Dr. Hunter Gaffney

Dr. Hunter Gaffney


Dr. Hunter Gaffney joined CPTA in February 2018 as a full time outpatient physical therapist. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Wingate University in 2017. Prior to receiving his Doctorate of Physical Therapy, he received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Erskine College and his Master of Science in Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) from Appalachian State University. Dr. Gaffney is also certified as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association as well as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.

Dr. Gaffney first became involved with CPTA in the summer of 2017 where he completed a 3 month clinical rotation as a student and returned as a full time licensed Physical Therapist in February 2018.

Dr. Gaffney was the Director of Strength & Conditioning at Appalachian State University, the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at NC State University, the Assistant Sports Performance Coach at OrthoCarolina Sports Performance, and he was a Sports Performance Specialist at Architech Sports & Physical Therapy.

Dr. Gaffney grew up in Kings Mountain, NC where he played baseball and ran cross country which he received athletic scholarships for and continued to play both sports at Erskine College.

Dr. Gaffney became interested in physical therapy after experiencing the rehab process himself as a patient from two elbow surgeries in 2013 and 2014.

Dr. Gaffney has a passion for working with patients of all ages and instilling in them the importance of functional movement in order to optimize and restore mobility.

Dr. Gaffney is eager to continue learning in order to provide his patients with excellent care. He plans to become Certified in Spinal Manipulative Therapy and in Dry Needling as well as becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS).


  1. BS in Sports Management, Erskine College
  2. MS in Exercise Science, Appalachian State University
  3. Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Wingate University

Professional Experience:

  1. Cleveland Physical Therapy Associates, Shelby, NC

Professional Affiliations


  1. Licensed Physical Therapist, State of NC