Houston Ph.D. Candidates

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Barbuto, Amy

Chair: Dr. Katy Mitchell
Collaborators: Dr. Christina Bickley, Dr. Alyssa Fiss, Dr. Eric Dugan

Education: Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, TX

Residence: The Woodlands, TX

Allison Butcher

Butcher, Allison

Chair: Dr. Wayne Brewer
Collaborators: Dr. Rupal Patel, Dr. Kelli Brizzolara, Dr. Gregory Marchetti

Study: Social Determinants of Health and Social Vulnerability: How Individual and Community Factors Influence Physical Therapy Outcomes in a Public Hospital System
Education: Bachelors of Science in Biology and Kinesiology, University of Texas at Austin; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
Residence: Houston, TX

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Gomez, Christina

Chair: Dr. Wayne Brewer
Collaborators: Dr. Christina Bickley, Dr. Kevin Chui, Dr. Sharon Wang

Study:  Is the upper quarter y-balance test a useful measure to determine upper limb loading response in female competitive gymnasts after upper extremity injury

Pedro Migliano

Migliano, Pedro

Chair: Dr. Wayne Brewer
Collaborators: Dr. Mark Weber, Dr. Kelli Brizzolara

Study: TBD
Education: Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, University of Houston; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
Residence: Austin, TX

Lindsay Perry

Perry, Lindsay

Chair: Dr. Katy Mitchell
Collaborators: Dr. Jennifer Bogardus, Dr. Christina Bickley

Study: Assessment of mobility using the Revised High-Level Mobility Assessment Tool (HiMAT-r) in Individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
Education: Bachelor of Health Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Residence: St. Augustine, Florida

Ryan Pontiff

Pontiff, Ryan

Chair: Dr. Peggy Gleeson
Collaborators: Dr. Jennifer Ellison, Dr. Jennifer Bogardus

Study: Burnout rates among physical therapists and its effects on the quality of a clinical education experience from the student and clinical educator perspectives
Education: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Human Movement, Louisiana State University; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University
Residence: Houston, TX

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Ratoza, Madeline

Chair: Dr. Rupal Patel
Collaborators: Dr. Katy Mitchell and Dr. Wayne Brewer

Study: TBD
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Colby College; Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University 
Residence: Austin, TX

Rudie Spigarelli

Spigarelli, Rudie

Chair: Dr. Rupal Patel
Collaborators: Dr. Katy Mitchell, Dr. Carolyn DaSilva, and external: Dr. Katie Siengsukon)

Dissertation title:
What Affects DPT Students' Sleep? A Mixed Methods Study of the status and factors that impact sleep quality of DPT students in the US
Study: Examination of vestibular rehabilitation education and practice patterns.
Education: B.S., Texas State University, San Marcos, Exercise and Sports Science; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Houston.
Residence: Austin, TX

Kelsey Ziegler

Ziegler, Kelsey

Chair: Dr. Carolyn DaSilva

Title of dissertation: TBD
Education: Bachelor of Science in Movement Science, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX
Residence: Houston, TX

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