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Matt Dewald, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Matt Dewald

Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy program

Department: Department of Physical Therapy
Email: Matt.Dewald@briarcliff.edu


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), University of South Dakota
  • B.A., University of South Dakota
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS)
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthpedic Physical Therapy (OCS)
Matt Dewald


Dr. Matt Dewald joined the faculty at Briar Cliff University in August, 2016. Dr. Dewald earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Dakota. He is licensed to practice Physical Therapy in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Dr. Dewald has 10 years of experience as a PT. He has practiced in a variety of settings including Inpatient, Outpatient, Long Term Care, Home Health, Wound Care and Sports. A majority of his experiences lie in the Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Fields.

Dr. Dewald possess a great breadth and depth of knowledge in his teaching areas as noted with Board Clinical Specialty Certifications in both Orthopaedics and Sports. He has completed training in Dry Needling and SASTM. He works with area athletes both on the side lines and in the clinic to stay current with his practice. Dr. Dewald is a member of the APTA (Sports, Orthopaedic and Education Sections).

Currently, Dr. Dewald is the Pre Professional Health Science Club Advisor, Research Advisor, Chair of the DPT Admissions Committee, and sits on the Policy Committee, Progress and Conducts Committee, Special Events Committee, Assessment Committee and Committee of the Whole. Outside of BCU, Dr. Dewald is on the Board for the Missouri River Runners as the Community Impact Chair.

Dr. Dewald’s scholarly agenda focuses on Dry Needling, Diagnostic Ultrasound, EMG Studies and Pedagogy. Dr. Dewald maintains contemporary clinical competence through his clinical work, attendance at conferences, and peer-reviewed conference presentations.


Klappa SG, Klappa S, Adams J, Cross P, Dewald M, Hauer P, Nelson H, Strong E, Wienk B. Understanding good research: beyond the classroom and journal club. (Research poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting 2018 of the American Physical Therapy Association; 2018, New Orleans, LA).

Klappa SG, Strong E, Wienk B, Dewald M, Nelson H, Hauer P, Adams J, Cross P, Lloyd M. beyond PICO, CAT walks, and journal clubs, cinematography connects students to EBP. (Research poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Education Section Educational Leadership Conference, October 13-15, 2017, Columbus, OH).

Dewald M, Klappa S, Wahab J. Dry needling as a novel treatment of clonus and spasticity. (Research poster at the Iowa Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference, March 23, 2017, Des Moines, IA).

Klappa SG, Nelson HM, Cross P, Strong E, Hauer P, Dewald M, Wienk B, Adams J. Pro Bono Incubator 2017 Move Together Inc. Grant (#5). $2000.00 awarded for the development of the No Opioid-use Through Education: The NOPE Program. Summer Semester 2017.

Gazda R, Gunderson D, Herbold G, Knudson M, Lynch J, Hauer P, Dewald M. EMG Activation during a Compound Bow Shot: A Pilot Study. IPTA State Meeting. March 2017. Des Moines, IA. 

Wienk B, Dewald M, Strong E, Nelson H, Cross P, Hauer P, Klappa S. Integrated clinical correlations model develops social responsibility while meeting the healthcare needs of underserved multicultural populations. (Research poster presentation at the Global Health Reception at the Combined Sections Meeting 2017 of the American Physical Therapy Association; 2017, San Antonio, TX).