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1999 M.A. (Exercise Physiology)
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.
1990 Ph.D. (Higher Education)
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
1979 M.S. (Medical Technology)
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.
1976 B.A. (Medical Technology)
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.
Larry has been teaching at the college level for over 30 years, which includes two universities, a private college and a community college. Recent courses taught include ECG and Graded Exercise Testing, Cardiovascular Physiology, Applied Exercise Physiology, and Biomechanics. Larry is the EXP Department Chair and Graduate Program Director. Larry has published five research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written several articles for online journals.
Larry's teaching philosophy is to try to make course content real for students by including real life applications. If students can associate material with real life situations, they are more likely to understand it and remember it. His door is always open to students.
Larry is an outdoor enthusiast and thoroughly enjoys what the Duluth area has to offer in outdoor activities.
Dr. John Borstad has been a physical therapist since graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1993. He spent 7 years in clinical practice before returning to the U of M and earning a PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2004. John joined the physical therapy faculty at The Ohio State University after graduation and remained there for almost 13 years. Dr. Borstad's research evaluates soft tissue alterations at the shoulder and their effects on shoulder biomechanics and he is also studying the relationships among tissue tightness, motion and pain at the shoulder. He has authored or co-authored over twenty-five peer-reviewed manuscripts, three textbook chapters and is an editor of Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques. His teaching experience includes classes covering Biomechanics for Physical Therapy, Musculoskeletal Science and Applications, Evidence-Based Practice in Rehabilitation, and Advanced Therapeutic Progressions. He is engaged in state, national and international activities related to the physical therapy profession including abstract and grant reviewing and continuing education assessment.
Phone: (612) 325-9742
1. Introduction / Background
PhD, Capella University in Information Technology with a focus in Information Assurance and Security in 2015
BA in HIM from The College of St. Scholastica in 2003
BA in Computer Science/Information Systems from The College of St. Scholastica in 2003
MA in HIM from The College of St. Scholastica in 2006
PhD Candidate - Estimated Completion 2015
2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations
Danika started her career as a Director of Health Information in a LTC Facility in Minneapolis, MN. Next, she moved to Alllina Hospitals and Clinics where she worked as a HIM Supervisor, Manager of Revenue Cycle Improvement, and a Regional Manager of Health Information Management. In 2010, she joined the CSS HIIM Faculty as an Assistant Professor and a HIT Consultant for the REACH Program. Danika has served as the subject matter expert for healthcare Privacy and Security for The College of St. Scholastica and REACH. The REACH program has been successful in educating over 200 individuals on privacy and security requirements in healthcare as well as supporting with different tools.
Professionally, Danika has served on the MHIMA Board of Directors in many different role, most recently Past-President of MHIMA from 2014-2015 and Past President from 2014-2015. Danika was recently elected as a Delegate to the American Health Information Management Association's Board of Directors.
3. Interests / Specialties
Danika's interests include anything Privacy and Security related, specially related to HIPAA and HITECH. She also is very interested Information Governance, EHR implementation and Optimization, workflow redesign, physician engagement with an EHR, project management and Meaningful Use.
4. Recent Publications, Presentations and Recognitions
Co-author with Janelle Wapola, MA, RHIA, of the chapter titled: Electronic Health Record: Applications in Practice.Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practices (4th Ed) published by the American Health Information Management Association. This text is scheduled for publication in 2012.
2010 Recipient of the AHIMA Triumph Award in the Rising Star Category
5. Teaching philosophy
Danika's is still working on developing her teaching philosophy
A Personal Note
I married my college sweetheart in October 2004. Together we are on the adventure of raising two little busy girls, Taylor (8) and Piper (6). I love watching my children grow and learn more each and every day. Even when life seems too much and stressful, a hug from my babies is all I need! I am a lucky mommy.
Ed.D University of Minnesota
MS in Kinesiology Indiana University
BS in Athletic Training Minnesota State University, Mankato
Dr. Amy Brugge joined The College of St. Scholastica in July 2009 as the department’s first Director of Clinical Education and is tenured as an Assistant Professor. In addition to teaching in the department and advising thesis research projects, she oversees and assess all phases of the clinical education component of the degree program. Prior to her appointment at The College, Dr. Brugge was a Lectuer/Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she provided athletic training services to the men’s ice hockey and women’s soccer teams.
Dr. Brugge is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a registered athletic trainer in Minnesota, and an American Red Cross Emergency Response Instructor. She has also completed the Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization Module-1 and Module-2 courses and Kinesio Taping Levels 1 & 2. Amy is passionate about the development of future professionals, and has previously served as the advisor for the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Student Senate, for the Minnesota Athletic Trainers’ Association (MATA) Student Senate, and the St. Scholastica Health Interprofessional Program (SSHIP). She currently serves as an accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), as the Chair of the MATA Governmental Affairs Committee, and as a webmaster for the MATA Public Relations Committee.
Amy’s professional and research interests include clinical documentation improvement, electronic health records use in athletic training, and health informatics competence in allied health providers. Her dissertation, Athletic Training Students’ Academic Preparation in Healthcare Documentation, investigated the instruction and assessment of the documentation-related competencies in athletic training education. She currently is completing a graduate level certificate in Health Informatics in preparation for the Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) examination. She is passionate about advancing the athletic training profession to the use of health information technology at the point-of-care across employment settings and athletic trainers contributing to health information exchange in the U.S. healthcare system.
Dr. Cleary is a family physician who has been in practice in Grand Rapids, Minnesota since 1997. She is originally from North Dakota. She attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Medical School, obtaining the first 2 years of her medical education at the Duluth campus. She completed her Family Medicine residency at North Memorial Medical Center and then spent several years in Boise, Idaho before returning to northern Minnesota. While in Idaho she worked in a small family medicine practice, and then as faculty at the Family Practice Residency of Idaho. She joined the PA program as Medical Director in 2015. Her interests incude longitudinal care and clinical teaching.
Former Child Protection Division Manager for Ramsey County Community Human Services for nine years. Seventeen years in child welfare services with Ramsey County. National presentations/ workshops in Washington, California, Missouri, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Maryland on disproportionality in child welfare, transformational systems change, kinship care, poverty and neglect issues and anti-racism leadership development, implementation and training. Interests include traveling, child welfare and authentic race dialogue facilitation.
Steve joined the Occupational Therapy Program at CSS as Program Director in the summer of 2013. He earned his bachelor degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1980), MOT degree from Western Michigan University (1983), and ScD from Boston University-Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (1997). Prior to coming to CSS, Steve was a Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department and Director of the Rehabilitation Science Program at Concordia University Wisconsin. Steve is teaching courses related to evidence-based practice in occupational therapy. Steve’s research interests include motor control and motor learning basis of pediatric interventions including constraint-induced movement therapy, motor imagery, and intensive interventions for children with cerebral palsy.
M.A. - Exercise Physiology
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota; 2000
B.A. - Chemistry
The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota; 1979
2007 - Present: Assistant Professor
Department of Exercise Physiology, College of St. Scholastica
2003 - 2007 : Instructor
Department of Exercise Physiology, CSS
2000 - 2003 : Instructor
Department of Chemistry, CSS
1987 - 2000 : Assistant Instructor
Department of Chemistry, CSS
EXP 3323 - Sports Nutrition
EXP 3331 - Exercise Physiology
EXP 3332 - Physiological Assessment
EXP 3334 - Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
EXP 4441 - Advanced Lab Research
EXP 6522 - Biochemistry, Nutrition and Exercise
EXP 6532 - Professional Development of Exercise Physiology
EXP 6540 - Psychophysiology of Health and Exercise
HSC 4700 - Health Care Interdisciplinary Leadership
Exercise Physiology Interest Areas:
John believes in recognizing students as individuals with unique abilities, skills and challenges. An outgrowth of this philosophy is to help them recognize and overcome their personal challenges while maximizing their knowledge and abilities and encouraging them to demonstrate the attitude and behaviors of a health care professional. This philosophy also leads to the recognition that learning takes place not only in the classroom but also in the lab and in interactions outside of formal learning situations. Programs such as the SHAPE UP personal fitness program which John developed and currently oversee, allows students to gain experience in a professional setting before their formal internship experience.
John was born and raised in Northern Minnesota and graduated with a degree in chemistry from the College of St. Scholastica. He spent most of the next decade working in chemistry labs in industry, government and academia before returning to CSS to teach and supervise labs in the chemistry department. After being diagnosed with diabetes, John entered the Master's program in exercise physiology to gain a better understanding of the disease and the affect that exercise has on it. Upon completion of the degree John was invited to teach several courses in the Department of Exercise Physiology which ultimately lead to a full-time appointment in EXP.
John tries to maintain his health and fitness through an overall exercise regimen that includes running, strength training and stretching. On a more recreational level, John stays physically active with year-round outdoor activities - in-line skating and kayaking on Lake Superior in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing when we have snow.
Cindy teaches SWK 4441 Social Work with Communities, focusing on social work with communities/macro systems. Cindi has worked for several years in community organizing projects, including East Hillside PATCH, is a CSS alumnus, and joined us in 2006.
Nancy has been an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastica for 19 years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and her Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2000 – 2008 Nancy worked as a consultant for the Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Program in Duluth, MN. Prior to working at St. Scholastica, Nancy worked for 12 years as an occupational therapist with the Duluth Public Schools. Nancy’s teaching responsibilities have focused primarily on pediatric occupational therapy. In addition, Nancy has taught for four years in St. Scholastica’s Dignitas Program. Nancy’s scholarship and research interests include: the role of occupational therapy in addressing the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure, occupational therapy intervention for children with handwriting needs, and occupational therapy intervention for children with sensory processing disorders.
Shawn Garvey, MS, PA-C is a physician assistant originally from Michigan and has a degree in biology from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She graduated from the physician assistant program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She began her practice in pediatrics and then family practice in rural Minnesota. Shawn joined CSS as faculty and Director of Curriculum in 2014. She has a special interest in patient education. She continues to see patients one day a week in Allergy at Essentia Health with an emphasis on telemedicine rural outreach.
"Eductation is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. " Albert Einstein
Connie Gunderson, PhD., MSW, LISW, is an associate professor at the College of St. Scholastica. Having completed her undergraduate studies at the College of St. Scholastica, she moved and worked in Germany until 2012. She completed her MSW at the Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin, and received her PhD at the University of Bremen. Dr. Gunderson has worked in the field of social work for over 30 years. As an instructor, her areas of scholarly expertise include human trafficking, gender studies, and international social work research. As a relational cultural therapist, her clinical foci has been on women, trauma and addiction and addressing the needs of families. As a researcher, she has completed studies of human trafficking in Germany and the European Union. She has published books and articles addressing social issues such as human trafficking, diversity, and gender. Dr. Gunderson has international teaching and advisory partnerships with diverse universities and colleges in Europe and the United States.
Dr. Gustafson is the Social Work Department Chair and MSW Program Director. Dr. Gustafson joined CSS in 2004 as the Department. Chair; special interests include addictions, group practice, research and program evaluation
First line of contact and manager of the day-to-day activities of the Department of Occupational Therapy, which has 6 faculty, 64 students and clients involved in an on-site OT clinic.
alternate email: email@example.com (for on-site clinic clients and observers).
Carolyn Jahr, MS, PA-C is a physician assistant who has served the Northeastern Minnesota patient population since 2008. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she practiced in general surgery, with additional experience in colorectal, vascular, and bariatric subspecialties. She was the first PA to be employed by her surgical practice, and served as the inaugural program coordinator for a local weight loss surgery program. She has additional practice experience in an urgent care setting.
Throughout her clinical career, Carolyn has enjoyed serving as a clinical preceptor for physician assistant students, and as a mentor for individuals interested in pursuing the PA profession. Her special interests include team-based healthcare delivery and PA practice integration. She resides locally with her husband and two daughters, and is a graduate of the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dr. Killough’s teaching areas in the entry level program include Cardiopulmonary Evaluation and Management, Physiological Response to Injury and Exercise, Systems Screening and Management I, Patient Client Management II, Multiple Systems, Geriatric Evaluation and Management. In the tDPT her teaching areas are Diagnostic Imaging and Differential Systems Screening.
Kathy has been with the Physical Therapy program since 2005. She earned her AAS in Health Information in 2000 along with her Registered Health Information Technician certification. Kathy has a wide range of record management in various fields including Child Protection, Dialysis, OP Clinic, and Long Term Care. She currently works as the Administrative Assistant for the department ensuring that faculty and students have the support they need to achieve program goals and outcomes.
Mr. Kittelson is an assistant professor in the DPT program. Current teaching responsibilities include: Physical Therapy Examination and Evaluation I & II; Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Management; Multi-System Evaluation and Managment; and Patient Client Management III and IV. Scholarly activity has included investigation of student development of professional behaviors in DPT education. Areas of interest include: pain science, clinical reasoning, neurodynamics, manual therapy techniques including manipulation, and spinal and extremity orthopedic rehabilitation.
Mr. Kittelson is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and an APTA orthopaedic and education section member. He is an orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) as certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) for the extremities. He is currently (2016) an orthopedic residency mentor for Evidence in Motion (EIM).
Prior clinical experiences include: outpatient orthopedics and neurological, home health care, inpatient/acute care, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, and industry in South Dakota. Current clinical practice is on a casual basis in outpatient orthopaedics at Essentia Fitness and Therapy Center in the Essentia Health System in Duluth, MN.
Dr. Kim Kruger is a family physician who has been educating medical professionals since 2000. She grew up in New Ulm, MN and attended Gustavus Adolphus College. She received her medical doctorate from the University of MInnesota Medical School and completed her residency in family medicine at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, Minn. She enjoyed practicing rural family medicine for many years in Buffalo and Cokato, MN before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program in 2004. After 10 years as faculty and program director, she joined the CSS faculty as inaugural chairperson of the Physician Assistant program in 2014. She completed her MBA in 2014 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is passionate about women's health, geriatrics and rural medicine.
M.A., Physical Therapy - The College of St. Scholastica, 2001
DPT, Physical Therapy - The College of St. Scholastica, 2012
Dalerie started a full time appointment with the physical therapy department in 2010. Areas of clinical expertise include vestibular rehabilitation and integration of Pilates based exercise with rehabilitation. She completed American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) competency based training in vestibular rehabilitation at Emory University and advanced APTA competency training at Duke University. She currently practices at Essentia Polinsky providng vestibular rehabilition. Additionally, Ms. Lieberz has completed over 100 hours of training in Pilates exercise methods including completion of Stott mat and reformer coursework. Ms. Lieberz is an active member of the APTA and recognized as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS).
Dalerie is the Director of Clinical Education which involves coordinating integrated clinical experiences and community based internships for DPT students. Her primary teaching responsibilities within the DPT program involve coordinating the four course Patient Client Management Series (PCM I-IV). The PCM series is offered across the 1st and 2nd years of the DPT program, emphasizing integration of didactic course work and application of clinical skills to patients, which provides students with opportunities to develop competency prior to clinical internships. Dalerie is responsible for organizing the pro bono student PT clinic on campus. Additionally, she is responsible for placing students in full time internships and following students while progressing with internships. She is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor. Other teaching responsibilities in Physical Therapy include vestibular rehabilitation.
Julie is a Duluth-area native who comes to CSS after 30 years as the Program Manager at the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program in Duluth, Minn. Her skills include curriculum development, budget management, student and faculty recruitment, accreditation and admission processes. She has successfully raised two children and two naughty, but adorable little dogs! Julie enjoys traveling, reading, movies and all types of sports.
David Marc is an assistant professor and the health informatics graduate program director. Currently, Dr. Marc teaches courses on the foundations of health informatics, human factors and usability assessment, data analytics, and research design. Dr. Marc has a master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in health informatics from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a certification as a health data analyst (CHDA). Dr. Marc has extensive experience working with large healthcare datasets and analytical procedures. Dr. Marc is an active member of AMIA, AHIMA, and HIMSS and serves on various committees and taskforces within these professional organizations. Prior to working for St. Scholastica, Dr. Marc was employed at a biotech company where he applied a myriad of analytic approaches to investigate the predictive value of biomarkers for psychiatric diseases.
Dr. Marden-Lokken, an experienced clinician and academician, is an assistant professor in the DPT program. Her teaching responsibilities include PTH 6405 Professionalism in Physical Therapy, PTH 6513 Lifespan Motor Development, PTH 6910 and 7911 Patient/Client Management I and II, PTH 7545 and 7546 Neuromuscular Evaluation and Management I and II, PTH 6410 PT Administration I, and content in PTH 6521 Physical Therapy Examination and Evaluation II. She is co-lead for the program’s four-course series on professional behavior development. Dr. Marden-Lokken’s scholarly agenda focuses on questions related to rehabilitation of individuals with neuromuscular dysfunction, and more recently on assessment of students’ development of professional behaviors.
Dr. Marden-Lokken has served the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on a state and national level, having been on the MNAPTA Board of Directors, a MN delegate to the APTA House of Delegates (HOD), chief delegate to the APTA HOD, and most recently is Vice-President of the MN Board of Physical Therapy. In that capacity, Dr. Marden-Lokken has served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSPBT), is a member of the Licensure and Administration Committees, and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee and Continued Competency Task Force.
Ms. Marden-Lokken has 38 years of experience focusing on neurorehabilitation. She has presented numerous workshops on topics related to evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurologic dysfunction and practices in neurorehabilitation areas.