DScPT Faculty

Julie Whitman, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
Program Director

Dr. Whitman is the Director of the Bellin College Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy Program and the Evidence in Motion Post-Professional DPT in Musculoskeletal Management. She is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).  She is widely published, including educational CD-ROMs, e-books, and texts on Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy. Dr. Whitman has 40+ peer-reviewed manuscripts, and over 30 published abstracts in the areas of orthopaedics and manual physical therapy.  She has been either the primary author or co-author on research grants from the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA, and the AAOMPT, and served on the Steering Committee for Physical Therapy Journal.  Dr. Whitman has presented research both nationally and internationally at professional conferences, and awards include: AAOMPT’s Kaltenborn “Teach I Must” Award, Section on Geriatrics Excellence in Research Award, JOSPT George J. Davies – James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award, AAOMPT Outstanding Research Award, Discovery Health Clinical Excellence Award in Back Care at the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists Conference, Outstanding Clinical Educator in the State of Texas, the Jack Walker Award, and Steven J. Rose Excellence in Research Award. Dr. Whitman continues to maintain an active research agenda in the areas of spinal and extremity manipulation, low back disorders, and the development of clinical prediction rules. She also currently lives in Roseville, California, and enjoys spending her life with her wonderful husband Bernie and two girls, Krista and Anna.  Julie, Bernie, and the girls love the outdoors and the wonderful weather in California, as well as the opportunity to live near their family!

Research Director

Dan Rhon is a physical therapist and active researcher and the new Research Director for the Bellin Doctor of Science program. He graduated with his Masters in Physical Therapy from Baylor University, followed by a DPT from Temple University and DSc from Baylor University. He completed a clinical fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center (orthopaedic manual physical therapy) and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Utah. He has served as the Director of Research, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Madigan Army Medical Center; and both the Director of Physical Therapy and then the Director of Clinical Outcomes Research at the Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center. He has over 50 publications indexed in Medline/PUBMed and he has received collectively over $10 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). Outside academics and research, anything outdoors and being an intentional and involved member of his family’s life (3 kids) keeps him busy!

Assistant Research Director

Jodi Young is faculty and the Assistant Director of Research in the Bellin College DSc in Physical Therapy program. She is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. She is currently working on a PhD through the University of Newcastle in Australia researching physical therapy dosing in patients with lower extremity injuries. Jodi has been teaching in entry-level DPT, residency, and fellowship programs for ten years, and has taught in the area of orthopedics, manual therapy, differential diagnosis, critical inquiry, and evidence based practice. In the Bellin College DSc in Physical Therapy program, she co-teaches the Research Methdologies and Doctoral Project and Biostatistics courses.

Rebecca Bliss, PT, DPT, NCS
Adjunct Faculty

Becky Bliss, PT, DPT, NCS is an Adjunct Faculty member at Bellin College, an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Wingate University and is a board certified in Neurological Physical Therapy.  She holds her Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation from the APTA and is an Impact Trained Physical Therapist.  Becky graduated from Ithaca College Department of Physical Therapy with a combined undergraduate-graduate Master of Physical Therapy in 2001.  She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2014 and will graduate with her Doctorate of Health Science from the University of Indianapolis in May 2019. Her dissertation focus and advanced training is in educational research, specifically self-reflection ability among DPT students and educational best-practice.  Becky has been actively practicing in the field of physical therapy for 18 years with specialization in concussion management.  Becky is active within the Academy of Neurological Physical Therapy, Academy of Physical Therapy Education as well as teaches national continuing education courses specific to sport related concussion.  Her husband is retired military of 25 years and they have 3 children who are active in dance and swimming.

Quincy Conley, PhD
Adjunct Faculty

Quincy is an adjunct faculty member at Bellin College, responsible for teaching DSC 810 Science and Design of Educational Assessment. He has worked as a dedicated instructional designer and learning scientist for over 16 years. His primary functions are to decide what combination of appropriate instructional design techniques and technology to use to increase learning gains. His current research interests are in conducting biometric research method, and developing educational performance support systems, augmented reality experiences, and intelligent tutoring systems. Quincy earned his Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University, and both his M.A. in Instructional Design & Technology and B.A. in Aerospace Science from the University of North Dakota.

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