School of Allied Health Professions

Department of Physical Therapy


Rachel Wellons, PT, DPT, NCS

Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy
Phone: (504) 568-4284

Rachel Wellons, PT, DPT, NCS received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in 2002, followed by a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2003 from the University of Scranton and transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2006. Dr. Wellons practiced physical therapy full time from 2003 to 2010 in Acute Care, Outpatient, and Inpatient Rehabilitation settings.  She became a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2009.  Dr. Wellons attended the APTA Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency course in 2008, followed by the Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course in 2010.  Dr. Wellons ran the Vestibular Rehabilitation Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital from 2006-2010.

Dr. Wellons joined the faculty at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans in January 2011 at the rank of Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy was promoted to Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in 2018.  Her teaching responsibilities include neurorehabilitation courses, prosthetics and orthotics, and a professionalism course.  Dr Wellons has been involved with the Vestibular Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) for over 10 years, serving as the Podcast Coordinator, Online Educational Coordinator, and Chair (2020-present).  She has also published research and presented posters in the area of clinical translational research with respect to balance and vestibular disorders, Interprofessional Education, Case-Based Learning, and strategies to increase clinical reasoning in Physical Therapy Education.  Dr. Wellons has spoken at multiple local and national conferences in the area of Vestibular Rehabilitation.

Dr. Wellons maintains an active clinical practice on the LSU Health Sciences Center campus treating individuals with Vestibular Disorders, Imbalance, and Neurologic Disorders in a faculty practice clinic.  If you are a potential patient with a neurologic diagnosis, dizziness, or imbalance and you would like to receive 1:1 PT sessions with Dr. Wellons please email her at or call her at 504-568-4284.