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

Bara Alsalaheen, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor

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 member of the
University of Michigan Injury Center (Ann Arbor).

 Areas of clinical and research interests:

Teaching experience

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

 

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

Ryan Bean, PT, DPT, OMPT, OCS

Clinical Assistant 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 ABPTS 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.
 

Areas of Clinical and Research Interest:
Manual Orthopedic Examination and Intervention
Sports-related Concussion
Therapeutic Exercises

Teaching Experience:
Examination in Musculoskeletal Practice
Musculoskeletal Disease and Disorders
Fundamentals of Tests and Measures - Orthopedic
Electrotherapeutic and Physical Modalities

Curriculum Vitae

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

Karen Berg, PT, DPT, OCS

Clinical Assistant Professor and Co-Associate Director for Clinical Education

Education: Transitional DPT, Des Moines University, BS in PT, Wayne State University

Dr. Berg is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor with 10 years of experience as a CCCE.  She joined the University of Michigan Flint Faculty after 26 years of providing out-patient orthopedic physical therapy with a focus on industrial rehabilitation. Dr. Berg is a member of the MPTA and APTA including the Orthopedic and Education sections. 

Areas of Clinical and Research Interest:
•    Clinical Education
•    Orthopedics
•    Outcomes
•    Interprofessional Education
•    Industrial Rehabilitation

Teaching Experience:
•    Business Management
•    Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy

Curriculum Vitae

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

Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS, CEEAA

Assistant Professor

Education: PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Western Michigan University; MPT and BS in Health Sciences, University of Michigan-Flint; BS, Bowling Green University

Areas of Clinical & Research Interest:

Clinical practice focus: the medically complex Geriatric client.
Relationship between fall risk and cognitive function in older adults
Fall prevention in the Geriatric Population and age-related changes in balance function in older adults
Health literacy in the Geriatric Population
APTA and MPTA member
Integrating the use of reflective teaching methods with student learning outcomes
Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching participant 2009

 

Teaching Experience:

Geriatrics in Practice

Assistive Technology
Professionalism and Ethics
Professional Issues in Practice
Advances in the Physiology of Aging in Geriatric Diseases & Disorders
Evidence Based Examination and Outcomes in Geriatric Practice
Evidence Based Plan of Care in Geriatric Practice
Case Studies in Geriatric PT
Geriatric PT in the Health Care System

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
ebucholz@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Ellen Buchholz, MPA, BBA

Business Administrator

Education: MPA, University of Michigan; BBA, Baker College

Mrs. Buchholz returned to the PT Department in August 2012 after a 12 year hiatus on the Ann Arbor Campus where she served as a Business Manager and Financial Administrator in clinical settings and a Grant Administrator with the School of Nursing. Ellen has 15 plus years of experience with the University.   In addition to her interest in financial analysis, her graduate work focused on the administrative implementation of policy, specifically HIPAA, and the evaluation of programs and services in the health care sector. Her interest in organizations that combined health care, research and academics brought her to the University of Michigan. Ellen’s primary responsibilities include the financial management of the department and strategic planning.

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
jcreps@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

James Creps, PT, DScPT, OCS, CMPT

Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Director for Post-Professional Transitional DPT, Non-Degree Programs and Practice

Education: DScPT in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and AMPT, Andrews University; BS in PT; University of Toledo/Medical College;

Areas of Clinical & Research Interest:

Orthopedics

Manual Therapy
Locomotor Biomechanics/Orthotics
Performance Improvement
Use of functional foot orthoses in the control of chronic low back pain in patients with lumbar spondylosis
Use of functional foot orthoses in performance improvement in middle distance runners with a Grade 3 Feiss line
Use of functional foot orthoses for balance improvement in patients with midtarsal joint instability

 

Teaching Experience:

Orthopedics

Medical Imaging

Management

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
klwoods@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Karen Davis

Student Services Administrative Assistant Senior

Education: BA, Audiology and Speech Science, MSU

Ms. Davis joined the PT Department in May 2015 after serving 11 years in UM-Flint’s English Department.  During her appointment in English, she also held appointments as Support Staff Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences and Chair of UM-Flint’s Staff Council.  In addition to her years of service to UM-Flint, Ms. Davis served over 15 years in various clerical positions at Michigan State University.  Ms. Davis serves the PT Department as the Professional DPT Student Services Administrative Assistant Senior and works closely with admissions.  She is responsible for supporting the Associate Director of Professional Education and the administrative development of the Professional DPT program.  Responsibilities include department and student support, event planning, curriculum scheduling and assisting faculty, staff and students in any capacity as needed.

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

Donna Fry, PT, PhD, CHC

Professor and Dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies

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

Areas of Clinical & Research Interest:

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

 

Teaching Experience:

Adjunct Lecturer through Professor: University of Michigan-Flint 1987-current

Neurology / Neuroscience
Therapeutic Exercise
Pediatrics
Research

Curriculum Vitae

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

Allon Goldberg, PT, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of the Physical Therapy Department

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

Areas of 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

Click here for peer-reviewed publications

Teaching Experience:

Kinesiology and Biomechanics
Research Methods

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
jjduley@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Jamie Haines, PT, DSc, NCS

Clinical Assistant Professor and Co-Associate Director for Clinical Education

Education: Masters of Science in PT from Grand Valley State University, DScPT in Teaching and Learning from Oakland University

Areas of Clinical & Research Interest: Balance and Falls in Elderly, neurologic diagnoses;
research interest-Concussion in Adolescents, International Service Learning
in Physical Therapy Education, Teaching and Learning in PT Education

Teaching Experience:
Neurologic Examination in Practice
Neurologic Interventions
Clinical Education

Curriculum Vitae

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

Min Huang, PT, PhD, NCS

Assistant Professor

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

Areas of Clinical & Research Interest:

Task-specific rehabilitation in neurologic practice
Balance control and fall prevention in older adults,
older cancer survivors, and patients with neurologic conditions
Vestibular rehabilitation

Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications

Click here for research profile

Teaching Experience:

Independent Research Study
Neuroscience in Physical Therapy
Literature Analysis in Evidence Based Practice
Advances in Neuroscience, Neurologic Diseases and Disorders
Evidence Based Exam and Outcomes in Neurologic Practice
Case Studies in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Service Learning

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
mlambari@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Michele Lambaria, PT, MPT, NCS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Education: MPT and BS in Health Sciences, UM-Flint

Michele is an ABPTS Board Certified Neurologic Clinical
Specialist and APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.
Her professional affiliations include the American
Physical Therapy Association Sections on Neurology,
Pediatrics and Education and the Michigan Physical
Therapy Association.  Michele’s clinical experience
includes evaluation and treatment of
adult and pediatric patients. 

Areas of Clinical & Research Interest:
Pediatric and adult neurologic diseases and disorders
Concussion
Energy expenditure in children with muscular dystrophy
Cultural Competence in Physical Therapists

Teaching Experience:
Pediatric Diseases and Disorders Examination in Practice
Pediatric Examination and Plan of Care in Practice
Assistive Technology to Enhance Accessibility
International Service Learning in Honduras
Therapeutic Relationships and Cultural Competence I
Therapeutic Relationships and Cultural Competence II
Teaching, Learning and Health Education
 

Curriculum Vitae

 

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

Cathy Larson, PT, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Director of Research and the PhD Program

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

Biography

Dr. Larson is currently 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.

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

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

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
ymunger@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Yulelissa Munger, BBA

Administrative Assistant Senior

Education: Bachelor in Business Management, Davenport University

Ms. Munger is the Administrative Assistant Senior who supports the Associate Director of Clinical Education in the Professional DPT program.  She coordinates student internships with Center Coordinators and Clinical Instructors who provide placements for Clinical Education rotations.  In addition, she provides staff support for student scholarships and assists the Business Administrator, faculty and staff in any capacity needed in order to promote department efficiency.

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

Becky Rodda, PT, DPT, OCS, OMPT

Clinical Associate 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 APTA 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:  Sections for Orthopedic Education, Michigan Physical Therapy Association, and the American Association of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.  Dr. Rodda's teaching areas include musculoskeletal examination, plan of care which includes manual techniques.  At present, her research interests include the use of rehabilitative ultrasound, musculoskeletal, manual therapy and balance. 

Areas of Clinical & Research Interest:

Musculoskeletal Practice at the Urban Health and Wellness Center
Manual Therapy
Rehabilitation using Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI)
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Teaching Experience:

Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders
Fundamentals of Tests and Measures in Exam and Procedural Interventions
Musculoskeletal Plan of Care
Complex Clinical Problems

Curriculum Vitae

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
bruber@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Beverly Ruber, Academic Secretary Senior

Academic Secretary Senior

Mrs. Ruber is the Secretary for the PT Department and joined the department in February 2013. Beverly possesses more than 25 years of progressive experience in the secretarial field. She works closely with director, faculty and students; assisting in communications and operations of the department. Responsibilities include department and student support, event planning, curriculum scheduling and assists faculty, staff and students in any capacity as needed.

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

Laura Smith, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Orthopedic Post-Professional Certificate and Residency Program

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.  She has extensive teaching experience in entry-level, post-professional and continuing professional education at the state, national and international level.  Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.  Her research
interests are in musculoskeletal performance measures in adolescents, manual physical therapy, and interprofessional education.

AREAS OF CLINICAL AND RESEARCH INTEREST:

Orthopedics
Manual Physical Therapy
Interprofessional Education 
Pedagogical models for PT education
Injury reduction and sports performance
Mentorship for residents and fellows 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Musculoskeletal – Orthopedics
Manual Physical Therapy
Critical Thinking & Pedagogical Models
Interprofessional Patient Care
Evidence Based Practice

Curriculum Vitae

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

Leslie Smith, PT, DPT

Clinical Assistant Professor

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

Leslie Smith, PT, DPT is an Assistant Clinical 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. Leslie’s teaching responsibilities in the entry-level DPT program include cardiopulmonary, endocrine, metabolic, and integumentary systems.  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’s clinical experiences includes acute care, outpatient and home health care with particular interest in wound care, ICU management and lymphedema.  Her research interest is in the use of simulation and interprofessional education.  Leslie has been recently name to the Interprofessional Leadership Fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2016. 

Teaching Experience:
Metabolic, Endocrine, and Integumentary Diseases and Disorders
Metabolic, Endocrine, and Integument Examination in Practice
Metabolic, Endocrine, and Integument Interventions
Medical/Surgical Conditions in Practice
Cardiopulmonary Examination in Practice
Professional Issues in Practice
Professionalism and Ethics
Electrotherapeutic and Physical Modalities


Curriclum Vitae

 

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

Susan Talley, PT, PhD(c), DPT, C/NDT

Assistant Professor and Associate Director for Professional Education

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 is Assistant Professor and Associate Director for Professional Education in the Physical Therapy Department.  She 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 is a PhD candidate 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.  She is the President of the MPTA. Her research interested include balance, physical performance and mobility across the lifespan and of individuals with neurological conditions. She also is interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly blended learning, cognitive load and the classroom environment.

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

Chad Tiernan, PhD

Assistant Professor

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

Dr. Tiernan currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department.  He 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 Hussan 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.  His areas of expertise include dynamic systems theory, motor behavior in pediatric populations, and health and wellness in older adults. 

Phone:
810-762-3373
Email:
cwixson@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Christina Wixson, BA

Program Coordinator

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from UM-Flint

Mrs. Wixson is a Program Coordinator and joined the department in November of 2008. She works closely with the Associate Director of Post-Professional Education and Non-Degree Programs and is responsible for the administrative development of the post-professional physical therapy program, including student support.  She also assists the Business Administrator, Faculty, and Staff in any capacity needed in order to promote department efficiency.

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

Amy Yorke, PT, PhD, NCS

Assistant Professor

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 and an APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor. She has co-developed a continuing education course on vestibular rehabilitation and has provided post-professional education on a national basis. Her professional affiliations include the American Physical Therapy Association and Michigan Physical Therapy Association.  Amy’s teaching areas include evaluation and treatment of patients with neurological disabilities.  Her research interests include topics regarding teaching and learning in graduate education, social networking and the relationship to professionalism, and balance and falls in the older adult.

Areas of Research Interest:

Teaching and learning in physical therapy education

Balance and falls in older adults

Curriculum Vitae