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  • Dan Anton, PT, PhD, ATC
    Dan Anton, PT, PhD, ATC
    Assistant Professor
    HSB 270
    Phone: 509.828.1375
    Dan Anton received his physical therapy degree from Northwestern University and his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Iowa. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist. He came to Eastern Washington University from the University of Iowa where he taught courses in ergonomics, occupational health and biomechanics of human motion. His research interests include physical exposure assessment, work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity and spine, occupational epidemiology, and construction and agricultural musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Megan Chatellier, PT, DPT
    Megan Chatellier, PT, DPT
    Lecturer
    HSB 270 F
    Phone: 509.828.1372

    Megan Chatellier joined the faculty of EWU in the winter of 2011.  She received her BA in biology from Pacific Lutheran University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University.  Prior to teaching at EWU, Megan worked in the clinical setting of acute care rehabilitating critically ill patients.   

    Within the doctor of physical therapy curriculum at Eastern, she assists and teaches in the areas of cardiopulmonary, therapeutic exercise, applied neurology, educational aspects of PT and integumentary therapeutics.  She also serves as a research advisor for student case reports during their clinical rotations.

  • Kimberly Cleary, PhD, PT
    Kimberly Cleary, PhD, PT
    Associate Professor
    HSB 270-K
    Phone: 509.828.1373

    Kimberly Cleary joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2006, after teaching at another DPT Program in the Northwest for several years. She earned her BA in cultural anthropology magna cum laude at the University of California at Santa Barbara, master of physical therapy at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and PhD in social and administrative sciences at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.

    She teaches the screening for medical referral course, the adult neuromuscular systems management courses and the clinical research courses. She has practiced in several clinical areas, with particular interests in wellness, prevention and health promotion. She has published and presented her research findings on topics like quality of life, especially in older adults with and without disease, fall risk in community dwelling elderly and factors influencing patients' participation in exercise. She is a regional clinical director of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes FUNfitness Program, which provides strength, flexibility and balance screening for people with intellectual disabilities across the lifespan.

  • Debra Dickerson
    Debra Dickerson
    Manager of Operations and Admissions
    HSB 270A
    Phone: 509.828.1354
  • Meryl R. Gersh, PT, PhD
    Meryl R. Gersh, PT, PhD
    Department Chair
    HSB 270-E
    Phone: 509.828.1360

    Meryl Roth Gersh, PT, PhD, is professor and chair (Sept. 1, 2010) of the Department of Physical Therapy at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Wash. She has been a member of the faculty since the inception of the Physical Therapy Program in 1985.

    Professor Gersh has served as vice president of the Section on Clinical Electrophysiology of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and is currently the Eastern Washington at-large director for the Physical Therapy Association of Washington. She also serves on the Electrotherapy Issues Special Interest Group and the Curriculum Guidelines Task Force for the Section on Clinical Electrophysiology. She has spoken extensively and provides clinical consultation on the topics of electrophysiology, electrotherapy, and pain management, and is the author of numerous articles on these subjects, as well as the editor of the text, Electrotherapy in Rehabilitation, published by F.A. Davis Company.

    Within the doctor of physical therapy curriculum at Eastern, she teaches the areas of professionalism and ethics, cultural competence, electrophysiologic evaluation and electrophysical agents, wound healing and management of multiple systems disorders. She serves as a research advisor on student case reports and has a special interest in qualitative research methods. She also functions as a third member on graduate committees for students throughout the university. Professor Gersh has received recognition for her professional and academic service, including the Award for Excellence from the Section on Clinical Electrophysiology, the Lucy Blair Service Award from the APTA and the Trustees' Medal from Eastern Washington University.

  • Tanya LaPier PT, PhD, CCS
    Tanya LaPier PT, PhD, CCS
    Endowed Professor
    270-D
    Phone: 509.828.1358

    Tanya L. Kinney LaPier, PT, PhD, CCS, has been serving as a distinguished professor at Eastern Washington University since 2003. She has been working in physical therapy since 1993, when she was an assistant/associate professor at Idaho State University. When she wasn't teaching, she served as a cardiac rehabilitation physical therapist at both Buffalo General Hospital and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. She also coordinated the cardiac rehabilitation program at Bannock Regional Medical Center. She has received numerous awards, including the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section Best Poster Presentation from the American Physical Therapy Association.

    A full list of Dr. LaPier's education, professional background, awards, research, as well as the classes she teaches at Eastern Washington University is available in the attached vitae.

  • Patty Nelson, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT
    Patty Nelson, PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT
    Asistant Professor
    HSB 270
    Phone: 509.828.1364
    Patty Nelson has been a practicing physical therapist for 20 years and has recently completed her doctorate of science in physical therapy through Texas Tech Health Sciences University. Throughout her career, she has emphasized orthopedic physical therapy and is currently a Fellow candidate in the Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine. Her expertise is in physical therapy clinical diagnosis and non-operative orthopedic treatments.

     

  • Joe Palmer
    Joe Palmer
    Director of Clinical Education (DCE)
    HSB 270 H
    Phone: 509.828.1362

    Joe Palmer received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University. He comes to EWU from Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, WA, where he has served as a staff physical therapist. Joe brings experience in sub acute rehab, outpatient services, acute care, wound care, and electronic health records. He has worked in the rural health system, at an urban 400 bed facility, and served on the board for a community health system.
    Before receiving his DPT, Joe worked as a Recreation Therapist in both sub acute rehab and for the Colorado Mental Health Institute in the adolescent division. Joe served six years with the Colorado Army National Guard as a Medical Laboratory Technician and EMT/Flight Medic. In addition to spending time with his wife and two daughters, Joe enjoys reading, running, skate skiing, and triathlons.                        

  • Byron Russell, PhD, PT
    Byron Russell, PhD, PT
    Professor
    HSB 270-C
    Phone: 509.828.1359
    Byron Russell received his doctor of philosophy (physical therapy) from Texas Woman's University, Houston Texas. Professor Russell is the program's anatomy instructor. 
  • Cindy Arlt
    Cindy Arlt
    Program Specialist
    HSB 270G
    Phone: 509.828.1374

    Cindy works with Joe Palmer in Clinical Education.

     

  • Darl Vander Linden PhD, PT Professor
    Darl Vander Linden PhD, PT Professor
    Physical Therapy Professor
    HSB 270-K
    Phone: 509.828.1363

    EDUCATION
    Dr. Vander Linden (Ph.D.) is a graduate of Iowa State University and received his Certificate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa.

    PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
    Dr. Vander Linden has extensive clinical as well as research experience in developmental disabilities and pediatric physical therapy. His clinical work has included working with children in public schools and in providing consultation to early intervention and residential programs for developmentally disabled children and adults. He is active in the Pediatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

    RESEARCH
    He has published in the field of rehabilitation and motor control and is an Associate Editor of Physical Therapy for Children.

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