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Doctor of Physical Therapy
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Master of Science in Health Science
Doctor of Science in Health Science
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Clinical Speech-Language Pathology
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy in Pediatric Science

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Program Leadership


J. Wesley McWhorter - RMU of HP DPT Faculty

J. Wesley McWhorter PT, MPT, PhD

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

Dr. McWhorter received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Brigham Young University and his MPT degree from the U.S. Army-Baylor Program in Physical Therapy. He has served as assistant chief of physical therapy at Darnall Army Community Hospital and has worked in several outpatient clinics specializing in … See more


Joel Tenbrink - RMUoHP Faculty

Joel Tenbrink PT, PhD, ATC

Assistant Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Steven Wilkinson - RMUoHP Faculty

Steven G. Wilkinson, PT, PhD

Associate Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Faculty and Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Michael Bartholomew - RMUoHP Faculty

Michael Bartholomew PT, DPT, GCS

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

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

Core Faculty


Kaiwi Chung-Hoon - RMUoHP Faculty

Kaiwi Chung-Hoon PT, PhD

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Coleby Clawson - RMUoHP Faculty

Coleby Clawson, PT, DPT

Director of Community Rehabilition Clinic
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Miriam Cortez-Cooper - RMU of HP Faculty

Miriam Cortez-Cooper, PT, PhD

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Tamara Erin Faraclas - RMUoHP Faculty

Erin Faraclas, PT, DPT, MSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. 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. Erin initially worked full time in outpatient orthopedics until 2007 when she moved into Academics as the… See more


Hina Garg - RMUoHP Faculty

Hina Garg, PT, PhD

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Lesley Gilmer - RMUoHP Faculty

Les Gilmer, PhD

Co Chair, Department of Anatomy and Physiology

Associate Professor and Anatomist, Department of Anatomy and Physiology

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


Tamara Nancy Gravano - RMUoHP Faculty

Tamara Nancy Gravano, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

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

Dr. Gravano is Director of Faculty Assessment and Development and an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Previously, she was associate professor and founding Director of Clinical Education at Marshall University’s DPT … See more


Kevin Helgeson - RMUoHP Faculty

Kevin Helgeson DHSc, PT

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Ann Hoffman - RMUoHP Faculty

Ann M. Hoffman PT, DScPT, PCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Jessica Immonen - RMUoHP Faculty

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

Co-Chair, Department of Anatomy and Physiology

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Jeffery Lau - RMUoHP Faculty

Jeff Lau, PT, DPT, PhD, CMPT

Director of Accreditation and Assessment, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Kelsey Stevens - RMUoHP Faculty

Kelsey Stevens

Kelsey Stevens received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, with an emphasis in Human Biology at Chadron State College in 2007. She received a Master’s Degree in Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota in 2013. Her thesis involved defining a classification system based on the anatomy of disorders of sex development. She worked as a Lab Coordinator, Anatomy Presenter, and Instructor at the University of South Dakota… See more


Tim Stevenson - RMUoHP Faculty

Tim Stevenson, PT, DPT, OCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Paul Stoneman - RMUoHP Faculty

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

Institutional Review Board Director
Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Will Sykes - RMUoHP Faculty

Will Sykes, PT, DPT

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Misti Timpson - RMUoHP Faculty

Misti Timpson PT, DPT, NCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Misti Timpson received her MSPT degree at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri in 1992. She received her post professional DPT degree at University of Utah in 2008. She was granted her NCS (Board Certified Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy by the APTA) in 2003. She received her CBIS (Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury… See more


Mark Walker - RMUoHP Faculty

Mark Walker PT, PhD

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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


Christa Young - RMUoHP Faculty

Christa Young, PT, PhD, NCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

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

Associated Faculty


Stephen Allison PT, PhD

Stephen C. Allison is a retired U.S. Army physical therapist engaged in teaching, research, and consultation. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University (BS), Baylor University (MPT), the U.S. Army War College (MSS), and The University of Texas at Austin (PhD). He was a faculty member and Director of the U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, Texas from… See more


Bart Hanson PT, PhD

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


Janene M. Holmberg, PT, DPT, NCS

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


Ulrike Mitchell PhD, MsPT, MTC

Ulrike Mitchell is a professor at Brigham Young University, where she teaches Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology and Orthopedic Impairments in the Exercise Science Department. Dr. Mitchell received two bachelor’s degrees, one in French and Physical Education and one in Physical Therapy in her home country, Germany. She went on to receive a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, and a PhD … See more


Ron Scott PT, EdD, LLM

Ron Scott, PT, JD, LLM, MA (Spanish), MSBA, MSPT (Orthopedics), is a Texas-licensed attorney-counsel to PTs and health and business professionals, and an attorney-mediator, principally through the Bexar County Justice Center, San Antonio, Texas.  He has authored 13 texts and 125 articles, most recently Legal, Ethical and Practical Aspects of Patient Care Documentation, 4th ed., (2013) and PTs in Government Service: Assessing… See more


Diana Zirker, DPT

Diana Zirker received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a licensed Physical Therapist with experience in a wide variety of practice areas, including all aspects of acute care, and outpatient orthopedic with a special interest in manual techniques. She currently works at the Utah Valley Specialty Hospital and serves as a lab instructor at Rocky Mountain University of… See more

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Program Leadership


David Payne - RMU of HP DPT Faculty

David Payne, PA-C

Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Program Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

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

Core Faculty


Jon Baird - RMUoHP Faculty

Jon Baird, MPAS, PA-C, ATC

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

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


Mace Hamblin - RMUoHP Faculty

Mace Hamblin, DHSc, MPA

Director of Clinical Education and Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Mace 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, where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University. He then earned his Doctorate degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Leadership and Organizational Behavior. Dr. Hamblin is the Director of… See more


Travis Layne - RMUoHP Faculty

Travis Layne, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

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


Michael Nelson - RMUoHP Faculty

Michael Nelson, DHSc, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

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


Viet Le - RMUoHP Faculty

Viet Le, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

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


Tyler Sommer - RMUoHP Faculty

Tyler Sommer, PA-C

Faculty, Master of Physician Assistant Studies

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

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Program Leadership


Linda Spencer - RMUoHP Faculty

Linda Spencer, PhD, CCC-SLP

Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology
Program Director, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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

Core Faculty


Wendy Chase - RMUoHP Faculty

Wendy Chase, MA, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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


Scott Dailey - RMU of HP Faculty

Scott Dailey, PhD

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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


Patricia Grace-Farfaglia - RMU of HP Faculty

Patricia Grace-Farfaglia, PhD

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Doctor of Science in Health Science

Patricia Grace-Farfaglia, Ph.D., has a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, a MS from Columbia University, Teachers College, MBA from Rennselear, and completed her doctoral studies in health and wellness promotion at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Practitioner-in-Residence at the University of New Haven, and Adjunct Lecturer of nutritional sciences at the University of Connecticut. She has conducted research on the wellness orientation of dietitians and how this impacts dietetic practice and lifestyle, cross-cultural … See more


Margaret Kjelgaard - RMUoHP Faculty

Margaret Kjelgaard PhD, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Kjelgaard has dedicated her career to understanding cognitive mechanisms involved in the differences observed in developmental disorders, especially autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She completed her PhD in psychology at Northeastern University in Boston where she studied the contribution of prosody, or the rhythm and tune of speech, to human language comprehension. During her clinical training in CSD at MGH Institute of Health Professions, her research focused on issues related to language difficulties in ASD, especially those related to prosody. Her research has also aimed at testing a new theory of ASD, as a… See more


Joanne Naylor- RMU of HP Faculty

Joanne Carfioli Naylor, PhD, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Joanne Carfioli Naylor, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, in the MS SLP program. She currently teaches Clinical Methods, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and Clinical Class III: Professional Issues. Dr. Jo has over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, supervision, and teaching graduate students and undergraduate students at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, East Carolina University, Texas A & M University-Kingsville. Her research interests are Literacy and Augmentative and… See more


Phillip Sechtem - RMU of HP DPT Faculty

Phillip Sechtem, PhD, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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


Victor Shelley - RMUoHP Faculty

Shelley Victor, EdD, SLP-CCC

Faculty, Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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

Master of Science in Health Science

Program Leadership


Ethan Kreiswirth - RMUoHP Faculty

Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC

Program Director, Master of Science in Health Science

Dr. Kreiswirth received undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a PhD from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Athletic Training. His current research is; The Epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Injuries among Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighters. Ethan also holds current certifications in the Functional Movement System, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Fascial… See more

Core Faculty


Lori Brody, PT, PhD, SCS, LAT

Lori Thein Brody is currently the Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy Graduate Program Director for Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah. She also works as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine and Spine Center. She has taught in physical therapy education programs at Ithaca College and the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Brody has lectured extensively across the country on.… See more


Jason Edsall, PhD

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


Ross Flowers, PhD

Ross Flowers, Ph.D. is an experienced sport and performance psychologist, executive coach, author and speaker. He is a partner in Giles Consulting Group, LLC, and executive coach with Center for Creative Leadership. Ross teaches, designs and implements skills development programs for culturally diverse individuals, teams and organizations in business, sport and academia. Ross is also the author of Introducing Your Child to… See more


Kim Barber Foss, MS, ATC, LAT

Kim has more than 26 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. She was the athletic trainer at Linn-Mar High… See more


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

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


Doug Powell, PhD, CSCS, RSAC-F

Douglas Powell, PhD, CSCS, TSAC-F holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (PhD) and East Carolina University (MA & BS). Dr. Powell is a certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS) and tactical strength and conditioning facilitator (TSAC-F). He is the Director of Research for the Department of Physical Therapy at Campbell University and is the Director of the Advanced Interdisciplinary Movement Science Laboratory… See more

Doctor of Science in Health Science

Program Leadership


Thomas Cappaert - RMUoHP Faculty

Thomas Cappaert, PhD, ATC, CSCS

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

Dr. Cappaert is a Professor of Biostatistics, Program Director of the DSc Health Science Program and Associate Director of University Research. He received his PhD from the University of Toledo and teaches Biostatistics and assists in the dissertation preparation phases for students in the DSc program. Dr. Cappaert serves on the Editorial board of the Journal of Athletic Training, the Athletic Training Education Journal, The… See more


Kristen Johnson - RMUoHP Faculty

Kristen Johnson, PT, EdD, MS, NCS

Concentration Track Director for Neurologic Rehabilitation

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


Malissa Martin - RMUoHP Faculty

Malissa Martin EdD, ATC/L

Vice Provost Academic Affairs Post-Professional Programs

Concentration Track Director Athletic Training Doctor of Science in Health Science

  • Curriculum Instruction with post-graduate degree Alcohol and Drug Studies MEd University of South Carolina
  • Health Education BS Indiana State University
  • Health Education with concentration in Athletic Training

Dr. Martin is a member of the most prestigious group of athletic trainers in this country, the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. The NATA Hall of Fame is reserved for those few individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the profession and are recognized as distinguished leaders in the field. Her footprint in education … See more


Michael Miller - RMUoHP Faculty

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

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

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


Arthur Nitz - RMUoHP Faculty

Arthur J. Nitz PhD, PT, ECS, OCS

Concentration Track Director for Clinical Electrophysiology
Faculty, Doctor of Science in Health Science

Attended Wheaton College from 1971-1975, receiving a B.S. in Biology. He participated in track and field and football all four years and co-captained the football team his senior year. Dr. Nitz received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Baylor University (US Army) in 1976 and a PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Kentucky in 1984. He is currently in his 31st year of teaching at the University of… See more


Cherie Pettitt - RMUoHP Faculty

Cherie Pettitt EdD, EP-C, CSCS, PAPHS, EIM

Concentration Track Director Health Promotion and Wellness
Faculty, Doctor of Science in Health Science

Dr. Cherie Pettitt is an Associate Professor and Director of the Health Promotion and Wellness track of the Doctorate of Health Science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is currently serving as an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Exercise is Medicine Emerging Leader and serves on the Exercise is Medicine Credential Advisory Board. Dr. Pettitt has worked in various capacities in health and… See more

Core Faculty


Teresa Araas - RMUoHP Faculty

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

Faculty, Doctor of Science in Health Science

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


Scott Heinerichs - RMUoHP Faculty

Lori Brody, PT, PhD, SCS, LAT

Faculty, Doctor & Master of Science in Health Science

Lori Thein Brody is currently the Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy Graduate Program Director for Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah. She also works as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine and Spine Center. She has taught in physical therapy education programs at Ithaca College and the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Brody has lectured extensively across the country on… See more


William Eisner - RMUoHP Faculty

William D. Eisner PT, DSc, ECS

Faculty Doctor of Science in Health Science

William D. Eisner received his bachelors of health science (1995) and M.S. in physical therapy (1997) from the University of Kentucky. He earned his Doctor of Science in Clinical Electrophysiology degree (2013) from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
He was initially board certified in clinical electrophysiology by the American… See more


Brian Gearity - RMUoHP Faculty

Brian Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS*D, FNSCA, RSCC, USAW, USATF

Faculty, Doctor of Science in Health Science

Brian 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 … See more


Roberto Lopez-Rosado - RMUoHP Faculty

Roberto López-Rosado, DPT, MSPT, MA

Faculty, Doctor of Science in Health Science

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


Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Science in Health Science

Dr. 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… See more


Sara Stiltner M.Ed, ATC

Faculty Doctor of Science in Health Science

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

Associated Faculty


Kirk J. Armstrong, EdD, ATC, LAT

Dr. Kirk Armstrong is the Professional Athletic Training Program Director at Indiana State University. Prior to joining Indiana State, Kirk was an Associate Professor and Assessment Coordinator of the School of Health and Human Performance, also serving as the Coordinator of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training (CAATE) accredited Athletic Training Program. Armstrong has demonstrated success teaching in the classroom… See more


Jason Brumitt, PT, Phd, ATC, CSCS

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


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

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


Mark E. Brooks DSc, PT, ECS, OCS

Dr. Brooks has over 20 years of experience as a clinician, administrator and educator in the field of physical therapy. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He completed his doctorate in clinical electrophysiology at Rocky Mountain University in 2005. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in both Clinical Electrophysiology… See more


Patricia Grace-Farfaglia, PhD

Faculty, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, Doctor of Science in Health Science

Patricia Grace-Farfaglia, Ph.D., has a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, a MS from Columbia University, Teachers College, MBA from Rennselear, and completed her doctoral studies in health and wellness promotion at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Practitioner-in-Residence at the University of New Haven, and Adjunct… See more


John Halle, PT, PhD, ECS

Dr. Halle has been involved with graduate physical therapy education since 1990, providing instruction as part of the U.S. Army Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, The U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy and the Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, and with the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo. At Vanderbilt, he remains… See more


Darcy Hammar, CIM

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


Scott Heinerichs, EdD, LAT

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


Jeff Lynn, PhD

Dr. Lynn earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University in 2001. He has 15 years’ experience teaching graduate and undergraduate classes including wellness coaching, research methods, exercise physiology, exercise prescription, biomechanics, nutrition, and the truth about weight loss. He also served as Assistant Dean as well as Exercise Science Program Coordinator and Chairperson for the Institutional Review Board at Slippery… See more


Kyle Matsel, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Dr. Matsel received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville in 2011. After graduation, Kyle entered into a 15 month sports physical therapy residency program through ProRehab and the University of Evansville. Following residency, Kyle became a board-certified specialist in sports physical therapy. He is a full-time faculty member at the … See more


Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Patrick O. McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS teaches the Evidence-based Practice course (HS-710) within the Speech and Language Pathology doctoral program. He is also an Associate Professor within the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences and the Clinical Education Coordinator of the Athletic Training Education Program at Ithaca College. Dr. McKeon received his B.S degree in Athletic… See more


Richard McKibben PT, DSc, ECS

Dr. McKibben is a physical therapist and clinical electrophysiologist. He achieved a Doctor of Science in Clinical Electrophysiology from Rocky Mountain University and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from North Georgia College. He works in private outpatient and hospital-based PT/EMG with EMG of GA, Inc. and Integrity Rehab Management, LLC., and serves dual administrative… See more


Angela Merlo, PT, DPT, PhD

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


Richard Nauert, PT, PhD, MSHF, MSHA

Rick Nauert, Ph.D., MHF, MHA, PT, has over 39 years of experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He began his career as a clinical physical therapist then served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 14 years. He has worked as an operational consultant to several major health systems, health plans and home health agencies. Nauert has graduate degrees in… See more


Kimberly Peer, EdD, AT, FNATA

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


Doug Powell, PhD, CSCS, RSAC-F

Douglas Powell, PhD, CSCS, TSAC-F holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (PhD) and East Carolina University (MA & BS). Dr. Powell is a certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS) and tactical strength and conditioning facilitator (TSAC-F). He is the Director of Research for the Department of Physical Therapy at Campbell University and is the Director of the Advanced Interdisciplinary Movement… See more


Jan Reese, MS-ITLS

Jan 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… See more


Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA

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


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

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


Robert A. Sellin PT, DSc, ECS

Dr. Sellin was graduated summa cum laude from East Carolina University with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1978. He received a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy with a Specialization in Musculoskeletal Disorders from the University of Southern California in 1985, and a Doctor of Science Degree in Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) in 2001. He has had a diverse… See more


Jane E. Sullivan PT, DHS, MS

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


Frank B. Underwood PT, PhD, ECS

Dr. Underwood is an emeritus Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Evansville. During his 26 years of teaching in the U.S. Army-Baylor University graduate program in Physical therapy and at the University of Evansville, his teaching responsibilities included medical physiology, pharmacology, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, research methods, statistics, and evidence-based practice. He received… See more

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Leadership


Stephanie Richardson - RMUoHP Faculty

Stephanie Richardson PhD, RN

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

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

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


Anmy Mayfield - RMUoHP Faculty

Anmy Mayfield, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Director of Clinical Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dr. Mayfield received her undergraduate degrees in nursing, chemistry, and Spanish and was a Community Engaged Scholar and Research Scholar at the University of Utah. She has been involved in research and studied cardiac defects in zebrafish at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Dr. Mayfield has served on different boards and councils including the USNA Board as their Breakthrough to Nursing director and the University Hospital’s Nurse… See more


Janet Noles - RMUoHP Faculty

Janet K. Noles PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP

FNP Coordinator, Nursing Programs

Dr. Noles began her nursing career as a volunteer at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C. Her passion for the profession has grown through her educational and experiential opportunities. Following graduation from the University of Texas Austin, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Woman’s University, her Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate at Texas Tech University Health Sciences… See more

Core Faculty


Amber Barnes - RMUoHP Faculty

Amber Barnes, DNP

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

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


Kevin Ballard - RMUoHP Faculty

Kevin Ballard, DNP, FNP

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

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


Frances Medaglia - RMUoHP Faculty

Frances Medaglia PhD, ANP-BC

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Frances Medaglia has over 35 years’ experience in the field of health care delivery. A certified ANP, Dr. Medaglia holds a BSN from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, a MS in Gerontological Nursing from the University of Massachusetts/ Lowell and a PhD in Health Policy from Brandeis University. She has worked most of her career in the public health arena first delivering primary care services to older adults and for the last 15… See more


Stacey Pfenning - RMUoHP Faculty

Stacey Pfenning DNP, APRN, FNP

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

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


Collette Renstrom - RMUoHP Faculty

Collette Renstrom, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Faculty, Doctor of Nursing Practice

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

Associated Faculty


Laura Anderson, DNP, WHNP-BC, CNM

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


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

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


Kelly Conway, DNP, CNS

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


Kristen Cox, DNP, ACNP-BC

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


Judith A. DePalma, PhD, RN

Judith A. DePalma, PhD, RN has numerous publications and presentations on evidence-based decision making (EBDM) related to different patient and professional populations (Advanced Practice nurses, managers and educators). She authored several chapters related to EBDM in oncology nursing texts. She authored a chapter on research competencies for Advanced Practice Nurses in Hamric, Spross, & Hanson’s, Advanced nursing… See more


Mary Taschner, DNP, ANP-BC

With more than 35 years of experience as a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Taschner brings a wealth of experience in the areas of acute care, long-term care, ambulatory care, and home health care. Working for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Fire Services, Dr. Taschner developed Incident Command, hazardous materials and counter terrorism training programs for hospitals and emergency medical services… See more

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Program Leadership


Michelle Webb - RMUoHP Faculty

Michelle L. Webb, OTD, OTR/L, RAC-CT, CAPS

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

Dr. Webb obtained her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2015. She is currently in the process of earning a Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Higher and Postsecondary Education. Dr. Webb has served as Interim Dean of Student Affairs and Director of an Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University. She is a licensed occupational… See more


Jane Ewoniuk - RMUoHP Faculty

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

Assistant to the Program, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

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


Ellen Hudgins - RMUoHP Faculty

Ellen Hudgins, OTD, OTR/L

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

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


Tambra Marik - RMUoHP Faculty

Tambra Marik, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

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

Tambra Marik, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, graduated from Rocky Mountain University in 2008 completing the hand therapy track in addition to her general doctoral occupational therapy studies. Dr. Marik has over 20 years of clinical experience working with the injured athlete, worker, and aging population with a focus on upper extremity rehabilitation. Her current clinical background includes critical analysis of evidence-based treatment… See more


Sonia Paquette - RMUoHP Faculty

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

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

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


Susan Zapf - RMUoHP Faculty

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

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

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

Core Faculty


Loriann Helgeson - RMUoHP Faculty

Loriann Helgeson, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

Faculty, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

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


Sarah Schoen - RMUoHP Faculty

Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR

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

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


Christine Wietlisbach - RMUoHP Faculty

Christine Wietlisbach OTD, OTR/L, CHT, MPA

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

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

Associated Faculty


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

Dr. Biggins received her clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a concentration in Hand Therapy in 2013, and her Master of Science Degree in OT at San Jose State University in 1992. She received her CHT credentials in 2003. Kristin lives in Hailey, Idaho, and is the Sr. Rehabilitation Manager for St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center’s inpatient and outpatient… See more


Beth Christoffel, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

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


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

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


Sandra E Groger, OTD, OTR/L

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


Don Kallembach, OTD, OTR/L

Don Kallembach has practiced as an occupational therapist since 1998 after graduating from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. He also holds a Masters of Arts in HealthCare Ethics from Saint Louis University, an Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Chatham University, in Pittsburg and a Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University… See more


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

Barbara 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… See more


Robert Krueger, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Dr. Robert Krueger has practiced as an occupational therapist primarily in outpatient orthopedic and industrial rehabilitation settings since 1990, and as a certified hand therapist since 1996. He transitioned his practice into education following the completion a post-professional OTD at RMUoHP in 2010. Since this time he has taught occupational therapy as a tenure track assistant professor in undergraduate and master’s level… See more


Doctor of Clinical Speech-Language Pathology

Program Leadership


Kenneth Simpson - RMUoHP Faculty

Kenneth O. Simpson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Program Director, Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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


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

Assistant to the Program, Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology

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

Associated Faculty


Maria Claudia Franca, MS

Maria Claudia Franca holds a M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation with a concentration in Communication Disorders from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Franca has published journal articles and book chapters focusing on voice and multicultural issues. She has presented research results at state and national professional conferences including the American Speech-Language-Hearing… See more


Shane Koppenhaver, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Koppenhaver received his Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the U.S. Army/Baylor University Graduate Program in 1998, and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah in 2009. He became board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2001 and completed a fellowship in manual therapy through Regis University in 2009. Dr. Koppenhaver is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and is currently serving as… See more


Darcy Hammar, CIM

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


Amber B. Heape, ClinScD, CCC-SLP

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


Angela Merlo, PT, DPT, PhD

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


Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Patrick O. McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS teaches the Evidence-based Practice course (HS-710) within the Speech and Language Pathology doctoral program. He is also an Associate Professor within the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences and the Clinical Education Coordinator of the Athletic Training Education Program at Ithaca College. Dr. McKeon received his B.S degree in Athletic… See more


Kimberly Peer, EdD, AT, FNATA

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


Susie Bartolome Peterson, ClinScD. CCC-SLP

Susie Bartolome Peterson is an ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist of 20 years, who works for Centura Health in Denver, Colorado. She holds a Clinical Science Doctorate Degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and has presented at national conferences. She is an adjunct faculty at Rocky Mountain University, an adjunct instructor at University of Northern Colorado, and is a mission trip volunteer providing services… See more


Doug Powell, PhD, CSCS, RSAC-F

Douglas Powell, PhD, CSCS, TSAC-F holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (PhD) and East Carolina University (MA & BS). Dr. Powell is a certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS) and tactical strength and conditioning facilitator (TSAC-F). He is the Director of Research for the Department of Physical Therapy at Campbell University and is the Director of the Advanced Interdisciplinary Movement… See more


Shelley Victor, EdD, SLP-CCC

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


Elizabeth Walters

Elizabeth (Beth) Walters is in her third year of her Doctoral program, completing her Ed.D. in Leadership Studies at Bowling Green State University. Her previous programs of study include a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training with a minor in exercise science from the University of Toledo and a master’s in Athletic Training with a concentration in post-secondary education from Springfield College. She is very passionate… See more


Christine Wietlisbach OTD, OTR/L, CHT, MPA

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

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Program Leadership


Jane Sweeney - RMUoHP Faculty

Jane K. Sweeney PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA

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

Dr. Sweeney, a former Mary Switzer Distinguished Research Fellow of the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, conducts neonatal physiological research in Tacoma, WA. She has a private practice for pediatric home care and neonatal ICU clients. 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… See more

Associated Faculty


Joanna C. Beachy, MD, PhD

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


Susan Blackburn RN, PhD, FAAN

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


Kirsten Davin OTD, OTR/L, ATP, EMT-BD

Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, EMT-BD is a licensed Occupational Therapist and certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) with extensive experience in a variety of practice areas including inpatient, acute care and intensive care units, as well as home health and outpatient settings. She is the owner of a successful home health-based private practice, Escape Mobility Solutions, LLC, which is dedicated to… See more


Venita S. Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD, PCS

Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD, PCS,  is Vice Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Professor at the University o North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth.  She holds degrees from Southwestern Medical School (BS in PT), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA in College Teaching in Pediatric PT), and Texas A&M University (PhD in Allied Health Academic Administration).  She… See more


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

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


Rebecca D. Reder OTD, OTR/L

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


Erin S. Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP

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


Ron Scott PT, EdD, LLM

Ron Scott, PT, JD, LLM, MA (Spanish), MSBA, MSPT (Orthopedics), is a Texas-licensed attorney-counsel to PTs and health and business professionals, and an attorney-mediator, principally through the Bexar County Justice Center, San Antonio, Texas.  He has authored 13 texts and 125 articles, most recently Legal, Ethical and Practical Aspects of Patient Care Documentation, 4th ed., (2013) and PTs in Government Service: Assessing… See more

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