Cristy Pacheco, PT, DPT, CCS

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor; Director of Clinical Education, Division of Physical Therapy
Division: Physical Therapy

Dr. Pacheco is a physical therapist and director of clinical education and assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Prior to this role, she practiced as an acute care and critical care therapist for 13 years in the Seattle region. She collaborated in the development of critical care early mobility programs, developed competencies to enhance and standardize the acute care internship experience, and worked with hospital and nursing leaders to implement nursing driven mobility strategies to minimize hospital-acquired deconditioning. She also practiced at UWMC Northwest Hospital in Seattle, where she piloted the UW Multiple Sclerosis clinic in 2012. 

Dr. Pacheco was also adjunct faculty for the South College DPT program from 2018-2023. 

She is a board-certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist, an experienced APTA-certified clinical instructor, and has a passion for continued professional development in the acute care setting.   

Education and training

  • University of Washington BS Biology, 2004 
  • University of Washington Doctoral of Physical Therapy, 2011 

Board Certification

  • ABPTS Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist, 2019 

Clinical Interests

  • Acute care and high acuity patient management 
  • Health Disparities 
  • Vestibular Therapy 
  • Palliative and Hospice Therapies 

Teaching interests 

  • Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 
  • Clinical and professional development 
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