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Idaho State University
Derek Gerber Faculty photo

L. Derek Gerber, PT, DPT, OCS

Clinical Associate Professor, Assistant Physical Therapy Program Director

Office: Garrison Hall 316


Idaho State University

921 S. 8th Ave Stop 8045

Pocatello, ID 83209-8101



  • BS in Health and Human Performance - Pre-Physical Therapy,  Brigham Young University, Provo UT 1997
  • Master of Physical Therapy, US Army - Baylor University, Waco, TX 1999
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Baylor University, Waco TX 2007
  • EdD in Educational Leadership with Higher Education Emphasis, Idaho State University, Pocatello ID (currently enrolled)



  • President of the Idaho Physical Therapy Association 2016-Current
  • Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2002 (re-certified in 2012)


Research Interest:

Influence of the hip in biomechanics of knee function, effectiveness of teaching via distance, perceived value of integrated clinical exposure in PT education

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Gerber began his career working as an Army officer physical therapist. He has primary worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting at military hospitals and health clinics, at rural hospitals, and at private orthopedic clinics. He joined the faculty at ISU in 2013 and primarily instructs orthopedic and musculoskeletal courses along with manual therapy. He is a clinical instructor and clinician in the ISU DPT program clinic and practicum. He currently serves as the Idaho Physical Therapy Association President and has been involved with the Idaho strategic workgroup for the reduction of opioid misuse. 


Personal Interests/Hobbies:

Hiking, Running, Singing, Sports, Family