Meet the Faculty & Staff
Dr. Volansky serves as the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director and Associate Provost for Graduate Studies at Hanover College. Her diverse background includes teaching, small business ownership, and leadership experience. She was an associate professor at the University of Findlay weekend PTA to DPT Program for 17 years.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Ohio and a healthcare Masters in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College. She completed her Doctor of Science degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a certified orthopedic clinical specialist and has a Hybrid Learning Certification from Evidence in Motion Institutes of Health Professions. Being a life-long learner, she recently earned her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Findlay.
Dr. Volansky is an orthopedic physical therapist with an eclectic background in manual therapy, McKenzie method of diagnosis and therapy, instrument-assisted soft tissue massage, and joint mobilization/manipulation. She has two recent publications related to teaching hands-on physical therapy skills in a hybrid environment. She is a member of the Orthopedic, Education, and Health Care Policy & Administration (HPA) Sections of the APTA. She is a nominating committee member for the technology sig of the HPA section.
She lives in Naples, Florida, with her husband and family. She enjoys golfing, biking, and warm-weather activities.
Dr. Kline is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and the Director of Admissions at Hanover College within the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Kline earned his Bachelor of Art of Psychology from Benedictine University in 2003, his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Midwestern University in 2006, and his Masters in Business Administration in Health Services Management at Ursuline College in 2011. In 2017, he completed his Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University and plans to continue to explore strategies to improve job satisfaction among clinicians in the physical therapy profession. He has presented at a local, state, and national level at conferences on interprofessional education, education pipelines, and student success initiatives.
Dr. Kline is a member of the APTA Education Section and currently serves on the Executive Board as Treasurer and Delegate for the Ohio Physical Therapy Association. He is also a board member for the Greater Cleveland YMCA and the Aurora Youth Football & Cheer League. Dr. Kline is an experienced clinician and has worked in various outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation settings throughout his career. He currently resides in northeast Ohio near the Greater Cleveland Area.
Dr. Denton serves as the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director of Clinical Education. With a background in multiple levels of clinic management, clinical education, and weekend continuing education lecturing, he always has had a passion for manual therapy, connection to clinically relevant human anatomy, and specializations of trigger point dry needling and vestibular rehabilitation.
He earned the Bachelor of Science (Biology/Chemistry) and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Youngstown State University and is a Doctor of Education candidate with expected graduation in December of 2020 at Marshall University. Clinically, Dr. Denton specializes in trigger point dry needling, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, thrust joint manipulation, and vestibular rehabilitation.
His research stems around hybrid educational theory, trigger point dry needling, and human anatomy. Additionally, he has an advanced certification in Integrative Trigger Point Dry Needling (CIDN), cert. IASTM, Hybrid Learning Certification from Evidence in Motion Institutes of Health Professions. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as a chairperson for the OPTA East Central District. David is a member of the APTA Vestibular Special Interest Group, AAOMPT Member, and belongs to the Vestibular Disorders Association.
He resides in Canfield, Ohio, with his wife, son, and daughter. In his spare time, as a foodie, he loves eating, enjoys fixing anything broken around the house, tackling building projects, weightlifting, running, and spending time outdoors with his family.
Dr. Boyce is a Professor of Physical Therapy and the Director of Student Affairs at Hanover College within the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Oakland University, a Master's degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Electrophysiology from the University of Kentucky, and a Doctorate Degree in Leadership Education from Spalding University. He is dual board-certified in Orthopedics and Clinical Electrophysiologic physical therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association. He has a Hybrid Learning Certification from Evidence in Motion Institutes of Health Professions. Dr. Boyce has numerous scientific publications and published the book "Orthopedic Physical Therapy Secrets."
Dr. McFadden serves as the Director of Curriculum at Hanover College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She has a diversified background that includes administration, teaching, patient care in multiple settings, and small business ownership. She served as a Program Director and Instructor at Edison State Community College PTA Program for four years. Dr. McFadden is a seasoned clinician and has worked in the Physical Therapy field for 25 years.
She earned her AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant from Sinclair Community College. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Findlay PTA to PT Weekend Program. She has a strong belief in life-long learning; therefore, she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She furthered her knowledge by completing a graduate certificate in Health Science Educational Leadership from the University of Montana. Dr. McFadden holds a certification in lymphedema and chronic venous management and a Hybrid Learning Certification from Evidence in Motion Institutes of Health Professions.
Dr. McFadden has practiced in many different venues, including hospital inpatient, inpatient rehab, outpatient neuro, outpatient orthopedics, lymphedema clinic, home health, and long-term care facilities. Her clinical experience includes treating patients with wounds, lymphedema, and other integumentary impairments. She was one of the co-founders of the lymphedema support group for Upper Valley Medical Center and is a member of the Geriatrics, Clinical Electro & Wound Management, and Education sections of the APTA. In addition to the APTA membership, Dr. McFadden is a member of the National Lymphedema Network.
Dr. McFadden lives in Wilmington, Ohio, with her husband, two daughters, and her woodle Gracie. She enjoys cooking, baking, spending time with family and friends, and going to the beach.
Becky Parr PT, DPT, DHSc, OCS, Cert.DN
Director of Admissions | Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Parr is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and the Director of Admissions in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Dayton, and her Doctor of Health Science from the University of Indianapolis. She is a board-certified specialist in orthopedic rehabilitation and holds a certification in Dry Needling from AAMT. Additionally, Dr. Parr has earned a certification in Hybrid Learning from Evidence in Motion Institutes of Health Professions.
Dr. Parr is also a certified running coach through Road Runners Club of America and enjoys working with runners in her clinical practice in a rehabilitation and coaching role. Dr. Parr's clinical practice focuses on pelvic health and musculoskeletal issues in female athletes. She has presented at state, national, and international level conferences on topics related to pelvic health in athletes.
Dr. Parr is a member of the Education, Orthopedic, Sports, and Pelvic Health Sections of the APTA. She currently serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and Conference Committee, and is a Delegate for the Ohio Physical Therapy Association. She lives in Dayton, OH with her husband, two small children, and dog. She enjoys long distance running, hiking, baking, and spending time with her family.
Joe Girard, DPT, DSc, OCS, CMPT
Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr.Girard is a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University and a Doctor of Science in Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy from Andrews University. He is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. He is a certified manual physical therapist through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. He has a Hybrid Learning Certification from Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions. Dr.Girard has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications. His research interests include orthopedic and sports physical therapy and complementary and alternative therapies in physical therapy. Dr.Girard is an experienced clinician with an orthopedic outpatient clinical focus. Prior to Hanover College, he held an appointment at the Franklin Pierce University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
Dr. Jacks transitioned from the Hanover College Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology department to the DPT program. His undergraduate and Master's degrees are in Exercise Physiology/Science, PhD major in Exercise Physiology and minor in Anatomy at the University of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio. He is experienced in teaching Anatomy, Physiology, Exercise Physiology, and Cardiopulmonary. He held clinical positions in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation in community hospitals over a period of 6 years prior to academic appointments. Prior to Hanover College he held appointments at University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and Winston-Salem State University. He is a Certified American College of Sports Medicine - Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Recent research initiatives include the long-term neurological implications of head trauma in former contact football players and the relationship of musculoskeletal injuries to single sport participation.
Mary Saloka Morrison, PT, DScPT, MHS, GCS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Morrison is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Hanover College. She received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Cleveland State University, a Master of Health Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a board certified geriatric clinical specialist and has a Hybrid Learning Certification from Evidence in Motion Institutes of Health Professions. She is a career-long member of the APTA and participates in the Geriatric and Neurology sections.
Dr. Morrison has been a clinician serving patients across the lifespan. Most recently, she practiced at the Cleveland Clinic in out-patient rehabilitation as a Clinical Specialist and worked with geriatric and neurological populations. She was a founding member of their Neurological Residency program where she was the lead faculty for Stroke unit and participated in the Movement Disorders unit. She was co-creator of physical therapy competency development and delivery for osteoporosis and falls best practice. She gave continuing education courses in the areas of spasticity management, multiple sclerosis and falls evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Morrison lives in northeast Ohio and enjoys swimming, kayaking, boarding, and boating on Lake Erie with friends and family. She also loves winter recreation: the more snow the better. She is a registered yoga teacher and integrates yoga into her treatments as well as her lifestyle. She is committed to life-long wellness and the support of others in that pursuit.
Mike Richardson, PT, DPT, DHSc, GCS, COMT
Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Richardson is a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He received his Masters in Physical Therapy from University of Evansville, Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Montana, and a Doctor of Health Science from University of Indianapolis. He is a board certified geriatric specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. He is a certified orthopedic manual therapist through Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. Additionally, he has earned certifications in Hybrid Learning from Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from University of South Florida, and Applying the Quality Matters Rubic from Quality Matters.
Dr. Richardson's past clinical practice settings include acute care, outpatient, and home health. He is a career-long member of the APTA and currently serves on the Home Health Handbook Revision Work Group. His current research focuses on student well-being and learning. He has presented at state and national conferences and has a variety of peer-reviewed disseminations.
He and his wife live in north Texas. As a strong proponent of wellness and work-life balance, he enjoys a variety of activities including cooking, traveling, yoga, and running.
René Thomas, PT, DPT, DHSc, CLT-LANA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy/Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Thomas is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Doctor of Health Science from University of Indianapolis. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist with advanced Lymphology Association of North America certification. Additionally, Dr. Thomas has earned certification in Hybrid Learning from Evidence in Motion Institutes of Health Professions.
Dr. Thomas's clinical practice settings include Acute Care, Cardiopulmonary, ICU, Lymphedema, and Oncology. She is actively involved with the APTA including the Academy of Acute Care and Education sections. She loves to provide community education about lymphedema management as well to local support groups. Dr. Thomas resides in central Ohio with her husband and five boys. When she and her family are not cheering for the Bengals, you can find her playing outside with her boys, baking something chocolate, or dreaming of the next family adventure.
Lynda Ross PT, DPT, DHS, MS, PCS, NCS
Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Ross is a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Advanced Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, a Doctor of Health Science in Health Professions Education from Midwestern University, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in Pediatric and Neurologic Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Dr. Ross has many years of clinical experience with diverse patient populations across the lifespan and health care continuum. She owned and operated a private practice for 15 years. She has extensive teaching experience in hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Her scholarly interests are focused on using instructional technologies and principles of the neuroscience of learning to create innovative, engaging, active learning experiences that facilitate student success.
Dr. Ross, a native Chicagoan, now lives in Bonita Springs, Florida. She is an avid golfer and a die-hard Cubs fan.
Josh White, PT, DHSc, ATC
Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Dr. White is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He received his Master's in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Doctor of Health Science from University of Indianapolis. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a certified orthopedic manual therapist through University of St. Augustine Health Sciences. Currently, Dr. White is earning a certification in Hybrid Learning from Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions.
Dr. White serves in the outpatient orthopedic clinic setting and is active with the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy and the Imaging Special Interest Group, as well as the Academy of Education. His current research focuses on risk factors as well as prevention and management strategies for sports-related injuries. He has presented at national conferences with multiple peer-reviewed disseminations.
Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and four children in Evergreen, Colorado where he lives and enjoys being in the outdoors mountain biking, hunting and telemark skiing.
Mr. Pretorius serves as the Director of Operations for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He comes to Hanover College with over ten years of experience as a researcher in the health sciences and ecology fields. He earned his Master's degree in Natural Resource Science and Management from the University of Minnesota.
He lives in Hanover, Indiana, with his wife and children and enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Mr. Tipton serves as the Associate Director for Graduate Studies at Hanover College. He brings years of enrollment management and customer service experience from his previous roles as a Student Account Counselor, and most recently as an Assistant Registrar at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of North Florida and his Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He previously worked for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Amelia Island, FL, and the Langham Hospitality Group in Pasadena, CA, and is excited to leverage his service commitment to students, faculty, and staff at Hanover College.
Garnet lives in Hanover, Indiana, and enjoys music, competition barbeque, and weekend adventures with his wife and family.e in Non-Profit Management from Northeastern University in 2018.
Ms. Conboy serves as Administrative Coordinator for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She brings with her over 20 years of service and experience at Hanover College in the undergraduate program. She looks forward to supporting this new program with her experience in budgets, accounting, event coordination, faculty/staff support, and student services. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado.
Clinical Education Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Davis serves as the Clinical Education Administrative Coordinator for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She brings over 10 years of experience in administration, customer service, and staff support from her previous role as an Administrative Specialist in the United States Air Force. Ms. Davis is pleased to offer her service and support to the students, faculty, and staff at Hanover College.
Ms. Davis lives in San Antonio, TX and enjoys sports, spending time outdoors, family adventures, and traveling with her husband and children.
Edna Dominguez is the Admissions Advisor for the Hanover College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Edna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Texas at El Paso. Edna brings years of customer service experience and approaches her advising with a desire to provide learners the information they need to make sound decisions.
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Nagle serves as the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions. She brings years of higher education experience in admissions, customer service, and student support. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication from Eastern Michigan University and Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University.
Susan lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and enjoys spending time with her dog, reading, and traveling.