Current Students

Wesley Thornton, PT, DPT, NCS

Matriculation: 2021
Mentor: Andrew Smith

Kate Smulligan

Katherine Smulligan, PT, DPT

Matriculation: 2020
Mentor: David Howell

Riley Grassmeyer

Matriculation: 2020
Mentor: Lisa Brenner

Jeremy Graber  

Jeremy Graber, PT, DPT

Matriculation: 2019
Mentor: Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga

Andrea Marshall

Andrea Marshall, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Matriculation: 2019
Mentor: Michael Bade

Michelle Rauzi

Michelle Rauzi, PT, DPT, ATC

Matriculation: 2019
Mentor: Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley

Lauren Hinrichs

Lauren Hinrichs, PT, DPT, OCS

Matriculation: 2019
Mentor: Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley

Lindsay Ollerenshaw, BS

Matriculation: 2019
Mentor: Dawn Magnusson

Julie Stutzbach

Julie Stutzbach, PT, DPT

Matriculation: 2018
Mentor: Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley

Chelsey Anderson

Chelsey Anderson

Matriculation: 2017
Mentor: Cory Christiansen

Alumni

Cherie Ledoux, DPT, PhD
Mentor: Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley
Degree Completed: 2021
Current Position: Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security Administration
Research Interests: The intersection of mental health and rehabilitation, critical race theory and healthcare, implementation and health services in rehabilitation settings

Matthew Miller, PT, DPT, PhD
Mentor: Cory Christiansen
Degree Completed: 2019
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California San Francisco
Research Interests: Movement and behavior change in the context of the chronic condition of dysvascular lower limb amputation

Daniel Hadidi, PhD
Mentor: Lisa Brenner
Degree Completed: 2019
Current Position: Program Specialist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Research Interests: Investigating the role of diet and diet-related attitudes/behaviors on Multiple Sclerosis-related quality of life and other disease factors in male Veterans with MS. Investigating the relationship between the microbiome and mental health outcomes in Veterans. Evaluating the effects of a powered exoskeleton device on psychosocial function in Veterans with diminished ambulatory function.

Allison Gustavson, PT, PhD
Mentor: Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley
Degree Completed: 2019
Research Interests: 1) understanding the causes of deficits in function that occur in older adults following hospitalization, 2) exploring the barriers to practice change and the uptake of evidence based practice in post-acute care (home health and skilled nursing facilities), 3) developing and refining multi-modal and interdisciplinary interventions to maximize patient outcomes following hospitalization, 4) utilizing such clinical research results to develop clinical practice guidelines specific to post-acute care settings, and 5) employing strategies for implementation and dissemination of study results to post-acute settings nationwide.

Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, PhD
Mentor: Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley
Degree Completed: 2018
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale School of Medicine
Research Interests: Rehabilitation of older adults after acute hospitalization

Jean Marie Berliner, PT, DPT, NCS, PhD
Mentor: Margaret Schenkman
Degree Completed: 2018
Current Position: Affiliate Faculty, Regis University
Research Interests: Exploring the association between visual, vestibular, and oculomotor deficits to fatigue in people with Parkinsons disease.

Brian Loyd, PT, DPT, PhD
Mentor: Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley
Degree Completed: 2017
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utah College of Health
Research Interests: Understanding the neuromuscular and physical functioning deficits present following lower extremity surgery or trauma, improving the practice management of physiologic changes occurring after TKA, specifically related to lower extremity swelling and edema, implementing clinical data collection methods to improve individual estimates of recovery following TKA.

Jean Marie Berliner, PT, DPT, NCS
Degree Completed:2016
Current Position: Affiliate Faculty, Regis University
Research Interests: Exploring the association between visual, vestibular, and oculomotor deficits to fatigue in people with Parkinsons disease.

Andrew Kittelson, PT, DPT, PhD
Mentor: Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley
Degree Completed: 2016
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Montana
Research Interests: Focused on improving shared decision-making and personalized care in clinical practice, through the use of informatics and novel data science applications. Specifically, I am interested in using analytic techniques to help patients and clinicians better understand diagnosis and prognosis, as well as to assist in monitoring patient progress throughout an episode of care. I enjoy collaborating with a variety of different patient populations in this research: people with peripheral vascular disease, people with total knee arthroplasty, people with lower limb amputation, and children at risk of developmental delay.

Ryan Marker, PT, DPT, PhD
Mentor: Katrina Maluf
Degree Completed: 2015
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Bahar Shahidi, DPT, PhD
Mentor: Katrina Maluf
Degree Completed: 2015
Research Interests: Skeletal muscle physiology in spine pain
Current Position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, UC San Diego

Dana Judd, PT, DPT, PhD
Degree Completed: 2014
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Physical Therapy
Research Interests: My clinical research focuses on investigating human movement patterns and muscle performance during functional activity, and ways physical therapists can intervene to optimize movement quality and therefore physical function and quality of life for patients following total hip replacement. Second, my educational research focuses on exploring educational methods related to teaching evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning for entry-level DPT students and exploring the use of technology on educational outcomes. 

Michael Bade, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Degree Completed: 2012
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Colorado Physical Therapy
Research Interests: My research primarily focuses on comparative effectiveness trials in individuals with degenerative knee conditions and following total knee arthroplasty. Secondary research interests of mine are developing strategies to individualize health care using prognostic modeling and implementing research findings into clinical practice.

Thomas Hoogeboom, PT, MSc, PhD
Degree Completed: 2012
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Radboudumc, Netherlands
Research Interests: Joint-pain comorbidities in people with established osteoarthritis, Preoperative care in people awaiting total joint replacement, Therapeutic validity in exercise therapy programs