Faculty and Staff | Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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Position: Assoc Prof, Physical Therapy
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 625-4938
E-Mail: aborstad@css.edu


B. A. University of St. Thomas-Biology (1991)

B. S. University of Minnesota-Physical Therapy (1993)

M. S. The Ohio State Universtiy-Neurologic Rehabilitaton (2007)

Ph. D. The Ohio State University-Rehabilitation Science (2012)


Dr. Borstad teaches in the areas of neuroscience, neurologic rehabilitation, motor control, and research. She is a faculty member for the international service learning course to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.


Dr. Borstads research has focused restoration of sensorimotor control of the upper limb following stroke.  Within this broad topic she has contributed to work on the mechanisms associated with positive neuroplasticity associated with sensory rehabiltation and Constraint Induced Movement Therapy.  She contributed to the development of a Virtual Reality Game for upper limb rehabilitation post stroke, called Recovery Rapids.  In collaboration with colleagues in computer science she is working on the developement and validation of two measures of somatosensation.

Position: Professor & Chair, PT
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6523
E-Mail: jborstad1@css.edu

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.

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6174
E-Mail: JKilloug@css.edu
Website: View

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 I and II, Multiple Systems, Geriatric Evaluation and Management. In the tDPT her teaching areas are Diagnostic Imaging and Differential Systems Screening.

Research interests: Fall prevention in the geriatric population, cardiopulmonary implications of physical therapy interventions for neurological impairment, Manual Therapy as an adjunct for Physical Therapy in Urinary Incontinence, and Ergonomics and Bariatric Geriatrics.
Dr. Killough earned a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College, Northfield MN in 1976, a M.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA in 1981, and an M.A. in Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in 1993. She earned a D.P.T. from Simmons College in 2006. She was certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2003, receritfied in 2013,  and as a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults in 2011.
Position: Admin Asst II, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6786
E-Mail: KKing@css.edu

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.

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6061
E-Mail: JKittel2@css.edu

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. 

Position: Asst. Prof PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: 625-4480
E-Mail: DLieberz@css.edu

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.

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6090
E-Mail: Slokken@css.edu
Website: View

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.

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6640
E-Mail: smohnjohnsen@css.edu

Samantha started her appointment at the College of St. Scholastica in the fall of 2013. She is an assistant professor in the DPT program with current teaching responsibilities in Patient Client Management II, III, and IV, Lifespan Applications I, Lifespan Motor Development, Psychosocial Issues in Physical Therapy, Interventions I, and the PT Elective. She is also the Assistant-Director of Clinical Education for the program, working with students on their clinical internships.

Samantha is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) with section memberships in Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Education and serves on the MN state board for physical therapy. She is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and is also certified in both orthopedics and pediatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Samantha’s clinical experience includes outpatient hospital-based and private clinic orthopedics, sports, and pediatrics in the Portland, OR metro area. She also partners with Lake Superior Community Health Center to establish a probono PT practice where she works with an underserved population.

Research interests include development of student clinical reasoning skills, intra and interprofessional education, and dosage parameters for rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy.

Position: Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6013
E-Mail: JNelson@css.edu

Teaching responsibilities:  Neuroscience, Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics, Patient Client management I, II, III, and Critical Inquiry III.
Research interests:  Neurophysiology of eye movement, head movement and balance control.

Position: Assoc Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: 733-2216
E-Mail: Jogston@css.edu

Dr. Jena Ogston received her Master's of Physical Therapy degree from Mayo Medical Center's School of Health Related Sciences in 1996.  She then worked as a clinician in a sports medicine setting for 7 years prior to accepting a full-time position in the College of St. Scholastica's Physical Therapy program in 2002.  She completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Minnesota with a focus in shoulder biomechanics and quantitative research methods.  Her focus of teaching within the program is in Biomechanics, Interventions, Musculoskeletal and Critical Inquiry consistently incorporating active learning and open-discussion methods.   She is currently practicing clinically through the campus student health service.  Off-campus, Jena is active in the MN APTA presenting occasionally at state conferences and serving as a member on the Research Committee.  In 2007, Jena was inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers through the FSBPT (Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy). She is the current program director of the Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program,

Position: Online Student Advisor
Department: Transitional Doctor of PT
Phone: (218) 625-4821
E-Mail: rsaamanen@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-5995
E-Mail: LSpangle@css.edu

Ms. Spangler has a Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology and a Masters degree in Physical Therapy.  She has extensive clinical experience in multiple areas, having worked in a number of different clinical settings including out patient therapy, in patient  rehabilitation, and as a travelling therapist. Her main area of teaching and of clinical expertise is in neurological rehabilitation, with a special interest in the rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury.

In the Department of Physical Therapy Ms. Spangler Teaches in a variety of courses.  She coordinates the neurologic rehab. courses and participates extensively in the Patient Client Management course series.  Currenlty Ms. Spangler serves as the Chair of the PT Admissions Committee.  

Beyond CSS Ms. Spangler is active on the Board of Directors of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, and volunteers extensively in dog rescue through Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota.

Position: Asst Professor, PTH
Department: Physical Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6122
E-Mail: KSwanson@css.edu

Dr. Swanson joined the DPT faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2008. Her current teaching responsibilities include PTH 6520/PTH  6521: Physical Therapy Examination and Evaluation I  & II; PTH 6530 and 6531: Interventions I and II; PTH 6482: Critical Inquiry III;  PTH 7518:Systems Screening & Management II; PTH 7540: Cardiopulmonary Evaluation & Management I; PTH 8890 Elective. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Athletic Training. The focus of her research activities includes the investigation of clinical and biomechanical profiles of female athletes with and without patellofemoral pain, biomechanics of the lower extremity, functional assessment of ACL reconstructed knees, and force and pressure measurements and distribution patterns of LE during running. Areas of clinical interest include patellofemoral pain, pelvifemoral instability, biomechanical evaluation of the pelvis and lower extremity, shoulder rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine for the elite level athlete.

Dr. Swanson is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Minnesota chapter of the APTA, and is a  member of the Sports, Research, and Education sections of the  APTA. Prior to receiving her MPT degree, Dr. Swanson spent 10 years as a Division I Athletic Trainer at the University of Minnesota and Florida State University. Her area of clinical expertise is in the areas of Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics. Prior clinical experiences include: clinical supervisor and clinical specialist at University Orthopaedics (University of Minnesota); clinical specialist at PDR-Midway, St. Paul, MN; Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Minnesota and Florida State University and has had athletic training experiences at the Division I College level as well as National, International and Olympic levels of competition.

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