Doctor of Physical Therapy

Associated Faculty

Pavilion 383, (414) 229-3360

Cheryl Boyd, Associate Lecturer (
Cheryl Boyd Professor Cheryl Boyd is the clinical lab assistant for three courses during the first year of the program (HMS 526, HMS 541, and HMS 640), where her primary responsibility is coordinating the "OLA's" (Off-campus Laboratory Activities) at area County Senior Centers and a Senior Living Facility. OLA's provide UWM's DPT students the unique opportunity to practice the skills they are learning on campus with a variety of primarily community dwelling older adults.  Professor Boyd also teaches one course--HMS 780--during the second year of the program.  A desire to study human anatomy and to work in health care led her to the profession of Physical Therapy, with a focus on treating patients with spine dysfunction and chronic pain.

Kristin Dugan (
My name is Kristin Dugan and I am the lab instructor for KIN 641, Cardiopulmonary Evaluation and Treatment. An interest in anatomy and physiology led me to Physical Therapy, and I graduated from Marquette University in 1993. My clinical experience includes general inpatient acute care, cardiac rehab, critical care, inpatient rehab, extended care and palliative care. I enjoy mentoring new staff and serving as a clinical instructor to students. I want UWM PT students to appreciate and understand the very broad application for cardiopulmonary concepts across our profession. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for cardiopulmonary PT and preparing future physical therapists for their clinical experiences and for their careers.

Steven Johnson, Lecturer (
Professor Steve Johnson is co-instructor for Cardiopulmonary Evaluation and Treatment (KIN 641-401) to second year DPT students at UWM. Professor Johnson completed his DPT at Slippery Rock University in 1998 and has worked in a variety of practice settings including acute care, home health, wound care, outpatient orthopedics, and SNF. Professor Johnson uses his experience working with cardiopulmonary patients at various stages in the disease process to offer practical assessment and intervention ideas. A desire to address the needs of the critically and chronically ill is a passion that Professor Johnson brings to his lectures, along with a desire to challenge students to develop the critical thinking strategies necessary to solve the intervention problems with this special patient population.

Kevin Keenan, PhD (
Kevin Keenan Dr. Keenan’s work is dedicated to understanding the interplay between motor function, physical activity, and health. Experimental procedures used in the laboratory include high-density surface EMG arrays (up to 256 EMG recordings), long-term (>6 hrs) EMG recordings, indwelling EMG recordings, force sensors, motion capture, and computational modeling. Current collaborative projects being pursued in the lab include: the role of physical activity on motor function in older adults; assessment of muscle coordination during finger pressing tasks in young and older adults; the role of EMG biofeedback to improve chronic neck pain; the change in neuromuscular control in stroke survivors, and the noninvasive assessment of neuromuscular properties using high-density EMG arrays.

Daniel John Kristl, Lecturer (
Daniel John Kristl Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Daniel Kristl. I have been a physical therapist for 27 years. I have had a wonderful career of many changes and challenges. All of which I attribute to my endless appreciation for movement.

For UWM, I teach the following courses: HMS 718: Clinical Radiology, HMS 740: Musculoskeletal Series: Spine, and HMS 590: Clinical Instruction and Application.

I have enjoyed assisting students with their process of discovery and in return I continue to learn.

Kathy Molitor-Simon (
Kathy entered the profession of Physical Therapy with a strong desire to help others reach their physical potential. After thirty some years in the profession, I continue to be amazed by the human body and how our physical, mental and spiritual health affects our well being, and hope to impart on students that their care can affect great change in others.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1981 and have been working primarily in outpatient sports and orthopedics since this time. Over the years, I have enjoyed working with and mentoring students and was excited to become a part of the UW-Milwaukee team. I enjoy watching the students grow in their profession both academically and clinically.

Andrew Petto, PhD (
Andrew Petto Andrew Petto, PhD, teaches HMS 525 in the first year of the program. During the academic year, he teaches Anatomy and Physiology in the Biological Sciences Department at UWM. His doctoral work was in comparative anatomy and functional morphology of nonhuman primates, and part of his postdoctoral work involved assessing the locomotor and gait disturbances associated with animal models of Parkinson's Disease. During his years in graduate school, he also served as Continuing Care Coordinator for the Hampshire County Chronic Disease Hospital in Leeds, MA. Dr. Petto also organized and directs UWM's Anatomy Academy, which is devoted to supplying materials, training, and instructional support for teaching human anatomy to teachers serving grades K-12 in local schools. He is the author of Primer of Anatomy and Physiology, an introductory textbook in human form and function for non-majors. Learn more at

Ryan Tully (
Bio coming soon.

Christina Wipperman (
Chris Wipperman I teach the Adult Neuro class in the fall to the second year PT students. I have been a PT for 16 years and work full-time as a clinician.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I currently work in an outpatient clinic at Froedtert Hospital that caters to the neurological population.  The clients include people who have had strokes, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, ALS and any other neurological conditions. I enjoy the challenge of working with the neurological patient and being able to use all the tools that I have learned over the years to treat them.

I am NDT trained/certified, received my NCS, and received the Mary Pat Murray award a few years ago. I had the pleasure of starting teaching at UWM in 2007 when the PT program started.

I enjoy the work I do and still find sometime to enjoy my two kids and travel.