Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Ricketts Hall, Troy


Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy, The Sage Colleges, 2010

M.S., Physical Therapy, Clinical Specialty in Neurology, MGH Institute of Health Professionals, 1998

B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Vermont, 1994


Neurological Clinical Specialist, Board-certified through American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, re-certified

Vestibular Rehabilitation, Miami University, Miami, FL.


The Sage Colleges- Sage Graduate School, Troy, NY
Capstone: ‘A Case Report: Use of hippotherapy in the physical therapy management of an individual with Parkinson’s disease’ Advisor: Gail Stern, PhD, PT, NCS

Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., Rehoboth, MA Lead investigator- The effect of hippotherapy in the pediatric population with the use of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory

MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA Thesis: ‘Postural control during arm movement in healthy subjects and subjects with cerebellar dysfunction’ Advisor: Kathleen Gill-Body, DPT, MS, NCS

Mass General Hospital Biomotion Laboratory, Boston, MA Research Assistant, Part-time Kinematics and kinetic data collection and analysis of gait and balance parameters in healthy subjects, subjects with cerebellar and vestibular dysfunction, and elderly subjects Principal Investigator: David Krebs, PT, DPT, PhD

University of Vermont, Anatomy and Neurobiology Department, Burlington, VT Research Assistant, Work Study Data collection and basic analysis for the publication: Henry SM, Held JM, Viejte BP, Wells, J. The role of somatosensory information in a closed motor task. Exp Neurol. 1995;131(2):251-65 Principal Investigator: Sharon Henry, PT, PhD, ATC

Invited Presentations

Minahan, CA. Exercise is Medicine. Pittsfield Community Television, Pittsfield, MA, 2014

Minahan, CA. Fall Prevention. Community presentation at local church, Pittsfield, MA , 2008

Minahan, CA. Vestibular Rehabilitation. Family Practice Associates, Pittsfield, MA, 2007, 2013

Minahan, CA. Bracing for the Neurological Patient, Annual Stroke/Head Injury Conference, Boston, MA, 1995

Professional Membership

American Physical Therapy Association (Active), Neurology section- Vestibular Special Interest Group; Education Section- Academic Special Interest Group American Hippotherapy Association 2004-2006 North American Riding for the Handicapped 2004-2006

Continuing Education

2015: APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
2008: GRAVITY SYSTEM®, by EFI Sports Medicine, Western MA Physical Therapy, Pittsfield, MA
2008: Vittone, D, Swanick, K. Thoracic and Lumbar Spine, Sage Colleges Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Troy, NY
2006: Baker, E, Mitchell L. Equine Skills Level II and Treatment Principles of Hippotherapy II, Clinical Problem Solving , American Hippotherapy Association, Rehoboth, MA
2004: Baker, E. Introduction to Hippotherapy- Classic Principles and Application, Level I, American Hippotherapy Association, Rehoboth, MA
2002: Building Neuro Volume- No Barriers to Success Neuro Program Development Seminar, HealthSouth, Newton, MA
2000: Herdman, S. Vestibular Rehabilitation- A Competency Based Course, Certification of vestibular rehabilitation. Division of Physical Therapy, School of Medicine, Miami University, Miami, FL
1998: Wernick, M, Oas, J. Medical and physical therapy management of peripheral and central vestibular dysfunction, MGH Physical Therapy Department and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary- Otoneurology, 3 months
1997: Braintree Hospital, Teaching Preceptorship- Program management and clinical instructor for 2 entry level students field experience, 3 months
1996: Rini, M. Fascial Mobilization Level I, Upledger Institute, Warwick, RI
1995: Fisher, E, Reishal S. Manag

Honors and Awards

Recipient of the Marjorie K. Ionta Award. Post-Professional Physical Therapy Program at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Awarded May, 1998

Community Service

Volunteer Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, 2009-2012 Volunteer, Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome, 2009