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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Physical Therapy
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People of 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.

Core Faculty and Staff

Full-time Professors:

Jody Cormack, PT, DPT, MS Ed, NCS, Department Chair and Program Director

Kay Cerny, PhD, PT, KEMG, Biomechanics Research

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

Olfat Mohamed, PhD, PT, Pathophys, Geriatric Research

Full-time Associate Professors:

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

Venilla Krishnan, PhD, PT, MIT, Biomechanics Curriculum

Full-time Lecturers:

James Buenaventura, DPT, CGFI, Director, PT@The Beach, Faculty Practice

Kristin DeMars, PT, DPT, NCS, Neurologic Curiculum

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

Nina Surber, PT, DPT, 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: Fall Semester:

Albert Russo, PhD

Regular Part-time Lecturers

Runel Alanes, PT, DPT

Melissa Carmean, PT, DPT, CWT

Jennifer Imre, PT, DPT

Steven Graboff, MD

Joanne Liu, PT

Margaret Moyer, MA, RN

Michael Miller, PT, DPT, OCS

Mark Muller, CPO, FAAOP

Silverton Nguyen, PT


David Powers, PT, DPT, MBA

Noel Spina, PTm DPT, PCS, C/NDT

Student Assistants

Jasmin Lace