Franklin Pierce University welcomes inaugural Goodyear, Ariz. Doctor of Physical Therapy class

June 18, 2009

(left to right) DPT Associate Director Dr. Kristinn Heinrichs with students James Hadley, George Wertz and Nicole Harvey.

GOODYEAR, AZ - Franklin Pierce University is pleased to announce the expansion of its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program to Goodyear, Ariz. The DPT program received approval to expand on April 29, 2009 from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and welcomed its inaugural class of 20 students on June 1, 2009.

"This is a historic day for the city of Goodyear and Franklin Pierce University," said Andrea Brode, the University's Arizona Campus Director. "For the past two years, Franklin Pierce's President George Hagerty, Vice President Raymond Van Der Riet, DPT Director Ann Greiner and I have worked closely with Mayor Jim Cavanaugh to make this day a reality."

Franklin Pierce University signed a 99-year leasehold with the City of Goodyear for 30 acres of land in the planned City Center as the first step in their mission to bringing greater educational opportunities to Arizona. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program expansion marks another milestone in Franklin Pierce's commitment to this goal and the City of Goodyear.

The full-time physical therapy faculty on the Goodyear campus includes Dr. Kristinn Heinrichs, Associate Director; Mr. Stephen Dillon, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education; and Dr. Jodi Young, Assistant Professor.

Dr. Heinrichs, board-certified in sports physical therapy, brings more than 28 years experience in orthopedics and sports medicine to the program. Heinrichs is a highly-respected international author and educator with ongoing clinical research collaboration with several universities. Dr. Heinrichs maintains clinical practice with White Tanks Physical Therapy in Goodyear, where she specializes in performance analysis in golf and the performing arts.

Mr. Dillon specializes in the management of orthopedic conditions with a special emphasis on manual therapy.

Dr. Young's experience is in outpatient orthopedics. She maintains part-time orthopedic and occupational health physical therapy practice with Mr. Dillion at Take Care Health in Chandler, Ariz.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is the first Franklin Pierce University Program to be offered in Goodyear, Ariz. The first class is comprised of 20 students who have come from all over the United States. They will reside in the Goodyear area for the next three years as they complete their program. Franklin Pierce's Goodyear center also offers a series of online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and an Associate Degree in Nursing is in development.


Franklin Pierce University is a private, regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission focuses on preparing citizens and leaders of conscience for a new century who make significant contributions to their professions and communities, whether their aspirations are local or global.