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Gail Stern, PT, PhD, NCS - Director and Professor of Physical Therapy. Dr. Stern has been involved in neurologic physical therapy practice for over 25 years. She received a BA in English and Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California. She earned her PhD in Computing Technology and Education from the Graduate School of Computer Science at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Stern is a board certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her teaching focus includes neuromuscular patient management, gait analysis, motor learning and control. Her research interests are in the use and application of technology in education and patient management.

Patrick Carley, PT, DHA, MS - Professor of Physical Therapy. Professor Carley earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Buffalo, and a Masters in Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation from Northeastern University. He obtained his doctorate in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Carley has been a practicing physical therapist for 34 years with the last 22 years involved with ergonomic injury prevention, product improvement, and research in standing balance and work performance issues. He was in private practice in Boston and Springfield and he has worked with several companies to put this research into practice for a variety of situations. Prior to joining AIC in 1996, Dr. Carley taught at Northeastern University and Springfield College. His classes include Gross Anatomy, Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology and Intro to Ergonomics. He has most recently added Healthcare Policy Administration.

Phyllis Clapis, PT, DHSc, MS, OCS - Professor of Physical Therapy. Phyllis has been practicing in the area of orthopedic physical therapy for over 25 years. She graduated with a BS degree in physical therapy from University of Connecticut in 1983 and received her Master's degree in orthopedic physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1994. In 2004 she received a doctorate in health science from the University of St. Augustine. She started her academic career in 1996 at American International College where she currently serves as a professor in the Division of Physical Therapy. Her teaching focus includes spinal and extremity orthopedic patient management as well as evidence-based physical therapy practice. Phyllis has been a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 1994. She is a physical therapist consultant at Mount Holyoke College and is a regular contributor to the McKesson Clinical Reference System's Sports Medicine Advisor series. She resides in western Massachusetts with her family.

Diana Kenney, PT, DPT, MS, CRC, PCS - Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for Physical Therapy. Prof. Kenney has been at AIC for the last 12 years as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Kenney graduated from the University of Connecticut in physical therapy and obtained a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College. She also received a Master's of Science and Certificate in Advance Graduate Study in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College. Dr. Kenney's area of specialty is pediatrics; she is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatrics from the American Physical Therapy Association Board of Specialists. Her areas of interest in research are pediatrics and clinical education.

Kenney publishes article in "Orthopaedic Nursing"

Tracie Klekotka, PT, DPT, MPH, CLT-LANA - Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. Tracie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1993. She attended the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, where she received a certificate of advanced study in orthopedics in 1998. In 2006, she received a Master of Public Health degree from University of UMASS Amherst. She is currently enrolled in the transitional doctorate of physical therapy degree at AT Still University in Arizona and expects to complete the degree in December 2012. In addition to her academic background, Tracie has been a certified lymphedema therapist since 2002 and has obtained her specialty certification in lymphedema from Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) in 2006. Tracie is one of the Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education and teaches Professional Foundations I and Principles of Teaching and Learning. Her clinical interests are in the area of orthopedics and lymphedema.

Susan Mercik-Davis, PT, DPT, MS - Associate Professor of Physical Therapy. Prof. Davis has been practicing in the area of orthopedic physical therapy for over 20 years. She graduated with a BS in physical therapy from Boston University in 1987. In 1996 and 2006, respectively, she received her Master’s degree in orthopedic physical therapy and her Clinical Doctorate in physical therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. Sue has held faculty positions at MGH Institute of Health Professions and Northeastern University in Boston, MA before joining American International College in the department of physical therapy in 2000. Sue’s teaching focus includes modalities, orthopedic pathology, joint mobilization and orthopedic patient management. She is a physical therapist consultant at a private practice in Enfield, CT. She resides in Connecticut with her family.

Patty Quagliaroli, PT, DPT, NCS - Assistant Professor in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. Professor Quagliaroli earned her Master of Physical Therapy in 1999 from AIC. Her clinical practice encompasses physical therapy across the continuum of care with a focus in Neurologic rehabilitation. In 2009, Professor Quagliaroli was granted board certification in Neurology. She has several years of experience in academia as an adjunct faculty member. She recently joined the AIC faculty in 2011. The anticipated completion of her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University is in 2012. Content areas include: Neuromuscular clinical medicine, Neuromuscular examination and treatment, Gait: Orthotics and Prosthetics, Clinical Pharmacology, and in Health prevention and wellness. Professor Quagliaroli's scholarly interest is in the scholarship of teaching.

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