I am an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. I have taught physical therapy at Samuel Merritt University since 2006. My area of expertise and scholarship is the facilitation of clinical reasoning development in learners at all professional levels.
I am an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Samuel Merritt University. I joined the Program in the Summer of 2015 and am honored to be a part of this team. I come to SMU with over 20 years of experience as a faculty member in entry-level physical therapy education, most recently as Director of the DPT Program at The University of Texas at El Paso.
I've been a physical therapist for more than 20 years and my area of expertise is acute care physical therapy. I'm a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and also have advanced certification and training in neurodevelopmental treatment and assessment/treatment of vestibular disorders. I enjoy traveling, including global medical outreach in Haiti and Panama.
I have enjoyed working as a clinician in a variety of settings where I have focused on management of clients with musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders. I have a special interest in performing artists, especially dancers and circus artists. My post-graduate training has included residencies in orthopaedic and neurologic physical therapy, and a fellowship in orthopaedic manual therapy.
My association with Samuel Merritt University began as a physical therapy student in 1996. After graduating from the MPT program I began my clinical career in the acute care setting moving to the out-patient orthopedic and out-patient neurological settings. I returned to SMU in 2005 teaching part time and was hired as a full time faculty member in 2010.
After graduating with a MSPT in 2001, I specialized in the treatment of work related injuries. I spent 10 years growing a national company providing Onsite Injury and Prevention Services to large companies. I returned to receive a PhD from UC Berkeley where I focused on epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational biomechanics.
I am a Professor in the Physical Therapy Department. I have been a physical therapist for almost 30 years. I have worked in many practice settings before specializing in geriatrics and neuromuscular physical therapy. I am a board-certified Clinical Specialist in geriatric physical therapy.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being a physical therapist. I worked in several educational insititutions and a variety of clinical postions. I enjoy working with people with neurological diagnoses as well as older adults. My career includes positions in acute care settings, SNF, out patient, and home health. I was a manager for over 14 years.
I am a Samuel Merritt University alumni and have been practicing as a physical therapist in the acute care, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient neuro settings with a focus on patients with neurological and vestibular disorders.
Physical therapy has been a wonderful career for me. I have practiced in several areas including sports medicine, acute care, neurorehabilitation and geriatrics and in many different settings. My research focuses on ways to improve mobility and balance in people with neurodegenerative diseases, particularly mutliple sclerosis and cerebellar ataxia.
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