Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy

PT 713: Patient/Client Management III: Neuromuscular Rehabilitation, PT 705 Patient/Client Management: Complexity in Care

About Me

I am a part-time annual instructor at SMU in the department of Physical Therapy.  My primary teaching roles are in the Neurologic curriculum although I teach in other areas as well.  I assist in running a pro-bono community lab for those with neurologic impairments.   I also work as a physical therapist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in outpatient rehabilitation at the Herrick campus in Berkeley. My caseload is varied among: neurologic, musculoskeletal, neuromusculoskeletal, oncology, vestibular, neurovestibular, and lymphedema diagnoses.  I am also the Clinical Education Coordinator for our facility and generally have 1-2 full-time students in the clinic with me annually.  I also volunteer with the local high school providing sportsmedicine assistance during the varsity football games.  Most recently, I became a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS).


Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy: AT Still University, Masters of Physical Therapy: Chapman University, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: California State Univerity of Hayward

Teaching Interests

Vestibular rehabilitation, concussion, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, clinical reasoning, and clinical teaching to assist bridging the gap between the classroom and clinic.


Enhancements to Comprehensive Practical Examinations to Optimize Critical Self-Reflection and Independent Clinical Practice.   SL Gorman, PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP; BR Kennedy, PT, DPT; RT Lazaro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS.  Teaching with Technology Grant, 2016.

Lazaro RT, Gorman SL, Rivera M, Kennedy B, Fairchild J.  Samuel Merritt University. Development and validation of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. Published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 2010.

Kennedy B, Ryujin K, Beekman C. Clients with Spinal Cord Injury. In: Umphred DA, Lazaro, RT. Neurorehabilitation for the Physical Therapist Assistant.  2nd ed. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated; 2014:251-296.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Physical Therapy Association, Neurologic Section

Community Service

Benicia High School

Honors & Awards

Improving Teaching with Technology Grant, 2016.   Enhancements to Comprehensive Practical Examinations to Optimize Critical Self-Reflection and Independent Clinical Practice:

Improving Teaching with Technology Grant, 2013. Using Videotaped Assessments Uploaded to Canvas to Optimize Learning Opportunities During Practical Examinations:,