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Faculty

FACULTY

Jim Farris, PT, PhD

Physical Therapy Chair and Associate Professor

Farris is the Department Chair and Associate Professor. Jim's Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, 1987 and Master’s degree in Exercise Science, 1989 were received from California State University, Fresno; Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, 1999 at Arkansas State University. His doctoral degree was conferred by The Ohio State University 1995 where his studies focused on nutrition and the physiology of exercise.  Dr. Farris joined the ATSU faculty in 2009 and is now in his 17th year of physical therapy teaching.  His research interests are in cardiovascular disease prevention and human performance.  His current scholarship efforts are aimed at childhood obesity and prevention of the related cardiovascular disease risk factors, submaximal aerobic fitness testing in children, and chronic ankle instability.  He also has interests in nutrition and has written a chapter on “meal timing” in a sport nutrition book and maintains an online nutrition continuing education course for physical therapists.  He is very glad to be back in the West where outdoor activity and sunshine is abundant.  His teaching areas in the curriculum are therapeutic exercise, cardiopulmonary, physiology, research, and prevention and wellness.

 

Tammy Roehling, PT, DPT

Director and Assistant Professor

Dr. Roehling received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Arizona, her Master of Physical Therapy from Emory University, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU. She has worked in a variety of settings with a focus on wound management and women’s health, and currently owns a private practice specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction. Dr. Roehling has taught wound care for a national CEU company and has co-authored a chapter in Abernathy's Medical Secrets: Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Secrets.

Joy Levine, PT, DPT, MS, CHES

Assistant Professor

Dr. Levine received her Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy, a Master's degree in Health Education, her Master in Physical Therapy from Texas Women's University, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University. She has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, including practicing as a physical therapist for more than 16 years in various healthcare settings, focusing in clinical areas related to neurological rehabilitation, wound care, cardiopulmonary and geriatrics. Additionally, she has management experience in rehab organizations and a certificate in fundamentals of human resource management from the Society for Human Resource Management, and is a certified health education specialist.

Wayne Smith, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC ret, CMT, RMSK

Associate Professor

Dr. Smith is a graduate of the physical therapy program from California State University Long Beach and holds an Advanced Masters from Temple University in Sports Medicine. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU. Dr. Smith has over 30 years of experience in physical therapy and is dual certified as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. He is an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy and certified in Manual Therapy from the Institute for Physical Therapy. He is a retired officer of the United States Public Health Service and holds the Outstanding Service Medal for commissioned officers. In addition Dr. Smith was a member of the 1996 Olympic Track and Field Medical Staff and Assistant Trainer for USA Rugby. Dr. Smith is recognized at the national level in the area of radiology and imaging. He is currently the Nominating Chair for the Imaging Special Interest Group of the APTA's Orthopedic Section.

Adjunct Faculty

Heather Allen, PT, DPT

Dr. Allen received her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2001 and she graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU in 2009. Dr. Allen has a varied clinical background with experience in neurological rehabilitation, cardiovascular rehabilitation, and women’s health. Dr. Allen's current focus is teaching in academia.

Jenny Bradley, PT, DPT

Dr. Bradley received her Master and Doctor degrees in Physical Therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She has worked in a variety of settings including school-based pediatrics, out-patient orthopedics and rehabilitation. Currently Dr. Bradley works in sub-acute rehabilitation and long term care. She is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA.

Karen Bustillo, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Bustillo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from SUNY at Buffalo and with a Doctor in Physical Therapy from ATSU. She has been a credentialed Orthopedic Clinical Specialist of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 1990. She has worked as a physical therapist for more than 30 years and owns a private practice focusing on orthopedics, sports, industrial, and vestibular rehabilitation. Dr. Bustillo is the Chief Delegate for the state of Arizona.

Monica Cioffi, PT, DPT, MS

Dr. Cioffi graduated from Indiana University in physical therapy in 1979.  She obtained her Master in Rehabilitation Administration from DePaul University in 1984 and the Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in 2009.  Dr. Cioffi’s career spans over 30 years including acute care, pediatrics, rehabilitation, management and private practice.  Pediatrics has been her career passion for the past 24 years and she has been involved with teaching and research in this area.  Currently she is working in private adult orthopedic and pediatric practice and is enrolled in a manual therapy fellowship program through Manual Therapy Institute at Rosalind Franklin University.

Marie Cooper, PT, DPT

Dr. Cooper completed her Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy at McMaster University in Ontario in 1986 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU in 2008. Her work experience is primarily in pediatrics in various settings including acute neonatal care, rehabilitation, and early intervention.

Maria Cristy Daab, PT, DPT

Dr. Daab received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1997, Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2000, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU. Dr. Daab has been a physical therapist for over 10 years and has worked in school based, acute care, outpatient, and home healthcare settings.

 

Amie Marie Flores, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

Dr. Flores graduated from Universidad de Sta. Isabel, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU. She is a Geriatric Certified Specialist, APTA Certified Clinical Instructor and Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA). Dr. Flores was a full-time faculty member for the College of PT in the Philippines before she moved to the US in 2008. As a clinician, she has worked with the older adults in a variety of settings including inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, home health and outpatient. She is involved in the Geriatric Specialization and Advanced Proficiency Geriatrics for PTA, a subcommittee of the APTA Section on Geriatrics Practice Committee. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Physical Therapy.

Lisa Harrell, PT, DPT, MAEd

Dr. Harrell graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1991. Dr. Harrell completed the Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2005 from ATSU and a Master of Science in Adult Education from East Carolina University in 2006. Dr. Harrell has worked in home health, pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient, and acute physical therapy. She has been a physical therapist assistant Instructor and an Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for a PTA program. Dr. Harrell is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA. Currently Dr. Harrell’s time is devoted to teaching. She has recently written a book on adult learners in the online environment and it has been accepted for publication.

Jennifer Harris , M.Ed.

Ms. Harris earned her Associate in Arts degree from Mesa Community College, a Bachelors in Science in Psychology from Arizona State University and her Master of Education - Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Ed. from Northern Arizona University. She has worked for 10 years at various academic institutions in a variety of student service and management roles. Ms. Harris assists new and current tDPT students and faculty and specializes in adult and distance education.

Beth Heick, PT, CWS

Ms. Heick graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  She earned the Certified Wound Specialist designation through the American Academy of Wound Management.  Ms. Heick gained her extensive experience in chronic wound management working full-time in an outpatient wound center, and in inpatient settings as well.  She taught wound management seminars both at the university level and nationwide in professional continuing education courses for therapists, physicians, and nurses. 

Elaine JohnsonSiekmann, PT, DPT, CEEAA

Dr. JohnsonSiekmann graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with Bachelors in Science-Teaching and then from the physical therapy program at the University of Iowa.  She obtained her DPT from ATSU.  She has over 30 years of experience as a practicing physical therapist in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Her main area of interest is neurological and vestibular rehabilitation.  She passed the Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course in 2004.  She is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA and is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA).  She currently works in an outpatient PT department of a major medical facility in Phoenix Arizona.

Alison Klossner, PT, DPT

Dr. Klossner graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1995 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU in 2010. Dr. Klossner's clinical focus has been in outpatient orthopedics. She is also a certified Pilate’s instructor and uses Pilates in her rehabilitation programs. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Klossner writes for CINAHL Rehabilitation Reference Center, and is an occasional contributor to LiveSTRONG.com.

Devayani Kurlekar, PT, DPT

Dr. Kurlekar graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in 2000. She received her Master in Physical Therapy with a graduate certificate in gerontology from Florida International University in 2002 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU in 2010. Dr. Kurlekar has primarily practiced in the acute care settings with a focus on cardiac and pulmonary care and ICU rehabilitation in both India and the United States. She is also a certified clinical instructor by the Texas Consortium for Physical Therapy Clinical Education.

Michael Labranche, PhD, MS

Dr. Labranche received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of New Orleans. He earned his Doctorate in Biometry with a concentration in Genetics from the Louisiana State University Medical Center. He has more than 25 years of experience in teaching mathematics, biostatistics, and research methodology. Dr. Labranche's interest is in improving pedagogical techniques for mathematics and statistics instruction.

Renee Mazurek, PT, DPT

Dr. Mazurek graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration. Dr. Mazurek completed her Master in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1996 and her Doctor in Physical Therapy in 2006 from ATSU. Dr. Mazurek’s clinical practice for the past 10 years has been in private practice at a small PT-owned clinic treating mostly orthopedic problems. Her specialty areas include women’s health and sports medicine. Her other roles in the clinic include Marketing Specialist and CCCE. Her recent area of interest is the incorporation of yoga therapy into her practice.

Betty McNeff, PT, DPT, PCS

Dr. McNeff graduated with a Bachelor in Communications from Virginia Tech, a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University, a Master in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, Florida, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU. Dr. McNeff became a Pediatric Certified Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2009. She is the founder of T.E.A.M. Kids, P.C., a pediatric therapy agency in Gilbert, Arizona which staffs a group of physical, speech/language, occupational, and music therapists providing therapy services in patients’ homes and in the community. Her special interests are in the area of Early Intervention and Sports Rehabilitation but she enjoys working with individuals of all disabilities across the lifespan. Dr. McNeff currently works for a specialty children's hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Janet Mutschler, PT, DPT, MHS,  PCS

Dr. Mutschler earned a Bachelor in Education - Biology from Shippensburg University in 1984, a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1994, her Master of Health Sciences in Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis in 1998, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy at University of Indianapolis in 2010. Dr. Mutschler became a Pediatric Certified Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2000. Her clinical practice has focused on pediatric and adult rehabilitation fields with experience in outpatient neurologic and orthopedic rehab, school-based practice, early intervention services, and aquatic physical therapy. Dr. Mutschler is an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education for the professional-level DPT program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is a Trainer for the APTA Clinical Instructors Education and Credentialing Program. She is involved in research and grant activities focusing on community health, patient/client education, and pediatrics.

 

Roberta A. Newton, PT, PhD, FGSA, FAPTA

Dr. Newton received a PhD in Neurophysiology from the Medical College of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the same institution. She has taught in the Department of Physical Therapy at both the Medical College of Virginia (1973-1989) and Temple University (1989-2011, Professor Emeritus). Dr. Newton has served in many leadership capacities in the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as its Section on Neurology. She was the first chair of the Neurologic Specialty Council. Her research is directed towards balance control and predictors of falls and fear of falling in older adults from diverse cultural backgrounds, and development of effective fall reduction programs. She developed and validated the Multi-Directional Reach Test (MDRT) as a measure of balance stability in community dwelling older adults and older adults who are known fallers. She is an internationally recognized expert in the area of falls and fall prevention programming for older adults as evidenced by her publication, presentation and funding record. Dr. Newton is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, a Fellow of the Gerontologic  Society of America, and a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. She serves on the National Council on the Aging Falls Free Coalition.

Dana Palmer, PT, DPT

Dr. Palmer received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Manitoba and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at ATSU. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings in Canada, Micronesia & the United States. She spent 5 years in the Northern Mariana Islands practicing primarily in wound care where she developed the island’s first multidisciplinary diabetic foot and wound care clinic. Dr. Palmer has experience teaching wound care for CEU/CME courses as well as for nursing programs at the college and university level.

Adrienne Parry, PT, DPT

Dr. Parry received her Master of Physical Therapy from University of Southern California in 1989 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU in 2009. Dr. Parry has worked in a hospital, a rehab center, a school system, and for the past 16 years as a director and owner of an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic. Her areas of expertise include orthopedics, spine, and TMJ.

Nilma Santiago, PT, DPT, WCC, CLT

Dr. Santiago graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences campus in 2005. Her thesis, “Effect of mat Pilates on spinal flexor and extensor endurance and static posture” was presented at the 2007 World Confederation of Physical Therapy in Vancouver, Canada. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from ATSU in 2010. In addition, she contributed to a clinical study about the feasibility of an exercise program for breast cancer survivors as a research assistant. Her clinical experience has been in the rehabilitation, fitness and wellness settings with the geriatric population working as a Pilates instructor. She is currently the supervisor of the PT department in a skilled nursing facility. Dr. Santiago is both wound care certified and a certified lymphedema therapist.

Stefany Shaibi, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT

Dr. Shaibi received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Exercise Science from Arizona State University in 2000, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Southern California in 2003. Dr. Shaibi became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2005. In addition she became certified in the Medical Diagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Disorders from the McKenzie Institute in 2005.She currently practices in outpatient orthopedics and home health.

 

Wendy Williams, PT, DPT

Dr. Williams received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts in 1992, her Master of Physical Therapy from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 1998, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from ATSU in 2008. Dr. Williams has worked in multiple settings over the years, including acute care, subacute and acute rehab settings, wound care, and outpatient pediatrics and neurology. She currently works for an orthopedic specialty hospital as a physical therapy coordinator. Dr. Williams past research projects include therapy following deformity surgery for patients with scoliosis, mobility after diagnosis with acute DVT, orthostatic hypotension during therapy on the day of surgery, and femoral nerve blocks for total knee replacement surgery.