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Program Overview

Samaritan Athletic Medicine is home to the only Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program in Oregon. Our state-of-the-art rehabilitation, sports performance, and athletics facilities allow our staff and resident to serve Oregon State University and recreational athletes alike.

Our program is accredited through the American Board of Physical Therapy - Residency & Fellowship Education and has a 100% resident graduation rate.


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Mentoring & Leadership 

Samaritan Athletic Medicine’s Sports Physical Therapy Residency program is one of the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. As a resident, you will have the opportunity to work closely with our expert faculty and benefit from their depth and breadth of specialty experience. Frequent collaboration with Oregon State Athletics is a cornerstone of our program. 
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Preparing for Specialization

Our intensive 14-month residency program is targeted to train high-quality residents and prepare them for success on the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination in Sports Physical Therapy. Our program graduates have a 100% Sports Physical Therapy Board Certification pass rate.

Clinical mentoring takes place at Samaritan Athletic Medicine and Oregon State University’s athletic training facilities. 

Didactic material is comprised of comprehensive materials, labs, one-on-one mentoring, and presentations from the program’s highly trained faculty and sports medicine team.

Our Current Residents

Our residents are currently completing post-doctorate training as sports physical therapist residents to enhance their sports medicine skills and treatment. They see patients at Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center in Corvallis.

Background image: Dani Villaruz received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Dani Villaruz PT, DPT

Dani is from Los Angeles, California where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California. She loves the process of returning patients to activities they love and emphasizes injury prevention on top of rehabilitation. Dani prioritizes the whole patient, tailoring individualized rehabilitation programs based on her patient’s goals rather than solely focusing on their injuries. She wants to inspire others and be an impactful change in her patient’s lives so they can continue to be great at whatever they do.