There are eight core faculty members devoted to the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program. The program also draws faculty from Mayo's clinical, scientific and technical staffs. They are chosen for their commitment to teaching as well as clinical practice and/or research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their field.
You will have access to these individuals throughout your training — with the opportunity to learn directly from some of today's best practitioners in physical therapy.
Core Faculty Biographies
John Hollman, PT, Ph.D., Physical Therapy Program Director, joined the Physical Therapy Program in 2003. He graduated from the Mayo School of Health Sciences' Physical Therapy Program in 1994 and from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000 with his doctorate in Movement Science/Biomechanics. Dr. Hollman's teaching interests include biomechanics, kinesiology, research methods and statistics and musculoskeletal physical therapy. His research interests include the measurement and study of lower extremity biomechanics and postural stability during walking. He has published his research in several peer-reviewed scientific and professional journals, including Physical Therapy, the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Gait & Posture, the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, the Journal of Allied Health, the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, and Spine. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the association's orthopedics, research and education sections and the American Society of Biomechanics.
Connie Bogard, PT, Ph.D., graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., with a B.A. in Physical Therapy in 1983. That year, she came to Mayo Clinic as a staff physical therapist. In 1986, she joined the faculty. Dr. Bogard received her master's in Adult Education degree in 1989 from the University of Minnesota and her Ph.D. in Education also from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Dr. Bogard teaches and/or coordinates courses in neurorehabilitation and pediatrics. Her clinical interest is in the area of pediatric and adult neuro-rehabilitation. She has been a co-author/investigator on seven research articles related to range of motion, motor control and physical therapy program admissions. Her present research interest relates to persons with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers, exercise prescriptions for neurorehab clients, and gait/balance for patients with neuromuscular dysfunction e.g. Parkinson's disease. She has been involved with the DPT students and their service learning projects related to persons with Parkinson's Disease.
Nathan Hellyer, MPT, Ph.D., joined the Mayo Clinic faculty in January 2003. He received his Master's Degree in Physical Therapy and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association American Physiological Society, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). Dr. Hellyer teaches pharmacology, pathophysiology, management of cardiopulmonary conditions, and anatomy. He also leads DPT students on physical therapy service learning trips to Honduras. Dr. Hellyer is actively researching muscle plasticity in response to growth factors and activity.
Denise Kinlaw, PT, CHT, is a 1970 graduate of Ohio University where she majored in pre-physical therapy and zoology. She attended the Mayo School of Health Sciences' Physical Therapy Program, graduating in 1972. Ms. Kinlaw has been instructing physical therapy students since 1973. She completed the hand therapy training program at Mayo in 1979 and received her certification as a hand therapist in 2003. She practices in Mayo's Hand Therapy Clinic where she specializes in the treatment of patients with brachial plexus lesions, and has published her scholarly work in Hand Clinics. She continues to teach massage, therapeutic exercise, evaluation and physical agents in the physical therapy curriculum. Her combined experience as a physical therapist specializing in the hand and as a hand bell musician has allowed her to collaborate with experts in the field and offer help to hand bell ringers who have developed injuries. In this regard, she has contributed to a text for hand bell ringers (Healthy Ringing by Susan Berry).
David Krause, PT, MBA, DSc, OCS,is a 1984 graduate of the Mayo School of Health Sciences' Physical Therapy Program. He joined Mayo Clinic in 1984 as a staff physical therapist. His primary clinical responsibility has been in the Mayo Sports Medicine Department. In 1989, Dr. Krause received a Master of Business Administration degree from Winona State University. That year, he joined the faculty of the Physical Therapy Program. In 2001, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists awarded him a board certification as an Orthopedic Specialist. In 2006, he received a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland. His teaching responsibilities include orthopedic evaluation and intervention, sports medicine, gross anatomy and management. He also continues clinical practice at the Mayo Sports Medicine Center. His research interests are in orthopedic clinical tests and measures and management of orthopedic conditions. He has published his research in several peer-reviewed professional journals.
Desiree Lanzino, PT, Ph.D., joined the Mayo Clinic faculty in 2007. She graduated from the physical therapy program at West Virginia University in 1990 and has practiced in multiple clinical settings, focusing primarily on the evaluation and treatment of patients with neurologic injury. Dr. Lanzino earned her doctorate in Anatomy at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. Her dissertation research involved studying the role that vestibular input plays on muscle development. Dr. Lanzino has published works in the Journal of Vestibular Research, Neurological Research, and Neurosurgical Focus. Currently, she is a developer and presenter of the course entitled, "Neurologic Practice Essentials: A Measurement Toolbox," which is offered by the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her current research areas involve postural stability assessment and the utilization of outcome measures by physical therapists. Dr. Lanzino teaches in the neuroscience, movement science, medical screening, neuromuscular rehabilitation, and exam and systems courses in the curriculum.
Aaron Rindflesch, PT, Ph.D., NCS, Director of Clinical Education, joined the Physical Therapy Program as a full-time faculty member in 2003. He serves as the director of clinical education and is an assistant professor. He has been an instructor in the program since 1996 and has worked at Mayo's clinical sites since his graduation from the program in 1995. His clinical practice interests are in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and related equipment. Dr. Rindflesch has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. In addition to directing all clinical experiences in the program, he teaches courses in professional management, spinal and peripheral neuromuscular conditions, and in teaching and learning in physical therapy. He has published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Journal of Allied Health, Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice and the Journal of Trauma. Dr. Rindflesch is a certified trainer for the APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing Program and is chair of the Northern Plains Clinical Education Consortium. In 2007, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists awarded him a board certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist.
Jim Youdas, PT, MS, received a Certificate in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and a Master of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1976. He has served as a faculty member for the Physical Therapy Program since 1976. Currently, Mr. Youdas teaches courses in gross anatomy, biomechanics. He assists other faculty in a variety of classes on physical therapy assessment, intervention skills, and research. He has authored articles in several rehabilitation journals, including Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, and Anatomical Sciences Education. Mr. Youdas holds the academic rank of associate professor.
A hallmark of higher education excellence is the breadth and depth of information and experience provided students by the faculty and visiting experts. Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic to lecture on their areas of medical and scientific expertise each year. As a student of Mayo School of Health Sciences, you are encouraged to attend all conferences, lectures and seminars prepared for students, residents, fellows and consulting staff.