Director of Clinical Education
Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
1462 Clifton Rd. N.E., Suite 312
Atlanta, GA 30322
Dr. Nuñez joins the Emory DPT faculty as an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education. Prior to her faculty appointment at Emory, she developed a longstanding record of professional and educational service in outpatient orthopedics. Her clinical expertise focuses on pain neuroscience education for diverse populations through inter-professional collaboration. Dr. Nuñez holds advanced certifications as a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist. She completed an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program in 2016 and has presented research on pain neuroscience education at national and state conferences. She is an active member of APTA and has served on the 2017-2018 Nominating Committee for the APTA of Georgia. Dr. Nuñez is passionate about the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion-informed physical therapy practice and education. She is committed to the development of current and future DPT clinicians through inclusive clinical education, advocacy, leadership development and mentorship.
2014 Doctor of Physical Therapy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
2001 Bachelor of Arts, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
2017 – 2018 Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award, Georgia State University, Department of Physical Therapy.
Professional Presentations and Publications
Nuñez, M.A., Integrating Mindfulness, Pain Neuroscience Education and Yoga – Practical tools for patients with chronic pain and the practitioner. Physical Therapy Association of Georgia ImPACT, Atlanta, GA, March 2019.
Maddox, D., Nuñez, M.A., Finding Equilibrium: The Reconciliation and Practical Integration of Modern Pain Concepts with Classic Manual Therapy Paradigms. Physical Therapy Association of Georgia ImPACT, Athens, GA, April 2018.
Nuñez, M.A., Using abbreviated PNE as an adjunct to traditional physical therapy interventions in the treatment of chronic knee pain in a 59-year-old male with knee osteoarthritis: A case report. Poster presentation, APTA CSM, San Antonio, TX, February 2017.
Morelli, K., Carrelli, M., Nuñez, M., Smith, C., Hip Strengthening Exercises as Effective Treatment for Knee Pain: A Meta-Analysis. Poster Presentation, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, Abstract in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2014.
Morelli, K.M., Warren, G., Carrelli, M., Nuñez, M., Smith, C., Addition of hip exercises to treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome: A meta-analysis. World J. Meta-Anal. 3: 118 – 124, 2015.