About me

head shotMy name is David Gillette, and I am a physical therapist and assistant professor in Stockton, CA. I am passionate about my profession – as a clinician, an educator, and as a consultant.  I have found my career in PT very rewarding, especially seeing patients and students succeed to their goals.  My CV is here, or you can keep reading.


Education & Professional Affiliations

I earned my DPT from the University of Washington in 2009, completed my residency in geriatric physical therapy at the University of Minnesota in 2012, and earned the GCS in 2013. am a member of the APTA, the sections for geriatricsorthopaedics, and education, and the California chapter.

Clinical Practice & Philosophy

After graduation I worked in a SNF/OP in the Seattle area for two years before the residency.  After the residency I practiced at St. Therese Rehabilitation in the Twin Cities for five years.  From May 2012 to July 2016 I was at the New Hope location where I treated older adults in the TCU, long-term care, and outpatient clinic; from July 2016 to June 2017 I was the lead physical therapist in the developing Transitions by St. Therese, a TCU at North Memorial Medical Center which is a Level-1 trauma center in Robbinsdale, MN.  I am now practicing Home Health in the Stockton area with Healthy Living on a per diem basis.

I believe that evidence-based practice should be the basis of treatment, with outcome measures tracking patient progress as the patient and I work together to maximize the patient’s function and meet their goals.  My clinical interests include balance and falls and neurological and orthopaedic conditions (especially hips and knees), and I am interested in adherence to exercise in older adults.


My first exposure to teaching was the honor of giving several guest lectures on adherence to UW PT students in REHAB 513 (Elders – ’08-’11).   From 2014-2016 I was Clinical Faculty for St. Catherine University’s DPT program for their 1st-year students in their Integrated Clinical Education program, and I also regularly took full-time students as a Clinical Instructor, both 1st year (using a 2:1 model) as well as 3rd year students as.  Additionally I was a preceptor at the Diabetic Foot Clinic at the Indian Health Board in Minneapolis as a part of the University of Minnesota’s DPT program for several years.

In August 2017 I started at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.  I teach Patient Care Skills, Therapeutic Exercise, Geriatrics, and Advanced Clinical Problems.  My teaching philosophy is here.

I have presented several CEU courses, one specific to adherence to exercise, and one with two co-presenters on balance and falls.


While at the UW I conducted research under the guidance of Dr. Basia Belza of the School of Nursing/ Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, examining adherence of older adults to the EnhanceFitness program.  The research was funded in part by the TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program.  Preliminary data was presented at a poster session for the program in September 2008, partial analysis of the final data was presented at a poster session at the ExPAAC 2010 conference, and we published it in The Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.  I am now pursuing several research projects running in the veins of geriatrics and also education. Clinical education continues to be of interest as well.

I have also published/posted a review of the literature regarding ambulation of vented patients on Physiopedia (results of an inservice in my acute care rotation as a student).


I’m a husband to an outstanding wife of similar persuasions and interests – we are exploring what Northern California has to offer in the great outdoors as well as kid friendly activities.  We also enjoy finding local coffeeshops, brewpubs, and wineshops, and have been known to cut the rug a bit – rumba, salsa, cha cha, waltz, foxtrot and even night-club two-step (although two additions to our family has changed some of what we do).  This is my third (and final) career, but if I were not a PT, I’d probably be a photographer, so you may see my pictures in the postings.


The posts herein are my own thoughts and reflections, are directed toward medical professionals, and should not be construed to be advice, medical or otherwise.  If you are a consumer, please consult your own medical provider to determine what you should do if you believe you have a medical condition similar to what I may describe or post about from the literature or my personal experience.  If you are a practitioner, please read the studies for yourself if you are interested in the results.  The material herein also does not reflect the positions or beliefs of my employer, any PT program I have been or am affiliated with (UW, UMN, SCU, UofP), or where I may have volunteered, studied, interned, or worked.  No post will contain material in violation of HIPAA or the IRB.  Any links provided are done so with the understanding that the reader may find them useful, and that the blogger is not held responsible for the content found through that link.

4 responses to “About me

  1. Nice work on your website and blog – I have bookmarked it for future reference as well! Nice to see your strength and conviction for EBM on behalf of our geriatric population.


    • Thanks JoEllen. I’m glad to know that the blog and website are helpful – I hope that it helps further other PTs’ interest in EBP for older adults.

  2. Hey great website! Given your background, I thought you might be interested in a conference we are having in Boston on June 3-4. Check out our website for info on that conference, as well as tons of resources and an awesome advisory board.
    Hope to see you there! – Art Horne

    • Thanks Art. I’ve already used up all my continuing education money (and then some) so a trip to Boston would be out of the question. If you ever put something together specific to the older athlete or active older adult I would be willing to look for money on the sidewalk to head out your way! – David

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