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Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Meet the Faculty & Staff

 
First Last : DPT
Kerry Volansky PT, DSc, EdD, MBA, OCS
 
DPT Program Director | Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy | Associate Provost for Graduate Studies

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 Avon Lake, Ohio, with her husband and family. She enjoys golfing, biking, and warm-weather activities.

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David J. Denton, PT, DPT, EdD, CIDN, CVT
 
Director of Clinical Education | Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

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.

 
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Gregory Kline PT, DPT, EdD, MBA
Director of Admissions | Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

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.

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David Boyce PT, EdD, OCS, ECS
Director of Student Affairs | Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy

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."

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Sharon McFadden PT, DPT, CLT
Director of Curriculum | Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

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.

Van Zant

Robert Scott Van Zant, PT, PhD

Director of Research & Faculty Development | Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Van Zant is a Clinical Professor and Director of Research & Faculty Development in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  He has over 25 years of university teaching experience; over 20 in the discipline of physical therapist education at the University of Findlay.  Prior to his academic career, Dr. Van Zant served as Research Physiologist at the USDA Energy and Protein Nutrition Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.  He earned his doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University, Master of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University, and Master of Arts degree in Exercise Physiology and Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Teaching from Ball State University.  Dr. Van Zant's areas of teaching specialization include exercise physiology, health and wellness, cardiopulmonary physical therapy, and evidence based practice methods.  His publication history and research interests are in the areas of exercise and nutrition as they impact health.

 Joe Girard

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.

First Last : DPT
Dean Jacks PhD
 
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

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.

First Last : DPT

Rebecca A. Martin, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Martin's teaching within the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program focuses on neurorehabilitation.  She serves as the primary instructor for Movement Sciences, Clinical Neuroscience, and Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I.  She earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Misericordia University.  She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  Most recently, she attained a PhD in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, where she completed her dissertation on "The Effects of Cueing on Sit to Stand Transfers in Parkinson Disease."

Nationally, Dr. Martin serves as the Chair of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy's (ANPT) Degenerative Disease Special Interest Group and the Chair of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Cross Academy/Section COVID-19 Core Outcome Measures Task Force.  Other roles she has held include Combined Section Meeting Committee Member for the ANPT, ANPT Degenerative Disease Special Interest Group Nominating Committee Member, and APTA Awards Committee Member.  Locally, Dr. Martin runs a support group and exercise class for individuals with Parkinson disease.  She is also a founding board member of the Seaway Parkinson's Coalition, which promotes access to information and healthcare to an underserved population.  Additionally, she coaches youth sports.  Internationally, Dr. Martin organizes intercultural learning experiences with physical therapists and their professional organizations, professors, researchers, and students in North and South America to advance the field of physical therapy.

Dr. Martin is an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy.  She continues her clinical practice of 13 years working primarily with individuals with Parkinson disease or recovering from concussion.  She enjoys treating patients in local wellness centers and athletic training offices and via telerehabilitation.

Dr. Martin lives in the rural "north country" of New York with her husband and two children.  As a big believer in work/life balance, she will be the first to tell you that the time she spends with her family hiking, back country kayak camping, or traveling the globe is what makes her most effective at her job (and happy).

First Last : DPT

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.

 
First Last : DPT
Andrew Pretorius MS

Director of Operations

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. 

 
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Garnet Tipton MA
Associate Director for Graduate Studies

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.

Careen Turner

Careen Turner MS '14

Careen Turner is the Admission Coordinator for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  Careen earned her Bachelor of Art in Communication with a minor in Business from Hanover College in 2014.  She later went on to earn her Masters of Science in Non-Profit Management from Northeastern University in 2018.  Careen has a strong customer service background and passion for serving others.  Careen serves locally on the Madison Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee and runs with the local Madison Area Run Club.  She enjoys coaching volleyball, reading and DIY projects.

Commitment

A DPT degree requires personal commitment to growth: in academics, professional behavior, innovation and service.

- David Denton