Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS

Valerie  Carter Clinical Professor
Northern Arizona University
Physical Therapy, Flagstaff Campus
Phone: 928-523-9504
Fax: 928-523-9289


Valerie Carter, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Clinical Professor

Flagstaff Campus

Phone: 928-523-9504

Professional Interests

Dr. Carter is a Graduate of Northern Arizona University and a member of the NAU Athletic Hall of Fame for her performance as a Diver on the NAU Swimming and Diving Team (1984-1987). She is board certified Neurological Specialist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff AZ.  She graduated from NAU with her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy in 1989, her Masters in 1996 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2002.  Presently she instructs DPT students in neuroscience, pediatrics, neuro therapeutic techniques and coordinates the neuro clinics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff AZ.   Her research interests are in the clinic with the application of neuroplasticity techniques for individuals with static and neurodegenerative brain injuries.  She has instructed rehabilitation therapist (PT/OT, etc.) both nationally and internationally about functional recovery for persons with hemiparesis and wellness recovery for persons with Parkinson’s. She and her husband own and operate Carter Rehabilitation and Wellness Center an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Flagstaff which has a large Neurological client focus.  She thinks her marriage of academics and clinical practice is a match made in heaven.

Education and Certifications

Bachelor of Science in General Studies, Northern Arizona University, 1987

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Northern Arizona University, 1989

Master of Arts in Physical Education and Neuroscience, Northern Arizona University, 1994

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Northern Arizona University, 2002

Teaching Areas / Courses Taught

PT 510   Foundations of Physical Therapy Evaluation / Patient Management

PT 519   Principles of Patient Management (Chair)

PT 560   Neurosciences

PT 582   Therapeutic Exercise     

PT 602   Life Cycle I (Pediatrics)

PT 603   Life Cycle II

PT 635   Neurophysiological Therapeutics I

PT 636   Neurophysiological Therapeutics II          

PT 680   Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy

PT 687   Professional Development Seminar

PT 735   Interventions in Neuromuscular Therapeutics/Summer Clinic

Select Publications / Professional Presentations

Simmons V, Hansen P.  1996. Effects of Balance in Geriatrics Following Water Therapy Program; Journal of Gerontology, 51A( 5) M233-M2338 

Carter V. 2008.  Never Say Never: Rehabilitation for Patients With Very Low Hand Function Following Stroke. Topics in Stoke Rehabilitation

Carter V, Farley B 2011. The How to Guide for Using Exercise to Promote Positive Brain Change in Your Patients with Neurodegenerative Conditions. Physical Therapy Products Online and Magazine January 2011

Carter V. Mueller Karen. Palliative and Hospice Care for Individuals with Late to End Stage Neurodegenerative Disease: Strategies for Optimizing Function and Quality of Life. Programming Presentation APTA National Combined Sections Meeting. Las Vegas, Nevada February 2014 

James J, Carter V, Cornwall M, Aldrich A. The 3-Meter Backward Walk Test and Its Ability to Predict Fall History in Older Individuals. Poster Presentation. APTA National Combined Sections Meeting. Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2014

Carter V, James J, Cornwall, M. The Effects of Age on 3-Meter Backwards Walk Test. Poster Presentation. APTA National Combined Sections Meeting. Las Vegas, February Nevada 2014

Carter V. Don’t Run and Hide From Stage 4 and 5; Rehab Strategies for Late Stage Parkinson Disease.  Poster Presentation.  World Parkinson Congress, Montreal, Canada October 2013

James J, Carter V, Tango Everyone: The Self Perpetuating Tango Instruction Class for Persons with Parkinson’s disease   Poster Presentation: World Parkinson’s Conference Montreal Canada October 2013

6.   Carter V. Porter G. A Vision of Improved Postural Stability in Parkinson's disease: enhancing balance through vision training under dual task conditions. World Parkinson Congress, Montreal, Canada      October 2013

Carter V. Don’t Run and Hide From Stage 4 and 5; Rehab Strategies for Late Stage Parkinson Disease. National Webinar Presentation. Mobility Research June 2013

Carter V. The Golden Key That Clinicians Hold. Research Symposium AZ Fall State Meeting. Phoenix, AZ April 2013

B Farley, Carter V, PWR! A Parkinson’s Project from Clinic to Community: Poster Presentation at Combined Section Meeting Chicago, IL, February 2012.

Carter V, Motor Learning and the Principles of Neuroplasticity. Presentation for The Phoenix Physical Therapy Directors Dinner & Education – September 2011

Carter V, Farley B, Parkinson Wellness Recovery PWR!GYM™ Community Outreach programs For Persons with Parkinson Disease.  Poster Presentation World Parkinson’s Congress Glasgow, Scotland, September 2010.

Carter V, Farley B  Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery, a Neuroplasticity Based Model to improve function for persons with Parkinson’s  Across Disease Severity.  Neurology Section Presentation, APTA Combined Sections Meeting San Diego CA, February 2010.

Carter V, It is Not Such a Small World After All, Case Study on BIG Exercise Program for Persons with Parkinson’s disease. APTA National Meeting Platform Presentation San Antonio TX, August 2008.