Faculty

John Jefferson

Jefferson, John, PT, Ph.D., OCS, COMT
Chair and Associate Professor
UAMS Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. John Jefferson is the inaugural chair of the UAMS DPT Program. He served as interim chair of the DPT program at the University of South Alabama, where he taught in the DPT program for 20 years prior to starting the program at UAMS. He received his BS in PT from the University of Toronto, MS in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo, and PhD in Orthopaedic & Sports Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Jefferson is an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (APTA), Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (Canadian Physiotherapy Association), and Certified Weight Trainer (International Weightlifting Association). He has 27 years of clinical experience as a staff and senior PT/manager primarily in the outpatient setting. Dr. Jefferson’s teaching interests include Anatomy, Biomechanics, Orthopaedics, Manual Therapy, and over 40 CEU courses related to orthopaedics. His research interests include neck & back pain, ergonomics, adverse neural tension, and educational instructional Design.


Angel Holland

Holland, Angel, PT, D.P.T., GCS
Director of Clinical Education & Assistant Professor
UAMS Department of Physical Therapy
Associate Director of Interprofessional Education – UAMS NW Campus

Dr. Angel Holland is a native of Clarksville, AR and completed her undergraduate Biology degree from Oklahoma Christian University, followed by her Masters in Physical Therapy from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.  She later completed her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University.  She has been a physical therapist for over 18 years, where she has spent the majority of her career in the field of home health and served as the Director of Therapy for a home health agency in Northwest Arkansas.  Dr. Holland has also served as a documentation auditor since 2009.  She is an ABPTS Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics.  In 2014, Dr. Holland was hired by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as the Director of Clinical Education, where she developed the curriculum for the clinical education program for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  Besides her role of Director of Clinical Education at UAMS, she is an assistant professor and teaches courses in Professional Issues, Documentation, Administration and Management, Teaching & Learning, and Clinical Reasoning.  She also serves as the Associate Director for Interprofessional Education for the Northwest Campus of UAMS.  She serves on the Nominating Committee for the Clinical Education SIG for the Education Section of APTA.  Her areas of research include learning styles of Generation Y students, professional learning communities, student wellness and faculty/leadership development.  She enjoys presenting continuing education courses and faculty development workshops to enhance teaching strategies related to the learning styles of the Generation Y student.  She is currently an Ed.D. candidate in Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University of Arkansas.  Aside from her professional life, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children.


Manjeshwar Sahana Kamath

Kamath, Majeshwar Sahana, PT, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

UAMS Department of Physical Therapy

Manjeshwar Sahana Kamath MPT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical therapy at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After completing her PhD from the University of Florida under the esteemed Alumni Fellowship, she joined UAMS to pursue her Academic and Research career. Her PhD dissertation “Neural and Behavioral Markers of Upper-Extremity Motor Impairment Post-Stroke” involved understanding post-stroke recovery mechanisms in stroke and specifically trying to probe the neural and behavioral markers of upper extremity motor impairment post-stroke using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation(TMS) in conjunction with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), EMG and motor priming.

Dr.Kamath’s primary research interests involve neurophysiological and biomechanical approaches to understand the neural control of movement, mechanisms of disordered motor control in neuropathological conditions, and the capacity for motor recovery in adults following central nervous system injury. Her research involves understanding post-stroke recovery mechanisms in stroke while specifically trying to understand the role of the excitatory and inhibitory neural circuits to aid recovery in upper extremity motor impairment post-stroke. She is also interested in developing sensitive stroke assessment measures for better outcome measurement. In 2017, she was awarded with the Dean’s Society Grant for her proposal “Improving Outcome Measures in Stroke Rehabilitation using Rasch Analysis”.  Her long term goal is to assess the role of various daily living activities on the neural circuits and to use the results to potentially improve the rehabilitation protocols for upper extremity post-stroke.


Laurel Sexton

Sexton, Laurel, PT, D.P.T., WCS
Assistant Professor

UAMS Department of Physical Therapy

Laurel has 19 years clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis in spine and sacroiliac joint dysfunctions as well as women and men’s pelvic health. Laurel is board certified in Women’s Health and has served as the Arkansas Regional Representative for the APTA Section on Women’s Health.  She graduated from Des Moines University Medical Center with a master and clinical doctorate in physical therapy and from University of Tulsa with a bachelors in Athletic Training.  Her clinical experience includes developing and opening a new clinic in Minnesota where she served as clinic manager and also developed a women’s health practice. Laurel is currently developing a women’s health specialty clinic within the UAMS outpatient therapy clinic onsite. Laurel’s teaching area of interest is orthopedics and women’s/men’s health. Her research interest is women’s health and education.


David Taylor

Taylor, J. David, PT, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
UAMS Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Taylor completed a B.S. in Chemistry degree and a Master of Physical Therapy degree at Southwest Baptist University.  He earned a PhD in Physical Therapy degree at the University of Central Arkansas.  Dr. Taylor is currently an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  He has an established record of research, primarily in the areas of exercise for treating type 2 diabetes, study design, data analysis.  Regarding his teaching activities, Dr. Taylor has the role of either course director or co-instructor for courses in musculoskeletal physical therapy, exercise physiology, pharmacology, and research.

For more information on research and publications, refer to this link:

https://uams-triprofiles.uams.edu/profiles/display/1536733


Jennifer Vincenzo

Vincenzo, Jennifer, PT, M.P.H., Ph.D., CHES, GCS
Assistant Professor
UAMS Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Vincenzo is an Assistant Professor with the department of Physical Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she teaches geriatrics, neuro-rehab, integumentary, and health promotion. She has a bachelor of science in Physical Therapy (PT), Master of Public Health (MPH) with a focus on community health education, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in kinesiology with a focus on older adults. Dr. Vincenzo also has a master’s certificate in educational statistics and research methods, is a certified health education specialist (CHES), an APTA credentialed clinical instructor, and is a board certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy (GCS). She has 20 years of clinical experience across the lifespan but has focused most of her clinical work in neurology and older adults across the continuum of care, including wound care. Dr. Vincenzo is the Arkansas state advocate for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and a fellow of the Arkansas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (UAMS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration. Her research interests include developing, evaluating, and implementing clinically feasible assessments and interventions to decrease fall risk and mobility decline among older adults.

For more information on research and publications, refer to this link:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jennifer_Vincenzo


Christopher Walter

Walter, Christopher, D.P.T., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
UAMS Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Walter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  He teaches Intro to PT skills, motor control and learning, clinical reasoning courses and courses throughout the neuro curriculum.  As a physical therapist, his expertise is in neurorehabilitation, specifically treating patients with stroke and brain injury.  His current research aims to improve function and quality of life in individuals following neurological disorders by studying how individuals learn and re-learn motor skills and the role cognition plays in that effort.

Dr. Walter received his undergraduate degree and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Central Arkansas.  Prior to returning to graduate school, he practiced several years as a physical therapist in the inpatient rehab and acute care settings.  He received his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Utah.


Staff

Dollie Resh

Dollie Resh
Executive Assistant I
UAMS Department of Physical Therapy

Dollie is the Executive Assistant for the Department of Physical Therapy.  She has a Ph.D in life experience as a career office manager and administrator.  She has completed training to utilize various computer programs and platforms.  When she is not busy helping faculty, students, and keeping the department running – she teaches sewing, and volunteers at the yearly convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure.

 

 


Adjunct Faculty

Gallagher, Kaitlin M., Ph.D. – Adjunct Instructor

Gubler, Coral, PT, Ph.D., ATC – Adjunct Instructor

Jowers, Nathan, PT, M.S. – Adjunct Instructor

Koch, Lynn C., Ph.D., CRC – Adjunct Instructor

Small, Celeste J., PT, D.P.T. – Adjunct Instructor

Warmack, Thomas Scott, Pharm.D. – Adjunct Instructor

Wilkerson, Shelia D., PT, M.S. – Adjunct Instructor