David J. Minshall, PT, OCS, CWCE, CEES

David J. Minshall, PT, OCS, CWCE, CEES

  • Specialty

    Physical Therapy

  • Location

    University Lake

  • Education

    Master of Physical Therapy (2006)
    University of Vermont – Burlington
    Burlington, VT

    Associates of Science, Physical Therapist Assistant,
    Cum Laude (2000)
    New Hampshire Community Technical College
    Claremont, NH

    Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education (1997)
    University of Alaska Fairbanks
    Fairbanks, AK


Physical Therapist David Minshall treats his patients with all the benefit of experience, skill, professional training and good humor. He is a certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Certified Work Capacity Evaluator (CWCE) and Certified Ergonomic Evaluator Specialist (CEES). He also has specialty training in various aspects of spine care.

Mr. Minshall grew up in Alaska. He earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and, after following his family to New England, earned a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont – Burlington.

He worked as a PT in a variety of settings, served for a time as a traveling PT and eventually followed his heart back to Alaska. He worked in Kodiak and Seward eventually settled in Anchorage to help fellow Alaskans at OPA.

Among Mr. Minshall’s many professional credentials, he’s a master gardener, an author, and enjoys gold panning for fun.
• Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship, 1992


    Physical Therapy with emphasis in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Spine

    • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy (OCS)
    • Certified Work Capacity Evaluator (CWCE)
    • Certified Ergonomic Evaluator Specialist (CEES)
    • Completion of North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOM) Trainings, including Cervical Spine I & II, Thoracic Spine, and Lumbopelvic Spine.
    • VA Employee of the Month – Veterans Affairs Medical Center, White River Junction, VT, 2015
    • Vermont Master Gardener
    • University of Vermont Medical School Isola Braun Award, 2006 Given to 3rd year physical therapy student at UVM who has demonstrated the greatest potential for development of professional competency and leadership.
    • Physical Therapist Assistant Club President, 2000
    • Physical Therapist Assistant Cum Laude Graduate, 2000
    • Most Outstanding Student Award for Teachers (Hydaburg City School – Hydaburg, AK), 1997
    • Golden Key National Honor Society Treasurer, 1994

Patient Testimonials


The OPA team includes Alaska’s leading specialists and offers some of the latest, most advanced treatment procedures available today.

OPA treats a wide variety of conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions, minimally invasive arthroscopies (repairs), and total joint replacement.

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