University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Sonya Worth

Sonya Worth, P.T., O.C.S., FAAOMPT

Lab Instructor

Sonya Worth Office: 305B Rowell

Sonya Anderson Worth is a practicing physical therapist, and is Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Sonya is a Lab Instructor in the entry-level Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program and has been teaching at UVM since 2001. As a native New Zealander, she received her Physical Therapy undergraduate training at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand, and her advanced training in Manual and Manipulative Therapy from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Sonya leads the lab portion of PT 349 Musculoskeletal Patient Management II and teaches in labs for PT 241 and PT 242, the musculoskeletal track of the curriculum. Sonya also co-leads PT 352 International Manual Therapy Collaborative. This is a PT Faculty Lead Program Abroad to New Zealand or Australia for final-year DPT students and licensed PTs. This international project is a collaboration with the Physiotherapy schools at Auckland University of Technology, Bond University Gold Coast Australia, and UVM. Sonya practices physical therapy in the Outpatient Physical Therapy team at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT. She treats patients with a variety of neuromusculoskeletal injuries with a focus on treatment for patients with spinal, shoulder and hip pain.


Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, 2009
Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Manipulative Physiotherapy), Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 1997
Bachelor of Physical Therapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1993
Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1991

Teaching Responsibilities

PT 241 - Fundamental Patient Management (Teaching assistant)
PT 242 - Patient Management Musculoskeletal I (Lead lab instructor)
PT 349 - Patient Management Musculoskeletal II (Primary lab instructor)
PT 352 - International Manual Therapy Collaborative (Co-leader)

Research Interests

Clinical Research Assistant for Low Back Pain Research Studies, UVM Physical Therapy Program. May 2001-present.

Sonya is enrolled in the Masters of Health Science program at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Her master's thesis involves the study of Nordic skiers' movement patterns and injury incidence across a 12 month period. To learn more about this study email Sonya directly.

Sonya is also exploring the use of the Dynadjust Spinal Manipulation Training System as an adjunct to traditional classroom based teaching of joint accessory mobilization and high velocity thrust techniques. To learn more about this training system email Sonya directly.

Selected Professional Experience
  • Staff Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic, Fletcher Allen Health Care. Jan. 2008 - present.
  • Staff Physical Therapist, Timber Lane Physical Therapy. Nov. 2001 - March 2006.

Worth S and Henry S. (2007) Real-time ultrasound feedback and abdominal hollowing exercises for people with back pain. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 35(1): 4-11.

Honors and Awards

Pia Garrett PT Memorial Award (for an individual who embodies a love of and enthusiasm for the profession of Physical Therapy), VT Chapter of American Physical Therapy Association, 2004.

Distinguished Service Award, VT Chapter of American Physical Therapy Association, 2012.

Professional Affiliations

Member of New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists
Member of New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapy Association
Member of American Physical Therapy Association
Member of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

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