Faculty and Staff

Our DPT faculty consists of more than a dozen scholars and clinicians. Most hold doctoral degrees and many hold advanced clinical certifications representing a variety of specialty training areas. As a student in our program, you also receive instruction from physicians and scientists from other departments at UNE, who teach gross anatomy, neuroscience, and the five-course pathology and medical management sequence. To learn more about our DPT faculty and affiliated faculty, click on the links below.

Full-time Faculty

Mike Sheldon

Program Director, Associate Professor

(207) 221-4591

msheldon@une.edu

Proctor Hall
214A

Dr. Sheldon joined the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England in 1990.  Prior to joining the faculty, he was a staff physical therapist (General Surgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, & Inpatient Rehabilitation Rotations), and then senior physical therapist (Neurology and Neurosurgery) in the Physical Therapy Department, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997 and was appointed Program Director in 2001.  He has overseen the education programs’ continued accreditation by the Commission on... Read More

Expertise

Disease Prevention

Health Promotion

Policy Analysis

Kirsten R. Buchanan

PhD, PT, ATC

Assistant Professor

(207) 221-4355

kbuchanan@une.edu

Proctor Hall
210

Expertise

Foot and Gait Biomechanics

Preventative Medicine in Youth Sports

Race Medicine

Jim Cavanaugh

Jim Cavanaugh

PT, Ph.D., NCS

Associate Professor

(207) 221-4595

jcavanaugh@une.edu

Proctor Hall
205

Dr. Cavanaugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England. He received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and completed his physical therapy training with a MS degree from Duke University in 1987. Since 1996, he has been a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. In 2004, he earned a Ph.D in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,... Read More

Expertise

Physical therapy; neuropathology and neuromuscular disorders; physical rehabilitation; geriatrics; mobility and balance problems; dizziness and inner ear dysfunction; physical activity; ambulatory activity monitoring; fall prevention.

Jeanne Charles

PT,MSW,Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(207) 221-4596

jcharles@une.edu

Proctor Hall
215

Expertise

motor control

Motor Learning

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Neurorehabilitation

Mike J. Fillyaw

PT, M.S.

Associate Professor

(207) 221-4592

mfillyaw@une.edu

Proctor Hall
212

Expertise

Cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy; statistics.

Erin Hartigan

Erin Hartigan

P.T., D.P.T., Ph.D., O.C.S., A.T.C.

Assistant Professor

(207) 221-4443

ehartigan@une.edu

Proctor Hall
211

Erin Hartigan, P.T., D.P.T., Ph.D., O.C.S., A.T.C. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy within the Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England.  Dr. Hartigan earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology (‘95), Certificate of Athletic Training (‘96), Master’s of Science (‘97) and Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy degrees (‘04) from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomechanics and Movement Science (‘09) from the University of... Read More

Expertise

physical therapy; musculoskeletal disorders related to orthopedic and sports injuries; function after anterior cruciate ligament injury and reconstruction.

Dennis Leighton

R. Dennis Leighton

P.T., D.P.T.

Associate Professor

NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative

Chair, University of New England Faculty Assembly

(207) 221-4594

dleighton@une.edu

Proctor Hall
208

Dennis Leighton is a life-long Mainer who has been practicing and teaching physical therapy in the greater Portland area since 1984. After graduating from Greely High School in Cumberland, Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Springfield College in 1979 and a Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education and Sports Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. After working for two years as an athletic trainer in Maine and Connecticut, Dennis returned to... Read More

Expertise

Orthopedic physical therapy; sports physical therapy; NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association).

Amy Litterini

Amy J. Litterini

P.T., D.P.T.

Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4586

alitterini@une.edu

Proctor Hall
204

Amy Litterini, P.T., D.P.T., is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England. She received a BS in Health Sciences in 1993 and a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1994 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Simmons College in Boston, MA, in 2004.  Her experiences in adult rehabilitation have included acute care, hospital-based out-patient care, private practice, long term care and home care in... Read More

Expertise

Physical Therapy; Adult rehabilitation; Oncology; Physical Activity; Patient Navigation; Wellness

women's health

Lymphedema Management

Adrienne McAuley

J. Adrienne McAuley

PT, DPT, MEd, OCS, FAAOMPT

Assistant Clinical Professor; Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

(207) 221-4387

jmcauley@une.edu

Proctor Hall
207

Expertise

Teaching & Learning

Manual Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Women's Health & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Sally McCormack

Sally McCormack Tutt

PT, D.P.T., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education

(207) 294-2555

smccormack@une.edu

Proctor Hall
215

Expertise

Ergonomics

industrial rehabilitation

aquatic therapy

and orthopedics.

Eileen Ricci

PT, DPT, MS, PCS

Assistant Professor

(207) 221-4588

ericci@une.edu

Proctor Hall
209

Expertise

Pediatric physical therapy

early intervention

school based physical therapy

development of postural control

attainment of walking skills in children with cerebral palsy

prevention and treatment of deformity in severe cerebral palsy

customized seatin

Katy Randolph

Associate Professor Physical Therapy

Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory

(207) 221-4113

krudolph@une.edu

Hersey Hall
224

Dr. Katherine (Katy) Rudolph is physical therapist and researcher in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Westbrook College of Health Professions at UNE.  She earned an MSPT Boston University in 1989 and a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware (UD) in 1998.   After post-doctoral training in the Center for Biodynamics at Boston Universitiy she accepted a faculty position at UD where she remained from September, 1999 thru August, 2011.  She joined the UNE family in September, 2011.  

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Expertise

rehabilitation research

knee osteoarthritis

electromyography (EMG)

locomotion

motor control

chronic pain

acute and chronic pain

clinical research

Adjunct

Karen Gage Bensley

PT, DPT, MS, PCS

Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor

(207) 221-4590

Proctor Hall
207

  • Pediatric Physical Therapist, York Hospital in S. Berwick
  • Core Faculty, University of New Hampshire, MCH LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities)
  • APTA Section on Pediatrics, Clinical Guidelines - torticollis
  • APTA, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) - Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE), item writer
  • APTA ABPTS Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
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Expertise

Pediatrics; comprehensive assessment and treatment of children with neuromotor/skeletal impairments; torticollis and plagiocephaly; orthotics; adaptive and augmentative equipment; collaborative and integrated teams; family-centered care; inclusion; parent

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 504-7122

Proctor Hall

BS in Physical Therapy - University of Vermont 1994 Masters in Health Administration - University of New Hampshire 1999Read More

Expertise

Clinical experience in acute rehabilitation

SNF

home health care

Management experience in SNF and home health care.

Deb Cavanaugh

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 400-7670

dcavanaugh@une.edu

Proctor Hall

 

Deb graduated from Duke University in 1987 with a Masters in Physical Therapy, and completed the transitional DPT at Shenandoah University  in 2013.   She has experience in adult rehabilitation (both neurological and orthopedic) in a variety of settings, including outpatient orthopedics, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing,  and home health,. She currently works in a private outpatient practice. She is also an enthusiastic gardener and is a Master Gardener Volunteer through the Maine Cooperative Extension and volunteers with the Tax-Aide program... Read More

Expertise

Adult rehabilitation

both neurological and orthopedic

in a variety of settings including skilled nursing

home health

inpatient rehabilitation

and outpatient physical therapy.

Molly Collin

BS University of Vermont

Adjunct Faculty

000-000-0000

mcollin@une.edu

Proctor Hall

Has inpatient acute care and long term care experience.  Collin has specialized in outpatient pediatrics with focus on cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and torticollis.  In 2008, she presented on plagiocephaly and torticollis at the AOTA national conference.  Collin has been affiliated with the UNE PT department since 1998.
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Expertise

Adult rehabilitation

long term care

and outpatient pediatrics. 

Elizabeth Crampsey

Elizabeth Crampsey

M.S., OTR/L

Assistant Clinical Professor

ecrampsey@une.edu

Proctor Hall

Pediatric occupational therapy intervention and assessment provided within school, clinic and hospital settings. Most recent clinical experience includes acute care setting working with children and adults in critical care. Special interests include poly-trauma, neuro-recovery, early mobilization in the ICU, therapeutic use of self and inter-professional education.

Active member of MeOTA, co-Southern Maine MeOTA representative and co-facilitator for Maine Community of Practice for Children and Youth.

Full-time Occupational Therapy Department, co-faculty PTH 710 in Physical Therapy Department.... Read More

Elizabeth Dyer

M.L.I.S.

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

(207) 221-4333

edyer@une.edu

Abplanalp Library
Reference Office

Library liaison for Dental Medicine, Nurse Anesthesia, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Medical Anthropology, Medical Humanities. 

Beth has a BA from Cornell University and an MLIS from University of South Carolina. She is a guest lecturer in the liaison areas, and adjunct faculty for the Department of Physical Therapy as co-instructor in PTH514: Scientific Inquiry I. She attended Dartmouth's continuing education course Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute for Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians, and is active with the North Atlantic... Read More

Expertise

health sciences librarianship

faculty-librarian collaboration teaching evidence-based practice

research support

Adjunct Faculty Member, Physical Therapy

BS in PT @ Northeastern University 1988; Massage Therapy License 1989; Sports Fellowship through UNC Chapel Hill, ASMI & Health South 1989

(207) 781-6191

tpfpt@me.com

Expertise

Clinical Experience in Orthopedics & Sports.

Specializing in Manual Therapies of Massage

MFR

Muscle Energy & Strain Counterstrain techniques.

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 632-9066

dkelley2@une.edu

Proctor Hall

Expertise

NDT trained

evaluation and treatment of neuromuscular disorders

vestibular dysfunction

balance and falls interventions

Traumatic brain injury and stroke specialty in clinical (acute/SNF and home health)settings

<br />Management experience in acute reh

Jeff Nevers

Career Services Coordinator

(207) 221-4237

jnevers@une.edu

Proctor Hall

Expertise

Expertise: <br /><br />Job Search Strategies

Personal Branding

Interview Techniques

Networking

Resume/CV Development

Employer Relations. <br /><br />Communications

Strategic Planning

Marketing/Branding

Public Relations

Conflict Resolution

Workfo

G. Noel Squires

MPT, DPT, OCS, CCI

Adjunct Faculty

(207) 221-4590

gsquires@une.edu

Off-Campus

Expertise

Orthopaedicas

Manual Physical Therapy

Evidence Based Physical Therapy

Promoting Autonomy in Physical Therapy Practice

Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Lecturer

(207) 602-2414

sdube@une.edu

Marcil Hall
28

Expertise

pathophysiology

neuroscience

Anatomy & Physiology

Staff

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Motin Analysis Laboratory Manager, Adjunct Lecturer

(207) 221-4274

mlawrence3@une.edu

Proctor Hall
210

Michael Lawrence is the Manager of the Motion Analysis Laboratory (MAL) at the University of New England's Biomechanics Laboratory and supports all faculty research in the MAL. 

His personal research interests include the mechanics of various strength training exercises, strength and conditioning, and the neuromuscular control of movement.

Outside of UNE he is a competitive powerlifter and holds an Elite total in the 275lb weight class. His best lifts are: 780 lbs squat (925 lbs equipped), 470 lbs bench (650... Read More

Expertise

Kinesiology and Biomechanics

Strength and conditioning

Resistance Training

Lower Extremity Biomechanics