Sarah Luna, PT, DPT, PhD

Associate Professor

Sarah Luna earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in Denver, Colo., in 2004 and a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Texas State University in 2001. Dr. Luna completed a PhD in Translational Science from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio.  Prior to joining the faculty at University of the Incarnate Word, Dr. Luna worked in the Methodist Healthcare System for 8.5 years. She continued part-time clinical practice in the acute care setting for a total of 17 years.  When she is not at work, Dr. Luna enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

School of Physical Therapy
(210) 283-6962
Room 1131


    • Professional Topics III and IV
    • Co-instructor in Professional Topics V
    • Professional Critical Self-Reflection Series
    • Capstone Course Series
    • Clinical Instructor School of Physical Therapy Community Clinic
    • Patient Client Management III Acute care content
    • Physical Therapy Reasoning V

School of Physical Therapy

    • Professional Topics Thread Committee (Chair)
    • Academic Year 2 Committee
    • Curriculum Assessment Committee
    • Awards and Scholarship Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee (2015-2017)


    • Faculty Affairs Committee (2015-2017)

Profession and Community

    • Clinician in the UIW SoPT Community Clinic, providing low-cost physical therapy services to individuals in our community who are uninsured or underinsured
    • American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) Consortium for the Humanities, Ethics and Professionalism Leadership Committee Officer, Secretary
    • San Antonio Food Bank Volunteer
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Helotes, TX - Lector

Selected past 10 years


    • Brown NA, Luna SE, Kish JC. The Art of Patient Care: Using Medical Humanities to Cultivate Empathy in Physical Therapy Students. Texas Physical Therapy Foundation.

Peer-reviewed Publications

    • Wagner A, Luna S. Effect of Footwear on Joint Pain and Function in Older Adults with Lower Extremity Osteoarthritis. J Geriatr Phys Ther. November 2016. doi:10.151doi:10.1519/JPT.00000000000001089/JPT.0000000000000108.

Peer-reviewed Presentations

    • Brown N, Luna S, LaLonde A. (2017). The Jar of Truthiness: Developing Leaders with Integrity. 2017 APTA Education Leadership Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
    • Kish J, Luna S, Brown N. (2017). The Art of Chronic Pain: Using Medical Humanities to Reduce Implicit Bias; Cultivate Empathy in Physical Therapy Students. 2017 APTA Education Leadership Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
    • Kish J, Dugan J, Luna S, Brown N. (2016). Levels of Empathy, Grit; Burnout in an Entry-Level, Problem-Based Learning Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. 9th Annual UIW Research Week, San Antonio, Texas.
    • Luna SE, Wagner AE. (2015). Footwear and Mobility in Older Adults. 8th Annual Research Week - University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.
    • Luna SE, Wagner AE. (2014). Factors contributing to student level of engagement in statistics content in a problem-based learning DPT curriculum. TPTA Annual Conference, Galveston, Texas.