Briona Daugherty’s (MS-SLP ’22) speech-language pathology (SLP) path began on board a cruise ship. Daugherty graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in theatrical performance. She studied opera and musical theater, originally wanting to be a touring singer for Broadway-style shows. After spending time as a professional singer in Las Vegas and New York City, she began a career performing on cruise ships, including five years in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. The longer she worked on cruise ships, the more she aided other vocalists in adjusting to life onboard. This included helping entertainment employees maintain their voices for more than two hours a night in a 2,000-seat theater. After witnessing Read more
As a member of the University’s academic leadership team, the Senior Academic Program Director provides direction and management to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs on multiple campuses in collaboration with the Associate Dean. This core faculty member is responsible for delivering quality curriculum to meet program goals and ensuring educational effectiveness and consistency to meet institutional expectations.
The Senior Program Director works closely with the Associate Dean, Product Manager, Program Directors and faculty on revisions of program policies, admissions, academic progress and graduation competencies. The director is accountable for implementing the strategic plan initiatives concerning the DPT programs within their specified area and serves as an important conduit connecting the program with other University departments.
Based at the St. Augustine, FL campus and leading both Florida DPT programs, Elizabeth “Beth” Ennis, PT, EdD, PCS joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2022
Dr. Ennis is board-certified in pediatric physical therapy, with expertise in pediatrics, assistive technology and adaptive equipment. She previously served as a faculty member for 20 years at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, most recently as Chair and Program Director for the DPT program. Dr. Ennis has worked in acute care, rehabilitation and home health settings, and she currently owns a private practice with an emphasis on early intervention, aquatics and engagement in community activities.
She has presented regionally and nationally on aquatics, technology and pediatrics and has published multiple articles and book chapters related to pediatric physical therapy.
As the immediate past president of the American Physical Therapy Association-Kentucky (APTA-KY), she also served as chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents from 2019-2020, leading the chapter presidents during the onset of the pandemic.
Dr. Ennis has served as a delegate to the APTA House, a member of the legislative committee for APTA-KY and the chair of the Payment Policy committee for APTA-KY. She is active in multiple APTA academies including Aquatics, Education, Pediatrics, Neurology, and Leadership and Innovation.