Our faculty model clinical and research expertise across each of the specialty areas of physical therapy practice while facilitating students' development as movement experts who promote health through exercise.

Core Faculty

Justine Dee, PT, M.S., OCS, Interim Program DirectorJustine Dee

Areas of Expertise: Chronic pain treatment, addressing pain and functional loss in victims of torture and trauma, low back pain, lymphedema treatment


Reuben Escorpizo, PT, M.Sc., D.P.T. Reuben Escorpizo

Areas of Expertise: Understanding and examining disability in spinal cord injury, work rehabilitation, and arthritis


Mathew Failla, PT, Ph.D., SCS Mathew Failla

Areas of Expertise: Sports medicine, knee injury prevention and treatment, shoulder injury prevention and treatment


Nancy Gell, PT, Ph.D., M.P.H. Nancy Gell

Areas of Expertise: Exercise and physical activity adherence, influence of environment and technology on physical activity behavior, strategies for healthy aging


Sambit Mohapatra, PT, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation; screening tools in mild Traumatic Brain Injury; recovery of motor functions post-stroke


Rebecca H. Ouellette-Morton, PT, M.S., D.P.T., Associate Director of Clinical Education

Areas of Expertise: Social responsibility and integrative health care, interprofessional education/clinical practice, and clinical education in physical therapy


Denise Peters, PT, D.P.T., Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise: Neural correlates of motor impairment and recovery post-stroke, gait rehabilitation and neuromechanics, structural neuroimaging


Elizabeth Lee Sargent, PT, Sc.D., OCS

Areas of Expertise: Complex musculoskeletal patient management, Kinesiology/Biomechanics, pain neuroscience


Paula A. Smith, PT, M.A.S., D.P.T., Director of Clinical Education Paula Smith

Areas of Expertise: Analysis of structured clinical education in transition to workplace, service learning to engage student learning in Geriatrics


Karen C. Westervelt, PT, ATC, Ph.D., M.S., OCS, FAAOMPT, CMP

Areas of Expertise: Classification and treatment of low back pain, orthopedic manual therapy, post-professional physical therapist education, international collaborations in health care, novel mentoring techniques for new clinicians and clinicians in rural settings, kinesiology, biomechanics, travel study


Michelle Yargeau, PT, D.P.T., CWS Michelle Yargeau

Areas of Expertise: Wound care/pressure management, neurologic disorders and function/balance


Associate Faculty

  • Tracy Benedict, PT, D.P.T.
  • Gary Mawe, Ph.D.
  • Victor May, Ph.D.

Emeriti Faculty