Skip to main content
Matt Dewald

Matt Dewald

Assistant Professor


SCSC 379

Phone: (605) 658-6372



I'm a graduate of USD twice (Go 'Yotes)! I have worked in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado with Board Certifications in both Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Teaching Interests:

Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy, Sports Physical Therapy, Dry Needling, and Movement Science.

Research Interests:

Running Related Injuries and Dry Needling


  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Dakota, 2008
  • BS, Psychology, University of South Dakota, 2005

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist
  • Emergency Medical Responder, American Red Cross
  • SASTM Method of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Functional Dry Needling Level 1, Kinetacore
  • Functional Dry Needling Level 2, Kinetacore
  • Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • BLS for Healthcare Providers, American Heart Association
  • Protecting Human Research Participants, National Institutes of Health


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Berg-Poppe, Patti, Dewald, Matt, Jordre, Becca, Karges-Brown, Joy, and Ladwig, Adam. Using the SNAPPS model to develop student physical therapist decision making skills during new encounters in the outpatient clinic. In Journal of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy..


  • Dewald, Matt. Your best posture is always your next posture.. Presented at the South Dakota Dental Hygienists' Association Meeting., Sioux Falls, SD. (May 13, 2021)
  • Tao, Hanz, Dewald, Matt. Applying primary load management strategies to runners.. Presented at the Avera Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Symposium, Sioux Falls, SD. (April 16, 2021)
  • Dewald, Matt, Tao, Hanz. The running evaluation and common myths associated with it.. Presented at the University of Iowa Running Symposium, Iowa City, IA. (February 13, 2021)
  • Cross, Patrick, Black, Brett, Johnson, Megan, Wienk, Brian, Nelson, Heidi, Dewald, Matt. Physical therapists' knowledge of continuous therapeutic ultrasound parameters.. Presented at the 2020 Spring IPTA Conference, Des Moines, IA. (2020)
  • Dewald, Matt, Deiter, Andrew, Gross, Eric, Moravec, Grant, Willis, Dylan. Short-term effects of dry needling on hamstring length in an adult population.. Presented at the BCU Excellence Event. (2019)
  • Dewald, Matt, Campbell, Alicia, Love, Brenden. Effects of transverse abdominal isometric exercise on inter-rectus distance: A case study.. Presented at the BCU Excellence Event. (2018)
  • Pat, Hauer, Haacke, Todd, Jorgensen, Tyson, Reyes, Andrele, Robertson, Dane, Dewald, Matt. EMG assessment of novel exercises to maximize gluteus medius activation.. Presented at the BCU Excellence Event. (2018)
  • Dewald, Matt, Ecklund, Julia, Murphy, Jestin, Leloux, Anna, Whitten, Brandon. The effects of dry needling on runners.. Presented at the BCU Excellence Event. (2018)
  • Klappa, Susan, Klappa, Scott, Adams, Jason, Cross, Patrick, Dewald, Matt, Hauer, Pat, Nelson, Heidi, Strong, Eric, Wienk, Brian. Understanding good research: beyond the classroom and journal club.. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting 2018, New Orleans, LA. (2018)
  • Dewald, Matt, Cross, Patrick, Wienk, Brian, Klappa, Susan. DPT students' confidence improves with sideline coverage experience.. Presented at the Spring Iowa Physical Therapy Association Meeting, Des Moines, IA. (2018)
  • Wienk, Brian, Dewald, Matt, Strong, Eric, Nelson, Heidi, Cross, Patrick, Hauer, Pat, Klappa, Susan. Integrated clinical correlations model develops social responsibility while meeting the healthcare needs of underserved multicultural populations.. Presented at the Combined Sections Meeting. (2017)
  • Klappa, Susan, Strong, Eric, Wienk, Brian, Dewald, Matt, Nelson, Heidi, Hauer, Pat, Adams, Jason, Cross, Patrick, Lloyd, Megan. Beyond PICO, CAT walks, and journal clubs, cinematography connects students to EBP.. Presented at the Educational Leadership Conference, Columbus, OH. (2017)
  • Dewald, Matt, Klappa, Susan, Wahab, Jaimie. Dry needling as a novel treatment of clonus and spasticity.. Presented at the Iowa Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference, Des Moines, IA. (2017)
  • Hauer, Pat, Gazda, Rachel, Gunderson, Drew, Herbold, Grace, Knudson, Mickey, Lynch, John, Dewald, Matt. EMG Activation during a Compound Bow Shot: A Pilot Study.. Presented at the IPTA State Meeting, Des Moines, IA. (2017)
  • Dewald, Matt. Clinical Pearls of training runners for injury prevention and performance.. Presented at the North Central Regional Conference, St. Paul, MN. (2017)
  • Dewald, Matt. Dry Needling. Presented at the Northwest District Iowa Physical Therapy Association Meeting, Sioux City, IA. (2016)