Sonya Anderson Worth is a practicing physical therapist, is Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists. Sonya is a Lab Instructor throughout the musculoskeletal track of the entry-level Doctorate of Physical Therapy curriculum at the University of Vermont, and has been teaching at UVM since 2001. 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 New Zealand, Bond University Gold Coast Australia, and UVM. As a native New Zealander, Sonya received her Physiotherapy undergraduate training at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand, and her advanced training in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Sonya also qualified as a Physiotherapy Acupuncturist with the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand in 1998. She practiced manipulative physiotherapy and physiotherapy acupuncture in a New Zealand musculoskeletal outpatient clinic until relocating to Vermont in 2000. In January of 2014 Sonya studied Integrative Dry Needling with Dr Frank Gargano of Dr Ma’s Dry Needling Institute which allowed her to re-introduce dry needling into her clinical practice skill set. 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.
Certified Integrative Dry Needling, 2015.
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist 2009, re-certified 2019 (Specialty Board of the APTA).
Fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists 2014.
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, 2009, re-certified 2019.
New Zealand Registered Physiotherapy Acupuncturist, Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand, 1998.
Master of Health Science, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 2017.
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.
Recent publications and presentations
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Worth SGA, Reid DA, Howard AB, Henry SM. (2019) injury incidence in competitive cross-country skiers: a prospective cohort study. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2019 Apr;14(2):237-252.
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.
July 2004 APTA National Conference.
Worth S and Henry S. (2004) Real-time ultrasound feedback and abdominal hollowing exercises for people with back pain.
February 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting.
Dewhirst R; Mandara E; Ellis D; Worth S; Reid D; Henry S. (2015) The Movement Competency Screen in Adolescent Nordic Skiers: A Pilot Study.
NON-PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
UVM Musculoskeletal Faculty. Henry S, Dee J, Worth S and Nelson L (2006). Selected Physical Therapy Musculoskeletal Exam and Intervention Techniques, video and online resource.