Dana Daniel Blake, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC
Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education
School of Health Professions
Department of Physical Therapy
Office: 2156 CHS Building 2
Email: ddblake@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-4884

Dana Daniel Blake has served the Department of Physical Therapy since 2014 on the advisory board then served as adjunct professor in early 2018 and then received an appointment as assistant professor.  Blake has over twenty years of experience in the dual roles of a practicing clinician and a multi-site clinical director with responsibilities and national awards related to high financial acumen, engaging customer service, and exemplary patient care.  She has presented across the nation in the areas of manual therapy, dry needling, ergonomics and spine care.  She has experience in for-profit and not-for-profit settings with environments such as outpatient, inpatient, aquatic care, and consulting activities.  She has been involved in teaching clinicians for over twenty years and is excited to bring this passion for excellence in skill advancement and service delivery.  She has completed numerous certifications over her physical therapy career as follows: Manual Therapy Certification (MTC), Orthopedics Certified Specialist (OCS), Certified Clinical Instructor (CI), and Certified Physical Work Performance Evaluator (PWPE).  She brings to the classroom real-life experiences presented with passion and charisma fused with radical faith in the Lord.   She has participated in numerous mission trips and faith-based camps over the years. She also has a special place in her heart for those that battle cancer and has assisted women post-mastectomy with shoulder recovery via fly fishing activities and spiritual encouragement. Blake lives in Alabaster with her husband and their daughter and a miniature dachshund. Her family is actively involved in Kingwood Church.  In her free time, she loves to garden, travel, hike and fly fish.

Degrees and Certifications

  • D.P.T., Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica
  • M.S.P.T., Physical Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Samford University
  • Orthopedic Certification Specialist, American Physical Therapy Association
  • Manual Therapy Certification, University of St. Augustine
  • Certified Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapy Association
  • Certified Physical Work Performance Evaluation, Ergoscience 


  • Alabama Chapter of American Physical Therapy Association – Member and previous Membership Chairman
  • Alabama Worker’s Compensation Organization Member (AWCO)
  • Alabama Self Insured Association Member (ASIA)
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – Member
  • Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association – Member
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) – Member
  • Georgia Chapter of American Physical Therapy Association – Member of Education Committee
  • Kingwood Church – Member and previous Sunday School Teacher
  • National Association of Female Executives – Member


  • Practice Management
  • Orthopedics
  • Manual Therapy
  • Acute and Chronic Spine Care
  • Ergonomics
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Impairment Ratings
  • Job Site Analysis
  • Dry Needling
  • Ethics/Professionalism

Recent Presentations

  • Opioid Epidemic – Department of Industrial Relations Conference in 2018
  • Ethics and Ergonomics – Alabama Self Insured Association Conference in 2017
  • Cost Effective Utilization of Functional Capacity Evaluations and Dry Needling
  • Job Site Analysis and Desk Ergonomics
  • Diabetes, Wellness and Rehab in the Workplace

Research Areas

  • Effects of Manual Therapy and Exercise
  • The Role of Physical Therapy in Ergonomics for Companies