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Naglaa Elskenidy, PT, MS, DSc

Naglaa Elskenidy, PT, MS, DSc
Assistant Professor

Dr. Elskenidy joined the faculty in 2020 as an Assistant Professor in the College of Health Professions. Her DSc dissertation focused on Electromyography (EMG) for patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, Dr. Elskenidy coordinates the Clinical Physiology course and teaches in the Clinical Skills course series. Additionally, she teaches EMG within the Neurological Clinical Medical and Pharmacology course. Her teaching experience also includes continuing education courses for practicing physical therapists in balance disorders and dizziness, gait training and fitness seminars, osteoarthritis, and introductory EMG courses. Dr. Elskenidy has been engaged in outpatient clinical practice for over 30 years. In addition to caring for patients with associated orthopedic and geriatric conditions, she also specializes in vestibular rehabilitation and treats numerous patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease and balance disorders.

Research Interests

  • Clinical Electrophysiology: EMG as a diagnostic tool that is used and interpreted by physical therapists.
  • Clinical physiology education within the USA DPT programs
  • Outpatient orthopedic physical therapy

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Elskenidy N, Gandhi-Besbes S, Bugos T, Simeonovski A, Howlett B, Turskey K, Arendt A. The prevalence and knowledge of electromyography as a diagnostic tool used by physical therapists in clinical settings: An exploratory survey in Illinois. Poster presented at: Illinois Physical therapy Association Poster Hall; March 2023; Virtual.


  • Doctor of Science
    Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah
    Physical Therapy, Clinical Electrophysiology
    May 2005
  • Master of Science
    Finch University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL
    Physical Therapy
    June 1996
  • Bachelor of Physical Therapy
    Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
    Physical Therapy
    May 1990

Professional Society Membership

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    • American Academy of Clinical Electrodiagnosis (AACE)
    • APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    • American Academy of education
  • Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (ACEWM)
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education