Faculty

John Jefferson

Jefferson, John, P.T., Ph.D, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Chair (Founding) & Professor

Background: Dr. Jefferson received his Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto, Masters of Science in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo, and Ph.D in Orthopaedic and Sports Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Certifications & Other Specialties: Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (APTA), Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (Canadian Physiotherapy Association), Certified Weight Trainer (International Weightlifting Association)

Teaching Interests: Anatomy, Biomechanics, Orthopaedics, Manual Therapy

Research Interests: Neck & back pain, Ergonomics, Adverse Neural Tension, Admissions and Student Success & Educational Instructional Design

Clinical Interests: Orthopedics and Manual Therapy

Service Interests: Facilitating student service learning opportunities, Pro bono therapy, Therapy animals, Theatre.


Elizabeth Garcia, DPT

Garcia, Elizabeth, P.T., D.P.T, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor

Background: Dr. Garcia received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Certifications & Other Specialties: Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Teaching Interests: Neuropathology, Neuroscience, Neurological Rehabilitation, Pharmacology

Research Interests: Concussion rehabilitation, Technologies for rehabilitation of individuals with neurologic injury.

Clinical Interests: Neurorehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, and Concussion.

Service Interests: Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, State Advocate of APTA-Neurology


Angel Holland

Holland, Angel, P.T, D.P.T., Ed.D., Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
Associate Program Director, Director of Clinical Education & Associate Professor
Associate Director of Interprofessional Education – UAMS NW Campus

Background: Dr. Holland completed her undergraduate Biology degree from Oklahoma Christian University, followed by her Masters in Physical Therapy from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas and her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University. She completed her Ed.D at the University of Arkansas.

Certifications & Other Specialties: Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, Certified in Documentation Auditing, Certified Interprofessional Education Facilitator

Teaching Interests: Clinical Education, Professionalism, Clinical Reasoning

Research Interests: Student wellness, Student success, Student-led Interprofessional Clinic, Teaching and Learning for Generation Y.

Clinical Interests: Home health, Geriatrics, Student-led Interprofessional Clinic

Service Interests: Student wellness, Student success, Student-led Interprofessional Clinic, Teaching and Learning for Generation Y.


Ruth Ross

Ross, Ruth, P.T. D.P.T, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of Clinical Education

Background: Dr. Ross received her Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience from Pomona College in Claremont California and Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Certifications & Other Specialties: Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA Certified Clinical Instructor

Teaching Interests: Orthopaedics, Movement Dysfunction, Clinical Education

Research Interests: Identifying and developing appropriate communication strategies for effective exercise instruction.

Clinical Interests: Orthopaedics, Movement Dysfunction, Student-Led Interprofessional Clinic

Service Interests: Student success and Remediation


Laurel Sexton

Sexton, Laurel, P.T., D.P.T, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor

Background: Dr. Sexton received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa and her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University.

Certifications & Other Specialties: Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

Teaching Interests: Orthopedics and Women’s, Men’s and Children’s Pelvic Health

Research Interests: Student success, Remediation, and Education

Clinical Interests: Women’s, men’s and children’s pelvic health and orthopedics

Service Interests: Student retention, Liaison to student success center, CHP scholarship Committee


Jennifer Vincenzo

Vincenzo, Jennifer, P.T., M.P.H., Ph.D, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
Associate Professor & Chair of Admissions
KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar

Background: Dr. Vincenzo received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, Masters of Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, and Graduate Certificate in Educational Statistics and Research Methods and PhD in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from University of Arkansas

Certifications & Other Specialties: Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, APTA Certified Clinical Instructor, Certified Health Education Specialist, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar, 2016 Fellow of the Arkansas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program through the Health Resources and Services Administration

Teaching Interests: Geriatrics, Neurorehabilitation, Wound management, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Research Interests: Geriatrics, Falls Prevention, Implementation Science, Clinical-community connections to promote physical therapists to engage older adults in community programs during and after an episode of care

Clinical Interests: Geriatrics, Neurorehabilitation, Wound Management

Service Interests: Chair of Balance and Falls Special Interest Group and State Advocate of APTA-Geriatrics, Member of Task Force for APTA-Geriatrics/National Council on Aging, Board member of Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging in Arkansas, Member of the National Council on Falls Risk Awareness and Prevention

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

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


Christopher WalterWalter, Christopher, P.T, D.P.T, Ph.D
Assistant Professor

Background: Dr. Walter received his undergraduate degree and Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Central Arkansas. He received his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Utah.

Certifications & Other Specialties: APTA board certified clinical instructor, Certified Brian Injury Specialist, 2018 Fellow of the Arkansas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program through the Health Resources and Services Administration,

Teaching Interests: Motor control/learning, Neurology & Neurological Rehabilitation, Clinical Reasoning

Research Interests: One of Dr. Walter’s lines of research aims to improve function and quality of life in older adults and individuals following neurological disorders by studying how individuals learn and re-learn motor skills. He is also exploring disparities in physical activity and functional outcomes in vulnerable populations.

Clinical Interests: Stroke, Brain Injury, Complex Neurological Conditions

Service Interests: Student success, Curriculum Development


Staff

teresa hurst

Teresa Hurst
Administrative Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy

Teresa Hurst is the Administrative Coordinator for the Department of Physical Therapy. Teresa is a graduate of Northwest Florida State College with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management and Supervision in Healthcare, an Associate of Science in Health Services Management, an Associate of Arts, and is completing an Associate of Science in Customer Relationship Management. Previously working as a full time certified CPR and BLS Instructor, Teresa has brought those skills to UAMS. She is a beach loving Florida Panhandle Native. As an Air Force spouse, Teresa has had the opportunity to live in numerous states including California, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, and Wyoming and now is happy to include Arkansas. With 6 grandchildren, including a set of twins, Teresa enjoys spoiling each one.


Dollie Resh

Dollie Resh
Executive Assistant I
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.


Additional/Adjunct Faculty

Fields, Greg, M.A. – Adjunct Instructor

Bohl, Hannah, PT, D.P.T. – Adjunct Instructor

Fields, Greg, M.A. – Adjunct Instructor

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

Gray, Michelle, Ph.D. – Adjunct Instructor

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

Koch, Mark C., O.T.D., OTR/L – Adjunct Instructor

Skinner, W. Patrick, PT, M.S. – Adjunct Instructor

Stone, Sean, PT, D.P.T. – Adjunct Instructor

Villa, Vito, B.S., OTR/L – Adjunct Instructor

Warmack, Thomas Scott, Pharm.D. – Associate Professor

Wilkerson, Shelia D., PT, M.S.