St. Luke's University Health Network Orthopaedic Residency

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St. Luke's University Health Network Orthopaedic Residency strives to promote and enhance the profession of orthopaedic physical therapy to deliver the highest quality, patient-centered care to help patients live more productive lives and be the provider of choice in the communities we serve.

  • Program application deadline: rolling
  • Program start date: July 1 and January 1
  • Program duration: 1 year
  • Number of resident/fellow openings per cohort: 4
  • Tuition cost: $15,000 and tuition reimbursement is available


501 Cetronia Rd #145
Allentown, PA 18104

Program Website


Main Contact:

Jeffrey N. Bays, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT

  • Is there a salary or stipend? Yes
    • If yes, what salary can the resident expect?
      We pay 100% of a PT salary and full tuition reimbursement is available.
  • Are there benefits? Yes
    • If yes, what are they?
      We offer competitive health care benefits and paid time off.
  • Is there housing assistance? No

Clinical site information:

Multi-site network located throughout the Lehigh Valley, PA and Western NJ.

Over 50 clinical faculty with diverse expertise and credentialing, all of whom are Board Certified as Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists.

  • Clinical mentorship information:
    4-5 hours of 1-on-1 in-person mentoring weekly.
  • What is a distinguishing feature or selling point of your program?
    The St. Luke's University Health Network Orthopaedic Residency strives to promote and enhance the profession of orthopaedic physical therapy. Our program is designed to emphasize 1 on 1 mentoring and interprofessional collaboration throughout our large network of medical providers including over 50 board-certified specialists in orthopaedic physical therapy.
  • Is there the ability to work with a specialized population(s)? Yes.
    • If yes, what populations(s)?
      Performing arts, High school teams, spine pain.

Faculty and Resident-in-training Spotlight

Spotlighted Faculty:


  • Name: Jeffrey N. Bays, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
  • Email: Jeffrey.bays@sluhn.org
  • Background Education and Experience:
    "I earned my MSPT from Marymount University in 1999 and received my tDPT from Acadia University in 2018. I have been a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist since 2007 and received my Credentialing in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute in 2005. I have been a member of the core faculty for the St. Luke's University Health Network Orthopaedic Residency since its inception and am currently the associate director."
  • What is your role within the program?
    "Associate Program Director"
  • What separates this program from others like it?
    "This program strives to develop leaders in the field of orthopaedic physical therapy through our focus on 1 on 1 in person mentoring that utilizes a diverse group of board certified clinicians. We have numerous opportunities for inter-professional collaboration throughout out large network that helps elevate the practice of physical therapy."
  • Why do you think advanced orthopedic training through residency and fellowship is important?
    "A residency will allow for improved clinical reasoning and psychomotor development at the expert level which will foster improved patient care and outcomes."
  • Please share a little-known, fun fact that others may be surprised to learn about you.
    "My wife and I have 2 children and I competed at the national level in Adventure Racing."

Spotlighted Resident-in-training : 


  • Name: Danielle Maurice, PT, DPT
  • Email: Danielle.maurice@sluhn.org
  • Background Education
    "I received my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in August of 2020. I completed the St. Luke’s University Health Network Orthopaedic Residency program December 31, 2021."
  • What type of population are you working with at your program?
    "I have been working with the outpatient orthopaedic population throughout my residency. This has allowed me to be exposed to a variety of diagnoses, ages, and cultural backgrounds. I have also had the opportunity to start a program for patients with chronic pain."
  • Why did you select this program?
    "I was really drawn to St. Luke's Orthopedic Residency because of their hands-on classroom time and mentorship program. Each week we receive four hours of in-person lab and lecture which assists in improving our clinical practice. Additionally, each week we receive mentoring from an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. This is a very valuable opportunity to review cases I may be struggling with and learn new manual techniques. From what I have seen, it's these components that really makes St. Luke's Orthopedic Residency stand out."
  • Why did you pursue advanced orthopedic training through residency/fellowship?
    "There are two main reasons I decided to pursue an orthopedic residency. The first being; I don't believe I would be doing my patients justice without it. I feel as though I have learned skills over the last year that have helped me build therapeutic alliance sooner and get patients better quicker. Additionally, and more selfishly perhaps; I want to be a preferred provider within my region. I believe participating in this residency enables me with the opportunity to accomplish this goal much faster."
  • How do you think residency/fellowship will change your career trajectory going forward?
    "I believe my confidence and skill set has grown exponentially over the last year, which is something I will carry with me for the rest of my career. My career growth has also been expedited as I have already had the opportunity to develop a program at my clinic."
  • Please share a little-known, fun fact that others may be surprised to learn about you.
    "I have had the opportunity to play soccer in Europe on three different occasions."