Meet Our

Faculty

Our network of faculty spans the country, from Florida to Texas to California—and beyond. USAHS boasts the country’s largest teams of OT and PT faculty-practitioners, who draw from their diverse expertise to develop our blended learning components—the online coursework and real-world lab activities. Our faculty members have vast experience as clinicians and researchers, and they share a passion for educating and mentoring the next generation of practitioners.

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Jacqueline Achon, OTD, MS, OTR/L, CSRS, CFPS

Dr. Jacqueline Achon has more than five years as an occupational therapy practitioner. She has worked in adult and geriatric settings primarily in inpatient acute rehab. She has worked in

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Rachelle Agatha, CPA, EdD, MBA

Dr. Rachelle Agatha currently teaches finance courses in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program where she developed the Finance and Economics and Revenue Cycle Management courses. Rachelle has a

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Vibhor Agrawal, ATP, PhD

Dr. Agrawal received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami. Prior to joining USAHS, he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Miami with a

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Sunddip Aguilar, EdD

Dr. Sunddip Aguilar is the Program Director for the Doctorate of Education program in the College of Health Sciences. Prior to working at the University of St. Augustine for Health

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Iman Akef Khowailed, PT, MPT, MPH, DSc

Dr. Iman Akef Khowailed became an assistant professor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the university in 2017. Prior to joining the university, she was a faculty

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Mansoor Alameri, PT, MPT, PhD

Mansoor Alameri, PT, MPT, PhD is an assistant professor and academic coordinator of clinical education (ACCE) in the Flex Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the Austin, TX campus. In

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Halah Alateeq, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Alateeq is an assistant professor at the College of Rehabilitative Sciences, Austin campus. She obtained her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and her

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Faris Alshammari, PT, MPT, PhD, PT-NCS

Dr. Alshammari is an Assistant Professor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He finished his entry-level degree in physical therapy

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Kefah Alshebber, PT, MS, PhD

Kefah Alshebber, PT, MS, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the University of St. Augustine for Health Science’s Austin campus Flex Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Dr. Alshebber completed her

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Rocio Alvarenga, EdD, OTR

Dr. Rocio Alvarenga is an occupational therapist and educator focused on student-centered and patient-centered approaches to promote overall well-being. She is a native Texan and has practiced in pediatric and

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Hazel Anderson, PT, DPT

Dr. Hazel Anderson became a full-time instructor at the University of St. Augustine, Austin, Texas, in 2017. Prior to this, she worked as adjunct faculty in gross anatomy, applied anatomy

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Brent Anderson, PT, PhD

Dr. Brent Anderson, a licensed Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Certified Specialist for more than 25 years, received his doctorate degree from the University of Miami in 2005 in physical therapy.

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Catherine Andrea, PT, MPT, EdD

Dr. Catherine Andrea is a full-time instructor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.  She teaches a variety of classes throughout the curriculum including Pediatric and Neuromuscular courses.

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Karen Aranha, PhD, OT

Dr. Aranha has been an occupational therapist for the past 26 years. She has 22 years of clinical experience in rehabilitation, and 5 years of teaching experience. She has a

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Monna Arvinen-Barrow, PhD, CPsychol AFBPsS, UPV Sert.

Dr. Monna Arvinen-Barrow joined the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA as an Assistant Professor in 2012. Originally from Finland, she earned her educational qualifications in the United Kingdom, where she also

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Mohammed Ata, PT, DPT, PhD, C/NDT

Dr. Ata is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine Campus. Prior to joining the university,

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Darryn Atkinson, PT, PhD

Dr. Atkinson is a physical therapist, researcher, and educator focused on improving the lives of individuals with neurological injuries and their families. He began his career in 2005 as a

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Monique Aylor, MS, CCC-SLP

Monique Aylor earned her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012 from Chapman University. She joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2022 as

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Karen Bakuzonis, PhD, MS, RHIA, CPHI

Dr. Karen Bakuzonis has an undergraduate degree in Health Information Management from Daemen College, a master’s degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University and a

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Bindu Balakrishnan, MSc, PhD

Dr. Bindu Balakrishnan graduated with a Master of Science in Medical Physiology from Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India and a Doctor of Philosophy in Neurophysiology from the National Institute

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Elizabeth Barnes, OTR/L

Elizabeth (Liz) Barnes graduated from the University of Southern California occupational therapy program and since then has been practicing within several different settings. Barnes started in school-based private practice, with

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Pamela Bayliss, PT, DPT

Dr. Pamela Bayliss joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences St. Augustine, FL Flex Doctor of Physical Therapy program as an Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in 2016.

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Claribell Bayona, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Claribell Bayona received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Stony Brook University in 1995 and her Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in

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Bradley (Brad) Beauvais, PhD, MBA, FACHE

Dr. Brad Beauvais is an educator and consultant in the field of health care management with a primary focus on quality improvement via innovative financing strategies and executive leadership development.

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Norman Belleza, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Norman Belleza, PT, DPT received his B.S. in Life Sciences and Masters in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. He went on to complete his

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Christina Bertran, OTD, MSOT, OT/L

Dr. Christina Bertran has been practicing occupational therapy since 2015. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Science in

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William (Allan) Besselink, PT, DPT, PhD, Dip. MDT

Allan Besselink, PT, DPT, Dip. MDT, is a physical therapist and assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in

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Edward (Ed) Bezkor, DPT

Dr. Ed Bezkor became assistant professor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the university in 2017. Prior to joining the university he was a faculty member in

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Fabian Bizama, PT, MPT, PhD

Fabian Bizama, PT, MPT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Flex DPT program on Austin, TX campus. He teaches Pediatric Physical Therapy, Administration and Management, Biophysical Agents, and Patient

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Elise Bjork, PT, DPT, SCS

Dr. Elise Bjork (she/her) received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011. She then completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s

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Angela Labrie Blackwell, PhD, OTR

Dr. Blackwell is passionate about occupational therapy. She splits her time between researching innovative practices, teaching graduate occupational therapy students, and providing service in community pediatric settings. Her service focuses

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Tatiana Godoy Bobbio, PT, BSPT, MSc, PhD

Dr. Bobbio has practiced as a PT for almost 20 years. Her clinical experience is in diverse practice settings, including early intervention (EI), pediatric inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and neonatal

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Yvonne Body, PT, DHSc

Yvonne Body is an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine’s, San Marcos campus. She initially worked in different clinical settings and gravitated toward outpatient orthopedics where she has

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Jeffrey (Jeff) Bolles, PhD, MBA, MA, MCHES

Dr. Jeff Bolles has more than 20 years of teaching experience in higher education, having been on the faculty of several schools ranging from private to public institutions. Dr. Bolles

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C. Alex Bonhomme, PT, DPT, DSc

Dr. Alex Bonhomme is a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. He is a clinician, educator and researcher specializing in orthopedic manual therapy to improve pain and enhance function in

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Aaron Bonsall, PhD, OTR/L

Dr. Aaron Bonsall joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as an Associate Professor in 2021. Dr. Bonsall earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Temple

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Nicole Booher, MOT, OTR

Nicole Booher joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021. Nicole Booher earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of New Mexico. While

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Laura Bostock, MOT, OTR/L

Laura Bostock began her career as an occupational therapist in 2017, after graduating from the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

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Lakeisa (Keisa) Boykin, DHSC, MBA/HCM, OT/L

Dr. Keisa Boykin joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Occupational Therapy department in August 2017. Prior to joining the university, she worked as an occupational therapist in

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Jonathan Bray, PT, DPT, MS

Dr. Jonathan Bray became an instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2018. Prior to joining the university, he

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Sean Brim, PhDs, OTD, MOT, OTR/L

Dr. Sean Brim has a wide variety of experience as a practitioner in early intervention, pediatrics, acute care, home health and orthopedics. Most of his clinical practice has been focused

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Kaelee Brockway, PT, DPT

Kaelee Brockway has eight years of practice experience across 13 different clinical and non‐clinical practice settings. Most of her experiences are in post-acute rehabilitation focusing on organ transplant rehabilitation and

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Kim Broussard, PhD, OTD, OTR

Dr. Broussard is an occupational therapist, researcher and educator focused on improving the lives of older adults.

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Nichel Brunder, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CLT

Dr. Nichel Brunder is an innovative occupational therapist with a passion for education and fostering relationships. She began her career in 2013 in an outpatient hand clinic treating a variety

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Macy Burr, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, CAS

Dr. Macy Burr has a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and a minor in psychology. Prior to starting occupational therapy school, she worked in outpatient rehabilitation and mental health settings.

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Heather Bushnell, PT, DPT, MPT

Dr. Heather Bushnell earned her Master of Physical Therapy and transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) St. Augustine, FL campus.

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Eilish Byrne, PT, DSc

Dr. Eilish Byrne is a physical therapist focused on improving the developmental outcomes of infants in the neonatal and cardiac intensive care units. Upon graduation, Dr. Byrne completed a fellowship

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Tiffany Bystra, MS, OTR/L

Prior to joining University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021 at the Austin campus, Tiffany Bystra was a Staff Occupational Therapist for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Kelli Cabrera, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Dr. Kelli Cabrera earned her Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Bay Path University. After her MOT graduation, she worked at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in

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Meredith Cadra, EdD, ATC, CSCS

Dr. Meredith Cadra is a University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) alum, where she earned her Doctor of Education in 2017 with dissertation research surrounding interprofessional education and

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Christopher Cale, PhD, MEd, MS

Dr. Cale is a recognized marriage family therapist, instructor, consultant, educational leader, mentor, and personal development expert with more than 25 years of experience. His primary focus has been practical,

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Derrick Campbell, PT, DPT, ScD

Dr. Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the University at Buffalo in 1994, a Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, in 2012,

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Ashley Hall Campbell, PT, DPT

Dr. Ashley Hall Campbell joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) in 2021 as an Instructor with the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program on the Austin,

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Helen Carey, PhD, MSc Adv OT, OTR

Dr. Helen Carey joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in March 2020 from the United Kingdom. Dr.Carey qualified as an occupational therapist in 1990 and gained clinical

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Sarah Cartwright, DNP, MSN-PH, BAM, RN-BC, CAPA, FASPAN

Dr. Sarah Cartwright is a registered professional nurse with a career beginning in 1994 and marked with progressive levels of responsibility. Her clinical focus specializes in perianesthesia nursing and informatics nursing,

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Fernando Castillo, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Fernando Castillo earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy with an emphasis on neurological rehabilitation from the University of Central Arkansas. As a

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Lisa Chase, PT, PhD

Dr. Lisa Chase’s undergraduate degree is from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina where she studied Adult Fitness and Sports Medicine. After undergraduate schooling she had the opportunity to work

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Teka Clark, OTD, MOT, OTR/L

Dr. Teka Clark is an experienced occupational therapist from Jacksonville, FL. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, continued to pursue her

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Demetrius Collins, PT, DPT, LAT, ScD

Demetrius R. Collins, PT, DPT, LAT, ScD joined the faculty of University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin in Spring 2019. He is currently an instructor for courses

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Andrew Concors, PT, DPT, MBA

Dr. Andrew Concors is a physical therapist, certified industrial ergonomist and educator focused on preventing, treating and rehabilitating musculoskeletal injuries. He is also devoted to providing healthcare to medically underserved

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Cody Cox, OTD, OTR/L, MEd

Dr. Cody Cox became a core faculty member in the Occupational Therapy program in 2017. She holds clinical experience in the areas of geriatrics, mental health, and student education. She

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Jacqueline (Jackie) Crossen-Sills, PT, PhD

Dr. Jackie Crossen-Sills is the Associate Dean of Physical Therapy and Academic Program Director/Professor of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at the University of St. Augustine, in Saint

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Jennifer Crowder, DSc, OTR

Dr. Crowder joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015 as a contributing faculty member and transitioned to Assistant Professor in the Post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

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Edla da Silva, PT, MSc, PhD

Edla Silva da Silva, PT, MSc, PhD is a results-oriented and multi-faceted, program coordinator in higher education and physical therapy industries. She was coordinator of the Physiotherapy department at University

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Catherine (Cat) Daniel, MOT, OTR/L

Cat Daniel earned a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) from the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) to

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Matthew (Matt) Daugherty, PT, DPT, OTR/L, MOT, DBA

Dr. Matthew Daugherty is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and a former program administrator. He has been a licensed, practicing physical and occupational therapist since 2007.

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Jessica De Brun OTD, MOT, OTR/L

Dr. De Brun is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) San Marcos, CA campus. Dr. De Brun completed her Bachelor

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Rose (Rosie) DeFeo, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS, ATP,

Dr. Rosie DeFeo is an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) on the Miami, FL campus. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health

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Elizabeth DeLuca, OTD, OTR, CAPS

Dr. Elizabeth DeLuca has seven years of clinical experience in adult and geriatric settings, including skilled nursing facilities, home health, veterans affairs and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. Dr. DeLuca joined the

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Kristen (Kristy) Demers, PT, DPT

Dr. Kristy Demers has been a full-time instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program since November 2017. Prior to achieving full-time status, she was contributing faculty in numerous courses and worked

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Brent Denny, DPT

Dr. Brent Denny completed his Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (TUHSC) in 2008 and his manual therapy fellowship from the International Academy of

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Chris Dickerson, PT, DPT

Dr. Chris Dickerson earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Dickerson is currently completing

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Todd Dickman, DPT, PT

Dr. Todd Dickman is a physical therapist with more than 25 years of clinical experience. His background and training have focused on acute care, skilled nursing and outpatient orthopedics. He

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Susan DiDino, OTR/L, MOT

Susan DiDino acquired her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Occupational at Cleveland State University. She was also an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University for two

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Jennie DiGrado, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT

Dr. Jennie DiGrado is an Assistant Professor for the Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine San Marcos Campus. She received her bachelors in Occupational Therapy

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Heather Disney, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Heather Disney is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Physical Therapist specializing in rehabilitation of both orthopaedic injuries and pelvic floor dysfunctions. She has experience working with both an adult and

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Manuel (Tony) Domenech, PT, DPT, EdD

Dr. Manuel (Tony) A. Domenech is the Program Director of and a Professor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program on the Austin, TX campus. He attained a Bachelor

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Kristin Domville, OTD, MOT, OTR/L

Dr. Kristin Domville has been practicing as an occupational therapist for 15 years. She began her clinical career working with pediatric clients in the outpatient and home health setting and

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Joseph Donnelly, PT, DHSc

Dr. Joe Donnelly received his Doctor of Health Science Degree in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and his Master of Science in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the

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Marcio Dos Santos, PT, MSc, PhD

Marcio dos Santos jointed to the USAHS faculty team in Miami as an Associate Professor on August 05 of 2019. He graduated in Physical Therapy and obtained his Master of

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Janice Dunlap DNP, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC, ACNS-BC

Dr. Janice Dunlap is nurse practitioner, academic nursing professor and researcher. She focuses on the holistic care of the adult gerontology population and began her career in 1995 in critical

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Natonya Early, PT, MSPT, PhD

Dr. Early earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Clark Atlanta University. Then she went on to earn a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Florida International University. She later

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Tomas Eberle, PT, DPT

Dr. Eberle brings more than 15 years of clinical and instructional experience to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Past experiences include serving as a faculty member at

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Christopher Ebner, MS, OTR/L

Christopher Ebner has worked as an occupational therapist in the Department of Defense (DoD) over the last 15 years. He served four years on active duty, as an Army officer,

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Leonard Elbaum, PT, EdD

Dr. Elbaum is a faculty member for the residential DPT program in Miami.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, a master’s degree in Music Therapy, and a Doctoral

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Elizabeth (Beth) Ennis, PT, EdD, PCS

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

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Pamela Evans, OTR, MBA, DBA

Pamela Evans has more than 40 years of clinical and management expertise in a variety of multi-disciplinary adult and geriatric physical disability settings. She’s worked in a variety of settings,

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Jennifer Eyer, MOT, OTR

Jennifer Eyer’s professional experience includes working in the outpatient setting focusing on upper extremity rehabilitation and neurological rehabilitation at multiple clinics in San Diego, CA and Dallas, TX. During her

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Jessica Fagan, OTD, OTR/L

Jessica Fagan OTD, OTR/L, graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2013 and Doctor of Occupational Therapy in 2017. She

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Eman Fayed, PhD, MS

Dr. Eman Fayed has worked in education for more than 10 years and joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as contributing faculty in 2020. She became a

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F Scott Feil, PT, DPT, EdD

Dr. F Scott Feil is a physical therapist and educator focused on improving the lives of individuals in the geriatric space. He began his career in 2007 as a traveling

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Katelyn Fell, MOT, OTR/L

Katelyn Fell’s clinical experience includes a variety of settings, working in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health and as a travel therapist. In 2015, she joined the University

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Antonette Fernandez, DrOT, OTR/L, CNDT

Dr. Fernandez has 35 years of both clinical and leadership experience in providing and promoting rehabilitation services throughout the population’s lifespan. Her clinical experience and specialization include and are not

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Germaine Ferreira, PT, DPT, MSPT

Germaine Ferreira joined the university of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as a full-time instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2016.  She was promoted to Assistant professor

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Christine Fiestas, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Christine E. Fiestas is a Core Faculty member in the Speech-Language Pathology program at St. Augustine University for Health Sciences-Austin campus. She joined the program in the spring of

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Laura Finkel, MS, CCC-SLP

Laura Finkel (she/her/hers) is a Clinical Coordinator for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Master of Speech-Language Pathology program on the Austin, TX campus. Her areas of interest

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Maureen Fischer, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Maureen Fischer graduated from East Carolina University with her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy in 1997. She has a variety of clinical experience and started her career at

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Julia Forsberg, MPAS, PA-C

Julia Forsberg is a board-certified physician assistant (PA) and educator focused on patient education and empowerment. She began her career as a PA in orthopedic surgery at Texas Orthopedics in

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Brittani H. Freund, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Brittani H. Freund has two years of experience as an adjunct professor at A.T. Still University’s Masters of Kinesiology Program. Her most recent professional titles are as follows at

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Jocelin Friedman, PT, DPT

Dr. Jocelin Friedman joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as an Instructor in 2021. She completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Drexel University in 2013. Since

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Gretchen Gabbert-Downs, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Gretchen Gabbert-Downs joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as a core faculty member in 2023. She has been a speech-language pathologist for more than 20 years,

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Mohan Ganesan, PT, PhD

Dr. Mohan Ganesan completed his bachelor’s degree, post-professional diploma in rehabilitation, master’s degree in physical therapy and Doctor in Neurophysiology from the National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore,

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Miguel Garcia, PT, DPT, EdD

Dr. Miguel Garcia is an assistant professor and core faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Miami campus. He

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Christian Garcia, PT, DPT

Christian Garcia, PT, DPT joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017 as a contributing faculty on the Miami, FL campus. His main clinical and academic interests

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Jennifer Garner, OTD, MS, OTR

Dr. Jennifer Garner has been an occupational therapist for 25 years. She received her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch–Galveston in December 2020. She

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Steven Gerardi, OTD, PhD, OTR

Dr. Gerardi joined the university in 2017. He previously served as the inaugural Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Brown Mackie College – San Antonio.  Other past

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Angela Gibson, EdD

Dr. Angela M. Gibson serves as Contributing Faculty and Doctoral Advisor in the Doctor of Education program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Dr. Gibson has more

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Sharon Glover, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Sharon Glover has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University and a Post-professional Doctor of

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Pedro Gonzalez-Cabrera, PhD, MS

Dr. Pedro J. Gonzalez-Cabrera obtained a Master of Science in Biology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology from Creighton University. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic

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Michelle Gorenberg, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Michelle Gorenberg joined the faculty at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in August 2017. Dr. Gorenberg has been a practicing occupational therapist for more than 30 years,

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Melissa Green, PT, DPT

Dr. Melissa Green joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as a full-time instructor for the Flex Program in 2018. She is currently teaching in the neuromuscular curriculum.

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Mary Jan Greer, PhD, OTR

Dr. Mary Jan Greer is a core faculty member at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the Dallas, TX campus. She obtained her master’s in Occupational Therapy

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Lisa Griggs-Stapleton, PhD, OTR

Dr. Lisa Griggs-Stapleton joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2019 as a core occupational therapy faculty member and Doctoral Coordinator at the Dallas, TX campus. She

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Vanessa Grijalba, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Vanessa Grijalba (“Dr.G”) has worked with clients across the lifespan and in various settings from acute care to home health. Most of her experience has been with the adult

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Shannon Groff, PhD

Dr. Shannon Groff is a contributing faculty member for the University of St. Augustine Online programs. She currently teaches in the the Post-Professional programs. Prior to joining the USA, Dr.

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Raquel Guarino, MS, CHT, OTR/L

Raquel Guarino is an occupational therapist, certified hand therapist and educator. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences in 2008 and master’s degree in occupational therapy from Quinnipiac

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Zeida Gutierrez, PhD, MHS, OTR/L

Dr. Zeida Gutierrez is an educator, a clinician, a lifelong student, and interested in technology. After graduating with her Bachelor’s in Recreational therapy, she realized she wanted to continue her

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Marcia Hamilton, OTD, MSHS, OTR/L, BCTS

In collaboration with the Associate Dean and faculty, the Program Director assures delivery of the local campus curriculum in a manner that meets program goals, learning outcomes, consistency and institutional

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Cecelia Hammond, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Cecelia Hammond has many years of experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and has been an American Nurses Credentialing Center certified FNP since 2008. Her FNP background includes

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Dwight Hampton, MBA, MS, BSN, RN-BC

Dwight Hampton is president and chief executive officer of Hampton Executive Consulting, LLC. He works across multiple healthcare segments to help organizations achieve their clinical, operational and financial objectives, as

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Marianne Hanover, PT, DPT

Dr. Marianne Hanover obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from San Diego State University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. Dr. Hanover

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Nancy Hellman, DPT, EdD

Dr. Nancy Hellman earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College in 1990. In 2005 she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Boston University.

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Janis Henricksen, PT, DPT, ScD

Dr. Janis Henricksen has been a licensed, practicing physical therapist since graduating from Texas Woman’s University with her Master of Science in 2001. She began her career at Methodist Dallas

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Johnanna Hernandez, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Dr. Hernandez has many years of experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and academician. She has developed graduate nursing curricula and taught online advanced nursing courses for many years.

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Claudia Herrera, DPT

Dr. Claudia Herrera joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021. She is a graduate of ABC Medical Center, Mexico City, where she received her Bachelor of

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Amy Herrington, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE

Dr. Amy Herrington has 30 years experience as a registered nurse. Her passion is patient safety and improving patient outcomes utilizing evidence-based solutions. This passion drove her practice as an

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Eric Hicks, PhD, MS, OTR

Dr. Eric Hicks joined the occupational therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the Austin, TX campus in 2021, where he is an Assistant Professor

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Melanie Hill, PT, DPT

Dr. Melanie Hill is a full-time instructor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She began as contributing faculty in 2016 and

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Nickole Hines-Staples, MA, CCC-SLP, BIES

Dr. Nickole Hines-Staples is an Instructor and the Director of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Clinical Education for the University’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) Program on the Austin, TX

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Lee Ann Hoffman, OTD, ATP, SMS

Dr. Lee Ann Hoffman is an occupational therapist with more than 20 years of experience, having worked internationally and in a variety of healthcare settings and systems throughout her career.

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Whitney Hohman, OTD, MSOT, OTR/L

Dr. Whitney Hohman has worked as occupational therapist in a variety of adult and pediatric settings, but her primary focus has been on acute care, intensive care practice and primary

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Timothy Holley, DHSc, MSOT, OTR/L, CBFC

Dr. Timothy Holley is an occupational therapist (OT), health scientist and educator who is dedicated to helping individuals reach their optimal functioning level in society. Dr. Holley began his career

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Karina Ingegneri, DPT, ATC/L

Dr. Karina Ingegneri graduated from Barry University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. She obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine

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Christopher Ingstad, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, ATC, FAAOMPT

Dr. Ingstad graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with emphasis on Athletic Training. He is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) through

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Ashleigh Ish, MOTR/L

Ashleigh Ish has clinical experience in pediatrics, specifically in school-based therapy and early intervention. Prior to joining the University, she was the lead therapist and director for school-based therapy. Ish

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Christopher J. Ivey, PT, MPT, MS, EdD

Christopher Ivey received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University. He completed his physical therapy education at Western University

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Hatem Jaber, PT, MPT, DSc

Dr. Hatem Jaber is an Assistant Professor in the Flex DPT program at the University of St. Augustine. Prior to joining the university, he was an instructor at Loma Linda

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Deborah Jackson, PT, PhD, OCS, CMP, ATC

Dr. Jackson earned a B.S. in Physical Education and Athletic Training in 1980, from Lock Haven State University. She completed a M.Ed. in Sport Medicine from the University of Virginia

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Rebeka Jarrar, MA, MOT, OTR/L

Rebekah Jarrar is an occupational therapist and educator focused on improving the lives of children and adolescents with and at risk for mental illness and their families. She began her

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Amie Marie Jasper, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Jasper graduated from Universidad de Sta. Isabel, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy from AT Still University (ATSU). She

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Lisa Jenkins, PT, MPT, BBA

Dr. Lisa Jenkins is a licensed physical therapist in the state of Florida. She has held previous certifications as a Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and in Healthcare Compliance (CHC). She

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Maureen Johnson, PhD, MS, OT/L, BCPR, C/NDT, CHSE-A

Dr. Maureen Johnson, PhD, MS, OT/L, BCPR, C/NDT, received her bachelors and post professional Master’s in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University and her PhD in Education with a

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Lindsey Johnston, PT, DPT

Lindsey Johnston, PT, DPT, teaches courses in patient/client care management and physical therapy for the integumentary and lymphatic system. Prior to joining the university, she practiced full time in an

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Ellen Jones, PhD

Dr. Ellen Jones obtained her Doctor of Clinical Health Sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has experience in school health education, community health, state public health administration,

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Edward J. Kane, PT, PhD

Dr. Edward J. Kane is a Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer and licensed Electromyographer. Dr. Kane obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Zoology), a Master

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Pamela Kasyan-Howe, OTD, OTR/L, EdS

Pamela Ann Kasyan-Howe, OTD, OTR/L, EdS, received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida in 1993, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University

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Rachel Keith, PT, DPT

Dr. Rachel Keith graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training in 2005. She went on to complete her

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Mark Kelso, PhD, LLM

Dr. Mark Kelso became a contributing faculty member at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) in 2018. Before joining USAHS he taught undergraduate, graduate and doctoral classes

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David J. Kempfert, DPT, OTR

Dr. David J. Kempfert has become a comprehensive clinical therapist with content expertise in orthopaedic, sports and manual rehabilitation. His diversity includes being a licensed physical therapist, occupational therapist and

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Amy Kennedy, MS, OTD, OTR/L

Amy Kennedy, MS, OTD, OTR/L is a Doctoral Coordinator and Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) on the San Marcos, CA campus, where she

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Marcia (Marti) Kessack, PhD, RN, HCM, PPA

Dr. Marti Kessack started in the healthcare field in 1986 as an emergency department charge nurse and has been an educator since 2003. She has taught an exhaustive list of

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Mohamed Khallaf, PT, DPT, MS, PhD

Mohamed Khallaf, PT, DPT, MS, PhD is Associate Professor in the University of St. Augustine’s Austin Campus DPT-flex program. Dr. Khallaf earned his MS and PhD Degrees in Physical Therapy

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Sabina Khan, PhD, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Dr. Khan is an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Miami Campus. Her specializations include women’s and pelvic health, neuro-rehab, geriatrics and behavioral health. Dr.

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Lesley Khan-Farooqi, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Khan-Farooqi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with high honors in 2010. She completed internships at the internationally recognized Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital in Downey, California,

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Charles (Chuck) Kimmel, MA, LAT, ATC

Chuck Kimmel brings more than 35 years of leadership and clinical experience to the online classroom, including his service as National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) president, secretary/treasurer, district director, and

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Dana Kolbfleisch, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Dana Kolbfleisch earned her Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in psychology and entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy from the University

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Lindsay Kozicz, MHS, PA-C

Lindsay Kozicz, MHS, PA-C is an early clinical trials/phase 1 advanced practice provider at the Livestrong Cancer Institutes. She is a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in oncology. Since graduating

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Neeraj Kumar, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Neeraj Kumar is an Associate Professor in the College of Rehabilitative Sciences at the University of St. Augustine, Dallas Campus. He has a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy (1996) from

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Lori Kupczynski, EdD

Lori Kupczynski, EdD, serves as a faculty member in the areas of research methodology and educational leadership. Prior to this position, she has served over 20 years in higher education

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Elizabeth (Beth) Lambert, MOT, OTR

Beth Lambert attended undergraduate studies at San Jose State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She then obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy at Washington University

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Nicholas LaRosa, PT, DPT, EdD

Dr. Nicholas LaRosa is a physical therapist, educator and researcher focused on enhancing student learning and reasoning in physical therapy professional education. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from

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Kersten Laughlin, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Laughlin is an occupational therapist who has a passion and interest in working in geriatrics, behavioral and mental health. Her passion for working with these populations stems from the

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John Layne, PT, DPT, MTC

Dr. Layne became a full-time instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2016. He currently is involved in teaching anatomy, biomechanics, and modalities at the St. Augustine, FL

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Joseph Leech, PT, DPT, DSc

Dr. Joseph Leech earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007. He subsequently earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree

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Blanche Leeman, EdD, OT/L, CHT

Dr. Blanche Leeman joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as an Associate Professor in the Flex Occupational Therapy (OT) program in 2023. Prior, Dr. Leeman was a

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James Lewis, PT, MS, ScD

Dr. James Lewis is a licensed physical therapist and an educator. He has more than 20 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic treatments and has mentored and taught physical therapists

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David Liguori, DNP, NP-C, ACHPN

Dr. David Liguori joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021 as a full-time Assistant Professor. His previous higher education experience includes core graduate faculty at Ramapo

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Kristian Llaca, EdD, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, CSRS, BCTS, CHSE

Kristian Llaca has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for 5 years working in different healthcare setting ranging from acute care, home health, inpatient rehab, and private practice. He graduated from

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Ashlee Loewen, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Dr. Ashlee Loewen has been an American Association of Nurse Practitioners board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) since 2011, and she has served a variety of clinical and academic organizations. Her

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Arlenys Loffredo, MS, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Arlenys Loffredo joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021 as a contributing faculty member and became a full-time instructor in May 2022 on the Miami,

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Shannon Logan, PT, DPT

Shannon Logan, originally from Akron, Ohio, graduated from Marietta College with her BS in Sports Medicine. Upon graduation, she went to Graduate School at University of Illinois. While at Illinois,

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