Dr. Shaun Tu, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist


BA, Human Development, UC San Diego

BS, Physiology/Neuroscience, UC San Diego

DPT – Northwestern University


  • Sports/Athletic Performance
  • Neurologic Injury Rehabilitation
  • Floortime/DIR
  • Evidence-based Practice

Where are you from?Fresno, CA “California’s year-round playground”
What did you study?Human Development, BS: Physiology & Neuroscience, DPT: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Name the moment that inspired you to take your career path.As a lifelong athlete, human performance and sport have always fascinated me – how can we help the human body perform at its peak? After dealing with several injuries of my own and learning more about the field of physical therapy – becoming one myself was a logical progression. In specific regards to my interest in the field of pediatrics… it was watching the incredible functional gains my patients made every day and all the laughs that came with them during my clinical affiliation on the pediatric floor at the Rehabilitation institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan Ability Lab).
What do you specialize in?Sports conditioning. (Other professional interests: spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries)
Coffee or tea? Coffee for the caffeine, tea for relaxing
Favorite therapeutic swing?Interaction dual swing because of its versatility and its one of the few that can support my body weight
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment? I had individual success as a collegiate track and field athlete, and at one point I held the #4 all-time position in the men’s long jump at UC San Diego. However I’m most proud of being named captain of my team for two years and watching (from my laptop in Chicago) as the underclassmen athletes I helped mentor as a senior won the first men’s track and field conference championship in UCSD history. Also, surviving my first Chicago winter having lived in San Diego for 5 years.
Books or movies?Both. Pixar, Wes Anderson, and self-help books
Where would you go on your dream vacation? Road tripping through Asia or South America
Favorite children’s song? Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers)
What skill are you most proud of? I can rollerskate on my tiptoes
Winter or summer? I can’t wear shorts in the winter.