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Lois Stickley, PT, PhD (Program Director)

Dr. Lois Stickley

As program director, Dr. Stickley ensures that all administrative processes are completed including scheduling, off-site modules, and clinical mentorship. Dr. Stickley leads the teaching modules to enhance rsidents' understanding of various theories of teaching and to improve their instructional abilities. She assists the residents with lecture preparation and deliver in the clinical decision-making sequence courses.

Janet Bezner, PT, PhD

Dr. Janet Bezner

Dr. Bezner teaches the health promotion and wellness modules encouraging residents to implement a holistic approach when treating patients with neurologic diagnoses. Over a series of modules, residents will have one on one mentorship in health coaching and behavior change with appropriate patients.

Denise Gobert, PT, PhD, Board Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults

Dr. Denise Gobert

Dr. Gobert is a PhD neuro-kinesiologist who helps with the neuroscience and movement analysis course.  She provides modules on normal and advanced gait analysis techniques for clinical populations to support diagnostic and treatment strategies.  As a neurologic clinical specialist, Dr. Gobert also provides advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of vestibular-related movement disorders. 

Mark Lester, PT, PhD, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Dr. Mark Lester

As a clinical specialist with a PhD in motor control, Dr. Lester assists the residents in interpreting motion and gait analysis to include in their treatment strategies and delivery of care. Dr. Lester teaches the statistics and research modules for the residents and works closely with residents in preparation and dissemination of their final research project.

James Lorenz, PT, DPT

Dr. James Lorenz

Dr. Lorenz provides instruction for residents in neuroanatomy. With access to a state of the art cadaver lab, residents can visualize anatomic structures in the lab and under the supervision of Dr. Lorenz as well as harvest and dissect central nervous tissue for greater understanding and clinical implications. 

Debra McDowell, PT, PhD

Dr. Debra McDowell

Dr. McDowell has taught at Texas State since September 2013.  She completed a PhD in Physical Therapy at Texas Woman's University in 2008.  She has been practicing in Austin for over 20 years with specialty in fall prevention in older adults.  In the residency, Dr. McDowell teaches the pharmacology modules with emphasis on pharmacology for persons with neurological conditions.  Additionally, Dr. McDowell will assist residents to identify physiological changes that occur with health aging and with aging for persons with disability.  

Mary Elizabeth Parker, PT, PhD, Board Certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy, Board Certified in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Parker

Dr. Parker is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic and Pediatric Physical Therapy.  Her research interests are motor impairments in autism spectrum disorders, differential diagnosis, and undiagnosed and rare disorders.  She has been on the faculty at Texas State since 2005.   Her role in the residency includes modules and clinical experiences with pediatric clients as well as assisting residents in exploring complex disorders. 

Damian Rodriguez, PT, DPT, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic and Geriatric Physical Therapy

Dr. Damian Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez assists the residents with lecture preparation and delivery in the neuroscience sequence courses. As a neurologic clinical specialist and physical therapist at St. David's Medical Center, he serves as a mentor to residents at St. David's and at the Physical Therapy Clinic at Texas State University. As a mentor, he facilitates residents to develop advanced neurologic physical therapist practice and as clinical instructors.

Scott Shaffer, PT, PhD, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Electrophysiology

Dr. Scott Shaffer

Dr. Shaffer's expertise in electrophysiology and differential diagnosis provides vital information on medical and neurologic issues. In addition, as part of the research team, he assists residents in preparation and dissemination of their final research project.