Dr. Donna Bainbridge has been a practicing physical therapist since 1967, and an Athletic Trainer since 1982. She received her B.S. from Boston University, and Masters at University of North Carolina. She received a doctorate in education from Boston University in 1990. She has worked in many aspects of the profession including clinical management, educator, researcher, and Director of Practice at APTA. She has taught at several universities in the US and abroad. She has lectured nationally and internationally as an invited speaker. She has directed several grants and projects on Fitness and Wellness for persons with IDD.
Donna has been Special Olympics Global Clinical Advisor for FUNfitness & Fitness Programming since 2001, coordinating global development of fitness assessment and programming, and training other physiotherapists to host FUNfitness in their countries. She coordinates the Network for Intellectual and Developmental Disability in WCPT, and teaches the Health Aspects of Aging for the University of Montana Gerontology minor. She is also working with the University of Montana Rural Institute on two home usability projects. Current research interest is in validation of balance programs for adults with ID, and development of normative data on fitness parameters for those with ID.