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Division of Physical Therapy
UNM Health Sciences Center
MSC 09-5230
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-272-5479
Fax: 505-272-8079

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Deborah Doerfler, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy


Assistant Professor

Deborah Doerfler is an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from UNM in 1989. She received board certification in orthopaedics in 2000 and was recertified in 2010. She completed her transitional-DPT in 2009 from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP). She received her PhD in Orthopaedics and Sports Science in 2013 from RMUoHP.

Her clinical experience includes inpatient acute and sub-acute care, outpatient orthopaedics, and sports physical therapy. She completed her dissertation in optimizing strength of the lower extremities in older adults following total knee arthroplasty. She has been a physical therapy clinical instructor for over 20 years, and a credentialed instructor since 2009. She served as a member of the clinical teaching faculty for the residents in the UNMH Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program from 2009 to 2014.

Dr. Doerfler teaches gerontology physical therapy, evidence-based practice, and orthopaedic treatment. She continues to practice at the outpatient physical therapy clinic for the University of New Mexico Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include orthopaedics, geriatrics, and athletes at all levels of participation.

Contact Deborah at ddoerfler@salud.unm.edu