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Dr. Dawn Thomas, DScPT

Physical Therapist | Orthopedic

1630 W Houstonia Ave Royal Oak MI, 48073


I help you solve your pain problem so that you can take control of your active life.


My name is Dawn Thomas and I am a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy. I am an expert clinician and educator in anatomy, musculoskeletal diagnosis, injury recovery, exercise and self- management. For years, I have had many requests for personalized services online or in the home. I have reinvigorated my understanding of the importance of patient education, exercise and movement instruction through providing remote services amid the pandemic crisis of 2020. I decided it was time to say "YES" to those requests and launch Dawn Thomas Physical Therapy.

I find the root of your problem.

As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I am an expert at empowering others at mastering movement and taking control of their personal functional goals. I am an observant and expert movement analyzer.  I can identify what  dysfunctions and imbalances are causing you to move less efficiently. I can identify what can be done to improve those imbalances: loosen what is stiff, strengthen what is weak, and stabilize through muscle training what is unstable. I can help you to identify the root cause of what is giving you pain or reduced function.


I listen to your goals and give you solutions.

I will work with you to identify your specific functional goals and map out a plan to reach those goals. I find great joy in giving you the tools to enable you to master your movement and achieve the lifestyle you strive for. I can help you meet your goals whether they are to compete in triathlon competition or to be able to stand up from a chair without pain. I can help you if you with a variety of difficulties that can arise from arthritis, joint pain, muscle strains and tears, post surgical care, pre surgical rehab, impingement syndromes, neck and back pain, pinched nerves, sports injuries, post stroke rehab and much more.

Education and Training

Oakland University MPT 1995

Oakland University DScPT 2016

Provider Details

Female English
Dr. Dawn Thomas, DScPT
Dr. Dawn Thomas, DScPT's Expert Contributions
  • What can cause tingling muscle pain?

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  • Is my back pain serious enough to go to the hospital?

    Hi Amanda, I would encourage you to get evaluated by a medical doctor quickly. Pain at rest that will not go away with your age definitely would warrant a medical doctor visit. Starting with a medical clinic close to you might be easiest. go get yourself looked at Amanda. Best of luck. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

orthopedicsarthritisjoint painlow back and neck paintendonitismuscle strainsdisc disorderspost hospitalization rehabilitationwellness programingclinical educationstroke recoverybalance disordersligament sprains and tears

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Owner Dawn Thomas Physical Therapy 2020 - Present


  • Clinical Instructor of The Year 2002 Michigan Physical Therapy Association 

Professional Memberships

  • Blood Flow Restriction Providers  
  • American Physical Therapy Association  


  • expert manual therapy skills, therapeutic exercise, functional exercise, ultrasound, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, joint manipulation, electrical stimulation, blood flow restriction training, gait training, balance training

Professional Society Memberships

  • APTA

Articles and Publications

  • Blog posts : https://www.dawnthomaspt.com/blog and is hosting a webinar

What do you attribute your success to?

  • My Clients! I\'m motivated and inspired by them daily . I am providing quality physical therapy via telehealth for clients to restore function. With an expertise in musculoskeletal injuries, movement assessment, manual therapy I guide patients to have successful outcomes. Providing patients with the education they need along with the tools to be successful in their recovery is proving to be a wonderful option for my clientele.I am providing in home outpatient physical therapy services to patients who are better served with hands on care in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Both strategies for providing care allows me the ability to empower the patient to learn how to reach their goals in their own environment.

Dr. Dawn Thomas, DScPT's Practice location

Dawn Thomas Physical Therapy

1630 W Houstonia Ave -
Royal Oak, MI 48073
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New patients: 248-467-4793

Dawn Thomas Physical Therapy

Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
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New patients: 248-467-4793
Fax: 248-733-4898

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Get to know Physical Therapist Dr. Dawn Thomas, who serves patients in Michigan.

Dr. Thomas is a skilled physical therapist who has been engaged in multifaceted patient care since 1995. She is the Owner of Dawn Thomas Physical Therapy, serving the Metro Detroit Area. 

Offering mobile physical therapy and wellness services at home or via telehealth, Dr. Thomas helps active adults suffering with pain and mobility issues eliminate their pain while gaining movement so that they can confidently live the active lifestyle they desire. She is an expert in evaluating and treating musculoskeletal disorders across the lifespan, utilizing her skills as a manual therapist that include neuromuscular re-education, stability training, exercise prescription, manual muscle stretching, joint mobilization, joint manipulation, and patient education.

Earning her Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certification and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2016, both from Oakland University, Dr. Thomas became an orthopedic expert in 2000. She has spent years honing her craft of movement mastery through post graduate education, practice, a commitment to lifelong learning, teaching, and providing therapy in acute care, rehab and outpatient environments. 

With extensive experience with diverse patients having medical and physical limitations, both orthopedic and neurological, Dr. Thomas enjoys guiding clients through injury recovery and surgery rehab while improving mobility levels. Problem-solving complex cases and applying expertise to orthopedic and neurological conditions are her specialties.

“As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I am an expert at empowering others at mastering movement and taking control of their personal functional goals. I am an observant and expert movement analyzer.  I can identify what  dysfunctions and imbalances are causing you to move less efficiently. I can identify what can be done to improve those imbalances: loosen what is stiff, strengthen what is weak, and stabilize through muscle training what is unstable. I can help you to identify the root cause of what is giving you pain or reduced function” expresses Dr. Thomas.

Physical therapy (PT), also known as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions that, by using evidence-based kinesiology, electrotherapy, shockwave modality, exercise prescription, joint mobilization and health education, treats conditions such as chronic or acute pain, soft tissue injuries, cartilage damage, arthritis, gait disorders, and physical impairments typically of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neurological, and endocrinological origins. Physical therapy is used to improve a patient’s physical functions through physical examination, diagnosis, prognosis, physical intervention, rehabilitation, and patient education. It is practiced by physical therapists (known as physiotherapists in many countries).

Achieving recognition in her field, Dr. Thomas has been featured in “The World of Wellness 2022” organized by the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities. She also has a research manuscript published by the Journal of Physical Therapy Education titled “The Relationship Between Completion of Post professional Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Education and Core Values of Professionalism.”

With a background as a collegiate athlete in diving, sailing, and gymnastics, and now as an aging athlete in running, open water swimming, and triathlon, Dr. Thomas also possesses decades of teaching experience and a commitment to lifelong learning. This combination gives her a distinct perspective and advantage in guiding clients to achieve their goals.

She credits her success to her unwavering commitment and passion for lifelong learning. Her refusal to settle for anything less than exceptional care for her clients has been pivotal in broadening her skillset and bolstering her ability to bring positive transformations to the lives of those she serves.

When she is not working with patients, Dr. Thomas enjoys camping, hiking, weight lifting, photography, triathlon training, open water swimming, learning new physical skills that require learning, walking her dog, and being a sports mom. Her favorite professional publications include IDEA Health and Fitness Association & Physiopedia.

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