Professor, Program Director
School of Rehabilitation and
Medical Sciences, Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
Health Professions Building
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 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; 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.
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;
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
Warmbier H. Effects of hippotherapy on balance of persons with multiple
sclerosis: a pilot study. Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy.
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.