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.
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.
Tim Stevenson, PT, DPT, OCS
Assistant Director of Clinical Education, DPT Program at RMUoHP
Tim Stevenson is a Physical Therapist with specialty in orthopedic conditions. He joined the faculty of the entry level DPT program in July. He earned his doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT) from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2013 and became a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) in 2015 after completing orthopedic residency through the Ola Grimsby Institute. He obtained in his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University – Idaho (BYUI) in Horticulture.
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.
Jonathan Wright, PT, DPT, CSRS
Faculty, DPT Program at RMUoHP (Entry-level students)
Dr. Jonathan Wright received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in 2006 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010. He worked as a Lead Inpatient Physical Therapist at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA from 2010 to 2018. During that time he treated patients in the acute care, intensive care, and inpatient rehab settings with a wide variety of diagnoses. These included individuals with orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, and neurological pathologies. In 2014, Dr. Wright became a Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist through the National Stroke Association. From 2012 to 2018, he served as the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy Department at Kadlec, overseeing physical therapist interns and their clinical instructors in the outpatient, acute care, and inpatient rehab settings. Dr. Wright became an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor in 2011 and an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor in 2016. In the summer of 2018, he joined the faculty at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He assists with the clinical education component of the program and assists with labs in the Neuromuscular Physical Therapy 2 course. His research interests include fall risk and prevention, hospital readmissions, VP shunt candidacy, and plantarflexion activation following stroke.
Victor Morris, 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).
Meet the Staff
Jared Labrum – Physical Therapy Assistant
Yvette (Bet) Hawley – Physical Therapy Assistant
Ben Laudermilch – Physical Therapy Aide
Justin Walker – Physical Therapy Aide
Natisha Bethers – Office & Volunteer Coordinator
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.
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.
Dr. 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.