Physical Therapy

Faculty and Staff

Mary Ellen Vore

Mary Ellen Vore

Clinical Associate Professor & Chair in Physical Therapy
585-389-2906
mvore9@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 164
Bio

Education: B.S. Physical Education, SUNY Brockport; M.S. Physical Therapy, D'Youville College; Ph.D. Physical Therapy candidate, Nova Southeastern University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Orthopedics, acute care, prevention and wellness. She is also a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist.

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Andrew S. Bartlett

Andrew S. Bartlett

Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2912
abartle1@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 151
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Physical Therapy, M.P.A. Public Administration, B.S. Therapeutic Recreation, Nova Southeastern University

Teaching and Research Interests: Management of diabetes, prevention, and telehealth. Dr. Bartlett also practices part-time at Visiting Nurse Services, a home health agency.

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Connie W. Chau

Connie W. Chau

Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2907
cchau7@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 163
Bio

Education: Ph.D., University of Montreal; B.S. in Physical Therapy and M.S. in Rehabilitation Science, McGill University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Motor control with an emphasis on neurophysiology and neuropharmacology; developing potential treatment strategies in the rehabilitation of patients with neurological deficits; locomotion in both pediatric and adult populations using the Gaitrite analysis system.

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Elizabeth M. Clark

Elizabeth M. Clark

Assistant Clinical Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2914
eclark3@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 153
Bio

Education: B.A. Biology, SUNY Geneseo; B.S. Health Science and M.S. Physical Therapy, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Ph.D. Physical Therapy, Upstate Medical University; Board certification in Neurology.

Teaching and Research Interests: Neurologic physical therapy, specifically traumatic brain injury, stroke, vestibular rehabilitation and health systems administration. 

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Jennifer E. Collins

Jennifer E. Collins

Professor of Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy
585-389-2900
jcollin9@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 156
Bio

Education: B.A. Physical Therapy, Russell Sage College; M.A. Public Administration, SUNY Brockport; Certificate in Gerontology, St. John Fisher College; Ph.D. Higher Education, University of Rochester.

Teaching and Research Interests: Psychosocial aspects of disability, professional and interprofessional issues, qualitative research, management, and education. Her research interests include PT education, professionalism and professional development, and home health care. She also has a keen interest in developing and expanding physical therapist education programs globally.

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Michelle L. Donahue

Michelle L. Donahue

Assistant Clinical Professor & Director of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy
585-389-5130
mdonahu1@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 155
Bio

Education: B.S. Health Sciences with a minor in Gerontology and M.S. in Physical Therapy, Nazareth College; Ph.D. Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University; ABPTS certified pediatric specialist.

Teaching and Research Interests: Pediatrics and developmental disabilities from birth to 21 years of age in the early intervention, preschool, and school-based settings. 

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Staffan Elgelid

Staffan Elgelid

Associate Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2439
selgeli4@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 179
Bio

Education: Ph.D. University of Central Arkansas; Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Comprehensive Yoga Therapist.

Teaching and Research Interests: Soft tissue techniques, health promotion, guided imagery, healthy aging, mentoring, awareness, and core strengthening.

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Michael Patrick Huson

Michael Patrick Huson

Assistant Clinical Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2512
mhuson3@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 165
Bio

Education: B.S. Clinical Science and M.S. Physical Therapy, Ithaca College; Transitional Ph.D., A.T. Still University; board certified Orthopedic Clinic Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. 

Teaching and Research Interests: Orthopedics, evidence-based practice, and the applicability of video gait and running analysis to clinical practice. 

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J.J. Mowder-Tinney

J.J. Mowder-Tinney

Associate Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2901
jmowder3@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 166
Bio

Education: B.S. Psychology, University of Colorado; M.S. Physical Therapy, University of Miami in Florida; Ph.D. Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University; certified clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).; certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT); Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) from the American Stroke Association.

Teaching and Research Interests: Neuromuscular deficits, balance and falls assessment, neurological interventions, and clinical reasoning skills.

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Suzanne Rinere O'Brien

Suzanne Rinere O'Brien

Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2904
sobrien7@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 158
Bio

Education: B.S. Physical Therapy, SUNY Buffalo; M.S. Neurologic Physical Therapy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia; Ph.D. Health Practice Research, University of Rochester.

Teaching and Research Interests: Timing, dose, and outcomes of multidisciplinary rehabilitation interventions for inpatient rehabilitation units/hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

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Dana L. Olzenak

Dana L. Olzenak

Instructor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2900
dolzena2@naz.edu
Bio

Education: D.P.T., Drexel University; M.S. Physical Therapy, D'Youville College; M.B.A., Clarkson University; Epidemiology doctoral candidate, University of Rochester.

Teaching and Research Interests: Pediatric health disparities and physical activity; participation and quality of life in children with disabilities.

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Andrew John Opett

Andrew John Opett

Clinical Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy
585-389-6996
aopett5@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 168
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Biology
Bio

Education: B.S. Biology, SUNY Geneseo; B.S. Health Sciences and M.S. Physical Therapy, Nazareth College; Ph.D. Physical Therapy, SUNY Upstate Medical University; board certified clinical specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS); certified kinesiotaping practitioner by the Kinesiotaping Association of America.

Teaching and Research Interests: Human gross anatomy, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, pharmacology, musculoskeletal management. 

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Linda Riek

Linda Riek

Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2132
lriek9@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 152
Bio

Education: B.S. Physical Therapy, Ithaca College; Clinical Doctorate, A.T. Still University; Ph.D. Health Practice Research, University of Rochester.

Teaching and Research Interests: Neurological rehabilitation and geriatrics. 

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Marcia Miller Spoto

Marcia Miller Spoto

Professor in Physical Therapy
585-389-2903
mspoto7@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 167
Bio

Education: B.S. Physical Therapy, Daemen College; Ph.D. Chiropractic, Palmer College; certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. 

Teaching and Research Interests: Orthopedic conditions of the spine and osteoarthritis. She teaches in the areas of musculoskeletal management and differential diagnosis. Her research interests include physical therapy diagnosis, as well as low back pain and osteoarthritis management.

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Carol M. Harper

Carol M. Harper

Executive Secretary in Physical Therapy
585-389-2909
charper5@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 161
Tammy D. Hoffman

Tammy D. Hoffman

Secretary in Physical Therapy
585-389-2902
thoffma6@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 161