, Killian CB, Long TM, Martin KS. Hippotherapy: An intervention to habilitate balance deficits in children with movement disorders: a clinical trial. Physical Therapy. 2012; 92(5) accepted.
Silkwood-Sherer D. Hippotherapy as an Intervention to Improve Postural Control of Children with Movement Disorder. Developmental MedIcine and Child Neurology. 2009; 51(supplement 5):18-19.
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 of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 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 2008.
Silkwood-Sherer D, Warmbier H. Effects of hippotherapy on balance of persons with multiple sclerosis: a pilot study. Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy. 2007; 31:77-84.
Silkwood-Sherer D. The value of needs assessment in program planning. Performance: The Journal of Program Evaluation in Rehabilitation. The Center, Chicago, Illinois. Spring/Summer 1990; Vol. 2, No 1.
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.