Dr. John Cheeks
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION/SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
DPT, D.H.Sc., MHS, MSG, Cert. DN, CSST, CEA
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Doctor of Health Science
Masters of Health Science in Orthopedics
Masters Degree in Gerontology
Certified in Dry Needling
Dr. Cheeks is a Physical Therapist, Gerontologist, Published Author and Researcher who received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Mississippi Medical Center
in 1991. He received a Masters of Health Science Degree in 2005
with an emphasis in orthopaedics, a Clinical Doctor of Physical
Therapy Degree in 2006, a Masters of Science Degree in
Gerontology in 2008 and his Doctor of Health Science Degree in
2009 from The University of Indianapolis.
Dr. Cheeks is licensed to practice physical therapy in several States. His academic experience includes working as an assistant professor at Lousiana State Univeristy and teaching at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His clinical experience includes serving as a Director of Rehabilitation Services for a major hospital and developing, owning and operating numerous physical therapy practices with several located on-site at major employers such as Georgia Pacific, American Pride Seafood and East Mississippi State Hospital.
He is ergonomic certified to assist in designing safe work places for employees of all ages, especially the aging workforce, to accommodate the work to the worker in a manner that promotes productivity while promoting worker safety.
Dr. Cheek’s work has been published in The Physical Therapy Magazine, The Journal of The American Physical Therapy Association, The Journal of Orthopaedics and Sports Physical Therapy, The Journal of Activities, Adaptations and Aging and Gerinotes, a publication of the Geriatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. His research related to The Eden Alternative and The Green House Project has been published online at www.edenalt.com. Dr. Cheeks currently has several clinical case studies in peer review and is in the process of developing others for publication.
Dr. Cheeks was elected as a member of the National Gerontology Academic Honor and Professional Society in 2007. He has held elected positions in the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association as a member of their Nominating Committee and Board of Directors. He has served on the Legislative Committee of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Cheeks has also served as a member of the Eden Alternative International Research Committee.
Dr. Cheeks serves as a reviewer for The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias and The American Journal of Activities, Adaptations and Aging.
He is a member of numerous professional associations and has been a presenter and speaker at many community, corporate and professional association meetings. He currently practices physical therapy by specializing in orthopedics and geriatrics. He was the recipient of The Celia Robinson Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Award in 1991 at The University of Mississippi Medical Center and the J. T. Gilbert Clinical Award in 2008 from the Mississippi Association for Home Care.