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 is also a lab instructor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP), a home health physical therapist, and a strength and conditioning coach for Springville High School in Springville, 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.
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. Trevor Dorius is a licensed physical therapist focused on evidence-based practice and manual therapy techniques. Dr. Dorius earned his doctorate in physical therapy from RMUoHP in 2013 and is currently 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. Dr. Dorius also assists with education of other therapists and students during clinical improvement meetings. He tracks each patient’s improvement with functional outcome assessments each visit. Dr. Dorius also serves as a home health physical therapist treating homebound patients for a variety of agencies on a PRN basis.
Dr. Dorius ensures patient safety in the home and trains family members and caregivers to do the same. He helps patients gain functional independence and administers reliable tests to monitor the same. Dr. Dorius was selected as a senior intern in EIM’s EBP focused Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) in 2013.
Dr. Hina Garg completed her Bachelor of Physical Therapy in 2008 from G.G.S. Indraprastha University, India. She pursued her M.S. in Kinesiology (2010) from Texas A & M University and completed her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Utah in 2015. She is a licensed physical therapist and passionately works with individuals with chronic neurological conditions. Dr. Garg has worked as the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program Clinical and Research Coordinator for five years at the University of Utah and has specialized in rehabilitation practices for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. She is currently an assistant professor in the eDPT program at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
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.
Dr. Wes McWhorter has served as the Graduate Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (Entry-level) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions since 2010. Dr. McWhorter received his BS and PhD degrees from Brigham Young University and his MPT degree from the U.S. Army-Baylor Program in Physical Therapy. He has served as assistant chief of physical therapy at Darnall Army Community Hospital and has worked in several outpatient clinics specializing in treating patients with orthopedic and sports-related injuries. Dr. McWhorter worked as an assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Professions at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, for 13 years, serving as the director of the Physical Therapy program for seven years. He has also served on the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. McWhorter was on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he served for three years as the director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. His research interests include biomechanics, the effects of verbal motivation on exercise in children, kinesiology of running injuries, and fitness levels of professional students. He teaches research, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, prosthetic and orthotic evaluation and treatment, and exercise physiology.
Ulrike H. Mitchell, PhD, PT, MTCDr. 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 went on to receive a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and a PhD in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. Dr. Mitchell worked as an online course facilitator at the University of St. Augustine and 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. She currently serves as a lab instructor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
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.
Paul Paul Stoneman graduated from the Army-Baylor University’s Physical Therapy program in 1987 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree. In 2001, he earned 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. He also completed his tDPT degree from Baylor University and received a Master’s of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a board-certified clinical specialist in both Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Stoneman retired from the military in 2012. Dr. Stoneman’s assignments during his military career include Chief of Physical Therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Chief of Physical Therapy and of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Chief of Physical Therapy and Director of Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program at United States Military Academy, West Point. Dr. Stoneman currently serves as an associate professor of entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy instruction at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
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.
Dr. Misti Timpson received her MSPT degree at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri in 1992. She received her post-professional DPT degree at the University of Utah in 2008. She was granted her NCS (Board Certified Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy by the APTA) in 2003. She received her CBIS (Certified Brain Injury Specialist) by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) in 2010. Dr. Timpson worked for 20 years in an acute inpatient rehabilitation center for Intermountain Healthcare, as well as two years at IHC Hearing and Balance Center. Her experiences include acute orthopedics, home health care, and outpatient neuro. She has been heavily involved in volunteer organizations, serving people with disabilities: SPLORE and the National Ability Center. She has enjoyed teaching people with spinal cord injury how to ski, horseback ride, cycle, play tennis, and waterski. 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 currently as an Assistant Professor for entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy instruction at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
Meet the Staff
Jared Labrum – Physical Therapy Assistant
Yvette (Bet) Hawley – Physical Therapy Assistant
Ashley Correa – Physical Therapy Aide
Natisha Hawley – Office Assistant
Samantha Bates – Office Assistant