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Dan Anton received his physical therapy degree from Northwestern University and his doctorate 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.
Cindy received her bachelor of arts from Eastern Washington University. She comes to EWU from Gonzaga University, where she spent five years as a program coordinator in the Nursing Department. Prior to that, Cindy worked at Hewlett-Packard for 12 years in the Marketing Department and brings experience in documentation and clinical on-boarding.
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 bachelor of arts 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 doctorate in social and administrative sciences at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.
She teaches the clinical anatomy course series, screening for medical referral, 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.
Cleary is currently on sabbatical; for assistance, please contact email@example.com.
Elena Crooks joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2017. She received her bachelor’s in exercise science and her doctorate in physical therapy from Eastern Washington University, and a doctorate in Neuroscience from Washington State University. Elena is also a physical therapist at Sacred Heart Medical Center and has previously held research positions at Washington State University and Eastern Washington University.
Mark obtained his bachelor of business administration with an emphasis in human resources and a master of business administration from Eastern Washington University. He previously worked at Spokane Transit Authority as the customer service and plaza operations manager for 13 years. When not at work, he enjoys gardening, exercising, reading, music, movies and attending art events throughout the region.
Amelia Jay joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2017. She received her bachelor’s in exercise science from Eastern Washington University and a doctorate of physical therapy from Eastern Washington University. Before working as the director of clinical education at Eastern, Amelia worked as a physical therapist in clinics such as Sacred Heart Medical Center, Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital and Kindred at Home.
Tanya L. Kinney LaPier 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.
Fahed Mehyar joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2017. He received his bachelor’s in physical therapy from Hashemite University-Jordan and a doctorate in rehabilitation science from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Before teaching at Eastern, Fahed held a position as a traveler physical therapist at Execu-Search Group, New York.
Merlo received her bachelor of science in physical education from the University of Puget Sound, a master of science in exercise science and health promotion from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and both her doctoral degrees from the University of South Carolina. Merlo joined Eastern Washington University in 2018 after teaching at the Northern Arizona University Phoenix Biomedical Campus in the area of neurological rehabilitation. Her interests include intervention strategies for chronic neurologic conditions, health and wellness promotion, as well as the qualitative exploration of therapeutic interventions.
Dominic Severino received his doctorate of physical therapy from Regis University. He is a fellow-trained manual therapist through the American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Therapists and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Additionally, he has a spinal manipulation endorsement through the Washington State Department of Health. Severino is a member of the Dry Needling Legislative Task Force for the Physical Therapy Association of Washington. Severino teaches Musculoskeletal Systems I – III, Educational Aspects of PT, Therapeutic Exercise, and Clinical Research.