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Program Highlight: Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Robert H. Morosky Academic Center

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Gannon’s Erie and Ruskin campuses is designed to educate future physical therapists to be experts in movement, function and health. Through this rigorous program, students have opportunities in leadership, innovative equipment utilization, community engagement, diverse clinical experiences, and interprofessional learning. Physical therapists can work with patients in a variety of settings to alleviate pain while promoting optimal health and quality of life.


Students learn from faculty who hold extensive experience in the field. Highlighted below are four of our accomplished faculty.


Erie Campus

Courtney P. Roca, PT, DPT, Ed.D., recently received her doctorate in educational leadership from University of New England. She successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Wellness Programming for Adults With Disabilities: A Qualitative Inquiry of Stakeholders’ Perspectives.” Roca has experience in acute care and hospital-based outpatient settings, earned a vestibular certification, and is certified as an ABPTS Neurological Clinical Specialist.


Connie C. Lewis, PT, DPT was hired in Summer 2020 as an assistant professor in the DPT program. She previously worked as a physical therapist, as well as a clinical practice leader and site coordinator of clinical education for an outpatient practice.


Ruskin Campus

Mollie Venglar, DSc is board certified as a neurologic clinical specialist with a focus on adult neurologic disorders. Venglar holds 16 years of teaching experience, as well as experience at in-patient rehabilitation facilities, assisted living facilities, out-patient clinics, and disease-specific specialty clinics.


William R VanWye, DPT, PT holds expertise in cardiopulmonary physical therapy, clinical exercise physiology and differential diagnosis. VanWye has worked in a variety of settings, including as a co-owner of a private physical therapy practice that specializes in clinical exercise physiology, sports medicine, orthopedics and workers’ compensation. He is a board-certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist and holds credentials as a clinical exercise physiologist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.


Learn more about Doctor of Physical Therapy program and faculty at our Erie and Ruskin campuses.


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