I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 1975, and my Doctoral Degree in Anatomy (with research emphasis in Neuroanatomy) from the SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1989, and completed a two year research fellowship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. I have clinical experience in several general practice settings and an academic background emphasis in the basic sciences of Anatomy and Neuroanatomy.
I have been teaching at Ithaca College since 1990. My current teaching responsibilities include being the course coordinator for Pathology for Physical Therapists (PTBS-51103) and Clinical Neuroanatomy (PDPT-57000). I have also been a lab instructor in several courses including: Musculoskeletal Examination and Evaluation, Electro Modalities and Physical Agents, Human Anatomy, Therapeutic Exercise, and Electrophysiological Examination and Evaluation. I developed and taught Functional Human Anatomy course during the summer for the IC Occupational Therapy Department in 2009 and 2010.
My scholarly interests are in neural plasticity, balance evaluation and treatment, technology assisted instruction and web site preparation (musculoskeletal anatomy dissection). Some recent research involved working with Dr. Terri Hoppenrath over several years, to organize and supervise several groups of students on an undergraduate student research project related to balance in an older adult population. Students presented results on campus at the Whalen Symposium and twice at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
In the Fall semester, 2013, I served as Acting Chair and, in July 2014, I began a four year term as Department Chair.
My professional interests involve several activities in the American Physical Therapy Association which have included: past chair of the NYPTA Southern Tier District, member of the NYPTA Finance Committee, serving as a delegate to the NYPTA Delegate Assembly and the APTA House of Delegates. I am currently the Treasurer of the New York Physical Therapy Association.
On a personal note, I was a rower while an undergraduate student and enjoy maintaining contact with the IC Crew program by officiating at spring races.