Matthew Smith, PT, DPT, MS is an Assistant Professor and Doctor of Physical Therapy in the developing Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at North Central College and Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the Physical Therapy Institute at Midwestern University. He completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and has a Master of Science in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Daemen College. He completed his Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists with a focus on integration of methods and classification of patients to improve treatment outcomes. In addition to his clinical work, he has experience as an instructor in multiple academic programs, where he instructs on evidence-based coursework with a focus on the musculoskeletal and orthopedic topics of Physical Therapy. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the orthopedic and education sections, Illinois Physical Therapy Association. His research interests include determining the prognostic factors utilized by both clinicians and patients and how they relate to outcomes as well as recognizing barriers and boundaries that are present for new clinicians looking to branch into research or academia.