Dr. Sydney Clayton
“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.“
– Mitch Albom
Born in Boise, Idaho and raised all over the United States, I call Middle Tennessee home because this is the place that I have been the longest. My husband, David Clayton, Jr. and I have lived in Nashville since we graduated from Lipscomb. We currently are expecting our first child and look forward to continue planting roots in Middle Tennessee. We are thoroughly invested in our home church, Ethos Church of Christ, and serve in our local community in various ways. When I am not in the classroom or in the clinic, you can usually find me spending time outdoors being active. I enjoy everything from hiking to golf in the summer months to snow skiing and sledding in the winter time.
I received my B. S. from Lipscomb University in 2002 in Exercise Science and continued on to Belmont University where I earned my Doctorate in Physical Therapy in August of 2005. After completing my degree, I worked for Results Physiotherapy in Franklin, Tennessee as a full-time manual physical therapist. I worked full-time for 3.5 years where I took on various roles as a lead therapist and clinical instructor. I also got involved in the local triathlon group GNAC, providing triage care and rehab for chronic injuries. I stay up-to-date in my clinical skills by working PRN in the summer and Christmas academic breaks for Results. I currently teach Anatomy and Physiology I & II to our Pre-Nursing students and enjoy watching them learn more about their own bodies and about how the systems integrate together.
Professional Clinical Experience: Results Physiotherapy, Franklin, TN: Full-time Manual Physical Therapist (2005-2008); Clinical Instructor (2006-2008); PRN Manual Physical Therapist (2009-Present).
Courses Taught: BY 2434, BY 2444.
Professional Areas of Interest: Clinical evidence based research and treatment using manual therapy in a physical therapy setting, student academic confidence level and their selection in major area of study, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Scholarly Activity: Published Research: Gohl, A. & Clayton, S. A. (2006). Median and Ulnar Neuropathies in Unversity Pianists. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 21(1), 17.
Awards: Difference Maker Award, Lipscomb University (2009).
Professional Organizations: American Physical Therapy Association (2003-Present), Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (2003-Present), Orthopedic Section Member (2003-2007).
Education: DPT Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Belmont University (2005); B.S. Exercise Science, Lipscomb University (2002)
Professional Teaching Experience: Lipscomb University: Assistant Professor of Biology (2009-Present), Pre-Clinical Coordinator for Nursing Department (2009-Present).
Church: Ethos Church of Christ