About Dr. Wilmarth

Dr. Wilmarth is the CEO of Back2Back Physical Therapy, which first started as Wilmarth Physical Therapy and has been running since 1999. From 2009-2015 Dr. Wilmarth was Chief of Physical Therapy at Harvard University. Previously, she was the Director of the DPT Program from 2005-2010 and Assistant Dean for the College of Professional Studies with Northeastern University. Prior to that Dr. Wilmarth taught the PT Project classes for the entry-level physical therapy program with the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Dr. Wilmarth first started as a member of the faculty at Northeastern University in 1996 teaching the Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment classes and labs. She did this for many years before becoming more involved with the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association as the Editor for their Independent Study Courses, which she did from 2001-2007. Dr. Wilmarth has also worked on the west coast and in England and consults throughout the world.

Dr. Wilmarth is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. In addition, she has her certification in Manual Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment from the McKenzie Institute. She received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Duke University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. In addition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and art from Middlebury College.

Dr. Wilmarth remains active clinically at Harvard and with her own practice, Back2Back Physical Therapy (previously Wilmarth PT), specializing in Orthopaedics, Manual Therapy and Sports Medicine. Prior to returning to New England Dr. Wilmarth was Co-Owner of Shoreline PT in California.

She enjoys working with athletes varying from young children to professional athletes. Her other areas of specialization include neck and back pain, temporomandibular disorder, RSI, ergonomics, and orthotics. Her work with posture and spinal stabilization has led her to be a national spokesperson for the APTA on Backpack Awareness as well as the consultant for Lands’ End. She is also an APTA Media Corps member and her work can be seen in print, online, and on television.

Dr. Wilmarth has done presentations throughout the world on various topics in her areas of expertise. In addition, Dr. Wilmarth has numerous articles and chapters in different journals and publications ranging from The Journal of Physical Therapy to Forbes.

Dr. Wilmarth has three children in college and graduate school and lives with her husband, Roger, and three dogs, Java, Chip and Cappuccino (Cappie).  As the names indicate, she is also a fan of Starbucks and coffee!  She has always been active with many sports including skiing, tennis, windsurfing, swimming, rollerblading and more; and with her children the focus was on tennis, soccer, hockey, squash, swimming and crew.  Dr. Wilmarth has been a tennis coach and continues to be very involved with the USTA and following professional tennis.  Dr. Wilmarth is also a member and supporter of CCFA.

Dr. Wilmarth’s motto is balance in work, life and with physical therapy.

November 2015