Dr. Ryan Carlisle

Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Ryan Carlisle '08, '10DPT

Bachelor of Science, General Science
Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Dr. Ryan Carlisle holds two degrees from Gannon University. In 2008, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in General Science and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2010. Carlisle was a member of the Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity, a Gannon Tour Guide and both a teaching and graduate assistant at the University cadaver lab. 

As a Gannon student, Carlisle enjoyed his time conducting research, studying and working in the lab. “The DPT program prepared me to be a therapist by using systems-based programming tackling each system of the body, one at a time,” said Carlisle. He is grateful for the four separate field work placements that gave him PT experience across the country. 

Carlisle is now a physical therapist and manager at NovaCare in Edinboro, PA, and is also an adjunct professor at Gannon teaching PT Seminar 110. He is trained and trained in McKenzie Therapy and Post-Concussion Management. His philosophy is to become your ‘family physical therapist’ and not just someone you go to when a doctor prescribes it.

Eight days after graduating with his doctorate in PT, Carlisle married Gannon alumna Erin Gaydos, an '08 and '09M graduate from Gannon’s Occupational Therapy program, and an occupational therapist at HealthSouth of Erie. Erin suddenly passed away in May of 2011.

Later in 2011, Erin’s parents, John and Marianne Gaydos, along with Dr. Carlisle, established the Erin Gaydos Carlisle Memorial Endowed “Power” Scholarship in Occupational Therapy to honor Erin’s life and her belief in the value of occupational therapy. Many community events and private donors have helped this scholarship grow to endowment status over the past seven years. Since being established, 61 fifth-year Occupational Therapy Students have benefited from this very special scholarship.

Carlisle now lives in Millcreek with his wife Amy and their daughters, Alice (4) and Penny (1). In his free time he enjoys kayaking, running and traveling. His advice to those entering Gannon is to “view every experience with the glass half full and you will learn something from it.”

(published September 2018)

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