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Steve Johnson


Steve has been involved with the development of the physical therapy program at UW-Stevens Point since 2014, serving as an advisory board member and participating in stakeholder meetings. Steve has a diverse clinical background having worked in hospital, home health, outpatient and long-term care settings throughout his 25 years as a clinician. After completing his DPT at Slippery Rock University in 1998, he returned to Wisconsin in 2001 and became active with the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association through committee work and as an elected member of the board. Currently, Steve is serving as the chair of the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Examining Board (WPTEB) and representing the state as a voting delegate at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

Steve has been active in clinical education serving as a clinical instructor at various times throughout his career. In 2007 he became a founding member of Achieve Solutions Inc., a private practice serving outpatients as well as both short- and long-term residents of skilled nursing facilities throughout Central Wisconsin. During this period, Steve increased his involvement with physical therapist education through course instruction as well as serving as an onsite survey team member for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapist Education (CAPTE).

In his role as director of clinical education, Steve looks forward to developing local, regional and national relationships with the clinical community and academic community to serve the physical therapy program at UW-Stevens Point.

Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, UW-Stevens Point (2019-present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, UW-Milwaukee (2012-2018)

Research Interests

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning – Clinical Reasoning and Characteristics of Master Adaptive Learners
  • Rehabilitation practice differences in rural, urban, and suburban communities

Professional Experience

  • Achieve Therapy Solutions – Co-Owner & Consultant (2019-present); Vice President of Operations (2007-2019)



  • Faculty Adviser: Pre-Physical Therapy Club (2020-present)

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) (1995-present)
  • APTA – Wisconsin Treasurer (2011-2017)
  • APTA – Wisconsin Director (2008-2011)
  • APTA – House of Delegates (2010-2013)

Presentations and Publications

Coming soon.

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace HW Brands

Best advice you ever received?

The best advice I ever received was to not let fear or failure stand in the way of my dreams but instead to think of it as a lesson life was teaching me.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?


Favorite Quote?

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

I am most proud of the clinical learning experiences our department has developed to allow physical therapy students practical experience throughout the program

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I most enjoy seeing students grow and gain confidence in their ability, to see them become the next generation of health care practitioners.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Getting good grades and studying are important but equally important is gaining life experiences through community involvement. Make sure you take time to participate in the college experience through student and community groups.

Steve Johnson
Director of Clinical Education - Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Clinical Assistant Professor - Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

B135 Science Building


PT-WI License 9694-024
Lymphedema Certified

Doctor of Physical Theraphy (DPT)
Slippery Rock University-Pennsylvania, 1998

B.S. in Psychology
UW-Oshkosh, 1995