College of Health Professions Announces Leadership Transition

Effective Oct. 1, Dr. Kevin Chui has transitioned from his position as the director of the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Dr. Rebecca “Becca” Reisch PT, DPT, PhD, will serve as interim program director while a national search is underway.

Dr. Chui will continue working with the school on accreditation and graduate scholarship projects throughout the fall semester and will also advise Dr. Reisch as she provides oversight for the school.

I want to thank Dr. Chui for his commitment to Pacific University, the College of Health Professions, and his considerable efforts in guiding the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training over the past five years. He served as an associate dean for faculty affairs for CHP and provided advice and insight into the promotion and tenure/extended-term process for faculty. He also served as the interim director of the School of Occupational Therapy and supported faculty and staff as they embarked on a search for the new OT director. Please join me in thanking Dr. Chui for his years of service and commitment to our college.

I also want to thank Dr. Reisch for her willingness to serve as the interim director of the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training during this time of transition.

Dr. Reisch earned her MSPT and DPT from Pacific University in 2001 and 2002, respectively, and also earned a PhD in orthopedic and sports science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2014. She joined the School of Physical Therapy in 2005 as an assistant professor and academic coordinator for clinical education (ACCE). As ACCE, she developed in the school’s international internship program and was involved in the College of Health Professions’ interdisciplinary service learning program in Nicaragua. In 2015, she moved to a full-time teaching position, and she currently teaches or coordinates all components of the research, statistics, and evidence-based practice curriculum in the PT program. She also lectures on women’s health physical therapy and pelvic floor dysfunction in classes in PT and throughout CHP. Her professional interests include women’s health and pelvic health physical therapy, research, statistics and evidence-based practice, orthopedic physical therapy, and international physical therapy practice and service learning. Dr. Reisch serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy and is a manuscript reviewer for several other journals. She also is a member of the Oregon Board of Physical Therapy.


Mary E. Von DHEd, PA-C, DFAAPA
Interim Vice Provost & Executive Dean
College of Health Professions

Monday, Oct. 4, 2021