Aaron Keil

Aaron Keil

Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Program Director—Orthopedic Residency, Physical Therapy

Director, PT Faculty Practice

Focus Areas


Office Phone



1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 304B DHSP

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Office Hours

By appointment


It's exciting to see how much our profession has advanced over the last several years. I am passionate about physical therapists functioning as first-contact providers in direct access roles. I feel that the direct ordering of diagnostic imaging by physical therapists fits very well with this model of care and I am hopeful this practice will become normative in the future.

Selected Publications

“Ordering of Diagnostic Imaging by Physical Therapists: A 5-Year Retrospective Practice Analysis”, Phys Ther 2019; 99 (8): 1020-1026

“Cervical Myelopathy Presenting as Bilateral Upper Extremity Weakness”, JOSPT 2017 47:9, 691-69

“US Hospital-Based Direct Access with Radiology Referral: An Administrative Case Report”, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: 2015;31(8):594-600

“Diagnostic and Procedural Imaging in Physical Therapist Practice”, May, 2016 APTA White Paper

Leadership in the Profession

APTA Orthopaedic Section, Diagnostic and Procedural Imaging In Physical Therapist Practice White Paper: Authorship Committee

APTA Imaging Special Interest Group, Member of Research Section of Imaging SIG

Several institutions across the country, Advisor on direct access and diagnostic imaging for physical therapists

Notable Honors

2002, 2013 - Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, APTA


Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of New England, 2011
Bachelors of Physical Therapy, California State University Long Beach, 1994