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L. Derek Gerber, PT, DPT, EdD

Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program Director, Interim Department Chair

Office: Garrison Hall 218

208-282-4307

derekgerber@isu.edu

 

Education:

  • BS in Health and Human Performance - Pre-Physical Therapy,  Brigham Young University, Provo UT 1997
  • Master of Physical Therapy, US Army - Baylor University, Waco, TX 1999
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Baylor University, Waco TX 2007
  • EdD in Educational Leadership with Higher Education Emphasis, Idaho State University, Pocatello ID 2021

 

Professional:

  • President of the Idaho Physical Therapy Association 2016-Current
  • Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2002 (re-certified in 2012, 2020)

 

Research Interest:

Influence of the hip in biomechanics of knee function, effectiveness of teaching via distance, perceived value of integrated clinical exposure in PT education
 

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Gerber began his career working as an Army officer physical therapist. He has primary worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting at military hospitals and health clinics, at rural hospitals, and at private orthopedic clinics. He joined the faculty at ISU in 2013 and primarily instructs orthopedic and musculoskeletal courses along with manual therapy. He is a clinical instructor and clinician in the ISU DPT program clinic and practicum. He currently serves as the Idaho Physical Therapy Association President and has been involved with the Idaho strategic work group for the reduction of opioid misuse. 

 

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

Hiking, Running, Singing, Sports, Family

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Michael Clarke PT, DPT

Assistant Professor, Clinic Director- Meridian

Office: Meridian Health Science Center 547

208-373-1947

michaelclarke1@isu.edu

Education:

  • BS in Human Movement Science, Utah State University, Logan, UT (2012)
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT (2015)
  • Orthopaedic Residency Program, Evidence in Motion, Georgetown, TX, (2016)
  • Fellowship in Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy, Bellin College, Green Bay, Wisconsin (2019)

Professional:

  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (2017 - Current)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (2019 - Current)

Research Areas of Interest:

Post professional training and the influences on patient outcomes, enhancing clinical education to improve upon the transition from the classroom to the clinical setting, better understanding the general public’s perception of the physical therapy profession.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Clarke joined Idaho State University’s Physical Therapy Program in 2021 as a full-time professor and clinic director for the Meridian ISU therapy clinic. He has been teaching orthopedic and musculoskeletal courses for the ISU program as an adjunct faculty since 2019, and will continue to teach within these courses. He will also be assisting with teaching the basic physical therapy examination skill set.

Prior to joining the program, Dr. Clarke completed his undergraduate work at Utah State University. He then earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Immediately following graduation, he enrolled within an orthopaedic residency program to further his understanding and expertise in the field of orthopedics. Post residency training he moved to Idaho where he worked within St. Luke’s Rehabilitation for 4 years, and during this time completed a Fellowship in Orthopaedics and Manual Physical Therapy and was awarded Fellowship status by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2019. While at St. Luke’s, he played an integral role in educating within the Spine and Wellness Program, while also provided continuing education opportunities within the organization. He now currently serves as a fellow mentor leader within Bellin College’s Fellowship Program.

 Personal Interests/Hobbies:

  • Outdoor Activities: Hiking, Snowboarding, Fishing
  • Fitness and Running
  • Spending Time with Family
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Nancy Devine, PT, DPT, PhD

Associate Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 312

208-282-3758

nancydevine@isu.edu

Education:

  • PHD Experimental Psychology, Idaho State University, Pocatello ID 2020
  • DPT Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston MA 2006
  • MS Biology (emphasis neuroanatomy), Idaho State University, Pocatello ID 1993
  • BS Physical Therapy, University of Vermont, Burlington VT 1986

Professional/Research Areas of Interest:

  • Neurological rehabilitation interventions based upon the Systems Model of Motor Control
  • Motor learning interventions
  • Neuroplasticity and recovery of function
  • Virtual/augmented reality interventions to improve motor recovery and reduce chronic pain

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Devine has clinical experience in acute care, inpatient/outpatient neurologic rehabilitation, and hospice.  She has been a faculty member at ISU since 1990 and currently teaches multisystem management.

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

  • Outdoor activities:  hiking, fly-fishing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing
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Deanna Dye, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 315

208-282-5166

deannadye@isu.edu

Idaho State University

921 S. 8th Ave Stop 8045

Pocatello, ID 83209-8101

Education:

  • BS in Physical Therapy,  Boston University, Boston MA 1990
  • MA in Adult Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie WY 2000
  • PhD in Higher Education, University of Idaho, Moscow ID 2007

Professional / Research Areas of Interest:

Critical reflection, chronic pain and cervical pain, meaningful measurement.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Dye has clinical experience primarily in adult rehabilitation in a variety of settings. She has expanded experience with vestibular rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, geriatrics, and wound care. She has worked as a faculty member since 1996 both at physical therapist assistant and physical therapist education programs. She currently teaches in the areas of vestibular rehabilitation, wound care, and physical agents. She is certified in vestibular rehabilitation with a specific clinical interest in cervicogenic dizziness and chronic pain management.

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

Outdoor recreation, yoga, gardening, and music

 

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Mike Foley, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 311

208-282-4214

michaelfoley@isu.edu

Education:

  • BS Business Administration, North Adams State College, North Adams MA 1985
  • MS Exercise Physiology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS 1988
  • Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg MS 1991
  • MA Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN 1996

 

Professional / Research Areas of Interest:

Oncology Rehabilitation, physical function, physical activity, exercise physiology

 

Recent Publications:

Lenker, Hallie PT, DPT; Foley, Michael PT, PhD, Pre-Bone Marrow Transplant Physical Therapy Evaluations in Pediatric Oncology, Rehabilitation Oncology: October 2019- Volume 37- Issue 4 p E9-E11 doi:10.1097/01.REO0000000000000181

Foley, MP, Bean, D, Jernigan, D.  Quanitification and Comparison of Metabolic and Cardiorespiratory Responses to Increasing Levels of Support during Bodyweight-Supported Treadmill Running in Trained Runners Running at Anaerobic Threshold.  Journal of Exercise Physiology online, December 2018: 21(6): 1-11 (ISSN1097-9751)

Foley, MP, Hasson, SM, Gee, BM. Effects of a Translational Community-Based Multimodal Exercise Program on Sleep Quality in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study. Journal of Exercise Medicine, April 2018. Volume 3 Number 2. ISSN 2378-4083

Foley, MP, Hasson, SM, Kendall,E. Effects of a Translational Community-Based Multimodal Exercise Program on Quality of Life and the Influence of Start Delay on Physical Function and Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study. Integrative Cancer Therapies, September 2017: https://doi.org/10.1177/1534735417731514

Foley, MP, Hasson. Effects of community-based multimodal exercise program on health-related physical fitness and physical function in breast cancer survivors: a pilot study. Integrative Cancer Therapies, January-March 2016: 1-9. Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1534735416639716

Foley MP, Barnes VA, Hasson SM. Effects of a community-based multimodal exercise program on physical function and quality of life in cancer survivors: a pilot study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2015 Jul; 31(5): 303-12. DOI:10.3109/09593985.2015.1004390 PubMed PMID: 25613524

Foley M, Bowen B. Comparison of metabolic cost and cardiovascular response to stair ascending and descending with walkers and canes in older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014 Sep; 95(9):1742-9. PubMed PMID: 24755046.

 

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Foley has 14 years of full-time clinical experience in a variety of settings and practice areas. He is a certified lymphedema therapist and has experience in oncology rehabilitation. He has worked as a PT faculty member at universities over 17 years of full-time teaching experience.  

 

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

Outdoor recreation, nature

Jill Harris, PT, DPT

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Meridian Health Science Center 811A

208-373-1954

jillharris@isu.edu

Education:

  • BS Health Science, 1993, Boise State University, Boise, ID
  • Master of Physical Therapy, 1996, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
  • DPT, 2019, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Professional/Research Areas of Interest:

  • Geriatrics Rehabilitation
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Balance and Falls

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Harris has 20+ years of full-time clinical experience. She has worked in areas of acute care, outpatient orthopedics and neurological rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing sub-acute and long-term care.  Dr. Harris has been a Clinical Instructor (CI) in a variety of these settings. She has participated in professional public speaking locally.

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

  • Outdoor activities:  hiking, skiing, running
  • Spending time with family
  • Reading
  • Knitting
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Trent Jackman, PT, DPT

Clinical Associate Professor, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

Office: Garrison Hall 310

208-282-3065

trentjackman@isu.edu

Idaho State University

921 S. 8th Ave Stop 8045

Pocatello, ID 83209-8101



Education:

  • BS Zoology, Idaho State University, Pocatello ID 1995
  • MS Physical Therapy, Idaho State University, Pocatello ID 1997
  • DPT Physical Therapy, Idaho State University, Pocatello ID 2009

Professional/Research Areas of Interest

Ergonomics, Critical Reflection, Professional issues.

Biographical Sketch
 
Dr. Jackman has clinical experience in a variety of settings with the geriatrics population.  He has worked as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in the ISU PT Program since 2007.  He teaches Physical Therapy Professions course, Ergonomics Practicum, and coordinates all of the affiliation courses.

Personal Interests

Family activities and sports

 

 

Tyler Jepson

Tyler Jepson, PT, DPT

Clinical Assistant Professor, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

Office: Meridian Health Science Center 819B

208-373-1953

tylerjepson@isu.edu

 
Education:
 
  • DPT Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota 

Professional:

  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
 
Biographical Sketch:
 

Dr. Tyler Jepson has been licensed and practicing in Idaho since 2006 and has worked in a variety of outpatient clinical settings with diverse specialties including vestibular, neurological, orthopedic disorders, sports and, work related injuries.  From 2008 to 2010 he completed the first 3 levels of the North American Institute of Orthopӕdic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) which included numerous hours learning and practicing the management of orthopedic disorders through safe and effective joint mobilization.  While in the clinic he also gained experience with the geriatric population and eventually became board certified in Geriatrics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).  Along with being a Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS), Dr. Jepson has demonstrated competency in the Vestibular Rehabilitation course put on by Emory University and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  From 2011 to 2015 his primary caseload consisted of the treatment and management of vestibular and balance disorders.  The demographic of patients with vestibular disorders would range from the young and healthy to the geriatric or neurologically impaired patient.  

While he practiced in the clinic Dr. Jepson was a clinic manager as well as a clinical instructor (CI) for many physical therapy students from 5 different universities.  He was also a Level 1 Credentialed Clinical Instructor and Advanced Credential Clinical Instructor and went on to become a credentialed Trainer for the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) Level 1 and Level 2.  The training from the CCIP Level 1 and Level 2 courses along with the leadership training he received as an outpatient clinic manager have served him well in the classroom.  As an outpatient clinic manager, he was familiar with how to handle the interpersonal conflicts that occurred and continues to utilize these skills in the classroom.

Dr. Jepson has taught various undergraduate classes at Boise State University (BSU).  He was also a full time Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the Physical Therapy Department.  Later, Dr. Jepson began teaching full time in the Carrington College, Boise PTA program.  When the Idaho State University expanded the Physical Therapy program to the Meridian Health Science Center, Dr. Jepson was hired to again be a Clinical Assistant Professor as well as the Assistant Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.

 
Professional / Research Areas of Interest:
 
  • Geriatrics
  • Vestibular and balance rehab
  • Clinical education
 
Personal Interests / Hobbies:
 
  • Paddleboarding
  • Camping
  • Running
  • Working out
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Reading
James Ralphs

James Ralphs, PT, DPT

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 314

208-282-2843

ralpjame@isu.edu

Education:

  • BS pre-physical therapy, Utah State University, Logan UT 1999
  • MS Physical Therapy, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA 2001
  • DPT Physical Therapy, Idaho State University, Pocatello ID 2015

Professional:

  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Professional / Research Areas of Interest:

Physical therapy tests and measures; balance and vestibular system impairments, examination, and management; effective clinical teaching and patient education

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Ralphs joined Idaho State University's Physical Therapy Program in 2009. He works in the on-site outpatient orthopedic and vestibular rehabilitation clinics, supervising students during their onsite practicum experiences. Additionally, he teaches courses in professional communication and basic physical therapy examination techniques, as well as assists in the orthopedic courses. He also guest lectures in other departments covering areas of physical agents/modalities, patient handling, exercise, and vestibular rehabilitation.

Prior to joining the program, Dr. Ralphs completed his undergraduate work at Utah State University followed by his physical therapy degree from Old Dominion University. Following graduation, he worked in Washington State in an outpatient orthopedic setting and was a part-owner in a private practice. In 2012 he became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and in 2015 he completed his transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Idaho State University.

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

Family, woodworking, gardening, outdoor activities

 

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Cindy Seiger, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

Office: Garrison Hall 306

208-282-4416

cindyseiger@isu.edu

 

Education

  • PhD Exercise Science, Brigham Young University, Provo UT 2009.
  • MS Physical Therapy, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo UT 2002.
  • BS Physical Therapy, University of Ulster, Belfast Northern Ireland, 1999.

Professional

  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Electrotherapy - pulsed shortwave diathermy & ultrasound
  • Joint mobilization/manipulation - peripheral and vertebral joints
  • Resilience & resiliency for practitioners and patients
  • Behavior change theories - use in physical therapy
  • Geriatrics - balance & gait
  • Orthopedics - spine, ankle, & shoulder

Current Teaching:

  • PTOT 6626 / 6646 Neurological Systems Management & Lab
  • PTOT 7727 Geriatric Management
  • PTOT 6619 Clinical Practicum
  • PTOT 6617 Research Practicum
  • PTOT 6616 Capstone

Joshua Woolstenhulme, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Meridian Health Science Center 811C

208-373-1939

joshwoolstenhulme@isu.edu

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Jim Creelman, PT, DPT, MS

Professor Emeritus

creejame@isu.edu

Education:

  • BS in Naval Science, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD, 1971
  • BS in Physical Therapy, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore MD, 1982
  • MS in Experimental Psychology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, 1996
  • DPT in Physical Therapy, University of St Augustine, St Augustine, FL, 2004

Professional / Research Areas of Interest:

Motor point mapping, EMG analysis, Instructional technology, posture analysis

Current Teaching

  • PTOT6623/6643: Physical Agents
  • PTOT6621/6641: Manual Evaluation and Treatment
  • PTOT6618/6619: Clinical Practicum
  • PTOT 6616: Capstone

Biographical Sketch

After working for several years as a clinical PT (primarily in outpatient orthopedics), Dr. Creelman joined the ISU PT program in 1990, its second year of existence. He has since that time taught mainly in the content areas of orthopedic and musculoskeletal PT, manual physical therapy and physical agents. He was board certified for 20 years, beginning 1994, as a specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the ABPTS. His research efforts have primarily involved analysis of a variety of movements and muscle activities using surface electromyography (sEMG), still photos and video. In 2010 Dr. Creelman assumed the dual roles of DPT Program Director and PTOT Department Chair.

While he was in the Navy, he flew as a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in the F-4J Phantom II as a member of Fighter Squadron One Five Four (VF-154), mostly from the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) in the Western Pacific and off the coast of California. He is a Viet Nam veteran, having served briefly off the Viet Nam coast in 1970 as a midshipman aboard the fleet oiler USS Ponchatoula (AO-48). He served in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea as a junior officer aboard the USS Rigel (AF-58) and attended flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL, NAS Glynco, GA and NAS Miramar, CA. He also served as a staff officer on the staff of Commander Fleet Air, Western Pacific (COMFAIRWESTPAC) in the Naval Air Logistics Control Office, Western Pacific (NALCOWESTPAC) at NAS Atsugi, Japan.

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

Hiking, reading, collecting and playing guitars

 

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Alex Urfer, PT, PhD

Professor Emeritus

urfealex@isu.edu

Education:

BA Health Education, Montclair State University, 1972

Ph.D. Human Performance Physiology, Ohio State University, Columbus OH 1977

Cert. Physical Therapy, Mayo Clinic Graduate School, Rochester WI 1990

 

Biographical Sketch:

I was born in 1950 in Bern, Switzerland and received my BA in Health Education from Montclair State University in 1972, my MA and Ph.D. in Human Performance Physiology in 1977 from the Ohio State University and a Certificate in Physical Therapy from The Mayo Clinic Graduate School in 1990.  During my last year at Ohio State I was a clinical instructor in exercise science. I hold dual appointments at the rank of Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy and Physiology here at ISU.  I was  Department Chair and Director of Physical Therapy from 1990 -2009.  I teach in the areas of cardio-pulmonary management, biomechanics and orthopedics and have research interests in prosthetics, clinical physical therapy and therapeutic exercise.  I formally retired from the University in 2010, but continue to teach, conduct research, clinically practice, and serve on student committees. I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, a manuscript reviewer the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and CardioPulmonary Physical Therapy Journals, and past president of the Northwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Personal Interests/Hobbies:

Mountaineering, travel, nordic skiing, reading, and classic car restorations

 

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