Physical Therapy Faculty and Staff
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.
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 served as the founding Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS)/MBU from 2012 – 2020, stepping into the role as Dean in January 2021.
She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1981 with a BS in Physical Therapy, in 1990 from James Madison University with an 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.
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.
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.
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.
Julie Skrzat, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS
Dr. Skrzat is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She earned her BS, MS, and DPT from Ithaca College. She completed her Ph.D. in Movement Science from Temple University. Dr. Skrzat is an ABPTS board certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist. Dr. Skrzat has practiced extensively in various acute care hospitals.
Dr. Skrzat pursues three research lines: optimizing functional outcomes for patients who are critically ill, simulation in PT education, and interprofessional experiences in PT education. Dr. Skrzat has presented at state and national conferences. She is published in research journals and textbooks.
Dr. Skrzat’s primary teaching responsibility will be the cardiovascular and pulmonary content in the PT 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.
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.