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Physical Therapy Faculty

The faculty members in the Department of Physical Therapy is a powerful blend of highly regarded educators, researchers, and clinicians. Their wide range of clinical interests give students access to unique learning experiences, including:

  • Training with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment that helps patients relearn gait after an injury
  • Implementing and carrying out an evidence-based clinical practice
  • Attending interdepartmental grand rounds
  • Developing a professional portfolio
  • Providing care in the faculty practice
  • Participating in Camp John Marc (a summer camp for young people with disabilities)

Faculty members include:

Ross Querry, PT, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Graduate School: Ph.D., University of North Texas Health Science Center, 1999
Interests: Orthopedic rehabilitation

Egle Bauzaite, PT, D.P.T.

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Faculty Associate
Graduate School: D.P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2013
Interests: Neurological rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation

Traci Betts, PT, D.P.T.

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy 
Assistant Professor
Graduate School: D.P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2010 
Interests: Neuromuscular effects of critical illness, knowledge translation, quality improvement.

Beth Deschenes, PT, D.P.T.

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 
Associate Professor 
Graduate School: D.P.T., Arcadia University, 2012
Interests: Orthopedic manual therapy; fitness and wellness

Julie DeVahl, PT, D.P.T.

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Associate Professor
Graduate School: D.P.T., Texas Tech University Health Science Center, 2014
Interests: Clinical education; electrotherapy and orthopedics

Tara Dickson, PT, D.P.T., Ph.D.

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor
Graduate School: D.P.T., Duke University, 2012
Interests: Higher education policy and finance, student outcomes, clinical education, orthopedic rehabilitation

Karen McCain, PT, D.P.T.

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Associate Professor
Graduate School: D.P.T., Regis University, 2006
Interests: Stroke rehabilitation and locomotor retraining

Emily Middleton, PT, D.P.T.

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 
Assistant Professor
Graduate School: D.P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2011
Interests: Orthopedic and sports rehabilitation

Heather Mowry, PT, D.P.T.

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Graduate School:  D.P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2012
Interests: Neurologic rehabilitation, gait & balance disorders, lower extremity bracing, multidisciplinary team care

Edward Mulligan, PT, D.P.T.

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Professor
Graduate School: D.P.T., Regis University, 2008
Interests: Orthopedic and sports rehabilitation

Grant Myers, PT, D.P.T

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 
Graduate School:  D.P.T., University of Southern California, 1998
Interests: treatment of mechanical low back and neck pain, amputee rehabilitation, orthopedic physical therapy

Andrew Nasr, PT, D.P.T.

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 
Graduate School:  D.P.T., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2012
Interests: Orthopedic and sports rehabilitation

Leslie Nelson, PT, Ph.D.

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 
Assistant Professor
Graduate School: Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University, 2018
Interests: Rehabilitation for adult and pediatric neuromuscular disease

Erin Perez, PT, D.P.T.

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Instructor
Graduate School: D.P.T., Washington University, 2011
Interests: Neurological rehabilitation

Staci Shearin, PT, Ph.D.

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor
Graduate School: Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University, 2018
Interests: Neurological rehabilitation

Susan Simpkins, PT, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Graduate School: Ed.D., Columbia University, 1999
Interests: Postural control and balance in the pediatric population

Jason Zafereo, PT, Ph.D.

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Associate Professor

Graduate School: Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University, 2015
Interests: Orthopedic manual therapy