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Department of Physical Therapy
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Faculty and Staff

Department of Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy has 10 full-time faculty and two full-time Staff. In addition, part-time faculty, student assistants and a part-time engineer support the program.

If you are interested in teaching opportunites, please visit the CHHS job posting page:


Core Faculty and Staff

Full-time Professors:

George J. Beneck, PhD, PT, OCS, KEMG, Orthopedic Curriculum

Joyce M. Campbell, PhD, PT, ENMG, Electro Curriculum

Olfat Mohamed, PhD, PT, Chair, Pathophys, Geriatric Research

Full-time Associate Professors:

Vennila Krishnan, PhD, PT, MIT, Biomechanics Curriculum

Full-time Assistant Professors:

Hsiang-Ling (Sharon) Teng, PhD, PT, Sports/Orthopedic Curriculum

Jackie Kiwata Dawson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Full-time Lecturers:

Kristin DeMars, PT, DPT, NCS, Neurologic Curiculum

Jeff Rodrigues, PT, DPT, CCS, Acute and Cardiopulomanry Curriculum

Stephanie Malaspina, PT, DPT, Professional Education, Director of Clinical Education


Full-time Department Staff

Gloria Dacanay, BS, MBA, ASCII, Department Coordinator

Michelle Ramirez, BS, ASCI , Admissions and Clinical Education Coordinator

Associated Faculty

Faculty Early Retirement:

Kay Cerny, PhD, PT, KEMG, Biomechanics Research

Regular Part-time Lecturers

Runel Alanes, PT, DPT

James Buenaventura, DPT, CGFI

Melissa Carmean, PT, DPT, CWS

Steven Graboff, MD

Covey Lazouras, PT, DPT, NCS, ATC

Kacey Lewis PT, DPT, OCS

Michael Miller, PT, DPT, OCS


David Powers, PT, DPT, MBA

Jack Soulis, CPO, FAAOP

Noel Spina, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT

Student Assistants