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The faculty of RMUoHP is comprised of Graduate Program Directors (GPD), full-time, and part-time faculty. RMUoHP faculty is generally actively engaged in practice and research. Therefore, they possess academic knowledge that meets the highest standards of academic scholarship and professional practice in the health sciences. The faculty demonstrate exemplary skills through their practice of adult education principles. During their education, students experience a multi-disciplinary approach to scientific inquiry and evidence based practice modeled by mentors who demonstrate the unique contribution of health science to the helping professions. Faculty provide instruction, assessment, advising, and mentoring to students.
Faculty listed below are considered part-time (lecturers) unless otherwise indicated. Additionally, because of appointments at other universities, we are unable to list our faculty in its entirety.
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Stephen C. Allison is a physical therapist engaged in teaching, research, and consultation. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University (BS), Baylor University (MPT), the U.S. Army War College (MSS), and The University of Texas at Austin (PhD). He was a faculty member and Director of the U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, Texas from 1994 - 2001. He has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Dr. Allison currently holds faculty appointments at Baylor University and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, where he holds the Evidence in Motion Chair in Evidence-Based Practice. Dr. Allison is also working for the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine to develop computational and statistical models to predict injury and physical performance deficits in military training. He is a nationally known speaker and an expert on the integration of research evidence in clinical practice.
Chris Alterio has been practicing occupational therapy for 25 years. He received his undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from SUNY at Buffalo and received his clinical doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. He is the owner of ABC Therapeutics Occupational and Physical Therapy, which is a private practice in Western New York. He recently completed a term as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and has been actively involved in national credentialing of occupational therapy practitioners for twenty years. He is also appointed to the Keuka College Division of Occupational Therapy as an Assistant Professor where he is responsible for pediatrics content in the curriculum.
Dr. Alvar is a Professor/Associate Dean of Research for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. As such, he oversees all areas of research (scholarship of discovery) for the University with a primary emphasis on teaching the area of research methods and guiding young scholars in their dissertation work. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (with Distinction), a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (with Distinction) and recognized as a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
His research focus is in the area of physical activity related to human performance, occupational preparedness, and health-related benefits from resistance training. He is considered an expert in the dose-response relationship of resistance training and strength improvement. He uses this knowledge to alter health/performance related outcomes relative to differing doses of resistance training. In the future he plans to focus on examining various health related benefits of resistance training, such as bone mineral density, lipid profiles, stress reduction, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Additionally, he will be examining how various fitness parameters can be evaluated and/or manipulated to influence job performance, injury prediction/prevention, and premature morbidity and mortality in occupations such as firefighters and the military.
Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas is a Certified Health Education Specialist, enthusiastic
wellness consultant and Yoga/meditation practitioner and instructor, dedicated to
empowering individuals to enhance quality of life through balanced, healthier lifestyles.
Through her company, Balanced Living Health & Wellbeing Consultants, LLC, Teresa
provides practical tools, guiding clients toward increased self-understanding through
mindfulness to respond to everyday challenges. She focuses on empowerment as a key
factor in stress management, emphasizing “Healing from the Inside Out”.
Teresa completed her doctoral degree in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness at
Arizona State University and has continued post-graduate advanced Mindfulness-Based
Stress Reduction trainings taught by Center For Mindfulness senior staff. As a certified
Yoga Therapist/Instructor with over 25 years of experience, Teresa is owner of Santosha
Yoga School, advocating “body-friendly” Hatha Yoga and meditation.
Teresa affirms “I cherish family and close friends … my ‘best friend’ is my six-pound,
11 year old Maltese, Buddy!”
Corky graduated in 1975 from the University of Utah with a B.S. in physical therapy. In 2001 he received his masters of PT from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. In 2007 he received his DPT from the University of Utah. He has been employed for more than 35years with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. During his employment he has work in cardiac rehabilitation, chest physical therapy, neurology, and inpatient orthopedics and wound management. He has also had experience working in home health. He is currently the director of the Diabetic Foot Clinic, a physical therapy clinic, based at the TOSH campus in Salt Lake City.
He has had a strong interest in wound management. He has served as president of the American Physical Therapy Association's Wound Management Special Interest Group. His present clinical load is wound management and diabetic foot care. He has participated in many continuing education programs in wound management and diabetic foot care nationwide and is recognized by the American Academy of Wound Management as a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS). Additionally he is certified by the National Certification Board of Diabetic Educators as a Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE) and by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. as a Certified Pedorthotist (CPed).
A certified athletic trainer for 21 years, Ms. Barber Foss is currently a research biomechanist and senior clinical research coordinator for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and athletic trainer at a local high school. She has worked as an athletic trainer in the collegiate, clinic, high school, and US national women’s rugby team settings. Her passion lies with providing care to the middle and high school aged athlete as an athletic trainer. She has published numerous manuscripts in the fields of injury epidemiology and biomechanics, with special emphasis on female knee injuries and high school and middle school injury rates and risks and trends. She received her undergraduate degrees in athletic training and sociology from North Dakota State University and master’s degrees in sports medicine and biomechanics from the University of Oregon.
My career in athletic training began my sophomore year of high school. My volleyball coach suggested I attend a week long athletic training workshop for students. She thought I might find it interesting. I was hooked! Thirty six years later, I am still a practicing athletic trainer. For the last 21 years, I have had the honor and challenge of being a faculty member, clinical instructor and athletic trainer at Springfield College in Springfield Massachusetts. With an undergraduate degree in teaching and athletic training, I quickly recognized the similarities between teaching motor concepts to physical education students and teaching skills application to athletic training students. Once I became involved in clinical education, it became my passion and my primary research interest. Utilizing qualitative research methods to explore interactions between athletic training students and their clinical instructors, I have worked independently and with other researchers to advance our understanding of learning and teaching within the clinical component of the curriculum.
I served as the clinical education coordinator at Springfield College from 1990-2004 and then accepted the position a program director. I currently serve as the program director and hold the rank of associate professor within the Exercise Science and Sport Studies Department. As a transplant from Coastal North Carolina, I have come to love New England, with its spectacular fall foliage display, months of snow centered recreational activities and consistent support of social justice and diversity issues. I do, however, return to the salty, sandy shores of Eastern NC every summer to reconnect with my extended family and roots.
Dr. Beachy received her PhD in Biochemistry for the University of Minnesota. After two postdoctoral research positions in Immunology and Physiological Chemistry, she went to medical school initially at Brown and then George Washington University Medical School. She completed her residency and neonatal fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She has worked at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, where she was the director of the NICU, and at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI, where she was the director of the NICU follow-up clinic in addition to working in the NICU. She has worked at the University of Utah since 2001 and is an attending neonatologist at 3 hospitals, Intermountain Medical Center, Primary Children's Hospital, and University of Utah where she is the associate medical director of the NICU.
She is actively involved in ethics and developmental care committees at the hospitals where she has worked. She is NIDCAP certified. Her major research interests include 1) evaluating ventricular size and brain electrical activity in infants with intraventricular hemorrhage and post-hemorrhagic ventricular dilatation and 2) identifying predictive factors of death and/or poor neurodevelopmental outcome in infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy treated with hypothermia. She has been and is actively involved in many funded research studies including the use of Darbopoeitin for infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.
Dr. Benzel-Lindley has been teaching in a college setting since 1991 in a wide range of subjects including humanities, biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, as well as nursing. She was born and raised in Wisconsin, and received her BA in Biology and later her BSN in Nursing. She has worked in nursing positions (acute and long-term facilities) while specializing in cardiac, telemetry, geriatric, and chronic conditions such as diabetes. In 1985, she moved to Arizona, eventually settling in Tempe for a while. Dr. Benzel-Lindley later received her MA in Humanities in 1991. After later receiving her MSN in 1998, she received her Ph.D. in Nursing in 2005 and relocated to Nevada where she served as the Community Level Coordinator for Nevada State College and finally as an Education Specialist with Banner Health Care in 2008.
Dr. Bezner, PT, PhD, is the Vice President of Education and Governance & Administration at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Janet manages the Association strategic planning effort, and supervises the Departments of Accreditation, Academic Affairs, Post-professional Certification and Credentialing, National Governance and Leadership, Component Governance and Leadership and Information Technology. She received her bachelor's degree in physical therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, her master's degree from Texas Woman's University and a PhD in health education from the University of Texas. Janet spent 7 years teaching physical therapy at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas and has practiced in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, home health, long term care and corporate wellness. Janet served on the Board of Directors of the APTA prior to joining staff and is a recipient of the Lucy Blair Service Award.