Dr. Scott W. Cheatham

Dr. Scott W. Cheatham

Educator & PT Consultant

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  • Educator
  • PT Legal Expert
  • Research Consultant
  • Orthopedic PT Specialist

Dr. Scott W. Cheatham

E-mail:scheatham@csudh.edu Address:1000 E. Victoria St. Carson, CA 90747
Phone:(310) 892-4376


Dr. Scott Cheatham is an Associate Professor in the Division of Kinesiology at California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. He is owner of Sports Medicine Alliance (SMA). Dr. Cheatham received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Chapman University in Orange, California and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Cheatham is a Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist (OCS) and a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) specialist in orthopedics (OCS). He also holds several fitness certifications and is a certified ergonomic specialist.

Dr. Cheatham is a national presenter for various organizations and has authored over 80 peer reviewed publications, textbook chapters, and several home study courses on the topics of orthopedics, health & fitness, and sports medicine. He is the co-editor and contributing author of the textbook titled Orthopedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis. Dr. Cheatham’s professional responsibilities include being an associate editor for the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training, American Journal of Sports Medicine, and NSCA’s Personal Training Quarterly.

Dr. Cheatham is a consultant for various health and fitness organizations including: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Equinox Fitness Clubs, American Council on Exercise, and Trigger Point Therapy products. His current clinical practice includes general orthopedics, sports-performance, and sports medicine services. Dr. Cheatham’s specialization includes treating musculoskeletal problems of the spine and hip.



  • Ph.D.- Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy
  • Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale, FL

  • DPT- Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Chapman University, Orange, CA

  • BA- Bachelors of Arts in Physical Education: Athletic Training
  • California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA


  • PT Board of California: Licensed Physical Therapist
  • American Board of PT Specialists: Orthopedic Physical Therapist Specialist


  • BOC: Certified Athletic Trainer
  • NSCA: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NASM: Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NASM: Performance Exercise Specialist
  • FMS/SFMA: Level 1
  • Graston IASMT Certified: Level 1

Academic Appointments

California State University Dominguez Hills: Division of Kinesiology

  • Associate Professor (Tenured): Kinesiology
  • Director Pre-PT Program/Division Curriculum Director

University of Idaho: Department of Movement Sciences

  • Adjunct Faculty: Doctor of Athletic Training/Masters of Athletic Training Programs

AT Still University: College of Graduate Health Studies

  • Adjunct Online Faculty: Masters of Science in Kinesiology


PT Legal Consulting

Dr. Cheatham is currently an expert PT consultant providing medical chart review, expert testimony, and education for various organizations and government agencies such as: Physical Therapy Board of California, Elite Medical Experts, and Experts in Therapy.

Dr. Cheatham is available to provide consultation services for the following:

  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Medical Chart Review
  • Professional Ethics and State Law Compliance
  • Continuing Education for Laws and Ethics

To inquire about these services or Dr. Cheatham’s current fee schedule, please submit requests via the Contact section or see his website http://www.ptexpertwitness.com/

Education and Research Consultant

Dr. Cheatham currently provides education and research consultation services for various health and fitness organizations. Current projects include developing staff education and conducting clinical research studies
Dr. Cheatham’s current clients include:

  • TriggerPoint
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Equinox Fitness Clubs

To inquire about these services, please submit requests via the Contact section of this website.


E-mail:scheatham@csudh.edu Address:1000 E. Victoria St. Carson, CA 90747
Phone:(310) 892-4376