Lab Instructor

Sonya Anderson Worth is a practicing physical therapist and a certified 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 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. Sonya also co-leads PT 352 - International Manual Therapy Collaborative, a faculty-led program abroad to New Zealand or Australia, for final-year D.P.T. students and licensed physical therapists. 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 The University of Vermont Medical Center 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.


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.

Awards and Recognition

Pia Garrett P.T. Memorial Award, VT Chapter of American Physical Therapy Association, 2004.

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

Associations and Affiliations

  • New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists
  • Member of New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapy Association
  • Member of American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
Sonya Worth, P.T., O.C.S., FAAOMPT

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Low Back Pain
  • Study of Nordic skiers' movement patterns and injury incidence
  • 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


  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Manipulative Physiotherapy); Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Physical Therapy; University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Physical Education; University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


Office Location:

305B Rowell Hall

Courses Taught

PT 241 - Fundamental Patient Management (teaching assistant)
PT 242 - Patient Management Musculoskeletal I (lab instructor)
PT 349 - Patient Management Musculoskeletal II (lab instructor)
PT 352 - International Manual Therapy Collaborative (co-leader)