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Faculty

Teaching faculty

The Physical Therapy Internship draws its faculty from Mayo Clinic's clinical, scientific and technical staffs. Faculty members are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as clinical practice and research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields.

You have access to these individuals throughout your internship, giving you the opportunity to learn directly from some of today's best practitioners in physical therapy.

  • Donna K. Heinle, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR Donna is the center coordinator of clinical education at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Donna joined Mayo Clinic in 1988 as a staff therapist. She was a clinical education coordinator on an acute rehabilitation unit for more than 10 years. Donna has received the Mayo Clinic Educator of the Year Award as well as the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Educator of the Year Award.

    She has done research involving clinical guidelines for people with spinal cord injuries and reflective learning for level II occupational therapy students. Donna has worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings, including physical disabilities, mental health, addiction, pediatrics, and developmentally disabled adults and children. She has presented at local, state and national conferences.

    Donna graduated in 1981 from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy and in 2008 from the University of St. Augustine, Florida, with a doctoral degree in occupational therapy. In 2007, Donna became board certified in physical medicine by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She has served on the AOTA Board and Specialty Certification board and is a regional trainer for the AOTA fieldwork educator certificate course.

    Donna is an adjunct educator and instructor, and she has an academic appointment as an instructor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

  • Darren Q. Calley, P.T., DScPT, OCS Darren is a 1996 graduate of the Mayo School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program. He joined Mayo Clinic in 1996 as a staff physical therapist, with clinical responsibilities in outpatient orthopedics, acute care, neurological rehab and wound care.

    He became the outpatient clinical education coordinator in the outpatient practice on Mayo 14 in 2005 and became an instructor in Mayo's program in physical therapy in 2008. In 2006, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists awarded him board certification as an orthopedic specialist. In 2009, he earned a Doctor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Maryland.

    Darren has received credentialing through the American Physical Therapy Association for the Clinical Instructor Basic Course and Advanced Course. His primary clinical and research interests are manual therapy, psychosocial influences on musculoskeletal pain, utilization of outcome tools and differential diagnosis.

  • Melissa P. Hake, P.T., DScPT Melissa is a 2001 graduate of the Mayo School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program. She has worked with patients and students in a variety of settings, including geriatric subacute care, home health care, long-term care, outpatient orthopedics and acute care.

    Melissa completed the American Physical Therapy Association's Clinical Instructor Basic Course in 2004, obtained Advanced Clinical Instructor credentialing in 2009, and began the role of clinical education coordinator in acute care at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Methodist Campus, in 2010. She obtained a Doctor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Maryland in 2011.

    Seeking to create links between educational science and clinical science, Melissa's current research focuses on evaluating the clinical effectiveness of students by examining the outcomes of their patients. Her other interests include geriatrics, oncology rehabilitation, outcome measures, clinical performance, clinical instruction, patient education, patient satisfaction and expert practice.

  • Staci L. Eischen, P.T., NCS Staci received a certificate in physical therapy from Mayo School of Health Sciences in 1987 as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University that same year. She joined the Mayo Clinic clinical instructor staff on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit in 2006 and has assisted in the student clinical education program since 1989.

    She has served as an instructor in Mayo School of Health Sciences since 1989 and received an academic appointment as an instructor in physical therapy at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in 2002. Her areas of interest, both in the clinic and classroom, are rehabilitation of neurologically impaired patients, particularly pediatric and adult patients with brain injury.

    Staci has received credentialing through the American Physical Therapy Association for the Clinical Instructor Basic Course and Advanced Course. In 2007, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties awarded her a board certification as a neurological clinical specialist.

  • Robert J. Werner, D.P.T., GCS Robert graduated from the Mayo School of Heath Sciences Physical Therapy Program in 1984. He worked as a staff physical therapist in acute care at Mayo Clinic from 1984 until 2000, when he accepted the position of clinical education coordinator in acute care.

    He received his Clinical Instructor Basic Course credentials in 1993 and his Advanced Course credentials in 2008. In 2006, he became certified as a geriatric clinical specialist. His interests include geriatrics, balance and falls, and ortho-trauma rehabilitation. Robert has received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree.

Visiting professors and lecturers

A hallmark of higher education excellence is the breadth and depth of information and experience provided to students by faculty and visiting experts. Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year to lecture on their areas of medical and scientific expertise.

As a student of Mayo School of Health Sciences, you are encouraged to learn from these valuable resources by attending all conferences, lectures and seminars prepared for students, residents, fellows and consulting staff.

  • April 6, 2015
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