Annie Burke-Doe PT, MPT, PhDProgram Director/ Dean, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Burke-Doe is currently a professor at West Coast University (WCU) Department of Physical Therapy. After completing her MPT in 1992 she practiced physical therapy in the areas of geriatric rehabilitation, acute care and acute inpatient rehabilitation. She was Director of Rehabilitation for Regency Health Services and then transitioned to California Children’s Services; completing her PhD in pharmaceutical sciences. She joined the core faculty at California State University for Fresno until 2007, University of St. Augustine until 2017 and currently works for WCU in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Burke-Doe holds a California Physical Therapy License and is a California Children’s Services paneled physical therapist, certified grant writer, and certified grant reviewer. She is also certified by Flinders University in Chronic Condition Self-Management. Dr. Burke-Doe has received awards including “Excellence in Teaching and Innovation”, “NDT Treatment Association Faculty Award”, “Excellence in Research and Education Award”, and “Excellence in Rehabilitating Department Leadership. She has served on committees for the APTA and CPTA for multiple terms and is currently on the education committee, serves at House of Delegates and is the chief representative for the San Diego district. Dr. Burke-Doe has published Physical Therapy Case Files: Neurological Rehabilitation (McGraw-Hill, 2013), and contributed most recently to several works including, Differential Diagnosis for the Physical Therapist (Elsevier 2018), The Color Atlas of Physical Therapy (McGraw-Hill, 2015), Pathology Implications for the Physical Therapist (Saunders Elsevier, 2015), and Neck Pain: Causes, Diagnosis and Management (Nova Science Publishers, Incorporated, 2011). Dr. Burke-Doe currently teach physiology, pathology and pharmacology.
BA, Sports Medicine, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 1990
MPT, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 1992
PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 2003
Fellowship, Central California Health Policy Institute, CSUF, Fresno CA, 2005
Daniel Cipriani, Ph.D., PTProfessor, Physical Therapy Program
Phone: (323) 454-5048
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Dr. Daniel Cipriani has been a licensed Physical Therapist since 1984 with extensive clinical experiences in the areas of orthopaedic rehabilitation, orthopaedic trauma, and sports medicine. His primary area of clinical expertise focuses on lower extremity biomechanics and injury mechanics, with a special interest in running and cycling related injuries. He has been involved in academia and research since 1991, beginning his academic career at The Medical College of Ohio (University of Toledo's Health Science campus), moving to San Diego in 2005 to join the faculty at San Diego State University. At SDSU, he helped develop a Masters Degree program in Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Cipriani also served on the faculty at Chapman University for five years before joining West Coast University. As a faculty member he has received numerous teaching awards including being a 3-time recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the Medical College of Ohio and the Outstanding Faculty Member at Chapman University.
Dr. Cipriani serves as a manuscript reviewer for numerous professional research journals and he is a member of the International Editorial Board for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. In addition, for several years he served on the main Editorial Board for the Physical Therapy Journal and was awarded Manuscript Reviewer of the Year by the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Cipriani received his B.S. in Physical Therapy at The Ohio State University. He completed his M.S. (Exercise Science and Applied Biomechanics) and Ph.D. (Applied Measurement/Statistics) at the University of Toledo. His research interests include applied exercise techniques for the enhancement of movement, assessment of orthoses on joint function, and research focusing on the Clinimetric and Psychometric properties of clinical measures. Dr. Cipriani has authored and co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed research publications, several book chapters, and numerous invited papers. Abstracts from his research and that of his students have been presented at State and National Physical Therapy and Biomechanics Professional Conferences. Dr. Cipriani has presented lectures and workshops across the United States and Puerto Rico mostly on the topics of lower extremity biomechanics and orthotic management of foot pathomechanics.
PhD, University of Toledo, 2003
MS in Exercise Science/Applied Biomechanics, University of Toledo, 1992
BS in Physical Therapy, University of Toledo, 1984
Dawn Kelly James, PT, DPT, DScAssociate Professor, Physical Therapy Program
Phone: (323) 284-2723
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Dr. James is an Associate professor in the West Coast Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She comes to West Coast with over 20 years of clinical practice.
Dr. James’ primary research areas of interest include pediatric concussion management, school based practice patterns, dosage of pediatric physical therapy, and sports related injuries in youth athletes. Dr. James was a reviewer for Guidelines for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy in California Public Schools, 2nd Edition (2012) and co-authored Dosage Considerations: Recommending School-Based Physical Therapy Intervention Under IDEA for the APTA’s Section on Pediatrics.
Before joining West Coast, Dr. James was a school-based physical therapist specializing in transdisciplinary preschool team assessments. She continues to be involved in clinical practice and works with the early intervention, school based, and youth sports populations.
Dr. James is currently a member of the APTA Section on Pediatrics Practice Committee and is serving on the Subcommittee on Intensity for the School-Based Special Interest Group. She is a founding member of the CPTA’s Pediatric SIG and it’s resource for school based practice issues. In addition, she is an expert consultant for the Physical Therapy Board of California. Dr. James has presented at the local, state and national level on a variety of pediatric subjects including concussions in youth sports, school-based assessment and practice, ethics in pediatric physical therapy, and standardized testing.
Dr. James received her professional education and Bachelor of Science degree from Rockhurst College and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from AT Still University. She is a pediatric clinical specialist certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and holds a Certification in Assistive Technology Applications from the Center on Disabilities, California State University, Northridge.
Dr. James is active in a variety of community organizations including National Charity League, Special Olympics, and Ahead with Horses.
DPT, AT Still University, 2011
BS(PT), Rockhurst College, 1992
Dustin Willis, PT, DPT, OCS, TPS, FAAOMPTAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Phone: (323) 454-5031
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Dr. Willis grew up in the San Bernardino/Redlands areas of the Inland Empire in Southern California. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise and Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Human Performance from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA back in 2007.
During his time there he served as a lab assistant in the Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology courses, where they got to use the same 3D equipment that Pixar studies uses to create their amazing films. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Loma Linda University in 2014, where he was presented with the Dean’s Award, the Clinical Excellence Award, and the Fred B. Moore Mission Service Award.
Immediately after graduating, Dr. Willis completed the Orthopedic Residency Program at Rancho Physical Therapy in Murrieta, CA in 2015, while also simultaneously completing the “Retrain The Brain” seminar series, which serves as the core content for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Glendale Adventist, and Loma Linda University residency programs, respectively. After this, Dr. Willis passed his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) exam.
In 2016, he then completed two fellowships concurrently, both Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Sports and Manual Therapy Fellowship, as well as USC’s Chis Powers’ Lower Extremity Biomechanics Fellowship at the Movement Performance Institute, both located in Los Angeles, CA. This led to him becoming distinguished as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). The following year, Dr. Willis joined the inaugural cohort for Azusa Pacific University’s Movement Performance Fellowship in 2017, where the focus was on studying the art of movement science using the principles of Movement Systems Impairments (MSI) from Dr. Shirley Sahrmann and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) from Dr. Pavel Kolar under mentorship from master clinicians, Clare Frank and Kathy Kumagai-Shimamura.
Ever hungry for knowledge and skill, Dr. Willis also completed the required coursework and mentorship under Dr. Adriaan Louw in pain neuroscience in order to become a Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS), and is currently furthering his understanding of compassionate care through the Compassion Cultivation Training program at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.
Teaching-wise, Dr. Willis spent 3 years as co-lead professor of orthopedics for the Loma Linda University/Adventist University of Haiti Rehab Technician program. He is also currently an assistant faculty member for the above mentioned “Retrain the Brain” seminar series.
As a capstone to all of this, Dr. Willis is a part of the Movement and Cognition Neuromechanics Research Laboratory at Loma Linda University, where he is in the process of establishing his PhD dissertation, which looks to investigate the relationships between human biomechanics, pain neuroscience, psychology, and medical imaging.
Dr. Willis also serves as the Director of Mindful Connections for the Mind 2 Movement Foundation, whose mission is to rethink the chronic pain dilemma by integrating mindfulness with movement.
DPT, Loma Linda University
BS, Exercise Science & Sports Medicine, California Lutheran University
Sarah J Gilliland, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCSAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Sarah J Gilliland, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at West Coast University. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2005. Dr. Gilliland completed her BA in Human Performance and Health Science at Rice University in 1998. After 6 years as a high school math and science instructor, she returned to school to complete her DPT at Chapman University in 2008. She then completed her MA and PhD in Education at the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Prior to embarking on her full time academic career, Dr. Gilliland worked as a physical therapist at Newport Medical and Wellness in Costa Mesa, CA from 2008-2013. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.
Dr. Gilliland’s research focuses on how PT students learn, specifically targeting their development of clinical reasoning. Dr. Gilliland hopes to use her research to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in entry-level physical therapist education. In the classroom she consistently encourages DPT students to “think outside the box” and integrate all aspects of evidence based practice into their developing clinical reasoning. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Gilliland enjoys mentoring new faculty in their development of teaching skills. Her post-professional doctoral studies were supported through PODS I and II scholarships from the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Inc., and an Adopt-a-Doc scholarship from the Education Section of APTA. Dr. Gilliland was recognized as an APTA Emerging Leader in 2015 and received the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award in 2018. Dr. Gilliland currently serves as the vice-chair of the Scholarship of Education (SOE) SIG for the Education Section of APTA and is a member of the Education Section Research Committee.
PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2015
MA, University of California, Irvine, 2013
DPT, Chapman University, 2008
BA, Rice University, 1998
Greg Ayscue, PT, DPT, SCSAssistant Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor, DPT Program
Dr. Ayscue is the Assistant Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor in West Coast University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University in 2006, and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011 from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining West Coast, Dr. Ayscue practiced in the outpatient orthopedic setting for 8 years, and was an adjunct instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Marymount University in Arlington, VA.
He is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, as well as a Credentialed Clinical Instructor by the APTA. He practiced as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist, and is also certified in Blow Flow Restriction Rehabilitation. During his clinical practice, Dr. Ayscue also carried the responsibilities of Site Coordinator of Clinical Education and Clinic Director. Prior to starting his career in physical therapy, Dr. Ayscue was a strength and conditioning coach at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and University of South Florida. In his free time, Dr. Ayscue enjoys playing basketball, hiking with his dog, and going to the beach.
Rania Almajid, PT, MS, PhDAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Almajid is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at West Coast University. She completed her Ph.D. in Neuromotor Science from the Department of Physical Therapy at Temple University. Her dissertation project focused on the impact of aging and visual dependency on the performance metrics, under visually manipulated conditions, during the Timed Up and Go test. Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned her master's degree in the field of Science in Health and Rehabilitation with a Neuromuscular concentration from The University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from King Saud University.
Dr. Almajid's current research focuses on alteration in postural control, whether due to divided attentional demands or sensory manipulation. She is particularly interested in understanding how multitasking and visual manipulation can affect motor behavior across ages and gender. Dr. Almajid has authored peer-reviewed research publications and presented abstracts from her research in national and international conferences. She serves as a manuscript reviewer for professional research journals such as Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Gait & Posture, and Archives of Gerontology and Geriatric. Dr. Almajid currently teaches neuroscience, evidence-based practice, research and biostatistics, and pathophysiology.
Ph.D. in Neuromotor Science, Temple University
MS in Science in Health and Rehabilitation (Neuromuscular concentration), University of Pittsburgh
BS in Physical Therapy, King Saud University
Najmeh Hoseini, PT, MSPT, PhD Assistant Professor
Phone: (323) 454-5059
Dr. Najmeh Hosseini joined West Coast University as an assistant professor in Summer of 2019. She Grew up in Iran and received her bachelor of science (2003) and master of science (2006) degree in Physical Therapy from Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran. She moved to the United States in 2009 and attended Indiana University for her doctoral degree. She completed her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a major in human performance and a minor in neuroscience in 2015 in Bloomington, Indiana and worked as a core faculty at Midwestern University from 2015-2019.
She is a member of American Physical Therapy Association and has practiced physical therapy in Iran, Indiana State, and Arizona State since 2006.
Her research is focused on sensorimotor neurophysiology and neuroplasticity. Since 2011, Dr. Hoseini has published several peer-review articles in PLOS ONE, and Neuroscience letters and has presented her research at Society for Neuroscience, APTA NEXT, NanoFlorida, Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT), and Brain Stimulation (Canada).
Nicole Rodriguez, PT, DPT, GCSDirector of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Phone: (323) 454-5062
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Dr. Rodriguez is the Director of Clinical Education for West Coast University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008, and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2012. Dr. Rodriguez is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. in Psychology-Educational Psychology program at Walden University, where she is furthering her expertise in cognitive and behavioral learning theories, specifically as it relates to students’ motivation and self-efficacy in academia, preparation for clinical education, and simulation-based learning experiences.
Before joining West Coast University, Dr. Rodriguez was DPT faculty at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences since 2012, and worked in their Clinical Education Department since 2015. Her clinical experience has been in the acute hospital, skilled nursing, and home health settings. Dr. Rodriguez’s primary teaching responsibilities have included clinical education preparation, IP acute, subacute, and neurological rehabilitation, neuroanatomy, and foundational physical therapy courses which include concepts related to professionalism, communication, and documentation.
She is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, received her Advanced Competency in Home Health Certification through the APTA, is a Certified Clinical Instructor, and consistently participates in continuing education opportunities, including APTA’s annual Education Leadership Conference and Combined Sections Meeting. Additionally, she has received much training in simulation-based learning and is currently preparing to become a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Dr. Rodriguez also serves as a member of the Intercollegiate Academic Clinical Coordinators Council (IACCC) to assist in the development and support of collaboration between physical therapy academia and the clinical community.
Her primary research interests include preparation and performance in clinical education, self-efficacy and self-confidence in academia, interprofessional education, and simulation-based learning. Dr. Rodriguez’s has presented at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), the APTA’s Educational Leadership Conference (ELC), and the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). Her dissertation topic focuses on DPT student’s self-confidence after simulation-based learning experiences, and looks to compare the moderating effects on clinical performance between students who were active versus those who observed during simulation.
PhD in Psychology-Educational Psychology, Walden University. In Progress
PT, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
BS, Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Mario Moncada, PT, DPT, MSPTAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Originally from New Orleans LA, Dr. Mario Moncada has been a licensed Physical Therapist here in the Los Angeles area since 2003. He began work as a staff Physical Therapist in an acute rehabilitation hospital and then moved into the home health arena where he currently owns and manages a small business. He began teaching at WCU as an adjunct professor in 2016.
His clinical areas of interest are in Geriatric Rehabilitation and Wound Care.
Additionally, he is a credentialed APTA Clinical Instructor and is actively involved in the California Physical Therapy Association. Within the CPTA, Dr. Moncada holds various positions from Government Affairs Committee member, Greater Los Angeles Chief Assembly Representative, Greater Los Angeles P.T. Political Action Committee Advocacy Chair, and CPTA Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates.
Dr. Moncada is passionate about grassroots advocacy and regularly attends CPTA Physical Therapy Legislative Day in Sacramento and APTA Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington DC.
Western University, DPT, 2014
Boston University, MSPT, 2003
Louisiana State University, BS, 1995
Professional Organization Memberships
Member, American Physical Therapy Association
Member, California Physical Therapy Association-Greater Los Angeles District
Member, Home Health Section American Physical Therapy Association
Member, Private Practice Section American Physical Therapy Association
Member, Education Section American Physical Therapy Association
Member, Cardiopulmonary Section American Physical Therapy Association
Member, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Section American Physical Therapy Association
Member, Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Section American Physical Therapy Association
Robert Dulay, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPTAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Dr. Dulay graduated in 2013 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chapman University. He then pursued advanced training in examination, clinical decision-making and treatment skills by completing the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. Subsequently, he learned advanced orthopaedic manual therapy techniques combined with advanced skills in movement analysis, motor control and biomechanics for the injured sports population by completing the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Orthopaedic Fellowship and Sports Rehabilitation Program. He currently practices in the outpatient ortho setting at the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center and North Hollywood Medical Offices.
Dr. Dulay is an Orthopaedic and Sports Clinical Specialist, certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He enjoys spending time with his wife who is a pediatric physical therapist, as well as traveling, hiking, playing basketball, and cheering on the Zags.
DPT, Chapman University, 2013
BS, Gonzaga University, 2010
Mariam P. Butler DPT,OCS,SCS,FAAOMPTAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Mariam Pashtoonwar Butler DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California in 2006. She completed the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency in 2007 and the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Orthopedic Fellowship and Sports Rehabilitation Program in 2008.
Dr. Butler earned her Orthopedic Certified Specialty (OCS) in 2008 (recertified in 2018), her Sports Certified Specialty (SCS) in 2010, and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2015. She became a Schroth Certified Therapist through the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School in 2016, and has been educating clinicians and treating patients with Scoliosis since. Dr. Butler currently works as a clinician, and mentors in the Kaiser Permanente Ortho PT Residency Program at the South Bay Medical Center. Dr. Butler joined West Coast University as adjunct faculty in 2018.
Jenn Wickenkamp, PT, DPT, NCS, MFDcAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Wickenkamp is originally from Chicago, Illinois and completed her B.S. at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in Psychology and Sociology. She completed the PT program at University of Illinois Chicago in 2001. She has extensive clinical experience working in acute care, acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities and neurologic and orthopedic outpatient clinics. She has had the privilege of participating in a medical mission in Peru and working with disabled children at a summer camp in Michigan. She worked for over two years as a travel therapist and gained diverse experiences while working in six different states. Travel therapy brought to her California 13 years ago and she has made it her home. Her interests are in treating the neurological population while integrating her background in manual therapy techniques. She has worked for the Providence Health System for over 10 years.
Dr. Wickenkamp completed her DPT in 2017. She is an APTA Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist. She is certified in Myofascial Decompression Techniques and is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor.
Dr. Wickenkamp also has an interest in wellness with a certification as a yoga instructor and level 1 Ayurveda wellness counselor. She enjoys yoga, hiking, biking and traveling in her free time.
Evidence in Motion, DPT 2017
University of Illinois, Chicago PT 2001
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana B.S.
Jennifer Lučarević, PT, DPTAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Lučarević is an Assistant Professor at West Coast University where she teaches the Prosthetic & Orthotics course. She has a dual academic appointment at California State University Dominguez Hills in the Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics. Dr. Lučarević has diverse clinical experience with certifications in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Cervicogenic Dizziness, and as an Adaptive Recreation and Sports Specialist.
Dr. Lučarević is an active member of several professional organizations, including the APTA and CPTA. Currently, she serves as leadership of the Adaptive Sports Special Interest Group. Dr. Lučarević has a long history of service and remains active with multiple community organizations including Angel City Sports and Adaptive Sports USA. In her spare time, she volunteers her medical expertise to provide rehabilitation in developing nations and as a Medical Classifier for Paralympic Table Tennis and Athletics (Track & Field).
After years in clinical practice, Dr. Lučarević became interested in academics and research. Her PhD research focused on Postural Steadiness in People with Lower Limb Amputation. She is the recipient of the AAOP Howard R. Thranhardt Lecture Series Award and the ISPO Best Paper Award in category of Advancing Clinical Treatment.
PhD Candidate (ABD), University of Miami, expected graduation 2019
DPT, College of St. Catherine
BS, Exercise & Sports Science, College of St. Catherine