Erica A. Pitsch, PT, MPT, DPT, NCS

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF
Physical Therapist

Phone: (415) 353-7598
Email: ericaa.pitsch@ucsf.edu
Mailing: UCSF, Box 0625, San Francisco, CA 94143


EDUCATION

  • BS, Human Performance, San Jose University, San Jose, CA, 1993
  • MPT, Physical Therapy, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1995
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS


BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Pitsch earned her Master of Physical Therapy from the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at UCSF/SFSU and her post-professional Doctor on Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2010. She achieved her Neurologic Clinical Specialist certification in 2012.


COURSES

  • PT 213 Neurological Pathokinesiology III
  • PT 207 Medical Screening for Physical Therapists

CLINICAL EXPERTISE

Dr. Pitsch specializes in neurologic physical therapy and uses several treatment strategies and approaches, all focused on promoting optimal challenge, function, and recovery in persons with neurologic illness. Her specialized training includes Parkinsons Wellness Recovery (PWR!) and, as of July 2015, advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation. She also employs her experience in martial arts, dance, and other sports to keep training sessions fun and challenging. In addition to teaching in the entry level physical therapy program, she regularly teaches continuing education to licensed rehabilitation professionals.


CLINICAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Rehabilitation of persons with neurologic problems including stroke, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Application of research findings in the physical therapy neurologic clinical population
  • Use of evolving technology to enhance motor function in persons with neurologic problems
  • Role of cognition in postural control and functional mobility

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Byl NN, Pitsch EA, Abrams G. Functional Outcomes Can Vary by Dose: Learning Based Sensorimotor Training for Patients Stable Post Stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 22(5): 494-504, 2008.
  • Tan C, Tretriluxana J, Pitsch E, Runnarong N, Winstein CJ. Anticipatory Planning of Functional Reach-to-Grasp: A Pilot Study. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2012 Mar 20 [Epub ahead of print]

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HONORS AND AWARDS

  • American Physical Therapy Association: Promotion of Doctoral Studies II 2009