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Physical Therapy Faculty

Sara Scholtes, PT, DPT, PhD

Chair, Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: biomechanics, kinesiology, the movement system
  • PhD, Movement Science

Areas of Expertise
Biomechanics, kinesiology, the movement system

Background
Emphasis of academic and scholarly endeavors has been on the movement system. Has presented research results at numerous national conference related to a better understanding of how movement impairments contribute to pain problems. Academically, has worked to integrate the movement system, movement analysis, and clinical reasoning into different aspects of curriculum, presenting examples of curricular change at numerous national conferences. Previously held assistant professor of physical therapy positions at Saint Louis University and the University of Montana. 

Research Interests
Better understanding the mechanisms contributing to lower quarter movement impairments and how to most effectively modify identified movement impairments to improve long-term outcomes in people with lower quarter musculoskeletal pain problems

Research & Publications

Education
PhD, Movement Science, Washington University (St. Louis)
DPT, Washington University (St. Louis)
BA, Biology, Luther College

Fun Fact
I enjoy running, baking, and doing jigsaw puzzles. More recently, I've gotten adventurous in the world of DIY by making my own furniture. 

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The sense of a small, welcoming community

Contact Information
scholtess@uindy.edu
317-788-3315
Health Pavilion , 354

Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc

Professor and Assistant DPT Program Director
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: pediatric physical therapy, Down syndrome, pediatric physical therapy education
  • DHS, Pediatric Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise
pediatric physical therapy, Down syndrome, orthoses for children, hippotherapy, pediatric physical therapy education

Background
Has more than 25 years of experience as a physical therapist in diverse practice settings with primary expertise in early intervention and acute care in pediatrics. Has been very active in the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, including several leadership positions and involvement with a task force to develop recommendations for teaching pediatric physical therapy in DPT programs. Has received Fran Ekstam Award from the Indiana Chapter of APTA, which is the highest award given and which recognizes outstanding contribution through scholarship, teaching and service to the profession.

Research Interests
scholarly projects have focused on children with hypotonia, orthotic efficacy for children, and Down syndrome

Research & Publications

Education
DHS, Pediatric Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
MS, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
BA, Athletic Training, Purdue

Fun Fact
I am a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and love all outdoor activities, especially camping.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The camaraderie and family feel to the campus. Faculty genuinely care for each other and the students!

Contact Information
kmartin@uindy.edu
317-788-2117
Health Pavilion, 356

Frank Bates, PT, DPT, MBA
Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults 

Assistant Professor and PTA Program Director
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: orthopedic practice, preventive care, health psychology, clinic administration, curriculum design
  • DPT, Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise
orthopedic practice, preventive care, health psychology, clinic administration, curriculum design

Background
Over 14 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics, including several years in workplace health promotion, community wellness, and clinic administration; also has experience in subacute rehab, acute care, and home care. Has taught PT since 2007, joining UIndy in 2013 with prior experiences as program director and clinical education director in other PTA programs. Is a fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Education Leadership Institute and an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA. Holds several elected and appointed APTA positions at national, state, and local levels. Is also an accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and an item writer for the PTA National Physical Therapy Exam with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.  

Research Interests
preventative care (health disparities, community wellness, health psychology, workplace health, musculoskeletal physical therapy) and non-traditional educational methods, including interprofessional education, service learning, and use of technology in pedagogy

Education
DPT, Physical Therapy, Chatham University
MBA, Business Administration, Cleveland State University
MPT, Physical Therapy, Marquette University
BA, Psychology, Marquette University

Fun Fact
I have vacationed in over half of the United States.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The sense of community

Contact Information
batesf@uindy.edu
317-788-3426
Health Pavilion, 355

Stephanie Combs-Miller, PT, PhD

Associate Professor and CHS Director of Research
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: neurologic physical therapy, motor control and motor learning
  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Health Science

Areas of Expertise
neurologic physical therapy, motor control and motor learning

Background
Is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy. Has published multiple manuscripts in the areas of rehabilitation for persons with stroke and Parkinson disease and has presented her work at numerous international and national scientific conferences. Is an active member of the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the NeuroDegenerative Disease Working Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and serves on the board of directors of the Parkinson Awareness Association of Indiana.

Research Interests
Effects of interventions that apply principles of motor control and motor learning for individuals with neurologic dysfunctions and examining the complexity of movement patterns associated with gait in order to develop a better understanding of mechanisms associated with recovery and/or compensatory adaptations.

Research & Publications

Education
PhD, Interdisciplinary Health Science, Western Michigan University
MS, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
BS, Physical Therapy, Indiana University

Fun Fact
I was interviewed by CBS News reporter Leslie Stahl for a story on boxing as a treatment for Parkinson disease to be aired on CBS Sunday Morning sometime in Fall 2015.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The dedication of our faculty to teach and inspire the next generation of exceptional physical therapists!

Contact Information
scombs@uindy.edu
317-788-3523
Health Pavilion, 319

James W. Bellew, PT, EdD

Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: electrophysical agents, physiology
  • EdD, Exercise Physiology

Areas of Expertise
electrophysical agents, physiology

Background
Co-editor of the book Modalities for Therapeutic Intervention. Has published more than 50 research-based manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts in the areas of electrotherapeutic agents, muscle physiology, balance, and exercise training. Is regularly invited to present at local and national meetings from various professional organizations and has been a keynote speaker and conference president for recent international conferences in Brazil. Primary teaching responsibilities are in the areas of Clinical Medicine, Electrotherapeutics and Physical Agents, and Exercise Science.

Research Interests
biophysical effects of electrical currents on skeletal muscle force

Research & Publications

Education
EdD, Exercise Physiology, University of Kentucky
MS, Physical Therapy, University of Kentucky
BS, Physical Therapy, Marquette University

Fun Fact
I am a huge fan of college basketball.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The ability to contribute to the development of future healthcare providers.

Contact Information
bellewj@uindy.edu
317-788-3522
Health Pavilion, 322

Dyer Diehl, PT, PhD

Associate Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: neuroscience, neurorehabilitation
  • PhD

Areas of Expertise
neuroscience, neurorehabilitation

Background
Joined the Krannert School of Physical Therapy faculty in 2007. Has authored several papers on the topics of neuroscience in PT and neurorehabilitation, and has presented his findings at national and international conferences. Maintains an active role in the clinic and sees patients at Eskenazi Hospital. Experienced in treating patients with many varied diagnoses, with a clinical passion for those with neurological deficits and diseases. Active member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Neurology, Geriatrics and Education sections.

Research Interests
kinematic analysis of postural responses to losses of balance in older adults as well as alternative exercise interventions for people with Parkinson’s disease

Education
PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
MPT, Elon University
BS, Northern Michigan University

Contact Information
diehlm@uindy.edu
317-788-8012
Health Pavilion, 324

Connie Fiems, PT, DHSc

Connie Fiems, PT, DHSc
Certified Neurologic Specialist
Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer 

Assistant Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: neurologic physical therapy, brain injury
  • PT, DHSc, NCS, CBIST

Areas of Expertise
Board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists; Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists, Brain Injury Association of America

Background
Maintained a full-time clinical practice for nearly 20 years prior to earning her Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) degree from the University of Indianapolis. Has worked through the continuum of care -- acute care, subacute rehabilitation, inpatient acute rehabilitation, and outpatient community-based rehabilitation. Previously served as a clinical instructor, senior physical therapist, and Therapy Education Coordinator at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. Currently serves as coordinator/primary instructor for the neuromuscular conditions curriculum within the Krannert School of Physical Therapy.

Research Interests
Examination of and interventions for individuals with neurologic conditions. Diagnostic areas of interest include brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson disease. Also has a strong interest in expanding the role of physical therapists in the area of health and wellness for individuals with neurologic conditions beyond traditional therapy services.

Education
DHSc, University of Indianapolis
MPT, Northwestern University
BS, Exercise Science, Indiana State University

Fun Fact
I started the animal assisted therapy program at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana with my golden retriever Bailey in 2000. I originally came to Indiana to play softball for Indiana State University and have been coaching softball at Carmel High School since 2001.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The family atmosphere and service culture

Contact Information
fiemsc@uindy.edu
317-788-2182
Health Pavilion, 325

Julie Gahimer, PT, HSD

Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: health promotion, instruction design, neurological rehabilitation
  • HSD

Areas of Expertise
health promotion, instructional design, neurological rehabilitation, service learning, online teaching and learning, professional issues

Background
Has received numerous awards for her role in community leadership and service learning, including the University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year award in 2012. Has presented at many international, national and local professional meetings and has authored multiple publications in the areas of patient education and community health education.

Research Interests
community health education, online teaching and learning, service learning

Research & Publications

Education
HSD, Indiana University
MS, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
BS, Physical Therapy, St. Louis University

Fun Fact
I have three daughters who were recently on three different continents in the same month.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
I love the fact that I can work at a place where the people are so friendly, the environment is one of hospitality and the motto is “education for service.”

Contact Information
jgahimer@uindy.edu
317-788-3420
Health Pavilion, 231

Ed Jones, PT, DHSc
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist 

Assistant Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: orthopedic physical therapy, foot and ankle dysfunction and biomechanics, Return to Sport
  • PT, DHSc, OCS

Areas of Expertise
orthopedic physical therapy, foot and ankle dysfunction

Background
Has been a part of the Krannert School of Physical Therapy faculty since 2007 and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Teaches Rehabilitative Agents and Pathophysiology courses in the PTA program and teaches in the clinical medical, musculoskeletal, and clinical skills sequences in the DPT program. With over 19 years of experience as a clinician, maintains an active clinical practice, primarily working with an outpatient orthopedic population with a clinical interest in foot and ankle dysfunction. Also has experience treating those with complex medical conditions in acute care and neurological rehabilitation settings. 

Research Interests
Manual Therapy interventions, foot and ankle dysfunction and biomechanics, predicting successful return to athletic competition following injury

Education
DHSc, University of Indianapolis
MS, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
BS, Therapeutic Recreation, Indiana State University

Fun Fact
I am an avid baseball fan and Little League coach.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The close atmosphere and interaction that faculty has with the students.

Contact Information
joneser@uindy.edu
317-788-8013
Health Pavilion, 351

Stephanie P. Kelly, PT, PhD

Professor and Dean of the College of Health Sciences
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: rehabilitation of individuals with stroke, brain injury and amputations
  • PhD

Areas of Expertise
rehabilitation of individuals with stroke, brain injury and amputations

Background
Has made multiple presentations and authored several publications on the topics of clinical education and service learning. Within the College of Health Sciences, teaches content related to curriculum development, teaching and learning, and professional issues. Currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and as a reviewer for Medical Teacher and Disability and Rehabilitation. Served as a director of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy and is a fellow of the APTA's Education Leadership Institute.

Research Interests
clinical education, curriculum development, clinical teaching and service learning

Research & Publications

Education
PhD, Nova Southeastern University
MS, PT, University of Indianapolis
BS, University of Indianapolis

Contact Information
spkelly@uindy.edu
317-788-6099
Health Pavilion, 249

Anne M. Mejia-Downs, PT, PhD

Associate Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy, health promotion and wellness, pathophysiology
  • PhD, Health Promotion and Wellness

Areas of Expertise
cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy, health promotion and wellness, pathophysiology

Background
Has published chapters in three cardiopulmonary physical therapy textbooks and articles on topics of cardiopulmonary PT and health promotion in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. Presentations include numerous invited talks at the Combined Sections Meeting and Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as the Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference.

Research Interests
physical activity in a variety of populations and settings, lung transplantation, psychological resilience

Research & Publications

Education
PhD, Health Promotion and Wellness, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
MPH, Health Behavior and Education, University of North Carolina
BS, Physical Therapy, University of Colorado

Fun Fact
Growing up with 12 siblings has taught me how to “work well with others.”

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The close relationship I enjoy with students in our DPT program makes it easy to transition to working alongside them as colleagues.

Contact Information
adowns@uindy.edu
Health Pavilion, 353

Elizabeth S. Moore, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Health Sciences

  • Specialties: research methods, biostatistics and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • PhD, Medical Anthropology

Areas of Expertise
research methods, biostatistics and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Background
Teaches in the post-professional programs in the UIndy College of Health Sciences and in the School of Nursing. Has significant experience teaching research methods and statistics to clinicians. Has published in diverse research areas including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, pregnancy outcomes and neonatal outcomes.

Research Interests
fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, women’s health, research methods and statistics, obstetrics and neonatology

Education
PhD, Medical Anthropology, Indiana University
MS, Biological Anthropology, Purdue University
BA, Anthropology, Indiana University
BA, Organizational Communication, Indiana University

Fun Fact
I love all things associated with ancient Egypt.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The positive attitude and collegiality of everyone.

Contact Information
moorees@uindy.edu
317-788-6107
Health Pavilion, 232

Paul Salamh, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: orthopedic physical therapy, shoulder pathology, sports medicine
  • PhD, Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise
orthopedic physical therapy, shoulder pathology, sports medicine

Background
Has maintained a distinct clinical sports medicine presence which included participation as a member of the USA medical team for the World University Games in South Korea. Was the first Faculty Development Resident in the United States, completing a two-year residency at Duke University in 2016. Is the recipient of:

  • The 2011 President's Volunteer Service Award from the Obama Administration
  • The 2013 Achievement of Distinction--Outstanding Research Manuscript Award from the APTA Sports Section
  • The 2017 Duke University Alumni Emerging Leader Award

Research Interests
evaluation and resolution of posterior shoulder tightness, interprofessional education curriculum, and academic dishonesty

Research and Publications

Education
PhD, Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University 
DPT, Physical Therapy, Duke University
BS, Health Sciences, Lock Haven University

Fun Fact
My wife, three children, and I love to be outdoors and enjoy frequent trips to Walt Disney World. 

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The collegial atmosphere among faculty, staff, and students as well as the small class sizes

Contact Information
salamhp@uindy.edu
317-788-3379
Health Pavilion, 327

 Tammy Simmons, Assistant Professor, Krannert School of Physical Therapy

Tammy Simmons, PT, MHS, DHS(c)

Assistant Professor/Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: physical therapy in multiple settings, clinical education
  • PT, MHS

Areas of Expertise
rehabilitation of the older adult, acute care practice, pelvic floor rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, clinical education

Background
Has been a clinician for 28 years in a variety of settings. Has long-term experience as a clinical instructor, making her position as Assistant Director of Clinical Education in KSPT a perfect dovetail for her interests and experiences.

Research Interests
mobility programs for the elderly in acute care, dehydration/UTI in the elderly, and Hospital Associated Deconditioning

Education
DHSc (in progress), University of Indianapolis
MHS, University of Indianapolis
BS, Ohio State University

Fun Fact
I love cycling, both outdoors and inside.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The size of the campus which facilitates personal relationships with other faculty, staff and students.

Contact Information
simmonst@uindy.edu
317-788-3520
Health Pavilion, 331

Dr. Emily J. Slaven, Assistant Professor, Krannert School of Physical Therapy

Emily J. Slaven, PT, PhD
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Fellow American Academy Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
Credentialed Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
 

Assistant Professor, Director of the Orthopaedic Residency Program
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: orthopaedic physical therapy and manual therapy
  • PhD, Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise
orthopaedic physical therapy and manual therapy

Background
Has many years of clinical experience as a physical therapist in orthopedics and manual therapy practice with an emphasis on the role of the current evidence, patience preference and clinical experience in teaching of orthopedics and in particular of manual therapy. Is an orthopaedic clinical specialist and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Is credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Was recognized with the John Medeiros Distinguished Author Award for 2013 from the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy.

Research Interests
manual therapy and lower limb osteoarthritis, Gait mechanics in relation to lower limb joint replacement

Research & Publications

Education
PhD, Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
MS, Biomechanics, Ball State University
MS, Physiotherapy, University of Manchester
BS, Physiotherapy, University College Dublin

Fun Fact
I do eventing with my horse, which consists of the elements of dressage, cross-country jumping, and stadium jumping. Eventing is the equine equivalent of the human triathlon competition!

Favorite Thing about UIndy
There is a large focus on teaching and having the time to be available to help students.

Contact Information
slavene@uindy.edu
317-788-3305
Health Pavilion, 352

William H. Staples, PT, DPT, DHSc
Geriatric Certified Specialist 

Associate Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: gerontology, geriatric physical therapy, dementia care
  • DHSc, Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise
gerontology, geriatric physical therapy, dementia care

Background
Serves as President of the Section on Geriatrics, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has served on the Board of Directors. Is co-chair of the Item-Bank Review Committee of Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Received his geriatric specialist certification (GCS) in 1995 and re-certified in 2005 and 2014. Previously served on both the Geriatric Specialty Council and on American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Research Interests
dementia, fear of falling in older adults

Research & Publications

Education
DHS, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
DPT, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
MS, Physical Therapy, Columbia University
BA, Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University

Fun Fact
I garden, jog, make wine and play soccer.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
There is a great collegiality about working here.

Contact Information
stapleswh@uindy.edu
317-788-2112
Health Pavilion, 323

Renee VanVeld, Assistant Professor, Krannert School of Physical Therapy

Renee VanVeld, PT, MS
Credentialed Trainer, APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program 

Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: evaluation and treatment of persons with amputations and persons with wounds, general clinical practice and ethics
  • MS, Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise
evaluation and treatment of persons with amputations and persons with wounds, general clinical practice and ethics

Background
Has been with KSPT since 2005. Is a member of APTA, Education Section of the APTA, Health and Policy Administration Section of APTA, and IN-APTA. Works clinically in a Level One trauma hospital, focusing on treating patients after orthopedic trauma and/or with amputations. Received a 2009 Mentee Grant to help guide a group of DPT students students during a month-long service trip to Tanzania. Traveled to El Salvador in 2012 to serve as a PT on a medical missions trip. 

Research Interests
Aspects of care of patients with lower extremity amputations; teaching and learning of professionalism for graduate students

Education
MS, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
BS, Asbury College

Fun Fact
I spent three years in central Africa with the Peace Corps.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The family atmosphere among faculty, staff and students.

Contact Information
rvanveld@uindy.edu
317-788-3460
Health Pavilion, 332

Steve Wiley, PT, PhD
Geriatric Certified Specialist 

Assistant Professor
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: geriatrics, physical therapy practice in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation
  • PhD, Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise
geriatrics, physical therapy practice in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation

Background
Has been in clinical practice for 20 years and is a geriatric certified specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. PhD dissertation was a qualitative research study entitled “The lived experiences of physical therapists practicing in inpatient rehabilitation facilities: an interpretative phenomenological analysis.”

Research Interests
experiences of physical therapists practicing in inpatient rehabilitation, video-gaming and telehealth for post-stroke patients

Research & Publications

Education
PhD, Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
MS, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
BS, Exercise Science, Indiana University

Fun Fact
My wife, Lori, (who is also a physical therapist and graduated from UIndy) and I have five children. We love to travel and follow Indiana University basketball.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The commitment of the faculty to serving their students.

Contact Information
wileys@uindy.edu
317-788-3407
Health Pavilion, 333