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Brian Wienk, PT, ScD, MSPT, OCS, COMT

Brian Wienk

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Assistant Director of Clinical Education

Phone: 712-279-5587
Email: Brian.Wienk@briarcliff.edu
Office Location: Mayfair 112


  • Doctor of Science (ScD), Physical Therapy, Texas Tech University
  • Master of Science (MS), Physical Therapy, University of South Dakota
  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Physical Therapy, Augustana College
  • APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist in the Spine, International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (COMT)
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS)
  • SASTM Method of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Brian Wienk


Brian Wienk, PT, ScD, MSPT,OCS, COMT joined the team at Briar Cliff University in 2016 as the Associate Professor of Physical Therapy. He serves as the Assistant Director of Clinical Education and organizes Clinical and Community-Based Correlation Courses, and is chair of the Awards and Leadership Committee.

Over the years, Dr. Wienk has served the profession of physical therapy through various professional activities. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and South Dakota Physical Therapy Association (SDPTA) since 1992. He was a member of the APTA House of Delegates from 1998-2001. For the SDPTA, he was a delegate in 1999 and a chief delegate in 1998, 2000, and 2001. He was also a member of the PT PTAC Committee from 2009-2010, Public Relations Committee from 2006-2009, and Ethics Committee from 1996-1998. Dr. Wienk was named the Physical Therapist of the Year in 2011 by the SDPTA. In 2009, he was named the University of South Dakota Clinical Instructor of the Year. Dr. Wienk was also part of the Emerging Leaders Program at Avera McKennan from 2005-2006.

In 2005, Dr. Wienk began a career in academia as adjunct faculty for the University of South Dakota’s Physical Therapy program. Through this opportunity he taught courses including Physical Therapy Examination and Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy. His responsibilities included teaching goniometry and manual muscle testing along with examination and treatment of the thoracic spine, ribs, sacroiliac joint, and pelvis. Dr. Wienk was a CPR Instructor from 2006-2016 for the American Heart Association. Not only does Dr. Wienk have experience in the classroom, but he also has experience educating students in the clinic setting as a full time clinical instructor since 1995.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Wienk has remained contemporary in his practice through regular continuing education. The majority of Dr. Wienk’s continuing education hours have been focused on orthopedics and the spine, as these are his specialty areas. He became a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist in the Spine through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) in 2005. He is also certified in SASTM Method of Instrument Assisted Soft tissue mobilization, CPR, and Precision Nutrition.

In addition to his physical therapy related roles and responsibilities, Dr. Wienk serves his community through various opportunities. He remains active in his church, serving on boards and committees. He participates in pro bono service at Avera Downtown Clinic, mentoring families for Community Outreach, and mentoring inmates. He also promotes the profession of physical therapy through a variety of presentations to individuals including elementary students, nurses, physicians, physical therapists, church groups and others. He has been featured on a variety of medical interviews for local television and written publications on topics of back health, winter safety, backpack recommendations, and injury prevention.


Peer Reviewed Scientific and Professional Presentations

Wienk B, Byers J, Faas, I, Sieler N, Sterling T. Does Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Change Skin Surface Temperature? (Briar Cliff Excellence Event April 23, 2019, Sioux City, IA)

Wienk B, Harr B, Vanmaanen B, Beardt B, Boyer A. Can Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Exercise Cause Rhabdomyolysis? (Briar Cliff Excellence Event April 23, 2019, Sioux City, IA)

Cross P, Black B, Johnson M, Nelson H, Dewald M, Wienk B. Physical Therapists’ Knowledge on Continuous Therapeutic Ultrasound Parameters. (Briar Cliff Excellence Event April 23, 2019, Sioux City, IA)

Karstens R, Cross P, Wienk B. Innovative Curriculum and Pro-bono Clinic Fosters Student Success. (HLC April 7, 2019, Chicago, IL)

Ferley D, Beacom K, Oehlerts M, Sementa G, Townley K, Wienk B. Hip Extensor Muscle Activity Associated With Wearing an Elastic Tubing Resistive Device While Running. (Briar Cliff Excellence Event April 18, 2018, Sioux City, IA)

Twist C, Arends P, Drost M, Nelson H, Wienk B. The Success of the Briar Cliff Clinic: Patients, Students, and the Community. (Research platform presentation at the Eastern Pro Bono Networking Conference March 10, 2018, Chester, PA.)

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).

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).


Funded/In Review Grant Activity

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.