Michelle Sanfilippo, PT, DPT, GCS

Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education

Education and Certifications:

  •  Doctor of Physical Therapy (2009) Elon University  
  •  B.A. (2006) University of North Carolina at Wilmington  

Credentials and Certifications: 

  • American Physical Therapy Association Credentialed Clinical Instructor  
  • Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS)- ABPTS


Dr. Michelle Sanfilippo is a physical therapist with over ten years of experience. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy with clinical experience in many setting, primarily acute care. Michelle works closely with patients with ALS and her research focuses on outcome measures used in this patient population. 

Michelle Sanfilippo began teaching at UMES in the fall of 2013 and became the Director of Clinical Education in the fall of 2015. She is in charge of all full and part time clinical experiences. In addition to her clinical education responsibilities, Michelle is responsible for teaching: Physical Therapy in the Acute Care Setting. Michelle is active in the Eastern Shore Collaborative for Interprofessional Education (ESCIPE) and the ALS clinic at Tidal Health Care: Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She is a member of the APTA, Acute Care and Education sections.


PHYT 621 Physical Therapy in the Acute Care Setting
As Director of Clinical Education, she is responsible for:
PHYT 651 Integrated Clinical Experience I
PHYT 652 Integrated Clinical Experience II
PHYT 653 Integrated Clinical Experience III
PHYT 660 Full-Time Clinical Experience I
PHYT 661 Full-Time Clinical Experience II
PHYT 662 Full-Time Clinical Experience III
PHYT 663 Full-Time Clinical Experience IV

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Truong HA, Gorman MJ, East M, et al. The Eastern Shore Collaborative for Interprofessional Education’s Implementation and Impact over Five Years. Am J Pharm Educ. 2018;82(4):6522. doi:10.5688/ajpe6522

Sanfilippo M, Layshock M, and Keniston L.  Exploring the Association between Outcome Measures to Guide Clinical Management in Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis” J PhysTher Sci. In Press. August 2022. 

Peer Reviewed Presentations and Posters:

Michelle Gorman, Carly Pick, Naomi Price-Miller, and Laurie Neely. Translating Interprofessional Education to Interprofessional Practice: Creating a Culture of Team Based Care. 2017 Education Leadership Conference. Columbus, Ohio. October 13-15, 2017. 

Michelle Gorman, PT, DPT, GCS and Les Keniston, PhD.  “Predicting the need for ambulatory Assistance in Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: a Prospective Study” American Physical Therapy Association- Combined Section Meeting. San Antonio, Texas February 15-18, 2017.

Areas of Interest:

  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • ALS Research
  • Acute Care
  • Clinical Education
  • Interprofessional Education
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