Dr. Lewis has worked in home health, long-term care, acute hospitals, rehabilitation departments and outpatient clinics. She started a private practice in Washington, D.C. in 1983 and continues to work as a clinician. Dr. Lewis received her two Master’s degrees in Health Care Management and Gerontology from the University of Southern California. She also received her PhD from the University of Maryland in Health Education. She currently serves on the Medical Faculty at George Washington University as a full adjunct professor in the Department of Geriatrics and is the Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Lewis has extensive publications in the field of aging. Her articles have been published in The Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, Clinical Management, Geriatrics, Geritopics, and Senior Patient. She is also editor of the journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, which won the Association of American Publishers’ Award for the Most Outstanding Issue of Scientific Journal. In addition to her articles and journals, Dr. Lewis has written numerous textbooks on aging such as: Aging: Health Care’s Challenge: Interdisciplinary Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient, now in its fourth edition, Geriatric Clinical Strategies, Geriatric Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient, The Geriatric Exercise Kit, The Functional Toolbox I & II, The Balance Book and Osteoporosis Exercise Book, the Prevention and Wellness Toolbox, and the Orthopedic Outcome Toolbox as well as Health Promotion and Exercise for Older Adults and Improving Mobility in Older Persons. She also co-authored a book for the lay public with Dr. Marilynn Moffat entitled Age-Defying Fitness published in August 2006 by Peachtree Publishers.
Her accomplishments include receiving the APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award and The Section on Geriatrics highest honor, the Joan Mills Award & the Section on Geriatrics’ Clinical Excellence Award. She is also a Catherine Worthington Fellow for the APTA. She was chosen as one of the ten Outstanding Young Women in America. She has served the profession by volunteering for many local and national offices and served as the president of both the DC chapter and the Section on Geriatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Lewis has lectured extensively. She has spoken in over 48 states. Her international lectures include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Finland, Canada, China and Israel. She combines her diverse education and extensive clinical background to provide medically substantiated and usable information for today’s practicing clinician.