Monika Patel, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (415) 353-7598
Mailing: UCSF, Box 0736, San Francisco, CA 94143


  • BS, Kinesiology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 2001
  • DPT, Physical Therapy, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2005
  • Neurologic Physical Therapy residency, Marquette University/Zablocki VA Medical Center, 2012



Dr. Patel started her physical therapy career in the Chicagoland area working at a RIC-satellite acute inpatient rehabilitation unit. She then advanced her education through the Neurological Residency program at Marquette University and the Zablocki VA Medical Center. Since then she has had a variety of experiences treating patients with neurologic diagnoses in a variety of settings that includes acute care, acute inpatient rehabilitation, VA hospital setting, outpatient rehabilitation, and home health. Dr. Patel joined the UC San Francisco clinical faculty in 2016 and currently works at the Faculty Practice at the Mount Zion campus. She is board certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Patel also completed a 200-hr yoga teacher training and has taught a Yoga and Exercise class for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease for the pat 2 years.


  • PT 112a: Motor Behavior / Motor Control
  • PT 111: Neurology & Rehab: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • PT 213: Neurological Pathokinesiology II


Dr. Patel views the PT profession as both an art and a science. The art helps her focus on what makes each patient unique allowing more individualized care and also brings about a creative side to how she practices. Additionally, she keeps up with current research to combine both evidence and research-based practice with interventions to maximize outcomes. Dr. Patel also works as a clinical trainer for LiteGait Mobility Research and has had extensive experience with telerehabilitation.


  • Community reintegration programs for people with stroke, brain injury, etc. to foster healthy lifestyles, exercise regimen, and prevention of other health issues
  • Benefits of Yoga (Asana, Pranayama, Meditation) with the neurologic population
  • New technology and devices to improve gait in people with MS, stroke, TBI, SCI, etc.
  • Telehealth in neuro populations – PD, MS, Stroke