Dr. Anjanette C. Nuñez is a Doctor of Physical Therapy committed to building a society with full health equity through inclusive clinical practice, education, mentorship, and leadership development. Dr. Nuñez is certified in Diversity Management. Her recent projects on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives include presentations and program development related to healthcare disparities and pain, perceptions of inclusion, student leadership development, and implicit bias training. She also has a related line of research and presentations on mindfulness, resiliency, self-efficacy, and well-being.
A first-generation Filipino-American, Dr. Nuñez grew up in Queens, NY where she was influenced by her family of healthcare workers, educators, advocates, and entrepreneurs, who helped solidify her values of education and fortitude.
Dr. Nuñez graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Urban Studies from Vassar College. Her studies focused on the influences of Asian American immigrant-owned businesses on geographical landscape and streetscape changes in Queens, NY. As a City Planner, she developed environmental impact statements for the rehabilitation of New York City subway lines following the devastating events of 9/11. Due to this work, she understands the impact of resiliency on communities. Her belief in human resiliency and the plasticity of human neuro-anatomy, and her passion for community-building through one-on-one interactions led Dr. Nuñez to change her career to the physical therapy field.
Dr. Nuñez is currently a Pain Science Fellow-in-Training with a research focus on pain neuroscience education for allied healthcare students working with diverse populations. One of her Fellowship goals is to help students advance their knowledge and improve their communication about pain. Dr. Nuñez earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2014 from Georgia State University (GSU). Since then, Dr. Nuñez has developed a longstanding record of professional and educational service. A Clinic Director in the outpatient physical therapy field, she holds advanced certifications as a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS). Dr. Nuñez completed her Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program in 2016 and has presented research on Pain Neuroscience Education at national and state conferences. She is an active member of the APTA and has served on the 2017-2018 Nominating Committee for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. Dr. Nuñez is a part-time instructor with the DPT program at GSU and has guest lectured at several DPT programs. She received the 2017-2018 Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award from GSU.
Through her work at IDEAL Education & Consulting, Dr. Nuñez strives to reduce disparities and create opportunities in healthcare for diverse communities. She is committed to guiding present and future leaders in tackling barriers to social and educational inclusion.
Dr. Nuñez currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA with her wife, Nancy.