Briana Partee

Assistant Professor


Dr. Partee joined the Physical Therapy Division first as a DEI curricular consultant and then as an Assistant Professor in 2021. She is an orthopedic physical therapist with ten years of clinical experience, practicing primarily in a hospital-based outpatient setting in Cleveland, Ohio. She is excited to serve as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader within the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota. Being here at the University of Minnesota at this time of significant change has been one of the most impactful accomplishments of her career. The visionary leadership and support provided by Dr. Paula Ludewig and the faculty and staff to make the position a priority within the department reflect the commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Dr. Partee is committed to excellence. Her mission will be achieved through relationship building and embracing an environment of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect for the similarities and differences in our community. She strives to create an atmosphere where differences are valued and celebrated, knowing institutional diversity fuels the advancement of knowledge, improves patient care, and fosters excellence. She aspires to train a culturally aware Physical Therapy workforce qualified to meet the needs of the diverse populations we serve. She is committed to providing education and training around the intersections of identities, gender expression, oppression, racism, professionalism, and medicine. She wants students to express their authentic selves and be an asset to our program, the school of medicine, the Twin Cities, and beyond. 

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Physical Therapy Association, Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Member; Member of Education Section
  • Minnesota Physical Therapy Association (MNPTA), Member
  • The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) DEI Consortium Committee Member 

Research Summary

Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Partee’s research interests include health equity and disparities; diversity, equity, and inclusion in physical therapy, healthcare, and higher education; and leadership development.


Poster Presentation

Partee BL, Nolan TJ. Connecting through communication: A case report for improved patient-centered physical therapy care to an incarcerated individual. (2019) Combined Sections Meeting. Washington, DC.

Partee B, Ludewig P, North S. Advancing Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program Self-Understanding Related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. (poster) APTA Minnesota Conference April 2022

Partee B, Nolan TJ. Connecting through communication: A case report for the improved patient-centered physical therapy care to an incarcerated individual. (poster) Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA Washington, DC. 2017 

Teaching Summary


  1. PT 6214- Clerkship II: Documentation and Reimbursement, Coordinator
  2. PT 6212- Becoming a Physical Therapist
  3. PT 6295, 6296, 6297, 6298- Clinical Internship I-IV, Internship Clinical Education Team 

Clinical Summary

Board Certifications

  • Physical Therapist Licensure, Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy
  • Certified American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Clinical Instructor
  • Equity and Diversity Certification, University of Minnesota
  • Inclusive and Ethical Leadership Certificate
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate