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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
Andrea Austin is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy. Her clinical focus is in orthopedic physical Therapy, and she is a certified athletic trainer. She has a particular interest in treating conditions of the shoulder, elbow, hip, foot and ankle. Dr. Austin is a member of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. (see Andrea Austin’s full profile)

Jessica Axelrod, PT, DPT
Jessica Axelrod is a instructor of clinical physical therapy (see Jessica Axelrod’s full profile)

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

Lisa Baek, PT, DPT
Lisa Baek is an instructor of clinical physical therapy who also practices at Keck Hospital of USC and at the outpatient clinic at USC Physical Therapy on the Health Sciences Campus. She specializes in treating patients with neurologic disorders in both the inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient setting and has a passion to provide continuum of care for patients following discharge. She is a part of the multidisciplinary team treating patients with vestibular disorders. (see Lisa Baek’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 and a board-certified sports clinical specialist. He provides physical therapy services at USC Physical Therapy on the University Park Campus, specializing in orthopedic and sports injuries. (see Max Barroso’s full profile)

Elizabeth Bottrell, DPT, FAAOMPT
Liz Bottrell is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy. Her 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)

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 the 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 a clinical instructor of 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 the Keck Hospital 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 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 program. In addition to overseeing the year-long residency, she teaches in the didactic modules and mentors residents. (see Aimee M. Diaz’s full profile)

Carly Diller, PT, DPT
Carly Diller is an instructor of clinical physical therapy. She provides treatment at the Keck Hospital 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
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy. (see Darlene Dirstine’s full profile)

Nikki DiSalvio, PT, DPT, MS
Nikki DiSalvio is an associate professor who teaches within the anatomy curriculum. Her primary role is within the gross anatomy lab with additional roles as a lecturer in musculoskeletal anatomy. She works as a physical therapist at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, where she works on the spinal injury service in acute inpatient rehabilitation. (see Nikki DiSalvio’s full profile)

Jesus Dominguez, PhD, PT
Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy 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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David Erceg, PhD
David Erceg is a clinical instructor of physical therapy (see David Erceg’s full profile)

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

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James Finley, PhD
Assistant Professor 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 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
Erin Fitzgerald is an instructor of clinical physical therapy. Since 2014, she 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)

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 is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy. He grew up in Sarasota, Fla., before attending the University of Miami for his undergraduate and graduate education. He received a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology/kinesiology, followed by his doctor of physical therapy degree. He then pursued his specialization through the orthopedic residency program at USC. (see Samuel Franklin’s full profile)

Scott Freedman, PT, PhD, SCS
Scott Freedman is an adjunct assistant professor of clinical physical therapy. He is also 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
Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Lisa Fukuzato’s full profile)

 

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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 an instructor of clinical physical therapy and a physical therapist at USC Physical Therapy on the Health Sciences Campus. She specializes in treating patients with headaches and neurologic disorders. (see Lori Ginoza’s full profile)

Joseph Godges, DPT, MA, OCS
Joseph Godges is an adjunct associate professor of clinical physical therapy. His primary focus is supporting the division’s 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)

Katie Gorkiewicz, PT, DPT
Katie Gorkiewicz is an instructor of physical therapy. She is also a physical therapist at the Keck Hospital of USC, where she treats a wide variety of patients and has a special interest in inpatient cardiopulmonary and wound care. Additionally, she serves as a mentor for entry-level DPT students. (see Katie Gorkiewicz full profile)

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Jari Haile
Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy (see Jari Haile’s full profile)

Jennifer Halvaksz, PT, DPT, OCS

Jenna Hankard, PT, DPT
Jenna Hankard is an instructor of clinical physical therapy. She is also a physical therapist at the Keck Hospital of USC, where 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)

Marisa Hentis, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Marisa Hentis is an instructor of clinical physical therapy who specializes in the performing arts. She sees patients clinically at USC Physical Therapy on the University Park Campus. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities as a Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She is also CAPP-Pelvic Certified for pelvic floor disorders through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She is currently a nominating committee member for the APTA Performing Arts Special Interest Group. She specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic diagnoses, including performing artists, dancers, runners, other sports related injuries and pelvic floor dysfunctions. (see Marisa Hentis’ full profile)

Julie Hershberg, PT, DPT, NCS
Julie Hershberg is an adjunct instructor of clinical physical therapy who specializes in neurologic rehabilitation, movement disorders and motor learning. (<a href="https