Current DPT Advisory Board Members

The PT Advisory Board (AB) facilitates communication between the Physical Therapy (PT) Program (faculty, staff, and students) and the healthcare community to ensure the curriculum reflects contemporary theories and practice.

Jeremy Heinrich

PT, MPT06, DPT Advisory Board Chair

Melissa Hull


Santina Kadle


Ian Kerr

Student Member

Anna Lynd


Jon Mathis


Courtney Niesen

Student Member

Krishna Reddy


Rob Schwab


Debra Turner

PT, MBA Advisory Board Secretary

Kyle Vollmer



  1. 1. Identifies specific challenges, needs, and opportunities affecting the practice of physical therapy.
  2. 2. Identifies trends in health care delivery.
  3. 3. Evaluates the impact of contemporary clinical practice on the academic and clinical education of future physical therapists.
  4. 4. Provides feedback to the PT Program regarding the preparedness of student physical therapists to improve academic and clinical education.
  5. 5. Assists in the development of resources for the program (i.e., clinical, financial, recruitment).
  6. 6. Participates in the activities of the PT Program as requested.
  7. 7. Makes appropriate recommendations to the PT Program Chairperson.

Awards and Award Winners

  Distinguished Physical Therapy Administrator

The recipient of the Distinguished Physical Therapy Administrator Award is recognized for outstanding leadership and management skills within the field of physical therapy administration, be a licensed physical therapist and is presently employed in the field of physical therapy administration.

  • 2022: Mike Shannon
  • 2019: Rachel Heyl, PT, ATC, MEd
  • 2018: Debra Turner PT, MBA
  • 2014: Phil Cadman, PT, DPT
  • 2012: Opal Riddle, PT, DPT
  • 2011: Erin (Mallory) Hofmeyer, PT, DPT
  • 2010: Shannon Dunn, PT, MPT
  • 2009: Jeanine Gunn, PT, DPT
  Distinguished Physical Therapy Clinical Instructor
• 2022: Dr. Amanda Wizinsky
• 2019: Marcin Jez, PT, DPT
• 2018: Dan Baute PT, DPT
• 2017: Meredith Zielinski, PT, DPT
• 2016: Emily Osborne, PT
• 2015: Andrew Burchett, PT, DPT, ATC
• 2014: Andrew Beardslee, PT, DPT
• 2013: Sarah Cash, PT, DPT
• 2012: Andrew Beardslee, PT, DPT
• 2011: Eric Schneider, PT, MPT
• 2010: JD Daruwalla, PT
• 2009: Dana Gifford, PT, MPT
• 2008: Jen Sirotak, PT, MPT, DPT, OCS, SCS
  Distinguished Physical Therapy Educator

The recipient of the Distinguished Physical Therapy Educator Award is recognized by both students and colleagues for commitment to academia and the advancement of physical therapy knowledge; is presently employed in a physical therapy faculty position and holds a master’s or doctoral degree.

  • 2019: Tonya Apke, PT, DPT
  • 2018: Chalee Englehard PT, EdD, MBA, GCS emeritus
  • 2017: Terri Glenn, PT, PhD
  • 2016: Sam Kegerreis, PT, MS, ATR
  • 2015: Stephanie Kelly, PT, PhD
  • 2014: Susan Deusinger, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • 2013: Margret Robinson OT, CHT
  Distinguished Physical Therapy Researcher

The recipient of the Distinguished Physical Therapist Researcher Award is recognized for significant research activities which have positively affected physical therapy practice, has a master’s or doctoral degree and demonstrates recent involvement in research endeavors related to physical therapy.

  • 2014: Jason Hugentobler, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, CWT
  • 2010: Kari Dunning, PT, M.S., Ph.D.
  • 2009: Laura Schmitt, PT, MPT, Ph.D.
  Lifetime Achievement in Physical Therapy Award

The Lifetime Achievement in Physical Therapy Award recognizes a physical therapy leader whose career has significantly impacted physical therapy, health care, and the community; is a licensed physical therapist and has practiced physical therapy for over twenty years.

  • 2022: Dr. Barbara Sanders
  • 2019: Bob Mangine, PT, ATC, MEd
  • 2017: Terry Malone, PT, MPT, EdD
  • 2014: Alan Howell, PT, ATC, SCS
  • 2010: Carolyn Kisner, PT, MS