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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Program Leadership


Steven Wilkinson - RMUoHP Faculty

Steven G. Wilkinson, PT, PhD

Department Chair and Program Director, Department of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Steven Wilkinson graduated from the Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1998. He attended the University of Utah where he earned a Master of Science degree in Medical Informatics in 2003 and in 2007 earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Informatics. He has spent most of his clinical career in the outpatient, orthopedic setting. Before joining... See more
Paul Stoneman - RMUoHP Faculty

Paul Stoneman, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, SCS

Institutional Review Board Director
Associate Interim Chair and Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Paul Stoneman graduated from the Army-Baylor University Physical Therapy Program in 1987 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree. In 2001 he earned a PhD in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. His doctoral research was on the effects on gait biomechanics of non-operative treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis. He also completed his tDPT degree from Baylor... See more
Joel Tenbrink - RMUoHP Faculty

Joel Tenbrink PT, PhD, ATC

Assistant Chair and Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Tenbrink attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training. He went on to Physical Therapy school at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN. While there, he practiced as an Athletic Trainer at Henry Sibley High School as well as the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. Following Graduation, he took his first job in northwest Washington working in various practice settings... See more
Michael Bartholomew - RMUoHP Faculty

Michael Bartholomew PT, DPT, GCS

Director of Clinical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Michael Bartholomew received his B.S in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University and later his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He operated and owned an out-patient orthopedic private practice from 2007-2011. In this setting he treated patients with orthopedic, sports and spine related injuries. Additionally, he worked closely with the Utah Labor Commission... See more

Core Faculty


Kaiwi Chung-Hoon - RMUoHP Faculty

Kaiwi Chung-Hoon PT, PhD

Director of Research, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Kaiwi Chung-Hoon received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific. He completed his PhD in rehabilitation sciences from the University of Utah. Dr. K continues to practice as a physical therapist, and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient orthopedics, private... See more
Coleby Clawson - RMUoHP Faculty

Coleby Clawson, PT, DPT

Director of Community Rehabilitation Clinic
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Coleby is a licensed physical therapist and a graduate of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions entry-level Doctor of physical therapy program. Coleby completed his undergraduate training in exercise science at Snow College and Brigham Young University, where he also played football. Before attending physical therapy school, he worked in the weight room with the BYU strength and conditioning staff with the football, basketball... See more
Miriam Cortez-Cooper - RMU of HP Faculty

Miriam Cortez-Cooper, PT, PhD

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Cortez-Cooper, a native Texan, received her physical therapy degree from Boston University, Boston, MA in 1985. She returned to her hometown of Corpus Christi to practice there and in rural east Texas. While immersed in the rehabilitation of patients with many diabetes-related complications, she... See more
Hina Garg - RMUoHP Faculty

Hina Garg, PT, PhD

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Hina Garg completed her Bachelor of Physical Therapy in 2008 from G.G.S. Indraprastha University, India. She pursued her M.S. in Kinesiology (2010) from the Texas A and M University and completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science (2015) from the University of Utah. She is a licensed physical therapist ... See more
Tamara Nancy Gravano - RMUoHP Faculty

Tamara Nancy Gravano, PT, EdD, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Director of Survey Research
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Gravano is an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the Director of Survey Research at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She earned her BHS, MSPT, and transitional DPT from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and completed her EdD in... See more
Coral Gubler - RMUoHP Faculty

Coral Gubler, PT, PhD, MPT, ATC

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Coral Gubler earned her B.S. degree in biochemistry from Stony Brook University, a Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine from the United States Sports Academy and a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware. She practiced for 10 years in orthopedics and sports medicine before returning to school to... See more
Kevin Helgeson - RMUoHP Faculty

Kevin Helgeson DHSc, PT

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Kevin Helgeson received his initial training in physical therapy at the University of Montana, where he received a BS in physical therapy and a MS in Exercise Science. In 2002 he was awarded a Doctorate in Health Sciences (DHSc) from the University of St. Augustine, with a concentration in Adolescent Sports Physical Therapy. He has held numerous teaching appointments, including... See more
Ann Hoffman - RMUoHP Faculty

Ann M. Hoffman PT, DScPT, PCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Ann Hoffman received her physical therapy degree in her home state of Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate and Masters of Art in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in 1992 in Duluth Minnesota. Her family and career have taken her from Chicago, to Minneapolis/St. Paul as she was employed by Shriners Hospital for Children and then to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 13 years. In 2013, her family relocated to Utah... See more
Jeffery Lau - RMUoHP Faculty

Jeff Lau, PT, DPT, PhD, CMPT

Director of Accreditation and Assessment, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Jeff Lau graduated with an Associates of Science degree from Utah Valley State College in 1994, a Bachelor's degree in biology/zoology from Southern Utah University with a Minor in Athletic Training in 1996, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton University in 1999. He completed a PhD in Orthopedic and Sports Science in December of 2017 at Rocky Mountain University of Health... See more
David Paulson - RMUoHP Faculty

David Paulson PT, DPT, OCS

Fellowship Coordinator, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. F. David Paulson is manager and clinician at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah and also manages physical therapy throughout the Intermountain Healthcare Urban South Region. He has over 20 years of clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy experience with specialization in spine, extremity, TMJ, and headache. Paulson has been the lead instructor for clinical education courses in such areas as therapeutic exercise, posture correction... See more
Rhodri Purcell - RMUoHP Faculty

Rhodri L. Purcell, PT, MPT, OCS, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Rhodri Purcell graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation in 1993, after which he served for four years as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force. Following his military service, he attended Idaho State University, graduating with a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2001. After graduation, he rejoined the Air Force as a physical therapist, serving for another... See more
Tim Stevenson - RMUoHP Faculty

Tim Stevenson, PT, DPT, OCS

Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Tim Stevenson is a Physical Therapist with specialty in orthopedic conditions. He joined the faculty of the entry level DPT program in July. He earned his doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT) from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2013 and became a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) in 2015 after completing orthopedic residency through the Ola Grimsby Institute. He obtained... See more
Will Sykes - RMUoHP Faculty

Will Sykes, PT, DPT

Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Will Sykes, DPT was born and raised in the bay area just south of Oakland in California. He moved to Arizona when he was in High School and did as many sports as he could throughout his teenage years (this is what got him into physical therapy). Will went to BYU and graduated in 2008 with a BS in Exercises Science with a minor in Coaching and Physical Education. While at BYU, he met and married his wife, Bri... See more
Misti Timpson - RMUoHP Faculty

Misti Timpson PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Misti Timpson graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Health Education and Biology in 1990, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis Missouri in 1992, a post professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Utah in 2008, and a PhD in Health Promotion and Wellness from Rocky Mountain University in 2019. Misti received her NCS (Board... See more
Dana Tischler - RMUoHP Faculty

Dana Tischler, PT, DPT, MS, PCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Dana Tischler graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Fitness & Cardiac Rehabilitation/Exercise Science in 2003, and went on to complete a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology at The George Washington University in 2005. After working as an Exercise Physiologist for the University of Maryland, Baltimore through the VA Hospital, and... See more
Mark Walker - RMUoHP Faculty

Mark Walker PT, PhD

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Mark Walker joined RMU faculty as an adjunct professor for the first year of the entry-level DPT program in May of 2010. After teaching the first year, and because of the awesome faculty, he decided to apply for a full time position. Prior to academia, Dr. Walker practiced clinically for over 30 years in hospital PT department administration and private practice... See more
Jonathon Wright - RMUoHP Faculty

Jonathan Wright PT, DPT, CSRS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Jonathan Wright received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in 2006 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010. He worked as a Lead Inpatient Physical Therapist at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA from 2010 to 2018. During that time he treated patients in the acute care, intensive care, and inpatient ... See more
Christa Young - RMUoHP Faculty

Christa Young, PT, PhD, NCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Christa Young was born and raised in central Wisconsin. She earned her BS in Kinesiology and MPT at University of Wisconsin in Madison. She then moved to the Denver area, practicing full time while earning her PhD in Clinical Science at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. During this time, she was able to practice in a wide variety of settings with a focus on clients with neurologic conditions. After finishing her degree, she... See more

Associated Faculty


Les Gilmer, PhD

Lesley Gilmer received his undergraduate degree at Berea College in Berea, KY. He then went to the University of Kentucky to get his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology in 2009, specializing in neurotrauma research. He taught at University of Western States in Portland, Oregon for one year ... See more

Janene M. Holmberg, PT, DPT, NCS

Janene M. Holmberg, PT, DPT, NCS is currently the Coordinator of Balance Rehabilitation at the Intermountain Hearing and Balance Center in Salt Lake City, Utah with over 20 years of experience treating wide variety of patients with vestibular and neurologic dizziness/balance problems. Dr Holmberg serves as auxiliary faculty at Drs Herdman and Clendaniel’s annual Vestibular Competency course and the University of Utah physical... See more

Jessica Immonen, Ph.D., M.S.

Dr. Jessica Immonen completed a B.S. in Biology at the University of Dayton, Ohio and an M.S. in Anatomy at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine. Upon completing her M.S., she found her passion was in teaching and research and transitioned into the Ph.D. program in Anatomy at PSU College of Medicine. Jessica defended her dissertation on... See more

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Program Leadership


Michael Nelson - RMUoHP Faculty

Michael Nelson, DHSc, PA-C

Department Chair and Program Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Mike Nelson is a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) and specialized in orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, family medicine, rural healthcare, and urgent care medicine. Mike received a B.S. in biology from Idaho State University (ISU). He also earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the ISU PA program. Mike continued his education by earning a Doctor of Health Science Degree from A.T. Still University. He joined... See more
Tyler Sommer - RMUoHP Faculty

Tyler Sommer, PA-C

Associate Program Director & Academic Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Tyler Sommer is a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) with experience in neurosurgery, spine surgery, emergency medicine, and family medicine. He received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brigham Young University (BYU). He also earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from AT Still University of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona. He practiced primarily with Mayo Clinic Health System in Minnesota before joining Rocky Mountain University... See more
Amber Collins - RMUoHP Faculty

Amber Collins, M.Ed

Director of Clinical Education, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master's degree in education (school counseling), Amber Collins has served in higher education for more than a decade. Amber joins Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as the MPAS Director of Clinical Education after years of mentoring pre-PA and other pre-health students as a pre-health advisor and adjunct professor at both Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University... See more
Jennifer Johnson - RMU of HP DPT Faculty

Jennifer Johnson, MPAS, PA-C, CHSE

Director of Simulation Education, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Jennifer completed a B.S. in Biology with minors in Botany and Zoology at Idaho State University (ISU) in only three years. After completing her undergraduate education, Jennifer attended the ISU PA Program and completed a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree (MPAS).... See more
Eric Smart - RMU of HP Faculty

Eric Smart, MD

Medical Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Dr. Eric V. Smart is the Medical Director in the Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Smart is a board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Smart is also the Medical Director of the Sandy City Fire Department... See more

Principal Faculty


Jon Baird - RMUoHP Faculty

Jon Baird, MPAS, PA-C, ATC

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

I am a Physician Assistant and Athletic Trainer, specializing in Family and Sports Medicine. I joined the faculty of the Physician Assistant program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2015. I am passionate about Primary Care/Family Practice, Sports Medicine & Non-Operative Orthopedics, Exercise Physiology, Diabetes Management, and Medical Wellness and Weight loss. ... See more
Alan Bybee - RMUoHP Faculty

Alan Bybee MPA, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Alan Bybee graduated from Western Michigan in August of 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Medicine. He first worked as a PA-C in occupational medicine which transitioned into correctional medicine. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a Masters degree in Public Administration in 1988 he worked for a short period of time as a general manager of Mountain West Ambulance. He returned to clinical practice in 1990 with... See more
Travis Layne - RMUoHP Faculty

Travis Layne, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Travis graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University PA Program in 1996. He later obtained a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree with an emphasis in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2013. Travis joined the faculty of the Physician Assistant Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2017. His clinical experience includes family practice, general surgery, vascular... See more
Viet Le - RMUoHP Faculty

Viet Le, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Viet obtained a BS in Exercise Science in 2001 from the University of Utah and worked as the Head Athletic Trainer/Therapist for Riverton High School before obtaining a Master’s Degree as a Physician Assistant in 2004 from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He started his PA career in Cardiology working with a 12 physician group, supporting sub-specialty areas of electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, peripheral-vascular... See more
Bryan Nelson - RMU of HP Faculty

Bryan Nelson, MMS, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Bryan graduated from Cal State University- Northridge with a bachelor's degree in biology in 2004, after which he earned his Master of Medical Science Degree at the Midwestern University- Glendale campus PA program in 2007. Since graduation he has worked in Family Practice, Orthopedics, and Emergency Medicine. Since joining Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2018, he has enjoyed working with students and taking on... See more
David Payne - RMU of HP DPT Faculty

David Payne, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

David grew up in Mesa, Arizona. David earned a B.S. in Psychology and Pre-Health graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University. While in college David met his future wife, Ceri. They have been happily married now dating back to last century (1999) and have 3 beautiful daughters... See more
Marie Pittman - RMUoHP Faculty

Marie Pittman, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Marie is a Physician Assistant and Dental Hygienist. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene with emphasis in Business from Utah Valley University in 2009, and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University in 2013. Marie joined the faculty and family of the Physician Assistant Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2017. Her professional experience includes Pediatrics Inpatient... See more
Marie Pittman - RMUoHP Faculty

Cecile Pryor, MPH

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Cecile Pryor received her Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University, Master's Degree in Public Health Epidemiology from Rutgers University and is currently working on her doctorate in health promotion and wellness. Cecile's has previously worked at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute of Rutgers University. Currently, she is Principal Faculty and Admissions Manager for the Physician Assistant Program. Cecile's research... See more
Lauren Stanford - RMUoHP Faculty

Lauren Stanford, MPAS, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Lauren Stanford, PA-C, grew up in Southern California and attended Brigham Young University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2012. She graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2017. Lauren completed an Academic Residency with RMUoHP's MPAS program as part-time faculty before joining the faculty full-time in 2019. Her clinic experience... See more

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Program Leadership


Linda Spencer - RMUoHP Faculty

Linda Spencer, PhD, CCC-SLP

Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology Program Director, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Dr. Spencer earned her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree in speech and hearing science at the University of Iowa. She then practiced in hospitals in Iowa, Idaho, Wisconsin before working as a research scientist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Pediatric Cochlear Implant project. She completed her Ph.D. in speech and hearing science at the University of Iowa in 2006 and has over 40 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Ear and Hearing and the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education... See more

Core Faculty


Wendy Chase - RMUoHP Faculty

Wendy Chase, MA, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Wendy Chase is a speech-language pathologist who joined RMUOHP in July 2017 in the position of Clinic Director.   Ms. Chase earned her BS at Central Michigan University and her MA at Northwestern University.   She has 29 years of experience in clinical positions treating clients from infancy through geriatrics and in locations from home care to hospitals.   Ms. Chase was most recently employed at the Director of Clinical Education at the University of Connecticut where her focus was on inter-professional education and practice, communication and voice treatment with transgender or gender fluid clients... See more
Scott Dailey - RMU of HP Faculty

Scott Dailey, PhD

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Dr. Dailey earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Iowa State University, Master of Arts degree in communication disorders at the University of Northern Iowa. He practiced in schools in Illinois before working in a hospital. He has worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for over 20 years. He earned his Ph.D in speech and hearing science at the University of Iowa in 2009. He is the Director of the Speech and Swallowing Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Dailey’s clinical and research interests are in the areas... See more
Kristen Ipson - RMU of HP Faculty

Kristen Ipson, MS, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Kristen Ipson is a speech-language pathologist who joined RMUoHP in January 2019 as a Clinical Educator in the M.S. SLP program. She earned her B.S. degree at Brigham Young University and her M.S. degree at the University of Utah. Ms. Ipson has clinical experience working with clients from infancy through adulthood in a variety of settings, including early intervention, public schools, outpatient voice clinic, and skilled nursing facilities. Her clinical focus has included assessing and treating infants and toddlers with delays and disorders in feeding, swallowing... See more
Darrell Matthews - RMU of HP Faculty

Darrell Matthews, MS CCC-SLP

Adjunct faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Darrell Matthews coordinates and supervises the Intensive Stuttering Treatment Program at Rocky Mountain University's Center for Communication Disorders, as well as teaches a fluency disorders course. He has clinical experience in the school setting as well as private practice and specializes in the treatment of fluency disorders. He received an undergraduate degree and Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University.
Phillip Sechtem - RMU of HP DPT Faculty

Phillip Sechtem, PhD, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Dr. Sechtem joined Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as an Associate Professor in the M.S. SLP program in July 2017. He earned his B.A. in communication and his M.S. in speech-language pathology at Fort Hays State University (Hays, Kansas) in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in communication, sciences and disorders at Wichita State University in 2013. Dr. Sechtem has worked extensively in medical settings concentrating on acquired neurologic, cognitive, communication, voice, and swallowing disorders. Advanced procedures he conducts include videostroboscopic... See more
Timothy Stockdale - RMU of HP Faculty

Timothy Stockdale, MS CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Tim Stockdale has served as a speech-language pathologist in hospital, university, and private practice settings. He worked in acute care from 2014 – 2018 and as a full-time clinical instructor at the University of South Florida during 2016 – 2017. He received an undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. His clinical interests focus on patients who have acquired disorders of swallowing, communication, and cognition. His teaching philosophy holds paramount the importance of promoting theoretical and applied learning, clinical ... See more
ElBea Stonier - RMU of HP Faculty

ElBea Stonier, MS CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology ElBea Stonier is a speech-language pathologist who joined RMUoHP in June 2018 as a Clinical Educator in the M.S. SLP program. She earned her B.S. at Boise State University and her M.S. at Idaho State University. ElBea has clinical experience working with clients across the lifespan, with a focus on developing advanced clinical skills in treating infants and toddlers with communication, feeding and swallowing, and cognitive delays... See more

Master of Science in Health Science

Program Leadership


Darrin Smith - RMUoHP Faculty

Darrin Smith, PhD, LAT, ATC, PES

Program Director, Master of Science in Health Science

Dr. Smith is a certified athletic trainer who hold additional certifications in: Performance Enhancement Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, 3D Movement Analysis Performance System from the Gray Institute, along with a Certified Clinical Education Instructor by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. He earned his BS degree in Physical Education and a concentration in Athletic Training ... See more

Core Faculty


Lori Brody, PT, PhD, SCS, LAT

Lori Thein Brody is a professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah and a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Sportsmedicine and Spine Center in Madison, WI. She has taught in physical therapy education programs at Ithaca College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Brody has lectured extensively across the country on management of orthopaedic... See more

Andrew Doyle PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS, Astym-Cert.

Andrew Doyle currently is an adjunct professor at Trine University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program where he teaches evidence based practice and facilitates research. Previously, he was a faculty member at University of Indianapolis in the Athletic Training Department in both the professional undergrad and masters programs. He spent ten years at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana as an Associate Athletic... See more

Jason Edsall, PhD

Jason Edsall is the Program Director of Athletic Training and Exercise Science at Chatham University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Prior to his current position he has worked at various levels ranging from special populations to Olympic athletes in group and individualized formats clinically, as a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach. Jason earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from... See more

Kim Barber Foss, MS, ATC, LAT

Kim has 28 years of experience as a certified athletic trainer. She has Bachelor’s degrees in athletic training and sociology from North Dakota State University and Master’s degrees in sports medicine and biomechanics from the University of Oregon. She has worked in the collegiate, high school, and clinic settings, but her passion is working with high school aged athletes. Through Cincinnati Children’s Kim provides care at Lockland High... See more

Ed LeCara, PhD, DC, ATC, CSCS, MBA

Dr. LeCara has worked as a strength and conditioning coach, athletic trainer, and chiropractor for over 20 years. Ed holds a PhD in Athletic Training with a research emphasis on lumbar instability and rehabilitation. He had this original research published in May 2014. Since 2000, he owned and operated SportsPlus in the San Francisco Bay Area where he helped endurance and high intensity athletes prevent and overcome injuries... See more

Evan Osar DC, CMT, PES, CSCS

Dr. Evan Osar is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and expert on assessment, corrective exercise, and functional movement. He has authored several books on these topics including Corrective Exercise Solutions to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction, Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core (co-authored), and Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Psoas Solution. Early in his career, Dr. Osar recognized that there weren’t many... See more

Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSN

Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSN, is a research fanatic who specializes in metabolic flexibility, heart rate variability, and human performance. He has spent 20 years of his life learning how the human body works. He has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering (biomechanics). He's a faculty member for the Carrick Institute of Functional Neurology, creator of the Flex Diet Certification... See more

Manuel Romero, PhD, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES

My name is Dr. Manuel G Romero and I have spent the last 20 years in the professional sports setting as a certified Athletic Trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Most recently I was the Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Research and Innovation at the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. I also spent seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers culminating in two world championships. Before I left the professional sports... See more

Adam Wolf, PT, LMT, FAFS

Adam’s professional credentials include Licensure in Physical Therapy (IL) and Massage Therapy (IL) & Fellow of Applied Functional Science (Gray Institute)(09). Some of his certifications include Level III practitioner of Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), Enhance Running Technician, Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) & Functional-Neuro-Orthopedic Rehab (FNOR) provider. His professional career spans nearly two decades and includes clinical... See more

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Program Leadership


Thomas Cappaert - RMUoHP Faculty

Thomas Cappaert, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Program Director Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences
Associate Director, The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects

Dr. Cappaert is currently the Program Director of the PhD in Health Sciences program, Associate Director of the Office of Research & Sponsored Projects and Professor in Biostatistics at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. He received his PhD from the University of Toledo and teaches Biostatistics to doctoral students in various post-professional programs and areas... See more
Kristen Johnson - RMUoHP Faculty

Kristen Johnson, PT, EdD, MS, NCS

Concentration Track Director for Neurologic Rehabilitation

Dr. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1997 and began her practice first in acute care and wound care and then neurologic rehabilitation in Houston, Texas. She returned to school and received her Advanced Masters in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, Houston Campus and her Doctorate ... See more
Malissa Martin - RMUoHP Faculty

Malissa Martin EdD, ATC/L

Vice Provost Academic Affairs Post-Professional Programs

Concentration Track Director Athletic Training Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

  • Curriculum Instruction with post-graduate degree Alcohol and Drug Studies MEd University of South Carolina
  • Health Education BS Indiana State University
  • Health Education with concentration in Athletic Training
Dr. Martin is a member of the most prestigious group of athletic trainers in this country, the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. The NATA Hall of Fame is reserved for those few individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the profession and are recognized as distinguished leaders in the field. Her footprint in education ... See more
Jeff Lynn - RMUoHP Faculty

Jeff Lynn, PhD, NBC-HWC, FIOC

Concentration Track Director for Health Promotion & Wellness
Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Dr. Lynn is a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach and a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching. He is an Executive Coach and Certified Resilience & Thriving Facilitator. As the Founder and Principal of One SMART Step, LLC, he provides coaching and consultant services to individuals, businesses, and schools who are ready to make... See more
Michael Miller - RMUoHP Faculty

Mike Miller, PhD, EdD, ATC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, TSAC-F, FNATA

Concentration Track Director for Human & Sport Performance
Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Dr. Michael G. Miller, is a Professor and Director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. He has an EdD from West Virginia University and a PhD from Western Michigan University. Dr. Miller authored and co-authored numerous abstracts, manuscripts, ... See more
Jane Ewoniuk - RMUoHP Faculty

Jane H. Ewoniuk, DSc, MOT, OTR/L, CHWC

Assistant to the Program, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Jane Ewoniuk earned her doctorate of science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011 as a part of the first cohort in Health promotion and Wellness. She received her bachelors of science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Wyoming where she ran cross country and track. She earned her masters of... See more

Core Faculty


Theresa Bartolotta - RMUoHP Faculty

Theresa Bartolotta, PhD, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science

Theresa Bartolotta, PhD, CCC-SLP is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Consultant to the Program for Research and Support for Rett Syndrome at Monmouth University in New Jersey. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences with a specialization in Speech-Language Pathology from Seton Hall University, an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a BS in Speech from Mercy... See more
Scott Heinerichs - RMUoHP Faculty

Lori Thein Brody, PT, PhD, SCS, LAT

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy & Master of Science in Health Science

Lori Thein Brody is a professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah and a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Sportsmedicine and Spine Center in Madison, WI. She has taught in physical therapy education programs at Ithaca College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Brody has lectured extensively across the country on management of orthopaedic... See more
Jason Brumitt - RMUoHP Faculty

Jason Brumitt, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Jason Brumitt is an adjunct faculty member in the Doctor of Philosophy program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. His primary position is as an assistant professor of physical therapy at George Fox University (Newberg, OR). Dr. Brumitt’s primary area of research is injury epidemiology in collegiate athletes. He collects measures of performance during an athlete’s preseason in order to identify potential... See more

Leamor Kahanov, EdD, ATC, LAT

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Dr. Kahanov is certified athletic trainer with a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University, and was awarded a master's degree in Athletic Training from the University of Arizona. Professor Kahanov currently serves as the Provost at SUNY- Oneonta with previous experiences as a Dean of Health Sciences and Education... See more

Jennifer McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Jennifer M. Medina McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS is an assistant professor within the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College in NY. She teaches Kinesiology (EXSS 22000) and Clinical Pathoanatomy (EXSS 40700). For Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Dr. McKeon teach Evidence-Based Practice (HS 710) for the PhD students. Her academic and research interests include functional... See more

Angela Merlo, PT, DPT, PhD

Faculty Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Dr. Angela Merlo is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Northern Arizona University, Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Angela’s educational background began at the University of Puget Sound where she earned a BS in Physical Education. She went on to pursue a MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, as well as a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) and PhD in Exercise Science... See more

Kimberly Peer, EdD, AT, FNATA

Kimberly S. Peer, Ed.D, AT, FNATA is a Full Professor in the School of Health Sciences – Athletic Training Department at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a Cognate in Health Care Management from the University of Akron and teaches in the areas of professional development, ethics for allied health care providers, education and supervision, and scientific... See more

Kelly Wollman, PhD, MS

Dr. Wollman is a medical psychologist specializing in online graduate education in health promotion and wellness and preventive medicine with an educational focus on improving and protecting the health of the public at large. Dr. Wollman’s academic interests range from translational research focusing on the interface between the basic sciences and clinical medicine, to classes that present students with current... See more

Associated Faculty


Mark Abel, Ph.D., CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D

Mark Abel, Ph.D., CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D teaches the Applications of Exercise Science in Tactical Fitness and Performance (HP 710) course within the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences – Human and Sport Performance Track. Dr. Abel is also an Associate Professor and Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Abel received his B.S and M.S. degrees in Exercise... See more

Teresa E. Araas, PhD, C-IAYT, CHES, E-RYT500, CYT700, RPYT

Dr. Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) as designated by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a Certified Health Education Specialist, enthusiastic wellness consultant and yoga/meditation teacher, dedicated to empowering individuals to enhance quality of life through more balanced, healthier lifestyles. Through her company, Balanced Living Health & Wellbeing Consultants, LLC, Teresa provides... See more

Kirk J. Armstrong, EdD, ATC, LAT

Dr. Kirk Armstrong is an Associate Professor and Academic Unit Head for the Department of Health Professions at James Madison University. An athletic training educator and former program director, Kirk has expertise in simulations and standardized patients. He has also made numerous state, regional and national presentations regarding the use of standardized patients to document student learning outcomes in athletic training... See more

Trever Ball, PhD, MPH, MS

Dr. Ball specializes in statistical and analytical methods aimed to evaluate delivering preventive healthcare. He works as a Clinical Outcomes Analyst for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this role, Dr. Ball manages evaluating and improving outcomes of healthcare interventions related to community health and health promotion & wellness. His work includes designing, conducting, and disseminating... See more

Brittany Barhite, EdD

Brittany Barhite obtained her doctorate degree in Leadership Studies at Bowling Green State University. Her research focuses on leadership communication, virtual communication technologies, and employee engagement. Dr. Barhite is well experienced in online learning. She has taught organizational communication and leadership courses at Bowling Green State University, as well as communication classes both online... See more

Janet Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, Certified Health and Wellness Coach

Dr. Bezner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Texas State University. Bezner teaches, conducts research on physical activity and the culture of health, and provides service to the university community. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch, her master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University, a PhD in health education from the... See more

Heather David, PT, EdD, MPT, NCS

Dr. David received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Florida State University in 2001, a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Florida in 2003, and a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of St. Augustine in December 2015. She is an assistant professor with the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, California. Her clinical emphasis is working with... See more

Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT*, TSAC-F, ACSM-CES

Jay Dawes PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT, ASCA-L2, FNSCA, is currently an Associate professor of Strength and conditioning at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He has recently accepted a position as an Assistant professor of Applied Exercise Science at his alma mater, Oklahoma State University. Dr. Dawes has worked as a university athletic performance coordinator, strength/performance coach, personal trainer, and... See more

Locke Ettinger, PhD, PT

Locke Ettinger is a consultant and convener of multi-sector stakeholders at the intersection of communities, businesses and health systems. His work focuses on addressing cultural, social and environmental challenges that have resulted in sedentary lifestyles, social isolation, health disparities and lack of community.  He is the Vice Chair for Get Healthy Utah, a collaboration aimed at improving healthy... See more

Bart Hanson, PT, DSc, NCS

Bart obtained his bachelor's degree Exercise Science in 1998 from The University of Montana; completed his Master's Degree in Physical Therapy in 2001 from the Mayo School of Physical Therapy and earned his Doctorate of Science from the University of Maryland: Baltimore in 2009. Bart is a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He has completed the American Physical... See more

Scott Heinerichs, EdD, LAT

Dr. Scott Heinerichs is the Dean (interim) of the College of Health Sciences at West Chester University. Scott holds the rank of professor and previously served as the graduate professional athletic training program director. Administratively he has served as a faculty associate in the Provost’s office for five years. He held responsibility for institution wide... See more

Chad Kerksick, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D

Chad M. Kerksick earned his PhD in Exercise, Nutrition and Preventive Health from Baylor University and holds a Master's degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor's degree from Truman State University in Exercise Science. Dr. Kerksick is certified as a Sport Nutritionist by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN)... See more

Beth Kinslow, MS, LAT

Beth Kinslow is an Assistant Professor in the Athletic Training program at UW-Stevens Point and serves as the Clinical Education Coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from UW-Stevens Point in 2002, and her master’s in exercise & sport psychology from Oregon State in 2006. Beth completed her doctoral degree from Rocky Mountain University... See more

Roberto Lopez-Rosado, DPT, MSPT, MA

Roberto earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in 1993 and a Masters degree in Anatomy in 1997 from the Universidad Central del Caribe, in his native Puerto Rico. He earned a Masters in Physical Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges, New York. Currently, he teaches anatomy and clinical... See more

Kyle Matsel PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Dr. Matsel is a Physical Therapist specializing in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation at ProRehab in Evansville. Kyle earned his bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Indiana and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Evansville. Following earning his DPT, Kyle completed a residency in Sports Physical Therapy and received his board... See more

Bob Pettitt, PhD, FACSM, ATC, CSCS

Bob Pettitt was hired in fall 2017 as the Director of University Research. He is a former full professor and chair of the Department of Human Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has a PhD in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Utah and is a research fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Pettitt has published over 50 peer-review articles, over 70 research abstracts, and the textbook Exercise Physiology... See more

Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA

Brad Schoenfeld is internationally renowned fitness expert and widely regarded as one of the leading authorities on the application of resistance training variables for muscle hypertrophy. Brad is an Assistant Professor in Exercise Science at Lehman College and is the Head of their Human Performance Laboratory. He is the author of 10 books and published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. He currently serves on the Board of... See more

Kathryn B. Schwartzkopf-Phifer, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Schwartzkopf-Phifer is in her second year as adjunct faculty in the PhD program at RMU, teaching in the areas of motor control and therapeutic exercise. She teaches full time at the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN within the areas of wellness, research and orthopedics in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She received her Bachelor and Master of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of... See more

Jane E. Sullivan PT, DHS, MS

Jane E. Sullivan, PT, DHS, MS is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, where she teaches in the neurologic area of the DPT curriculum.  Her research is in rehabilitation interventions and outcome measurement for adults with neurologic diagnoses. Jane serves on the Board of Directors of the... See more

Michelle L. Webb, EdD, OTD, OTR/L, CAPS

Dr. Webb currently serves as the Director for Academic Assessment and as a faculty member within the PhD in Health Sciences program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP). She received her Post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from RMUoHP in 2015. Dr. Webb obtained her Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Argosy University... See more

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Leadership


Stephanie Richardson - RMUoHP Faculty

Stephanie Richardson PhD, RN

Chair, Department of Nursing
Program Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Stephanie Richardson joined RMUoHP as the Director of Nursing Graduate Programs as of January 18, 2016.

With a background as a clinical specialist in adult critical care, including intensive care, emergency nursing and flight nursing, Dr. Richardson holds a PhD and a MS from the University of Utah, a BSN from California State University and a BS from the University of California, Davis… See more


Core Faculty


Amber Barnes - RMUoHP Faculty

Amber Barnes, DNP

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Barnes began her nursing career as a floor nurse at the University Of Utah Hospital on the Medical/Surgical floor. As a graduate from the University of Utah, College of Nursing, she enjoyed the University’s Health care system and chose to begin her career there. After 8.5 years working as a Registered Nurse, Dr. Barnes received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Adult Primary Care, from the University of Utah, College of… See more


Kevin Ballard - RMUoHP Faculty

Kevin Ballard, DNP, FNP

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Kevin Ballard is a Family Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of clinical experience in Family Medicine, Neurology/NeuroSurgery, Orthopedics and Sports and Occupational Medicine.  He currently practices Orthopedics; Sports and Occupational Medicine at Sanford Clinic in Thief River Falls, MN.  Dr. Ballard earned his Post Masters FNP certificate at Arizona State University in 1995.  He completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice at Rocky… See more


Frances Medaglia - RMUoHP Faculty

Frances Medaglia PhD, ANP-BC

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Frances Medaglia has more than 40 years of experience in the field of health care delivery. A certified adult nurse practitioner, Dr. Medaglia holds a BSN from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master’s degree in Gerontological Nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and a PhD in Health Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University. She has worked most of her career in the public health… See more


Megan O'Neil - RMUoHP Faculty

Megan O’Neil, DNP, RN, OCN

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Megan O’Neil earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 2009 and quickly decided to return to school for her nursing degree. She then graduated with her BSN from Andrews University in Southwestern Michigan in 2013. After several years of working as a nurse she went back to school and earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice specializing as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner from Rocky Mountain University of… See more


Stacey Pfenning - RMUoHP Faculty

Stacey Pfenning, DNP, APRN, FNP, FAANP

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Pfenning is a 2008 graduate of RMUoHP. Her scholarly project developed into the State Web-Based Journal club for Nurses, which has been published and presented locally and nationally. Currently, Dr. Pfenning is the North Dakota Board of Nursing Executive Director, bringing expertise in health policy and nursing regulation. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Pfenning has 13 years of experience including emergency & trauma… See more


Collette Renstrom - RMUoHP Faculty

Collette Renstrom, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Collette Renstrom is originally from Ogden, Utah where she received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Weber State University. She later earned a Master’s degree in Patient Care Administration from the University of Utah, a post MSN certificate as a FNP at Indiana State University, and graduated in 2011 with a DNP from the University of Alabama. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of nursing… See more

Associated Faculty


Laura Anderson, DNP, WHNP-BC, CNM

Dr. Anderson earned bachelor degrees in Nursing and Exercise Sport Science at the University of Utah along with the designation of Undergraduate Research Scholar. She has been involved in research of recruitment strategies for video-recorded studies and prenatal care curriculum development for women on methadone and Suboxone therapies.
She completed a doctorate in Women’s Health and… See more


Kathleen Baron, APRN, CNP, FNP, PNP, DNP

Kathleen Baron, APRN, CNP, FNP, PNP, DNP is an experienced registered nurse and family/pediatric nurse practitioner.  She received her RN in 2001, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Utah in 2013.  Her experience is in the emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit, infusion therapy, family practice and urgent care.  Her areas of interest lie in health promotion/disease prevention, interdisciplinary… See more


Kelly Conway, DNP, CNS

Dr. Kelly Conway, DNP, CNS received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of San Francisco in 1981, Master’s degree in Adult Mental Health from the University of California , San Francisco in 1984, and Doctoral degree at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2012. She joined the faculty of RMUoHP in the DNP program in May 2016. Professional experience includes inpatient and outpatient adult… See more


Kristen Cox, DNP, ACNP-BC

Dr. Kristen Cox earned four degrees from the University of Utah; baccalaureate degrees in Health Promotion and Education (2000) and Nursing (2012). She also received a fellowship from the National Library of Medicine to complete her Master’s degree in Medical Informatics (2002). May 2016, Dr. Cox completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, emphasis in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner as well as a Teaching Certificate. Dr… See more


Timothy Legg, PhD, PsyD, MSN

Dr. Legg has nearly 30 years of experience in the provision of mental health care to individuals across a variety of settings including personal care facilities, nursing homes, inpatient psychiatric units, facilities for the care of persons with neurodevelopmental disorders, outpatient community mental health, dual-diagnosis, intensive outpatient, transitional housing, inpatient detox, and prisons. He has held a… See more


Megan Kimberly, DNP, CNM, FNP

Megan has a long history of passion for teaching which started when she was an RN at the University of Texas. She worked with undergraduates in the skills lab and conducted simulation learning. Since then, Megan has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah, Westminster College and Rocky Mountain University. In addition, she teaches students in the clinical setting as an APRN.… See more

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Program Leadership


Bryan Gee - RMUoHP Faculty

Bryan Gee, PhD, OTD, Med, OTR/L , BCP

Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program Director
Elective Track Director for Education

Dr. Gee holds degrees from Idaho State University (Phd & MEd), University of St. Augustine (OTD) and D’Youville College (BS/MS). Dr. Gee currently is AOTA Board Certification in Pediatrics, is certified in the Sensory Integration Praxis Test, Level I, II, and III Certified the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, and an ULEND alumni. He is the Chair of the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Director of the Master… See more


Jane Ewoniuk - RMUoHP Faculty

Jane H. Ewoniuk, DSc, MOT, OTR/L, CHWC

Assistant to the Program, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Jane Ewoniuk earned her doctorate of science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011 as a part of the first cohort in Health promotion and Wellness. She received her bachelors of science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Wyoming where she ran cross country and track. She earned her masters of Occupational Therapy from Texas Women’s University and has nearly 20 years of clinical experience in… See more


Kristin Biggins - RMUoHP Faculty

Kristin Biggins, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CYT-C

Elective Track Director for Hand Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Kristin Biggins has been an occupational therapist since 1992. She received a B.S. in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Boise State University in 1985, a M.S degree in occupational therapy (OT) from San Jose State University in 1992, and a post-professional doctorate (OTD) through the hand therapy track from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) in 2013. She obtained her certification in hand therapy in… See more


Ellen Hudgins - RMUoHP Faculty

Ellen Hudgins, OTD, OTR/L

Elective Track Director for Administration & Practice Management, Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Ellen Hudgins, OTR/L, will be serving as the APM Elective Track Director. Additionally, she is teaching the leadership course for OTD students. Dr. Hudgins has been an occupational therapist for the past 30 years. She attended undergraduate school at the Medical College of Virginia, graduating in 1987 and completed her OTD at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2014, completing the APM track at that time… See more


Sarah Mbiza, PhD, CRC, OTR/L

Elective Track Director for Behavioral and Mental Health, Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Sarah Mbiza has been an occupational therapist for over 25 years. She received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Zimbabwe, where she worked in community-based rehabilitation, mental health, education and fieldwork for five years. She moved to the U.S. in 1997, obtained a Master’s degree in Health Policy Research in 2004, a Specialist in Education degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2012, and… See more


Sonia Paquette - RMUoHP Faculty

Sonia Paquette, OTD, OTR/L, CPE, ABVE-D

Elective Track Director for Work and Health, Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Sonia Paquette trained in occupational therapy both at the bachelors and doctoral level (McGill University ’87, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, ’07) and as an ergonomist (Industrial engineering school, Polytechnical Institute of Montreal, ’93). She also completed a post-masters certificate in forensic vocational rehabilitation in 2010 (Minnesota State University, Mankato). Over the course of her career… See more


Susan Zapf - RMUoHP Faculty

Susan Zapf, Ph.D., OTR/L, BCP, ATP

Elective Track Director for Pediatrics, Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Susan Zapf is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Professional with over 20 years of experience working with the pediatric population in both private practice and the school-based settings.  She received her undergraduate degree in Recreation, Park, & Leisure Studies from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Master of Occupational Therapy/Rehabilitation… See more

Core Faculty


Loriann Helgeson - RMUoHP Faculty

Loriann Helgeson, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Loriann Helgeson obtained her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree with a concentration in Aging from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011. Before joining RMUoHP, she taught at both the Master’s and OTA levels, including serving as an academic fieldwork coordinator. Her clinical background includes in-patient rehabilitation, acute care, and home health settings. She currently serves on the OT licensing board… See more


Sarah Schoen - RMUoHP Faculty

Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Faculty, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR, is Assistant Director of Research at the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation and a clinical advisor to the Sensory Therapies And Research (STAR) Center in Greenwood Village, CO. Dr. Schoen is an Occupational Therapist with 30 years of clinical experience and a doctorate in Occupational Therapy from New York University (2001). She is also an Associate Professor at the Rocky Mountain… See more


Christine Wietlisbach - RMUoHP Faculty

Christine Wietlisbach OTD, OTR/L, CHT, MPA

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Faculty, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
Faculty, Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Christine Wietlisbach has over 20 years experience in occupational therapy practice, education and regulation. She maintains a full-time practice in occupational therapy at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, and is an adjunct faculty member in the master of occupational therapy program at Loma Linda University. Dr. Wietlisbach earned her bachelor degrees in psychology and occupational therapy from… See more

Associated Faculty


Beth Christoffel, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Dr. Beth Christoffel earned her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University in 2003 and her clinical doctorate with a concentration in administration and practice management (APM) from Rocky Mountain University in 2011. She specializes in upper extremity rehabilitation since 2004 and is a certified hand therapist since 2008. Dr. Christoffel’s primary clinical interests include traumatic and post-surgical hand… See more


Sandra E. Groger, OTD, OTR/L

Sandy began her career as a therapeutic recreation specialist working with mentally ill veterans in an outpatient program.  She discovered occupational therapy and returned to school, receiving her BS in 1997 through Barry University, in Miami Shores, FL.  She worked at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center with mental health, geri-psychiatry and outpatient rehabilitation until moving to Huntsville, AL in 2005.  She currently owns… See more


Barbara Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA, DASPE, FNAP, CCM, CDMS, CPE

Barbara Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA, DASPE, FNAP, CCM, CDMS, CPE, is an attorney, an occupational therapist, a certified case manager, a certified disability management specialist, and a certified pain educator. She teaches by distance at several universities. Currently, Dr. Kornblau collaborates with the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association under a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant and… See more


Robert Krueger, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Robert Krueger has practiced as an occupational therapist primarily in outpatient orthopedic and industrial rehabilitation settings since 1990. He transitioned his practice into education following the completion a post-professional OTD at RMUoHP in 2010. Since this time, he has taught occupational therapy as a tenure track assistant professor in undergraduate and graduate level… See more


Sarah Mbiza, Ph.D., CRC, OTR/L

Sarah Mbiza has been an occupational therapist for over 25 years. She received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Zimbabwe, where she worked in community-based rehabilitation, mental health, education and fieldwork for five years. She moved to the U.S. in 1997, obtained a Master’s degree in Health Policy Research in 2004, a Specialist in Education degree in Rehabilitation… See more

Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Program Leadership


Kenneth Simpson - RMUoHP Faculty

Kenneth O. Simpson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Program Director, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Kenneth O. Simpson is currently the graduate program director of the speech-language pathology program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Simpson earned a master’s degree at the University of South Dakota in 1979, after which he worked in Head Start, elementary, middle and high schools in Iowa as a certified speech-language pathologist for 12 years. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska in… See more


Sandra Shigetomi-Toyama, Clin.Sc.D., CCC-SLP

Program Capstone Coordinator

Dr. Sandra Shigetomi-Toyama currently is the assistant to the program director of the SLPD program, and teaches the capstone courses at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She has a private practice in Orange County, California. Previously, she participated on a cleft palate team and multidisciplinary early intervention assessment team. At California State University in Northridge, she earned a… See more

Associated Faculty



Darcy Hammar, CIM

Ms. Hammar served as the non-scientist (community) member of the IRB from 2001 until 2008 at which time she began serving as the IRB Manager. In May 2017, she earned the Certified IRB Manager (CIM) distinction.
Prior to joining RMU, she worked at… See more


Trever J. Ball, PhD, MPH, MS

Dr. Ball specializes in statistical and analytical methods aimed to evaluate delivering preventive healthcare. He works as a Clinical Outcomes Analyst for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this role, Dr. Ball manages evaluating and improving outcomes of healthcare interventions related to community health and health promotion & wellness. His work includes designing, conducting, and disseminating research in areas… See more


Alan J. Gravano, PhD

Alan J. Gravano has an MFA in Poetry and an M.A. and Ph. D. in English from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Gulf Stream: South Florida’s Literary Current, the museum of americana, Red Rock Review, Review Americana: A Literary Journal, and Voices in Italian Americana. He has co-edited two collections of essays on Italian American culture, film, and literature… See more


Amber B. Heape, ClinScD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Amber Heape is a graduate of the inaugural ClinScD cohort at RMUoHP. She is a clinical specialist for a large healthcare corporation, having initiated several clinical interdisciplinary programs for the company while collaborating with physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, dietary, and respiratory therapy colleagues. She has partnered with multiple universities in both clinical supervision and coordinating graduate student… See more


Jay Lucker, EdD, CCC-A/SLP, FAAA

Dr. Jay R. Lucker is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Speech-Language Pathology teaching “Speech-Language Pathology Practice: Organization and Management” at Rocky Mountain University. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Director of a special program in SLP at Howard University in Washington, DC.Dr. Lucker has a part-time private practice specializing in auditory and language… See more


Angela Merlo, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Angela Merlo is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Northern Arizona University, Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Angela’s educational background began at the University of Puget Sound where she earned a BS in Physical Education. She went on to pursue a MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, as well as a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) and PhD in Exercise Science from the… See more


Kimberly Peer, EdD, AT, FNATA

Kimberly S. Peer, Ed.D, AT, FNATAis an Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences – Athletic Training Department at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a Cognate in Health Care Management from the University of Akron and teaches in the areas of professional development, ethics for allied health care providers, education and supervision, and… See more


Susie B. Peterson, ClinScD. CCC-SLP

Susie Bartolome Peterson, ClinSciD. CCC-SLP is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist, with a clinical science doctorate in speech-language pathology from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She completed her clinical fellowship training at JFK Johnson’s Rehabilitation Institute’s Center for Brain Injuries and has over 20 years of clinical experience specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of various acquired speech… See more


Sara Stiltner, Med, ATC, AT

Sara Stiltner, M.Ed, AT, ATC is a current Doctoral Student in the Leadership Studies program at Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio. Sara is a certified athletic trainer and is working to improve accreditation in the BGSU Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program. Sara holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from BGSU received in 2011, and a Masters of Education in Human Performance from Georgia College… See more


Trevor Q. Smith, PhD

Dr. Trevor Q.  Smith is the System Executive Director of Health Promotion and Wellness, for Intermountain Healthcare.  He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in exercise physiology from Southern Utah University and a PhD in health promotion and wellness from Rocky Mountain University.  Dr. Smith has done consulting work for Nike and Duke University and they have used study data from Dr. Smith’s research in their programs. Dr. Smith… See more


Shelley Victor, EdD, SLP-CCC

Dr. Shelley Victor currently teaches supervision and ethics courses at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Formerly, she was a Program Professor at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has worked at Nova over 26 years teaching courses in Preschool Language Disorders, Research Methods, Cognitive Communication Disorders, Pediatric Motor Speech Disorders, Supervision, and Professional Issues. She is… See more

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Program Leadership


Jane Sweeney - RMUoHP Faculty

Jane K. Sweeney PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA

Program Director, PHD Pediatric Science & Pediatric Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jane K. Sweeney PT, MS, PhD, PCS, FAPTA, founded the Pediatric Science DSc program in 2000, Pediatric Science PhD program in 2011 and pediatric science tracks in 2006 for two post-professional programs: transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) and Doctor of Occupational Therapy. She continues to serve as director of the Pediatrics tDPT program and PhD Pediatric Science track. Dr. Sweeney developed the first Physical Therapy... See more

Associated Faculty


Joanna C. Beachy, MD, PhD

Dr. Beachy received her PhD in Biochemistry for the University of Minnesota. After 2 postdoctoral research positions in Immunology and Physiological Chemistry, she when to medical school initially at Brown and then George Washington University Medical School. She completed her residency and neonatal fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She has worked at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, where... See more

Susan Blackburn RN, PhD, FAAN

Dr. Blackburn is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Family Child Nursing at the University of Washington in Seattle where she teaches perinatal and pediatric physiology, human embryology, genetics and neonatal nursing. She received her BSN from the University of Connecticut and MN and PhD from the University of Washington. Her teaching and research focuses on care of high-risk infants and their families. She is a... See more

Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD, PCS

Dr. Lovelace-Chandler has been an educator in pediatric topics for over 40 years to professional and post-professional physical therapy students and practitioners. She has over 45 years of experience in pediatrics, has recertified as a specialist two times, and still provides consultations. She taught Advanced Clinical Practice courses in pediatrics for the APTA, has published articles and book chapters on pediatrics and... See more

Sonia Paquette, OTD, OTR/L, CPE, ABVE-D

Dr. Paquette trained in occupational therapy both at the bachelors and doctoral level (McGill University '87, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, '07) and as an ergonomist (Industrial engineering school, Polytechnical Institute of Montreal, '93). She also completed a post-masters certificate in forensic vocational rehabilitation in 2010 (Minnesota State University, Mankato). Over the course of her career... See more

Rebecca D. Reder OTD, OTR/L

Rebecca Durham Reder, OTD, OTR/L, is Senior Clinical Director of the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (OT & PT) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Under her direction, the Division of OT / PT has grown to be one of the largest and most respected in the country. Dr. Reder provides vision and leadership for a division with services in 11 locations and a staff of over 215. She also... See more

Erin S. Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Erin Ross received her Ph.D from the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center in 2007, and her Master's Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Section of Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Ross is currently a Clinical Instructor in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics... See more