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'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.
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 an Associate Professor and Co-chair of the Physical Therapy Department. I have been a physical therapist for over 25 years. I have worked in many practice settings throughout my career as a clinician, from outpatient musculoskeletal, to acute care, pediatrics, home care, geriatrics and acute rehab. 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.
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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