Linda Wanek, PT, PhD

Professor, SFSU

Voice: (415) 338-1939
Email: [email protected]
Mailing: 1600 Holloway, HSS 118, San Francisco, CA 94132


  • BS, Physical Therapy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1976
  • MS, Physical Therapy Biomechanics and Sports Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1980
  • PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1993



Dr. Wanek is currently Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Clinical Laboratory Science at San Francisco State University. She obtained her B.S. from Kansas University, her M.S. from the University of North Carolina and her PhD from the University of Southern California. She joined the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy in 1993. Her primary teaching interest is the physical therapy examination and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction. She also teaches the Case Reports class. Her research interests over the years stem from her clinical experience and include low back pain in young adults, the biomechanical approach to the exam and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction and the use of case reports to support physical therapy practice.


  • PT 706 Structure, Function, and Motion in PT
  • PT 741 Musculoskeletal Pathokinesiology I
  • PT 742 Musculoskeletal Pathokinesiology II
  • PT 920 Case Reports


Dr. Wanek has practiced outpatient physical therapy for over 40 years. Her expertise is the examination and treatment of lower quarter musculoskeletal dysfunctions, especially in the areas of lumbar spine, pelvic girdle, and foot and ankle. At UCSF/SFSU, Dr. Wanek has provided physical therapy services to SFSU students, faculty, and staff. She also brought DPT students into her clinical practice at SFSU when time allows.


  • Application of a biomechanical approach to the examination and treatment of patients with lower quarter musculoskeletal dysfunction
  • Use of the case report as evidence to document best practice and clinical decision making
  • Impact of low back pain on the quality of life in young adults


  • Estilaei SK, Wanek L, Andrade CK. Spinal Accessory Nerve Injury in a Patient with Burkitt’s Lymphoma Presenting with Multiple Concurrent Issues. Rehabilitation Oncology 25(1):8-20, 2007.
  • Boyd BS, Wanek L, Gray AT, Topp, KS. Mechanosensitivity of the lower extremitynervous system during straight leg raise neurodynamic testing in healthy individuals. JOSPT 39(11):780-790, 2009.
  • Katzman WB, Wanek L, Shepherd JA, Sellmeyer DE. Age-related hyperkyphosis: Its Causes, consequences and management. JOSPT 40(6):352-360, 2010.
  • Boyd BS, Gray AT, Dilley A, Wanek L, Topp KS. The pattern of tibial nerve excursion with active ankle dorsiflexion is different in older people with diabetes mellitus. Clinical Biomechanics 27:967-971, 2012
  • Yee-Melichar, D, Boyle, AR, LJ Wanek, Pawlowsky, SB. Geriatric Rehabilitation and Resilience from a Cultural Perspective. Geriatric Nursing 35(6):451-454, 2014
  • Copti N, Shahriari, R, L Wanek, Fitzsimmons, A. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusion in Physical Therapy: Advocating for Cultural Competency in Physical Therapist Education Across the United States. Journal of Physical Therapy Education 30(4): 11-16, 2016

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  • Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award, SFSU, 2009