Faculty Directory


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Alex Abzug, PT, DPT, OCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Alex Abzug’s full profile)

Ginelle C. Amormino PT, DPT
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Ginelle C. Amormino’s full profile)

Michael Andersen PT, DPT, OCS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Michael Andersen’s full profile)

Andrea Austin, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Andrea Austin’s full profile)

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Marina Babaan, MSPT
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Marina Babaan’s full profile)

Kyle Baldwin, PT, DPT
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy. (see Kyle Baldwin’s full profile)

Max Barroso, PT, DPT, SCS
Max Barroso is an instructor of clinical physical therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. A board-certified sports clinical specialist, he provides physical therapy services on USC’s University Park Campus, specializing in orthopedic and sports injuries. (see Max Barroso’s full profile)

Elizabeth Bottrell, DPT, FAAOMPT
Liz Bottrell’s clinical interests are orthopedic in nature and span the entire body – headaches and TMD to toe and foot injuries. She is an advocate for advancing the public’s understanding of the benefits of PT and creating greater personal and community health through active engagement. (see Elizabeth Bottrell’s full profile)

Nina S. Bradley, PhD, PT
Nina S. Bradley is an associate professor whose research and teaching interests focus on motor control, with an emphasis on developmental aspects of sensorimotor physiology, neuro-biomechanical interactions and skills acquisition. (see Nina S. Bradley’s full profile)

Tommy Brice, PT, DPT, OCS
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy. (see Tommy Brice’s full profile)

Melissa Brose, PT, DPT, NCS
Melissa Brose is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy who practices as an inpatient physical therapist at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center on the neuro-rehabilitation service. (see Melissa Brose’s full profile)

Chelsey Brown, PT, DPT, NCS
Chelsey Brown is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy. (see Chelsey Brown’s full profile)

Wendy Burke, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, CCRC
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy. (see Wendy Burke’s full profile)

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Geoffrey Cariker, PT, DPT, GCS
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Geoffrey Cariker’s full profile)

Claire Castiglioni, PT, DPT
Claire Castiglioni is an instructor of clinical physical therapy and a physical therapist at Keck Hospital of USC. She treats a wide variety of patient populations, including those in postsurgical orthopedics and oncology, and has a special interest in outpatient and inpatient wound care. (see Claire Castiglioni’s full profile)

Lilian Chen-Fortanesce, PT, DPT, OCS
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Lilian Chen-Fortanesce’s full profile)

Lyssa Cleary, PT, DPT, OCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Lyssa Cleary’s full profile)

Daniel Cleland, PT, DPT
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Daniel Cleland’s full profile)

Jason Cozby, PT, DPT, OCS
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Jason Cozby’s full profile)

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Manjiri Dahdul, PT, DPT, ATP
Manjiri Dahdul is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy, and in 2014 was recognized as Clinical Educator of the Year. She specializes in neurological rehabilitation, spinal cord injuries and pressure ulcer management. (see Manjiri Dahdul’s full profile)

Nora Darakjian, PT, DPT
Nora Darakjian is an instructor of clinical physical therapy. She practices at USC Physical Therapy on the Health Sciences Campus, where she focuses on treating individuals with neurologic disorders. (see Nora Darakjian’s full profile)

Lauren Decker, PT, DPT, CCS
Lauren Decker is an instructor of clinical physical therapy and practices at Keck Medical Center of USC. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. (see Lauren Decker’s full profile)

Joe Derian, PT, DPT, OCS
Joe Derian is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy who teaches first-year doctoral students. Board certified in orthopedic physical therapy, he is also interested in education and how physical therapy students learn skills. (see Joe Derian’s full profile)

Mary Derrick, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Mary Derrick, PT, DPT, is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy. She specializes in orthopedics, manual therapy and multidisciplinary interventions for persistent pain she is also a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. (see Mary Derrick’s full profile)

Aimee M. Diaz, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC
Aimee Diaz is director of the Sports Physical Therapy Residency. In addition to overseeing the year-long residency, she teaches in the didactic modules and mentors residents. (see Aimee M. Diaz’s full profile)

Christina M. Dieli-Conwright, PhD, MPH, FACSM, CSCS
Christina M. Dieli-Conwright is an assistant professor of research and director of the Integrative Center for Oncology Research in Exercise. Her research examines mechanisms by which post-diagnosis exercise can impact cancer prognosis with a specific focus on biomarkers related to tumor growth, inflammation, metabolic dysregulation and body composition. (see Christina M. Dieli-Conwright’s full profile)

Carly Diller, PT, DPT
Carly Diller is a physical therapist at Keck Medical Center of USC, specializing in cardiopulmonary acute care physical therapy, adult neurological rehabilitation and Parkinson’s disease. She is a credentialed clinical instructor and a certified Pilates instructor. (see Carly Diller’s full profile)

Darlene Dirstine, PT, DPT, NCS

Jesus Dominguez, PhD, PT
Jesus Dominguez chairs the admissions committee for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He is also the coordinator of the cardiopulmonary curriculum and general medicine curriculum and instructs second-year students in cardiovascular and pulmonary patient management. (see Jesus Dominguez’s full profile)

Jacquelyn Dylla, PT, DPT, OCS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy. (see Jacquelyn Dylla’s full profile)

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Twyla Evano, PT, DPT

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James Finley, PhD
James Finley directs the Locomotor Control Laboratory where he investigates how locomotion is controlled and adapted in both the healthy and injured neuromuscular system. (see James Finley’s full profile)

Beth Fisher, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Beth Fisher is a professor of clinical physical therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is also director of the Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory, using transcranial magnetic stimulation to investigate brain/behavior relationships during motor skill learning and motor control in non-disabled individuals and those with neurologic disorders. (see Beth Fisher’s full profile)

Erin Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, NCS
Since 2014, Erin Fitzgerald has worked in clinical research with various labs at USC focusing on patients with neurologic diagnoses, including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain and Alzheimer’s disease. (see Erin Fitzgerald’s full profile)

Katie Fitzpatrick

Linda Fetters, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Linda Fetters, now retired, was Professor and Sykes Family Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health and Development, Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy and Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. She directed the Development of Infant Motor Performance Laboratory where her research focused on improving the quality of life for infants and children. She is a co-author of “Evidence Based Physical Therapy,” published 2019, FA Davis and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Physical Therapy. (see Linda Fetter’s full profile)

Sean Flanagan, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Sean Flanagan’s full profile)

Samuel Franklin, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Samuel Franklin grew up in Sarasota, FL, before attending the University of Miami for his undergraduate and graduate education.He received his B.S. in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology, followed by his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He then pursued his specialization through the Orthopedic Residency program at University of Southern California. (see Samuel Franklin’s full profile)

Scott Freedman, PT, PhD, SCS
Scott Freedman is a board-certified sports clinical specialist, specializing in the treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries. He has rehabilitated numerous Olympic and professional athletes, and served as physical therapist for USA Track and Field, Gymnastics and Ski/Snowboard athletes. (see Scott Freedman’s full profile)

Lisa Fukuzato, PT, DPT, NCS

 

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Oscar Gallardo, PT, DPT, NCS
Oscar Gallardo is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy who specializes in neurologic rehabilitation, community wellness, and local and international physical therapy service and outreach. He is an active member of the California Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association and its neurology section. (see Oscar Gallardo’s full profile)

Christopher Gerona, PT, DPT, SCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Christopher Gerona’s full profile)

Janelle Gilmer, PT, DPT, GCS
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Janelle Gilmer’s full profile)

Lori Ginoza, PT, DPT, NCS
Lori Ginoza is a physical therapist at USC Physical Therapy at the Health Sciences Campus, the faculty practice of the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She specializes in treating patients with headaches and neurologic disorders. (see Lori Ginoza’s full profile)

Joseph Godges, DPT, MA, OCS
Joseph Godges serves USC in a part-time position where his primary focus is to support clinical residency and fellowship programs and the professional development of clinical instructors through high quality continuing education. (see Joseph Godges’ full profile)

James Gordon, EdD, PT, FAPTA
James Gordon is the associate dean and chair of the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. His research has been focused on neural control of arm movements, especially the roles of proprioceptive information in control of reaching movements. (see James Gordon’s full profile)

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Jennifer Halvaksz, PT, DPT, OCS

Jenna Hankard, PT, DPT
Jenna Hankard is a physical therapist at the Keck Hospital of USC and a clinical and academic faculty member at the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She specializes in treating patients with neurologic disorders in the inpatient rehabilitation setting and teaches in clinical management of the patient with neurologic dysfunction. (see Jenna Hankard’s full profile)

Astghik Harutyanyan, PT, DPT

Kathryn L. Havens, PhD
Kathryn L. Havens is an assistant professor of clinical physical therapy whose research focuses on the adaptability of the human system to internal and external factors using the scientific principles underlying biokinesiology. Her current research interest is infant carrying and identifying the physical and mental health challenges and benefits to this practice, including the biomechanical adaptations of caregivers during infant carrying with a focus on low back pain and pelvic health. (see Kathryn Havens’ full profile)

Julie Hershberg, PT, DPT, NCS
Julie Hershberg is an adjunct instructor of clinical therapy who specializes in neurologic rehabilitation, movement disorders and motor learning. (see Julie Hershberg’s full profile)

Larry Ho, PT, DPT, MS, OCS
Larry Ho is an adjunct associate professor of clinical physical therapy who specializes in orthopedics, manual therapy and sport medicine. He founded the Ho Rehabilitation Center in Tarzana, Calif. (see Larry Ho’s profile)

Jing-Ching (Sally) Ho, PT, DPT, OCS
Jing-Ching (Sally) Ho is an adjunct associate professor of clinical physical therapy who specializes in orthopedic conditions, chronic pain management, TMJ dysfunction, headache and facial pain, and wellness promotion. (see Jing-Ching (Sally) Ho’s full profile)

Robbin Howard, DPT, NCS
Robbin Howard is an assistant professor of clinical physical therapy at the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She practices at USC Physical Therapy at the Health Sciences Campus, the division’s faculty practice, where she specializes treating patients with vestibular- and neurologic-related disorders. (see Robbin Howard’s full profile)

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Lydia In, MPT, GCS
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Lydia In’s full profile)

Julia Burlette Itamura, PT, DPT, OCS
Julia Burlette Itamura practices at USC Physical Therapy, a faculty practice of the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She specializes in orthopedic and vestibular disorders. (see Julia Burlette Itamura’s full profile)

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Minnie Jan
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Minnie Jan’s full profile)

John Jankoski, PT, DPT, NCS, OCS
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see John Jankoski’s full profile)

Eileen V. Johnson, PT, DPT, WCS
Eileen V. Johnson is a physical therapist at the faculty practice on the Health Sciences Campus. She specializes in treating patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a women’s health clinical specialist. (see Eileen Johnson’s full profile)

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Kelsie Kaiser, PT, DPT
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Kelsie Kaiser’s full profile)

Yasuyuki Kasayama, PT, DPT, MHA, OCS
Yasuyuki Kasayama practices at the Keck Hospital of USC, focusing on orthopedic diagnoses and early mobilization and discharges for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgeries. He also teaches an orthopedic patient management course for first-year students in the doctor of physical therapy program, and is a clinical instructor and mentor. (see Yasuyuki Kasayama’s full profile)

Kenneth Kim, PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS
Kenneth Kim is an instructor of clinical physical therapy and a primary faculty mentor in the Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Residency programs. He teaches the first-year course for doctoral students in therapeutic exercise. He has also served as a guest lecturer for the ergonomics course for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. He practices at USC Physical Therapy, a faculty practice of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. A board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, he treats orthopedic and sports injuries and is a member of the orthopedic and sports sections of the American Physical Therapy Association. (see Kenneth Kim’s full profile)

Sarah King, PT, DPT, CCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Sarah King’s full profile)

Daniel Kirages, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Daniel Kirages is an associate professor of clinical physical therapy. In clinical practice, he cares for diverse patients, addressing orthopedic and pelvic health disorders. In the classroom, for both the residential and hybrid programs, he serves as course director for integrated patient management clinical skills in the third year of the doctor of physical therapy curriculum. (see Daniel Kirage’s full profile)

Libby Krause, PT, DPT
Clinical Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Libby Krause’s full profile)

Kornelia Kulig, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Kornelia Kulig is a professor whose research focuses on orthopedic conditions with recurrent symptoms, including low back pain and tendinopathies. In that context, she explores tissue morphology, physiology and movement strategies in a broad range of activities, pathology stages and populations. She is co-director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory. (see Kornelia Kulig’s full profile)

Jason Kutch, PhD
Jason Kutch is an assistant professor who focuses on understanding brain and spinal cord networks that control muscle fibers through studies using neuroimaging, electrophysiology and mathematical models. His research also aims to optimize rehabilitation for restoring normal control of muscle in individuals with chronic pain. (see Jason Kutch’s full profile)

Angela Kwan, PT, DPT, CWS
Angela Kwan is an inpatient wound care physical therapist at Keck Hospital of USC. She treats a wide range of patients with complex surgical, vasculitic, pressure, diabetic and atypical wounds. A certified wound specialist through the American Board of Wound Management, she is also a certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. (see Angela Kwan’s full profile)

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Christopher Laine, PhD
Christopher Laine is an assistant professor of research whose work focuses on understanding how the human nervous system controls and coordinates muscles during voluntary activities. He uses noninvasive measures of muscle and brain activity to probe the neurophysiology of muscle coordination, sensorimotor integration and interactions between neural and mechanical aspects of movement control. He is also developing novel measures for the detection and assessment of clinical disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, hoping to uncover principles to guide development and optimization of clinical interventions. (see Christopher Laine’s full profile)

Rob Landel, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAPTA
Rob Landel is a professor of clinical physical therapy in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, director of the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program and director of the residency programs. He established and was director of the private practice of USC Physical Therapy, where he continues to treat patients, primarily those with orthopedic, balance and vestibular disorders. He was the founding director of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program at USC and continues to provide clinical mentorship and instruction to residents. (see Rob Landel’s full profile)

Justin Lantz, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Justin Lantz is an instructor of clinical physical therapy and a credentialed clinical instructor involved in teaching in multiple doctoral courses. He is also a clinical mentor for the USC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. (see Justin Lantz’s full profile)

Susan Layfield, PT, DPT, MS, OCS
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Susan Layfield’s full profile)

Covey Lazouras, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP
Covey Lazouras is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy who teaches a course in the physical therapy management of individuals with neurologic disorders. He serves as a mentor and site coordinator in the USC/Rancho Los Amigos Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program and is board certified in neurologic physical therapy and by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America as an assistive technology practitioner. Dr. Lazouras is the supervisor of clinical physical therapy on the Neurology Service at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. (see Covey Lazouras’ full profile)

Ian Leahy, PT, DPT, OCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Ian Leahy’s full profile)

Rebecca Lewthwaite, PhD
Rebecca Lewthwaite is an adjunct assistant professor of research who specializes in evidence-based practice, psychological/behavioral science in physical therapy, motivation and learning, and self-efficacy. (see Rebecca Lewthwaite’s full profile)

Kristi L. Lewton, PhD
Dr. Kristi Lewton is an adjunct assistant professor of Biokinesiology, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in Dornsife College, and holds a primary appointment as assistant professor of Clinical Integrative Anatomical Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine. (see Kristi Lewton’s full profile)

Bernard Li, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
Dr. Bernard Li is an Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. He is also a faculty mentor in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency program and the Sports Physical Therapy residency program at USC. For the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Li instructs the musculoskeletal examination labs for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses. (see Bernard Li’s full profile)

Charles Y. Liu, PhD, MD
Charles Y. Liu is a professor of neurological surgery, with joint appointments in neurology, urology, biomedical engineering, and biokinesiology and physical therapy. He directs the USC Neurorestoration Center which aims to develop transformative approaches to restore function to the damaged nervous system. He is engaged in a broad spectrum of efforts that brings together the fields of engineering and medicine to develop systems-level solutions to challenges that lead to human suffering due to loss of nervous system function over the life-span. (see Charles Liu’s full profile)

Sook-Lei Liew, PhD, OTR/L
Sook-Lei Liew is an assistant professor with dual appointments in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Department of Neurology and USC Viterbi School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. She specializes in observations of motor systems during action using neuroimaging and behavioral methods; mechanisms of neural plasticity and neural repair using noninvasive brain stimulation and brain-computer interfaces; the use of brain-computer interfaces with stroke patients; and noninvasive brain stimulation to enhance motor learning in healthy individuals. (see Sook-Lei Liew’s full profile)

Carly Lochala, PT, DPT, NCS

Stefan Loop, PT, DPT
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Stefan Loop’s full profile)

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Clarisa Martinez, PT, DPT
Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Clarisa Martinez’s full profile)

Yogi Matharu, PT, DPT, OCS
Yogi Matharu is director of the USC Physical Therapy faculty practice site at 1640 Marengo Street in Los Angeles. He specializes in orthopedic and neurologic disorders, and is a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. (see Yogi Matharu’s full profile)

Didi Matthews, PT, DPT, NCS
Didi Matthews is a clinical associate professor of physical therapy who specializes in physical therapy management of individuals with neurologic disorders. She serves as a mentor in the USC/Rancho Los Amigos Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program and is board certified in neurologic physical therapy. She also practices at InCourage Physical Therapy in Pasadena, Calif. (see Didi Matthews’ full profile)

Brian McNeil, PT, DPT, OCS
Brian McNeill is an instructor of clinical physical therapy and a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist who treats a variety of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system, as well as focusing on sports training and performance. He is a certified Nike Golf 360 performance specialist and has worked with professional and collegiate coaches and athletes on sports performance, pitching mechanics and sports rehabilitation. His clinical research investigates scapular dyskinesis in patients with shoulder pain and rotator cuff repair rehabilitation. (see Brian McNeil’s full profile)

John Meyer, PT, DPT, OCS, FAFS
John Meyer is an adjunct assistant professor of clinical physical therapy who teaches Principles of Therapeutic Exercise and Clinical Imaging. His research interests include the screening, diagnosis, biomechanics and management of intraarticular hip and lower-extremity injuries as well as shoulder dysfunction in the overhead athlete. He has taught courses nationwide on the differential diagnosis and rehabilitation of hip, shoulder and spinal injuries. He is associate athletic director of sports science and performance for the USC Department of Athletics. He is also president and CEO of ISports PT in Los Angeles, which provides biomechanical movement analysis, physical therapy, consulting and sports-performance training to professional athletes and teams from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, USOC, and AVP. (see John Meyer’s full profile)

Lisa Meyer, PT, DPT, OCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Lisa Meyer’s full profile)

Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA
Lori Michener is a professor whose research characterizes the biomechanics of musculoskeletal shoulder pain, diagnosis and treatment of shoulder and cervical pain, clinical trials investigating optimal treatment strategies for shoulder and cervical disorders, and the use of patient-rated outcomes measurement tools to assess health-related quality of life. She is director of the Clinical Biomechanics and Orthopedic Outcomes Research Laboratory, and directs the development, collection and analysis of patient-rated outcomes and process of care in the USC Physical Therapy clinics, and serves as a resource for clinical research. (see Lori Michener’s full profile)

Pamela Mikkelsen, PT, DPT, OCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Pamela Mikkelsen’s full profile)

Edwin Monroy, PT, DPT, CLT, CWS
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Edwin Monroy’s full profile)

Peter Muhn, PT, DPT, OCS
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Peter Muhn’s full profile)

Sara Mulroy, PhD, PT
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Sara Mulroy’s full profile)

Valerie Mumper, PT, DPT
Valerie Mumper practices at USC Physical Therapy in the Keck Hospital of USC, primarily treating patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary dysfunction. She also treats patients at the USC Center for Cystic Fibrosis. Additionally, she is an instructor of clinical physical therapy, serving as course coordinator and a primary instructor for the second-year course Patient Management of Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and General Medical Conditions, in USC’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. (see Valerie Mumper’s full profile)

Andrew Myler, PT, DPT, NCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Andrew Myler’s full profile)

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Michael Nieraeth, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Monica Nelsen, PT, DPT
Monica Nelsen is an adjunct assistant professor of clinical physical therapy. She is project director for the Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) project, a multisite, randomized clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. She has clinical experience in a broad range of settings, with a focus on neurorehabilitation. (see Monica Nelsen’s full profile)

Lisa Noceti-Dewit, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, SCS
Lisa Noceti-Dewit is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy. A board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and member of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association, she serves as rehabilitation coordinator at the USC Galen Center. Her research focuses on preventive and rehabilitative strategies for jumping athletes, specifically volleyball. She is also interested in the biomechanics and motor control aspects of volleyball jumps, with a special interest in how altered movement strategies contribute to sports injury risks and injury prevention. (see Lisa Noceti-Dewit’s full profile)

Chukwuemeka Nwigwe, PT, DPT, OCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Chukwuemeka Nwigwe’s full profile)

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Jennifer Okuno, MPT, GCS
Volunteer for Operation Walk, a non-profit medical humanitarian organization performing pro bono total hip/knee replacements on patients in the local community and abroad. (see Jennifer Okuno’s full profile)

Jill Ordorica, PT, DPT, PCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Jill Ordorica’s full profile)

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Marissa Perdomo, DPT, CLT
Marisa Perdomo is an assistant professor of clinical physical therapy who specializes in orthopedics, manual therapy, primarily oncology and cancer rehabilitation. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its oncology and orthopedics sections. (see Marissa Perdomo’s full profile)

Andrew Piraino, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, PES
Dr. Andrew Piraino is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy and residency faculty member for USC’s orthopedic physical therapy residency. He is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties; a member of the APTA’s orthopedic, sports physical therapy, education and research sections; and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. (see Andrew Piraino’s full profile)

Amy Pomrantz, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC
Amy Pomrantz is an assistant professor of clinical physical therapy. She practices at USC Physical Therapy and is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified athletic trainer. She specializes in the treatment of orthopedic conditions, sports-related injuries and pain management. She also teaches in the division and participates in clinical education. (see Amy Pomrantz’s full profile)

Liz Poppert, PT, DPT, MS, OCS
Liz Poppert blends academics, as an adjunct assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and clinical work at her Santa Monica private practice. Her university teaching, continuing education courses and publications aim to educate practitioners to apply best evidence, biomechanics and principles therapeutic exercise to maximize patient outcomes with rehabilitative exercise programs especially for individuals with low back pain and running related injuries. (see Liz Poppert’s full profile)

Christopher Powers, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Christopher Powers is a professor whose research and teaching interests relate to the biomechanical aspects of human movement. Specifically, his research focuses on how altered kinematics, kinetics and muscular actions contribute to lower-extremity injury. He is particularly interested in the pathomechanics underlying knee and patellofemoral joint dysfunction. He is co-director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory and director of the division’s biokinesiology program. (see Christopher Powers’ full profile)

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Susan Mais Requejo, PT, DPT, OCS
Volunteer Faculty (see Susan Mais Requejo’s full profile)

Cheryl Resnik, PT, DPT, MSHCM, FNAP, FAPTA
Cheryl Resnik is an associate chair and associate professor of clinical physical therapy and director of community outreach. She oversees the pro bono USC Fit Families clinic, which is dedicated to wellness and prevention for the local community. She has a long history of leadership in the profession, including serving as president of the California Physical Therapy Association and vice president of two sections. In the classroom, Dr. Resnik incorporates mindfulness meditation and motivational interviewing as both personal and clinical skills for first-year doctoral physical therapy students. (see Cheryl Resnik’s full profile)

Pamela Ressler, PT, DPT, NCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Pamela Ressler’s full profile)

Terry Richardson II, PT, DPT
Terry Richardson II is a wound care specialist at the Keck Medical Center of USC and provides clinical instruction for physical therapy doctoral students in best practices for wound care. He is also the faculty advisor for USC’s Physical Therapy Multicultural Leadership Alliance. (see Terry Richardson’s full profile)

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Eric Robertson’s full profile)

Joseph Robinson, PT, DPT, NCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Joseph Robinson’s full profile)

K. Michael Rowley, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy (see K. Michael Rowley’s full profile)

Scott Russell, PT, DPT, GCS, CCS
Scott Russell is an assistant professor of clinical physical therapy in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. He is the lead physical therapist at the Keck Hospital of USC, specializing in the management of patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. A board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric and cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy, he teaches the Management of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease and Pathology of Cardiopulmonary Disease and General Medical Conditions courses in the doctor of physical therapy program. (see Scott Russell’s full profile)

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Kyan Sahba, PT, DPT, CMPT
Kyan Sahba is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy who specializes in oncology physical therapy. She is studying for a PhD in physical therapy at Loma Linda University and is working on an introductory paper for physical therapists who want to incorporate psychoneuroimmunology into their practice. (see Kyan Sahba’s full profile)

Andrew Saldivar, PT, DPT, SCS
Andrew Saldivar is a physical therapist who specializes in treating sports and orthopedic injuries, as well as postoperative rehabilitation. He is a clinical instructor for first-year students in the physical therapy doctoral program. (see Andrew Saldivar’s full profile)

George J. Salem, PhD
George J. Salem is an associate professor and director of the USC Institute for Senior Golf Science. He is also co-director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory and oversees its exercise and aging biomechanics research program. This program recognizes the growing importance of exercise and activity interventions to improve health and quality of life across the lifespan. (see George Salem’s full profile)

Daniel Salinas, PT, DPT
Daniel Salinas is an instructor of clinical physical therapy who practices at the Keck Medical Center of USC, where he treats patients with orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular and cancer diagnoses, among othe4rs. (see Daniel Salinas’ full profile)

Barbara Sargent, PhD, PT, PCS
Barbara Sargent is an assistant professor of clinical physical therapy whose research focuses on motor development, motor learning and the rehabilitation of infants and children with movement dysfunctions. A board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy, she teaches life-span content throughout the curriculum, including human development and life-span considerations for patient/client management. (see Barbara Sargent’s full profile)

E. Todd Schroeder, PhD
E. Todd Schroeder is an associate professor of clinical physical therapy whose research focuses on anabolic interventions (androgen therapy and resistance training) to increase muscle mass and strength, ultimately improving physical function and quality of life in older adults. He investigates the mechanisms whereby progressive resistance training and testosterone treatment stimulate protein synthesis and improve muscle quality in older persons. (see E. Todd Schroeder’s full profile)

Nicolas Schweighofer, PhD
Nicolas Schweighofer is an associate professor whose research focuses on neuro-computational models to understand the neural bases of motor learning. This includes investigations into motor plasticity in the cerebellum, cortical map plasticity and reorganization in the sensorimotor cortex, multiple task learning and adaptive decision-making during motor learning in healthy and lesioned brains. Predictions are tested through behavioral and/or brain imaging (fMRI and TMS) experiments at USC and with international collaborators. He aims to optimize relearning of motor skills in patients with stroke. (see Nicolas Schweighofer’s full profile)

Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS
Chris Sebelski is an adjunct associate professor of clinical physical therapy whose research focuses on self-efficacy, leadership, clinical reasoning and visual analysis of movement. (see Chris Sebelski’s full profile)

Frank Shellock, PhD
Frank G. Shellock is a physiologist with 25 years of experience conducting laboratory and clinical investigations in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. He is an adjunct professor of clinical physical therapy and an adjunct clinical professor in radiology and medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. (see Frank Shellock’s full profile)

Don Shimabukuro, PT, MPT, GCS
Don Shimabukuro specializes in joint replacements and other orthopedic diagnoses at the Keck Medical Center of USC. He is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatrics and volunteers for Operation Walk, a nonprofit that performs pro bono hip and knee replacements locally and abroad. (see Don Shimabukuro’s full profile)

Erica Sigman, PT, DPT, OCS
Erica Sigman is an instructor of clinical physical therapy and coordinator of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program at USC. She is also a physical therapist at the faculty practice on the Health Sciences Campus. She specializes in treating patients with headaches, TMJ-related issues, facial pain and weakness, orthopedic disorders and chronic pain. (see Erica Sigman’s full profile)

Susan Sigward, PhD, PT, ATC
Susan Sigward is an associate professor of clinical physical therapy whose research focuses on the identification and amelioration of impaired mechanics as they relate to lower-extremity injuries, with a focus on knee injuries. Her work has contributed to the understanding of how factors such as experience, age, training and sex influence the development of movement strategies that contribute to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Current studies are focused on rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction, with an emphasis on the effects of early rehabilitation interventions on long-term outcomes. Dr. Sigward is director of the division’s Human Performance Laboratory at the Competitive Athletic Training Zone, Physical Therapy Institute and Sports Performance Center in Pasadena, Calif. (see Susan Sigward’s full profile)

Michael Simpson, PT, DPT, CCS
Michael S. Simpson is an associate professor of clinical physical therapy and director of the clinical education program. A board-certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist, he primarily practices in acute care and critical care settings. He teaches clinical management of cardiovascular, pulmonary and general medical conditions and integrates acute care patient/client management skills into the curriculum. (see Michael Simpson’s full profile)

Beth Smith, PT, DPT, PhD
Beth Smith is an assistant professor of research who focuses on the development of neural control of movement during infancy. As director of the Infant Neuromotor Control Laboratory, she evaluates interventions for neural and functional development in infants who have or are at risk of developmental delays. (see Beth Smith’s full profile)

Jo Armour Smith, PhD
Jo Armour Smith is an adjunct assistant professor who is interested in postural control of the trunk during dynamic activities. Her research focuses on how trunk postural control is modified by musculoskeletal pain, aging and skill acquisition. She is interested in investigating the relationship between the functional organization of the motor cortex and anticipatory postural adjustments in young and older adults, with an aim to improve evaluation and treatment of patients with movement disorders. (see Jo Armour Smith’s full profile)

Shawn Sorenson, PhD, CSCS
Shawn C. Sorenson is an adjunct assistant professor of research and an interdisciplinary health and exercise scientist and educator who specializes in the health and well-being of elite athletes. As a PhD student at USC, he led the first formal study of lifetime health, exercise and quality of life among competitive athletes. He also served as founding director of the Trojan Lifetime Champions research and education program, a joint initiative between the division and the USC Department of Athletics. He embraces wide-ranging knowledge in epidemiology, exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, strength and conditioning, personal development and the behavioral sciences as key to promoting whole-person health and well-being. Dr. Sorenson is a former engineer and project manager in the NASA Space Shuttle Program, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and founder of S. C. Sorenson Consulting. (see Shawn Sorenson’s full profile)

Gary Souza, PT, DPT, OCS
Gary Souza is an adjunct assistant professor of clinical physical therapy with specialties in orthopedics and sports physical therapy. He works with athletes in the rehabilitation of back injuries and sports-specific training programs and performs functional capacity evaluations for workers post-rehabilitation and prior to their return to work after an injury. (see Gary Souza’s full profile)

Ricardo Suarez, PT, DPT

Jonathan Sum, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
Jonathan Sum is an assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and director of USC Physical Therapy at the Health Sciences Campus, the faculty practice of the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. He specializes in treating patients with orthopedic disorders, sports-related injuries, postsurgical rehabilitation, pain management and musical performance-related injuries. In the physical therapy doctorate program, he coordinates the shoulder module for patient management courses and is a clinical mentor in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency and Sports Physical Therapy Residency programs. (see Jonathan Sum’s full profile)

Marc Surdyka, PT, DPT, OCS
Marc Surdyka is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy who teaches in the musculoskeletal anatomy and analytical anatomy courses as part of USC’s Residential and Hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. He is also a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist who works with a diverse population that spans all ages and conditions. He promotes evidence-based care on a local, national, and international level. (see Marc Surdyka’s full profile)

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Lisa Tan, PT, DPT
Lisa Tan is an instructor of clinical physical therapy who practices at the Keck Medical Center of USC, with a focus on inpatient and outpatient wound care and pelvic floor physical therapy. She is a member of the clinical electrophysiology, wound management and women’s health sections of the APTA. (see Lisa Tan’s full profile)

Jennifer Tanaka, PT, DPT, NCS
Jennifer Tanaka is an instructor of clinical physical therapy and practices at Keck Hospital of USC and in the Acoustic Neuroma Program in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. (see Jennifer Tanaka’s full profile)

Valerie Teglia, PT, DPT
Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Val Teglia’s full profile)

Sharae Tejada, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Sharae Tejada’s full profile)

Jeff Thompson, PT, DPT
Jeff Thompson is an instructor of clinical physical therapy and is the lead outpatient wound care physical therapist at the Keck Hospital of USC. He treats a wide range of patients with complex surgical wounds, traumatic wounds, arterial and venous wounds, diabetic neuropathic wounds and atypical wounds. He is a member of the APTA and a credentialed clinical instructor. He is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. (see Jeff Thompson’s full profile)

Julie Tilson, PT, DPT, MS, NCS
Julie Tilson is a professor of clinical physical therapy who specializes in effective methods for translating rehabilitation research into clinical practice. She teaches evidence-based practice and vestibular rehabilitation to doctoral physical therapy students at USC and to clinicians nationally and internationally, with an emphasis on active learning and the integration of scientific research, clinical expertise and patient perspectives into clinical decision making. (see Julie Tilson’s full profile)

Rachel Tabak Tran, PT
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Rachel Tabak Tran’s full profile)

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Jared Vagy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Jared Vagy is an instructor of clinical physical therapy and a board-certified orthopedic specialist. (see Jared Vagy’s full profile)

Francisco Valero-Cuevas, PhD
Francisco Valero-Cuevas directs the Brain-Body Dynamics Lab, which focuses on the fundamental mechanisms of interactions between the brain and the body that give rise to versatile physical function. His team’s conceptual approach is that machines and organisms are part of a continuum of solutions that have evolved to respond to the demands of the physical environment. (see Francisco Valero-Cuevas’ full profile)

Jena Van Loo, MPT
Jena Van Loo is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy. She practices at the Keck Medical Center of USC specializing in orthopedic disorders. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. (see Jena Van Loo’s full profile)

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Cooper Wardell, PT, DPT
Cooper Wardell is an instructor of clinical physical therapy who practices at Keck Hospital of USC, working with patients with orthopedic, vascular, cardiovascular, neurological and other diagnoses in the acute care setting. He has a particular interest in wound care and works with the wound care team at Keck Hospital of USC on both inpatients and outpatients. (see Cooper Wardell’s full profile)

Cindy Wederich, PT, DPT
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Cindy Wederich’s full profile)

Carolee J. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Carolee J. Winstein is a professor of biokinesiology and physical therapy and a faculty member in the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Graduate Program. She oversees an interdisciplinary research program focused on understanding rehabilitation outcomes at the systems level and promoting optimal recovery of goal-directed movement behaviors that emerge from a dynamic brain-behavior system in brain-damaged conditions. (see Carolee Winstein’s full profile)

Stephanie Woelfel, PT, DPT, CWS, FACCWS
Stephanie Woelfel is an assistant professor physical therapy and surgery at USC Physical Therapy at the Keck Hospital of USC. She treats inpatients and outpatients in her specialty area of wound management and is a center coordinator for clinical education at Keck Hospital. A board-certified wound specialist and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists, she is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as APTA’s liaison to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. (see Stephanie Woelfel’s full profile)

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Kimiko Yamada, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CLT, CSCS
Kimiko Yamada teaches content related to the oncology curriculum and therapeutic modalities in the physical therapy doctoral program and is a faculty mentor in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. She is involved in clinical physical therapy research with a focus on self-efficacy and low back pain and on lymphedema management and physical therapy after head and neck cancer treatment. She heads the USC Head and Neck Rehabilitation Program to help uninsured and under-insured patients get physical therapy after cancer treatment. (see Kimiko Yamada’s full profile)

Noriko Yamaguchi, PT, DPT, GCS, CSCS

Jennifer Yue, PT, DPT
Jennifer Yue is a board-certified neurologic specialist who focuses on treating various neurologic diagnoses in patients with spinal cord injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, limb amputations and brain tumors. (see Jennifer Yue’s full profile)

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Carly Zimmerman, PT, DPT, NCS
Carly Zimmerman treats patients at Keck Hospital of USC in the acute rehabilitation setting. She specializes in brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries, transplants, amputations and other critical illnesses. (see Carly Zimmerman’s full profile)

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