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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 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 teaches integumentary therapeutics, neuromuscular systems, and cardiopulmonary. She also serves as a research advisor for student case reports during their clinical rotations.
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 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.
Dr. Cleary is currently on sabbatical; for assistance, please contact Jenna McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elena Crooks joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2017. She received her bachelors in Exercise Science and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University, and a PhD 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.
Amelia Jay joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2017. She received her bachelors 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, 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.
Jenna McDonald has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management from Eastern Washington University. She has lived in the Spokane area for over 25 years. She is married and has three boys. In her spare time, she volunteers as a swim coach, basketball coach, and coordinates a youth basketball league. She enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Fahed Mehyar joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2017. He received his bachelors in Physical Therapy from Hashemite University-Jordan and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from University of Kansas Medical Center. Before teaching at Eastern, Fahed held a position as a Traveler Physical Therapist at Execu-Search Group, New York.
Dr. Merlo received her BS in Physical Education from University of Puget Sound, a MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and both her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and PhD in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Merlo joined Eastern Washington University in 2018 after teaching at 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 qualitative exploration of therapeutic interventions.
Dr. Severino received his Doctor 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. Dr. Severino is a member of the Dry Needling Legislative task force for the Physical Therapy Association of Washington. Dr. Severino teaches Musculoskeletal Systems I – III, Educational Aspects of PT, Therapeutic Exercise, and Clinical Research.
Margarita has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from EWU. She worked for EWU Records and Registration for five years before joining the Spokane EWU campus where she splits her time as Office Assistant for the Departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. When she is not working at EWU, you can find her at many musical events, concerts or festivals in the Pacific Northwest during the spring and summer. During the fall and winter, she is watching and rooting for her Pittsburgh Steelers.