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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, CIDN, CVT
    Director of Clinical Education | Assistant Clinical 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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    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.

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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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    Dean Jacks PhD
    Core Faculty Member | Associate Professor

    Dr. Jacks is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology Department transitioning to the DPT program. His undergraduate and Master's degrees are in Exercise Physiology/Science, Ph.D. major in Exercise Physiology, and minor in Anatomy at the University of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Jack's teaching responsibilities consist of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical cardiovascular. His primary duties at Hanover College are the Human Anatomy courses and cadaver labs. He has inpatient clinical experience in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. He is actively involved in research with a current project on the long-term effects of concussions sustained from contact football. Prior to Hanover College he held appointments at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and Winston-Salem State University.

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    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.

Commitment

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

- David Denton