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Allison Schuette, MS, CCC-SLPMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | Adjunct FacultyAllison Schuette is a speech-language pathologist who joined RMUoHP in January 2020 as a Clinical Educator in the M.S. SLP program. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Allison has clinical experience working with individuals from infancy to geriatrics in a variety of settings, including, early intervention, public schools, home health, and skilled nursing facilities. Her clinical focus has included assessing and treating children with autism and other complex communication disorders. She is a member of the Utah Assistive Technology Team and has developed advanced clinical skills in augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology in the school setting.
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Allyce K. Jones, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APRN, CNE, NCMP, PMH-CPsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health) | FacultyDr. Jones received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing from Weber State University, and in Family, Consumer, and Human Development from Utah State University. As a registered nurse, she worked with patients with mental health disorders in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings. She completed a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in education from Weber State University. She then earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty track at the University of Utah. Dr. Jones completed post-graduate fellowships in Women's Mental Health and Public and Community Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She maintains a private practice specializing in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry.

Dr. Jones joined Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as an adjunct faculty member in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program. She enjoys teaching psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner students and improving their assessment, diagnostic, and comprehensive treatment planning skills. She is looking forward to her new position as the PMHNP Program Director.
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Amber Barnes, DNPDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | FacultyDr. 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 Nursing. She then went on to work Internal medicine in Arizona, after which she spent time in a Community Health Care Clinic in Washington state serving primary uninsured/migrant workers and most recently has joined the University of Utah department of Gerontology as a clinician in the Geriatric Medical Home. Dr. Barnes is relatively new in her Academic Career and is looking forward to participating in the education and development of future Nurse Practitioners./images/faculty/barnes-amber.jpgDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Faculty
Amber Collins, M.EdMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyAfter 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. Amber's career has primarily focused on career development and preparation in individual, group, classroom, and conference settings and she is skilled in topics of professionalism, networking, and personal communications (e.g. resumes, personal statements, cover letters, applications, interviews). In her free time, Amber enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family, especially through scuba diving, "UTV-ing", and camping. Some day, Amber aspires to be brave enough to perform stand-up comedy (in front of a real crowd) and to actually finish the book she is writing./images/faculty/collins-amber.jpgMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Faculty
Amber B. Heape, C.Sc.D., CCC-SLPDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Amber Heape is a graduate of the inaugural C.Sc.D. 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 placements throughout her career. As an adjunct professor at South Carolina State University, she has instructed graduate level courses or seminars in: dysphagia, voice disorders, communication in aging, adult language disorders, dementia, healthcare payer types and regulatory issues, and student self-efficacy.

Dr. Heape has over 16 years of professional experience in multiple settings and administrative levels. She has authored numerous continuing education courses at state, national, and international events. She is a former President of the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association and board member of the Council of State Association Presidents. Dr. Heape’s primary research interests are in the areas of clinical supervision and geriatric practice.
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Amy Nwora, PhD, OTRDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Nwora's clinical experience centers on school-based treatment and psychosocial disability in
children. She has worked extensively with pre-school and school-aged children diagnosed with
emotional disturbance, ADHD, autism, and dyslexia, as well as a variety of physical disabilities.
Dr. Nwora has a BS/MS in Occupational Therapy from D’Youville College, and a Ph.D. in
Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Current research
pursuits include: the impact of COVID-19 on OT, sensory processing disorders/treatment, new
treatment techniques for autism, the relationship between hand dominance and performance, and
student perceptions of the school environment.
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Andrew Doyle, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS, Astym-Cert.Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Adjunct FacultyAndrew 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 Trainer. While at IWU, he instructed clinical and didactic courses in the Professional Athletic Training Program, as well as the Post-Professional Masters of Science Athletic Training Program. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Athletic Training at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Doyle’s past clinical experience has included providing care to tennis and basketball athletes, high school athletes, and semi professional athletes. His research interests are in sport performance, therapeutic modalities, and manual interventions. Andrew has been a reviewer for athletic training texts, the Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, the Journal of Athletic Training, and the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. He enjoys participating in cycling, camping, cooking, and creative home construction activities with his wife, Jill, and two sons, Macalister and Marshall./images/faculty/doyle-andrew.jpgMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Adjunct Faculty
Angela Merlo, PT, DPT, PhDDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 University of South Carolina. Angela has taught in the areas of Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, Research Methods, Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Communication. Her research interests include qualitative and mixed methods research designs, as well as intervention research for chronic neurologic conditions./images/faculty/merlo-angela.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Adjunct Faculty
Ann M. Hoffman, DScPT, PCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyDr. 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 and she worked for a short time with Primary Children’s Hospital before accepting a faculty position in 2014 with Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Hoffman continues to see pediatric patients at 2 different clinics in the area.

Her professional passion has focused on treating pediatric patients and working with their families. In 2011, she completed her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy with the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a focus on pediatrics and education of future therapists to work in this specialty practice area. She received her Pediatric Specialty Certification in 2012. Her family now resides in Heber City including her husband Steve, 2 children, and 3 dogs!
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Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA, DASPE, FNAP, CCM, CDMS, CPEDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultyBarbara L. 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 runs a grassroots pain patient-centered research community under the grant. She also serves as the Policy Chair for the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association, a consultant to the United Spinal Association’s “Pathways to Employment Program,” and a consultant to the American Association on Health and Disability’s Komen funded project on mammography accessibility. She also serves as a PCORI Ambassador, grant reviewer, and appointed member of PCORI’s Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities.
A former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow for U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Jay Rockefeller, Kornblau also served as a government relations and health policy consultant to Special Olympics International and the American Association of People with Disabilities. She developed the blueprint for the disability public health provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and organized and led the coalition whose successful advocacy efforts resulted in the inclusion of these provisions in the final ACA bill. She represented disability health disparities at the White House Roundtable on Health Disparities, in preparation for the ACA. Because of her work on the ACA, HHS Secretary Sebelius appointed her to represent the health care needs of people with disabilities on HRSA’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Health Profession Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs). She founded the Coalition for Disability Health Equity to further this work and promote the concept of disability-based health disparities. She has presented her work on disability-based health disparities at the intersection of race and ethnicity as a panelist at several Congressional briefings.
A past president of the American Occupational Therapy Association, a former Health Professions Dean and a former Professor of Law and Public Health, she is widely published, including among others, three books and 35 book chapters. She has lectured nationally and internationally, and is the recipient of several endowed lectureships. As an attorney, she has won precedent setting cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Most importantly, she is the mother of six now adult children with disabilities.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Adjunct Faculty
Bart Hanson, DSc, NCSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyBart 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 Therapy Associations (APTA) Clinical Instructor Credentialing and Advanced Clinical Instructor Credentialing certifications. Bart is employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where his clinical focuses are clinical instruction and serving patients with Acute Neurology deficits, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Brain Tumor and Spinal Cord Injury. Bart is currently the Co-Chair for the Academy of Neurological Physical Therapy (ANPT) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) programming committee. He is married to Wendy, and has 3 children Sawyer, Britta and Gunnar. In his free time, he enjoys visiting zoos, local parks, running and woodworking./images/faculty/nophoto.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Bartley Rust, DHSc, PA-CDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Program DirectorDr. Rust has practiced medicine as a PA since 2001. He received his Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University. His clinical experience includes internal medicine, family medicine, and urgent care. He has also provided health services for military personnel and veterans since 2006. He continues to practice as a PA providing disability exams for veterans. He has also served as a volunteer at free clinics for the medically underserved since 1998.

Dr. Rust first became involved in PA education in 2006. Prior to rejoining Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, he served as Director of Doctoral Education for the first six cohorts of Doctor of Medical Science students at the University of Lynchburg. Prior to focusing his career on doctoral education for PAs, Dr. Rust served as Director of Didactic Education for the PA program at A.T. Still University and then as Associate Program Director and Director of Simulation Education for the PA program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Dr. Rust has been actively involved in scholarly activity. He has served on item writing committees and workgroups for the Physician Assistant Education Association PACKRAT and End of Rotation exams since 2012. He currently serves on the PACKRAT item writing committee. He also currently serves on the review board for The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.

In his free time, Dr. Rust enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with his wife and four daughters.
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Beth Christoffel, OTD, OTR/L, CHTDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 earned her CHT in 2008. Dr. Christoffel’s primary clinical interests include traumatic and post-surgical hand injuries. Her primary educational interest is to foster the use of evidence-based practice in entry-level and post-professional occupational therapy education. She lives in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and twin sons. She enjoys hiking, biking, tennis, and spending time at the beach.Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Adjunct Faculty
Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCADoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyBrad 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 Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is Assistant Editor-in-Chief for their Strength and Conditioning Journal./images/faculty/schoenfeld-brad.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Brian Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, FNSCA, RSCC, USAW, USATFDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyBrian Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, FNSCA, RSCC, USAW, USATF level 3 sprints, is the founding Director and Assistant Professor of the Master of Arts in Sport Coaching program at the University of Denver. Dr. Gearity has been a strength and conditioning (S&C), speed coach, or mental skills consultant for youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, including stops at the University of Tennessee, Cleveland Indians, and two high schools. As an athlete, he was a USAPL teenage powerlifting champion of Ohio and played football at John Carroll University. Dr. Gearity is Editor-in-Chief for NSCA Coach, the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s journal dedicated to the practice of coaching, and is Associate-Editor-in-Chief for Strength & Conditioning Journal. Dr. Gearity’s research uses sociological and psychological theory to enhance quality coaching. He maintains an active presence on multiple social media platforms, which are also used for pedagogical purposes, under his name or @DrGearity./images/faculty/gearity-brian.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Brigitta Walker, SLPD, CCC-SLPDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Adjunct FacultyDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Adjunct Faculty
Brittany Barhite, EdDDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyBrittany 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 and in the classroom at Owens Community College. Dr. Barhite was also the Chief Operations Officer of Zepf Center, a nonprofit healthcare organization focused on both mental and physical health care for the underserved. There she grew her knowledge on the healthcare industry and honed her leadership skills. Currently, Dr. Barhite is the Sr. Communications lead at the Fortune 500 company, Owens Corning and serves as a faculty member at Rocky Mountain University./images/faculty/barhite-brittany.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Brooke Schweitzer, DMSc, PA-CDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Brooke Schweitzer practices at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where she serves as Associate Medical Director of Inpatient Surgery and Supervisor for Advanced Practice Providers in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Schweitzer is also adjunct faculty at Rocky Mountain University in the Doctor of Medical Science program teaching courses in healthcare administration, patient safety and medical quality. Prior to her work at MD Anderson, she practiced in a number of capacities including work in emergency, hospital, geriatric, and family medicine as well as serving as interim CEO & CFO at a critical access hospital in Kansas. She is a didactic preceptor at Baylor College of Medicine and clinical preceptor for PA and medical students on surgical rotations. She is an elected delegate for AAPA representing the Texas constituency and serves on the TAPA legislative affairs committee. She is also a Trustee of the Texas PA Political Action Committee. Dr. Schweitzer also serves as Trustee of the Board of Directors for the Texas Gulf Coast PA Association and is a member of Pi Alpha National PA honor society. She received her Doctor of Medical Science degree from Lynchburg University in clinical medicine and healthcare administration. She is a graduate of Des Moines University with a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Biology, with minor degrees in Chemistry and Psychology./images/faculty/schweitzer-brooke.jpgDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Adjunct Faculty
Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. Bryan Mann received his B.S. in Health and Wellness Promotion (2003) and Sports Management Graduate Certificate (2004) from Missouri State University. He earned both his M.E. in (2006) and PhD in Health Education and Promotion (2011) from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Mann is a professor at the University of Missouri, where he teaches classes including Human Anatomy, Human Kinesiology, Sports Performance and Conditioning, and Weight Training techniques for the health professionals, and an assistant professor of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Mann is also the Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning, responsible for assisting the player development program for football and baseball and the Missouri women’s soccer teams. In addition to these team duties, he is the Director of Research & Development and the Coordinator for On-Campus Academic Relations.

Prior to his arrival at the University of Missouri, Mann attended Southwest Missouri State University where he served as a student assistant and a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, assisting player development of football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and volleyball. He developed programs for field hockey, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, swimming and diving, and men’s tennis. He also trained 2004 Barbados Olympic triple jumper Greg Hughes. Mann also helped produce great achievements for the SMSU athletic department, including a women’s basketball appearance in the Final Four and a baseball appearance in the College World Series.

Throughout high school and college, Mann was a four-time national, two-time world, champion in powerlifting for the Natural Athlete’s Strength Association, and was considered among the top 20 athletes in the world for his age. Mann is an accomplished author and researcher, having published three books, most notably “Powerlifting” published by Human Kinetics, and numerous journal articles. Mann is most known for his research on autoregulation of training with the first athlete-training article ever done on the Auto regulatory Progressive Resistance Exercise (APRE) protocol, as well as assessment of training improvements. He is also known as being a pioneer in Velocity Based Training (VBT), having given presentations on the topic all over the world.

Mann is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Mann is married to Corinne Schoppet Mann and they currently reside in Columbia.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Bryan Nelson, MMS, PA-CMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyBryan 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 this new role. He is currently working on completing the Doctor of Medical Science degree offered here at Rocky Mountain University./images/faculty/nelson-bryan.jpgMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Faculty
Bryan M. Gee, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, BCPDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | FacultyDr. Gee holds degrees from Idaho State University (Ph.D. & 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 URLEND alumni. Dr. Gee has published over 20 peer-reviewed research articles and more than 40 national presentations related to sensory-based interventions, therapy dosage and therapy-related practice patterns, and parent education/training and sensory processing. He has completed AOTA's Academic Leadership Institute and held previous administrative and leadership appointments at Idaho State University. Additionally, Dr. Gee has held various volunteer positions with AOTA and NBCOT, and currently is an Associate Editor with the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and represents the state of Idaho within AOTA’s Representative Assembly./images/faculty/gee-bryan.jpgDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Faculty
Cecile Pryor, MPHMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyCecile 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 interests include environmental epidemiology and air quality./images/faculty/pryor-cecile.jpgMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Faculty
Chad Kerksick, PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*DDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyChad 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), a distinguished strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS*D) and personal trainer (NSCA-CPT*D) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is currently recognized as a fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (FISSN), American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He serves as a Senior Associate Editor for J Strength Cond Res and Associate Editor for Strength Cond J and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation. Dr. Kerksick continues to study exercise and nutrition interventions and their ability to impact the health, performance and recovery of healthy, athletic, aged and clinical populations. He founded and directs the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory (www.lindenwood.edu/EPNL), which is currently conducting several studies involving many different aspects of exercise and nutrition interventions for their impact on health, performance, and recovery. Dr. Kerksick has published multiple articles in areas related to weight loss and body composition, skeletal muscle physiology and intracellular signaling, supplementation and resistance training adaptations, supplementation and muscle damage and recovery, as well as athlete energy and nutritional balance. In these areas of expertise, he has published over 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles, given over 150 research presentations, authored multiple chapters, and edited two books: one on nutrient timing and another on sports nutrition needs for children and adolescent athletes./images/faculty/kerksick-chad.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Christa Young, PT, PhD, NCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyChrista 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 moved back to the Midwest, practicing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN within their inpatient acute and inpatient rehabilitation programs. She was then asked to start an outpatient neurologic program within a group practice in Eau Claire, WI, serving clients in very rural areas of the Northwoods. She loves skiing, backpacking and playing in the wild outdoors with her husband, daughter (5) and dog./images/faculty/young-christa.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Faculty
Cindy Stimart, SLPD, CCC-SLP, TSSLDMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Cindy Stimart joined Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as an adjunct Professor in the M.S. SLP program in August 2020. She earned her B.S. in Psychology at Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY) and her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) in 1998 and 2007, respectively. She earned her doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology at Rocky Mountain University in 2019.

Dr. Stimart has worked across settings specializing in pediatrics. She has a solid foundation in medical speech-language pathology with experience at Johns Hopkins All Childrens and Wolfsons Childrens Hospital concentrating on acute care, primarily covering the NICU, CVICU, Burn Unit, PICU and monthly rounds in pediatric gastroenterology and cardiac specialty care clinics.

Her areas of clinical experience include pediatric speech-language, alternative augmentative communication (AAC) and assistive technology. Dr. Stimart has advanced experience in dysphagia secondary to prematurity, craniofacial abnormalities, cancer, trauma, non-accidental trauma, neurological disorders/syndromes and traumatic brain injuries.

Additionally, Dr. Stimart expanded her practice areas to include private practice and school-based consultations to provide education, training and support to staff and speech-language pathologists.

Dr. Stimart’s speech-language pathology experience across areas, both medical and educational, gives her a well-rounded perspective for teaching and mentoring speech-language pathology students that may fine themselves in either setting.

Advanced procedures include modified barium swallow studies and use of artificial intelligence in research. Certifications include Beckman Oral Motor, SOS approach to Feeding, Lactation and Infant Massage. Dr. Stimart is also Hanen trained and an attendant of the Fragile Feeding Institute.

Dr. Stimart’s teaching interests include pediatric speech-language pathology including, speech-language acquisition, dysphagia, anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, and speech and hearing science.

Dr. Stimart’s area of research interests and publications emcompass aspects of pediatric speech, language and dysphagia. She is committed to pursuing academic research and instruction. She has added research in our field with the use of artificial intelligence, the Tobii Nano, to record quantitative data (eye gaze) during food exposures.

Her aim is to advance colleagues and professionals who can competently provide evidence-based, patient-centered care upon graduation. She is honored to be a faculty member of the M.S. SLP program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

She and her husband, Tryn, and her two boys, Benjamin and Henry reside in Manorville, New York with their dogs Gracie and Olive. They enjoy cooking, exploring nature and traveling.
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Coleby Clawson, PT, DPT, CSCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyColeby 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, baseball, rugby, and lacrosse teams. He currently serves as the clinic director for the RMU foundation Community Rehabilitation Clinic, as a home health physical therapist, and as an assistant faculty member in the DPT program at RMU. He is currently completing his DSc degree in Human and Sports Performance from RMUoHP. Coleby’s professional and academic interests include orthopedic and sports physical therapy, geriatric physical therapy, and strength and conditioning programs and athletes and older adults. Outside of his professional interests, his hobbies and interests include outdoor recreation, sports, and spending time with his wife, Breanna, and their four children./images/faculty/clawson-coleby.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Faculty
Collette Renstrom, DNP, APRN, FNP-BCDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | FacultyCollette 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 including specialties of public health, occupational health, forensic nursing and family practice. She now works as a family nurse practitioner in a college health clinic in Utah. Collette loves living in Utah and enjoys hiking, skiing and spending time with her husband and three kids./images/faculty/renstrom-collette.jpgDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Faculty
Courtney Moore, C.Sc.D., CCC-SLPDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Assistant Program DirectorDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Assistant Program Director
Crystal Miskin, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPTDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | CRC Clinical Director & Clinical FacultyDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)CRC Clinical Director & Clinical Faculty
Dana Tischler, PT, DPT, MS, PCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyDr. 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 as an Aquatics Specialist at Lakeshore Foundation, she completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Elon University in 2010. Dr. Tischler’s clinical practice focuses on the treatment of medically complex infants, children, and adolescents in an acute care setting, with expertise in Pediatric Cardiology and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She worked at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her clinical practice spans children of all ages, abilities, and diagnoses, with a strong emphasis on family-centered care and quality of life. Prior to joining the DPT faculty at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Dr. Tischler was an Instructor at Ithaca College, teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework in their freshman-entry DPT program. Dr. Tischler became a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2019, and is currently enrolled in the PhD program at RMUoHP. Outside of teaching and studying, she enjoys hiking with her husband, Adam, and lab mix, Jepsen./images/faculty/tischler-dana.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Faculty
Darcy Hammar, CIMDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | FacultyMs. 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 the American Physical Therapy Association from 1992 to 1999 serving member components. Her last position was as Executive Director of the Section on Geriatrics. Her professional experience also includes program implementation for the American Lung Association and American Red Cross as well as historical research working with the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine on the Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound: A Retrospective on Its 40th Anniversary monograph and temporary Smithsonian exhibit.

Long-interested in the intersection between health care providers and community/social beliefs about health, Ms. Hammar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in the History and Sociology of Science. She earned both “distinction in the major” and the Rose Research Award for her honors thesis, A Professional or Volunteer Approach?: Red Cross Nurses in WWI. Ms. Hammar continued her education at University of Wisconsin in the History of Science, again focusing on the history of medicine and nursing. Her master’s thesis was From Medical Exclusion to Health Education: Milwaukee Public School Nurses 1910-1920.
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Darrell Matthews, MS, CCC-SLPMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | Adjunct FacultyDarrell 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./images/faculty/matthews-darrell.jpgMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)Adjunct Faculty
Darrin Smith, PhD, LAT, ATC, PESMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Program DirectorDr. Smith is a licensed, board certified athletic trainer who holds additional certifications in Performance Enhancement Training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, in addition to the Three-Dimensional Movement Analysis Performance System (3D MAPS) utilized by the Gray Institute.

He double-majored and earned his BS degrees in Physical Education and Athletic Training at Concordia University Wisconsin. He received his Master of Exercise Science at Western Illinois University and in 2017 completed his PhD at RMUoHP in Athletic Training. He primarily teaches athletic training coursework and his research interests are in biomechanics, motor control, and exercise rehabilitation.

Currently, he teaches the Data and Decision Making course in the MSHS Program. He has published in the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy and SportEX Medicine and has taken the stage for over 20 state, regional, and national platform presentations.

Dr. Smith also holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor in Athletic Training at Concordia University in Wisconsin. Prior to his current position, he served as faculty member at Colorado State University in Pueblo, CO and at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.
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David Payne, PA-CMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyDavid 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. In 2005, David completed his Master’s in PA Studies at the University of St Francis in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Desiring to acquire a solid foundation in medicine, David took his first job in a Family Medicine/Urgent Care clinic. He later moved from New Mexico to Sierra Vista, Arizona where he mostly practiced Internal Medicine.
David has always loved teaching. He began his academic career at Rocky Mountain College’s PA program in Billings, MT, where he served as core faculty for two years. Following this, David served as the Academic Director at the University of Wisconsin Madison PA program, where he was heavily involved in instruction and curriculum development, especially in taking a lead role in transitioning UW Madison from a Baccalaureate to a Master’s degree awarding program.
Following his time in Wisconsin, David accepted an offer to become the founding director for a new PA program University of Charleston in Charleston, WV. He apparently enjoyed the challenge. Three years later, in January 2014, he started his current position as founding director for the new PA program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP). He currently serves as Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer.
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Dawn R. Girten, SLPD, CCC-SLPDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Adjunct FacultyI am an outpatient Clinical Manager for Speech-Language Pathology services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In addition to managing the ten outpatient satellites, I am the Division’s hiring manager and am involved in quality improvement projects. Clinically, I am involved in a NIH-grant providing language services via telehealth to caregivers of children with Fragile-X and am passionate about providing comprehensive language evaluations to children. My specialty areas include evaluations for children with autism spectrum, auditory processing, receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language deficits. I am also an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, teaching language disorders in older children. /images/faculty/girten-dawn.pngDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Adjunct Faculty
Denise Pickett-Bernard, PhD, RDN, LDN, IFMCPMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | DENISE PICKETT-BERNARD PhD, RDN, LDN, IFMCP, is both a registered and licensed dietitian (FL, GA). She has worked as a full-time faculty member, Assistant Dean of Nutrition, a chef, culinary arts faculty, wellness center nutritionist, and has appeared on television as a nutritional expert. Dr. Dee has developed courses, degree programs and curricula at the university level. In particular, her expertise in culinary nutritional medicine is sought after for her unique view as both a classically trained chef and functionally trained nutrition professional. In addition to her functional expertise, she has extensive experience in pediatric (teen and child) sports nutrition, maternal and child nutrition, general weight loss, as well as culinary arts. She has an active private practice including digital offerings on her website, www.drdeenutrition. Presently she teaches and is the Director of the Functional Nutrition Certificate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.Dr. Dee’s academic background includes a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, a BS in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University, and an MS in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Rhode Island. She earned a Ph.D. from Barry University studying spiritual factors which affect weight control maintenance. She has been in private practice for over 20 yrs providing functional nutrition therapy, corporate consultations, and public presentations. She has developed 2 products, R3 by her company www.ReVitalizePro.com (a rehydration and recovery supplement beverage), and Phyto-oil a skin oil that exploits the research on phytonutrients which provide anti-aging benefits when used topically.
Dr. Dee stays up-to-date on all functional medicine innovations as an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She also completed an advanced training certificate program from the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy where she is a faculty member and served as the culinary collaborative director for 3 years
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Ed LeCara, PhD, DC, ATC, CSCS, MBAMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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.

Ed was the Vice President of Sports Science and Human Performance at 24 Hour Fitness Corporate offices in San Ramon, CA until March 2013. In addition, he held hospital privileges at the VA Northern California Health Care System in Martinez, CA from 2009 – 2013.

Ed moved to Dallas, TX in July 2014 to develop The KinetikChain. The KinetikChain delivers performance therapy for high intensity and endurance athletes by treating the muscular, skeletal and neurological systems of the body to enable people to live an active lifestyle.
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ElBea Stonier, MS, CCC-SLPMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | FacultyElBea 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./images/faculty/stonier-elbea.jpgMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)Faculty
Ellen Hudgins, OTR/LDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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. Dr. Hudgins served as the Administration and Management Special Interest Chairperson for the American Occupational Therapy Association from 2014-2017. She worked as an adjunct professor at Longwood University in the 2016-2017 academic year, teaching a therapeutic modalities course and an administrative course to athletic training students. Additionally, Dr. Hudgins served as the TA for the OTD program for four semesters, assisting with the OTD 740 leadership course. She has been a fieldwork educator for OT’s, COTA’s, and athletic training students for the past 25 years.

Dr. Hudgins is the president and owner of Progressive Therapy, opening her practice in 1993. She has three clinics in central Virginia, providing occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy services. In her spare time, she trains and competes for dressage horses. Dr. Hudgins enjoys hiking, fishing and anything outdoors. She currently resides in Buckingham, Virginia with her husband, where they own and operate a sustainable beef cattle farm. Her two sons attend Virginia Tech. Dr. Hudgins is thrilled to join the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions faculty and look forward to life-long learning with the students pursuing this program. She is proud to have attended this program and is excited to have the opportunity to give back to the university and the students.
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Eric Smart, MDMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyDr. 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, a former medical staff president of Alta View Hospital, and a past President of Utah Emergency Physicians. Dr. Smart graduated from Utah State University and the University of Utah School of Medicine./images/faculty/smart-eric.jpgMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Faculty
Erin Faraclas, PT, DPT, MSCS, NBC-HWC, PhD(c)Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Erin Faraclas received her undergraduate degree and Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at American International College in Massachusetts. She later attended Temple University and was awarded a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008. Erin obtained her Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist Certification (MSCS) in 2004. Since that time, Erin has spent her physical therapy career specializing in Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic neurological conditions. Erin spent over 12 years working at Utah Valley Hospital in the Neuro Trauma Rehabilitation Unit. More recently, Erin has blended her passion for helping those with a chronic condition with being a health and wellness coach. Erin is currently a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). In addition, Erin is an APTA Trainer for the Credentialed Clinical Instructor program and currently holds a leadership position on the APTA’s Population Health task force. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Erin served on the Board of Health for Utah County, in Utah and was an APTA delegate for the state of Utah. Erin is a PhD candidate, with her concentration of study in Health Promotion and Wellness. Personally, Erin loves skiing, mountain biking, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family. Erin lives with her husband and two young boys in Holden, Massachusetts./images/faculty/faraclas-erin.jpgMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Adjunct Faculty
Erin S. Ross, PhD, CCC-SLPTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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, at the University of Colorado Denver within the Center for Family and Infant Interaction. She also holds a faculty appointment at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, and is a parent advisor for the Colorado Department of Education Special Education Advisory Committee. Dr. Ross’ research interests are focused on understanding feeding and growth in the medically fragile infant, and on identifying and treating feeding problems infants and children. She provides clinical consultation to several NICU’s in the Denver metropolitan area in addition to providing professional education and research consultation through her company, Feeding FUNdamentals. Dr. Ross consults at the STAR Center outpatient feeding clinic, and co-teaches the SOS Approach to Feeding course with Dr. Kay Toomey. Dr. Ross is the creator of the SOFFI Method, a training program for caregivers in the NICU. She brings over 21 years of experience in both NICU and outpatient settings, providing a perspective that crosses over the initial hospitalization through the first 5 years of life.Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Adjunct Faculty
Evan Osar, CMT, PES, CSCSMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 , and Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Psoas Solution.
Early in his career, Dr. Osar recognized that there weren’t many practical resources on assessment and corrective exercise available to the health and fitness professionals that worked with everyday individuals including baby boomers and seniors as well as those individuals experiencing chronic medical conditions such as degenerative joint issues (osteoarthritis and post-joint replacements), postural issues, chronic tightness, and/or discomfort. Additionally, he noted that there weren’t definable guidelines for individuals that were discharged from chiropractic and physical therapy yet were still experiencing ‘incomplete rehab syndrome’ – the inability to perform at the level the individual wants or needs or to return to the activities they love to do because of on-going functional deficits in strength, stability, and/or balance issues. He developed the Integrative Movement System™ to help him assess the underlying causes of his patient’s posture and movement issues and for using specific corrective exercises to address and progress the individual towards successfully achieving their health and fitness goals.
With his wife Jenice Mattek, LMT, he created the Institute for Integrative Health and Fitness Education™ (IIHFE). IIHFE is dedicated to providing evidence-based and practical assessment and exercise resources for health and fitness professionals that specialize in working in the medical fitness space, with the older population, individuals leaving the health industry with ‘incomplete rehab syndrome’, and every day folks looking for safe and effective exercise programs. provides on-line and live education courses as well as two of the industry’s most advanced certification intensives - Integrative Corrective Exercise Instructor™ and Integrative Movement Specialist™. During these programs, participants learn functional anatomy, biomechanics, and motor control and how this information contributes to optimal posture and movement. More importantly, participants discover how to use this knowledge to choose the most appropriate assessments, corrective exercises, and functional exercise progressions to progress their clients towards achieving their goals
Dr. Osar is co-founder of Chicago Integrative Movement Specialists™ where he maintains an active practice.
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F. David Paulson, DPT, OCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Director of Accreditation and AssessmentDr. F. David Paulson is married to Kimberlie (Toone) Paulson, is the proud father of four children and grandfather of seven. He has served full-time as an Assistant Professor with Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions since May of 2018. Prior to that time, he worked for 8 years as an adjunct instructor in the DPT program at RMU. He continues to treat patients two mornings each week at American Fork Hospital, in the Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic. Prior to coming to RMU full-time, he served as a PT at Orem Community Hospital, a manager and clinician at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah and has also managed physical therapy throughout the Intermountain Healthcare Urban South Region. He has over 30 years of clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy experience with specialization in the spine, extremities, TMJ, and headache. Dr. Paulson has been the lead instructor for clinical education courses in such areas as therapeutic exercise, posture correction, pain management for the neck, head and TMJ, and managing low back pain; he is also an instructor for Graston Technique. He became board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 1997 and re-certified in 2007 and 2017. Paulson developed and taught a residency program in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and is the owner of Northstar Physical Therapy – a physical therapy education and products company. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in 1988, received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the US Army-Baylor University program in 1990, and completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2008 from Baylor University. Dr. Paulson served as an Active Duty Army Physical Therapist for over 6 years and Retired from the US Army Reserve in June 2018 after a combined 30 years of service in the US Army. He retired with the the rank of Colonel. His final 3 assignments with the Army Reserve included Chief of Clinical Services for a Medical Training Support Battalion, Chief of Operations and Training for the 328th Combat Support Hospital and as the Reserve Component Chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corps. Dr. Paulson has also taught for several years as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Exercise Sciences at Brigham Young University./images/faculty/paulson-david.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Director of Accreditation and Assessment
Frances Medaglia, ANP-BCDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | Adjunct FacultyFrances 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 arena first delivering primary care services to older adults and then as Public Health Nurse Advisor within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Her more than 30 year tenure with the state health department included introducing the role of the nurse practitioner to the state’s largest public health hospital, coordinating the statewide asthma surveillance program for the CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking initiative and most recently as the Assistant Director for Policy & Research with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. Dr. Medaglia represented nursing for10+ years as a member of the state’s Institutional Review Board/ Health Utilization Review Committee. Today she focuses her work on teaching and care management, sits on the Board of Directors at Youville House/Youville Place and volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corp. Professional memberships include the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nurses./images/faculty/medaglia-frances.jpgDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Adjunct Faculty
Heather David, PT, EdD, MPT, NCSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 patients affected by neurological, balance, and vestibular disorders. Dr. David is currently working with adults with neurologic diagnoses at the Challenge Center in La Mesa, California and children with clubfoot through the non-profit organization, Clubfoot C.A.R.E.S. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient neurologic, outpatient orthopedic, and brain injury day treatment. She completed competency based training in vestibular rehabilitation and is certified in the Neuro-IFRAH approach to treating adults with hemiparesis. She is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties./images/faculty/nophoto.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Hina Garg, PT, PhDDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Research FacultyHina 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 & M University and completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science (2015) from the University of Utah. She is a licensed physical therapist and passionately works with individuals with chronic neurological conditions. In the past, she has worked as the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program Clinical and Research Coordinator for 5 yrs at the University of Utah and has specialized in rehabilitation practices for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. She has served as an instructor for undergraduate, physical therapy and neuro-residency courses in the past and is currently an assistant professor in the DPT program at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her present teaching involvements include: gross anatomy, neuromuscular management and research courses. Her research interests include factors affecting postural control and fall-risk in people with MS and other chronic neurodegenerative conditions. Factors such as, the vestibular contributions, spasticity, and cognitive-motor interference are of particular interest. In addition, her present research activities include curricular integration of evidence-based practice and cultural competency in physical therapy education. Personally, she enjoys outdoor activities, cooking and exploring new cities.
Hina received first prize for her poster presentation in clinical research category at the 2017 Annual Roseman University research symposium. Title: Adaptations in gaze and postural stability in people with Multiple Sclerosis.
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Holly Todd, M.EdMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC) | Adjunct FacultyHolly Todd has worked in the public education system for over 20 years. She has been a classroom teacher, intervention specialist, school counselor, crisis response counselor, and school based mental health specialist in the public K-12 system. Throughout her career, she has worked in rural and urban school districts, the Utah State Board of Education and currently works with a regional educational service agency. She has presented at many local, state and national conferences on topics of school counseling, social-emotional learning and educator self-care. Holly has been active in advocating for school counselors, as well as other school based mental health providers, at local and state levels./images/faculty/todd-holly.jpgMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC)Adjunct Faculty
Ingrid Pichardo Murray, EdD, DPT, MPAS, PA-CDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Pichardo Murray is a licensed and certified physician assistant and physical therapist. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a double minor in Chemistry and Psychology. She obtained a second Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy prior to obtaining her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies. She has earned a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy and a Doctorate Degree in Education.

In recognition of her achievements, Dr. Pichardo Murray has been inducted into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants and Alpha Eta Society for Allied Health Professionals. One of her most prized achievements was being awarded the Golden Apple Award by the Class of 2012.

Dr. Ingrid Pichardo Murray joined the faculty at AdventHealth University (AHU) as an Associate Professor and Academic Director. She graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2001. For 8 years she practiced in the fields of orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. She embarked into the field of academia in March 2009. She was an integral faculty member at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Orlando campus since the program’s early beginnings. At NSU, Dr. Pichardo Murray was an Assistant Professor and a Clinical Director. As a professor, she had the opportunity to teach Physical Diagnosis I-III, Medical History Taking, Anatomy, Nutrition, and several Clinical Medicine courses. In Clinical Medicine, she developed and taught courses such as: Ear, Nose, and Throat, Pulmonology, Orthopedics, Infectious Disease, and Pediatrics.

During her interim in academia, she has been invited to be a speaker for FAPA conferences and has spoken nationally for board review courses. She has edited several physical therapy books and has recently authored a chapter in a genetics book.
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J. Michael Smith, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, CAQ-PsychiatryDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | FacultyJ. Michael Smith, DHSc, MPAS, PAC, CAQ-Psychiatry, is Chief Physician Assistant, Mental Health Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Smith earned his B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies at UTMB, Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Doctor of Health Science at Nova Southeastern University. In addition to being a clinical PA for 35 years, he is a prior EMT/paramedic, and RN. Dr. Smith has also served as Department Chair and Assistant Professor of the UTMB Physician Assistant Program and has been Didactic and Clinical Instructor for the Physician Assistant Program at Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently the Program Director for the Michael E. DeBakey/Baylor College of Medicine Post-Graduate PA Mental Health Residency Program. Dr. Smith retired as Captain, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve, and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Smith has taught/precepted PA students, medical students, physician and PA residents at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), UTMB, and Hardin-Simmons University. He served as didactic coordinator for BCM’s psychiatry didactics for 13 years. He developed and led the PA MH Residency Program at the VA/BCM and trained over a dozen PA psychiatry residents in 4 years. Dr. Smith has lectured at local, state, and national PA conferences on various psychiatric topics./images/faculty/smith-michael.pngDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Faculty
Jan Reese, MS-ITLSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | FacultyJan Reese is the Director of Instructional Technology for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP), Provo, Utah. As such, she consults with faculty to coordinate innovation in online learning and instructional design based on adult learning pedagogy and instructional design practices while promoting the effective use of technology in teaching and learning. She develops and delivers a multi-faceted training program to RMUoHP faculty, students, and administrators to promote the effective use of educational technology, including the use of the LMS. Additionally, she teaches courses in utilizing technology in higher education.
Ms. Reese received a BA in Professional Dance from BYU, and an MS in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University. She is originally from Redondo Beach, California. Prior to her work with RMUoHP, she served as the Director of Dance at the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, CA. Her work included the creation of an original WASC accredited dance program, writing a UC “A-G” Arts Certified Curriculum, and teaching over 300 students annually. Other affiliations have included serving as a technical director, manager, development consultant, and teacher for city, community, and professional organizations, including Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Anaheim, Arts Unlimited, South Bay Cities, Fred Astaire Studios, the Walt Disney Company, and BYU. Currently affiliations include volunteering at Courage Reins, an equine-assisted therapy center, and the Food and Care Coalition.
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Jane E. Sullivan, DHS, MSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyJane 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 Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy as the Director of Education. She has developed online education modules hosted on the APTA Learning Center and on the ANPT Synapse Education Center. Jane teaches online/blended courses at Northwestern University, as well as several other universities/organizations.

Jane lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, a Clinical Psychologist. They have two adult children; a son who is a US Army veteran and lives in Montana, and a daughter with a background in behavioral healthcare who lives in Milwaukee. Jane and her husband are rabid music fans, having traveled all over the globe to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band!​
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Jane H. Ewoniuk, DSc, MOT, OTR/L, NBC-HWCDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences, Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | FacultyJane 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 and her masters of Occupational Therapy from Texas Women’s University. She has 20 years of clinical experience in early childhood, sub-acute, long term care, home health, outpatient orthopedics, and community integration with adults with developmental delay. Her current primary focus in clinical work focuses on school-based therapy and best practice within the emerging ecological framework. In 2020, she became nationally certified and earned her health coaching (NBC-HWC) credential.

Dr. Ewoniuk’s current responsibilities include serving on the OT advisory board for the State of Colorado, mentoring new therapists entering the school district, and working as the assistant to the Ph.D. in Health Science and post-professional OTD programs at RMUoHP.

In her free time, she and her family enjoy spending time at the cabin in Wyoming, participating in sporting events, and spending time together. She and her family reside in Colorado.
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Jane K. Sweeney, PhD, PCS, FAPTATransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) | Program DirectorJane 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 Fellowship in Neonatology accredited in the United States by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship and Education in 2012. She directs the Fellowship in partnership with Seattle Children’s and Cincinnati Children’s Hospitals. With the assistance of Jan McElroy PT, PhD, PCS, she co-directs the Pediatrics Institute, an annual summer continuing education series at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions for pediatric clinicians.

Dr. Sweeney’s educational degrees include BA from the University of the Pacific, MS from Colorado State University, and PhD from the University of Washington. The emphasis of her doctoral study was the high-risk infant and family; her doctoral research focused on physiological and behavioral tolerance of neurological assessment procedures in preterm and full-term neonates. She is a Mary Switzer Distinguished Research Fellow of the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her 88 publications include 35 journal articles, 15 chapters, 33 peer-reviewed abstracts, 2 invited commentaries, and 1 book.

After receiving physical therapy education in the US Army Medical Department, Dr. Sweeney worked primarily in pediatric and neurologic rehab positions. Before retiring at the rank of Colonel, she held a six-year position as Chief of Clinical Investigation and Research for the Army Medical Specialist Corps and a 12-year position as Pediatric Physical Therapy Consultant to the Office of the Army Surgeon General.

Dr. Sweeney was in the first group of 4 in the United States to become board certified in pediatric physical therapy in 1986. She then served as Chair of the Pediatric Specialty Council and as chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She led a task force on Neonatal ICU Practice Guidelines for the APTA Section on Pediatrics and served as an editorial board member of Infants and Young Children, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, and Pediatric Physical Therapy journals. Dr. Sweeney received the APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award and Section on Pediatrics’ Fischer Distinguished Mentorship Award, DeHaven Distinguished Service Award, and Doctoral Dissertation Award. She is a recipient of the Richmond Award (Research) from the Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the Hartgraves Award for Excellence in Teaching at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She was founder of the Neonatology Special Interest Group of the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and is currently co-chairing a Task Force for developing a national certification program and examination for Neonatal Physical Therapists.
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Janene M. Holmberg, PT, DPT, NCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Adjunct FacultyJanene 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 therapy program. She lectures nationally in the field of vestibular and balance rehabilitation with many leaders in the field at conferences, conventions and two day courses. Dr. Holmberg was awarded Physical Therapist of the Year by the Utah Chapter APTA in 2001 and in 2014 received the Clinical Excellence in Neurology Award from the Neurology Section of the APTA. Dr Holmberg is currently serving as secretary of the APTA Neurology Section’s Vestibular Special Interest Group and was invited to serve as content expert for the Neurology section’s Vestibular Specialization Task Force. She is full time clinician and she draws on her extensive experience to help clinicians learn how to manage the complexities of the dizzy and unsteady patient.Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Adjunct Faculty
Janet Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, Certified Health and Wellness CoachDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Bezner has been teaching for over 30 years, starting out as an anatomy lab assistant in PT school, and joining the academy full time starting in 1995 at Texas State University. She has been a full-time faculty member at Texas State twice, rejoining the faculty in 2014 after spending 9 years working at the American Physical Therapy Association, leading the Education Unit, between 2005-2014. She has been teaching at Rocky Mountain since the PhD/DSc programs began, serving as the first program director for the DSc in Health Promotion and Wellness.

Dr. Bezner’s teaching, service and research are aligned around health promotion and wellness. She believes that learning occurs in circumstances in which students take risks and feel uncomfortable. She values discussion and the application of new information. Her classroom style is open and engaging and she holds students accountable for learning by creating challenging assignments and tests, and by clearly and specifically stating her expectations up front and holding students to those expectations.
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Janet Somlyay, DNP, PMHNP, CPNP-AC/PC, PMHSDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | FacultyDr. Somlyay has over 28 years experience as a nurse practitioner. She currently owns a psychiatric clinic and practices as a family psychiatric nurse practitioner. She retired as a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Air Force at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 2002. Dr. Somlyay is nationally board certified in the following areas: Pediatric nurse practitioner (primary care and acute care), psychiatric nurse practitioner (adult and family), and as a pediatric mental health specialist. Dr. Somlyay has graduated from the following schools: The College of New Jersey, Air Force School of Health Sciences, University of Utah, University of Wyoming, and Arizona State University. She enjoys a balance between teaching and clinical practice; both focusing on evidence-based practice. Dr. Somlyay is originally from New Jersey and currently resides in Wyoming./images/faculty/somlyay-janet.jpgDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Faculty
Jason King, PhDDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyDr. King is Core Faculty at Walden University’s School of Counseling. He is a state-licensed and nationally certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders Counseling. In 2012 he received the AMHCA Mental Health Counselor of the Year Award.
Dr. King served as a Behavioral Health Clinical Panel Member for Stanford University's Health Policy Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research. In this role, he assisted in the investigation of community-level quality indicators related to suicidal ideation, serious mental illness, substance use, depression, anxiety, adjustment, and psychotic disorders; and intimate partner violence and abuse.
Dr. King clinically directed an outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment clinic (Life Enhancement Center) that collected data for the American Psychiatric Association’s Routine Clinical Practice field trials that informed the DSM-5 revision process (page 914 lists him as a Collaborating Investigator).
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Jason Brumitt, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. Brumitt is a physical therapist and an athletic trainer from the Portland, OR region. His primary academic position is as an associate professor of physical therapy at George Fox University (Newberg, OR). For RMUoHP he teaches Epidemiologic Methods in the Doctor of Philosophy program. His primary areas of research include injury epidemiology in collegiate athletes, blood flow restriction, and electromyography./images/faculty/brummitt-jason.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Jason Edsall, PhD, ATC, CSCSMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Adjunct FacultyJason 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 Slippery Rock University, Master of Education in Post Secondary Education from Salisbury University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He also holds various credentials including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist./images/faculty/edsall-jason.jpgMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Adjunct Faculty
Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT*, TSAC-F, ACSM-CESDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyJay 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 educator for approximately 20 years. His primary research interests is focused on improving the health, fitness and human performance for the tactical athletes/first responder, as well as sport. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction and an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer with Distinction, and a Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitator, the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES); and is recognized by the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association as a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach./images/faculty/dawes-jay.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Jeff Lau, PT, DPT, PhD, CMPTDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyJeff Lau graduated with an Associate 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 Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 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 Professions and recently completed an Administrative/leadership Fellowship.

He worked as a physical therapist in Washington State in outpatient orthopedics, industrial rehabilitation, acute care, rehab, and in skilled nursing facilities. His clinical practice in Utah has consisted primarily of pro bono patients with orthopedic conditions. He became certified in manual therapy (CMPT) through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2005 and Board Certified in orthopedics (OCS) in 2006.

In 2006, he began teaching in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Provo College as the Academic Coordinator for Clinical Education and subsequently became the Director of that program. In 2009, he joined Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as a founding core faculty and Director of Clinical Education for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and served for several years as the Director of Program Accreditation and Assessment.

Dr. Lau is currently the Dean of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) for University accreditation, and still teaches evidence-based practice in the DPT program. His research interests are related to orthopedics, manual therapy, teaching and learning, and evidence-based practice, and he has presented at local, state, and national conferences. Jeff has been an item writer for the National Physical Therapist Exam (NPTE), a PTA program reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and has served on several national advisory committees. Jeff has been a member of the APTA since 1999 and has been active for over ten years in the Utah Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association in various activities, most recently completing six years on the board directors as Chief Delegate, and continues as a part of the bylaw committee.

Jeff has been married to his lovely wife Peggy since 1993, has five children and four grandchildren. He loves to spend time serving others, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and mountain biking; developing youth in scouting; and reading.
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Jeff Lynn, Ph.D., NBC-HWC, FIOCDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 meaningful improvements in work, health, and life.

Dr. Lynn has taught Wellness Coaching and directed dissertations at RMUoHP. He has 16 years of experience teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in wellness coaching, research methods, exercise physiology, exercise prescription, nutrition, biomechanics, and weight loss. He was also Assistant Dean of the College of Health, Environment and Science and Program Coordinator of Exercise Science at Slippery Rock University. At SRU he was the Chairperson of the Institutional Review Board, initiated the President’s Commission on Wellness, was instrumental in developing an award winning Exercise is Medicine initiative, and served on several strategic planning committees. Prior to his current career, he worked for six years in the finance industry where he was also involved in strategic planning.

His formal education includes a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He also has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree with majors in both Finance and Business Management.

Though his career has focused on developing students and programs, Dr. Lynn has conducted research in a variety of areas ranging from weight loss in postmenopausal women to the physiology and psychology of ultra-endurance running. Most of his research involves a common thread of resilience and motivation.

Dr. Lynn has held leadership positions at the American College of Sports Medicine and is an active member of the National Wellness Institute. He recently served three years as a board member of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, and he regularly volunteers his time on medical teams of ultra-marathons around the country.

When not engaged at work, Dr. Lynn enjoys reading philosophy and spending time in nature. He has run nearly 40 marathons and 17 ultra-marathons up to 100 miles.
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Jennifer Austin, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, GTSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Program DirectorDr. Austin is currently the Program Director of the Ph.D. in Health Sciences program and an Associate Professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. She received her PhD from Ohio University in Higher Education, and a master’s in physical education with a specialization in Athletic Training. Dr. Austin serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation and the Athletic Training Education Journal. She has chaired numerous professional accreditation committees, serves as a CAATE site visitor, and was recently a member of the Association for Athletic Training Educational Pathways and Recruitment workgroup. In addition to being a certified athletic trainer, Dr. Austin holds the following certifications: in “Myofascial Cupping Practitioner,” “Selective Functional Movement Assessment,” “Graston Technique Therapist Specialist and Provider,” and “Sport Safety International - Sport Safety Specialist.” Her research interest includes program and learning outcomes and assessment, incorporating evidence-based
practice into athletic training education, and the use of therapeutic interventions, particularly cupping therapy and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.
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Jennifer Johnson, MPAS, PA-C, CHSEMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyJennifer 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). After graduation, Jennifer spent a year practicing female health in Orem, Utah. She then found her passion and has spent the past 9 years practicing as an otolaryngology PA with a focus in otology and head and neck cancers. She has proctored the advanced otology workshop at the national ENT for the PA-C conference for the past several years and loves sharing her passion for ears with her colleagues. Her publications include a recent article on the various ENT presentations of sarcoidosis. She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Simulation Education for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Physician Assistant Program. Additionally, she is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and looks forward to contributing to the training of the next generation of phenomenal healthcare professionals. Jennifer is happily married with two beautiful daughters and one handsome little boy. She enjoys spending time with her family while traveling, biking, camping, hiking, and exploring the natural beauty of Utah’s slot canyons./images/faculty/johnson-jennifer.jpgMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Faculty
Jennifer M Medina McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyEducation:
Bachelor of Science Pennsylvania State University (1995-2000)
Master of Science Arizona School of Health Sciences (2000-2002)
Doctoral of Philosophy Pennsylvania State University (2004-2006)
Post-doctoral Fellowship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006-2007)

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 DSc students.

Her academic and research interests include functional anatomy and pathoanatomy, biomechanics, sports injury epidemiology and time-to-event analysis, evidence-based practice, and clinical analysis of risk factors associated with lower extremity injury. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and has presented her research at the local, national, and international levels.

“As an athletic training researcher, I believe it is critically important to bridge the gap between the clinician and the laboratory. Within sports medicine research, there is a paucity of evidence that can be directly translated to clinical practice. My professional research goal is to generate clinically useful, valid tools for improving patient care.

Specifically, I have focused on 1) using an epidemiological approach to describe injury trends and generate prognostic indicators for return-to-play; 2) providing evidence-based answers to clinical questions through systematic review of the literature; and 3) field-testing techniques for assessing biomechanical risk factors and injury surveillance.

I live in Ithaca NY, which is about 1.5 hours from Syracuse. More than anything, I enjoy being with my family – mostly that involves my husband, Patrick, my son, Bobby (age 7), & my daughter, Mallory (age 3.5). We love to hike, play guitars, ride bikes, and go to Key West! Also, now that we have moved back closer to “home” (my parents also live in upstate NY& we have family throughout NY, NJ, and the rest of the northeast), we get the chance to be involved in lives of the rest of our family – something we hadn’t really been able to do regularly in about 15 years.”
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Joanna C. Beachy, MD, PhDTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 she was the director of the NICU, at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI, where she was the director of the NICU follow-up clinic in addition to working in the NICU, at University of Utah/Primary Children’s Medical Center/Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT, where she was the associate medical director of the University NICU, and at Cohen Children’s Medical Center where she was the medical director of the level 4 NICU. Currently, she is the Chief, Newborn Medicine at Baystate Children’s at Springfield, MA since 2020.

She is actively involved in ethics and developmental care committees at the hospitals where she has worked. She is NIDCAP certified. Her major research interests include 1) evaluating ventricular size and brain electrical activity in infants with intraventricular hemorrhage and post-hemorrhagic ventricular dilatation, 2) identifying predictive factors of death and/or poor neurodevelopmental outcome in infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy treated with hypothermia, 3) decreasing the incidence of retinopathy of prematurity and improving tolerance of the ophthalmologic examinations, and 4) impact of Sars-2-CoV infection on mother-fetal dyads. She has been and is actively involved in many funded and unfunded research studies.
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Adjunct Faculty
Joel Tenbrink, PhD, ATCDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Assistant Program DirectorDr. 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 including acute care, skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation, becoming the Center Coordinator of Clinic Education for Northwest Physical Therapy, working with PT and PTA Assistant students. He later accepted a position as clinic director at Ironwood Drive Physical Therapy in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. While pursuing his PhD at the University of Idaho, he worked as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Athletic Training program. Joel became the Program Director of a developing consortium program of 4 colleges throughout Idaho providing a PTA program across most of the state. After completing his PhD, he joined the faculty of RMUoHP in January 2013 as Director of Clinical Education. He later accepted the position of Assistant Program Director.
Dr. Tenbrink is active in the IPPE committee, admissions and recruiting, and coordinating the adjunct faculty within the DPT program. He teaches the professionalism course and in the musculoskeletal course series.
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Jon Baird, MPAS, PA-C, ATCMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyI 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.

My academic background and experience include: A Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from Rocky Mountain College (RMC, August 2010), a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Brigham Young University (BYU 2003), Board Certification as both a Physician Assistant and an Athletic Trainer, and 15 years of professional healthcare experience.
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Jonathan Wright, PT, DPT, CSRSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyDr. 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 rehab settings with a wide variety of diagnoses. These included individuals with orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, and neurological pathologies. In 2014 Dr. Wright became a Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist through the National Stroke Association. From 2012 to 2018 he served as the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy Department at Kadlec, overseeing physical therapist interns and their clinical instructors in the outpatient, acute care, and inpatient rehab settings. Additionally, Dr. Wright enjoyed mentoring students as a clinical instructor. He became an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor in 2011 and an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor in 2016. In the summer of 2018, he joined the faculty at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He assists with the clinical education component of the program and assists with labs in the Neuromuscular Physical Therapy 2 course. His research interests include fall risk and prevention, hospital readmissions, VP shunt candidacy, and plantarflexion activation following stroke. Away from work, he enjoys coaching, hiking, going on dates with his wife, and wrestling with his 5 children./images/faculty/wright-jonathan.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Faculty
Kaiwi Chung-Hoon, PhDDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Director of ResearchKaiwi Chung-Hoon is a Professor and Director of Research in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education-Sportsmedicine from Brigham Young University, a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Utah.

He continues to practice as a physical therapist, and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient orthopedics, private practice, acute care, home health and various administrative positions. He was a faculty member and program director for a PTA program at Provo College.

Prior to this, he was a clinical instructor and clinical faculty member in the physical therapy program at the University of the Pacific.

He currently serves his profession as a member of the Abstract Review Committee for the Section on Research for the American Physical Therapy Association. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Vice President for the Utah Physical Therapy Association and member of the Executive Board. He also served as the Treasurer and executive committee member for the Northeast District of the California Physical Therapy Association.

His research interests include the control of lower extremity muscle contractions in young and old adults, aging of the neuromuscular system, improving neuromuscular function, and mobility function in young and old adults.
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Kaleigh Krebs, DNP, RN, FNP-BCDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | FacultyDr. Kaleigh Krebs received her Bachelor of Arts in Agriculture-Business with a Minor in Animal Science from Chadron State College in Chadron, NE; her RN from Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, SD; and her FNP/DNP from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.

Dr. Krebs has over 9 years of Acute Care/Rural Health care experience. She found a passion for Rural Health, specifically Critical Access Hospitals. She has worked as a nurse in Acute Care, ER, Surgery, Diabetic Clinic, and School Nurse. Her passion is for improving patient outcomes with EBP nursing.

Dr. Krebs’s DNP Scholarly Project was titled “Improving pneumococcal immunization rates in patients 65 years and older in a rural health clinic”. The study took place at a local rural health clinic leading to the inclusion of a small population base of 65 years and older patients. She is committed to advancing learning opportunities for nursing students. She is dedicated to improving the online learning experience, which incorporates technology and innovations into the classroom. She is proud to have the opportunity to influence the education of DNP nurses that leads to improving the profession, and patient outcomes.
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Kathryn B. Schwartzkopf-Phifer, DPT, OCS, CSCSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | FacultyDr. Schwartzkopf-Phifer is an assistant professor In the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Evansville. She teaches within the research, cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal areas of the program. She received her Bachelor and Master of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of Evansville and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University. She completed an orthopedic residency through Evidence in Motion and is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She is received her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Kentucky, with a specialization in motor control. Her research interests are in injury prediction and prevention, and performance in athletes. Dr. Schwartzkopf-Phifer remains actively engaged in patient care at Rehabilitation & Performance Institute, PSC (RPI) in Owensboro, KY, where she also serves as a faculty member in the RPI and University of Evansville Orthopedic Residency Program./images/faculty/nophoto.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesFaculty
Kelly Conway, DNP, CNSDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | FacultyDr. 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 mental health settings. She has held various community mental health positions including community case management of the serious mentally ill population and psychiatric home health care. She has worked in mental health settings and the homeless programs at VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) and is currently the Outreach Coordinator. She has extensive expertise in individual, group and family therapy. Dr. Conway has also taught undergraduate case management. Dr. Conway’s scholarly focus is mental health, interprofessional collaboration, evidence based practice, and increasing access to medical and mental health care through outreach./images/faculty/conway-kelly3.jpgDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Faculty
Kelly Robinson, C.Sc.D., CCC-SLPDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Assistant Capstone CoordinatorDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Assistant Capstone Coordinator
Kelly Simmons, DNP, RNDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. Simmons is the Concentration Program Director for the PhD Healthcare Leadership Administration and Healthcare Professions Education at Rocky Mountain University. She is also an Education Consultant with ATI Nursing Education. She served as the Academic Dean/Chief Academic Officer at the Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her DNP degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, her MSN degree from Northern Kentucky University, and her BSN degree from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Simmons has developed, taught, and directed both graduate and undergraduate nursing programs. Her areas of clinical expertise include critical care and post-anesthesia recovery. Dr. Simmons is a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky (2012), a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Chair of the Rosedale Green Board of Directors, Covington, KY. Areas of professional interest include nursing administration and program/curriculum development./images/faculty/simmons-kelly.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Kelly Wollman, PhD, MSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 information on how to affect real change across communities, the nation, and at the global level.

She is currently involved in a series of Congressional Briefings for the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC). The NPSC was formed to apply evidenced-based findings in public health toward wide-scale implementation of effective prevention practices and health policy. These activities have provided Dr. Wollman with a wealth of knowledge concerning the overall operation of the U.S. Health Care System that she is privileged to share with her students.

Dr. Wollman received her BA from George Washington University, MS from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and PhD from Northcentral University. Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD is the nation's federal health sciences university and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war. In addition to educating doctors for the uniformed services, the university also grants degrees to civilians in the basic medical sciences. Dr. Wollman was fortunate to attend the medical school while working towards her master’s degree in medical psychology.
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Kelsey Kushlan, PT, DPTDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyDr. Kelsey Hopkinson Kushlan grew up surrounded by mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Utah State University in Logan, Utah with a BS in Human Movement Science (2014) and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She initially worked as a travel physical therapist in Boston, Massachusetts and explored New England before returning to Salt Lake City to practice in skilled nursing rehabilitation. The best part of her job is helping patients transition safely back home after a hospital stay through maximizing health and quality of life in geriatric patients. Her passion for teaching was sparked while directing an education program for senior citizens of Cache Valley for two years and through assistant teaching for a medical and environmental ethics course while at USU. She began working as an adjunct faculty member of RMUoHP in January 2020 before transitioning to a part-time faculty member later that year to assist physical therapy students in critically analyzing situations and making ethical decisions. She is an active volunteer through the Utah Arts Festival to support local artisans and Primary Children’s Festival of Trees to raise money to cover healthcare costs for all children regardless of their financial situation. She loves traveling, photography, and hiking and lives with her husband (Mike) and their two poodles (Hope and Coco) in Draper, Utah./wp-content/uploads/2021/01/kushlan-kelsey-683x1024.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Faculty
Kerry L. Whitaker, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPADoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Kerry Whitaker is a medical practitioner with more than 22 years experience in the areas of clinical medicine, medical education and leadership. He is an experienced University Physician Assistant Program Department Chair and Program Director with a demonstrated history of working in the medical education industry leading a PA program to a top performer. He has significant experience in establishing, fostering, and maintaining community and university stakeholder collaborations and partnerships at the local, state, and national levels. He is skilled in Clinical Research, Nonprofit Organizations, Customer Service, Medical Education, Strategic Planning, and Patient/Clinical/Student Education, among others.

Dr. Whitaker graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Physician Assistant studies from Kettering College of Medical Arts in 1997. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Clinical Leadership with a concentration in Practice Management and Research from The George Washington University in 2004 and was conferred a Doctorate in Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2014.

Dr. Whitaker became a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2015. He has also earned honors with the Alpha Eta, National Honor Society, Inducted NSU Alumni Member, August 2015 and the Pi Alpha, National Honor Society, Inducted Faculty Member, August 2015.

In his spare time, Dr. Whitaker enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family.
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Kevin Ballard, DNP, FNPDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | FacultyDr. 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 Mountain University of Health Professions in 2012.

Dr. Ballard has been active in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as Minnesota State Representative and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Region 5 Director. He is the BoD liaison to the Political Action Committee. Dr. Ballard is also active in MN-NP, MNAPRN Coalition and a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Beta Rho Chapter). He was selected for Induction as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2014.
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Kevin Helgeson, PTDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyDr. 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 positions at Idaho State University, University of North Florida, University of St. Augustine, and Shenandoah University. Dr. Helgeson joined RMU as a founding faculty member for the Entry-level PT program in 2010.
Dr. Helgeson is the co-author of the text “Exercise Prescription for Medical Conditions” and an Editor/Author for the textbook, “Pathology: Implications for the Physical Therapist.” He is member of the consortium on Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapy Education and an Onsite Reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education.
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Kevin Knutson, M.ED., CMHC, NCCMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC) | FacultyKevin Knutson has been a licensed mental health counselor for the past 23 years. As a counselor he has worked in public schools, adult and youth residential facilities, online counseling, wilderness programs, private practice, and in mental health facilities. His areas of expertise include sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, parenting, training, and leadership. He has presented at many local, state, and national professional conferences. He has taught many master’s level mental health courses as an associate faculty at the University of Phoenix for the past 16 years and recently at Westminster College as an adjunct faculty. Prior to his work in counseling and academia, Kevin served a tour in Germany as an officer in the US Army and then as a Branch Manager of a bank. He graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in Corporate Communications (BA) and Educational Psychology (M.Ed.). Kevin is a student in a CACREP accredited doctoral program through the University of Cumberlands studying Counselor Education and Supervision with an anticipated graduation date of 2021. Kevin was one of the founding members assisting in the development and accreditation of the RMUoHP Mental Health and School Counseling programs./images/faculty/knutson-kevin.jpgMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC)Faculty
Kim Barber, MS, ATC, LATMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Adjunct FacultyKim 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 School.

Kim has published extensively, most notably in injury epidemiology, biomechanics, and brain injury. Before moving to Ohio she was the coordinator for the large-scale NATA project, the National High School Sports Injury Registry. Her current position is Senior Research Assistant and she works with the Sports Medicine department in writing grants and conducting various research projects. She is also the Director of the BNA Lab in the SPORT Center at Cincinnati Children’s.

Kim is an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University where she teaches Research Methods. She is also an Assistant Professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Sciences and teaches Injury Prevention and Recognition, Preventative Measures, and Research Methods in their master’s program. She is a PhD student in the Health Science program with an Athletic Training concentration. She is a member of the NATA, GLATA, and OATA and belongs to several committees within those organizations. Kim is on the Board of Directors of the National Operating Committee on the Standards of Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) representing the NATA. She received the 2018 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year District 4, 2019 NATA Service Award, 2020 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, and 2020 NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year award District 4. She was also selected as the 2019 Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Woman of Distinction.
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Kimberlee Ann Shibinski, EdDMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Adjunct FacultyKimberlee Ann Shibinski, EdD
Faculty, Master of Science in Health Science
Dr. Shibinski started her college career as an undergraduate at Eastern Kentucky University with a B. S Physical Education. She received her master’s degree from Indiana University in Physical Education Administration. During that time, she served as a graduate assistant coach for the Indiana University Volleyball program.

Dr. Shibinski began her intercollegiate coaching career in 1982 through 1986 at Texas Woman’s University, in Denton, Texas while serving on various committees at the NCAA Division II level. In 1986, she moved to Columbia, SC, to become the Athletic Director, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach and Instructor in Health and Physical Education. While in South Carolina, 1986-99 she earned an Ed D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Carolina.

Through her career she has held professoriate positions at Middle Tennessee State University in the Educational Leadership Department and at the College of Mount Saint Joseph (Cincinnati, OH), in the Education Division. With expertise in the areas of effective teaching strategies and educational leadership, Dr. Shibinski’s instruction focuses on learning theories, classroom management and effective coaching/teaching strategies.

Dr. Shibinski has over 30 years of college teacher education experiences She attributes her teaching success to great mentors throughout her lifespan who she has emulated in her own instructional experiences. Dr. Shibinski is well rounded processing a wide-variety of characteristics and traits commonly observed in successful instructors. She believes in showing respect, leading by example, sincerely caring for every student in her classroom, being flexible, teaching with good instructional strategies, having good classroom management skills, and most importantly, being involved, by knowing and understanding her students.
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Kimberly Lloyd, OTD, OTR/LDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Lloyd received her Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) from Idaho State University (ISU) in 2004 and completed her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) from Rocky Mountain University in 2019. Dr. Lloyd has 16+ years clinical experience and 9 years of full-time experience in higher education as an associate professor. She served as Academic Fieldwork Educator and Director of Clinical Education for 8 years and is currently the Chair of the Admissions Committee.

Dr. Lloyd is currently an adjunct professor and capstone reviewer at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in the OTD program and is familiar with the OTD curriculum as a student as well. She has significant experience with community-based programs that include Baby Boomers (a health program for medically fragile clients), Humpty Dumpty (fall prevention program), adult neurological interprofessional educational treatment team, interdisciplinary Thomas Geriatric Symposium and was part of creating the Bengal Experience (ADL/IADL summer camp for prospective college students with disabilities).

Dr. Lloyd is the co-founder and CEO of POTEN, where she manages research and projects/interventions of adaptive devices for individuals with disabilities and individuals with general issues related to aging and aging in place.

Dr. Lloyd has designed/implemented numerous graduate-level courses and continuing education trainings related to physical function, neurological function, clinical procedures, aging in place, fieldwork education and dementia. Dr. Lloyd has 6 interprofessional grants that have been funded and been part of four external interprofessional grant applications (NIH, NSF & DOD). She has delivered 18 peer-reviewed presentations and nine peer-reviewed publications. Currently, Dr. Lloyd has several ongoing research studies where she is a PI or co-PI that include occupation-based practice vs. occupation-based intervention, intervention for sleep disturbances with adults with dementia, the dosage of commonly used occupational therapy intervention strategies, mother-infant reciprocity, and exploring the use of sensory-based interventions for sleep among children with autism spectrum disorder.
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Kimberly Peer, EdD, AT, FNATADoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Adjunct FacultyKimberly S. Peer, Ed.D, AT, FNATAis 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 writing. Before coming to Kent State University, Kimberly served as the Director of the Academy for Health and Sport Science, Coordinator for Sports Medicine at the Rehabilitation and Health Center and Faculty at Mount Union College. Prior to beginning her clinical and academic positions, Kimberly received her Master of Arts degree in Athletic Training from Western Michigan University in 1988 and her Bachelor of Science from Kent State University.

Kimberly serves on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Ethics Committee as well as the NATA Committee on Professional Ethics. Her national Contributions have included service to the BOC as Standards Committee Chair, NATA on Research and Education Foundation and Free Communications Committee, and JAT as Editorial Board Member. Her statewide service includes the Governor’s appointment to the Ohio licensure board and over 12 years leadership service to the OATA.

Kimberly received the NATA’s Fellow, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, and Service Awards, GLATA Outstanding Educator Award and OATA Hall of Fame and Linda Weber Daniel Outstanding Mentor Awards. She has also been lauded with other national, regional, and state level awards for her contributions to the profession and athletic training education. Dr. Peer has published and presented extensively on the international and national levels about ethics education and pedagogy and has co-authored with Dr. Gretchen Schlabach the first textbook on ethics in athletic training.
Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Adjunct Faculty
Kristal James, M.A., CMHC, NCCMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC) | FacultyKristal James is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of Utah. She holds certifications as a National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Board Certified Telemental Health Provider through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Kristal graduated from the University of Phoenix CACREP accredited ground campus in 2005 and has been teaching students seeking a master’s degree in counseling since 2009. Kristal is enrolled in a CACREP accredited doctoral program through the University of Cumberlands with an anticipated graduation date of 2021. Her area of research interest includes supervision and mentorship relationships.
Kristal provides clinical services to children and adolescents in an online environment. Prior to her work in telemental health, she has had a private practice, worked at Primary Children’s Hospital in their inpatient psychiatric unit, provided in-home care, and done adoption work. She has also worked as an investigator with the state of Utah’s Adult Protective Services. She enjoys the experience she gains from her experience academically and clinically and feels like both are valuable.
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Kristen Cox, DNP, ACNP-BCDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | FacultyDr. 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. Cox received a University Teaching Award to complete her Scholarly Project “Implementation of Shadow Health DCETM in a BS-MS online advanced physical assessment course”.

Dr. Cox enjoys participating in research, having been employed as a research coordinator/nurse in Gastroenterology at the University of Utah. During this time, she co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts. She has been employed as a hospice nurse for the past 5 years and has accepted employment as a hospitalist starting in August 2016.
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Kristen Ipson, MS, CCC-SLPMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | FacultyKristen 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, communication, and cognition with advanced clinical skills in assessing and treating late language emergence, early identification of speech sound disorders, and early use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)./images/faculty/ipson-kristen.jpgMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)Faculty
Kristen Johnson, PT, EdD, MS, NCSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 in Education from the University of St. Augustine. She has previously held an adjunct faculty position with Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas and at Mesa Community College, San Diego, California. She is currently a full time associate professor with the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos and teaches in the residential programs across campuses and in the FLEX program for Clinical Neuroscience, Neuromuscular I & III courses. Kristen received her competency based training in Vestibular Rehabilitation and is a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Kristen is also certified in the Neurodevelopmental Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia, and as a Certified Clinical Instructor. Kristen is currently the Co-chair for regional education for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and is a member of the IV STEP post dissemination team. Her clinical and research interests lie in patients with balance and vestibular disorders, traumatic brain injury and stroke./images/faculty/johnson-kristen.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Kristin Biggins, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CLT, PYTDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultyKristin 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 2003, and a certification in lymphedema in 2019. Dr. Biggins has worked within the RMUoHP OTD program since 2013, initially as a teacher’s assistant, eventual adjunct faculty, and now in her current position within the hand therapy elective track program. Dr. Biggins lives in Hailey, Idaho, and works at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. Her passion lies in providing preventative, conservative, and post-operative treatments for upper extremity diagnoses. In addition, she works within the cancer rehab program and with those with lymphedema. She is dedicated to emphasizing the holistic perspective of OT within her treatment sessions and is dually devoted to promoting OT within health prevention and wellness settings. Dr. Biggins is a medical yoga therapist and incorporates the tenets of the yoga practice through an OT lens with her clients in her privately owned yoga studio. She has 2 amazing grown sons, loves exploring the outdoors through hiking, biking, and fishing, enjoys photography, and dabbles in art./images/faculty/biggins-kristin.jpgDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Adjunct Faculty
Kristina Davis, ENP-C, FNP-C, AGACNP-BCDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | Program DirectorDr. Davis has over 20 years of broad nursing experience, from working as a licensed practical nurse with chronically ill pediatric patients to teaching doctoral candidates in both Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs. Dr. Kristina Davis is a certified ENP-C, FNP-C, and AGACNP-BC.
She received a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

Clinically Dr. Davis works as a sole provider for a Level IV Trauma Critical Care Hospital with
responsibility for admissions, admitted patients, and managing emergency department
patients. She has worked academically at several Universities until she came to RMUoHP. Dr. Davis is an active member of AANP, AAENP, ENA, RNO, and NONPF.

Dr. Davis special interests include active involvement in shaping healthcare policy, APRN
advocacy, course development, international endeavors, and the pursuit of medical mission
trips. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her rescue dogs and squirrel, and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, or skiing.
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Kyle Matsel, DPT, SCS, CSCS, PhDDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | FacultyDr. 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 certification as a Sports Certified Specialist in 2013.

In additional to clinical practice, Kyle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Evansville. Kyle is very passionate about teaching and is most proud of the opportunity to influence the next generation of great physical therapy professionals. Currently, Kyle is pursuing his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Kentucky where he is studying upper extremity specific functional testing in overhead athletes.

Dr. Matsel also serves as an instructor for Functional Movements Systems where he presents nationally on topics related to comprehensive, systematic movement-based assessment and testing. Kyle also serves as a consultant with a number of collegiate and professional sports teams regarding injury prevention and performance enhancement.
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Laura Gunder, DHSc, PA-CDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | FacultyDr. Gunder McClary has a variety of experience in medical education in clinical pathology, Physician Assistant education, graduate medical education, public health and post-professional doctoral programs since 1995. She has also practiced inpatient and outpatient family and internal medicine, medical house calls, rural medicine and telemedicine. She is currently the clinical director for a 3-year grant that provides health advocacy services via telemedicine as a pilot program to vulnerable populations in Florida.

Dr. Gunder McClary has also worked as a medical education and accreditation consultant since 2008. Her academic interests include problem-based learning, medical writing, web-based learning and technology in teaching. She is the author and editor of two genetics textbooks and curriculums and teaches genetics across the country for various programs.

When she is not teaching, consulting or seeing patients, Dr. Gunder McClary enjoys spending time with her husband, James, and their four children and two dogs, cooking, and enjoying a beach day or football game.
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Laura Anderson, DNP, WHNP-BC, CNMDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 Midwifery at the University of Utah and is currently a George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Graduate Fellow. Her doctoral project developed a group prenatal care curriculum for women on Methadone and Suboxone replacement therapies.

Dr. Anderson is currently board certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife. Her clinical areas of expertise include reproductive medicine, obstetric emergencies and women’s health. Dr. Anderson practiced as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Planned Parenthood and is currently in practice as a midwife at OB Emergency at the University of Utah Hospital. Her teaching responsibilities include working as a clinical trainer for Nexplanon and adjunct faculty at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Adjunct Faculty
Lauren Stanford, MPAS, PA-CMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyLauren 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 is primarily in urgent care./images/faculty/stanford-lauren.jpgMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Faculty
Lauriann Mahealani, DNP, FNP-BC, WHNP- BCDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Broad is born and raised on the island of O’ahu Hawaii. She completed her Bachelor degree in Nursing from Hawaii Loa College. She obtained a certificate degree as an advanced practice nurse in Women’s Health through Harbor-UCLA Women’s Health Program in 2000, completed her Masters Degree in Nursing from Hawaii Pacific University in 1997, and Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice from Rocky Mountain University for Health Professions in 2012. Throughout her career, Dr. Broad has held numerous jobs to include working at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu where she held a position as an advanced practice nurse in the Public Health Nursing Department. She has also worked at the Sparky Matsunaga Veterans Outpatient Clinics to include: the Homeless Program, Women’s Health Primary Care Clinic, Gastroenterology Clinics and the PTSD outpatient clinic. Dr. Broad served 33 years in the U.S. Armed forces in the reserve component and retired as a Captain in the Navy Nurse Corps. She has held adjunct faculty positions as a clinical preceptor for the University of Hawaii School of Nursing as well as Hawaii Pacific University. Dr. Broad continues to work part-time as a nurse practitioner and is active in the medical community. Her hobbies include canoe paddling, surfing, pickleball and as an advocate for indigenous people./images/faculty/broad-lauriann.jpgDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Adjunct Faculty
Leamor Kahanov, EdD, ATC, LATDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 and Chair of Applied Medicine. She has helped facilitate more than 10 specialty clinics to serve local community and educate students; and participated in over 90 scholarly publications and 130 presentations./images/faculty/nophoto.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Linda Spencer, Ph.D., CCC-SLPMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | Program Director & ChairDr. 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.

She was the program director of the Communication Disorders department at New Mexico State University before coming to Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Spencer's area of research includes the speech, language and literacy development of children with severe to profound hearing loss. She was the Co-PI of an NIH grant with Dr. Marc Marschark at Rochester Institute of the Deaf, in Rochester N.Y., that investigated the cognitive and language underpinnings of speech, language and cognitive skills of individuals with moderate to profound hearing loss.
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Locke Ettinger, PhD, PTDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyLocke 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 eating and active living by building public will and engaging Utahns as a community to improve quality of life and equity for all. He is the former executive director of health promotion and wellness at Intermountain Healthcare, a healthcare system consisting of 22 hospitals, 190 clinics, and a health insurance plan. His leadership established the strategic direction for health promotion and wellness to engage employees, members, patients and the community by creating a culture of health with the objective to help people live the healthiest lives possible. Adjunct Faculty at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He serves on multiple health related coalitions including Utah Produce Incentive Collaboration, Utah Falls Coalition Committee, HERO – Healthy Communities Healthy Worksites and acts as a grant reviewer for the Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation. He is specialized in orthopedic and spinal rehabilitation and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He enjoys being a physical therapist at the University of Utah, Pro-Bono clinic in Midvale, Utah.

 

He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from BYU in 1987, master’s degree in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1989 and Ph.D in Health Promotion and Wellness from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2013.

 

He enjoys woodworking, being outdoors connecting with nature, and being active with his family, especially his three granddaughters.
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Lori Thein, PT, PhD, SCS, LATDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences, Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Adjunct FacultyLori 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 and sports related injuries, aquatic physical therapy, arthritis and other connective tissue problems and musculoskeletal primary care. She has numerous articles and chapters to her credit and along with Carrie Hall, she co-authored Therapeutic Exercise: Moving Toward Function, (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins) now in its fourth edition. She also co-edited Aquatic Exercise for Rehabilitation and Training (Human Kinetics Publishers) with Paula Geigle. She served on the Musculoskeletal Panel for Volume II of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, and on the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice Task Force, Volume III. She also served on the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, including serving as its chair. Dr. Brody served on and chaired the Committee for the Credentialing of Post-Professional Clinical Residencies and Fellowships. She is the 2006 recipient of the Ron Peyton Award from the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy and the 2019 recipient of the Hartgraves Award for Excellence in Teaching./images/faculty/brody-lori.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences, Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Adjunct Faculty
Loriann Helgeson, OTD, OTR/L, CLADoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Loriann Helgeson obtained her Post-Professional OTD degree with a concentration in Aging from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011. In 2017, she achieved her credential as a Leader in Academia from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Prior to serving as the program director at Ameritech College of Healthcare, she served as program director for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ post-professional OTD program. In the past, she has served as an adjunct faculty in both a master’ s level OT program and in an OTA program, where she also served as an academic fieldwork coordinator. Her clinical background includes in-patient rehabilitation, acute care, and home health settings.

Dr. Loriann Helgeson is currently serving her second term on the OT licensing board for the state of Utah and is the current chair. She served as the Utah OT Association’s Conference Planning Chair for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017. She served as the Local Conference Committee Chair for the American Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference in April 2018 held in Salt Lake City. She serves as an educator mentor in AOTA's New Educator Mentor Program through the Education Special Interest Section.
Dr. Loriann Helgeson has presented at the state and national levels on topics including addressing ageism, fieldwork education, OT theory, professional collaboration, teaching methods and effective online learning. She has been published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and the Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.
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Lynn Gitlow, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTADoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | FacultyDr. Lynn Gitlow has been an occupational therapist for 30 years practicing in the areas of mental health, geriatrics and assistive technology. She has also been an occupational therapy educator for over 20 years in both occupational therapy assistant and occupational therapy programs. Dr. Gitlow is certified by RESNA as an assistive technology practitioner and was the Director of a federally funded assistive technology program in the state of Maine. Presently she teaches the course Technology Interventions for Occupational Therapists at Ithaca College along with other courses. She has presented at local, national and international conferences on the topic of AT and has published on the topic as well. Her research focuses on assistive technology for elders and people with cognitive disabilities./images/faculty/nophoto.jpgDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Faculty
Mace Hamblin, DHSc, MPADoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | FacultyMace Hamblin earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah, after which he and his family moved to Phoenix, AZ for nine years, where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University as well as his Doctorate degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Leadership and Organizational Behavior. Dr.Hamblin has over 12 years of experience in higher education. Currently, he is a full-time faculty and Director of Clinical Education for the Physician Assistant Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He is a certified consultant in emotional intelligence assessment using the EQ-i 2.0, and also adjunct faculty for A.T. Still University’s Doctor of Health Sciences program./images/faculty/hamblin-mace.jpgDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Faculty
Malissa Martin, EdD, ATC/LDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | FacultyDr. 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 for her exceptional contributions earned her this highest honor.

Dr. Martin also holds the illustrious recognitions of NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, Sayers Bud Miller Distinguished Athletic Training Educator, Rocky Mountain University Hartgrave’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Greater Lakes Athletic Training Education Award, the Southeast Athletic Trainer’s Educator and Administrator Award, and is a recipient of the NATA Professional Development Award. Dr. Martin is a 2-time recipient of the RMU Presidential Award the highest award the University bestows.

Dr. Martin hails from a rural German community in Southern Ill. She served as the head women’s athletic trainer at the University of South Carolina where she developed and directed the first accredited athletic training education program in the Palmetto State. She held similar administrative roles at Middle Tennessee State University and Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Oh.

Known in the athletic training profession as a renowned educator and for her work with professional development Martin is an author of over 100 articles, books, home study programs and grants. She has taken the platform for over 120 national and regional presentations/workshops. Dr. Martin serves on the editorial board for the Athletic Training Education Journal and the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training. Her research interests include various topics in education and female health issues.

During Dr. Martin’s tenure at Rocky Mountain University she has led the charge in developing and administering a “Teaching Effectiveness Program”, an inaugural “faculty development program”, a program assessment process, a certificate in “learning and design in healthcare education” and has guided/mentored over 80 current students and alumni in completing a terminal degree and becoming stewards of their discipline, scholars, and leaders in the profession and academic community.

Dr. Martin enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and fishing. She is an off-campus employee and resides in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
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Manuel Romero, PhD, ATC, CSCS, PES, CESMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Adjunct FacultyMy 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 setting I was a member of the NBA Sports Science committee. I am a published author in the Journal of Athletic Training. I have a passion for curiosity and a desire to lift people to their full potential./images/faculty/romero-manny.pngMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Adjunct Faculty
Mar Creixell, PharmD, PhDDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Creixell began her career as a pharmacist doing research in drug delivery using nano-therapeutics to target solid and metastatic tumors. Her research focused on surface-surface interactions between circulating agents and body barriers that affect the outcomes of drug therapy.
She received the Ramon Margalef Award for her research by the Board of Trustees of the University of Barcelona. She transitioned to clinical practice serving as an ambulatory care pharmacist with focus on thrombotic, vascular, and diabetic disease. Dr. Creixell currently serves as a medical science liaison in the medical affairs department of a large pharmaceutical company.
Dr. Creixell is an alumni of the University of Barcelona and the Pompeu Fabra University. She did her post doctorate training at The University of Texas at Austin.
Her expertise in research, industry, and healthcare systems provides a unique perspective on the continuum of care of patients, from bench to bed. She is a member of several professional associations such as American Health System Pharmacist, including the Utah and Idaho Chapter, American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, including the Rockies Chapter, American Diabetes Association, and American Society of Nephrology.
Dr. Creixell is an avid advocate for preventive and evidence-based medicine. She strongly encourages shared decision making between patients and providers, a challenging task that relies on the provider acting as an educator.
In her spare time, Dr. Creixell enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle, taking road trips with her family in their van, xc skate skiing and mountain biking. She has yet to determine whether she prefers winter or summer in Utah!
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Marie Pittman, PA-CMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyMarie 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 Psych, Family Medicine for the rural/underserved, and Dental Hygiene Adjunct Instructor at Utah Valley University./images/faculty/pittman-marie.jpgMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Faculty
Mark Abel, Ph.D., CSCS*D, TSAC-F*DDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyMark 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 Science – 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 and Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and his Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah. Dr. Abel conducts research to improve the safety, health, fitness, and performance of firefighters and law enforcement officers. He has served as a paid-on-call firefighter. He received the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Tactical Strength and Conditioning Practitioner of the Year Award. He served as a member of the NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning – Facilitator (TSAC-F) Certification Exam Development Committee and the TSAC-Special Interest Group. Dr. Abel also owns Tactical Fitness Institute, LLC which assists fire departments and law enforcement agencies in developing legally defensible physical ability tests and offers other educational and exercise programming services to meet their health and performance goals./images/faculty/nophoto.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Mark Walker, PhDDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyDr. 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 in the orthopedic setting. In the hospital setting, he has worked in acute care, neuro and outpatient. He has also done home health and worked in skilled nursing facilities. Currently, he owns a PT Outpatient Private Practice in Springville, UT, and spends 15 hours per week still treating patients and running the practice.
A bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy was awarded Dr. Walker in 1982 from the University of Utah. He earned his PhD in Exercise Physiology from Brigham Young University in 2000.
Dr. Walker is married and has 5 children and 9 grandchildren. He grew up in Mapleton, UT. Hobbies include flying, tinkering, and gardening.
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Mark J Hardy, Pharm DDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Mark Hardy, Pharm D is the Executive Director of the ND Board of Pharmacy. Mark is a native of Neche, ND and a 2007 graduate of the North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. Previous to joining the Board, Mark worked 5 years for Thrifty White Drug in Cavalier, ND and Wadena, MN.

Mark has been active in the profession of pharmacy in North Dakota serving in leadership positions with the NDSU School of Pharmacy and the ND Pharmacist Association. Mark is the chairman of the Prescription Monitoring Program Interconnect committee which fosters interstate sharing of data between PMPs. Mark has been active within the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy serving on Task Forces, participating in multiple work groups and providing presentations of his experiences. Mark was the 2016 recipient of the Horizon Award from the NDSU Alumni Association, recipient of the Mylan Excellence in Pharmacy Award and also was awarded the Pharmacist Mutual Insurance Distinguished Young Pharmacist for 2009.
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Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhDTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) | Adjunct FacultyMary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA is a Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is the Student Services Coordinator of the Physical Therapy Program with teaching and administrative responsibilities, and she directs the Teaching Scholars Program in the School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Pediatric PT Residency Program and the PT Discipline Director for the LEND program. Dr. Rapport has been an adjunct professor at RMUOHP for 9 years, teaching in the pediatric science track both online and on campus. With over 35 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist, primarily working with children and families, and 20 plus years of experience as academic faculty, Dr. Rapport has a long record of clinical and academic contributions. She has extensive teaching experience, a productive record of publications, and has been a frequent speaker and educator of pediatric physical therapists nationally. Dr. Rapport is active in the APTA, primarily in the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, where she has served in several elected and appointed leadership positions. She received the Lucy Blair Award for service and was selected as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. She has served in the APTA House of Delegates and is currently the vice-president of the Colorado Chapter APTA.Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Adjunct Faculty
Mary Shotwell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTADoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Faculty & Concentration Track Director HPWDr. Mary Shotwell received her bachelor’s in occupational therapy from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA); her master’s in health Professions Education from Medical University in Charleston, SC), and her PhD in Adult Education from University of GA (Athens, GA). Mary earned graduate certificates in Gerontology as well as in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies from University of Georgia. Mary has worked in many areas of OT practice including: The US Army, Mental Health (inpatient/day treatment), Inpatient Acute Care and Rehabilitation, Outpatient Neuro and Hand Therapy, Work Hardening, School System, Vocational Programs for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Private Practice Pediatrics, Home Health and Long-term care. Mary has worked at three different universities as a faculty member and other roles in leadership. She has served her state and national OT associations as well as serving a professional association related to driver rehabilitation. Mary has served on a state licensing board as well as the Accreditation Council for OT Education. Mary has authored numerous book chapters as well as peer reviewed journal articles. Mary is currently a faculty member in the PhD in Health Sciences Program. /images/faculty/mary-shotwell.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesFaculty & Concentration Track Director HPW
Megan Kimberly, DNP, CNM, FNPDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | FacultyMegan 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./images/faculty/kimberly-megan.pngDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Faculty
Megan O’Neil, DNP, RN, OCNDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | FacultyMegan 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 Health Professions in 2019.

She began her nursing career as a staff nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois on the Stem Cell Transplant and Hematology Oncology floor. After moving to Cody, Wyoming in 2014, she made the change to work in rural, outpatient oncology and infusion where she worked until 2019 when she graduated from NP school. She now is working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Gordon, Nebraska where she works in outpatient family practice as well as providing inpatient and emergency room coverage.

Megan has a strong passion for working in rural health care as well as oncology and her Doctoral Scholarly Project was a reflection of this. Titled, “Use of the Distress Thermometer in Rural Outpatient Oncology,” Megan implemented a distress screening tool in a rural oncology clinic.

In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, Case and her daughter, Caroline. They enjoy hiking, road trips and scenic drives.

She is excited about her new role as a Co-Director of Clinical Education for her alma mater, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She has enjoyed her time working as a pre-admission DCE and adjunct faculty member and is looking forward to her new role.
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Megan Pratt, PT, DPT, ATCDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyDr. Pratt is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University earning a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training in 2011. She worked as an adjunct faculty in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Florida Gateway College until 2012. Later, she moved to Tennessee and earned her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Roane State University in 2013. She primarily worked in an outpatient physical therapy clinic specializing in orthopedics and pelvic health in Knoxville, TN. She returned to school and earned her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from RMU in 2017. After graduation, she practiced pelvic health physical therapy at ATI Physical Therapy in Greenville, SC. Upon moving back to Utah, she assisted in laboratory portions of multiple classes in the entry-level DPT program at RMU from 2018-2020 and clinically practices in pelvic health at Synergy Physical Therapy in Spanish Fork, UT. In her current role, Dr. Pratt will continue teaching students and will be part of the clinical education team. She will be starting classes to obtain her Healthcare Professions Education Certificate to continue her life-long love of learning. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her son, traveling, hiking, and camping./wp-content/uploads/2021/01/pratt-megan-1024x969.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Faculty
Michael Bartholomew, DPT, GCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyDr. 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 to assist injured workers in their attempt to return to the job through work hardening programs, functional capacity evaluations and extensive patient education. Dr. Bartholomew later worked as a Rehabilitation Manager and Lead Physical Therapist at two different skilled nursing facilities, assisting primarily the geriatric population. He treated a wide variety of patients in these settings, including patients with neurological, cardiopulmonary and orthopedic pathologies. Dr. Bartholomew had been an adjunct faculty member at Rocky Mountain University for 2 years prior to joining them full time in January 2015. He is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy. His research interest includes resistance training in the geriatric population, motivational factors that influence lifestyle changes and the effects of cycling across the lifespan. He teaches the Physical Therapy Management course, assists with clinical education component of the program and assists with many of the orthopedic/kinesiology labs. He is an avid cyclist, enjoys being outside, resistance training and loves spending time with his wife and 5 children./images/faculty/bartholomew-michael.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Faculty
Michael Begg, DMSc, PA-C, ATCDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyMichael Begg DMSc, PA-C, ATC– Mike is a Physician Assistant with over 25 years of Orthopedic surgical and clinical experience. Along with National Certification as a Physician Assistant, Mike also holds National Certification as an Athletic Trainer, a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine, and a Doctor of Medical Science Degree. Concurrent to playing and active role in a busy clinical and surgical practice, Mike has taken a lead role in the education and professional mentoring of Orthopedic Surgery Fellows and Athletic Training Residents for over 20 years. Educating these two groups regarding clinical and surgical setting is but a small part of the overall approach taken, with mentoring all to reach professional and personal goals focusing on leadership with integrity and intrinsic reward being a consistent undertone. Mike also has been involved with the leadership team within the clinic with an emphasis on professional culture and interdepartmental communication. He has been affiliated with The Steadman Clinic for his entire career, either working with one of the Orthopedic Surgeons in the Vail Clinic or alongside of one of The Steadman Clinic Orthopedic Trained Fellows. His experience is extensive and includes both upper and lower extremity Sports Medicine, Adult Reconstruction, Non-Operative Pain and Spine and Regenerative Medicine.

Recently, Mike has pursued the role of Clinical Trials Physician Assistant for the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, responsible for several Clinical Trials funded by the United States Department of Defense and other philanthropic organizations.

Throughout his career, Mike has been actively involved with education within the clinic as well as providing educational opportunities through his own business venture, as well as working with other educational organizations. Mike has certification in Leadership and Professional Mentoring through the John Maxwell Group, a long-time leader within these fields. Mike is both excited and honored to share with you in this time of professional and personal growth and is committed to providing all that is necessary to help achieve your individual goals and expectations.
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Michael Miller, PhD, EdD, ATC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, TSAC-F, FNATADoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. He holds certifications with distinction in CSCS, NSCA-CPT, and TSACF from the NSCA. In addition, Dr. Miller directs and advises NSCA ERP undergraduate and graduate programs within his department. Dr. Miller authored and co-authored numerous abstracts, manuscripts, texts, text chapters, and speaking engagements throughout the world. In addition, Dr. Miller is a Fellow for the NSCA and Fellow for the NATA and served as a board of director for the NSCA, serving one term as vice president. He recently has been inducted in the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame. Dr. Miller is also serving as a firefighter for his community. In his free time, he is an active triathlete, having competed in over 60 triathlons of varying distances./images/faculty/miller-michael.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Michael Nelson, DHSc, PA-CMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyMike 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 the RMUoHP PA program in 2014 and was one of the founding faculty assisting in the development and accreditation of the program. Mike was also an Assistant Professor at the ISU PA program and fulfilled the role of Academic Coordinator. He rejoined the RMUoHP PA faculty as the Associate Program Director in 2016./images/faculty/nelson-michael.jpgMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Faculty
Michael A. Negrette, MA and PhD candidate, LMFTMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC) | Adjunct FacultyMr. Negrette has a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University and is a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University. He has worked in many clinical settings such as community mental health, Utah State’s Adult Protective Services, and LDS Family Services. For the past 10 years, Mr. Negrette has been in full-time private practice. For the past 20 years, concurrent to clinical experience, Mr. Negrette has taught for Texas Tech University, Argosy University, the University of Phoenix, and now Rocky Mountain University. Mr. Negrette has published in peer reviewed journals and presented at dozens of national conferences on topics of the clinical use of communication technology, group therapy process, play therapy, multiculturalism/diversity, postmodernism, and sex therapy.Mr. Negrette is married with 6 children. We are an active family and with 6 children there is always something going on. We attend a lot of sporting events for the kids and we are big REAL Salt Lake fans. We also try to catch as many SL Bee and Grizzly games as we can. Other interests include being an avid reader (I’m always reading something fun..lets call it self care!), playing tennis, and we love travel and road trips./wp-content/uploads/2020/11/negrette-michael-199x300.jpgMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC)Adjunct Faculty
Michele Monaco, DSc, ATCMaster of Science in Athletic Training Practice (MSATP) | Program DirectorMaster of Science in Athletic Training Practice (MSATP), Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Certificate (Post-Graduate)Program Director
Michelle L. Webb, EdD, OTD, OTR/L, CAPSDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | FacultyDr. Webb currently serves as the Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness 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 in 2018. She has a diverse background with a focus on leadership and administration, having worked in various directorship positions pertaining to postsecondary education. Dr. Webb is a licensed occupational therapist and certified aging-in-place specialist with over 25 years of healthcare experience.
Dr. Webb’s research interests include the treatment of clients with neurocognitive disorder resulting from conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. She is a staunch advocate for persons with dementia and gladly volunteers her time to engage in local and national initiatives with the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSNMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS) | Adjunct FacultyMike 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, and has published research in both physiology and engineering journals. He's even been called in to share his techniques with top military agencies. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, lifting odd objects, going to metal concerts, and kiteboarding./images/faculty/nelson-mike.pngMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Adjunct Faculty
Miriam Cortez-Cooper, PT, PhDDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Assistant Program DirectorDr. 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 decided to pursue graduate studies to discover how to prevent them. In 1991, she earned her master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin where she did research in exercise intensity and glucose uptake in an animal model of diabetes. Dr. Cortez-Cooper returned to the clinic and eventually academia to practice preventive medicine and to share with PT students, her passion for health and wellness. She taught in the collaborative program between the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston and the University of Texas at El Paso from 1992 – 1996 and later, at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas from 1997 – 2000. Dr. Cortez-Cooper earned her Ph.D. from The University of Texas in 2005 where she investigated the impact of resistance and aerobic exercise on vascular stiffness in young and older adults. Upon receiving her degree, she taught in the DPT program at Augusta University, Augusta, GA for 10 years. Dr. Cortez-Cooper continued to pursue clinical practice and research related to prevention, health, and wellness throughout her tenure at AU. Dr. Cortez-Cooper came to Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in May 2016 and teaches Applied Physiology, Pharmacotherapy, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Pathophysiology, and Health and Wellness. She lives in Vineyard, UT with her husband, son (when he comes home from college) and crazy boxer dog./images/faculty/miriam-cortez-cooper.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Assistant Program Director
Misti Timpson, DPT, PhD, NCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyMisti 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 Certified Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy by the APTA) in 2003 and re-certified again in 2013. She received her CBIS (Certified Brain Injury Specialist) in 2010. She worked for 20 years in an acute inpatient rehabilitation center for Intermountain Healthcare as well as 2 years at IHC Hearing and Balance Center. Additionally, she has had experience in acute orthopedics, home health care and outpatient neurological rehabilitation. She has been heavily involved in international medical service for wheelchair provision as a certified WHO (World Health Organization) instructor. She has enjoyed teaching people with spinal cord injury how to ski, horseback ride, cycle, play tennis, and waterski. She is involved with Healing Hands for Haiti which has developed an outpatient PT and prosthetic clinic in Port au Prince Haiti. She loves cycling, volleyball and tennis. She and her husband, Mat, have two children and reside in Sandy, Utah.
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Nancy Hamler, DMSc, MS, PA-CDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyBased out of California, Dr. Nancy Hamler joined Rocky Mountain University in the summer 2019. She started out her PA career in Family Medicine, and is currently working in a busy community Emergency Department. Dr. Hamler graduated with a Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) from the University of Lynchburg in 2018, and has been on faculty for a MPA as well as a Nutrition & Dietetics program in California. The latter follows her passion for food, and allows her a continued involvement in nutrition sciences/promotion/legislation, since she started her healthcare path as a Dietitian. As a German born/raised, Dr. Hamler has a deep appreciation for the benefits of universal healthcare. Dr. Hamler aspires to prepare future PA leaders to change the landscape of our current healthcare policies/regulations. In her free time, she enjoys her family and furry babies, and loves to travel the world (to indulge in different cuisines)./images/faculty/hamler-nancy.jpgDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Adjunct Faculty
Nicole Mason, DMSc, PA-C, CAQ - PsychiatryDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Mason is an Oklahoma transplant, originally from central Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Chemistry degree and the highest distinction in the curriculum. In 2005, she graduated from Midwestern University’s Physician Assistant program where Dr. Mason completed a master’s project on the concept of international PAs. This led to that year’s Master’s Project Award. This original research was later published in PAEA. Upon completion of her PA degree, she transitioned into medicine and has remained in the medical field for the past fifteen years. Dr. Mason is a University of Lynchburg Doctor of Medical Sciences graduate (DMSc) and currently practices general psychiatry in a rural health area, having obtained her Psychiatry CAQ in 2019.

Dr. Mason is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants, where she serves on the legislative and research committees. In addition to these activities, Dr. Mason is the founder and current president of the Academy of Doctoral PAs (www.padoc.org).

Over her tenure as a PA, she has developed a deep passion for the underserved community, with prior medical missions trips both abroad and in her home community. Dr. Mason has served as a collegiate instructor over the past thirteen years and currently serves as a PA preceptor for a student-run free health clinic in an inner-city area. In addition, she works with telemedicine PA students across the country in both general psychiatry and primary care medicine.

Dr. Mason adamantly believes that PAs increase patients’ access to care and that PAs provide proven, competent care in every healthcare setting. Removing antiquated legislation further improves patients’ access to the care they need while improving the administrative burden on the healthcare system and using the healthcare labor inputs in the most efficient manner possible. In short, she believes that PAs are America’s biggest healthcare success story.
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Patricia Grace-Farfaglia, Ph.D., RDNDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Adjunct FacultyPatricia Grace-Farfaglia, Ph.D., RDN, is a lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She has a PhD from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (HPW6), an M.S. from Columbia University, Teachers College (Public Health Nutrition), MBA from Rensselear, and a B.S. from Cornell University (Nutritional Sciences). She has held various positions as a private practice and clinical dietitian-nutritionist, and food service director. Pat’s research spans the areas of the wellness orientation of dietitians and how this impacts dietetic practice, cross-cultural uses of social media, parental attitudes about child obesity, effects of nutrition and genetic variation on male fertility, and the effect of diet on bone density recovery in adult celiac disease. Dr. Grace-Farfaglia is particularly interested in the integration of the genomics and nutrition into healthcare informatics and health promotion./images/faculty/farfaglia-patricia.jpgDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Adjunct Faculty
Paul Stoneman, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, SCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Associate Program DirectorPaul 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 University and received a Master’s of Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College. He is a board certified clinical specialist in both Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Stoneman retired from the military in 2012. His assignments during his military career include Chief of Physical Therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Chief of Physical Therapy and of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Chief of Physical Therapy and Director of Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program at United States Military Academy, West Point. He has presented internationally on amputee rehabilitation. His research interests include functional outcome testing and therapeutic exercise. When not at work, Paul enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and playing guitar. Paul is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and has published over 10 articles in peer reviewed journals./images/faculty/stoneman-paul.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Associate Program Director
Phillip Sechtem, Ph.D., CCC-SLPMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | FacultyDr. 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 examinations of the larynx, computerized speech analysis, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing, modified barium swallow studies, and tracheoesophageal voice restoration. Dr. Sechtem’s teaching interests include neurologic bases of communication, acquired neurologic communication and swallowing disorders, anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, and speech and hearing science. His research interests and publications encompass aspects of voice, swallowing, and aphasia. His aim is to advance colleagues and professionals who can competently provide evidence-based, patient-centered care upon graduation. He is honored and blessed to be a faculty member of the M.S. SLP program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He and his wife, Josefina, reside in Provo with their dog Jack./images/faculty/sechtem-phil.jpgMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)Faculty
Priscilla Marsicovetere, JD, PA-CDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyPriscilla Marsicovetere, JD, PA-C is currently the Program Director of the Franklin Pierce University PA (Physician Assistant) Program where she oversees the curricular, financial and administrative aspects of the program. Prior to this position, Priscilla had been associated with the program for a number of years as an Instructor, Adjunct and as Chair of the Advisory Committee. Priscilla’s professional career began as a tax attorney for the State of Vermont, followed by private practice in wills, trust and estates in Norwich, VT. Her interests eventually led her to a career in medicine, starting at the University of Vermont Post Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program, and culminating with the PA Program at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to becoming Program Director, Priscilla was a PA in Colorectal Surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH for 6 years. She lives in Woodstock, Vermont with her husband (Brian) and 3 children (Gabriel, Benjamin and Olivia)./images/faculty/marsicovetere-priscilla2.jpgDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Adjunct Faculty
Priscilla M. Danielson, PhD, CCC-SLP, ATACMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | FacultyPriscilla M. Danielson, PhD, CCCSLP, ATACP completed her studies for Master in Speech/Language Pathology at Memphis State University and her doctoral studies at Temple University in Educational Psychology, with a specialty in Special Education. Dr. Danielson’s work experience as a speech/language pathologist has included hospital clinical staff, private practice coordination with Otolaryngologists, public school speech/language pathology and Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist, AAC trainer for caregivers, families, and users across the state of Pennsylvania, and administrator of a program at Temple University for college-age adults using AAC who were transitioning to independence and developing communication strategies and tools to support this transition. Dr. Danielson has served as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at West Chester University Department of Communication Disorders teaching Articulation and Phonology and Anatomy of Speech and Hearing structures and function. Most recently, Dr. Danielson was an adjunct professor at Temple University teaching undergraduate courses in Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning and at University of Delaware teaching graduate courses in Assistive Technology and High Incidence Disabilities. Dr. Danielson has maintained a lengthy private practice focused on language development and disorders in children and adolescents, fluency, and AT/AAC strategies and tools. Dr. Danielson has also provided consultation to public school districts and legal teams in the areas of AT/AAC tools, strategies, and implementation./images/faculty/nophoto.jpgMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)Faculty
Rebecca Durham Reder, OTD, OTR/LTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) | Adjunct FacultyRebecca 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 provides lectures on a national and international level. Her most recent work includes transforming the culture of her division into an evidence-based practice culture. Under her direction, the Division of OT & PT has written and published numerous evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, some of which have selected for inclusion on the National Guideline Clearinghouse website. Her division is now monitoring the treatment outcomes for children who are treated using the clinical practice guidelines. Using objective outcome data and the application of improvement science techniques, she is now working on creating changes that will result in improving the outcomes for the children that they serve. Dr. Reder received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Ohio State University and her doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Adjunct Faculty
Rebecca L White, MSN, FPMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, NEPsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health) | FacultyRebecca is an accomplished and result-driven educator and clinician committed to social justice, drawing upon over forty years of experience in academic, clinical, research, and global health training and implementation. Rebecca has developed, implemented, and evaluated online education for more than seven years and is teaching at Rocky Mountain University (RMU) Master's in psychiatry program online. past business partner in successful practice of psychiatry and family practice. She is committed to bridging interprofessional collaborations between undergraduate and graduate nursing and medical students, residents, and faculty while drawing upon a multidisciplinary foundation in all areas of medicine with a particular focus in psychiatry and addiction services. She holds a master's degree in family practice for over 17 years and a family psychiatric mental health nursing for more than eight years. Rebecca has been a nurse since 1980 and loves being a nurse.

Rebecca is a motivated program implementer and curriculum developer with experience utilizing innovative pedagogy with extensive online and in-person teaching experience. Past IRB advisor for implementation research at the University of Rwanda and University of Global Health Equity with a passion for mentoring global health, medical, dental, and nursing students undertaking thesis research leading to publication and dissemination. Rebecca has many publications, but recently her qualitative research was published in the prestigious journal of International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation.

As a past Rwanda-based global health program leader with connections and relationships in clinical licensing, and academic partners, Rebecca helped launch eight master tracks at the university of Rwanda from curriculum development to implementation. Rebecca most enjoys being able to assist her students in learning the foundation and nuances in psychiatric care, supporting our clients in achieving optimal mental health stability. She is passionate about providing care to underserved populations and in decreasing stigma for those suffering from mental health issues.

Rebecca is highly motivated and committed to continuous professional growth and learning. she is a passionate educator and excited to join RMU in a more significant role.
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Rhodri L. Purcell, PT, MPT, EdD, OCS, CSCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | FacultyRhodri 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 four years. Rhodri’s experience as a licensed physical therapist has included a variety of settings, including military, acute care, home health, pediatrics, and outpatient orthopedics. He currently maintains his clinical practice in the outpatient orthopedic setting with Intermountain Healthcare at Utah Valley Hospital. Rhodri has been a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS) since 2005, with successful re-certification in 2015. He has also maintained his certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2006. Before joining the faculty at Rocky Mountain University, Rhodri was the Associate Program Director for Provo College’s PTA program, where he directed the clinical education program and taught courses in orthopedic physical therapy, therapeutic exercise, human anatomy, and pathophysiology. He also helped create a curriculum for a Bachelor of Science program in Physical Therapist Assisting, authoring courses in Orthopaedics and Professionalism. In 2019, Rhodri completed his Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Adult Education from Capella University. Outside of work, Rhodri loves to spend time with his wife and four children, backpacking, hiking, fly-fishing, mountain-biking, and snowboarding./wp-content/uploads/2019/03/purcell-rhodri-300x293.pngDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Faculty
Robert Krueger, PhD, OTD, OTR/LDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Robert Krueger is an Associate Professor and Doctoral Capstone Coordinator at Whitworth University in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Dr. Krueger has practiced as an occupational therapist primarily in outpatient orthopedic and industrial rehabilitation settings since 1990. He completed his post-professional OTD at RMUoHP in 2010 and a Ph.D. in 2019. He has taught occupational therapy as a tenure track assistant professor in undergraduate and graduate-level programs at Western New Mexico University, Eastern Washington University, Pacific University, and Baylor University. His professional scholarly pursuits are in the areas of evidence-based practice (EBP) and health promotion & wellness in adults with risk factors for chronic illness. Dr. Krueger has published on the topics of EBP, reflective practice, and curriculum development. He has presented at the state and national level on the topics of EBP, reflective practice, and occupation-based practice in hand therapy./wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Krueger-Robert-Photo-2021-201x300.jpgDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Adjunct Faculty
Robert Pettitt, PhD, FACSM, ATC, CSCSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | FacultyDr. Pettitt is full professor in the PhD Health Science Program and Director of the Office of Research & Sponsored Projects. 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 80 peer-review articles, over 80 research abstracts, and the textbook Exercise Physiology Laboratories with Kendall-Hunt Publishing./images/faculty/pettitt-bob.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesFaculty
Roberto López-Rosado, DPT, MSPT, MADoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyRoberto 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 sciences for Northwestern University’s DPT Program, the School of Professional Studies, and Northwestern University Prosthetics and Orthotics Center. He also conducts with clinical research focusing on balance strategies and fall prevention in stroke survivors.

Roberto has worked as a clinician in the outpatient setting, as well as acute care and home health. He is a member of the American Association of Anatomists, the American Physical Therapy Association and the Co- Chair of the Neurologic Physical Therapy Academy Online Education Committee.
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Sandra Combs, PhD, CCC-SLPDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Program Capstone CoordinatorDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Program Capstone Coordinator
Sandra Shigetomi-Toyama, C.Sc.D, CCC-SLPDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Program DirectorDr. Sandra Shigetomi-Toyama is the assistant 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 Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders. In 2016, she earned a Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech and Language Pathology at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah./images/faculty/toyama-sandra2.jpgDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Program Director
Sandra E Groger, OTD, OTR/LDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultySandy 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 and operates Sandra Groger Therapy Services, Inc., providing services to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays. She provides direct care and consultative services to children in an intensive behavioral clinic and school, and combines behavioral techniques with sensory based interventions. Sandy is certified in the Interactive Metronome and The Listening Program. She received her OTD in 2011 from RMUoHP. In addition to OT, Sandy is a certified fitness instructor and teaches kickboxing at a local wellness center.Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Adjunct Faculty
Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTRDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultySarah 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 University of Health Professions. Dr. Schoen is nationally recognized for her research, educational programs and clinical expertise. In 1997, Dr. Schoen received the Recognition of Achievement Award from and the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence in 2011./images/faculty/schoen-sarah.jpgDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Adjunct Faculty
Scott Dailey, PhDMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 of cleft and craniofacial disorders and pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. He teaches graduate courses in Cleft and Craniofacial Disorders as well as Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders at the University of Iowa Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
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Scott Heinerichs, EdD, LATDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. Scott Heinerichs is the Dean 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 faculty development and program-level student learning assessment. Dr. Heinerichs served one year as an Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and was responsible for regional accreditation reporting and strategic planning. Collectively, these opportunities have enabled him to work with various constituents to leverage existing technology and resources to better demonstrate institutional outcomes.

His research interests are in the areas of outcomes-based education and clinical reasoning. He has presented and published manuscripts within the discipline of athletic training as well as higher education. He is an accreditation site visitor for the CAATE and MSCHE. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science from West Chester University, Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina, and a Doctor of Education from Widener University.
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Shelley Victor, EdD, CCC-SLPDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 active at the state and national level. She was chair of ASHA’s Governmental Regulations and Public Policy Board and coordinator of SIG 11: Administration and Supervision. She currently serves as a member of ASHA’s Financial Planning Board. She became an ASHA Fellow in 2000 and received the Honors of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in 2002./images/faculty/victor-shelley.jpgDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Adjunct Faculty
Sherry Martin, PA-C, CAQ in Psychiatry, DFAAPADoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyDr Martin is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine InterService PA Program while active duty United States Air Force, 1991-1993. Dr Martin is a graduate of the University of Nebraska PA Studies, 2002, and a graduate of Nova Southeastern Doctor of Health Science Program, 2007. She was awarded the inaugural Certificate of Added Qualification in Psychiatry, 2011. Dr Martin is the founding Program Director of the Postgraduate PA Mental Health Residency program in the Veterans Health Administration. Dr Martin has 27 years of clinical experience overall and the last 20 years in psychiatry. She has been teaching PAs and interprofessional healthcare students for 10 years. Dr. Martin is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of PAs. She enjoys birding and international travel./wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Sherry-Martin-photo-1.jpg= width=200 heightDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Adjunct Faculty
Shilpa Gajarawala, MPAS, PA-CDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Shilpa Gajarawala brings to the University of Rocky Mountain DMSc program many years of clinical, teaching, and administrative experience.

Dr. Gajarawala holds a Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In 1995, she started her physician assistant studies in beautiful upstate New York at the Albany Medical College PA Program. She then completed a Master of Science in PA Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Gajarawala has been a practicing surgical physician assistant for 21 years. She has worked clinically in medical and surgical gynecology, general surgery and vascular surgery. She has a strong interest in women’s health, specifically urogynecology and gynecologic oncology. In addition to her clinical practice, she has championed both patient education and quality improvement projects. She has mentored residents, physician assistant, nurse practitioner and medical students. She has collaborated with faculty and colleagues and co-authored publications, including a book chapter.

In her spare time, Dr. Gajarawala enjoys spending time in her art studio. Free time away from the easel is spent with her husband Nik and their two sons, Nikhil and Sajan.
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Sonia Paquette, OTD, OTR/L, CPE, ABVE-DDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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, she worked primarily in return to work/stay at work rehabilitation in private practice and as an expert witness for lawyers. She presented in numerous national and international conferences to rehabilitation professionals, engineers, lawyers and physicians on return-to-work and ergonomics. In the last 10 years, she published 3 peer-reviewed articles and 4 professional handbook chapters. She has been teaching with RMUoHP since 2010 in the post-professional doctorate programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy. She won the 2014 Outstanding Alumnae Award by RMUoHP. She currently works as an Ergonomics Program Manager for the Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic States and teaches at RMU./images/faculty/paquette-sonia.jpgDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Adjunct Faculty
Stacey Pfenning, APRN, FNP, FAANPDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | FacultyDr. Stacey Pfenning is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She completed her FNP master’s in nursing degree at University of Mary in 2002 and her doctorate in nursing practice degree at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2008. Dr. Pfenning is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and participates in several state and national committees addressing nursing practice and policy, including Nurse Licensure Compact and National Council of State Boards of Nursing. She is also active on the ND Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Advisory Board and has presented locally and nationally on the utilization of PDMPs.

Currently, Dr. Pfenning is the North Dakota Board of Nursing Executive Director, bringing expertise in health policy and nursing regulation. Dr. Pfenning has clinical experiences in multiple settings including primary care, emergency and trauma, correctional, and rural/critical access hospitals across ND. Dr. Pfenning also has experience in nursing regulation, academia, and health policy.
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Stephanie Richardson, RNDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s) | Program Director & ChairDr. 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.

Throughout her long career at the University of Utah, Dr. Richardson consistently carried a significant teaching and administrative responsibilities as well as being heavily involved in both regional and specialty accreditations. While at the University of Utah, she served the College of Nursing as Chair of the Division of Acute and Chronic Care, and directed the College’s Teaching Academy. At the University level, she was the Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Dr. Richardson is an accomplished scholar with over 50 peer-reviewed published articles, white papers, abstracts and chapters and conducted over 110 peer-reviewed professional & conference presentations. In the last 20 years, Dr. Richardson was involved as an investigator or consultant with teams receiving over $14.5M in grants to support health care and health education related research.

Stephanie has been the chair, member, or content expert for dozens of graduate student dissertation or final project committees, in nursing and other disciplines, and is a reviewer for both the Advances in Nursing Science journal and the Journal of Professional Nursing.

Dr. Richardson enjoys cooking, camping, and most of all reading, averaging five books a week on the widest variety of topics possible and would enjoy recommendations on the next best read from her new RMUoHP colleagues.
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Steven G. Wilkinson, PT, PhDDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Program Director & ChairDr. 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 the faculty at Rocky Mountain University, he was senior manager of Adult Rehabilitation at St Luke’s Health System in Boise, ID. Prior to that he was a full-time faculty member of Physical Therapy at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. Dr Wilkinson was the former President of the Technology in Physical Therapy Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association. His research interests include informatics in physical therapy, technology, and standardization. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, and twin sons cooking, gardening, traveling, singing, and just enjoying time together./images/faculty/wilkinson-steven.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Program DirectorChair
Susan Blackburn, PhD, FAANTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Blackburn received her BSN from the University of Connecticut and MN and PhD from the University of Washington. She is currently a Professor Emeritus in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington in Seattle where she directed the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Neonatal and Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs. Her teaching and research focuses on care of high-risk infants and their families. She has taught courses on perinatal, neonatal and pediatric physiology, human embryology, genetics, neonatal pharmacology and neonatal nursing. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and has served as member of the editorial board and columnist for the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Test Committee Lead for the National Certification Corporation and member of the March of Dimes Nurse Advisory Council. She is the recipient of multiple awards and honors including the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Distinguished Leader in Neonatal Nursing Award and has published and lectured nationally and internationally on a wide range of neonatal topics. Among her publications is the book Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Physiology: A Clinical Perspective, currently in its fifth edition.Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Adjunct Faculty
Susan A. Zapf, Ph.D., OTR/L, BCP, ATPDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) | Adjunct FacultySusan 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 Technology degrees from Texas Woman’s University. In April 2012 she graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a Doctor of Philosophy in Pediatric Science. Dr. Zapf’s research emphasis is on Assistive Technology assessment and outcome effectiveness. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics through AOTA, certified in the Sensory Integration Praxis Test, and certified through RESNA as an Assistive Technology (AT) Professional. She is the primary author of the MATCH-ACES Assistive Technology Assessment and The Service Animal Adaptive Intervention Assessment. Dr. Zapf has presented throughout the United States on assistive technology assessment and implementation, sensory strategies in occupational therapy, and animal assisted therapy. As an occupational therapist, she is passionate about helping children and their families develop skills to reach their full potential and she believes that assistive technology can be a powerful tool to assist in this process./images/faculty/zapf-susan.jpgDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Adjunct Faculty
Susie Bartolome Peterson, C.Sc.D., CCC-SLPDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Adjunct FacultySusie 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, language, voice, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders. Her research interests include acquired cognitive-communication disorders and dysphagia, and she presents at various state and national conventions. Dr. Peterson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai'i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, is a clinical SLP provider for University of Health Partners of Hawai’i, and is an adjunct faculty at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is also a mission trip volunteer providing services to persons with cleft lip/palate with the International Children’s Surgical Foundation./images/faculty/peterson-susie-4.jpgDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Adjunct Faculty
Tatum Siebert, Licensed PsychologistDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyDr. Siebert specializes in assessment, psychotherapy, and psychoeducational treatment and has experience providing services in multiple settings, including university counseling centers, hospitals, and community mental health settings. Her specialty includes the assessment of neurocognitive, personality, and clinical factors that can contribute to personal, academic, and professional impairment. She is trained in EEG Biofeedback (i.e. Neurofeedback) to work with individuals experiencing migraines, ADHD, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. She primarily draws from the perspectives of interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and biopsychosocial models in understanding the various factors that can lead to distress and impairment in an individual’s life.

A graduate of Springfield College, she completed her Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at a community mental health center where she worked with individuals who experienced developmental trauma, substance use disorders, abuse, and poverty. She has served as an adjunct professor at multiple universities and a clinical supervisor for several years. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Register for Health Service Psychologists.
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Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas, PhD, C-IAYT, CHES, E-RYT500, CYT700, RPYTDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 practical tools to guide clients toward increased self-understanding, opening avenues using inherent mindfulness capacities as a resource to respond to everyday challenges. She focuses on empowerment as a key factor in stress management and emphasizes “Healing from the Inside Out”. Teresa completed her doctoral degree in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness at Arizona State University, and continues post-graduate advanced Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction trainings through the Center For Mindfulness. As a Certified Yoga Therapist/Yoga Teacher with over 25 years of experience, Teresa continues updating her knowledge through continuing education trainings, conferences and retreats. She owns Santosha Yoga School in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she teaches “body-friendly”, sustainable Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation practices./images/faculty/araas-teresa.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Theresa Bartolotta, PhD, CCC-SLPDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Adjunct FacultyTheresa 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 College. She is a site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, where she serves as chair and chair mentor of site visit teams. Theresa holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a licensed speech-language pathologist in New Jersey and Georgia. Theresa teaches graduate courses in research methods, autism, pediatric language disorders, and speech sound disorders. Her research is in complex communication challenges, including autism and Rett syndrome./images/faculty/bartolotta-theresa.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesAdjunct Faculty
Thomas Cappaert, PhD, ATC, CSCSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences | Program DirectorDr. Cappaert is currently a Senior Faculty member of the Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. from the University of Toledo and teaches Biostatistics to doctoral students in various post-professional programs and areas of study. He also teaches the Dissertation Preparation and Dissertation Phase courses at RMUoHP. Dr. Cappaert serves on the Editorial Board of the Athletic Training Education Journal, the Journal of College Science Teaching, and is a manuscript reviewer for several other journals in the health sciences. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and an ACSM Certified Exercise Specialist. Research interests include environmental cold injury and techniques to improve critical evaluation of research results in health care professionals./images/faculty/cappaert-tom.jpgDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesProgram Director
Tim McCreary, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, CAQ-PSYDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc) | Adjunct FacultyDr. McCreary began his medical journey as a US Army medic in 1999 and now serves as a Commander with the United States Public Health Service where he is stationed in North Eastern Utah. He provides ambulatory psychiatric care for thousands of Native Americans living in Utah and dedicated leadership and advocacy for the PA profession in the state of Utah and across the country. Over the past decade he has served in a number of significant roles in the PA profession, he is a past president of the Public Health Service Academy of Physician Assistants (PHSAPA), and Utah Academy of Physician Assistants (UAPA). As the IHS National PA recruiter, he recognized the changing landscape in the healthcare marketplace and was an early and passionate advocate for optimal team practice. He has written extensively on the vital role PAs fill in the US healthcare system and has been recognized for his humanitarian efforts abroad and his tireless personal dedication to underserved and vulnerable communities on America’s Indian Reservations. His work in the AAPA House of Delegates aided in the passage of Optimal Team Practice (OTP), and he was the lead author in a recently “revised” PA scope of practice policy that allows Indian Health Service PAs full practice authority as vital members of the healthcare provider team. As President of the UAPA he spearheaded a radical modernization of the Utah PA practice act (allowing direct billing for PAs, granting PA responsibility for the care they provide, the ability of experienced PAs to practice independently) and the Utah Mental health practice act (introducing PAs into the act for the first time, and establishing qualifications for PA independent practice as mental healthcare providers). He is a dedicated PA educator serving as a clinical instructor for dozens of PAs over many years and presently works as an adjunct clinical faculty member for PA training from five different states. Over his career, he has presented and written on a variety of topics in mental health, public health, and primary care. He believes in the capacity of PAs to provide expert mental health services as integrated behavioral health specialists in primary care, as well as mental health providers on in-patient psychiatric medicine teams. He developed the world's first DSMc psychiatry track at Rocky Mountain University in 2019 and continues to serve as the Psychiatry track director where he has contributed to and advised curricular content for all 5 new doctoral courses, engaged instructors, leads, and supports a multi-disciplinary faculty. He is the proud father of 3 children and is married to his best friend Wendy. When he is not in the clinic, advocating for the profession, hanging out with his cool wife and children, he can be found hiking or riding in the mountains near his home in Ashley Valley./images/faculty/mccreary-tim2.jpgDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Adjunct Faculty
Tim Stevenson, PT, DPT, OCSDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Co-Director of Clinical EducationTim 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 in his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University – Idaho (BYUI) in Horticulture. Tim lived and practiced in Alaska for 4 years. He enjoys the outdoors, playing competitive tennis and golfing as much as possible. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children./images/faculty/stevenson-tim.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Co-Director of Clinical Education
Timothy Stockdale, MS, CCC-SLPMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | FacultyTim 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 problem-solving skills, open communication, and patient-first intervention. Mr. Stockdale regards respect for evidence-based practice, collaborative skills, and a desire for continual learning to be essential qualities of successful speech-language pathologists./images/faculty/stockdale-tim.jpgMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)Faculty
Travis Layne, PA-CMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyTravis 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 and neurosurgical subspecialties, and pain management. The majority of his career though has been in the interventional pain management field working in both outpatient and inpatient settings./images/faculty/layne-travis.jpgMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Faculty
Trever J. Ball, PhD, MPH, MSDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) | Adjunct Faculty Ball, Trever Photo 2020

Dr. Ball instructs courses for RMU related to Healthcare Delivery, Biosta
tistics Interpretation, Research Methods, & Healthcare Policy & Economics.

Dr. Ball disseminates research that advances value-based health care. He is the Director of Clinical Research & Data Quality for Population Health at Northwell Health, Great Neck, NY. Northwell Health is the state of New York’s largest healthcare system and serves the most diverse population of patients in the United States. In this role Dr. Ball directs interdisciplinary research for clinical & cost outcomes of population health management programs, including chronic disease prevention.

Dr. Ball evaluates population health care by both financial & health risks for patients, hospital systems, & payers/insurers. This includes investigating avoidable healthcare costs of unhealthful behaviors such as physical inactivity. He serves on the national Clinical Practice Committee for the Exercise is Medicine® initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine.
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Tyler Sommer, MPAS, PA-CMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyTyler 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 of Health Professions in 2015 as one of the founding faculty members in the PA program. During his time at RMUoHP, Tyler has served as the Director of Didactic Education, Assistant Program Director, and currently works as the Academic Director and Associate Program Director. In addition to his work with the PA program, he is also working towards completion of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Health Science, with a concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness./images/faculty/sommer-tyler.jpgMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Faculty
Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD, PCSTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) | Adjunct FacultyDr. 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 has numerous presentations and workshops on pediatrics. She was named as the recipient of the 2011 Linda Crane Memorial Lecture awarded by the Pediatrics, Cardiopulmonary and Education Sections, won the Service Award in 2003 for 30 years of service to the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, was the Featured speaker at Opening Ceremonies of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties at CSM in 1991, won the Outstanding Service Award of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in 2008 as a pediatric expert, and was the pediatric content expert for the APTA’s Move Forward public site for 4 years. She has served in APTA and TPTA elected offices, and she won the TPTA President’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2016 and the APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award in 2017.

She holds a BS in PT from Southwestern Medical School (1971), an MA in college teaching from the University of North Carolina (1976), and a PhD in Academic Administration/Health Education from Texas A&M University (1989). She was Vice-Chair and Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, UNT Health Science Center until 2014 and continues to serve as adjunct faculty. She served as Chairperson for the University of Central Arkansas and Chapman University programs in physical therapy and as Associate Director in the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University before joining UNTHSC.
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Adjunct Faculty
Verl T. Pope, ED.D., LPC, CMHC, NCC, CCMHC, ACSMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC) | FacultyDr. Verl T. Pope is a Professor of Counseling and the founding Program Director for the new counseling programs at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He has extensive experience in counseling program development and counseling accreditation. He served as the Counseling Program Chair for the Utah Campus of the University of Phoenix. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Counseling and Chair of the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Pope was also a professor and taught counseling at Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Pope holds a doctorate in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University. He has worked in several agencies, both public and private. He has consulted with the Departments of Probation and Parole, juvenile offices, schools, and courts on assessment and counseling issues.
Further, Dr. Pope consults with other agencies and universities on accreditation issues. He is a licensed professional counselor in Utah (CMHC), and Missouri (LPC). He is nationally certified as a counselor (NCC), a mental health counselor (CCMHC), and a clinical supervisor (ACS). He has served or currently serves on several state and national committees, including seven years on the Missouri State Committee for Professional Counselors. He maintains a number of professional memberships, has published in professional venues, and has given many presentations from local and state, to national and international levels.
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Viet Le, PA-CMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) | FacultyViet 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 cardiology, non-invasive cardiac imaging, and general cardiology. He then worked in the field of occupational and disability medicine for 7 years with the SLCVAMC before returning to cardiology.

Viet joined Intermountain Heart Institute Cardiology Research in 2012, where he practices as a Cardiology Clinical Research Scientist/PA. His primary focus is cardiovascular research, where he works directly with Cardiovascular physicians, geneticists, epidemiologists, statisticians, study coordinators, and study patients, as well as industry and academic partners and collaborators from other national centers. Viet devotes a portion of his time directly seeing patients in clinic and all of his time collaborating with cardiologists across multiple sub-specialties on a vast array of Cardiovascular studies.

He was fortunate to be recruited to join the RMUOHP PA team, first as adjunct faculty in 2015 and became an assistant professor in 2017 where he is Co-Course Director with Mr. Tyler Sommers over the Cardiology Didactic section. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Team Section PA Committee, Board Member for the Association of PAs in Cardiology, Member of the Dues Task Force for the National Lipid Association, and is also a member of the American Heart Association as well as the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.
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Wendy Chase, MA, CCC-SLPMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) | FacultyWendy 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, and assessment of swallowing in clients with ventilator dependency. Her classroom teaching has focused on dysphagia and clinical methods. Ms. Chase believes that critical thinking and evidence influenced practice are hallmarks of an excellent speech-language pathologist and strives to support student acquisition of these core skills through quality clinical education./images/faculty/chase-wendy.jpgMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)Faculty
Wendy St., Ph.D.Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC) | Adjunct FacultyI have been teaching Utah K-12 Comprehensive Guidance Curriculum for the past 20 years. For the last four years, I have taught School Counseling classes in the University of Phoenix Master’s program.

I love teaching kids and adults alike. My practical experience as a school counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels has given my graduate students the opportunity to learn about the uniqueness of counseling at each grade level. I believe adults construct knowledge from their own experiences, and I am more of a guide on their journey than a “sage on the stage.”

My doctoral thesis was called “Teachers’ perspectives of implementing an advisory curriculum at an urban middle school.” I enjoy research about school change, and how schools reflect culture and society.
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Will Sykes, PT, DPTDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) | Co-Director of Clinical EducationWill 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, and together they have 3 kids: Emerson, Ensley, and Beckett. Will was in the first cohort for the DPT program here at RMUoHP and graduated in 2012. Will spends most of his time working as the Assistant Director of Clinical Education and also teaches professionalism and kinesiology. He has worked in a skilled nursing facility, IP rehab, and most recently at Utah Valley Hospital in their Outpatient Sports/Orthopedic clinic. He started working full time at Rocky Mountain University in August 2017./images/faculty/sykes-will.jpgDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Co-Director of Clinical Education