Kurt van der Schalie PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist Supervisor
Assistant Clinical Professor, without salary

Phone: (415) 353-7598
Email: [email protected]
Mailing: UCSF, Box 0625, San Francisco, CA 94143


  • BS, Physiological Science, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1999
  • MS PT, Physical Therapy, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, 2002
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, 2012



Dr. van der Schalie will be the Physical Therapist Supervisor for the Mt. Zion outpatient clinic opening in January 2017. He returns to the West Coast, and UCSF, after nine years with Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. At Georgetown, he served as the clinical manager for outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation services. His time in DC also involved participation in multiple positions with the DC chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and he was part of the Association’s efforts to secure direct access to physical therapist services for District residents as well as to allow physical therapists to use dry needling techniques as part of patient care. Throughout his career Kurt has maintained his direct involvement in patient care, particularly in orthopedics but also providing vestibular rehabilitation services. He is very excited to be back in California and sharing his love for surfing and camping with his kids.


Dr. van der Schalie believes in providing guided, progressive programs that serve the specific requirements of the injury and the unique goals of the patient. He believes it is important to provide patients with a sound understanding of the nature of their impairments and how they can take an active approach to managing symptoms and moving with increased efficiency. Dr. van der Schalie has had advanced training in a variety manual and exercise therapy methods. He has also done extensive training in vestibular rehabilitation and works with patients suffering from imbalance and dizziness related to concussion, vertigo and other disorders of the vestibular system.


  • Advocacy for public access to physical therapy
  • Incorporating advanced practice into the current clinical environment
  • Maximizing the physical therapist’s role within the healthcare system