DIDACTIC FACULTY

Morris “Rick” Beato, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

Dr. Beato is the Director of the UCF-Orlando Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida teaching basic and advance neurologic based courses. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Perpetual Help in 1999 and received his post-professional clinical doctorate from the University of South Dakota in 2014. He became board certified as a clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy in 2011 and in geriatric physical therapy in 2012. His subspecialties include stroke and Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation as well as geriatric neurology. He was a previous chairman of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy’s Awards Committee and is currently serving on the academy’s Neurologic Clinical Specialist Committee. Dr. Beato served on the ABPTS Geriatric Specialization Academy of Content Experts from 2013 to 2015 and was appointed to the ABPTS Geriatric Specialty Council in January 2016. He is active in the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy serving as a neurologic and geriatric content expert on the Item Bank Review Committee and Exam Development Committee of the National Physical Therapy Examination for the PTA.

Gerald Smith, PT, PhD

Dr. Smith teaches the neuroscience and neuroanatomy components of the UCF-Orlando Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. He is an associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida teaching anatomy, neuroscience and neurologic based courses. He graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and received his PhD in Anatomy with Neuroscience concentration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He attended a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neurobiology at Georgetown University. He is a member of the International Brain Research Organization and the National Stroke Association. Dr. Smith has published articles on brain activation and recovery in stroke patients in numerous scientific journals including the Journal of Neurologic Rehabilitation, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Stroke and the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy.

William J. Hanney DPT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Dr. Hanney is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida teaching research and orthopedic manual therapy. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/ Athletic Training from the University of West Florida, his Master of Science in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine Health Sciences, and his PhD in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. He is the Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. He has multiple articles published in numerous journals including Physical Therapy, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. He is also a recipient of the Strength and Conditioning Journal Editorial Excellence Award. Dr. Hanney is the research advisor and teaches the research component UCF-Orlando Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program.

Erin Brown, PT, DPT, NCS

Dr. Brown is the Director of Clinical Education for the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  She teaches neurologic based courses and therapeutic interventions for neurologic clients. She is an experienced clinician and clinical instructor working with the Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Fitness in 2006 and with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010 from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Brown was board certified in neurologic physical therapy in 2015. Her subspecialties include stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation as well as pediatric neurology. Dr. Brown is a certified clinical instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association and is an active member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She is also a Graduate Faculty Scholar of the UCF College of Graduate Studies.

CLINICAL FACULTY

Jamie Dyson, PT, DPT, CCCE

Dr. Dyson is the Residency Coordinator of the UCF-Orlando Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. He is a courtesy clinical assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida teaching neurologic acute care and cardiopulmonary based courses. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at Northeastern University in 1992 and his post-professional clinical doctorate at A.T. Still University in 2012.  He is currently a rehabilitation educator and center coordinator of clinical education at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He is certified as an advance credentialed clinical instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association. He received the Signe Brunnström Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2013 from the APTA. Dr. Dyson is a member of the Practice Committee of the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy and the Director of Membership for the Florida Physical Therapy Association. He is also the Clinical Director at Large of the National Consortia of Clinical Educators.

Christine Davidson, PT, DPT, NCS

Dr. Davidson is a clinical faculty for the UCF-Orlando Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2007 and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at University of Florida in 2010. She received her board certification in neurologic physical therapy in 2015. Her subspecialties include stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. Dr. Davidson is a certified clinical instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association. She currently works at the inpatient rehabilitation unit of the Orlando Rehabilitation Institute. She is also the Treasurer of the Florida Physical Therapy Association East Central District and is an active member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Shannon Schlissel, PT, DPT, CBIS

Dr. Schlissel is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. She currently works as a clinical rehabilitation specialist for Orlando Regional Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of Scranton. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from A.T. Still University in 2014. She is certified as an advance credentialed clinical instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association. Her specialties include trauma and acute care rehabilitation of patients with neurologic injury. She is a clinical faculty for the UCF-Orlando Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program.

Patricia Bobrick, PT, MHS, MSCS, ATP

Ms. Bobrick is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Center. She is also a certified Assistive Technology Practitioner by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. She graduated with a bachelor of science in physical therapy from Wayne State University and a Master of Health Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. She currently sees patient at Orlando Health’s Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center of Central Florida. She is a previous recipient of the Above and Beyond Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is a clinical faculty for the UCF-Orlando Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program.

Marissa Conrad, PT, MS, CBIS

Ms. Conrad is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. She also received a Certification of Achievement for Vestibular Rehabilitation competency from Emory University School of Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She is a clinical faculty member for the UCF-Orlando Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program. She currently works at the Orlando Rehabilitation Institute outpatient clinic.

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