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Faculty

Teaching Faculty
The Physical Therapy Internship Program draws its 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.

Visiting Professors/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.

Heidi Dunfee, PT, DScPT
Dr. Heidi Dunfee is the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education with the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She received her DScPT degree from University of Maryland. Dr. Dunfee has been a physical therapist for 28 years and was a clinical education coordinator on an acute rehabilitation unit for over 18 years having worked with over 650 students on their clinical experiences. Dr. Dunfee has been a recipient of the Signe Brunnstrom Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching through the APTA. She has served two roles with the Education Section of the APTA - the Clinical Education Co-Chair of the Clinical Education Special Interest Group and the Secretary for the Education Section. She is an APTA Clinical Instructor Trainer for both the Basic and the Advanced Clinical Instructor and Credentialing Program and a member of the Clinical Instructor Education Board. Dr. Dunfee is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine with the Mayo School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program.

Darren Calley, PT, 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, neuro rehab and wound care. In 2005, he became the Outpatient Clinical Education Coordinator at Mayo 14, and became an Instructor in Mayo's program in Physical Therapy in 2008. In 2006, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists awarded him a board certification as an Orthopedic Specialist. In 2009, he earned a Doctor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland. Dr. Calley has received credentialing through the APTA 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 Hake, PT
Melissa is a 2001 graduate of the Mayo School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program and has been on staff at the Mayo Clinic for 9 years. She has worked with patients and students in a variety of settings including geriatric sub-acute care, home health care, long-term care, outpatient orthopedics, and acute care. Melissa completed the APTA's Basic Clinical Instructor Program in 2004, obtained Advanced Clinical Instructor credentialing in 2009, and began the role of Clinical Education Coordinator in acute care at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, in 2010. She is currently working on obtaining a Doctor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland with anticipated graduation 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 Eischen, PT, NCS
Staci received a Certificate in Physical Therapy from the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences in 1987 as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University that same year. She joined the clinical instructor staff at the Acute Rehabilitation Unit in 2006 and has assisted in the student clinical education program since 1989. She has received academic appointment as an Instructor at the Mayo School of Health Sciences in 2002 where she has served as an instructor since 1989. Her areas of interest, both in the clinic and classroom, are the rehabilitation of the neurologically impaired patients, particularly with pediatric and adult patients with brain injury. Ms Eischen has received credentialing through the APTA for the Clinical Instructor Basic Course and Advanced Course. In 2007, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists awarded her a board certification as a Neurological Clinical Specialist.

Robert Werner PT, GCS
Robert graduated from the Mayo School of Heath Sciences PT program in 1984. He worked as a staff PT 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 credentials in 1993 and his Advanced Clinical Instructor Credentials in 2008. In 2006 he became a certified at a clinical geriatric specialist. His interests include geriatrics, balance and falls, and ortho-trauma rehab.

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