Dr. Hewson received a Bachelor of Science from Hunter College with a major in Physical Therapy, a Master’s of Science from Queens College with an emphasis in Exercise Science, and a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University with an emphasis in Health Care Education. Her dissertation was entitled: A Study to Determine the Ethical Preparedness of Physical Therapists Practicing in the State of New York. She has varied clinical experience in the provision of physical therapy services in the outpatient, rehabilitation, acute care and skilled nursing settings. She is presently working as a per diem clinician in an acute care hospital. Dr. Hewson has held a variety of administrative and leadership positions in both the clinical and academic settings. She has experience as an Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and a provider of pro bono physical therapy services. Dr. Hewson has presented at various national conferences on ethics, service, and clinical education in physical therapy.
Dr. Hewson embraces the mission of service as demonstrated by her involvement since 2007 in PAR FORE (www.parfore.org), an intergenerational mentoring program that utilizes golf and life skills for middle school adolescents from underrepresented areas of Suffolk County. She has also encouraged the second year entry-level DPT students to participate by adding a service component and offering various opportunities. In her courses, Dr. Hewson addresses the professional and ethical aspects of physical therapy, as well as aids the students in recognizing the psychological and social needs of their future patients. In the entry-level DPT program, she teaches Foundations of Professional Practice in Physical Therapy in year one, Psychosocial Aspects of Disability in year two, and Ethics and Health Care for Physical Therapists in year three.
In addition, Dr. Hewson is the Director of the Post-Professional DPT program since 2004. She teaches the Clinical Decision Making weekend course, as well as mentors students who choose independent study