Dr. Christine Pollard is an associate professor and the founding director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at OSU-Cascades. She joined OSU-Cascades in 2011 to develop and lead the kinesiology program.
Pollard received a master of science degree in physical therapy from Pacific University in 1998 and a Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts in biomechanics in 2003. Pollard was a faculty member at University of Southern California’s top-ranked Doctor of Physical Therapy program and California State University Long Beach’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program before joining OSU-Cascades.
Pollard founded the FORCE biomechanics lab in 2013. Her research is dedicated to improving the scientific understanding of lower extremity injuries, and advancing injury-prevention and rehabilitation programs based on this knowledge. Her research is primarily focused in two areas: identifying biomechanical changes at the knee in individuals’ post-ACL reconstruction, and examining the influence of varying types of running footwear on running biomechanics.
Pollard has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and she currently serves as the Chair of the Academic Faculty Council at OSU-Cascades. Furthermore, she has served on the OSU Faculty Senate Executive Committee and has been the Chair of the OSU-Cascades Curriculum Committee.
Dr. Lisa Flexner is a clinical assistant professor and clinical education coordinator in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at OSU-Cascades. She oversees the clinical education curriculum throughout the DPT program, as well as teaching in the musculoskeletal and professional-skills curriculum. She previously taught in the undergraduate Kinesiology program at OSU-Cascades. Prior to joining OSU-Cascades, Flexner was on the teaching team for the University of Washington’s DPT program from 2008-2015, focusing on orthopedics and pediatric sports medicine.
Flexner received her B.A. in psychology and M.A. in sociology from Stanford University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from University of Washington. She completed her residency and fellowship in Orthopaedics and Manual Therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Flexner is an experienced orthopedic/spine/pain clinician who has worked in private practice and hospital settings in Washington and Oregon.
Flexner’s research interests lie in connecting the clinical to the classroom in novel ways, helping students link what they’re learning to the complex human beings they will treat. She advocates for patients, physical therapy, and health care through her work with the American Physical Therapy Association and the Central Oregon Health Council.
Dr. JJ Hannigan is an assistant professor in the DPT program, where he will lead the biomechanics, analytical anatomy, and research courses. Hannigan joined OSU-Cascades from San José State University, where he was an assistant professor in their Kinesiology program.
Hannigan earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Human Physiology (Biomechanics) from the University of Oregon, a Master of Athletic Training degree from Saint Louis University, and a B.S. in Exercise Science from Saint Louis University. He completed his postdoctoral work in the FORCE Laboratory at OSU-Cascades.
Hannigan was a competitive distance runner, but was frequently injured, which ultimately led him to conduct research on running injury biomechanics. Hannigan’s research focuses on identifying biomechanical risk factors and improving treatment strategies for orthopedic injuries across the lifespan, including running injuries, ACL tears, and knee osteoarthritis. He is an active member of the American Society of Biomechanics, International Society of Biomechanics, and the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition, Hannigan has been involved with local community service work for the Latino Community Association.
Dr. Erin E. Jobst is a clinical associate professor in the DPT program, where she will lead the physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology courses. Prior to joining OSU-Cascades, she was on the DPT faculty at Pacific University for 15 years. She has also taught pharmacology courses for various organizations both nationally and internationally.
Jobst earned her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University and her Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology/Integrated Biomedical Sciences from Oregon Health & Science University. Jobst did 5 years of post-doctoral research in the Division of Neuroscience at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, investigating feeding circuits and potential obesity treatment targets. In addition to her expertise in physiology, Jobst is passionate about direct patient care, and continues to practice part-time in the acute care setting.
Jobst has co-authored the text “Pharmacology for the Physical Therapist” (McGraw-Hill, 2nd Ed, 2020). She is Series Editor of “Physical Therapy Case Files” (McGraw-Hill), a series of case-based books – in Acute Care, Orthopaedics, Neurological Rehabilitation, Sports, and Pediatrics – designed to assist students in the transition from classroom-based knowledge to implementation of evidence-based assessments and interventions. Jobst is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the sections on Acute Care, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary, and Education.
Dr. Marcey Keefer Hutchison is a clinical associate professor in the DPT program and will be teaching across the musculoskeletal continuum. Her research is focused on the use of diagnostic ultrasound to explore foot and ankle morphology and pathology with publications that include work on barefoot exercise and ankle fractures.
Keefer Hutchison holds a master of science in Physical Therapy from Pacific University, a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University, and has been a practicing clinician for more than 29 years. Keefer Hutchison is a founding faculty member of the George Fox University School of Physical Therapy where she was the lead instructor in the DPT musculoskeletal courses since 2012. Her clinical career has included directing a private practice orthopedic and sports medicine clinic in Keizer, Oregon for fourteen years. She also managed the athletic training program for the Salem-Keizer School District. Her experience in sports medicine includes medical coverage for the Cascade Half Marathon, U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, the Women’s Pro-Beach Volleyball Tour and numerous Oregon School Activities Association events.
Keefer Hutchison is a member of The American Physical Therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association - Oregon and the Daughters of Hawaii. She serves as co-leader for the Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group task force on the development of fellowship practice for the foot and ankle. Keefer Hutchison has been a board-certified Sports Clinical Specialist since 2015.
Dr. Meredith Wampler-Kuhn is a clinical assistant professor in the DPT program. She joins OSU-Cascades from St. Charles Health System, where she co-leads the ASCENT Cancer Survivorship Program as part of her role as Lead Physical Therapist. Wampler-Kuhn previously taught within DPT programs at UCSF/San Francisco State University and University of Puget Sound and will be teaching across the patient management and neurology curriculum at OSU-Cascades.
Wampler-Kuhn earned a B.A. in Biology from Westminster College, a B.H.S. in Physical Therapy from University of Missouri, and a D.P.T. Sc. from University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University. Wampler-Kuhn’s clinical background includes acute care, neurologic physical therapy, and over 18 years of experience in treating patients with cancer.
Research interests lie in management of the patient with cancer and in cancer survivorship. She has published several peer reviewed manuscripts on her clinical research, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and balance impairments and presented at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association Oncology Section, and is a board-certified Oncology Clinical Specialist.
Jordon Zardinejad grew up in the Portland area and attended Oregon State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2002 and a Master of Business Administration in 2003. After working in manufacturing, production, and marketing, Jordon began working in higher education as a graduate admission counselor and has over fifteen years of experience in higher education graduate admissions.