Murphy Deming Faculty
Deborah Greubel, DNP, APRN-CNP
In December 2017, Dr. Deborah “Deb” Greubel assumed the duties of Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences’ Vice President and Dean.
Greubel previously served as The University of Tulsa’s (TU) Director of the School of Nursing since August 1, 2014. During her tenure at TU, Greubel was instrumental in assisting with the creation of the Oxley College of Health Sciences in 2015, bringing together the health programs of nursing, Athletic Training, Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences, the Institute for Health Care Delivery Sciences, and the faculty of the school of community medicine. The new college also worked closely with TU’s other college on interdisciplinary projects and with the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.
Prior to arriving at TU, Dr. Greubel served as the Divisional Director of Quality and Risk Management for Hillcrest Healthcare Systems Oklahoma Market. She was responsible for transitioning the hospital from a clinical quality system to a program of total quality management. In addition, she was instrumental in the transition of the hospital from the regulatory accreditation of The Joint Commission to utilizing DNV as its accrediting agency. Greubel also assisted in the initiation of the hospital’s first electronic health care record, serving on the advisory board during its implementation.
From 1998 to 2008, Dr. Greubel served as a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. She served as the curriculum coordinator for the section of geriatrics. She was awarded the “Crimson Apple for Teaching Excellence” for 2003-2004 from the College of Medicine.
Dr. Greubel has served the community in various roles to include:
• Member, Board of Trustees – Hillcrest Medical Center
• Member, Board of Trustees – Tulsa City/County Health Department
• Member, Board of Directors – Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program
• Member, Ethics Committee – Hillcrest Medical Center
• Member, Board of Directors – Oklahoma Center for Healthcare Improvement
• Member, Board of Directors – Hillcrest Home Health Advisory Board
• Member, Board of Directors – Hospice of Green Country
Greubel earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from The University of Tulsa in 1991. She went on to complete her Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1998 as a nurse practitioner and later completed her doctoral degree from Oklahoma City University.
Dr. Greubel is a graduate from Naval War College in 2006 and she completed an AACN fellowship at the Wharton School of Business in 2016.
Dr. Greubel is a Captain in the United States Navy. She is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has been awarded the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards), the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal.
Graduate, Naval Justice School
Graduate, Executive Education in Health Care Delivery Sciences
Graduate, Wharton School of Business Senior Executive Leader Education Fellowship
Graduate, MedXellence Course – Uniformed Health Sciences Center Graduate, Harvard Graduate, Navy War College
Graduate, Squadron Officer School
Graduate, Senior Officer Leadership Course
DNP, Oklahoma City University
MS, University of Oklahoma
BSN, The University of Tulsa
Susan "Sue" Stevens, EdD, AT, ATC
Dr. Susan “Sue” Stevens joined Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences in August 2018 as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Stevens previously served in a variety of experiences in higher education with increasing leadership positions throughout her career moving from a clinical education coordinator in accredited athletic training programs at Elon University, Elon NC and University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro NC. She was also the Master of Athletic Training Program Director and Health and Human Performance Department Chair at The University of Findlay. She also served as the chair of the Institutional Review Board, the vice chair and chair of the Undergraduate Council as well as vice chair of the Faculty Senate at The University of Findlay.
She has also held external leadership positions including Secretary, President Elect, and President of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Athletic Trainers Board. She was also a member of the Public Relations Committee, College and University Committee, and Governance Restructuring Task Force for the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. She was also selected as a member of the Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team, which is an international exchange program for young professionals. This experience included a month long professional and cultural exchange in Italy where she was able to interact a variety of health care and other professionals to learn more about international health care systems.
Stevens brings considerable experience with the quality improvement model of program and curricular assessment through the completion of numerous internal assessment reports as a program director and department chair, and recognizes the importance of setting appropriate goals and objectives, collecting data to measure success, developing action plans for continuous improvements and closing the loop by assessing successful completion of the action plan while always trying to move in an upward spiral of improvement.
She is also a firm believer in the role of experiential education for students. Every student should have at least one professional opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom out in the community. Experiential learning is vital to student development, moving from laboratory experiences, to clinical rotations, to internships, study/ service abroad or locally.
Stevens began her career as a practicing collegiate athletic trainer with experience at different levels of competition from a small private institution (NAIA II) to the mid major NCAA I level and has been a BOC certified athletic trainer (ATC) since 1993. She is also a Virginia licensed athletic trainer (AT). Providing health care to athletes as part of the sports medicine team is an amazing opportunity no matter the level, highlights of her clinical practice include international travel with multiple teams, providing health care services to elite athletes during NCAA post season events at all divisions, and the opportunity to provide health care services to olympic caliber athletes. She was also honored to be on the Host Medical Team for the 1999 Special Olympics World Games in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh North Carolina.
Her primary research interest involves students learning through clinical experiences. She has presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and at the NATA Athletic Training Educator’s Conference as well as other regional and state meetings. She has been published in Athletic Therapy Today and Athletic Training Education Journal.
Doctor of Education in Exercise and Sport Science, The University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2005
Master of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Training, Indiana State University, 1995
Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training, Capital University, 1993
Emily Budd, OTD, OTR/L
Emily Budd earned a BS in allied health science from Bridgewater College, followed by a MOT from James Madison University where she assisted in authoring the business plan for Occupational Therapy Clinical Education Services. She completed her post-professional OTD from the University of St. Augustine, graduating with high honors. Her capstone project examined the impact of participation in Tai Chi on occupational performance in older adults.
She has practice experience in skilled nursing and outpatient settings and has enjoyed supervising many level I and level II fieldwork students. Dr. Budd has a practice interest in developing community-based wellness resources for older adults to support aging in place. She is a certified clinician in the LSVT-Big program for the treatment of adults with Parkinson Disease, a master trainer for the Matter of Balance program to manage fear of falling in older adults, and an instructor in the Tai Chi for Rehabilitation program.
Dr. Budd is a Virginia native and enjoys exploring outdoor spaces from the beach to the mountains with her husband and two young children.
Lisa Burns, PhD, OTR/L
Lisa Burns completed her Ph.D. in Human Development (with a specialization in higher education) at Marywood University in Scranton in 2013. While in that interdisciplinary program she received the William G. McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies. Dr. Burns earned a master’s degree in Theology at the University of Scranton and received the Frank O’Hara Award for Academic Excellence in her studies. She completed her Occupational Therapy bachelor’s degree with honors at Indiana University. An occupational therapist for more than 25 years, her practice focused on older adults and management of rehabilitation teams. Prior to joining Mary Baldwin University, she spent more than a decade as an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and also taught a variety of courses including kinesiology, pathology, and physical dysfunction. Dr. Burns has been actively involved in researching and presenting on topics related to professional development for a number of years. Currently, she is active in several professional organizations and enjoys presenting nationally and regionally on a variety of topics. Her scholarly interests include interprofessional competency and interprofessional identify, leadership development, and outcomes related to the entry level Occupational Therapy doctoral capstone experience. As a veteran of the United States Army, Dr. Burns holds a special place in heart for those who serve or have served; she is married to an Air Force veteran. Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Burns enjoys life as a ‘Virginia transplant’. She spends free time with her husband Brian, motorcycle touring back roads of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. She is also attempting to develop her green thumb and gardening skills.
William Cundiff, JD, MBA, FACHE, CMPE, CHC
Dr. Cundiff received his JD at Touro College Law Center, his MBA at Wagner College, and his LEAN Certificate for Healthcare and Hospital Settings at the University of Tennesee, Knoxville. He is an experienced business leader and health care administrator in both proprietary and not for profit environments.
He has served as Campus Executive Officer at Briarcliffe College in New York and spent a number of years in the foreign medical education industry. In addition to his professional service, Dr. Cundiff is an adjunct professor in MHA, MBA, and Executive MBA programs and has served as a board member in various community organizations.
Deborah S. Diaz, PT, PhD
Dr. Diaz earned a BS in Physical Therapy from California State University, Long Beach, a Master of Arts in Education with emphasis in Instructional Systems Technology also from California State University, Long Beach, and a PhD in Psychological Studies in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Diaz practiced physical therapy for 10 years at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, specializing in Spinal Cord Injury, and also served patients on the Adult Neurology Service and Post-Polio Clinic. Dr. Diaz has been faculty at Chapman University in Orange, CA and Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Diaz’ area of expertise is neurology. Dr. Diaz has previously served as DPT Program Director at The University of Texas at El Paso and Co-Chair of the DPT Program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. Her teaching responsibilities here at MDCHS beyond the adult neurologic track include research, evidence-based practice, normal and pathological gait analysis and physical therapist as an educator.
B. Kent Diduch, MD
B. Kent Diduch, MD, is a native Virginian who studied at the College of William and Mary before graduating from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is a board-certified family physician who practiced in Bridgewater for 12 years before he transitioned into education. He started as a faculty member in the PA program and Athletic Training programs at JMU while also serving as their primary care team physician. He joined the PA faculty at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences in the summer of 2018. When not working, Dr. Diduch likes cycling and spending time with his family. His wife is a professor of economics at Mary Baldwin University and they have one daughter, Emma.
Pamela Dressler, MSN, RN
Pam Dressler brings over 30 years as a professional nurse in the areas of Critical Care, Nurse Management, and Nurse Educator to the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) in the RN to BSN Program at the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in the Nurse Educator program at Old Dominion University. She has taught in many practice arenas, including; Critical Care, Cardiac Care, The Joint Commission Stroke Prevention certification program, general nursing skills for new nurse graduates, clinical and classroom instructor for the VCCS on-line ADN program, and electronic health record documentation to all of the regional nursing schools prior to their clinical practicum at Augusta Health. Also, in 2015 she began teaching as an Adjunct Faculty for the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences – RN to BSN program. Dressler is dedicated to the growth and development of nursing education, placing importance on the correlation of advanced education of nurses and quality healthcare.
Beth Elias, PhD, MS, FHIMSS
Dr. Elias completed her PhD in Instructional Technology at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia with a research focus on User Satisfaction with Healthcare Information Systems. Dr. Elias also received a MS in the Management of Information Technology from the McIntire School of Commerce at UVa and a BS in Computer Science from the State University of New York Institute of Technology. Prior to returning to graduate school Dr. Elias worked as a computer systems engineer primarily in healthcare. Her research interests include the effective use of information technology in healthcare, such as point-of-care testing devices and electronic medical records. Dr. Elias is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and served as a co-chair for the TIGER Committee. Dr. Elias has also authored peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and presented at national and international meetings.
Allison Ellington, OTD, MS, OTR/L
Allison Ellington has been a faculty member at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences since 2013. She earned a BS in occupational science and MS in occupational therapy from Ithaca College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She later completed her post-professional OTD at Chatham University.
She has extensive practice experience in adult neurological rehabilitation, both in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings and continues to practice as an occupational therapist in both settings.
Dr. Ellington has been a member of a research team to develop an occupation-based virtual reality system that is now commercially available. She has published a number of articles on the outcomes of using virtual reality among individuals with stroke. Additionally, she has published and presented nationally on topics including the use of online journal clubs to educate and support fieldwork educators, processes and outcomes of the entry-level OTD doctoral experiential component, and faculty development and support.
When not working as an occupational therapist, Dr. Ellington enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children riding bikes, visiting playgrounds, and swimming.
Mark Erath, MBA CPA, CGMA, CPHQ, CSMC, FACHE, FHFMA
Mark Erath is an Associate Professor at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Mary Baldwin University. He has over 30 years’ experience serving health systems, payors, academic medical centers, and other diverse organizations nationwide, leading teams to deliver strategy, operations, finance, risk management, accountability, and performance excellence solutions.
He has taught courses in healthcare financial planning, analysis and control; economics and policy; business operations and management; and performance quality, measurement, accreditation and public reporting.
Previously, he worked in surgery as a hospital volunteer, as a PwC Healthcare Partner (now retired), as Chief Financial Officer of Geisinger Medical Center and Parkland Health and Hospital System, and as the Health Practice Strategist of SmithGroup Architects. He is a Master Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and a Board member/Treasurer of Cynosure Health.
Mark Erath holds an MBA in Healthcare Leadership, with honors, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and he received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Louisiana State University. He is board-certified as a Fellow in healthcare management and finance, a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, and Certified Specialist, Managed Care.
Benjamin G. Farley, MD
Ben Farley grew up in Greeneville, Tennessee. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1989 with a B.A. in English. After working one year as a social worker, tutor, and counselor for at-risk youth in Philadelphia and one year as a teacher, he matriculated at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1991 and graduated in 1995. He completed his postgraduate training in 1998 at Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency in Kingston, PA. While there, he was awarded two scholarships and a Resident Teacher Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, “in recognition of demonstrated interest, ability, and commitment to family medicine education.”
Ben moved to Staunton in 1998 and worked at Augusta Health Family Practice and Augusta Health in Fishersville from 1998 until 2012. During his tenure at Augusta Health, he served two years as vice-chair of the medical department and two more years as chair of the medical department. He was also a member of Augusta Health’s executive committee for those four years.
In 2012, Dr. Farley joined Staunton Medical Associates, where he practiced outpatient family medicine until joining Augusta Health as an urgent care physician in June, 2015. He has worked closely with PAs throughout his career, and he enjoys teaching and precepting students. He is an instructor in the following courses: Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Medicine Casework, Pathophysiology, Patient History and Communication, Physical Diagnosis I and II, Clinical Medicine I, II, and III, and Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies. He also looks forward to continuing to serve as a preceptor.
Ben is married and has three children. When he is not taking care of patients or working with students, he enjoys spending time with his family, running or hiking with his three dogs, reading, and playing soccer.
Harold A. Felton, DHEd, PA-C
Dr. Felton obtained his BS in Physician Assistant from Long Island University/Brooklyn Hospital and went on to complete the Yale/Norwalk PA Surgical Residency Program. He obtained his Master’s from the University of Nebraska and completed an advanced degree at the US Air University. His Doctorate in Health Education was obtained from A.T Still University.
Dr. Felton has diverse experience in multiple surgical and medical specialties as well as administrative experience in running private practices. He was often the first PA in a hospital or practice and established the protocols for PA practice at several institutions. He has been involved in PA education for over ten years and most recently was the Associate Director at Touro College-Manhattan. Dr. Felton has received several educational awards and in 2015 was selected as “Teacher of the Year”.
In addition to his extensive educational and clinical experience Dr. Felton is a retired US Army Colonel who has served in multiple command and staff positions in both combat and peacetime assignments. He was appointed to several US Army advisory boards and was one of a select few that has risen through the Enlisted, Warrant and Commissioned Officer ranks. He is a certified Army educator with decades of experience in medical and combat training.
Dr. Felton has served on several AAPA and PAEA committees as well as having been a journal reviewer. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and remains active in several military and PA organizations.
Dr. Felton is a subject matter expert in Post Deployment Health Assessment and continues to assist in that area. Other areas of interest include Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), where he continues to serve on several TBI committees; he was formally the TBI coordinator for the Ft. Dix region. Dr. Felton is also interested in mentorship and educational remediation. He developed and implemented a remediation program that improved PA students’ overall performance and board pass rate. Dr. Felton describes one of his key roles as mentoring students and other PAs in order to support them in carrying on the proud tradition of the PA in providing compassionate and professional care. Dr. Felton is married with four children and four grandchildren.
Marty Fontenot, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
Dr. Marty Fontenot received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2006 from the University of Delaware, where he also completed a post-doc sports residency in 2009. Dr. Fontenot previously was full time faculty at South University in Richmond, VA. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Fontenot, has a strong clinical background having worked/managed outpatient orthopedic clinics in Georgia, Delaware, Utah and Virginia. Dr. Fontenot is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and a certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS), thus bringing a highly sought after specialty in orthopedics and sports medicine to the program. Dr. Fontenot’s publications include a textbook chapter, articles in Orthopedic Practice and Athletic Training & Sports Healthcare, as well as a number of national and regional presentations/posters. He teaches the musculoskeletal course series content in the DPT program.
Drew Ellen Gogian, EdD, MSN, RN
Drew Ellen Gogian brings 20 years of combined experiences as a professional nurse, Director of Nursing, and Nurse Educator to Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at Blue Ridge Community College, a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) in the RN to BSN Program at the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in the Nurse Educator tract at Old Dominion University, and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education and Adult Learning at Walden University. She taught full time in the nursing program at Blue Ridge Community College from 2005 to 2014, rising to an associate professor level. In addition to teaching, Gogian has continued an active clinical agenda, practicing in a number of healthcare venues. She has presented regionally on a number of nursing topics and has focused her recent scholarship on internationalization and nursing curriculum, factors that impact enrollment and persistence in RN to BSN programs, and the paradigm shift in the educational preparation of nurses.
Emily Greene, MSPA,
Emily Greene graduated from James Madison University Physician Assistant Program after attending University of Mary Washington for her B.S. in Biology. She practiced Urology full time for nine years before transitioning to education. As a member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at Augusta Health Hospital she is dedicated to promoting awareness of antibiotic resistance. Emily has went on medical mission trips to Mexico and Bolivia as well as in the Appalachians. A Shenandoah Valley native, Emily lives with her husband and dog in Afton. She is an avid gardener and mountain biker, and prefers to spend most of her time outside.
Jennifer Hancock, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Hancock joined Mary Baldwin University in 2016 after teaching anatomy, physiology and research methods for 7 years at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. She earned her BA in biology from Capital University and her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Ohio University.
Within the Murphy Deming College of Health Science, Dr. Hancock teaches anatomy and pathophysiology for the physician assistant program, anatomy, physiology and neuroanatomy for the physical therapy program, and anatomy and neuroanatomy for the occupational therapy program.
Greg Hansen, PhD, MS, OTR/L
Greg Hansen received his PhD in Motor Learning from the University of Virginia. He has a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University. Dr. Hansen has been a practicing occupational therapist for 20 years. Prior to coming to MDCHS he was employed at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB). In addition to his work at VSDB, Dr. Hansen has practiced at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Fayette County Schools (WV) schools, Augusta Health and a number of other hospital based centers. Dr. Hansen has been an invited guest speaker at many regional colleges and has supported OT students in training as a clinical instructor, receiving two awards as “outstanding fieldwork educator.” His area of expertise and his recent research focuses on children with special needs.
Christopher Harnish, PhD, ACSM EP-C, CSCS, USAW, FMSc
Dr. Chris Harnish earned his Bachelor of Science in Clinical Exercise Science at Ithaca College; his Master of Science in Exercise Physiology at the University of South Carolina; and his PhD in Exercise Physiology at Virginia Commonwealth University. His dissertation was titled, “Comparison of two different work to rest ratios on the acute metabolic and inflammatory effects of a single bout of spring interval training.”
As an exercise physiologist and coach, Dr. Harnish has worked with both clinical and healthy populations, as well as beginner to professional athletes. His research interests are broad, but revolve around optimizing human performance, with more than 20 publications.
Dr. Harnish is a lifelong endurance athlete, starting as a speed skater early on, and then moving to competitive road cycling for nearly 20 years. After starting his PhD, he began trail running and mountain biking before taking up Xterra triathlon, which culminated in a USAT age-group National Championship in 2018.
Hannah Harris, OTD, OTR/L
Hannah Harris received her entry-level OTD in 2010 from Belmont University and previously earned BS degrees in Kinesiology and Psychology from Shenandoah University. She currently serves as a member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators (RAE) for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Dr. Harris has clinical experience working with populations across the lifespan with a special interest in the aging population. She is currently pursuing her certification as an Aging in Place Specialist and continues to practice one day a week in the long term care setting with emphasis in dementia care and caregiver education.
Monica Heck, DNP, FNP-C, RN
Monica Heck brings 20 years of experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner to Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University. She began her nursing career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) from Valley Career & Technical Center. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at Blue Ridge Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Eastern Mennonite University RN to BSN Program, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate from the University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Frontier Nursing University. She has worked clinically as a nurse practitioner in primary care and currently at Augusta Health Urgent Care and Convenient Care Clinics. In 2017 she began teaching as Adjunct Faculty for Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences-RN to BSN program and is now an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. She is interested in promoting life-long nursing education and professionalism in nursing.
We are in the process of hiring additional faculty and staff — we expect a team of more than 30 professionals supporting our programs when at full capacity. Potential faculty members are encouraged to reference our website for current employment searches.
Jennifer Hunt, MMS, PA-C
Jennifer Hunt completed her Master’s in Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University in 2009. After graduation, she joined Lima Memorial Physicians group as a family practice and occupational medicine PA. While at Lima Memorial, Ms. Hunt was asked to join the EMR committee and helped develop clinical templates and implement the use of electronic medical records in all of the outpatient clinics. As one of the few clinicians on the EMR committee, she developed educational materials for her fellow clinicians and streamlined the processes of EMR use.
With a passion for wellness and preventive medicine, in addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Hunt became the Lima Memorial Wellness Coach and helped develop the hospital’s insurance wellness program and community worksite wellness programs. This involved coordinating the compliance of wellness participants, performing and interpreting wellness screenings, and developing educational and preventive programs. Ms. Hunt was an integral liaison between the ever changing push toward wellness and prevention in healthcare and the affected patients and medical providers.
Prior to joining the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Ms. Hunt worked with Hometown Urgent Care and Occupational Health in Columbus, Ohio. She currently practices clinically in urgent care at Augusta Health.
Shelley Knewstep-Watkins, OTD,OTR/L
Shelley Knewstep-Watkins received her post-professional OTD from the University of St. Augustine, where she previously earned her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary. She has been a practicing occupational therapist since 2008 working first in pediatric and adult rehabilitation at Brooks Rehab in Florida. At the University of Virginia Health System, she was a senior occupational therapist providing acute care services throughout the medical center as well as a leader of the interdisciplinary fall prevention team.
Dr. Knewstep-Watkins is a highly recognized expert on the role of occupational therapy for persons with Huntington’s disease, serving as the primary OT in the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence at UVA and authoring educational presentations as well as book chapters on this practice area. Additionally, she is a contributing member of a research team investigating interventions for children with cerebral palsy.
Bess Maxwell, PhD, PT
Dr. Maxwell received a Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a specialization in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University, a second Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine, and a PhD from University of Arizona in Animal Physiology/Exercise Physiology. She has been a practicing physical therapist for over fifteen years with a specialty in geriatrics and in fitness for individuals with life-long disability. She is an expert in aquatic therapy, presenting nationally on all aspects of this intervention technique and receiving over 2 million dollars in grants to support aquatic therapy initiatives. She has published a number of research articles as well as training materials. Dr. Maxwell currently teaches courses in Foundations of Clinical Exercise, Pathophysiology, and Health Promotion and Wellness.
Brian Miller, MEd, MSEd, MS
Brian Miller is a health education specialist and assistant professor of health science at Murphy Deming College of Health Science at Mary Baldwin University. He received his Bachelor of Science of Nutrition & Dietetics, Master of Science in Nutrition, and Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Akron as well as a Master of Education in Community Health Education from Kent State University. Brian is completing his doctoral candidacy in Health Education & Promotion from Kent State University and Masters in Statistics at the University of Akron.
Brian serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the American Red Cross Education Sub-Council and is a First Aid and CPR Instructor. He also serves as a counterpart to the Central American Medical Outreach Nutrition Program in Honduras. His research areas are diverse and include psychomotor and behavioral concepts in first aid emergencies, metabolic syndrome, measurement and evaluation in exercise science, and health disparities in nutrition. Brian has made it his mission to foster and support both research skills and international humanitarian experiences for his students.
Sheri Montgomery, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Sheri Montgomery received her post-professional OTD from the University of Utah and her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University- Boston School of Occupational Therapy. She is currently completing a Doctorate in Education from West Florida University with a focus in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design. Practicing since 1980 in Wyoming and Utah, Dr. Montgomery’s clinical experience focused on children and youth, with experience in school, early intervention, outpatient rehab, and inpatient rehab/acute settings. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to practice in home health, long-term care, mental health, outpatient rehab, and inpatient rehab/acute settings with adults. Dr. Montgomery’s research and scholarly interests are in professional leadership and adult teaching and learning. Dr. Montgomery has been an active member of multiple state associations, serving in a variety of leadership roles. She has held several leadership roles in AOTA, including Chair of the Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures Committee, member of the Representative Assembly, AOTA Secretary, and Board Director. She is currently a Board Director for the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Carolyn Moore, PT, DPT, MHS
Dr. Carolyn Moore joined MDCHS after serving as Director of the PTA Program at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN. Prior to that position she was in the Pediatric Neuro-rehabilitation Department of the University of Michigan Health Systems (U of M) for twenty years and a part of the Pediatric/Adolescent Traumatic Brain Injury Team. In addition, she served for five years as the supervisor of Outpatient Therapies at the U of M. She received her PT degree at the University Of Texas School Of Allied Health Sciences, her Masters of Health Sciences at University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She has held numerous professional and community service positions and has been involved in international service learning. Her research includes presentations and articles in the areas of Mindfulness, concussion, balance and adaptive design. Dr. Moore currently teaches Foundations of PT, and Neuromuscular Management 2 – Pediatrics, and the content on management of amputations in the DPT program.
Kim L. Nine, PhD
Dr. McDonald received her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from State University of New York at Empire, a Master of Science in Health Psychology from Capella University, and a PhD in Public Health with a specialization in epidemiology from Walden University.
Dr. McDonald worked as a research and data coordinator and prevention educator in a comprehensive behavioral health hospital with various patient populations as well as with community leaders, schools and coalitions. In 2012 she accepted a position as the Senior Coordinator for Quality Management with New York State’s largest healthcare provider, the nation’s 14th-largest healthcare system, with 21 hospitals and more than 550 ambulatory and physician practices.
From 2010 through 2017 Dr. McDonald has held various faculty and adjunct faculty appointments with Ashford University’s MHA Program, Kaplan University, teaching courses in public health, epidemiology, and health information management and working as lead faculty and curriculum specialist for development of the MHS, health information management program. She has also served as course developer and subject matter expert for Carrington College.
In 2015 she accepted the position of Department Chair of the Healthcare Administration department at Briarcliffe College. During her tenure at Briarcliffe College she developed the College’s first graduate degree program, a Master’s in Health Care Administration as well as revised the undergraduate Health Care Management Internship course serving more than 400 ground and online students.
David Pallister, JD, OTR/L
David Pallister received his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School (Newark) and Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from New York University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Wagner College. An occupational therapist for over 20 years, Dr. Pallister’s clinical experience focused on adult/older-adult rehabilitation and ergonomics and work injury prevention. His professional and scholarly interests include best practices in occupational therapy online education; legal, legislative and policy issues related to occupational therapy practice and education; and professional advocacy. He currently serves as an advisor to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Habilitation Policy Workgroup and as Chair of the Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures Committee for the Florida Occupational Therapy Association.
Lisa Donegan Shoaf, PT, DPT, PhD
Dr. Lisa Shoaf joined Mary Baldwin University in 2012 after 20 years on faculty at the Department of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she served as the Director of Clinical Education. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1981 with a BS in Physical Therapy, in 1990 from James Madison University with a MS degree in Health Science and Sports, and completed her PhD in Education at VCU in 2002. She is a 2014 graduate of the APTA Educational Leadership Fellowship. Dr. Shoaf’s practice area is in orthopedics with a specialty in performing arts medicine. She has worked with several college dance departments, as well as the Richmond Ballet, and was an adjunct instructor in the Department of Dance and Choreography while at VCU. Her teaching areas include ethics, leadership, professional issues, and more recently, developing skills in interprofessional collaboration. Dr. Shoaf’s research areas include clinical education, performing arts, and interprofessional education development. She has served in multiple leadership roles in the PT profession including president of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association from 2006–08, a Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates annually since 1996, and in various roles for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Don Solimini, MHA, PA-C
Donald Solimini, PA-C, MHA is a Connecticut native who graduated from St. Louis University’s PA Program in Missouri. He had attended St. Michael’s College in Vermont where he received his BA in Biology. After graduation from PA school he was initially employed within the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. Mr. Solimini transitioned into Pediatrics and Neonatology and spent 25 years as a Senior Pediatric Physician Assistant at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.
His Master in Health Administration is from Quinnipiac University where he was a lecturer in Pediatrics at Quinnipiac University’s Physician Assistant for 10 years. Mr. Solimini speaks locally and nationally for various PA organizations and has also been extensively involved with Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants (ConnAPA) and with American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) on the Conference Planning Committee for the national Physician Assistant Conference. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA.
Besides Quinnipiac University he has previous academic experience as an Assistant Director of Clinical Education where he contributed as a PA educator full-time for three years. Prior to moving to Virginia, he was employed by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as a Pediatric Critical Care PA.
Don also serves with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Council on Immunization Practice (ACIP) as a member of the Childhood and Adolescent Immunization and General Recommendations Workgroups. He is the only PA serving on these Workgroups.
His passion is his involvement with global health missions to underserved countries and has made trips to Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Central & South America.
Professor Solimini brings to Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences PA Program a long career in clinical and didactic service.
Pam Stephenson, OTD, MS, OTR/L
Dr. Pam Stephenson received her OT Degree from Ulster Polytechnic in Northern Ireland in 1984. In addition she has a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences (1995) from St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London, a Post-Professional MS in Occupational Therapy from San Jose University, and a Post-Professional Occupational therapy Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University (2014). In 2012, she was co-author of a book chapter “The Use of Psychosocial Methods and Interpersonal Strategies in Mental Health” as part of the 3rd edition of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: An Evolving Practice. She is active in the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) and served as the “Blue Ridge District Chair” directing the VOTA activities in the region from 2009 until July 2015. Dr. Stephenson recently accepted the position of Forum Coordinator for the AOTA Early Intervention and School Special Interest Section (EISSIS). Her major areas of interest focus on mental health and autism.
Gail M. Tarleton, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Gail Tarleton joins Mary Baldwin University with 24 years of diverse clinical experience working in a variety of settings, with a primary focus in orthopedics and industrial medicine. She is a certified Orthopedic Specialist and has been an adjunct faculty member at MDCHS since 2015. Dr. Tarleton received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Plymouth State University in 1988. She graduated with honors from the University of Vermont with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1993 and obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Utica College in 2014. Dr. Tarleton has worked with a wide variety of athletes with a focus on runners and running form, orthotics, post-surgical rehabilitation and industrial medicine. She has a strong interest in community health and fitness. She serves as the Director of Clinical Education for the DPT program, as well as teaching professional issues, clinical imaging, and running analysis in the DPT program.
Ann Tuzson, PT, PhD
Dr. Ann Tuzson received her BS in Physical Therapy in 1997 from University of Illinois at Chicago and went on to complete a MS in Biomedical Engineering in 2002 at the University of Virginia. In 2008 she completed a PhD in Kinesiology also at UVA. Currently, as well as during her master and doctoral studies, Dr. Tuzson practices as a physical therapist at the University of Virginia Medical Center in adult acute care. She is also a Certified Early Intervention Professional and works part time at Albemarle Therapy Center. Dr. Tuzson taught at UVA as a graduate teaching assistant and at Hampton University as an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Tuzson taught the MDCHS charter class as an adjunct faculty member before becoming a core faculty member in 2015. In addition to teaching at MDCHS, she coordinates the Sopher Human Movement Laboratory. Dr. Tuzson’s research interests include motion analysis, biomechanics, motor control and injuries in the equestrian athlete. She is currently teaching Kinesiology, Biomechanics, and elements of Cardiopulmonary PT in the DPT program, as well as overseeing the Human Performance Research Lab at MDCHS.
Sandy Wagoner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Sandy Wagoner received a BS degree in therapeutic recreation followed by a master’s in occupational therapy in 1985 from Texas Woman’s University. Her post-professional doctorate was obtained from Rocky Mountain University with an emphasis in administration and practice management. Dr. Wagoner has over 33 years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings including out-patient therapy, In-patient rehabilitation, private practice, home health and industrial rehabilitation and occupational health. She continues to practice at Augusta Health’s outpatient therapy clinic. Dr. Wagoner earned advanced certification in neurodevelopment treatment and became a certified hand therapist in 1997. She currently serves as the Work & Industry Special Interest Section forum coordinator for the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has presented on both the state and national level on topics of work injury prevention and common hand diagnoses, and treatment. Dr. Wagoner has co-presented on topic areas of graduate student core competencies, doctoral experiential components outcomes, and survival strategies for new faculty. Her current interests focus on investigating student lab simulation experiences and investigating sit-stand outcomes in graduate-level students.
Corey Woldenberg, PT, DPT
Dr. Corey Woldenberg earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Kentucky; and her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Woldenberg previously was adjunct faculty at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and brings a strong and diverse clinical background with a primary focus in orthopedics. She has special interest in hypermobility syndromes and connective tissue disorders, and has presented nationally on the physical therapy management of this patient population. Dr. Woldenberg also specializes in Therapeutic Horseback Riding and has worked/volunteered with numerous programs over the past 20 years.
She serves as the Assistant Director of Clinical Education for the DPT program in addition to her teaching responsibilities.
Whit Worman, MPAS,
Whit Worman, Assistant Professor, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Math and Science from the University of Dayton, Dayton OH. She received her Surgical Physician Assistant degree from Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH, graduating first in her class. Her Master of Physician Assistant Studies was completed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, in Leadership with an Educational Theory focus.
Ms. Worman spent the vast majority of her PA career in surgical sub-specialties, finishing her surgical career as a cardiothoracic PA. In addition, after her surgical career, she practiced in cardiology, family medicine and behavioral health. The past 10 years she has worked in PA education, holding positions as Program Director, Director of Academic Education and Director of Clinical Education.