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ELIZABETH CHAFFIN PT, DPT, ATC 
Department of Physical Therapy 
Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor


Dr. Elizabeth Chaffin joined the PCOM faculty in January 2022 as an assistant professor and the assistant director of clinical education. Dr. Chaffin has worked in the field of rehabilitation for over 25 years as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. During the course of her career, she has participated in many aspects and settings of physical therapy from acute care to orthopedics, sports medicine and geriatric rehabilitation and in a variety of settings from hospital to school and university, home health and professional athletics.

Her main focus has been in the fields of sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation working with a range of athletes from the weekend warrior to college and professional with an emphasis on adolescent athletic injuries and rehabilitation. Her areas of specialty include tennis medicine, SI joint dysfunction, lower extremity biomechanics, non-operative rehabilitation of athletic pubalgia and running injuries. Over the course of her career, she has worked in the high school, college and professional setting. She had a sports medicine and rehabilitation practice for several years specializing in treating complex biomechanical injuries or the “biomechanical messes” as she fondly likes to call them. She was also the manager of medical services for the United States Tennis Association where she oversaw the medical care for over 600 international athletes and the medical services at over 100 elite junior and professional tennis events per year.

Dr. Chaffin brings all her experience to her role in clinical education.

Education

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy,  University of Massachusetts Lowell (2006)
  • Master of Science, Physical Therapy, University of Massachusetts Lowell (1993)
  • Bachelor of Science, Trinity College (1989)
  • National Athletic Trainers Association Certified Athletic Trainer (1990)
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