Faculty

The UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Division of Physical Therapy has an outstanding faculty with extensive clinical and research expertise in physical therapy. To learn about the valuable research being done by faculty, see the Research page.

Kim Bennett

Kim Bennett is a physical therapist and a lecturer in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her clinical interests include orthopedic manual physical therapy, with a focus on the spine, chronic pain and rheumatic conditions. As a researcher, she studies the possibility of using PT clinics to promote an exercise program to post-rehab geriatric patients. Kim earned a BS in physical therapy from Northwestern University and a PhD in anatomy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Full profile kbennett@uw.edu 


Lisa Barton Diller

Lisa Barton Diller is a physical therapist and a teaching associate in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She works as a physical therapist at an outpatient clinic treating patients with orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses, and in private practice serving patients with residual impairments related to neurologic diagnoses. Her clinical interests include working with patients with neurologic impairments across the life span and helping them meet their changing needs. She has worked with a variety of patient diagnoses in acute, rehab, sub-acute, home health, outpatient and transitional living settings. Lisa has a BS in physical therapy from Texas Women’s University and a MMSc in clinical neuroscience physical therapy from Emory University.

lbdiller@uw.edu


Torey Gilbertson

Torey Gilbertson is a lecturer in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In the DPT program, he teaches primarily in the anatomy, kinesiology, pediatrics and modalities courses. He is a board certified specialist in pediatric physical therapy and is interested in the use of technology and gaming to improve movement in children with disabilities. Torey received a DPT from Pacific University and a PhD in rehabilitation science from the University of Washington.

Full profile | Published research | gilbet@uw.edu


Mark Guthrie

Mark Guthrie is a retired associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and was the head of the Division of Physical Therapy from 1996 to 2014. Mark's focus was on the physical therapy management of musculoskeletal disorders and he taught the musculoskeletal anatomy/clinical kinesiology series of courses in the DPT program. He has an MPT and PhD in education from the University of Washington.

Full profile mguthrie@uw.edu


Shawn Israel

Shawn Israel is a physical therapist and a clinical teaching assistant in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In the DPT program, she teaches primarily in the pediatrics and applied neuroscience courses. She also does outreach in high schools and colleges to those considering PT careers. Shawn works as a physical therapist at an outpatient pediatric clinic and has experience working as a PT in preschools, in birth to age three programs for children with disabilities and delays, and with adults and children with cancer. She is also interested in global health and has mentored and trained students and physical therapists in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Shawn received her DPT from the University of Washington.

Full profile smisrael@uw.edu 


Jill Jandreau

Jill Jandreau is a physical therapist and a teaching associate in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Jill has a broad clinical background, including experience in orthopedics and neurology across the life span in acute care, acute rehab, outpatient, home health and industrial settings. She has a special interest in ergonomics and women’s health. In the DPT program, Jill is the primary instructor in the first-year acute care practice course and the pathophysiology courses, and assists in multiple other courses. She has a MS in physical therapy from the University of Rhode Island.

Full profilejandreau@uw.edu 


Deborah Kartin

Deborah Kartin is a physical therapist and a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is also the director of the interdisciplinary PhD program in Rehabilitation Science. As a physical therapist and researcher, she specializes in infants and children who have or are at risk for developmental disabilities. Deborah has a BS in physical therapy from Boston University and a MS in rehabilitation medicine and a PhD in education from the University of Washington.

Full profile | Published researchkartin@uw.edu 


Valerie Kelly

Valerie Kelly is a physical therapist and an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is director of research in the Division of Physical Therapy and director of the Human Motion Analysis Lab, which focuses on studying various aspects of human movement. In addition, Valerie is co-director and a didactic faculty member in the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. In her physical therapy practice, she specializes in treating people with neurologic disorders, particularly Parkinson's disease. In her research, Kelly studies the interaction between cognitive impairments and mobility in a variety of neurologic populations, with an emphasis on people who have Parkinson’s disease. Valerie has an MS in physical therapy and a PhD in movement science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Full profile | Published research | vekelly@uw.edu 


Stacia Lee

Stacia Lee is a physical therapist and clinical teaching assistant in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She has almost 30 years of clinical experience, primarily with neurologic patients, her area of passion. She is an APTA board-certified neurologic clinical specialist. In addition to her clinical practice, Stacia also has nearly 20 years of supervisory and managerial experience in a large academic medical center. She has been actively involved in establishing the first two physical therapy residencies at the UW. Stacia has a BS in physical therapy from Boston University.

staciale@uw.edu


Murray Maitland

Murray Maitland is a physical therapist and an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In his clinical work, Murray specializes in musculoskeletal dysfunction caused by overuse, trauma and disease. His research focuses on the clinical biomechanics of musculoskeletal injury, particularly relating to joint replacement and artificial limbs. Murray has a BSR in physical therapy and occupational therapy and an MS in anatomy from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in medical science from the University of Calgary.

Full profile | Published researchmmaitlan@uw.edu 


Laura Martin

Laura Martin is a physical therapist and a teaching associate in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In the DPT program, she teaches and assists in a variety of courses. Laura has more than a decade of clinical experience, including a focus on acute care physical therapy at the University of Washington Medical Center and outpatient physical therapy at Edmonds Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Martin has an MPT degree from the University of Washington.

lmj@uw.edu


Patricia Matsuda

Patti Matsuda is a physical therapist and an acting assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her clinical expertise is in the neurorehabilitation of patients with neurologic diagnoses and the treatment of older adults with balance and musculoskeletal problems. Her research focuses on falls and fall prevention in older adults and those with neurologic diagnoses. In the DPT program, she teaches courses in the neurologic and life span tracks. She is currently the faculty adviser to the interdisciplinary UW Fall Prevention Team, which organizes fall prevention events in the greater Seattle area. The team is comprised of students from the UW DPT and Occupational Therapy programs, UW School of Pharmacy and the Group Health Optometry Residency Program. Patti has a BS in physical therapy from the University of Washington, a transitional clinical doctorate in physical therapy from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences, and a PhD in rehabilitation science from the University of Washington.

Full profile | Published researchpmatsuda@uw.edu 


Sarah ("Sally") Westcott McCoy

Sally Westcott McCoy is a physical therapist, a professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the head of the Division of Physical Therapy. In addition to teaching in the DPT program, Sally mentors students on research and clinical projects related to pediatric physical therapy. As a researcher, her interests include evaluation of pediatric interventions, longitudinal development of children with cerebral palsy, and the use of technology and gaming devices in motor learning interventions for children with cerebral palsy and development coordination disorder. Sally has an MPT and a PhD in behavioral neurosciences from the University of Washington.

Full profile | Published researchwestcs@uw.edu 


Janis McCullough

Janis McCullough is a physical therapist and a teaching associate in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She has 15 years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic settings with a focus on treatment of spine and extremity conditions. She is a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) through NAIOMT and a board-certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) through APTA. Janis has a DPT in physical therapy from the University of Nebraska and a BS in occupational therapy from the University of British Columbia. 

janismcc@uw.edu


Ellen McGough

Ellen McGough is a physical therapist and associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Ellen teaches therapeutic exercise and seminar topics. She is also the didactic director of the acute care residency program. Her research focuses on the early markers of disability and the effects of exercise on motor and non-motor function in adults with neurodegenerative disease. As a physical therapist, she has experience in acute care, musculoskeletal, neurologic and geriatric physical therapy. Ellen earned a BS in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a MEd and a PhD in nursing sciences from the University of Washington.

Full profile | Published researchemcg@uw.edu 


Kevin McQuade

Kevin McQuade is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. His research interests include factors that influence joint stability and methods for quantifying manual therapy techniques. Kevin received his BS in Physical Therapy from California State University, Long Beach, his MPH at the University of Washington and his PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland studying the biomechanics of shoulder injury in manual wheelchair users.

Full profilekmcquade@uw.edu 


 

Chet Moritz

Chet Moritz is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In addition to teaching in the DPT program, Chet mentors students in research. As the principal investigator of the Moritz Lab, he’s working to develop neuroprosthetic technology for the treatment of paralysis and other movement disorders. Chet has a PhD in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Full profile | Published researchctmoritz@uw.edu 


Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson is a physical therapist and a clinical teaching assistant in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In the DPT program, he assists teaching the acute care and exercise physiology courses. Mark has clinical experience in inpatient, outpatient and acute care settings. He has an MA in physical therapy from the University of Puget Sound.

mnelson4@uw.edu


Sujata Pradhan

Sujata Pradhan is a physical therapist and an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her clinical interest is in the evaluation and treatment of neurologic deficits in older adults. Her research focuses on using technology to develop objective measures and design interventions for people with Parkinson’s disease. She has an MS in physical therapy and a PhD in rehabilitation science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Full profile | Published research | sujatap@uw.edu 


Cynthia Robinson

Cyndi Robinson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the director of the Division of Physical Therapy’s clinical education and service learning programs. Cyndi has more than 15 years of patient care experience, including trauma care, burn rehabilitation and wound care. She is a proponent for early mobility in the intensive care and acute care settings. As a credentialed trainer in the American Physical Therapy Association’s Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program, Cyndi trains clinical instructors throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. In her research, Cyndi is most interested in identifying factors and community-based exercise programs that affect participation in the community. Cyndi also has an interest in global health and has lectured at health care facilities, medical schools and conferences in Peru, Moldova and Russia. She has a BS in physical therapy from Ithaca College, an MS in adult neurologic rehabilitation from Long Island University and a PhD in rehabilitation science from the University of Washington.

Full profilecyndirob@uw.edu 


Sean Rundell

Sean Rundell is a physical therapist, epidemiologist and an acting assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. Sean conducts epidemiologic and health services research of musculoskeletal conditions, with a focus on low back pain and chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions in older adults. Sean earned his DPT degree from Duke University and an MS and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington.

Full profile | Published research | srundell@uw.edu 


Lori Sabado

Lori Sabado is a physical therapist and a teaching associate in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. After working for almost 20 years at the UW Sports Medicine Clinic, she now has a private practice focused on treating people with active lifestyles. She has spoken at numerous orthopedic and sports medicine conferences on the treatment and prevention of injuries related to skiing, bicycling, swimming, running and general activities. Lori has a BS in physical therapy from the University of Washington.

Full profilelsabado@uw.edu


Megan Scudder

Megan Scudder is a physical therapist and a teaching associate in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience in outpatient and inpatient settings, with a focus on treating neurologic pathologies such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. Her research interests include the neuroscience of chronic pain and gait and balance retraining in neurologic patients. Megan has a BS in physical therapy from the University of Washington.

Full profilescuddm@uw.edu