• Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Scholarship/Research


I believe in the principle that learning comes by doing.  As a physical therapist I find both patients and students to be interested in physical activities.  Most often patients enter the therapy relationship because they are having difficulty doing some activity that is of value to them.  Many students have developed an interest in this profession because of personal injury experiences or plain intrigue with human function.  Being a good example and model to both students and patients is a role that I take seriously---so, being active is a great part of my life.  Running, basketball, cycling, and hiking are some of my chief activities.  If I can do it I will try to do it; if I can't do it I would like to learn to do it and if that does not happen then I don't mind watching someone else engaged in the activity.  Currently, the person that I watch most is my daughter who participates in basketball, so you might see me courtside!  I also like to assist others to do their activities to the best of their abilities. 

Courses Taught

  • Health Care System and Policy I-V
  • Evidence Based Practice I-V
  • Applied Anatomy 
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Extremities)
  • Foundations in Human Movement

Educational History

  • The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, 1984
  • Cleveland State University, Master of Science in Health Science, 2006
  • Gannon University, Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Learning and Leadership, Dissertation:  Assessing Evidence that Physical Therapy is a Self-regulating Profession, 2012

Professional Experience

  • Instructor:  Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, September 2007 - present
  • Co-owner, practice manager, clinician, Bitticker Physical Therapy, New Philadelphia, Ohio, January 2005 – September 2007
  • Home Health Care Physical Therapist, Aultman Health Foundation, Canton, Ohio, March 2001 - January 2005
  • Acting Program Director and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education/Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio, October 2000 - June 2001
  • Instructor: Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio, September 1999 - June 2001
  • Director, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Payson Regional Medical Center, Payson, Arizona, March 1996 - June 1999
  • Self-Employed Contractor: Physical Therapist, Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Apple Creek Developmental Center, Apple Creek, Ohio January 1993 - September 1995
  • Traveling Physical Therapist, Lynnwood, WA; Oceanside, CA and Toledo, OH, September 1991 - October 1992
  • Self-employed Contractor:  Director/program originator, Sports Medicine and Injury Rehabilitation Department, Mansfield General Hospital, Mansfield, Ohio, July 1985 -August 1991
  • Staff Physical Therapist, Outpatient office, skilled nursing and home health, Richland Therapy Services, Mansfield, Ohio, October 1984 - July 1985


Principal Topics of Scholarly Inquiry:

1) Measures of physical therapist professional development, professionalism, ethics, values and leadership.
2) Physical therapy musculoskeletal interventions related to human performance improvement.