Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Core Faculty

Annie Burke-Doe PT, MPT, PhDInterim Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Contact Information
Phone: 323.454.5068
Email: aburke-Doe@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
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. 

Education
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

Contact Information
Phone: (323) 454-5048
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Email: dcipriani@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
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.

Education
PhD, University of Toledo, 2003
MS in Exercise Science/Applied Biomechanics, University of Toledo, 1992
BS in Physical Therapy, University of Toledo, 1984

Links
Publications
Research Gate Publications
LinkedIn Profile

Dawn James, PT, DPT, PCSAssistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program

Contact Information
Phone: (323) 284-2723
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Email: djames@westcoastuniversity.edu 

Biography
Dr. James is an assistant 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.

Education
DPT, AT Still University, 2011
BS(PT), Rockhurst College, 1992

Links
Publications

Dustin Willis, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPTAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Contact Information
Phone: (323) 454-5031
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Email: DuWillis@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Willis grew up in San Bernardino and Redlands areas of the Inland Empire. He graduated from California Lutheran University with his B.S. in Exercise and Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Human Performance in 2007. He then received his DPT from Loma Linda University in 2014, where he received the Dean’s Award, Clinical Excellence Award, and the Fred B. Moore Mission Service Award. Immediately after graduating, Dr. Willis went on to complete the Orthopedic Residency Program at Rancho Physical Therapy in Murrieta, CA in 2015. In 2016, he completed two fellowships in the concurrently, both Kaiser Permanente’s Sports and Manual Therapy Fellowship and USC’s Chis Powers’ Lower Extremity Biomechanics Fellowship at the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles, CA, respectively. Still in pursuit of more knowledge and skill, Dr. Willis joined the inaugural cohort for Azusa Pacific University’s Movement Performance Fellowship and is currently in the middle of completing his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences back at his alma mater, Loma Linda University.

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 assistant faculty for the “Retrain the Brain” seminar series, which serves as the core faculty for Kaiser Permanente, Glendale Adventist, and Loma Linda University’s residency programs.

As part of the Movement and Cognition Neuromechanics Research Laboratory at Loma Linda University, Dr. Willis is in the process of establishing his PhD dissertation, which looks to investigate the relationships between human biomechanics, pain neuroscience, psychology, and medical imaging.

Education
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

Biography
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.

Education
PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2015
MA, University of California, Irvine, 2013
DPT, Chapman University, 2008
BA, Rice University, 1998

Natalie Weeks-O’Neal, PT, DPTAssistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program

Contact Information
Phone: (323) 473-5669
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Email: nweeks@westcoastuniversity.edu

Dr. Weeks-O’Neal graduated in 2006 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California.  She moved to the Las Vegas area and practiced in Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation and Acute care. She began teaching as adjunct in 2009 at a local PTA program as well as with Touro University Nevada’s DPT program and the School of Physical Therapy at University of North Texas Health Science Center. She has taught Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Gender Related Issues in Health Care, Therapeutic Exercise, Geriatrics, and Therapeutic Interventions I courses. Her scholarly interests include minority health and wellness, Public Health, and Falls prevention.  She is pursuing her ASBPT specialty in Geriatrics for 2017.  Dr. Weeks-O’Neal is married with 2 children and enjoys coaching girls volleyball and participating as a dancer in Native American pow-wows.

Education
DPT, University of Southern California, 2006
BS, Kinesiology, CSU Long Beach, 2003
Biology, University of Idaho, Long Beach

 

Rania AlmajidAssistant 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 degree in Physical Therapy from King Saud University.

Alteration in postural control, whether due to divided attentional demands or sensory manipulation is the focus of Dr. Almajid’s research interests. She is particularly interested in understanding how multitasking and visual manipulation can affect the motor behavior in older adults who are at high risk of fall.

Andrew Sullivan, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, CSCSAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Biography
Dr. Sullivan graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2012 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2015. He graduated as the Valedictorian of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2015, for which he received the Gold Medal of Excellence for academic achievement. During his time at Sacred Heart University Dr. Sullivan was as a graduate assistant and adjunct faculty member in the anatomy and kinesiology and orthopaedic examination and intervention courses, and was the supervisor of the Human Anatomy Lab in charge of teaching cadaveric dissection and anatomy for the Exercise Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, and Physical Therapy programs. Dr. Sullivan completed the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency at Sacred Heart University in 2016 and the Orthopaedic Fellowship in Sports Rehabilitation at Kaiser Permanente in 2018. During this time Dr. Sullivan completed testing to become an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. He also became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) and completed a 6-month certificate series in advanced functional biomechanics of the lower quarter with Dr. Chris Powers at the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Sullivan has completed over 2,000 hours of continuing education and is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist through Myopain Seminars, and Emergency Medical Responder through the American Red Cross. He is also certified in the Y Balance Test, Functional Movement Screen, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation, and is Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist Certified and Myofascial Decompression Certified. Dr. Sullivan is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Orthopaedic and Sports sections, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Sullivan is currently lives in Santa Monica, CA with his wife and two dogs and is enrolled in the Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences program at Texas Tech University.

Education
DPT, Sacred Heart University, 2015
BS, Sacred Heart University, 2012

Adjunct Faculty

Mario Moncada, PT, DPT, MSPTAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Contact Information
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Email: mmoncada@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
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. 

Education
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

Contact Information
Office: Center for Graduate Studies 
Email: rdulay@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
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.

Education
DPT, Chapman University, 2013
BS, Gonzaga University, 2010

Karen Hamill, PT, DPTAdjunct Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program

Contact Information
Phone: (323) 300-5155
Office: Center for Graduate Studies
Email: kHamill@westcoastuniversity.edu

Biography
Dr. Hamill has more than 25 years’ clinical experience in allied healthcare beginning as a massage therapist in 1991. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including: acute care, acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health, and outpatient therapy. She has enjoyed working with a large range of diagnosis with varying levels of physical impairments and activity limitations. In acute care, Dr. Hamill has worked with complex orthopedic trauma, organ transplant and neurologic rehabilitation. She has also had the opportunity to travel internationally while treating patients in developing countries as well as treating performing artists backstage. The last 10 years Dr. Hamill has worked at UCLA Health Systems in both acute and outpatient rehabilitation treating a variety of orthopedic and neurologically impaired patients.

She has taught at various entry level physical therapy programs as well as in the post professional setting since 2008. She has provided instruction in neurological evalution and treatment, anatomy, therapeutic exercise, modalities as well as pharmacology and diagnostic imaging.

Dr. Hamill has strived to take a variety of continuing education courses to provide students with different techniques to improve function in their patients. She is trained in Neuro Development Technique (NDT) treatment for both adults and children as well as Proprioceptive NeuroMuscular Facilitation (PNF). She provides an orthopedic approach to the neurologically impaired patients utilizing techniques by Maitland, Mulligans, and McConnell. Dr. Hamill has training in Pilates exercise as well as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Education
PhD Candidate (ABD) Nova South Eastern University  ABD
Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy 2007
Bachelors in Science Physical Therapy 1997

Jenn Wickenkamp, PT, DPT, NCS, MFDcAssistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Biography
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.

Education
Evidence in Motion, DPT 2017
University of Illinois, Chicago  PT 2001
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana  B.S.

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