Physical Therapy Faculty & Staff

Associate Director of Clinical Education & Assistant Professor

Ashlee Baltich is an alumna of Pacific's PT program and served as an adjunct faculty member before taking a a full-time position.  She has a professional background in orthopedic, pelvic health and acute care physical therapy.

Associate Professor & Pediatric Residency Coordinator

Erin Bompiani is a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist and active member of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Her areas of interest include evaluation and treatment of cerebral palsy, therapy in the natural environment, knowledge translation, and advocacy.

Associate Professor

Michael Bridges has a professional background in mechanical engineering and his interests include mechanics, product development, and supporting student professional development.  He also provides physical therapy services to Oregon vineyard workers and their families as part of ¡Salud!

Assistant Professor
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Michele Catena is a physical therapist and researcher.  She received her DPT from Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ) in Newark, NJ and has practiced in school-based, acute care, and natural environment settings.  Dr. Catena received her PhD from Oregon State University in Kinesiology with the Adapted Physical Activity option. Her research interests include caregiver education interventions, health behavior change theory, exploring the relationship between self-directed mobility and development in young  children with and without disabilities, and the intersection of disability and assistive technology.

Associate Professor

Tzurei Chen a Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist.  She completed fellowship training through the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.

Talina Corvus
Assistant Professor, Interim Director of the PhD Program in Education and Leadership

Dr. Corvus is a physical therapist and certified geriatric clinical specialist with a PhD in Education and Leadership. Her teaching, learning, research, and advocacy is seated at the intersection of health and education, and is driven by increasing equity and diversity in systems.

Assistant Professor
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Tabitha Galindo is a Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist.  Her clinical background is in community-based outpatient neurologic rehabilitation. Other areas of interest include professional advocacy and neuroeducation strategies for learning among graduate students.

Derek Gerber
SPTAT Director & Associate Professor
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Derek Gerber is a board certified orthopedic physical therapist. He received his Physical Therapy degree from the U.S. Army - Baylor University Physical Therapy program.  He is a U.S. Army Veteran and a past president of APTA Idaho.

Manager of Administrative Services & Clinical Training Manager

Alice Hochnadel-Johnson is the Administrative Coordinator of Clinical Education & Manager of Clinical Practice for the Physical Therapy Program.

June Kume
Associate Professor
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Dr. Kume is a board certified specialist in geriatric physical therapy.  She is an alum of the Parkinsons Foundation PT training program (2022) and a graduate of the APTA Education Leadership Fellowship (Class 2022).  Dr. Kume is also a PhD-trained physiologist who completed her postdoctoral fellowships in the Neurosurgery dept. of NYU Medical Center.  Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of geriatric physical therapy, Parkinson’s disease, and PT education.  She is an active member of the APTA.

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Assistant Professor & Orthopedic Residency Coordinator

Evan Liu is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and Sports Clinical Specialist. He completed his orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship at Regis University and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is an active member of the APTA, APTA-Oregon, and AAOMPT.

Associate Professor

Kimberly Malin is a Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist. She has an extensive clinical background in acute care and neurologic rehabilitation. 

Associate Director of Clinical Education & Assistant Professor

Joe Oelfke is a Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.  He is an alumni of Pacific's PT program and served as an adjunct faculty member before taking a full-time position.  He has a professional background in orthopedic and sports physical therapy, as well as Clinical Education. 

Professor | Didactic Faculty

Sheryl Sanders is an anatomist who teaches for the Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Programs.  She also manages the Human Anatomy Lab.

Associate Director of Clinical Education & Associate Professor

Brian J. Wilkinson is a Certified Hand Specialist and Lymphatic Therapist. He is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association – Oregon and serves as the editor of the Oregon Log.


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Director of Clinical Education & Assistant Professor

Stacy Wong is a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. She has extensive international experience providing physical therapy to underserved populations while instructing and mentoring students. 

Manager of Budget and Assessment

Colleen Yamamoto is the Manager of Budget and Assessment for the School of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training. 

Distinguished University Professor, Professor Emerita

Daiva Banaitis studies adult neurology, stroke rehabilitation, massage, and higher education.

Professor Emeritus

Kenneth W. Bush's interests include physical agents, orthopedic evaluation, statistics, and interactive multimedia.

Professor Emeritus

Kevin Chui's practice and research interests have been primarily focused in the areas of geriatric and orthopedic physical therapy, research methods, and statistics.

Professor Emerita

Nancy A. Cicirello's interest areas include pediatrics, disability studies, international cross-cultural service, early intervention, special education, and adult neurology.

Professor Emerita

Laurie Lundy-Ekman studies pain physiology, stroke rehabilitation and diagnosis of dizziness.

Distinguished University Professor, Professor Emeritus

John M. Medeiros studies the kinesiology of the musculoskeletal system and objective measurement of musculoskeletal function.

Richard Rutt
Professor Emeritus

Richard Rutt's interest areas include sports physical therapy, injury prevention, and wellness and health promotion.