I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 1975, my Doctoral Degree in Anatomy (with research emphasis in Neuroanatomy) from the SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1989 working with Dennis Stelzner, and completed two years of postdoctoral research at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, working with Michael Goldberger. 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 Clinical Neuroanatomy (PDPT-57000) and teaching Pathology for Physical Therapists (PTBS-51103). 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.
My scholarly interests are in neural plasticity, balance evaluation and treatment, and technology assisted instruction. Previous research involved working with Dr. Terri Hoppenrath over several years, to organize and supervise 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 at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
In July 2014, I began a four year term as Department Chair.
My professional interests involve several activities in the American Physical Therapy Association including: past chair of the New York Physical Therapy Association Southern Tier District, member of the NYPTA Finance Committee, and serving as a delegate to the NYPTA Delegate Assembly and the American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates. I am currently in my second elected term as Treasurer of the NYPTA.
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.