Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
alsalahe@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Bara Alsalaheen, PT, PhD*

Associate Professor and Associate Director of Research

Education: PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and MPT, University of Pittsburgh; University Physical Therapy Degree from University of Jordan

Dr. Alsalaheen is a clinical researcher and the
faculty director for the Sports Medicine Assessment
and Rehabilitation Team (SMART). The SMART lab is
located within the Physical Therapy department at
UM-Flint. Dr. Alsalaheen is also a research assistant
professor in the Department of Neurology at University
of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Physical Therapist at
Michigan NeuroSport (Michigan Medicine).

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Pathokinesiology of the human movement system
  • Neurodynamic risk factors of orthopedic and athletic injuries
  • Sports-related concussion, neck and spine injuries
  • Cervicovestibular Physical Therapy
  • List of peer-reviewed publications
  • Research Profile
  • SMART Lab 

Teaching Expertise

  • Kinesiology and Functional Anatomy
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Biostatistics
  • Fundamentals of Patient Management
  • PhD seminar

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
ryanbean@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Ryan Bean, PT, DPT, OMPT, OCS

Clinical Associate Professor

Education: Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Oakland University; Masters in Physical Therapy from Oakland University; Bachelor in Health Sciences from Oakland University

Dr. Bean is an American Board of Physical Therapy
Specialties Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical
Specialist, a certified Orthopedic Manual Physical
Therapist, and an APTA Credentialed Clinical
Instructor that joined the U of M Flint Faculty 
after 10 years of providing physical therapy in
outpatient orthopedic and sports related practice
setting.  He continues to practice in the clinic to
supplement his teaching.  Dr. Bean is an active
member of the American Physical Therapy
Association and the Orthopedic Section.

Clinical and Research Interest:

  • Manual Orthopedic Examination and
    Intervention
  • Sports-related Concussion
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Cervical Musculoskeletal and
    Neuromuscular Performance

Teaching Expertise:

  • Examination & Intervention in
    Musculoskeletal Practice
  • Musculoskeletal Disease and Disorders
  • Fundamentals of Tests and Measures
    - Orthopedic
  • Electrotherapeutic and Physical Modalities
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Soft Tissue Techniques

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
karberg@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Karen Berg, PT, DPT

Clinical Assistant Professor and Co-Associate Director for Clinical Education

Education: Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Wayne State University

Dr. Berg is an ABPTS Board Certified Orthopedic
Clinical Specialist, APTA Advanced Credentialed 
Clinical Instructor and an APTA CCIP Level 1 Trainer.
She joined the University of Michigan Flint Faculty 
after 26 years of providing out-patient orthopedic 
physical therapy with a focus on industrial
rehabilitation. She has many years of experience as a
CI and SCCE.  Dr. Berg is a member of the
Michigan Physical Therapy Association and the
American Physical Therapy Association
including the Orthopedic and Education sections. 
She is actively involved in PT Heart and the Michigan 
Clinical Education Consortium.   

Clinical and Research Interest:

  • Clinical Education
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Orthopedics Outcomes
  • Clinical Practice Focus
  • Out-patient orthopedics

Teaching Expertise:

  • Clinical Education Course Series
  • Ethics & Legal Issues
  • Business Management
  • Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy
  • Community Engagement

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
jblackwo@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD*

Associate Professor

Education: PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Western Michigan University; Masters of Physical Therapy and Bachelor's of Health Science, University of Michigan Flint and Bachelor's of Biology, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Blackwood is a Board Certified 
Geriatric Clinical Specialist with the American 
Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a
Certified Expert in Exercise for the Aging Adult.

Clinical and Research Interest:

  • Relationships between cognitive function and
    falls in older adults with cognitive loss-from Mild
    Cognitive Impairment to Alzheimer's disease.
  • Falls risk assessment, incidence, assessment, &
    prevention in Older Cancer Survivors
  • Population and age-related changes in balance
    function in older adults  

Teaching Expertise:

  • Geriatrics in Practice
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Professional Issues in Practice

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
sacase@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Sarah Case, PT, DSc

Clinical Assistant Professor

Education: DSc in Physical Therapy, MPT from Oakland University

Dr. Case recently joined the faculty at U of M Flint. 
She has over 15 years of clinical experience in 
outpatient orthopedics and treatment of chronic 
pain conditions. Dr. Case is an active member of 
the Michigan Physical Therapy Association and 
Pain Special Interest Group. She is an APTA 
Credentialed Clinical Instructor and Fellow of 
the APTA/ACAPT Education Leadership Institute. 
She also has an extensive background in higher 
education in physical therapy and physical 
therapist assistant programs. Dr. Case is 
completing a Therapeutic Pain Specialist 
certification through the International 
Spine and Pain Institute and conducts 
continuing education courses for healthcare 
providers on the topic of Chronic Pain.

Clinical and Research Interest:

  • Pain Neuroscience Education
  • Healthcare Practitioners Attitudes and
    Beliefs Regarding Chronic Pain
  • Teaching & Learning

Teaching Expertise:

  • Clinical Kinesiology and Applied Movement Science
  • Physical Therapy Examination and Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Pain Mechanisms, Assessment and Management

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
donnafry@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Donna Fry, PT, PhD, CHC

Professor and Dean of the College of Health Sciences

Education: PhD in Kinesiology, MS, BS and Certificate in Physical Therapy, University of Michigan

Clinical and Research Interest:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Neuroscience & Neurologic Disorders
  • Analysis of Literature in Physical Therapy Curriculum

Teaching Expertise:

  • Neurology / Neuroscience
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Pediatrics
  • Research

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
(810) 762-3373
Email:
allong@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Allon Goldberg, PT, PhD*

Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences

Education: Ph.D in Anthropology, Wayne State University; BSc (Medicine) Hons, University of Cape Town; BSc Physiotherapy, University of Cape Town

Clinical and Research Interest:

  • Mobility deficits in older adults and people with
    neurological disease
  • Balance and falls in older adults
  • Physical performance measures in older adults
    and people with neurological disease 
  • Genetic factors in mobility and aging  
  • Genetics education for the physical therapy profession
  • List of peer-reviewed publications

Teaching Expertise:

  • Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • Research Methods

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
mhhuang@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Min Huang, PT, PhD*

Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D. in Kinesiology, University of Michigan; M.A. and Ed.M. in Motor Learning and Control, Columbia University; B.S. in Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University in Taiwan

Dr. Huang is an ABPTS Board Certified 
Neurologic Clinical Specialist. Dr. Huang’s 
research examines the prevalence and contributing
factors of falls, balance and mobility limitations
and the impact of these issues on survival and 
quality of life in older adults and cancer survivors. 
She has served as the chair of the Evidence Database
to Guide Effectiveness Task Force for
Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy to
develop recommendations on outcome measures
for balance in breast cancer and adult cancer survivors.
Her research utilizes both the empirical data collected
from the community and the U.S. population-based
data obtained from the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Huang’s other research interest centers on
task-specific exercise training in the neurologic
population. Her project on improving
respiratory function in persons with multiple
sclerosis in collaboration with The Boston Home
and Franklin Pierce University has received funding
from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

Clinical and Research Interest:

  • Falls, balance and mobility problems with relation
    to the survival, quality of life and physical function
    in older cancer survivors
  • Predicting outcomes in falls, balance and mobility
    limitations in older cancer survivors
  • Clinical prediction models of rehabilitation
    outcomes in persons with multiple sclerosis
  • Home-based exercise training using technology
    in persons with multiple sclerosis
  • List of peer-reviewed publications
  • Research profile

Teaching Expertise:

  • Research methods
  • Neuroscience and neurologic diseases
  • Evidence based practice
  • Systems screening and examination

Curriculum Vitae

 

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
mouli@med.umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Chandramouli Krishnan, PT, PhD*

Assistant Professor

Education: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Robotics and Noninvasive Brain Stimulation from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; PhD in Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science and Masters in Physical Therapy from University of Iowa; Bachelors in P

Dr. Krishnan is the Director of the
Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation
Robotics Laboratory (NeuRRo Lab) located
within the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Department at the University of Michigan at
Ann Arbor. Dr. Krishnan is also a core faculty
in the UM Robotics Program, and Associate Faculty
in the UM Biomedical Engineering, School of
Kinesiology, and the Neuroscience Graduate
Program. Dr. Krishnan’s research examines
the alterations in neuromuscular function,
plasticity, and movement control after an
injury to the neuro-musculoskeletal system
and connects how these insights can be applied
to rehabilitation using robotics, motor learning,
and exercise interventions. He performs both
basic mechanistic/device development studies
and interventional studies (i.e., clinical trials)
to improve motor outcomes and function. 
Dr. Krishnan’s research program is funded
through intramural and extramural grants,
including support from the National Institutes
of Health and National Science Foundation.
He has over 20 years of clinical and research
experience in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Sciences, have published more than 55 articles in
peer reviewed journals, and have presented
at about 90 national and international meetings.
He is the Section Editor/Associate Editor of
3 high-impact peer-reviewed international
journals and an ad hoc reviewer for more
than 35 international journals spanning
across the field of engineering,
biomechanics, and rehabilitation.

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Designing and Testing Low Cost Technologies
    for Rehabilitation of Physical Impairments
  • Robot-based interventions to improve motor
    functions after neurological and orthopedic trauma
  • Developing new interventions to minimize
    muscle weakness and atrophy
  • Mechanisms mediating post-stroke
    neuromotor impairments
  • Noninvasive brain stimulation as a therapeutic
    adjuvant for minimizing neuromuscular
    impairments (e.g., muscle weakness,
    atrophy, activation failure) in people with
    neurological and orthopedic disorders
  • Specific populations of interest include individuals
    with Stroke, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury,
    Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injury, and other
    traumatic joint injuries
  • Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • NeuRRo Lab
  • Research Gate Profile

Teaching Expertise:

  • Programming in LabVIEW
  • Basics of Neurorehabilitation
  • Directed Research
  • Design and Control of Passive Robots

Curriculum Vitae
Twitter

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
clarson@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Cathy Larson, PT, PhD*

Associate Professor and Associate Director of the PhD Program

Education: PhD in Kinesiology from University of Michigan; MSPT,University of Alabama in Birmingham; BS in Physiology from Michigan State University

Dr. Larson is a faculty member in 
the physical therapy department at 
the University of Michigan–Flint. She has been
in the physical therapy profession for over
30 years where she has served as a physical therapy
faculty member at Oakland University and Wayne State
University. She has also worked as a clinician at the
Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Bixby Hospital.
Her clinical experience primary focus has been
Neurorehabilitation (Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral
Vascular Accident and Traumatic Brain Injury),
Orthopedics, Hand therapy, and Biofeedback.

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Intense, activity-based PT for individuals with
    spinal cord injury
  • Use of the Ekso Inc. exoskeleton for ambulation
    for individuals with spinal cord injury
  • Augmented EMG biofeedback to optimize muscle
    activity for individuals with CVA and SCI use of
    EMG biofeedback in the physical therapy classroom
    to optimize the effectiveness of patient exercise
    programs

Teaching Expertise:

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Professional Service Learning I & II
  • Neurologic Diseases and Disorders
  • Pharmacology in Practice
  • Motor Control and Motor Learning
  • Neurorehabilitation: Examination and Intervention

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
brodda@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Becky Rodda, PT, DPT, OMPT

Clinical Professor

Education: BS in Physical Therapy from Texas Women's University in 1980. She attained her Master's in Health Science from Washinginton University in 1993 and her Post Professional DPT degree from Drexel University in 2006

Dr. Rodda is an ABPTS Board Certified 
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist since 1995 
and has attained advanced competencies in 
Orthopedic Manual Therapy completing a 
residency program in November of 1995.  
Her professional affiliations include the 
American Physical Therapy Association:  
Orthopedic and Education Sections, 
Michigan Physical Therapy Association, 
and the American Association of Orthopedic 
Manual Physical Therapists.  Dr. Rodda's 
teaching areas include musculoskeletal 
examination, plan of care including manual
techniques.  At present, her research interests
include the use of rehabilitative ultrasound, 
musculoskeletal, manual therapy and balance. 

Clinical and Research Interest:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Rehabilitation using Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Teaching Expertise:

  • Musculoskeletal Practice in Axial and
    Upper Quadrant Diseases & Disorders
  • Kinesiology
  • Introduction to Musculoskeletal Practice
  • Integration
  • Advanced Topics

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
ericashe@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Erica Sherman, PT, DPT, MBA

Clinical Assistant Professor and Co-Associate Director of Clinical Education

Education: PT, DPT; Central Michigan University, MBA; Northwood University

Dr. Sherman is an ABPTS Board Certified
Geriatric Clinical Specialist. She has a 
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from 
Central Michigan University and a Masters in 
Business Administration from Northwood University. 
Dr. Sherman maintains her clinical practice in 
acute care working with the adult ICU population
in a local Level 1 trauma center. Dr. Sherman is a 
member of the MPTA and APTA.

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Clinical Education Performance Influences
    and Evaluations
  • Medically complex adult rehabilitation in
    the acute care setting
  • Ventilator dependent mobilization
  • Intensive Care unit interventions

Teaching Expertise:  

  • Professional behaviors
  • Communication


Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
johlaur@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Laura Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Director for Professional Program, Post-Professional Clinical Programs

Education: PhD, Walden University; DPT, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences; BA in Biology, Trinity Christian College

Dr. Laura Smith is an ABPTS Board Certified 
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Manual 
Physical Therapist and Fellow in the American 
Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.   
She has extensive teaching experience in entry-level 
and post-professional physical therapy education.  
Dr. Smith empowers colleagues and students to engage
in interprofessional learning and collaborative practice.  
She is engaged in the local community through
her work with local high schools. 

Clinical and Research Interests: 

  • Interprofessional Education and Collaborative
    Practice Models
  • Performance and Injury Measures in Athletes
  • Breast Injuries in Female Athletes

Teaching Expertise:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
  • Interprofessional Education
  • High School Performance Measures and
    Injury Screening

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
llacy@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Leslie Smith, PT, DPT

Clinical Associate Professor

Education: Masters in Physical Therapy from UM-Flint; Doctor of Physical Therapy from Utica College

Leslie Smith, PT, DPT is a ABPTS Board Certified 
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialist and an 
Clinical Associatel Professor at the University 
of Michigan-Flint in the physical therapy department. 
Leslie graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint
with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1995 
and obtained a transition DPT from Utica College
in 2015. She has 20 years of clinical experience
working in acute care, outpatient and home health
care with particular interest in wound care,
ICU management and lymphedema. Her professional
affiliations include the American Physical Therapy
Association Sections on Acute Care, Cardiopulmonary
and education; and the Michigan Physical Therapy
Association.  Leslie was named to the Interprofessional
Leadership Fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2016.

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Use of simulation
  • Interprofessional education  

Teaching Expertise:

 

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
whsuits@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

William Suits, PT, DPT

Clinical Assistant Professor

Education: DPT, Central Michigan University; BS in Physiology, Michigan State University

Dr. Suits is an ABPTS Board Certified Sports
and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and an 
APTA certified clinical instructor. His 
professional affiliations include the American
Physical Therapy Association, the American 
Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, The Michigan 
Physical Therapy Association, and the Academy of 
Physical Therapy Education. He has maintained 
clinical practice at Michigan Medicine - MedSport
in Ann Arbor, MI.

Clinical and Research Interest:

  • Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Muscle Performance
    Deficits
  • Injury Risk Reduction in Youth Sport

Teaching Expertise:

  • Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Fundamentals of Tests and Measures
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Exercise Physiology

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
susantal@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Susan Talley, PT,DPT, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Physical Therapy Department

Education: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy; Master of Arts in Human Development and Relationships from Wayne State University; DPT from Creighton University

Dr. Talley earned her Bachelor of Science in
Physical Therapy and a Master of Arts in Human 
Development and Relationships from Wayne State 
University.  In addition, Dr. Talley has a Doctor 
of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton University
and holds a PhD in Educational Evaluation and 
Research at Wayne State University.  She holds a 
certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment for 
Adult Hemiplegia.  Dr. Talley’s professional 
affiliations include the American Physical Therapy 
Association, Michigan Physical Therapy Association, 
and Gerontological Society of America.  

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Balance
  • Physical performance and mobility across
    the lifespan of individuals with neurological 
    conditions
  • Teaching and Learning particularly blended
    learning, cognitive load and the classroom 
    environment

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
chadwt@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Chad Tiernan, PhD*

Assistant Professor

Education: Bachelor, Master and PhD in Movement Science from University of Michigan

Dr. Tiernan earned his Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. in 
Movement Science from the University of Michigan.  
Prior to joining the department, he taught in the 
DPT program at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. 
Dr. Tiernan completed a geriatric post-doctoral 
fellowship at Wayne State University Institute of 
Gerontology. He also was a research associate with
the University of Michigan’s Autism and
Communication Disorders Center prior to
his appointments in academia.  Dr. Tiernan is a
member of the APTA.  

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Dynamic systems theory
  • Motor behavior in pediatric populations
  • Health and wellness in older adults

Curriculum Vitae 

Phone:
(810) 762-3373
Email:
stroj@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Suzanne Trojanowski, PT, DPT

Assistant Clinical Professor

Education: Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University; Masters of Physical Therapy from Ithaca College; Bachelor of Clinical Science from Ithaca College

Dr. Trojanowski is an ABPTS Board Certified Neurologic
Clinical Specialist and an APTA Credentialed Clinical
Instructor.  She worked for over 20 years in both acute
care and inpatient rehab in an urban setting before 
joining the faculty at U of M Flint. She continues to
practice in the hospital setting. She is a member of
the APTA and volunteers for the organization at both
the national and state level.  

Clinical and Research Interest:

  • Knowledge Translation
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Hospital-based Physical Therapy

Teaching Expertise:

  • Fundamentals of Patient Management
  • Medical and Surgical Patient Conditions
  • Neuromuscular Examination and Practice

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
amyorke@umich.edu
Physical Therapy

Amy Yorke, PT, PhD*

Associate Professor and Associate Director of Community Engagement

Education: PhD, Western Michigan University; Master of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Health Science, University of Michigan Flint

Dr. Yorke is an ABPTS Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist.  She is the team lead for the Integrating Knowledge Translation (iKNOW) lab.  The iKNOW lab is located within the physical therapy department at UM-Flint.  Dr. Yorke values community engagement.  She works with community partners in her research, teaching, and service.  Dr. Yorke oversees PT Heart, a student led pro bono clinic, and PWR!, a weekly exercise class held for people with Parkinson's disease.

Research and Clinical Interests:

  • Knowledge translation
  • Outcome assessment in physical therapy practice
  • Interprofessional education and interprofessional collaboration

Teaching Expertise:

  • Evaluation and treatment of patients with neurologic conditions

Curriculum Vitae

Active Lecturers - Fall 2019

Name

Title

Contact Information

Judith Aikman Intermittent Lecturer aikmanj@umich.edu
Alison Barnett Lecturer I apowell@umich.edu
Lisa Birkmeier Lecturer I lisabirk@umich.edu
Courtney Brejnak Lecturer I lisabirk@umich.edu
Ryan Giebel Intermittent Lecturer rwgiebel@umich.edu
Alan Hammond Lecturer II alhammon@umich.edu
Lisa Kenyon Intermittent Lecturer lisakeny@umich.edu
Jessica Kline Lecturer I jbeckman@umich.edu
Peter Kovacek Intermittent Lecturer kovacek@umich.edu
Bruce Linder Intermittent Lecturer linderbr@umich.edu
Donald Packer Lecturer II dwp@umich.edu
Jonathon Quinton Lecturer I jquinton@umich.edu
Sharon Roy Lecturer II sharroy@umich.edu
Susannah Steele Adjunct Lecturer sussteel@umich.edu
Cheryl Trudeau Lecturer I chertrud@umich.edu
Brian Vasicek  Lecturer I bdv@umich.edu