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 has been involved in clinical research focused on rehabilitation interventions for concussion injuries. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association sections for research and Neurology, Michigan Physical Therapy Association. He has extensive experience in teaching physical therapy professionals at the local and national levels, including consecutive presentations at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting and the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists conference.  His research interests are in balance and neurocognitive performance in adolescents after concussion, physical therapy interventions for post-concussion injuries and in vestibular rehabilitation.

Areas of clinical and research interests:

Sports- related Concussion
Vestibular Rehabilitation
Neuroscience and Neurologic Disorders
Clinical Balance Assessment
Diversity in Physical Therapy Education
Global Physical Therapy education and global competency assessment for physical therapists

Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications

Teaching experience:

Kinesiology & Biomechanics
Neuroscience
Evidence Based- Practice

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

Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS

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

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

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

Assistant Professor and Interim 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:
cardaly@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Carol Daly, PT, DPT, PCS

LEO Lecture III and Coordinator of Pediatric Post-Professional Certificate and Residency Programs

Education: DPT with a pediatric concentration from Drexel University; Certificate in PT, University of Iowa

Dr. Daley is ABPTS certified in pediatrics since 2002 and completed recertification in 2011.   Dr. Daly is an active member of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association where she serves on the Practice Committee and Knowledge Translation Sub-committee. Prior to her appointment to the physical therapy faculty at the University of Michigan – Flint, Dr. Daly was the supervisor for Witwer Children’s Therapy at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dr. Daly currently continues in clinical practice at Witwer where she provides physical therapy services to children of all ages.

 
Areas of Clinical & Research Interest:
Evaluation and very early intervention for the high risk infant
Knowledge translation through development of knowledge brokers in clinical practice settings
Mentorship in clinical practice and residency education
Teaching and learning in distance post-profession education
 
Teaching Experience:

Coordinator Pediatric Certificate & Residency Programs : University of Michigan-Flint, 2012 – current
Instructor/Lecturer III: University of Michigan-Flint, 2009-current Pediatrics
Lecturer: St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, 2006-2009 Pediatrics  

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

Jamie Duley, PT, MS, NCS

Associate Director for Clinical Education and Clinical Assistant Professor

Education: MS in Physical Therapy, Grand Valley State University

Ms. Duley is currently finishing her research toward a DScPT from Oakland University. Ms. Duley is an ABPTS Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Her professional affiliations include the American Physical Therapy Association and Michigan Physical Therapy Association with membership in the Neurology and Education Sections.   Jamie’s area of interest include balance and falls in the elderly, international experiences for physical therapy students and early mobility.

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

Donna Fry, PT, PhD, CHC

Professor and Associate 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

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:
mhhuang@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Min Huang, PT, PhD, NCS

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

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

 

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

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

Reva Kidd, BA, MPA

Administrative Specialist

Education: Masters in Public Administration,University of Michigan and BA in Management of Human Resources, Spring Arbor College

Mrs. Kidd is the Administrative Specialist in the department.  Reva has been with the department since its relocation from the Ann Arbor Campus in 1983.  She has a BA in Management of Human Resources from Spring Arbor College and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Michigan.  Mrs. Kidd’s responsibilities include overall support for the Associate Directors of Research and Clinical Practice and assist the Business Administrator as needed.  She also provides administrative support to research and practice areas as well as financial, human resources, and procurement tasks.

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, Disorders and Examination in Practice
Pediatric Plan of Care in Practice
Teaching, Learning and Health Education
Neurologic Diseases and Disorders
Therapeutic Relations III
Clinical Embryology

 

 

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

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:
quaderer@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Crystal Quaderer, BA

Student Services Administrative Assistant Senior

Education: BA in Organizational Communications, UM-FLint

Ms. Quaderer is the DPT Student Services Administrative Assistant and joined the department in May 2011. She works closely with admissions and is responsible for the administrative development of the DPT program. 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:
brodda@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Becky Rodda, PT, DPT, OCS, OMPT

Clinical Associate Professor

Education: BS in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1980. She attained her Master’s in Health Science from Washington 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 and 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 
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:
ruediger@umflint.edu
Physical Therapy

Thomas Ruediger, PT, DSc, ECS, OCS, CSCS

Assistant Professor

Education: BA in Natural Science from Concordia College-Nebraska, an MPT from Baylor University, and his DSc from Rocky Mountain University

Dr. Ruediger's professional associations include the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), with APTA section membership in the Orthopedic and Clinical Electrophysiological/Wound Management sections, the Michigan Physical Therapy Association, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is APTA Board Certified as both an Orthopedic and Clinical Electrophysiologic Clinical Specialist. Tom is an Assistant Professor and his teaching areas include research methods, orthopedic physical therapy, physical examination, differential diagnosis, and manual techniques. His research interests include reliability measures, performance, reference value determinations. Areas of Research Interest: Performance Enhancement Teaching Experience: Research Methods Musculoskeletal Exam.

Areas of Research Interest:

Performance Enhancement

 

Teaching Experience:

Research Methods
Musculoskeletal Exam

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

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

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

Education: 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.  She continues to practice in the clinic to supplement her teaching, privately servicing a wide range of clients including collegiate and professional athletes.  Additionally, she is pursing her PhD in Adult Education with research interests in interprofessional education and orthopedic manual therapy.  Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

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

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

Leslie Smith, PT, MPT

Clinical Assistant Professor

Education: MPT

Leslie is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Her professional affiliations include the American Physical Therapy Association Sections on Acute Care and Oncology 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.  Leslie is currently working towards her transitional DPT at Utica College in New York.

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

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

Christina Wixson, BA

Program Coordinator

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

 

Physical Therapy Department Emeriti

Emeritus/Emerita Faculty

Professor Emeritus:  Richard E. Darnell

Professor Emerita: Lucinda Pfalzer
Associate Professor Emerita: Paulette Cebulski

Clinical Associate Professor Emerita:  Cynthia Kincaid