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Brett Neilson


Musculoskeletal, Pain Science

What I love most about teaching is the community of like-minded individuals that come together online and in person to help each other to improve their knowledge, skill and care. Together we're able to humanize health care and transform our communities."


Brett D. Neilson is a physical therapist who holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) and is both board certified in orthopaedics (OCS) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). He is the Admissions Director and Assistant Professor of Hawai’i Pacific University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Neilson has published several peer reviewed articles and presented at both state and national conferences. His current research agenda focuses on the relationship between sleep and pain. He continues to practice in clinical care in the state of Washington for an in-home, outpatient physical therapy company. 

  • Current research agenda in Sleep Beliefs and Pain as part of his DSc Studies at Bellin College
  • Case series on Pain Neuroscience Education for Physiotherapy Receptionists
  • Randomized Clinical Trial on Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Randomized Clinical Trial on Low Back Strengthening in the Military
  • Descriptive study on the Effects of the Spinal Manipulation Prohibition on Physical Therapists’ Decision to Practice in Washington State
  • Case reports on Osteochondral Defect of the Femur and Lis Franc fracture in a Recreational Athlete
Areas of Interest:
  • Sleep
  • Pain
  • Lower quarter MSK injuries
  • Professionalism

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