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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

Jody Cormack, PT, DPT, MS Ed, NCS, Neurologic Curriculum

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

Olfat Mohamed, PhD, PT, Interim 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

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, GCS, 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

Albert Russo, PhD

Regular Part-time Lecturers

Runel Alanes, PT, DPT

Melissa Carmean, PT, DPT, CWS

Steven Graboff, MD

Covey Lazouras, PT, DPT, NCS, ATC

Margaret Moyer, MA, RN

Michael Miller, PT, DPT, OCS


David Powers, PT, DPT, MBA

Jack Soulis, CPO, FAAOP

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

Student Assistants

Jasmin Lace

Dinah Nguyen