Chatham University

Physical Therapy Faculty and Staff

Michelle Criss PT, DPT, GCS
Visiting Assistant Professor

Hometown : Springfield, VA
Joined Chatham : 2012

Academic Areas of Interest

Frail older individuals with multiple co-morbidities, balance and falls, wound care, and the use of standardized tests and measures in skilled nursing rehabilitation

Personal Areas of Interest

Dance, photography, travel, good food, and, most importantly, spending time with my family


Dr. Criss has been practicing in the area of geriatric physical therapy for 20 years mostly in skilled nursing facilities but also in inpatient rehabilitation, adult day programming, and home health. She joined the core faculty in 2012 as a part-time instructor after serving as adjunct and in 2015 joined as full time faculty. Dr. Criss currently serves the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy on the Program Committee and as a GeriEDGE Task Force member. Dr. Criss is proud to have developed the recently ABPTRFE-accredited UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency program in which she continues to serve as a faculty member. She is currently enrolled at Nova Southeastern University working towards her PhD in Physical Therapy.