Meet the Clinicians
Dr. Coleby Clawson is a physical therapist and the Director of the Community Rehabilitation Clinic sponsored by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Foundation. Coleby also is faculty member and lab instructor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP), and a strength and conditioning coach for Salem Hills High School in Salem, UT. Dr. Clawson received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and was a starting linebacker for the football team. During his last year at BYU, Dr. Clawson worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the football, basketball, baseball, and rugby teams. Coleby received his DPT degree from RMUoHP in 2013. Dr. Clawson’s professional interests include orthopedics, human performance, and academics.
Will Sykes, PT, DPT
Assistant Director of Clinical Education, DPT Program at RMUoHP
Will Sykes, DPT graduated from BYU in 2008 with a BS in Exercises Science with a minor in Coaching and Physical Education. Will was in the first cohort for the eDPT program at RMUoHP and graduated in 2012. Will started working in American Fork at a skilled nursing facility and most recently working at Utah Valley Hospital in the Outpatient Orthopedic clinic for 3 years. He started working full time at Rocky Mountain University in August 2018 in Clinical Education.
Crystal Miskin, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Miskin is a graduate of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Doctor of Physical Therapy program. After graduation she completed an orthopedic residency at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center and then completed a sports and orthopedic fellowship at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. These programs included persistent pain science, advanced medical screening, movement science, and neuro-musculoskeletal conditions in addition to sports nutrition, performance analysis and injury prevention. While at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Miskin worked with California Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy at various clinics in Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Torrance, and Yorba Linda, California working with outpatient orthopedics and mentoring physical therapy students. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Miskin is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, is fluent in Spanish (written and spoken), and is certified in RockTape “FMT Basic” & “Performance” Taping. She grew up in California, is recently married, and makes her home in Provo, Utah. She is also an Assistant Professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and is working towards completing a PhD through the university.
Yvette (Bet) Hawley, Physical Therapist Assistant
Having had plenty of opportunity for herself and her kids to receive physical therapy in the past, she was fascinated by the complexity of the human body, and how it all has to work together to create movement. Bet finally succeeded in getting all her kids into college, and then went back to school herself to go into the physical therapy field. She received her license as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) in 2015. Since then, she has worked in home health, long term acute care, and most enjoyable, the out-patient orthopedics at the Community Rehabilitation Clinic. Bet loves teaching people the tools they need and can use to regain, maintain, and improve their quality of life through physical therapy.
Jared Labrum, Physical Therapist Assistant
Jared graduated in exercise science at UVU and doctorate of physical therapy at Rocky Mountain University. He enjoys working with patients and helping them understand their pain and how he can best improve their health. He works with a wide variety of patients: multiple sclerosis, orthopedic, home health, chronic pain, and vestibular. He enjoys eating and having fun with his wife and kids.
Angelica Rico, Physical Therapy Aide
Angelica is a Physical Therapy Aide at the Community Rehabilitation Center. Currently a full time student at Utah Valley University, she is planning on pursuing a career in healthcare to assist individuals navigate the healthcare system and improve medical literacy. Angelica loves learning about the human body to improve the quality of life. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
MS Physical Therapy & Wellness Center
MS Physical Therapy and Wellness Center Director (at CRC)
Dr. Hina Garg received her Bachelor of Physical Therapy from G.G.S. Indraprastha University, India and her M.S. in Kinesiology from the Texas A & M University and completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Utah. She is a licensed physical therapist and passionately works with individuals with chronic neurological conditions. In the past, she has worked as the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program Clinical and Research Coordinator for the University of Utah and has specialized in rehabilitation practices for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. She has served as an instructor for undergraduate, physical therapy and neuro-residency courses in the past and is currently an assistant professor in the eDPT program at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her research interests include factors affecting postural control and fall-risk in people with MS and other chronic neurodegenerative conditions.
Charlotte Rutherfurd, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist and MS Center Research Assistant
Dr. Charlotte Rutherfurd is a Physical Therapist at the Community Rehabilitation Clinic. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2019 and her undergraduate degree from University of Chicago in 2007 in Public Policy. She is also employed as a Physical Therapist at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center where she serves a mix of acute care, intensive care, and inpatient rehab patients. At the CRC, she focuses her clinical and research work on the MS Physical Therapy and Wellness Program. Other research interests include both early mobility and long-term functional outcomes for ICU cardiovascular patients.
Meet the Staff
Victor Morris – RMU Foundation Director & Grant Specialist
Victor is responsible for all aspects of generating grants and gifts from select corporations and government sources requiring proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Foundation. He has 37 years’ experience in assisting non-profit organizations with elevating their resource development efforts. Mr. Morris served as on-site lead consultant for the University of Kentucky’s $46 million campaign to build a new library and their $50 million campaign for the 13 Community Colleges in the State of Kentucky. Victor manages and oversees two pro bono clinics for Rocky Mountain University including the CRC and Center for Communication Disorders (part of the University’s Speech and Language pathology program).
Natisha Bethers – Office & Volunteer Coordinator
Natisha is the Clinic Coordinator at the Community Rehabilitation Clinic. She is a student at Utah Valley University studying to be a Spanish Interpreter in the medical field. She has been working at the CRC for 3 years as office manager and volunteer coordinator and loves it! Natisha and her husband recently welcomed a new baby boy into their family at the end of January. She also works as an aide for a deaf girl with special needs and loves being a photographer in her off time.
Community Rehabilitation Clinic (CRC) Volunteers
Trevor Dorius, PT, DPT (CRC Advisory Board Member)
Dr. Trevor Dorius is a licensed physical therapist focused on evidence-based practice and manual therapy techniques. He earned his doctorate in physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and currently is an orthopedic physical therapist for Intermountain Healthcare in Provo and Saratoga Springs. He treats a wide variety of patients with orthopedic, sports and neurologic complaints. Trevor also assists with education of other therapists and students during clinical improvement meetings.
Mark Horacek, PT, PhD, MS (CRC Advisory Board Chair)
Dr. Mark Horacek, the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, has been a prominent figure at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions for several years. In his role as the chief academic officer of the university, Dr. Horacek oversees all academic and related functional areas of the university.
Dr. Horacek began and completed all of his professional degrees from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Physiology and Reproduction at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
With over 30 years of graduate education experience, Dr. Horacek has received teaching awards, obtained NIH grant funding, mentored graduate students, and managed a wide variety of clinical entities including in- and out-patient physical therapy departments. He has extensive experience in specialty accreditation, strategic planning, program and curriculum design, and leadership.
Ulrike Mitchell PhD, MsPT, MTC (CRC Advisory Board Member)
Dr. Ulrike Mitchell is a professor at Brigham Young University, where she teaches Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology and Orthopedic Impairments in the Exercise Science Department. Dr. Mitchell received two bachelor’s degrees, one in French and Physical Education and one in Physical Therapy in her home country, Germany. She received her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and PhD in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. Dr. Mitchell worked as an on-line course facilitator at the University of St. Augustine, and was a staff physical therapist at Gentiva Home Health. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Utah State University. Dr. Mitchell’s research interests include physical therapy treatment and outcomes and the use of Infrared light therapy to reduce symptoms associated with restless legs syndrome.
Joel Tenbrink, PT, PhD, ATC (CRC Advisory Board Member)
Dr. Joel Tenbrink, PT, PhD, ATC attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate training in Athletic Training. After graduation, he went to Physical Therapy school at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN. While there, he practiced as an Athletic Trainer at Henry Sibley High School as well as the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. Following graduation in 2004, he worked in various practice settings, including acute care, skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation in the state of Washington and quickly became the Center Coordinator of Clinic Education for Northwest Physical Therapy. Dr. Tenbrink decided to pursue a PhD in 2008 at the University of Idaho, where he also worked as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Athletic Training program. In 2011, Dr. Tenbrink began as Program Director of a developing consortium program of 4 colleges throughout Idaho providing a physical therapist assistant program across most of the state. After finishing his PhD in December 2012, he joined the faculty of RMUoHP as Co-Director of Clinical Education.
Miriam Cortez-Cooper, PT, PhD
Dr. Miriam Cortez-Cooper, a native Texan, received her physical therapy degree from Boston University, Boston, MA, in 1985. In 1991, she earned her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she researched exercise intensity and glucose uptake in an animal model of diabetes. Dr. Cortez-Cooper returned to the clinic and eventually academia to practice preventive medicine and to share with PT students, her passion for health and wellness. She taught in the collaborative program between the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston and the University of Texas at El Paso from 1992 to 1996 and later, at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Cortez-Cooper earned her PhD from the University of Texas in 2005. Upon receiving her degree, she taught applied physiology and cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic content in the DPT program at Augusta University, Augusta, GA, for ten years. Dr. Cortez-Cooper came to Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in May 2016.
Richard P. Nielsen, PT, DHSc, ECS
Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, one of the founders of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP), has served as the president and as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since inception. He also serves as the secretary of the parent company, Wasatch Educational, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors of the RMUoHP Foundation. Dr. Nielsen obtained his BS degree in pre-physical therapy (zoology) from Brigham Young University and his BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 1975. He entered the United States Navy, serving in various positions over 20 years. During Dr. Nielsen’s last tour of duty, he served as Chief Physical Therapist for the United States Navy and as Physical Therapy Consultant to the Surgeon General, United States Supreme Court, Congress, and White House. Following retirement, Dr. Nielsen co-founded and served as president of the Institute of Clinical Electrophysiology in Provo, Utah, where he served until becoming president of Rocky Mountain University of Physical Therapy (the former name of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions) in 1998. Dr. Nielsen graduated from the University of Washington with an MS degree in Neuro-kinesiology and from the University of St. Augustine with a Doctorate in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Clinical Electrophysiology. Dr. Nielsen is concurrently practicing as an electromyographer in Utah.
Dr. Paul Stoneman graduated from the Army-Baylor University Physical Therapy Program with a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree. He has a PhD in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. His doctoral research was on the effects on gait biomechanics of non-operative treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis. Dr. Stoneman completed his tDPT degree from Baylor University and received a Master’s of Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College. He is a board certified clinical specialist in both Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Stoneman’s military assignments included Chief of Physical Therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Director of Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program at United States Military Academy, West Point. He has presented internationally on amputee rehabilitation. His research interests include functional outcome testing and therapeutic exercise. Dr. Stoneman currently serves as an associate professor of entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy instruction at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
Misti Timpson, PT, DPT, NCS (Neuro Rehab)
Dr. Misti Timpson received her MSPT degree at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri and her post professional DPT degree at University of Utah. She was granted her NCS (Board Certified Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy by the APTA) as well as CBIS (Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). She worked for 20 years in an acute inpatient rehabilitation center for Intermountain Healthcare as well as 2 years at IHC Hearing and Balance Center. Additionally, Dr. Timpson has experience in acute orthopedics, home health care and outpatient neuro. She has been heavily involved in volunteer organizations serving people with disabilities at SPLORE and National Ability Center. She is involved with Healing Hands for Haiti which has developed an outpatient PT and prosthetic clinic in Port au Prince Haiti. She is also involved in training and providing appropriate wheelchairs for people in war stricken or third world countries. Dr. Timpson is currently an Assistant Professor for entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy instruction at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
Ann M. Hoffman PT, DScPT, PCS
Dr. Hoffman received her physical therapy training in her home state of Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate and Masters of Art in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in 1992. Her first position was at Evanston Hospital, and then moved to Minneapolis/St.Paul to work at Shriners Hospital for Children. After that, Dr. Hoffman went on to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 13 years. In 2013, her family relocated to Utah, and she worked with Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hoffman accepted a faculty position with Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2014. Her professional passion has focused on treating pediatric patients and working with their families. In 2011, she completed her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy with the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a focus on pediatrics and education of future therapists to work in this specialty practice area. She received her Pediatric Specialty Certification in 2012.