Bridget Ripa, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS, CSRS

Dr. Bridget Ripa

Faculty Development Resident

Phone: 919-684-4734

Office: Box 104002 DUMC


Dr. Ripa is a physical therapist specializing in adult neurological rehabilitation with a passion for patients with cognitive-behavioral impairments and the implementation of cognitive remediation practice strategies. During her career, she has developed comprehensive proficiency in complex neurological conditions across the lifespan and hopes to draw upon these experiences to enrich student learning in the classroom. Dr. Ripa is a dedicated life-long learner and has also been involved in student education in both clinical and academic settings. She is excited to immerse herself in a variety of teaching and learning activities throughout the DPT curriculum and is enthusiastic about impacting future generations of physical therapists through scholarship, research, and service.


DPT, Duke University, 2013
B.S., Psychology, Minor in Spanish, Virginia Tech, 2010


  • PT 617: Foundational Physical Therapy Interventions
  • PT 716: Physical Therapy Interventions III
  • PT 704: Neurologic Practice Management I


Inpatient rehabilitation settings with a focus on adult patients with neurologic impairments, specifically traumatic and acquired brain injury, stroke, and various movement disorders. Dr. Ripa emphasizes evidence-based practice through cognitive remediation, neuromuscular reeducation, motor learning, and functional interventions to facilitate improved movement, functional outcomes, and quality of life after injury.

Awards and Honors

  • Rehab Week Clinical Excellence Award, 2015                         
  • “Rookie of the Year” Clinical Instructor Award, 2014
  • Employee of the Month, 2015
  • First Place Research Poster Presentation at NCPTA Fall Conference, 2012
  • Co-author, Stress Urinary Incontinence in the Female Athlete: Recommendations for Screening (Published: Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, September-December 2014, Volume 38, Issue 3, p.97-125)
  • Feature Article in the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association’s Monthly Journal, 2012; Co-author, “Not Only Movement Matters”
  • Suma Cum Laude, Virginia Tech, 2010

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2017
  • NSA Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist, 2015
  • ACBIS Certified Brain Injury Specialist, 2015
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, 2014