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Baloy, Rodiel Kirby
Adjunct Faculty
Transitional Doctor of PT
Email: rbaloy@css.edu
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Batchelder, Kaitlyn
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: kbatchelder1@css.edu
 
 
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Berg, Robert
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: rberg2@css.edu
 
 
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Berry, Justin
Adjunct Faculty
Transitional Doctor of PT
Email: jberry@css.edu
 
 
Borstad, Alexandra
Borstad, Alexandra
Assoc Prof, Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy
Office: HSC218
Phone: (218) 625-4938
Email: aborstad@css.edu
 
Borstad, John
Borstad, John
Professor & Chair, PT
Physical Therapy
Office: HSC214
Phone: (218) 723-6523
Email: jborstad1@css.edu
 
 
 
Bot, Carl
Bot, Carl
Adjunct Faculty
Transitional Doctor of PT
Email: cbot@css.edu
 
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Cabelka, Christine
Cabelka, Christine
Assistant Professor, PTH
Physical Therapy
Office: HSC223
Phone: (218) 723-6122
Email: ccabelka@css.edu
 
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DesMarais, Kirsten
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: kdesmarais@css.edu
 
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Desmarais, Alicia
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: adesmarais@css.edu
 
 
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Drinkwine, Peter
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: pdrinkwi@css.edu
 
 
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Farley, Ann
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: afarley1@css.edu
 
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Garfield, Kassia
Adjunct Faculty
Transitional Doctor of PT
Email: kgarfield1@css.edu
 
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Kaldahl, Shanel
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: shatfield@css.edu
 
Kittelson, Jeffrey
Kittelson, Jeffrey
Asst Professor, PTH
Physical Therapy
Office: HSC211
Phone: (218) 723-6061
Email: jkittel2@css.edu
 
 
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Kittelson, Kristin
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: kkittelson@css.edu
 
 
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Lieberz, Dalerie
Lieberz, Dalerie
Assoc Prof/Dir Clinical Edu
Physical Therapy
Office: HSC220
Phone: 625-4480
Email: dlieberz@css.edu
 
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McLaughlin, Kevin
Adjunct Faculty
Transitional Doctor of PT
Email: kmclaughlin@css.edu
 
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Merkx-Quinn, Maria
Adjunct Faculty
Transitional Doctor of PT
Email: mmerkxquinn@css.edu
 
 
Mohn-Johnsen, Samantha
Mohn-Johnsen, Samantha
Assoc Prof/Asst Dir Clinic Edu
Physical Therapy
Office: HSC212
Phone: (218) 723-6640
Email: smohnjohnsen@css.edu
 
 
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Munson, Laura
Online Student Advisor, HIM
Academic Advisement
Office: S1222C
Phone: (218) 723-5982
Email: lmunson@css.edu
 
 
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Munson, Laura
Online Student Advisor, HIM
Academic Advisement
Office: S1222C
Phone: (218) 723-5982
Email: lmunson@css.edu
 
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Noone, Patricia
Adjunct Faculty
Transitional Doctor of PT
Email: pnoone@css.edu
 
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Ogston, Jena
Ogston, Jena
Professor, Prog Dir Trans Doct
Physical Therapy
Office: HSC219
Phone: 733-2216
Email: jogston@css.edu
 
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Pernu, Jenna
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: jpernu1@css.edu
 
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Perry, Todd
Adjunct Faculty
Transitional Doctor of PT
Email: tperry@css.edu
 
 
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Ries, Benjamin
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: bries@css.edu
 
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Spangler, Lynda
Spangler, Lynda
Asst Professor, PTH
Transitional Doctor of PT
Office: HSC222
Phone: (218) 723-5995
Email: lspangle@css.edu
 
Stam, Daniel
Stam, Daniel
Assistant Professor, PT
Physical Therapy
Office: HSC213
Phone: (218) 723-6160
Email: dstam@css.edu
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Tombers, Nicole
Tombers, Nicole
Asst Professor, PTH
Physical Therapy
Office: HSC216
Phone: (218) 723-6176
Email: ntombers@css.edu
 
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Wasland, Matthew
Adjunct Faculty
Physical Therapy
Email: mwasland1@css.edu
 
Watkins, Molly
Watkins, Molly
Assistant Professor, PT
Physical Therapy
Office: HSC215
Phone: (218) 625-4873
Email: mwatkins2@css.edu
 
 


Rodiel Kirby Baloy, PT, DPT, EdS, MS

E-Mail: rbaloy@css.edu

Website:https://www.linkedin.com/in/r-kirby-baloy-84308343/

Position:  Adjunct Professor, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 

Department: Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Education:

BS Physical Therapy, University of Phil College of Allied Medical Professions (2000)

MS Human Movement Science, University of the Phil College of Human Kinetics (2005)

DPT Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN (2015)

Education Specialist, Advanced Educational Practice, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS (2019)

Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification, International Spine and Pain Institute, Louisville, KY (2020)

Defense and Strategic Studies, Missouri State University, Washington DC Defense and Strategic Studies Campus (2020)

Teaching:  Examination and Evaluation for the International Physical Therapist

Clinical Experience:  Orthopedics, Geriatrics, Persistent Pain Populations, Sports Medicine

Professional involvement:  American College of Sports Medicine - Exercise is Medicine National Credentialing Committee, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Item Writer, American Physiological Society – Graduate Member, American Academy of Integrative Pain Management, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), 

Volunteer/Community work as a PT: Surf City Marathon, LA Marathon, Edison Football Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

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Justin Berry, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Berry received his DPT and PhD from the University of North Dakota.

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Alexandra Borstad, PhD, PT, NCS

Education:

B. A. University of St. Thomas - Biology (1991)

B. S. University of Minnesota - Physical Therapy (1993)

M. S. The Ohio State University - Neurologic Rehabilitation (2007)

Ph. D. The Ohio State University - Rehabilitation Science (2012)

Teaching:

Dr. Borstad teaches in the areas of neuroscience, neurologic rehabilitation, motor control, and research. She is a faculty member for the international service learning course to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

Research:

Dr. Borstad's research has focused restoration of sensorimotor control of the upper limb following stroke.  Within this broad topic she has contributed to work on the mechanisms associated with positive neuroplasticity associated with sensory rehabilitation and Constraint Induced Movement Therapy.  She contributed to the development of a Virtual Reality Game for upper limb rehabilitation post stroke, called Recovery Rapids.  In collaboration with colleagues in computer science she is working on the development and validation of two measures of somatosensation.

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John Borstad, PhD, PT

Education: BA Biology, St. Olaf College, 1987; BS Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota, 1993; PhD Rehabilitation Science, University of Minnesota, 2004.

Scholarship:  Dr. Borstad's research evaluates soft tissue alterations at the shoulder and their effects on shoulder biomechanics and he is also studying the relationships among tissue tightness, motion and pain at the shoulder.  He has authored or co-authored over twenty-five peer-reviewed manuscripts, three textbook chapters and is an editor of Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques.  

Teaching:  Biomechanics for Physical Therapy; Musculoskeletal Science and Applications; Evidence-Based Practice in Rehabilitation;  Advanced Therapeutic Progressions; Small Group Research Practicum.  

Service: Dr. Borstad is engaged in state, national and international activities related to the physical therapy profession including abstract and grant reviewing and continuing education assessment.  He is on the Board of Directors for St. Ann's Residence in Duluth.

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Carl Bot, PT, DPT, OCS

Education: BA Health Sciences, College of St. Scholastica, 1993; MA Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, 1995; DPT, Des Moines University, 2007.

Teaching Responsibilities: Professional Integration. 

Professional: Dr. Bot is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and an APTA orthopaedic section member. He is an orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) as certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2002.

Clinical experience: Out-patient orthopedics, industrial medicine and vestibular rehabilitation.

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Christine Cabelka, PT, MA, PhD, CLT, WCS

Education:  B.A. in Health Science, The College of St. Scholastica, 2004

M.A. in Physical Therapy, The College of St. Scholastics, 2005

PhD in Rehabilitation Science, University of Minnesota, 2018

Teaching Responsibilities:  Physiology of Injury and Exercise, Interventions II, Multiple System Evaluation & Management (pelvic health content), serves as clinical faculty in the Patient Client Management II course.  

Research: Dr. Cabelka's dissertation focused on the impact of ovarian hormones and hormone analogues on skeletal muscle function, physical activity, and body composition in a pre-clinical model.  Her current broad research interests are in the areas of menopause, pelvic health topics related to interventions and education, as well as interplay between hormones and muscle performance.

Professional Engagement: Dr. Cabelka is a graduate of the Women's Health Residency Program through Duke University (completed 2011). She currently volunteers in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Academy of Pelvic Health (formerly Section on Women's Health). Dr. Cabelka also serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT).

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Jeffrey Kittelson, PT, ScD, OCS, COMT

Education: BA Health Sciences, College of St. Scholastica, 1993; MA Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, 1995; ScD Physical Therapy, Texas Tech University, 2018.

Teaching Responsibilities: Current responsibilities: Examination and Evaluation I & II; Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Management; Multi-System Evaluation and Management; Diagnostic Imaging; Professional Project I and II and Capstone. 

Research Interests: Pain science, clinical reasoning, neurodynamics, mobilization/manipulation, essential soft skills (e.g. motivational interviewing and therapeutic relationships) and tissue loading/progression in rehabilitation. Professional: Dr. Kittelson is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and a member of the APTA Orthopaedic and Education Academies. He is an ABPTRFE Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) as certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and am IAOM-US extremities certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT). He has been an orthopedic residency mentor for Evidence in Motion (EIM). Clinical experience: Primarily his background is outpatient outpatient orthopedics but with experience in these other areas of practice (inpatient and outpatient neurological, home health care, inpatient/acute care, skilled nursing facilities, vestibular rehabilitation,and occupational medicine/industry).

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Dalerie Lieberz, PT, DPT, PhD

Education

B.A. Health Sciences (summa cum laude) - The College of St. Scholastica, May 2000

M.A., Physical Therapy - The College of St. Scholastica, 2001

DPT, Physical Therapy - The College of St. Scholastica, 2012

PhD, Human Services with Health Care Administration Specialization - Capella University, 2019

Dissertation: The Relationship Between Patient Outcomes, Healthcare Utilization, and Guideline Adherence with Management of Knee Osteoarthritis

Expertise

Dr. Lieberz has clinical expertise in vestibular rehabilitation.  She successful completed the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) competency based training in vestibular rehabilitation at Emory University (2007) and advanced APTA competency training at Duke University (2014).  Dr. Lieberz is recognized as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Academic areas of expertise include her areas of clinical expertise as well as inter/intraprofessional education, and clinical education. Dr. Lieberz obtained APTA Certified Clinical Instructor status in 2010.  She is a Credentialed Trainer of APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP).

Administrative Leadership

Dr. Lieberz is the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  Collaboratively with the Assistant DCE, she is responsible for the clinical education curriculum, maintaining clinical site affiliations, and assessing student performance with clinical internships. 

Teaching

Dr. Lieberz teaches vestibular rehabilitation aspects of neuromuscular management, development of interprofessional competencies, and course work related to clinical reasoning and application of clinical skills.  Dr. Lieberz initiated the onsite campus physical therapy clinic in 2011 and is responsible for integrating the clinic with the Patient Client Management Series (II & III).

Scholarship

Dr. Lieberz has co-presented more than 10 peer reviewed presentations related to her areas of teaching and clinical expertise with vestibular, inter/intraprofessional and clinical education at national and regional conferences.  She has obtained grant funding through a project titled "Advancing Student Therapist Skills through Enhanced Clinic Resources" to support pro bono clinic services for the mutual benefit of teaching and learning with community based intervention.  The scholarship of teaching and learning  in her areas of expertise continues to be a primary focus of scholarship.  

Dr. Lieberz completed her PhD with a dissertation topic in healthcare administration including quality, evidence based practice, outcomes and health care utilization. Health services research, including the study of these aspects of care, as well as models of care such as telehealth, pro bono service, and preventive models of care, are principal topics of inquiry.

Dr. Lieberz has presented multiple peer-reviewed professional presentations regionally related to vestibular rehabilitation.  The scholarship of application / practice involving her areas of expertise continues to be a focus of ongoing scholarship. 

Service

Dr. Lieberz is an  APTA and MN Physical Therapy Association (MNPTA) member.  She is currently the MNPTA Neuro Education Subcommittee Co-Lead responsible for recommending neuro content for the annual spring conference.  She is the School of Health Sciences Representative for the Graduate Curriculum Committee at the College.  She provides service to the Department of Physical Therapy as the maurices student clinic administrator for adult physical therapy services.  Additionally, she actively volunteers regularly to support local community events.

Clinical Work

Dr. Lieberz continues current physical therapy practice as a member of the interprofessional balance center team providing vestibular rehabilitation at Essentia Polinsky Rehabilitation on a limited, but highly rewarding, basis.

 

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Kevin McLaughlin, PT, DPT

Dr. Kevin McLaughlin earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2012, going to recieve residency and fellowship training on orthopaedic physical therapy at Johns Hopkins University and Regis University. Dr. McLaughlin has been an adjunct faculty member at the College of Saint Scholastica since 2021. He is currently the instructor for Diagnostic Imaging in the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

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Samantha Mohn-Johnsen, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS, PCS

Samantha started her appointment at the College of St. Scholastica in the fall of 2013. She is an assistant professor in the DPT program with current teaching responsibilities in Patient Client Management II, III, and IV, Lifespan Applications I, Lifespan Motor Development, Psychosocial Issues in Physical Therapy, Interventions I, and the PT Elective. She is also the Assistant-Director of Clinical Education for the program, working with students on their clinical internships.

Samantha is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) with section memberships in Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Education and serves on the MN state board for physical therapy. She is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and trainer, and is also certified in both orthopedics and pediatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Samantha’s clinical experience includes outpatient hospital-based and private clinic orthopedics, sports, and pediatrics in the Portland, OR metro area. She also partnered with Lake Superior Community Health Center to establish a pro bono PT practice to work with an underserved population.

Research interests include development of student clinical reasoning skills, intra and interprofessional education, and dosage parameters for rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy.

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Laura Munson,

I serve as academic advisor for several online graduate programs by providing support (acceptance through completion) to students with academic resources, advising services, and through individual meetings that fosters a positive student experience.

Academic Advisor for:

  • MS in Applied Data Analytics and Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Analytics
  • MS in Chemistry and Graduate Certificate in Chemistry
  • MS in Health Informatics and Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics
  • MS in Health Information Management
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Laura Munson,

I serve as academic advisor for several online graduate programs by providing support (acceptance through completion) to students with academic resources, advising services, and through individual meetings that fosters a positive student experience.

Academic Advisor for:

  • MS in Applied Data Analytics and Graduate Certificate in Applied Data Analytics
  • MS in Chemistry and Graduate Certificate in Chemistry
  • MS in Health Informatics and Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics
  • MS in Health Information Management
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Jena Ogston, PhD, PT

Position:  Professor, Director, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 

Education:

BA Exercise Science Exercise Physiology University of MN Duluth (1993)

MPT Mayo School of Health Related Sciences (1996) 

PhD University of MN Rehabilitation Sciences (2004)

Teaching:  Orthopedics, Research/Evidence Based Practice

Research: Dr. Ogston's doctoral work was in the area of shoulder biomechanics, but has recently been investigating various realms of foot/ankle research in the sensorimotor lab leading various student groups along with her own projects.  

Clinical Experience:  Sports Medicine/Orthopedics and Pediatrics.  Current private, cash-only practice

Professional involvement:  Inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers FSBPT (Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), MNAPTA Research Committee (Co-Chair), APTA Research Academy EBP SIG (chair), Journal of Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy reviewer

Volunteer in my Community:  Courage Kenny, Hermantown Community Church, Grandmas Marathon,  Duluth-Superior Alpine Club, Hermantown Area Futbol Club and  Pike Lake Area Association

 

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Lynda Spangler, MS, DPT

Ms. Spangler has a Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology, a Masters's degree in Physical Therapy, and a Transitional DPT degree.  She has extensive clinical experience in multiple areas, having worked in several different clinical settings including outpatient therapy, inpatient  rehabilitation, and as a traveling therapist. Her main area of teaching and clinical expertise is in neurological rehabilitation, with a special interest in the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury.

In the Department of Physical Therapy, Ms. Spangler is involved in teaching content in, and assisting with the administration of, the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (tDPT).  She provides adjunct teaching in multiple courses for the entry-level DPT Program, especially in the clinical Patient Client Management sequence, and the Neurologic Rehabilitation classes.

Beyond CSS Ms. Spangler volunteers extensively in dog rescue through Retrieve A Golden of the Midwest.

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Daniel Stam, PT, DPT, NCS

Position: Assistant Professor, PTH

Department: Physical Therapy

Phone: (218) 723-6160

E-mail: dstam@css.edu

Education: B.S. in Athletic Training, Northern Michigan University, 2011; DPT, Andrews University, 2014.

Clinical Expertise: Dr. Stam is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy. His clinical experience includes professional sports as a previous Certified Athletic Trainer, and acute care, intensive care unit, and inpatient rehabilitation settings as a Physical Therapist. 

Teaching Responsibilities: Cardiopulmonary evaluation and management, neuromuscular evaluation and management one and two, multiple systems evaluation and management, professional project, patient-client management series one through three, and the third-year capstone project.

Research: Dr. Stam has authored 5 peer-reviewed publications to date. Research interests include the adaptation and modification of neurological rehabilitation techniques in the acute and inpatient settings as well as student integration of classroom content into clinical practice. 

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Nicole Tombers, PT, DPT, OCS

Education: BA Health Science from the College of St. Scholastica 2011; Doctor of Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica 2013

Clinical Expertise: Outpatient orthopedics in both hospital-based and private practice settings, wound care, vestibular rehabilitation, acute care with focus in orthopedic units.

Teaching Responsibilities: Examination & Evaluation series, Systems Screening & Management series, Musculoskeletal Evaluation & Management, Integumentary Evaluation & Management, Professional Project, Capstone

Scholarship Interests: Strategies to manage symptoms and impairments related to pregnancy and postnatal women's health, diversity in the physical therapy profession.

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Molly Watkins, DPT

Education: B.S. in Kinesiology from The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (2013); Doctor of Physical Therapy from the Mayo School of Health Sciences (2016); Residency completion in Neurologic Physical Therapy from the University of Utah (2017); Certificate in Human Anatomy Education from Hardin-Simmons University (2021).

Clinical Expertise: Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Rehabilitation. Primary practice areas include acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Clinical focus on working with patients status post stroke.

Teaching Responsibilities: Functional Anatomy; Neuroscience; Neuromuscular Management Course Series; Interventions I; Professionalism in Physical Therapy Practice II; Capstone advisor

Scholarship Interests: Anatomy education; physical therapy educational practices; sensorimotor recovery following cerebrovascular accident.

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