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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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Marybeth Barkocy, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy


Assistant Professor
Director of Student Scholarship and Service

Dr. Marybeth Barkocy received her Bachelor’s in physical therapy from the University of New Mexico in 1990. She completed part of her Masters in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology from the University of New Mexico before switching to her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy at A.T. Still University, graduating in March of 2013. She earned her pediatric specialty certification in 2016 in the midst of her own’s son’s traumatic brain injury inpatient rehabilitation at Craig Hospital.

With experience in a variety pediatric settings, Dr. Barkocy has practiced physical therapy at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, in the Albuquerque Public Schools, in Early Intervention, in home health care, with the Early Childhood Evaluation Program, and has spent a significant portion of her career as an outpatient therapist and clinical instructor at ExplorAbilities Pediatric Therapy Center. She has been certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, serial casting, and in the Assisting Hand Assessment.

Dr. Barkocy currently teaches Pediatrics and Health, Wellness, and Fitness, and assists with other courses. She is the instructor of record for Service Learning and is the Director of Scholarship and Service. In addition, she maintains her clinical practice at ExplorAbilities and leads the UNM DPT program pediatric student led REACH clinic. She is credentialed through the UNM Medical Group, has performed clinical evaluation for 3D gait analysis, and has ongoing research projects, primarily focused on pediatric toe walking. Dr. Barkocy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Clinical Practice Guideline Group on Idiopathic Toe Walking. She coordinates a statewide Pediatric Study Group quarterly with the Center for Development and Disability to provide free continuing education credit for physical therapists and related professionals, as well as coordinates pediatric topics for the NMAPTA conference each year. Currently she coordinates the Early Cerebral Palsy Risk Detection and Intervention Task Force for New Mexico to promote early screening and appropriate intervention for infants during this critical period of neural connections forming in the brain. She participates in research collaborations internationally and has given presentations locally, nationally, and internationally regarding pediatric physical therapy. Most recently, she has been part of multidisciplinary team to improve family centered care, evidence based practice, and objective outcome measurement for children with cerebral palsy through the Naked Heart Foundation in Russia.

Contact Marybeth at mbarkocy@salud.unm.edu