From Clinic to Classroom, a Roadmap for Success: Speakers
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Michael Pagliarulo, PT, EdDMichael A Pagliarulo PT, EdD

Presenter and Workshop Director

Dr. Pagliarulo retired in 2012 after 32 years on the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College in upstate New York where he achieved the rank of professor and served as Department Chair for half of those years. He was awarded the title Professor Emeritus in 2013 for his sustained record of significant contributions in teaching, scholarship, and professional activity. Prior to his Ithaca College experience, he was on the faculty in the Curriculum in Physical Therapy, UC San Francisco. Dr. Pagliarulo obtained his BS in PT from SUNY Buffalo, MS in PT from University of California, and EdD in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University. His dissertation and subsequent scholarship focused on needs assessment and faculty development of new faculty in PT and PTA education programs. He has served as Chair of the Faculty Development Committee at Ithaca College and was instrumental in initiating a Group Mentoring Program for new faculty at the institution. He was a mentor in the APTA Education Leadership Institute for new/aspiring PT/PTA program directors. He has held several elected and appointed positions in the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) including Treasurer, Speaker of the Delegate Assembly, and Leadership Development Chair. Dr. Pagliarulo is the recipient of the Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J Carlin Award for Teaching Excellence and the Lucy Blair Service Award awarded by the APTA, and Dr. Marilyn Moffat Distinguished Service Award awarded by NYPTA. He is also the author/editor of the text, Introduction to Physical Therapy.

Pamela D Ritzline PT, EdDPamela D Ritzline PT, EdD

Presenter and Workshop Associate Director

Dr. Ritzline is the Director of Postprofessional Programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She teaches in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the postprofessional programs. Additionally, she provides guest lectures in the restorative dentistry course in the College of Dentistry and the ergonomics course in the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Throughout her academic tenure, she has served in multiple academic roles including program director of a physical therapist assistant program, program director of postprofessional programs, interim Dean, interim Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, full-time tenured faculty member in an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program as well as her current roles. She completed the Academic Leadership Institute, a yearlong educational opportunity for current and aspiring academic leaders, at Penn State University.  Dr. Ritzline also serves as a team leader for onsite reaccreditation visits for CAPTE and conducts site visits for programs seeking candidacy from CAPTE.  She was recently appointed as a Commissioner for the PT Panel.  She is a member of the Educational Awards Committee for APTA.  Additionally, Dr. Ritzline serves as Chief Delegate for the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association.


Janet Bezner PT, PhD

Color Profile

Dr. Bezner, PT, PhD, is the Vice President of Education and Governance & Administration at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Janet manages the Association strategic planning effort, and supervises the Departments of Accreditation, Academic Affairs, Post-professional Certification and Credentialing, National Governance and Leadership, Component Governance and Leadership and Information Technology. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, her master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and a PhD in health education from the University of Texas. Prior to joining APTA in May 2005 she was Senior Vice-President for PeakCare, Inc., a healthcare technology firm, where she managed the development of a wellness and prevention software and video library aimed at employers to assist in decreasing health care costs associated with illness and injury at work. Janet spent 7 years teaching physical therapy at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas and has practiced in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, home health, long term care and corporate wellness. Janet served on the Board of Directors of the APTA prior to joining staff and is a recipient of the Lucy Blair Service Award. Dr. Bezner is a graduate of the 2009 Leadership Alexandria program and has completed 2 National Training Summits on Physical Activity. Janet currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Partnership for a Healthy Alexandria, a community coalition whose chief goal is to make the city of Alexandria one of the healthiest cities in America. She is an experienced speaker and facilitator on topics related to leadership, personal development, strategic planning, and health promotion and wellness.

Maryanne Driscoll PhDMaryanne Driscoll PhD

Instructional Design, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Driscoll, PhD, has been an Associate Professor in the DPT Program at Touro College School of Health Sciences since 1997. She received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Columbia University. She has extensive experience as an educator, having taught previously as an adjunct assistant professor at Teachers College, Columbia and Stony Brook University and as an assistant professor at Hofstra University in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation. In addition to university teaching, Dr Driscoll has consulted with a variety of school systems, parent and community organizations on topics related to effective instruction, developmental milestones, applied brain research and stress management for more than 20 years. Dr Driscoll, in collaboration with Dr Margaret Plack and others, has presented numerous workshops at national conferences on topics such as fostering reflection and critical thinking, designing and implementing effective instruction and using virtual action learning as a teaching tool for physical therapy and medical students. Dr. Driscoll and Dr Plack have published on these topics in the Journal of Allied Health, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Ambulatory Pediatrics and Academic Pediatrics. They are the co-authors of Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy: from Classroom to Clinic, published by Slack, Inc. in January, 2011.

Margaret Plack, PT, EdDMargaret Plack PT, EdD

Instructional Design, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Plack is a Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. She received her baccalaureate degree in physical therapy and her masters degree in physical therapy with a specialization in developmental disabilities from New York University, NY. Once joining the academic community she went on to obtain her EdD in Adult Education from the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY and followed with her DPT from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Plack co-authored a text entitled Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy Practice: From Classroom to Clinic and has taught courses on “Teaching in Physical Therapy Practice” in a number of Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs. She has presented on effective strategies for teaching in the classroom and clinic at a variety of venues including CSM, APTA Annual Conference, AAMC, and the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meetings. She has been involved in ongoing research related to adult learning principles, educational outcomes, and reflective practice and has published several manuscripts in these areas.  Dr. Plack received a number of awards for her research related to the scholarship of teaching, including the Stanford Award (2005 and 2007) from the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, the Emerald Literati Network from the Journal of Workplace Learning (2010) and the J. Warren Perry Award Distinguished Author Award (2013) from the Journal of Allied Health. In 2011, she received the Award for Leadership in Education from the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.


Michael Buck PT, PhD, ATC, Cert MDT, CSCSMichael Buck PT, PhD, ATC, Cert MDT, CSCS

Educational Technology

Dr. Buck is a Clinical Associate Professor on the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College. He graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY with a BS in Athletic Training and from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) in Glenside, PA with an MS in Physical Therapy. He earned his PhD in Educational Leadership with a focus in Higher Education from Touro University International. Dr. Buck is the Faculty Trustee to the Ithaca College Board of Trustees. His primary teaching responsibilities are within the orthopedic and musculoskeletal content areas with a special interest in the spine. Dr. Buck uses technology extensively in his classes including podcasting and has also delivered courses using on-line instruction. He is currently participating in the Google Explorer program to develop applications for Google Glass in higher education.

Martha Rammel Hinman PT, EdDMartha Rammel Hinman PT, EdD, MHEd

Accreditation and Scholarship

Dr. Martha (Marty) Hinman, is a physical therapist with 38years of experience including 34 years in higher education and 28 years as a candidacy reviewer and on-site visitor on the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Her clinical practice and research primarily focuses on the reliability and validity of various posture and balance measures as well as therapeutic strategies for preventing falls and fractures in older adults. Dr. Hinman is currently a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where she also serves as director of the transitional DPT program and mentors other program faculty. She previously taught at the University of Evansville (IN), University of New England (ME), and the University of Texas Medical Branch where she held the first endowed faculty position. Dr. Hinman also teaches courses in graduate programs at the University of Indianapolis and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She has published over 30 articles and presented at numerous professional and continuing education conferences. She is currently a member of the education, research, and geriatrics sections of the APTA and in the recent past-chair of CAPTE.


Denise Abrams PT, DPT, MADenise Abrams PT, DPT, MA

PTA Breakout Session

Dr. Abrams is the Chairperson of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Broome Community College (BCC) in Binghamton, NY. She received her baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. She graduated from Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY with a Master of Art in Social Science. She earned her DPT from Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. Before joining the faculty at BCC, she was a Senior Physical Therapist at Broome Developmental Center and as a private contractor, provided therapy for area school systems. Pediatrics and Neurorehabilitation are her areas of focus in practice. Dr. Abrams serves on many college committees including the Student Learning Assessment Committee, Institutional Effectiveness Assessment Committee, Retention Committee and the past facilitator of the Dean’s and Chairs Council. She is also the past chair of the NYPTA Leadership Committee. Dr. Abrams has successfully completed two re-accreditation cycles for CAPTE reaccreditation and served on college committees leading to a successful Middle States Commission on Higher Education college regional reaccreditation in 2011. Currently she is completing the self study for reaffirmation of accreditation and is expecting the site visit in October of 2014. In 2004, she was awarded the Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching.

Chandra Alston PHR, MBAChandra Alston PHR, MBA


Chandra is the Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor in the College teaching human relations, management and other soft skill topics. She has been employed with the University for twelve years and has worked in various positions dealing with faculty, staff and student development. Chandra earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UT Martin, an M.B.A. from Union University and is presently working toward an Ed.D. at the University of Memphis. Additional certifications obtained include: Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). She has conducted workshops on Myers Briggs, Communication Skills, Teambuilding, Are You In or Out With Your Supervisor, Managing Up, Dealing with Difficult People, Managing for Motivation and many more. Serving as Development Committee Chairperson at UT Martin, a board member of the Shelby County Chapter of the UT National Alumni Association and a Youth Villages Volunteer, she is passionate about personal and professional development.

From Clinic to Classroom: 
A Roadmap for Success
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