I am an Associate Professor and 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 graduated from Chapman University with a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1989. Over my 25 year physical therapy career, I have practiced in the early intervention, outpatient pediatric, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), NICU follow up clinic, musculoskeletal, private practice and workplace wellness settings. As an Assistant Director of Clinical Education of the Department of Physica
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.
I am a Professor in the Physical Therapy Department. I have been a physical therapist for over 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 by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
As a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy and being a clinician, an educator, and a researcher, my goal in the DPT program is to prepare students to be active critical thinkers and change agents in the community.
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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