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Heather Kindel

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Academic Background
Bachelors of Health Science (1999) from Saint Francis University
Masters of Physical Therapy (2001) from Saint Francis University
PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University (2018)
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Heather Kindel

What classes do you teach at Anderson

I teach in the following classes in the doctor of physical therapy program: Orientation to the PT Profession, Health Care Communication & Informatics, Assistive Technology & Training, Coordinator of Management of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Dysfunction, Legal, Ethical & Regulatory Issues in Health Care, Motor Development & Control Across the Lifespan (women’s health content), Psychosocial & Spiritual Issues in Health Care, Professional Development, Leadership & Advocacy

What year did you start teaching at AU

I started at AU in August of 2018.

Why teach at AU?

I teach at AU because I was drawn to the welcoming culture, commitment to students, strong academic rigor, and love for Jesus that I found there. The physical therapy faculty that I work with are fun, progressive, highly qualified, and committed to being servant-leaders to our PT students. All these factors combined make me love coming to work.


Cooking, baking, scrapbooking, cross-stitching, reading, and spending time with my family.

Notable achievements outside of discipline

I am a certified True Colors Intl. Facilitator. True Colors is an engaging personality profiling system that helps a person understand him/herself better, and others to help improve communication. I have taught a number of workshops to college students and adults.

Places you've lived

I grew up in Martinsburg, PA, a beautiful, small farming community. After Curt and I got married, we continued living in Martinsburg, and stayed for nine years. At that time, we decided to move to Loretto, PA, to be closer to Saint Francis University, where we both were teaching. We stayed in Loretto for about 10 years, and then moved south to take positions at AU. Currently, we live in Powdersville, SC.

What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?

My colleagues and students

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

Physical Therapy is a great career path to choose, with many different types of places to work. If you love serving people, and are committed to working and studying hard, PT may be a good career for you.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

I try to keep classes engaging and relevant to content you will need the most.