Headshot of Emilio (Louie) Puentedura, PT, DPT, Ph.D., OCS, FAAOMPT

Emilio (Louie) Puentedura, PT, DPT, Ph.D., OCS, FAAOMPT

Associate Professor
Department(s): Allied Health Sciences
Office: BHS 322
Mail Code: 3029
Phone: 702-895-1621
Fax: 702-895-4883
Email: louie.puentedura@unlv.edu



Dr. Emilio "Louie" Puentedura was born in Madrid, Spain and raised in Melbourne, Australia.  He earned his B.App.Sc. in Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in 1980. In 1983, he completed a graduate diploma in Manipulative Therapy (GDMT) from the same University. 

After practicing for approximately 15 years in outpatient physical therapy, he moved to the United States. He completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2011.

Dr. Puentedura joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas - department of Physical Therapy in 2007. He is an ABPTS Certified Specialist in Orthopedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He was awarded the 2012 Rose Excellence in Research Award by the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the 2012 John Medeiros Award by the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.



  • Ph.D. in Physical Therapy – Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL - 2011
  • DPT, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ  – 2005
  • GDMT – La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia – 1983
  • BAppSc PT – La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia – 1980 

Courses Taught

  • DPT 744 Gross Human Anatomy I
  • DPT 744L Gross Human Anatomy I Lab
  • DPT 745 Gross Human Anatomy II
  • DPT 745L Gross Human Anatomy II Lab
  • DPT 788 Spine Examination and Treatment
  • DPT 788L Spine Examination and Treatment Lab
  • DPT 791 Applied Research Statistics
  • DPT 702 Clinical Appraisal and Synthesis of Research in Rehabilitation
  • DPT 703 Measurement Theory and Outcomes in Rehabilitation

Research Interests

Dr. Puentedura’s primary research interests are clinical effectiveness and mechanisms of spinal manipulation, neurodynamic interventions, and neuroscience education for chronic pain.