Board of Directors

President: Deborah S. Larsen, PT, PhD

The Ohio State University
School of Allied Medical Professions 
Columbus, OH 
E-mail: Deborah.Larsen@osumc.edu

Brief Bio: Deb Larsen, PT, PhD is Director of the School of Allied Medicine and Associate Dean in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. Her research activities focus on treatment methods to maximize recovery of the upper extremity post-stroke and identification of the neural mechanisms underlying recovery.

President-Elect: Patricia Scheets, PT, DPT, NCS

Infinity Rehab
Effingham, IL
E-mail: plscheets@infinityrehab.com

Brief Bio:  Patricia L. Scheets, PT MHS DPT NCS, is the Director of Quality and Clinical Outcomes for Infinity Rehab.  She received her professional and post-professional degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and is a board certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy.  She has worked extensively with patients with stroke, neurological disorders, and balance and vestibular disorders.  She has developed a set of movement system impairment diagnoses that is used to guide the therapist’s clinical examination and treatment selection for patients with neuromuscular conditions.  Her professional experience has always been focused on implementing standards of physical therapy care which reduce variability and improve patient outcome.

Vice-President: Dennis Fell, PT, MD

University of South Alabama
Department of Physical Therapy
Mobile, IL
E-mail: dfell@southalabama.edu

Brief Bio: Dennis Fell, MD, PT is Professor and Chair of the Department ofn Physical Therapy at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. Dennis is a licensed physical therapist with a background and degree in medicine. His career has focused on individuals with neuromuscular pathology. Dennis has 23 years of clinical PT practice, pro bono physical therapy services for individuals with stroke, brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases, Neurorehabilitation curriculum and consultation, international PT education, international collaboration, consultant to develop new PT curriculum for Taibah University (Saudi Arabia), served on numerous dissertation committees, numerous legal consultations, invited session chairperson for WCPT conferences, numerous continuing education courses nationally and internationally, including invited course in neurology at the WCPT World Congress in Amsterdam.

Secretary: Nancy Fell, T, PhD, NCS

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Department of Physical Therapy
Chattanooga, TN
E-mail: nancy-fell@utc.edu

Brief Bio: Nancy Fell, PhD, PT, NCS is UC Foundation Professor Physical Therapy in the Department of Physical Therapy at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN. In this position, she teaches Neuroscience, Adult Neurologic Rehabilitation, Medical and Surgical Condition Management.

Treasurer: Nora Riley, PT, PhD, NCS

St. Ambrose University
Program in Physical Therapy
Davenport, IA
E-Mail: norariley23@hotmail.com

Brief Bio: Nora Riley, PT, PhD, NCS is Professor at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. Lisa's research is moving toward studying the impact of "BYOD/paperless" curriculum on students in a DPT program. She is responsible for teaching all the neurologic content in her DPT program. In addition, she provide continuing education to various Eastern Iowa Clinics (her program's clinical sites) in Vestibular Rehabilitation..

Director of Communications:  Laura Morris, PT, NCS

Elmhurst Memorial Medical Center
Neurologic/Vestibular Program
Elmhurst, IL

E-mail: ptforbalance@gmail.com

Brief Bio: Laura Morris, PT, NCS is part of a multi-disciplinary team that specializes in mild traumatic brain injury and vestibular disorders in Elmhurst, IL, outside of Chicago.  She also lectures in continuing education courses throughout the country.  She teaches within the Emory Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-based Course annually.  Her areas of interest include managing those with complex vestibular disorders, brain injury, migraine and anxiety-related dizziness.  

Director of Education: Jane Sullivan, PT, DHS

Northwestern University
Division of Physical Therapy
Arlington Heights, IL
E-mail: j-sullivan@northwestern.edu

Brief Bio: Jane E. Sullivan, PT, DHS, MS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Her research activities focus on electrical stimulation to promote recovery post-stroke and community based fitness in chronic stroke.

Director of Research: George Hornby, PT, PHD

 University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Physical Therapy
 Chicago, IL
 Email: tgh@uic.edu

Brief Bio:  T. George Hornby, PT, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology & Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research activities focus on physical and pharmacological interventions to facilitate improvements in walking function in patients with spinal cord injury and Stroke.

Director of Practice: Beth Crowner, PT, DPT, NCS, MPPA

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Program in Physical Therapy
St. Louis, MO
Email: crownerb@wustl.edu

Brief Bio:   Beth Crowner, PT, DPT, NCS, MPPA is Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Neurology, and Division Director, Clinical Practice in Physical Therapy Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She received her professional and post-professional physical therapy degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has worked in practice settings across the continuum of care over her 28 year career, treating patients with a wide range of neuromuscular conditions. She is currently the director of the Washington University Physical Therapy Clinical Practice where she oversees clinical operations and treats outpatients with neurologic disorders. She teaches clinical neurologic and business/management content in her DPT program.

APTA Board Liason: Lisa Saladin, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Medical University of South Carolina
College of Health Professions
Mount Pleasant, SC
Email: saladinl@musc.edu

Brief Bio:  Lisa Saladin, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor and Dean of the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she has been a full-time faculty member since 1990. She member of APTA's Board from 2008-2011, served on APTA's Government Affairs Committee for 3 years, including 1 year as chair, and as chief delegate and delegate from South Carolina for 8 years. She also has served as president of the South Carolina Chapter, where she was known as a strong advocate for student membership and active participation in professional service. In 2004, she received APTA's Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching.

 
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