Faculty and Staff | Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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Position: Assoc Prof, Physical Therapy
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 625-4938
E-Mail: aborstad@css.edu


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.

Position: Professor & Chair, PT
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6523
E-Mail: jborstad1@css.edu

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.

Position: Data Coordinator, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 625-4963
E-Mail: ebursell@css.edu
Position: Assistant Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6122
E-Mail: ccabelka@css.edu

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).

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Transitional Doctor of PT
Phone: (218) 723-6174
E-Mail: JKilloug@css.edu
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Dr. Killough’s teaching areas in the entry level program include Cardiopulmonary Evaluation and Management, Physiological Response to Injury and Exercise, Systems Screening and Management I, Patient Client Management I and II, Multiple Systems, Geriatric Evaluation and Management. In the tDPT her teaching areas are Diagnostic Imaging and Differential Systems Screening.

Research interests: Fall prevention in the geriatric population, cardiopulmonary implications of physical therapy interventions for neurological impairment, Manual Therapy as an adjunct for Physical Therapy in Urinary Incontinence, and Ergonomics and Bariatric Geriatrics.
Dr. Killough earned a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College, Northfield MN in 1976, a M.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA in 1981, and an M.A. in Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in 1993. She earned a D.P.T. from Simmons College in 2006. She was certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2003, recertified in 2013,  and as a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults in 2011.
Position: Admin Asst II, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6786
E-Mail: KKing@css.edu

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.

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6061
E-Mail: JKittel2@css.edu

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).

Position: Assoc Prof, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: 625-4480
E-Mail: DLieberz@css.edu


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).

Administrative Leadership

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.

Clinical Work

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.


Position: Assoc Prof, Physical Therapy
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6204
E-Mail: mmoffett@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6640
E-Mail: smohnjohnsen@css.edu

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.

Position: Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6013
E-Mail: JNelson@css.edu

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.

Position: Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: 733-2216
E-Mail: Jogston@css.edu

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


Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Transitional Doctor of PT
Phone: (218) 723-5995
E-Mail: LSpangle@css.edu

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, PT
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6160
E-Mail: dstam@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6176
E-Mail: ntombers@css.edu

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.

Position: Assistant Professor, PT
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 625-4873
E-Mail: mwatkins2@css.edu

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