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Teaching faculty

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 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 H. Hollman, P.T., Ph.D.
    Physical Therapy Doctoral Program Director
    Dr. Hollman joined the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program in 2003. He graduated from Mayo School of Health Sciences' Physical Therapy Program in 1994 and from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000 with his Ph.D. 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 more than 75 peer-reviewed papers in scientific and professional journals and serves as an editorial board member with the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the association's orthopedics, research and education sections; the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine; and the American Society of Biomechanics.

  • Connie L. Bogard, P.T., Ph.D.
    Dr. Bogard 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 degree in adult education 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 coordinates courses in neurorehabilitation, movement science and pediatrics. Her clinical interest is in the area of pediatric and adult neurorehabilitation. She has been a co-author or investigator on seven research articles related to range of motion, motor control and physical therapy program admissions.

    Her current research interests relate to DPT curriculum development related to patient and caregiver training and education. Past research areas pursued by Dr. Bogard include exercise prescriptions for pediatric clients with plagiocephaly and torticollis as well as for adult female survivors of breast cancer. She has also studied the effects of auditory cues (music) on the gait and balance of people with Parkinson's disease.

    She has been involved with DPT students and their service learning projects related to group exercise classes for people with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers as well as physical activity screening and fall prevention screening for older adults in the community. Dr. Bogard is an active member on the Falls Prevention Coalition of Olmsted County, Minn.

    Dr. Bogard is the Mayo DPT program's academic lead on the Minnesota Physical Therapy Association Membership Committee and liaison with the student special interest group. She also chairs the PT Program Advisory Committee and is a member of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Diversity Committee.

  • Nathan J. Hellyer, M.P.T., Ph.D.
    Dr. Hellyer 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 National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). Dr. Hellyer teaches pharmacology, management of cardiopulmonary conditions and anatomy. He has led DPT students on six physical therapy service learning trips to Honduras.

    Dr. Hellyer's research interests are in neuromuscular and respiratory physiology. He has published his research in several peer-reviewed scientific and professional journals, including the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology, Journal of Applied Physiology, Biochemical Journal, Anatomical Sciences Education, Gene, and Journal of Biological Chemistry.

  • Denise Kinlaw, P.T., CHT
    Ms. Kinlaw is a 1970 graduate of Ohio University, where she majored in pre-physical therapy and zoology. She attended 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 the journal 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 A. Krause, P.T., MBA, D.Sc., OCS
    Dr. Krause is a 1984 graduate of 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 Clinic Sports Medicine Center. 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 Doctoral Program.

    In 2001, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists awarded him a board certification as an Orthopedic Specialist. He was recertified in 2011. In 2006, he received a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

    His teaching responsibilities include orthopedic evaluation and intervention, sports medicine, gross anatomy, and professional management. He also continues clinical practice in the Sports Medicine Center. His research interests are in orthopedic clinical tests and measures and management of orthopedic conditions.

    Dr. Krause has published his research in several peer-reviewed professional journals, including Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Anatomical Sciences Education, Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the association's orthopedics section.

  • Desiree J. Lanzino, P.T., Ph.D.
    Dr. Lanzino 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. She has published in journals such as Age and Ageing, the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, the Journal of Vestibular Research, and Neurosurgical Focus.

    Dr. Lanzino was a developer and presenter of the course "Neurologic Practice Essentials: A Measurement Toolbox" for the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She has been an invited speaker at the state and national level of the APTA, along with private institutions.

    Her latest areas of research involve postural stability assessment in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the utility of novel participation measures in people with spinal cord injury. She teaches in the neuroscience, geriatrics, exam and systems, differential diagnosis, neuromuscular rehabilitation, and topics in complementary and alternative medicine courses in the curriculum.

  • Aaron B. Rindflesch, P.T., Ph.D., NCS
    Director of Clinical Education
    Dr. Rindflesch joined the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program as a full-time faculty member in 2003. He serves as the director of clinical education and is the assistant program director. He is a 1995 graduate of the program and has been teaching in the program since 1996. He is an assistant professor of physical therapy in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

    Dr. Rindflesch staffs the Mayo Outpatient Wheelchair and Seating Clinic, where he sees patients for their wheelchair and seating needs. He earned his 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, management of spinal and peripheral neuromuscular conditions, and 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, Anatomical Sciences Education, WORK, and the Journal of Trauma.

    Dr. Rindflesch is a certified trainer in the APTA Clinical Instructor Education Program (CIEP) and is secretary of the Northern Plains Clinical Education Consortium. He is a board-certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

  • Jim W. Youdas, P.T., M.S.
    Mr. Youdas 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 Doctoral Program since 1976. Mr. Youdas teaches courses in gross anatomy and 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, 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.

Visiting professors and lecturers

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.

  • March 3, 2014
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