Dr. Marybeth Barkocy received her Bachelor’s in physical therapy from the University of New Mexico in 1990. She completed part of her Masters in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology from the University of New Mexico before switching to her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy at A.T. Still University, graduating in March of 2013. She earned her pediatric specialty certification in 2016 in the midst of her own’s son’s traumatic brain injury inpatient rehabilitation at Craig Hospital.
With experience in a variety pediatric settings, Dr. Barkocy has practiced physical therapy at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, in the Albuquerque Public Schools, in Early Intervention, in home health care, with the Early Childhood Evaluation Program, and has spent a significant portion of her career as an outpatient therapist and clinical instructor at ExplorAbilities Pediatric Therapy Center. She has been certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, serial casting, and in the Assisting Hand Assessment.
Dr. Barkocy currently teaches Pediatrics, Biopsychosocial Practice, and Health, Wellness, and Fitness, and assists with other courses such as Foundations. In addition to teaching, she maintains her clinical practice at ExplorAbilities and leads the UNM pediatric student led pro-bono service learning clinic. She is credentialed through the UNM Medical Group to be a clinician in the Fred Rutan Gait and Motion Analysis Center, where she has performed clinical evaluation for 3D gait analysis and has ongoing research projects, primarily focused on pediatric toe walking. Dr. Barkocy is the state representative for the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Pediatrics and coordinates pediatric topics for the NMAPTA conference. In addition, she coordinates a statewide Pediatric Study Group quarterly with the Center for Development and Disability to provide free continuing education credit for physical therapists and related professionals. She participates in research collaborations internationally and has given presentations locally, nationally, and internationally regarding pediatric physical therapy. Most recently, she has been part of multidisciplinary team to improve family centered care, evidence based practice, and objective outcome measurement for children with cerebral palsy through the Naked Heart Foundation in Russia.