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Chair Biography

Jim Farris, PT, PhD

Dr. Farris is the Department Chair and Associate Professor. His 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 exercise physiology and nutrition. Dr. Farris joined the ATSU faculty in 2009 and is now in his 19th 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 the screening/management of DVTs/VTEs. He also has interests in nutrition for optimal health and performance and he has written a chapter on “meal timing” in a sport nutrition book. His home is in the West where outdoor activity and sunshine is abundant. He currently teaches special topics within courses in the DPT program (cardiopulmonary, physiology, pharmacology, research, and prevention and wellness) and assists in lab classes for physical agents.

Core Faculty Biographies

Lori Moist Bordenave, PT, DPT, MEd

Dr. Bordenave is the Director of Progression and Retention and an Associate Professor in physical therapy. Lori has over 20 years of experience in physical therapy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from St. Louis University, a Master’s in education from Arizona State University, and her DPT from ATSU. Her teaching responsibilities include the areas of critical inquiry, professionalism, and education. Research interests include evaluating admissions criteria for physical therapy programs, clinical education, and professional development. She is a credentialed trainer for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Clinical Instructor Certification program. She joined the Physical Therapy faculty in 1996.

Deanne Fay, PT, DPT, MS, PCS

Dr. Fay is the Director of Curriculum and an Associate Professor of physical therapy. Deanne is also a board certified pediatric clinical specialist of the American Physical Therapy Association. Deanne has over 20 years of experience primarily in neurological and pediatric settings. She received her professional education from Marquette University and a Master's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in motor development from the University of Wisconsin. She has her pediatric NDT certification as well as training in PNF. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Fay's teaching areas are human development, pediatrics, and evidence-based practice. Her research interests include assessment in pediatrics, effectiveness of community based pediatric programs, and the development of evidence-based practitioners. She is also involved with sports for the physically disabled, serving as a track and field National Classifier for local events through Arizona Disabled Sports and national events through the United States Paralympic Committee. In 2012, Dr. Fay was awarded Physical Therapist of the Year by the Arizona Physical Therapy Association. She joined the Physical Therapy faculty in 1995.

John Heick, PT, DPT, OCS, NCS

Dr. John Heick is an Associate Professor in physical therapy and is board certified in both orthopaedics and neurology. Dr. Heick is a second year PhD student at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a focus in Orthopaedics and Sports Science. John received his clinical Dctorate and Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University. Prior to his physical therapy education, Dr. Heick was a medic in the Air Force for 12 years providing medical care for patients in a primary care clinic and during aero-medical evacation in various aircraft. John has practiced for 10 years in various settings to include: emergency department, sports, orthopaedics, neurologic, wound care, aquatics, inpatient rehabilitation, acute care and in a balance center. Currently, John works in the clinic on a part-time basis where he treats patients with orthopaedic and sports injuries. In 2010, John received national recognition from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Emerging Leaader. John is active and engaged in his profession association currently serving as Chief Delegate representing all physical therapists for the state of Arizona.

Cheri Hodges, PT, DPT, MAppSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Cheri is the program director of the Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program and is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the Arizona School of Health Sciences for the Residential Program. Cheri received her entry level Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University and continued on to the University fo South Australia for her masters. From there she received her doctorate at A.T. Still University. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in orthopedic physical therapt and has been teaching in the entry-level program at A.T. Still University since 2008. Cheri's research interests are in the lumbo-pelvic region.


John Imundi, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS

Dr. Imundi joined the Physical Therapy department in 2014 as an assistant professor. He has over 12 years of experience in various practice settings with a focus on inpatient and outpatient orthopedic and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University, A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Touro College, a Master of Sciences in Physical Therapy from Touro College and completed his transitional DPT from A.T. Still University in 2009. He has also received additional training in leadership and development. His primary teaching areas include cardiopulmonary conditions, prevention and wellness, professional leadership, and management of the practice settings. Dr. Imundi's research interests include promotion of health and wellness and prevention of disease.

Dana Kernan, PT, DPT, ATC, MTC, OCS

Dr. Kernan is one of the Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education. Dana graduated from ATSU with her DPT in 2003. She received her BS in Biology from Santa Clara University. She then worked at SCU as a certified athletic training in the collegiate program for six years working mainly with volleyball and baseball teams. She has been a certified ATC since 1994. After receiving her DPT, she worked in outpatient orthopedics, later sitting for her Manual Therapy Certification through St. Augustine University. She has had her MTC since 2006. She has also worked in the area of rehab in skilled nursing for the last seven years and continues to work in the area of rehab and orthopedics on a per diem bases. She enjoyed working in the development as students as a clinical instructor since 2004. Dana joined the faculty in 2012.


Amisha Klawonn, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Klawonn is an Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy and a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University and completed the Kaiser Hayward Physical Therapy Fellowship in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Amisha has over 13 years of physical therapy experience in orthopedics and currently incorporates spinal rehabilitation and Pilates into her clinical practice at Oneness Physical Therapy and Pilates. Her clinical practice focuses on chronic spinal pain and prenatal/postpartum rehabilitation. Her primary teaching areas are in the musculoskeletal curriculum, specifically musculoskeletal conditions and manual therapy, and as faculty within the A.T. Still Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. She joined the faculty at A.T. Still University in 2008.


Jim Lynskey, PT, PhD

Dr. Lynskey is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. Jim received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University. In addition to his faculty appointment, Dr. Lynskey holds the position of Assistant Research Scientist in the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems at Arizona State University. He has over 17 years of clinical experience with expertise is in the areas of acute and sub-acute neurorehabilitation. His academic and research interests focus on promoting and understanding recovery and neuroplasticity after traumatic injuries in the central nervous system. To date, Dr. Lynskey's work has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international conferences. He joined the Physical Therapy Faculty in 2005.

Tara L McIsaac, PT, PhD

Dr. McIsaac is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. She has over 20 years of clinical experience with expertise in adult neurorehabilitation in a variety of settings, including home health, acute and subacute facilities, day treatment programs for community re-entry and return to work after brain injury, vestibular and balance clinic, and out-patient adult neurological rehab clinics. Tara received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse (1992) and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Arizona (2006). She completed postdoctoral fellowships in motor learning & control at Teachers College Columbia University and in kinesiology at Arizona State University, and was Assistant Professor of Movement Sciences and Director of the Neurophysiology & Motor Learning Laboratory at Teachers College. Her academic and research interests focus on the interaction of attention and movement control in rehabilitation, using dual- and multi-tasking paradigms in adults with neurological injury and disease. She joined the Physical Therapy faculty in 2013.


Cory Manton, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Manton is an assistant professor in physical therapy. He serves as a faculty member for the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program also. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. He has over 10 years of experience in the outpatient orthopedic setting, treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in exercise science. Dr. Manton received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from ATSU in 2001. He has received additional training in manual therapy, including mobilization and manipulation. His teaching areas include musculoskeletal conditions, therapeutic exercise, spinal conditions, and manual therapy. Dr. Manton’s research interests are in the area of diagnosis and physical therapy management of musculoskeletal injuries. He works with physical therapy students that participate in the service learning projects with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department. He has been involved with teaching in the physical therapy program at ATSU since 2008.

James Roush, PT, PhD, ATC, AT

Dr. Roush is a Professor of Physical Therapy. Jim is dually-credentialed as an athletic trainer and a physical therapist in Arizona. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education from the University of Arizona (1976), a Master of Science in Physical Education with a specialization in Athletic Training from the University of Arizona (1977), a PhD in Physical Education with a Specialization in Kinesiology/Biomechanics from the University of Southern California (1984), and a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University (1988). He currently is an Associate Professor in Physical Therapy at the A. T. Still University of Health Sciences - Mesa, Arizona Campus; where he teaches Biomechanics, Kinesiology, and Research Design/Statistics. He has also taught in the Athletic Training program at Rocky Mountain University, where he was also a research advisor for dissertations in the Physical Therapy program. He currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona.

Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, PT, PhD, NCS

Dr. Glittenberg has been a full-time faculty member of the ASHS Physical Therapy Department since 1996. SHe is an associate professor for the residential program as well as the Director of the Neurologic Physical Therapy Program. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Literature, Science, and the Arts and a Certificate in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received a Masters of Science, with an emphasis in neurological physical therapy from Northwestern University, Chicago. Dr. Glittenberg received her PhD in Health Sciences, with a concentration in international health education and research, from Trident University International. She is a certified neurological clinical specialist of the American Physical Therapy Association and has extensive clinical and teaching experience in neurorehabilitation. Her primary teaching areas in the residential program are neurological assessment, rehabilitation and geriatrics. Her research interests are in the areas of attitudes toward individuals with disability, assessment and treatment of individuals with neurological conditions, falls prevention and management of fall-related injuries in older adults, and in healthy aging.

Robyn Wilhelm, PT, DPT

Dr. Wilhelm is one of the ACCEs and an Assistant Professor. Robyn earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Findlay in 2002 and earned her DPT at ATSU in 2009.Her current, primary teaching responsibilities are within clinical education, professional practice and basic patient care skills.As a Physical Therapist, she has worked in various settings which include orthopedics, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, aquatics, acute care and pediatrics.She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.Prior to joining the faculty team at ATSU, Robyn worked in PTA education for 8 years, serving as ACCE and then as a Program Director, as well as participating in clinical treatment in various settings.Her research interests are within the areas of physical therapy education delivery and student assessment, including clinical education.Her service to the community includes volunteer involvement with the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association. Dr. Wilhelm will be continuing practice in acute care/women's health in the summer of 2014.

Tawna Wilkinson, PT, DPT, PCS

Dr. Wilkinson is an Associate Professor and board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She has over 14 years of experience in a variety of pediatric settings. Dr. Wilkinson received her professional education from A.T. Still University in 1999, completed her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2004, and joined the faculty in 2007. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Nova Southeastern University. Her research interests are within pediatric assessment and treatment, evidence-based practice, and community-based student learning experiences. Dr. Wilkinson's teaching areas are basic patient care skills, psycho-social aspects of disability, human development, and evidence-based practice.


Associate Faculty Biographies

Curt Bay, PhD

Dr. Bay is an Associate Professor of biostatistics, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Curt has worked in the medical and the ancillary health sciences fields for more than 20 years. He received his PhD in psychology from Arizona State University, with a focus on research methodology and statistical application. He joined the ATSU faculty in 2005, after serving as Director of Medical Research Support at Maricopa Medical Center for 12 years. Dr. Bay teaches courses in research methods and statistics, as well as evidence-based practice, medicine and dentistry. His research interests include the application of generalized linear models to correlated data, and the use of simultaneous structural equations in causal analysis.

Lesley K. Gilmer, PhD

Dr. Gilmer received his bachelor’s degree in Pre-medicine with an emphasis in cellular and molecular biology in 2004 at Berea College. Dr. Gilmer obtained his doctorate degree in the department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Kentucky in 2009 doing neurotrauma research. His research was focused on traumatic brain injury and specialized in characterization of various pathological events that occur to the central nervous system following injury, especially mitochondrial dysfunction. Dr. Gilmer is interested in searching for potential neuroprotective compounds that modulate structural and behavioral deficits after a traumatic insult. Dr. Gilmer continued his neurotrauma research at the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at the University of Kentucky as a postdoctoral scholar. While completing his dissertation work, Lesley earned a teaching certificate for Anatomical Sciences Instruction. Since then he has taught at courses at Morehead State University, University of Western States, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Dr. Gilmer has also taught anatomy and research skills for the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for several years, which serves high school students interested in health care professions across the state of Kentucky. He is an active member of the Neurotrauma Society and American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Dr. Gilmer is now the Director of Anatomy for Arizona School of Health Sciences serving all the Health Science programs. Dr. Gilmer also continues to collaborate in neurotrauma research field.

Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Dr. Lohman joined the Arizona School of Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy in August 2013. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University and obtained her master’s degree in Athletic Training and her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Lohman’s research interests focus on improving clinical examination techniques. Specifically, she is interested in the mechanical effects of neural tension testing techniques. Although Dr. Lohman’s current efforts are primarily focused on education and research, she continues to practice athletic training for the women’s rugby team at Arizona State University.

Sarah Johnston, PhD

Dr. Johnston joined the faculty at A. T. Still University as an Assistant Professor of Human Movement in September, 2011. Sarah's teaching emphases are the physiological adaptations to exercise, evidence-based practice in sport, and research methods. Dr. Johnston graduated with a PhD in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. Her dissertation research, conducted in the Center for Metabolic Biology, focused on the molecular mechanisms responsible for insulin resistance and type II diabetes. Dr. Johnston has studied the effects of an infusion of branched chain amino acids in human subjects on insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle. Her current research interests focus on bioenergetics testing methodology and the effect of aging on exercise performance. In addition to graduate and undergraduate teaching and research, Johnston works with equestrian athletes of all levels. Previously from Oregon, but now a resident of Arizona, she is thankful for the many athletic opportunities available year-round in the Valley of the Sun.

Tammy Roehling, PT, DPT

Dr. Roehling is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Tammy 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. She 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. Dr. Roehling teaches wound management and gender healthcare in the residential and transitional programs.


Beth Jordan

Beth Jordan was appointed to the Physical Therapy department in November of 2011. She assists the Physical Therapy department with administrative needs in regards to clinical education. Beth works closely with Dr. Kernan and Dr. Wilhelm to ensure each student has met the clinical education requirements of our Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Tresa Moralez

Tresa started in the Physical Therapy Program back in 2008 as the Assistant to the Chair. She is responsible for all administrative support for Dr. Farris as well as additional support for faculty, staff and students. Tresa has over 10 years of service skills that she contributes to the Physical Therapy Program.

Whitney Williams, BS

Whitney joined the Physical Therapy Department in March of 2013 as the Program Manager. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Management from Northern Arizona University and has over 5 years of management experience. As the Program Manager, she provides comprehensive support for the residential Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Orthopedic Residency Program. She oversees the residential admissions process, Program events, and administrative responsibilities pertaining to faculty, staff and students.