- Position: Professor, Program Director
- Department: School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
- Campus Address: Health Professions Building 1232
- Phone: 989-774-1337
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.