Faculty and Staff

Morris “Rick” Casano Beato is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida. He is the Director of the UCF & Orlando Health Neurologic Residency Program. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree at the University of Perpetual Help and his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Dakota. He is a Board Certified Specialist in both Geriatric and Neurologic Physical Therapy. Beato is the immediate past Chair of the Geriatric Specialty Council and is a current member of the Neurologic Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is a Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and is trained in Neuro Integrated Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation treatment for stroke and brain injury as well as LSVT BIG and PWR! for Parkinson’s disease. Beato is a recipient of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Outstanding Service Award. He is the current Chair of the Florida Physical Therapy Association’s Neurologic Special Interest Group. He has been published in peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy in Sport.

  • BSPT, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Perpetual Help
  • PT, Licensed Physical Therapist, University of Perpetual Help
  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Dakota
  • GCS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • NCS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • CEEAA, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Falls in Older Adults and Stroke Survivors

Rehabilitation of Patients with Neurologic Disorders: Stroke, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Vestibular Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Neuromotor Interventions in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Education in Post Professional Residency Programs and Physical Therapy Board Specialties

Areas of Specialty
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuromotor Interventions for Neurologic Conditions
  • Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation
Research Grants
Physical Therapy

UCF and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency

  • PI: Morris Beato
  • Amount: $1,500 | Timeframe: 06/01/2017 - 07/31/2018
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Inc.
  • PHT 7764 C: Advance Neurologic Treatment
  • PHT 7999: Physical Therapy Residency
  • PHT 7772 C: Advance Neurologic Physical Therapy 2
  • PHT 5240 L: Physical Assessment Laboratory
  • PHT 6719 L: Advance Neurologic Physical Therapy 1 Laboratory
  • PHT 5718 L: Neurologic Physical Therapy Lab
  • PHT 7722 C: Clinical Integrations 1
  • PHT 6720: Integumentary Physical Therapy and Professionalism
  • UCF DPT Faculty and Alumni Present at FPTA Conference
    Written By: Drexler James | August 25, 2021
    The 2021 Florida Physical Therapy Association conference will take place Sept. 23-26 in Orlando and will feature faculty, students and alumni from the Division of Physical Therapy. Check out the list below to see where our UCF DPT representatives will be presenting during the conference! We hope to...
  • Neurologic PT Residents and Faculty Presents at Florida Physical Therapy Conference
    Written By: Morris Beato | April 11, 2021
    Faculty from the UCF and Orlando Health neurologic residency, as well as current and previous residents, presented on the topic of neuropathy at the Florida Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference...
  • UCF and Orlando Health Residency Program Offers DPTs Advanced Neurologic Training
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | August 20, 2020
    Olivia Berry is the latest physical therapist to complete a neurologic residency offered by a partnership between UCF and Orlando Health. The UCF & Orlando Health Neurologic Residency Program offers post-graduate training in...
  • How Alzheimer’s Disease Impacts Patient, Family and Friends and How to Rally Support in the Community
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | June 24, 2020
    While everyone occasionally forgets a name, or why they entered a room, changes in cognition and behaviors might be indicators of something more serious. These could be signs of dementia...
  • Health Tips from Faculty During COVID-19
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | April 17, 2020
    The stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic make self-care more important than ever. Here are some tips shared by our health experts at the College of Health Professions and...
  • UCF and Orlando Health Residency Faculty Shine at APTA Combined Sections Meeting
    Written By: Rick Casano Beato | March 6, 2020
    The UCF & Orlando Health Neurologic Residency faculty were busy at this year’s Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association held at the Colorado Convention Center from March...
  • UCF DPT Faculty Appointed to Multiple PT Specialty Board Positions
    Written By: Megan Pabian | February 14, 2020
    Three UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program faculty members representing three different board specialty areas of physical therapy are headed to Denver, Colorado February 11-15 for the annual meeting of...
  • DPT Students, Neurologic Resident and Faculty Screen Parkinson’s Patients In The Community
    Written By: Rick Beato | December 30, 2019
    The third year UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy students under the supervision of current neurologic resident, Olivia Berry, DPT, screened Parkinson’s patients in the community on October 4 at Select...
  • Neurologic Residents Present at the FPTA Annual Conference
    Written By: Rick Beato | December 16, 2019
    Two residents of the University of Central Florida and Orlando Health neurologic residency program presented their research at the 2019 Florida Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference and Assembly of Representatives...
  • UCF-Orlando Health Physical Therapy Residency in Neurology Gains National Accreditation
    Written By: Karen Guin | May 14, 2018
    Orlando’s first physical therapy residency program in neurology was accredited April 30 by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health...
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