American International College’s (AIC) academically rich health science programs are put together and led by our very talented program directors. Each director brings a deep well of knowledge and experience in their respective fields to our AIC classrooms.
Tracy Brudvig earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the Army Baylor Program and went onto serve as an Army physical therapist in a variety of clinical and educational positions for 20 years. Upon retiring from the Army in 1999, Dr. Brudvig entered academia. She earned her PhD in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Brudvig has nearly 40 years of experience as a physical therapist, including 20 years as a physical therapy educator.
Prior to assuming the Director of the Division of Physical Therapy, Dr. Brudvig held a variety of academic positions and taught a variety of courses at the graduate level. She also held various positions in the American Physical Therapy Association both at the state and national levels.
Dr. Furman’s tenure at AIC began as undergraduate faculty in 2012, transitioned to Associate Director of Graduate Nursing in 2013, and interim Director of Nursing in 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Furman has practiced nursing across the continuum of care. Her population of interest is older adults and she is a board-certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist. Her research interest is in the anorexia of aging. She has presented her research at local, regional, and national conferences.
She has taught undergraduate Pharmacology and Nursing Research and graduate- level Nursing Research, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment, Professional Writing in Nursing as well as nursing education and nursing leadership courses.
Dr. Furman’s educational philosophy is that she is a partner with students leading toward successful learning outcomes. She especially enjoys working with students in nursing care quality improvement, integrating evidence-based practice, and dissemination of results.
Dr. Hooven joined the faculty at AIC in the fall of 2013 after over ten years as an epidemiologist on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. At UMass, Dr. Hooven directed a six-year, international cohort study focusing on osteoporosis and risk factors for fracture in post-menopausal women, and also served as Director of Research for the Massachusetts Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, which addressed barriers to working for people with disabilities.
Dr. Hooven has taught in the Determinants of Health sequence for second year medical students at UMass, in the public health program for University of Massachusetts Amherst, and evidence-based practice in the Bay Path College physician assistant program and the American International College Doctoral Physical Therapy program (DPT). In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Hooven worked for several years in managed care administration and prior to that, in health policy for the Massachusetts Medicaid program.
At AIC, Dr. Hooven is directing the undergraduate public health major, teaching courses within public health, and continuing to teach in the DPT program. His research interests include fracture risk factors, osteoporosis, and teaching evidence-based practice.
Dr. Lachowski joined AIC in the summer of 2016 as the new Director of Exercise Science Programs in the School of Health Sciences. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in the Exercise Science/Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology fields. Dr. Lachowski’s research focuses on blood flow restriction exercise, muscle physiology, ergonomics/biomechanics, and environmental physiology. She has presented research at the state, regional, and national levels. Her teaching experience in higher education encompasses a wide variety of topics in exercise science, biology, and physiology.
Dr. Lachowski is currently developing all academic and departmental requirements for future students and faculty of the Exercise Science Department. She has developed the BS and MS curriculums in accordance with the highest national standards in the respective fields. Dr. Lachowski is developing interdepartmental collaborations for future faculty and students along with ways the Exercise Science Department can engage in community outreach.
Dr. Joseph Michael Pellerito Jr’s career includes working as an administrator, scholar, professor, entrepreneur, and therapy practitioner. He subscribes to the notion that effective administration, fundraising, education, scholarship, and service can lead to transformational ways of thinking and doing to make a positive impact in the lives of the people he is privileged to serve.
Dr. Pellerito has held administrative, therapist, and consultant positions in the academic and corporate sectors including the following: Professor/OTA Program Director at Brown Mackie College – South Bend; Associate Professor/Director, TAO Applied Research Center at The University of Toledo; Department Chair/Program Director, and Associate Professor at Western Michigan University; Department Chair/Program Director, Associate Professor, and Director, Driving Simulation & Research Center at Wayne State University (WSU); and Administrator and Practice Manager at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) in The Detroit Medical Center (DMC).
He also provided expert consultative services as Vice President of Online Education, Research, and Consumer Technology for iCan! Online, Inc., the first online community for people with disabilities and their caregivers; and Cofounder of the Open Journal for Occupational Therapy (OJOT), the first-ever open-access occupational therapy journal with readers in more than 100 countries.
Dr. Pellerito has secured major funded research projects that have advanced knowledge and informed professional practice; secured in-kind and record-setting cash donations; published the first textbook on driver rehabilitation and community mobility and four other textbooks on topics important to people with disabilities and the professionals serving them; published scholarly and consumer oriented articles in refereed journals and online; is frequently invited to speak throughout North America on topics relevant to the disability community.
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