Rosalinda C. Canizares, PT, DPT, SCS

Clinician Educator & Coordinator of Alumni Engagement

Phone: 919-684-1097

Office: Wing B, #213


Dr. Canizares is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy who returned to Duke DPT in July 2012. She is a double Duke alumnus who has been active in the Duke Alumni Association, including being selected as one of the first young alumni representatives to the Duke Alumni Association Board of Directors. She currently serves on the Duke Alumni Advisory Council. She helped start the Duke Pre-Physical Therapy Association and does both pre-physical therapy and pre-major academic advising for Duke undergraduates. An active member and leader of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association, she has worked with several professional Broadway and dance companies. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology.


  • DPT, Duke University, 2007

  • AB in Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, Duke University, 2004


  • PT 606 Body and Brain I

  • PT 616 Foundational Physical Therapist Examination

  • PT 617 Foundational Physical Therapist Interventions

  • PT 627 Physical Therapist Interventions I

  • PT 706 Physical Therapist Interventions II

  • PT 723 Health Promotion & Primary Care Practice


Duke Student Health in the Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy of Duke Health; sports medicine; orthopedics; dance medicine, with outreach services to the Duke Dance Department, Duke Performances, Carolina Performances, and the Durham Performing Arts Center; founder of the Duke Dancer Wellness Clinic.


Dr. Canizares has been an annual presenter at the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Annual Conference. Her presentations have included an interdisciplinary case study of a dancer with hip-spine pain and a poster describing the results of a survey given to dancers regarding their attitudes about health care and beliefs about injury prevention.

Selected publication

  • Fulton J, Burgi C, Canizares R, Sheets C, Butler, RJ. Injuries presenting to a walk-in Clinic at a summer dance intensive program: A three-year retrospective data analysis. Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Volume 18, Number 3, September 2014, pp. 131-135(5).

Awards and honors

  • Forever Duke Award, 2012

  • Performing Arts Special Interest Group Vice-President, Orthopedic Section, APTA

  • Duke Physical Therapy Alumni Association Alumni Advisory Council

  • WunderGlo Foundation Advisory Board