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MA (Exercise Physiology) The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN. PhD (Higher Education) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. MS (Medical Technology) University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. BA (Medical Technology) The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.
Biography Larry has been teaching at the college level for over 40 years, which includes two universities, a private college and a community college. Recent courses taught include ECG and Graded Exercise Testing; Cardiovascular Physiology; Applied Exercise Physiology; Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Exercise; Sports Nutrition; and Biomechanics. Larry is the EXP Department Chair and Graduate Program Director. Larry has published several research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written numerous articles for online journals. Larry's teaching philosophy is to try to make course content real for students by including real life applications. If students can associate material with real life situations, they are more likely to understand it and remember it. His door is always open to students. Larry is an outdoor enthusiast and thoroughly enjoys what the Duluth area has to offer in outdoor activities.
Jocelyn Bollins, DO is a family physician originally from Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree in Botany from Miami University and received her medical degree from the Ohio Univeristy Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. She worked as a family physician at Galloway Family Medicine in Galloway, Ohio prior to moving to Minnesota with her family in 2007. After taking some time off to be with her two children, Dr. Bollins joined the PA program at CSS as adjunct faculty in 2017. In 2019, she joined the clinical team and in 2021 she became the Director of Clinical Education for the PA program at CSS. Dr. Bollins enjoys creating visually appealing lectures for students and also coordinating clinical rotations for PA students during their clinical phase. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children at their lake cabin in Ely, MN.
B. A. University of St. Thomas - Biology (1991)
B. S. University of Minnesota - Physical Therapy (1993)
M. S. The Ohio State University - Neurologic Rehabilitation (2007)
Ph. D. The Ohio State University - Rehabilitation Science (2012)
Dr. Borstad teaches in the areas of neuroscience, neurologic rehabilitation, motor control, and research. She is a faculty member for the international service learning course to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
Dr. Borstad's research has focused restoration of sensorimotor control of the upper limb following stroke. Within this broad topic she has contributed to work on the mechanisms associated with positive neuroplasticity associated with sensory rehabilitation and Constraint Induced Movement Therapy. She contributed to the development of a Virtual Reality Game for upper limb rehabilitation post stroke, called Recovery Rapids. In collaboration with colleagues in computer science she is working on the development and validation of two measures of somatosensation.
Education: BA Biology, St. Olaf College, 1987; BS Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota, 1993; PhD Rehabilitation Science, University of Minnesota, 2004.
Scholarship: Dr. Borstad's research evaluates soft tissue alterations at the shoulder and their effects on shoulder biomechanics and he is also studying the relationships among tissue tightness, motion and pain at the shoulder. He has authored or co-authored over twenty-five peer-reviewed manuscripts, three textbook chapters and is an editor of Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques.
Teaching: Biomechanics for Physical Therapy; Musculoskeletal Science and Applications; Evidence-Based Practice in Rehabilitation; Advanced Therapeutic Progressions; Small Group Research Practicum.
Service: Dr. Borstad is engaged in state, national and international activities related to the physical therapy profession including abstract and grant reviewing and continuing education assessment. He is on the Board of Directors for St. Ann's Residence in Duluth.
Education: B.A. in Health Science, The College of St. Scholastica, 2004
M.A. in Physical Therapy, The College of St. Scholastics, 2005
PhD in Rehabilitation Science, University of Minnesota, 2018
Teaching Responsibilities: Physiology of Injury and Exercise, Interventions II, Multiple System Evaluation & Management (pelvic health content), serves as clinical faculty in the Patient Client Management II course.
Research: Dr. Cabelka's dissertation focused on the impact of ovarian hormones and hormone analogues on skeletal muscle function, physical activity, and body composition in a pre-clinical model. Her current broad research interests are in the areas of menopause, pelvic health topics related to interventions and education, as well as interplay between hormones and muscle performance.
Professional Engagement: Dr. Cabelka is a graduate of the Women's Health Residency Program through Duke University (completed 2011). She currently volunteers in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Academy of Pelvic Health (formerly Section on Women's Health). Dr. Cabelka also serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT).
Dawn has been with the College for almost 13 years and transferred to the PA Department about two years ago after being the Administrative Assistant for the School of Health Sciences. She is a graduate of CSS and received her BA in Organizational Behavior in December of 2015. She is happily married and has two daughters. In her downtime, she loves fishing, reading, spending time with her family, and watching football (Skol Vikings!!).
Dr. Cleary is a family physician who has been in practice in Grand Rapids, Minnesota since 1997. She is originally from North Dakota. She attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Medical School, obtaining the first 2 years of her medical education at the Duluth campus. She completed her Family Medicine residency at North Memorial Medical Center and then spent several years in Boise, Idaho before returning to northern Minnesota. While in Idaho she worked in a small family medicine practice, and then as faculty at the Family Practice Residency of Idaho. She joined the PA program as Medical Director in 2015. Her interests include longitudinal care and clinical teaching.
Emily Didlo joined the Department of Occupational Therapy as the Administrative Assistant in 2017. Emily earned her associate degree from the Medical Administrative Specialist program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior in 2009 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicating Arts from the University of Wisconsin Superior in 2013.
Emily is currently working towards her MBA in Leadership and Change at The College of St. Scholastica
Dr. Kelly Erickson is serving as Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the rank of Associate Professor. She has been practicing as an occupational therapist for 20 years with practice focus in occupational performance, behavior management, and sensory processing across the lifespan. Her teaching roles include Basic Tenets in OT, Occupational Performance II: Integrated Capacities and Abilities, and Evidence-Based OT courses; previous courses included Foundations in OT, Psychosocial OT Biomechanics for Occupational Therapy Practice, Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy Practice, and Level I Fieldwork On-Campus Clinic. Occupation as the core of evaluation, task analysis, and intervention processes is a consistent thread throughout her courses.
Dr. Erickson has a master's degree in occupational therapy and received her doctorate in psychology from Walden University with a dissertation titled “Perception of Stressors and Resources for Managing the Deployment Process as Predictors of Reservist Spouse’s General Wellbeing." She is a calibrated rater of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) through the Center for Innovative OT Solutions. Dr. Erickson is a member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and maintains certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). She recently became a Credentialed Leader in Academia by completing AOTA's Academic Leadership Institute.
She has research interests that include use of everyday technology as assistive devices for occupational performance and as therapeutic media in the occupational therapy process. Ongoing research projects include long-term outcomes of an on-campus teaching-learning clinic in occupational therapy curriculum. She has presented at various occupational therapy conferences, the Minnesota e-Health Summit, the American Association of University Professors Conference on the State of Higher Education, and Assistive Technology Industry Association conference.
Erickson, K. (2018). On-Campus Occupational Therapy Clinic Enhances Student Professional Development and Understanding. Journal of OT Education, 2(2). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2018.020202
Erickson, K. (2017). Evidence-based uses of mobile devices: Assessment, intervention, and outcomes: CE article. OT Practice. AOTA, Inc.
Erickson, K. (2015). Evidence considerations for mobile devices in the occupational therapy process. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1132
Dr. Erickson is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the AOTA Knowledge Transfer Content Development Board, which includes overseeing item writing, establishing and completing timelines for product review, reviewing the online exam prep product, and coordinating the writing of editorial board members. Dr. Erickson served as Co-Administrator of AOTA's Evidence-Based Practice Evidence Exchange and remains an approved Critically Appraised Paper (CAP) reviewer with AOTA. She served on The College of Saint Scholastica Alumni Board of Directors.
Dr. Erickson is continuously involved with civic community service. She is currently a hospital advocate with Programs for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA). She was the co-founder of the Duluth Area Special and Sled Hockey organization, which has been in operation since 2011 providing community hockey opportunities in both competitive and casual experiences for individuals of all abilities and needs. She also takes on frequent volunteer roles within the Hermantown Youth Hockey Association and her church organization.
Nancy has been an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastica for 26 years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and her Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to working at St. Scholastica, Nancy worked for 12 years as an occupational therapist with the Duluth Public Schools. From 2000 - 2008 Nancy worked as a consultant to a Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Program and worked for Pathways to Achievement as a home-based therapist from 2015-2017. Nancy’s teaching responsibilities have focused primarily on pediatric occupational therapy. Nancy’s scholarship and research interests include: the role of occupational therapy in facilitating social participation in children with diverse cognitive and behavioral needs, the effectiveness of video modeling for children with ASD and the scholarship of teaching.
Shawn Garvey, MS, PA-C is a physician assistant originally from Michigan and has a degree in biology from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She graduated from the physician assistant program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She began her practice in pediatrics and then family practice in rural Minnesota. Shawn joined CSS as faculty and Director of Curriculum in 2014. She has a special interest in patient education. She continues to see patients one day a week in Allergy at Essentia Health with an emphasis on telemedicine rural outreach.
"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. " Albert Einstein
Aaron Heaslet, MS, PA-C was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from the Indiana State Univeristy Physician Assistant Program in 2016. Prior to joining the College of St. Scholastica at the end of 2020 he worked in rural family practice at Scenic Rivers Health Services in Floodwood, Tower, and Cook. He has really enjoyed the special challenges that rural healthcare brings to family practice as well as building long term relationships with his patient population. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, and dog.
Carolyn Jahr, MS, PA-C is a physician assistant who has served the Northeastern Minnesota patient population since 2008. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she practiced in general surgery, with additional experience in colorectal, vascular, and bariatric subspecialties. She was the first PA to be employed by her surgical practice, and served as the inaugural program coordinator for a local weight loss surgery program. She has additional practice experience in an urgent care setting.
Throughout her clinical career, Carolyn has enjoyed serving as a clinical preceptor for physician assistant students, and as a mentor for individuals interested in pursuing the PA profession. Her special interests include team-based healthcare delivery and PA practice integration. She resides locally with her husband and two daughters, and is a graduate of the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor: Michele Karen Johnson joined The College of St. Scholastica Department of Occupational Therapy as an Assistant Professor in January 2016. She practiced as an Occupational Therapist in the Duluth area for 16 years prior to her start with the college. She is currently the Interim Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, but has taught courses throughout the curriculum in the OT Department at the College of St. Scholastica.
Michele earned her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in August of 2015. In 1999, Michele received her first degree of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota. Michele is a member of both The American Occupational Therapy Association and the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association.
Michele brings a broad knowledge base to the occupational therapy department. Her first eight years of practice she developed her generalist skills in both hospital-based settings and skilled nursing facilities. During this time, she developed a skill set specifically in treatment of the adult and elderly populations. In 2007, Michele took on a role as School Occupational Therapist for a local Duluth School district. She practiced in this setting through December 2016, while solidifying her skills as a pediatric occupational therapist.
Michele is a member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Michele is involved with the Duluth Alzheimer’s Association as a volunteer coordinator for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She also is dedicated to number of service opportunities within the college.
Academic Appointments and Experience:
The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN):
Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN):
The University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN):
Exercise Physiology courses taught at St. Scholastica:
Kathy has been with the Physical Therapy program since 2005. She earned her AAS in Health Information in 2000 along with her Registered Health Information Technician certification. Kathy has a wide range of record management in various fields including Child Protection, Dialysis, OP Clinic, and Long Term Care. She currently works as the Administrative Assistant for the department ensuring that faculty and students have the support they need to achieve program goals and outcomes.
Education: BA Health Sciences, College of St. Scholastica, 1993; MA Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, 1995; ScD Physical Therapy, Texas Tech University, 2018.
Teaching Responsibilities: Current responsibilities: Examination and Evaluation I & II; Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Management; Multi-System Evaluation and Management; Diagnostic Imaging; Professional Project I and II and Capstone.
Research Interests: Pain science, clinical reasoning, neurodynamics, mobilization/manipulation, essential soft skills (e.g. motivational interviewing and therapeutic relationships) and tissue loading/progression in rehabilitation. Professional: Dr. Kittelson is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and a member of the APTA Orthopaedic and Education Academies. He is an ABPTRFE Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) as certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and am IAOM-US extremities certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT). He has been an orthopedic residency mentor for Evidence in Motion (EIM). Clinical experience: Primarily his background is outpatient outpatient orthopedics but with experience in these other areas of practice (inpatient and outpatient neurological, home health care, inpatient/acute care, skilled nursing facilities, vestibular rehabilitation,and occupational medicine/industry).
Dr. Kimberly Lakhan is a Duluth native and an Otolaryngology (ENT) PA who has been serving the Northland since 1999. In addition to ENT, she has experience in facial aesthetics, infectious diseases, travel medicine, and urgent care. Dr. Lakhan was the first PA to be employed by her surgical practice, and has previously acted as the program development chair of the Essentia Health Balance Center, as well as Essentia Health-East PA-APRN Student Placement Program Director, and Essentia-East PA-APRN Council Chair where she worked diligently to support and promote the practice of nearly 400 PAs and advanced practice nurses. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed teaching and precepting PA students, NP students, medical students, and residents.
Dr. Lakhan graduated from St. Olaf College iwith a BA in Chemistry and Psychology (concentration in Neuroscience), and earned her PA as a member of Augsburg’s inaugural program. She later earned a master of Physician Assistant Studies in Otolaryngology (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a doctorate of Health Science (DHSc ) in Global Health from A.T. Still Univeristy. She is a grant recipient from The Whiteside Research Institute and Essentia Health Foundation for her research on the prevalence and epidemiology of HPV in oral squamous cell carcinoma.
As an active member of the Minnesota Academy of PAs (MAPA), Dr. Lakhan currently serves on the MAPA Executive Board as Treasurer. She is also a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), previous member of the Task Force to Update AAPA's Model State Legislation, and board member of the Society of PAs in Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS) as Director-at-Large. Her clinical interests include vestibular disorders, neurootology, sinus disease, and pediatric ENT. Her research interests include the role of HPV in oral cancer, global health, health care ethics and economics, interdisciplinary health care, and PA workforce issues. Her personal interests include traveling with her husband and three children, cross-country skiing, photography, and knitting.
B.A. Health Sciences (summa cum laude) - The College of St. Scholastica, May 2000
M.A., Physical Therapy - The College of St. Scholastica, 2001
DPT, Physical Therapy - The College of St. Scholastica, 2012
PhD, Human Services with Health Care Administration Specialization - Capella University, 2019
Dissertation: The Relationship Between Patient Outcomes, Healthcare Utilization, and Guideline Adherence with Management of Knee Osteoarthritis
Dr. Lieberz has clinical expertise in vestibular rehabilitation. She successful completed the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) competency based training in vestibular rehabilitation at Emory University (2007) and advanced APTA competency training at Duke University (2014). Dr. Lieberz is recognized as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Academic areas of expertise include her areas of clinical expertise as well as inter/intraprofessional education, and clinical education. Dr. Lieberz obtained APTA Certified Clinical Instructor status in 2010. She is a Credentialed Trainer of APTA's Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP).
Dr. Lieberz is the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Collaboratively with the Assistant DCE, she is responsible for the clinical education curriculum, maintaining clinical site affiliations, and assessing student performance with clinical internships.
Dr. Lieberz teaches vestibular rehabilitation aspects of neuromuscular management, development of interprofessional competencies, and course work related to clinical reasoning and application of clinical skills. Dr. Lieberz initiated the onsite campus physical therapy clinic in 2011 and is responsible for integrating the clinic with the Patient Client Management Series (II & III).
Dr. Lieberz has co-presented more than 10 peer reviewed presentations related to her areas of teaching and clinical expertise with vestibular, inter/intraprofessional and clinical education at national and regional conferences. She has obtained grant funding through a project titled "Advancing Student Therapist Skills through Enhanced Clinic Resources" to support pro bono clinic services for the mutual benefit of teaching and learning with community based intervention. The scholarship of teaching and learning in her areas of expertise continues to be a primary focus of scholarship.
Dr. Lieberz completed her PhD with a dissertation topic in healthcare administration including quality, evidence based practice, outcomes and health care utilization. Health services research, including the study of these aspects of care, as well as models of care such as telehealth, pro bono service, and preventive models of care, are principal topics of inquiry.
Dr. Lieberz has presented multiple peer-reviewed professional presentations regionally related to vestibular rehabilitation. The scholarship of application / practice involving her areas of expertise continues to be a focus of ongoing scholarship.
Dr. Lieberz is an APTA and MN Physical Therapy Association (MNPTA) member. She is currently the MNPTA Neuro Education Subcommittee Co-Lead responsible for recommending neuro content for the annual spring conference. She is the School of Health Sciences Representative for the Graduate Curriculum Committee at the College. She provides service to the Department of Physical Therapy as the maurices student clinic administrator for adult physical therapy services. Additionally, she actively volunteers regularly to support local community events.
Dr. Lieberz continues current physical therapy practice as a member of the interprofessional balance center team providing vestibular rehabilitation at Essentia Polinsky Rehabilitation on a limited, but highly rewarding, basis.
Julie is a Duluth-area native who comes to CSS after 30 years as the Program Manager at the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program in Duluth, Minn. Her skills include curriculum development, budget management, student and faculty recruitment, accreditation and admission processes. She has successfully raised two children and two naughty, but adorable little dogs! Julie enjoys traveling, reading, movies and all types of sports.
Samantha started her appointment at the College of St. Scholastica in the fall of 2013. She is an assistant professor in the DPT program with current teaching responsibilities in Patient Client Management II, III, and IV, Lifespan Applications I, Lifespan Motor Development, Psychosocial Issues in Physical Therapy, Interventions I, and the PT Elective. She is also the Assistant-Director of Clinical Education for the program, working with students on their clinical internships.
Samantha is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) with section memberships in Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Education and serves on the MN state board for physical therapy. She is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and trainer, and is also certified in both orthopedics and pediatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Samantha’s clinical experience includes outpatient hospital-based and private clinic orthopedics, sports, and pediatrics in the Portland, OR metro area. She also partnered with Lake Superior Community Health Center to establish a pro bono PT practice to work with an underserved population.
Research interests include development of student clinical reasoning skills, intra and interprofessional education, and dosage parameters for rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy.
Kim Moncel, a Superior Wisconsin native, was hired in Jan. of 2018 to serve as an Assistant Professor/Clinical Education Coordinator in the Athletic Training program at The College of St. Scholastica. Kim served as the Head Athletic Trainer at CSS from 1999-2014 and also as an outreach athletic trainer for Essentia Health from 1997-present. In addition to her role as a college ATC, Kim spends her summers serving as a Certified Athletic Trainer for Team USA. Working with the USA Women's Baseball Team since 2005, USA Team Handball from 2010-2015 and USA Para Track since 2013. Kim also served on the medical staff for Team USA at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London England.
In addition to her Clinical Coordinator role Kim also teaches Foundations of Athletic Training, Healthcare Administration, Orthopedic Assessment, Therapeutic Intervention, Healthcare Documentation, Special Topics and Clinical classes.
Teaching responsibilities: Neuroscience, Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics, Patient Client management I, II, III, and Critical Inquiry III.
Research interests: Neurophysiology of eye movement, head movement and balance control.
Todd Neuharth joined The College of St. Scholastica in January 2014 as an assistant professor and currently serves as program director and department chair of the CAATE accredited professional master's degree program-the first of its kind in Minnesota. He was previously at Norwich University where he served as Program Director and Department Chair for 12 years. Todd has been responsible for the initial academic accreditation of two athletic training programs and the successful re-accreditation of Norwich’s program. As a clinician, Todd was Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Minnesota, Morris for 7 years and prior to that served as program director of the sports medicine/orthopedic department in a large multi-specialty clinic in Montana.
Professor Neuharth is a certified member of the NATA, a registered athletic trainer in the state of Minnesota, an American Heart Association instruction, an Impact Trained Athletic Trainer and a Certified Health Education Specialist. He has served on various committees at the state and national level; including serving as an accreditation site visitor and member of the CAATE Annual Report Committee and Site Visit Review Committee.
Position: Professor, Director, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
BA Exercise Science Exercise Physiology University of MN Duluth (1993)
MPT Mayo School of Health Related Sciences (1996)
PhD University of MN Rehabilitation Sciences (2004)
Teaching: Biomechanics, Therapeutic Exercise, Musculoskeletal, Evidence Based Practice
Research: Dr. Ogston's doctoral work was in the area of shoulder biomechanics, but has recently been investigating various realms of foot/ankle research in the sensorimotor lab leading various student groups along with her own projects.
Clinical Experience: Sports Medicine/Orthopedics and Pediatrics.
Professional involvement: Inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers FSBPT (Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA),, MNAPTA Research Committee, Journal of Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy reviewer
Volunteer/Community work as a PT: Courage Duluth, Hermantown Community Church, Grandmas Marathon, Inline Skate Marathon and Duluth-Superior Alpine Club, Hermantown Area Futbol Club, Hermantown Pike Lake Area Community Organization, Hermantown Youth Soccer Association
Ms. Spangler has a Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology, a Masters degree in Physical Therapy, and a Transitional DPT degree. She has extensive clinical experience in multiple areas, having worked in a number of different clinical settings including out patient therapy, in patient rehabilitation, and as a travelling therapist. Her main area of teaching and of clinical expertise is in neurological rehabilitation, with a special interest in the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury.
In the Department of Physical Therapy Ms. Spangler Teaches in a variety of courses. She coordinates the neurologic rehab. courses and participates extensively in the Patient Client Management course series. Currently Ms. Spangler serves as the Chair of the PT Admissions Committee.
Beyond CSS Ms. Spangler is active with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, and volunteers extensively in dog rescue through Retrieve A Golden of the Midwest.
Position: Assistant Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6160
Education: B.S. in Athletic Training, Northern Michigan University, 2011; DPT, Andrews University, 2014.
Clinical Expertise: Primarily neurological inpatient rehabilitation. Dr. Stam has also practiced extensively in the acute care and intensive care unit settings including general medicine, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and trauma floors.
Teaching Responsibilities: Cardiopulmonary evaluation and management, Neuromuscular evaluation and management I and II, Multiple Systems evaluation and management, Professional Engagement, Professional Project, and Capstone Project. Dr. Stam also serves as a clinical faculty in the Patient Client Management series courses.
Research: Dr. Stam has authored 4 peer reviewed publications to date. He currently serves as a reviewer of the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. Research interests include the adaptation and modification of neurological rehabilitation techniques in the acute and inpatient settings as well as student integration of classroom content to clinical practice. Currently Dr. Stam is investigating the application of virtual reality in the learning of electro-cardiology principles.
Dr. Kaisa Syvaoja joined The College of St. Scholastica Occupational Therapy Program full-time faculty in 2020. Prior to her current role, she taught for CSS in an adjunct capacity. She has been practicing occupational therapy in a variety of settings from outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and school and early intervention programs. Her primary focus and areas of expertise has been in pain management, visual integration, and hypermobility.
Kaisa holds her OTD from Creighton University. She is an active member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), member of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD), and certified with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). She serves as a peer reviewer and patient expert for the International Ehlers Danlos Society and is active within the community.
Her research interests include addressing hypermobility related concerns and their impact on functional outcomes, chronic pain and functional limitations, and addressing health literacy across the lifespan. She is a contributing author in the textbook Occupational Therapy with Elders: Strategies for the COTA (4th ed.) and has presented at various occupational therapy conferences.
Education: BA Health Science from the College of St. Scholastica 2011; Doctor of Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica 2013
Clinical Expertise: Outpatient orthopedics in both hospital-based and private practice settings, wound care, vestibular rehabilitation, acute care with focus in orthopedic units.
Teaching Responsibilities: Examination & Evaluation series, Systems Screening & Management series, Musculoskeletal Evaluation & Management, Integumentary Evaluation & Management, Professional Project, Capstone
Scholarship Interests: Strategies to manage symptoms and impairments related to pregnancy and postnatal women's health, diversity in the physical therapy profession, clinical reasoning and teaching practices.
Ph.D. - Kinesiology (emphasis in exercise physiology)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
M.A. - Exercise Physiology
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota
B.S. - Marine Science (emphasis in marine geology)
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
Academic Appointments and Experience:
The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN):
• Associate Professor, Department of Exercise Physiology (2015 - Present)
• Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Physiology (2008 - 2015)
• Director, Exercise Physiology Laboratories (2008 - Present)
The University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN):
• Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Kinesiology (2003 - 2008)
• Lab Manager, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science
(2005 - 2008)
Exercise Physiology Interest Areas:
• Strength, speed and power development
• Physiological testing and evaluation
• Cardiovascular adaptations to training
• Thermoregulation and exercise
Courses Taught at the College of St. Scholastica:
• EXP 3330 - Psychophysiology of Stress and Exercise (with lab)
• EXP 3342 - Strength Training and Conditioning
• EXP 4431 - Advanced Exercise Physiology (with lab)
• EXP 4436 - Research in Exercise Physiology
• EXP 6532 - Physiological Assessment (with lab)
• EXP 6536 - Clinical Exercise Physiology
• EXP 6538 - Exercise Testing and Electrocardiography (with lab)
• EXP 6542 - Strength Training and Conditioning (with lab)
Lead by example. Yes, it is that simple. In the field of exercise physiology I believe "practicing what you preach" is critical to being able to communicate with students on a different, and crucial, level. I have always tried to model an active and physically responsible lifestyle by exercising and being physically active beyond what is minimally recommended for health. I believe this has enabled me to connect with people in a unique way. I have personally known too many academic exercise physiologists who could have avoided such health issues as stroke, heart disease, and hypertension but instead chose the philosophy of "Do as I say, not as I do." Additionally, it has been my observation that many college professors claim to teach students how to think under the guise of "critical thinking" but instead are only interested in teaching students to think what they think. Unfortunately, many students are told they are not thinking "critically" when they disagree or don't think the way their professor does. My philosophy is to teach students how to think and not what to think. I welcome, and encourage, differing thoughts and perspectives.
I was born and raised in the Chicago area and first came to Duluth for my masters degree in exercise physiology at the College of St. Scholastica. While finishing my doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis I decided to return to Duluth. I am a nature enthusiast and enjoy fishing, among other outdoor pursuits. Anything related to weather or the earth sciences is very interesting to me (my undergraduate degree is in marine geology). I have been a competitive powerlifter since 1997 and remain active in the sport as a competitor, coach, meet director, referee, USA Powerlifting Executive Committee member, and state chairman of USA Powerlifting of Minnesota. It was my involvement in powerlifting that first sparked my interest in the physiology of exercise, physical activity, and sport. I also enjoy running and have completed races ranging from 5K to the marathon.
• American College of Sports Medicine
• Clinical Exercise Physiology Association
• National Strength and Conditioning Association
• USA Powerlifting
• American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM):
- Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist [RCEP]
- Clinical Exercise Specialist [CES]
- Health Fitness Specialist [HFS]
• National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA):
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist [CSCS]
- Certified Personal Trainer [CPT]
• USA Powerlifting (USAPL) / International Powerlifting Federation (IPF):
- Category I International Referee
• USA Track and Field (USATF):
- Level 1 Coach
• USA Weightlifting (USAW):
- Level 1 Coach
The information above is current as of August, 2015.
Adjuncts are listed during semesters in which they teach.
Dr Anderson has held multiple leadership roles in health care. She earned a BA in physical therapy from the College of St Scholastica, Duluth, MN; MBA from the University of St Thomas, St Paul, MN; and PhD from Walden University in health services management with a concentration in health policy. She has been the director of rehabilitation for two different hospital systems; corporate consultant for a long term care national organization; director of operations for a multistate territory for a national rehabilitation company; health plan executive for a managed Medicaid health plan; research coordinator for a VA Medical Center; medical writer; researcher; and adjunct faculty member. Dr Anderson has been a licensed physical therapist since 1979 and a geriatric clinical specialist for 20 years. Dr Anderson has published articles, books, and book chapters. Dr Anderson teaches Health Policy in the tDPT program and co-teaches in the Evidenced Based Practice course. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position: Adjunct Professor, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Department: Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
BS Physical Therapy, University of Phil College of Allied Medical Professions (2000)
MS Human Movement Science, University of the Phil College of Human Kinetics (2005)
DPT Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN (2015)
Education Specialist, Advanced Educational Practice, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS (2019)
Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification, International Spine and Pain Institute, Louisville, KY (2020)
Teaching: Examination and Evaluation for the International Physical Therapist
Clinical Experience: Orthopedics, Geriatrics, Persistent Pain Populations, Sports Medicine
Professional involvement: American College of Sports Medicine - Exercise is Medicine National Credentialing Committee, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Item Writer, American Physiological Society – Graduate Member, American Academy of Integrative Pain Management, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA),
Volunteer/Community work as a PT: Surf City Marathon, LA Marathon, Edison Football Sports Medicine and Athletic Training
Dr. Berry received his DPT and PhD from the University of North Dakota.
Education: BA Health Sciences, College of St. Scholastica, 1993; MA Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, 1995; DPT, Des Moines University, 2007.
Teaching Responsibilities: Professional Integration.
Professional: Dr. Bot is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and an APTA orthopaedic section member. He is an orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) as certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2002.
Clinical experience: Out-patient orthopedics, industrial medicine and vestibular rehabilitation.
Jennifer Gardner is a physical therapist who has practiced direct wound management in both acute care and outpatient settings in the Philadelphia area over the past 14 years. While practicing as a wound care PT, she obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy with a focus on wounds and is recognized by the American Academy of Wound Management as a Certified Wound Specialist®. Dr. Gardner has also recently completed her Master's of Healthcare Administration. She has presented at both national and international wound care conferences.
She is currently the Wound Care Manager for Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, NJ where she oversees both acute wound care and a hospital-based outpatient wound center that provides interdisciplinary wound care. Dr. Gardner has also worked as an adjunct professor in the Doctorate of PT program at the College of St. Scholastica where she co-instructs the Integumentary course for the past 6 years in addition to teaching wound care at several Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-area colleges and universities.
Education: BS Physical Therapy University of Vermont; MS Exercise Science University of Massachusetts; DPT Sacred Heart University.
Certifications: Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Distance Education Learning from Shenandoah University.
Teaching: Health Policy, Evidence Based Practice
Clinical Experience: A variety of settings including acute care, athletic training, home-care and mostly outpatient care. Managed single and multi-office outpatient practices including a faculty practice for an entry level DPT program over 38 years. My clinical expertise includes prosthetic and amputation rehabilitation and foot management including orthotic fabrication. Teaching focused on topics in health policy, health economics, PT practice management, billing/coding, payment and regulatory issues, business planning, business and practice assessment. Program director for the Orthopedic Residency program where taught Evidence-based practice and ran the residency lab experience on spine, upper extremity and lower extremity rehabilitation.
Scholarship: Published several articles on muscle atrophy, rehab post meniscectomy, cervical spine in the elderly as well as co-authored a chapter on rehabilitation of persons with lower extremity amputations.
Professional Involvement: Held numerous elected offices for the CTAPTA including Delegate, Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Immediate Past-President as well as several committee chair positions. Instrumental in the successful passing direct access legislation in CT and limited co-pays for PT in Connectic Served on the APTA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee from 2013-2016.ut. Currently am the Federal Affairs Liaison and a member of the Public Policy Committee for CTAPTA.
Awards: Joseph Smey Outstanding Member Award CTAPTA 1997, APTA State Legislative Leadership Award 2007, APTA Lucy Blair Service Award 2019.
Mike joined The College of St.Scholastica in August 2009 as an Approved Clinical Instructor. He serves as the Director of Sports Medicine Services and Athletic Trainer for football and tennis at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
In his role as Director for Sports Medicine Services he oversees all athletic training and strength and conditioning services, a role he has held since July 2004. He has taught a variety of courses in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Dept. at UMD since 1999 and assisted in getting the athletic training education program accredited. He also served as an intern with the New Orleans Saints.
Mike earned his Doctorate in 2013 from the University of Minnesota, has an MA in Physical Education with an Athletic Training Concentration from Western Michigan University and a BA in Exercise Science with an Athletic Training Concentration from University of Minnesota Duluth. Mike has memberships with the NATA, GLATA, MATA, and NSCA.