Academic

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science Department of the University of Iowa. I am excited to be expanding my research experience into the field of chronic pain by working in the translational Neurobiology of Pain Lab, which is led by Dr. Kathleen Sluka (2015- Present)

 

My first postdoctoral position was in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester. I was intruiged by the advanced ultrasound imaging techniques being developed by the BME department during my dissertation work, and I was able to talk Dr. Mark Buckley into hiring me as one of the first members of his Viscoelasticity in Connective Tissues Lab. (2014-15).

 

I was a PhD student in the School of Nursing’s interdisciplinary program in Health Practice Research at the University of Rochester with Dr. James McMahon, who has expertise in biostatistics and epidemiology, as my advisor. I was fortunate to have mentors from a variety of disciplines, including Dr. Jeff Houck where I used gait analysis in his Foot and Ankle Biomechanics, Ithaca College, Rochester campus. We had a strong collaboration with the Department of Orthopaedics, and I worked closely with Dr. Samuel Femister, the chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery. (2010-14)

 

My first experience in a clinical trial was as an Argentine tango instructor and physical therapist for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. The study was led by Dr. Gammon Earhart, who has a Locomotor Control Lab at Washington University. (2009-10)

 

Dr. Linda Van Dillen’s Motion Analysis Lab at Washington University is where I first fell in love with research. I started working in the lab at the end of my first year of physical therapy school, and stayed involved in her lab until I moved from St. Louis. (2007-2010)

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Volunteer Physical Therapist, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, Rochester, NY, 2010-2014

Outpatient Orthopaedic Physical Therapist, The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, MO, 2009-2010

 

EDUCATION

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Iowa, Dept. of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Iowa City, IA, 2015-

Research focus: Chronic pain, Clinical Trials

 

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rochester, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Rochester, NY, 2014-2015

Research focus: Ultrasound elastography, Soft-tissue mechanics

 

PhD, University of Rochester, School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, 2010-2014

Dissertation topic: Kinematics/Kinetics, Achilles tendinopathy, Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity

 

DPT, Washington University, Program in Physical Therapy, St. Louis, MO, 2006-2009

Research interests: Low back pain, Parkinson’s Disease, Performing Arts

 

BA, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2002-2006

Major: Spanish, Minor: Dance