Bertie Gatlin
IHL Role:
Continuing Education Course Instructor

Roberta “Bertie” Gatlin, PT, DSc, PCS is an Associate Professor for South College Department of Physical Therapy. Her experience draws from over 30 years in the field of pediatric physical therapy. She is an adjunct professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Emory & Henry College, Marion, Virginia and UTHS in Memphis, TN. She provides post-professional education for Educational Resources Inc. and Medbridge Education. Bertie provides programming instruction for Brooks Rehabilitation Pediatric Residency and Evidence in Motion Pediatric Certification. Bertie’s experience encompasses physical therapy within the NICU, developmental follow-up clinic and outpatient pediatrics servicing all populations. She has been a department director for an acute care hospital and an outpatient pediatric rehabilitation center. Her research currently focuses on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, wound care practices for the premature infant in a NICU setting and interprofessional experiences for entry level physical and occupational therapy students within simulated neonatal intensive care settings. Bertie currently holds the Secretary position for the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association Executive Committee, the Neonatology Specialty Interest Group’s Chair position and member of the Finance Committee for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Education & Training:

She graduated from University of Memphis in 1986 with a BS in Special Education and from the University of Tennessee Health
Science Center Department of Physical Therapy in 1989 with a BS in Physical Therapy and completed her Doctor of Science with an emphasis in Neurological and Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2013. She received her Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialty in 2001 and recertification in 2011.

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Academic & Professional Activities:

Outstanding Service Award. Tennessee Physical Therapy Association, April 2019

Recognition Award for Service. Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, January 2019

Special Recognition Award. Tennessee Physical Therapy Association, April 2016

Appreciation of Service. TPTA, Memphis District. November 2015

Alpha Eta Society 2014

Maurice Elliott Leadership Institute (MELI), Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare & University of Memphis, 2009

Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Tennessee Physical Therapy Association, 2008

Employee of the Month, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown, June 2004

Clinical Instructor of the Year, University of Tennessee Department of Physical Therapy, 2003

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