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Michael Bartholomew


Interim Assistant Program Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy

Assistant Professor

Dr. Michael Bartholomew received his B.S. in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University, his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and his Ph.D. from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He operated and owned an outpatient orthopedic private practice from 2007-2012. In this setting, he treated patients with orthopedic, sports, and spine-related injuries. Additionally, he worked closely with the Utah Labor Commission to assist injured workers in their attempt to return to the job through work-hardening programs, functional capacity evaluations, and extensive patient education. Dr. Bartholomew later worked as a rehabilitation manager and lead physical therapist at two different skilled nursing facilities, primarily assisting the geriatric population. He treated a wide variety of patients in these settings, including patients with neurological, cardiopulmonary, and orthopedic pathologies. Dr. Bartholomew had been an adjunct faculty member at Rocky Mountain University for 2 years prior to joining them full-time in January 2015. He is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy. His research interests include innovation and technology in Physical Therapy examination and treatment and motivational factors that influence lifestyle changes in the geriatric population. He teaches the Physical Therapy Management and Geriatric courses and assists in a variety of other classes. He enjoys being outside, resistance training, and loves spending time with his wife and 5 children.