Physical Therapy FacultyArnold Bell, P.T., Ph.D., ATC, SCS, Professor, has been a significant contributor to physical therapy education at Florida A&M University since 1982. His extensive background in sports medicine has provided him the knowledge and experience essential to provide instruction in areas such as: modalities; basic evaluation techniques; general orthopedic evaluation techniques; and sports medicine. He provided athletic training services and continues to physical therapy rehabilitation services to the University Demonstration High School (FAMU DRS). Dr. Bell has contributed chapters in texts on “Exercise for the Elderly” and on “Conditioning for Athletes”.
Dawn Brown-Cross, PT., EdD., MBA., CLT, Associate Professor, PT Division Director, joined the physical therapy division in February 2013. Dr. Brown-Cross received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree at Kean College/UMDNJ, a MBA at the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate in Education at Nova Southeastern University specializing in Instructional Technology and Distance Education. Dr. Brown-Cross’s actively contributes to the physical therapy profession having formerly served on the Florida Physical Therapy Association‘s (FPTA) Board of Directors, as a Florida Assembly representative, and as chair and member of various committees at the chapter level. Additionally, Dr. Brown-Cross continues to participate in FPTA/APTA activities and committees that inform and propagate the multicultural agenda of the professional organization which is a testament to her commitment to improving diversity within the profession.
Dr Brown-Cross’s successes also encompass teaching and research. She has taught in the traditional classroom as well as used technology in instructing PT students (entry-level to PhD) in various courses. Her research interests are curriculum design, cultural diversity, and post-mastectomy lymphedema management. She has co-authored related articles that have been published in Lymphology, Isokinetics and Exercise Science, Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, Home Health Care Management and Practice, and the Journal of Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. She has presented posters and educational sessions at the American Physical Therapy Exposition, Combined Sections Meetings, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy 15th International Congress, and the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and Medical Forum.
Adrienne Jackson, PT., PhD., MPA., GCS., Assistant Professor, joined the physical therapy faculty in August 2010. Dr. Jackson is an ABPTS Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy and also serves as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) for the DPT program. Dr. Jackson’s background and research interests are in the areas of gerontology, geriatric rehabilitation, and neurological rehabilitation. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Jackson received a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Gerontology from University of North Texas, as well as a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Health Care Administration and Health Care Policy from Auburn University. Dr. Jackson is an active member of the Florida Physical Therapy Association, serving as the Tallahassee Sub-district chairperson. She is also a member of the Gerontological Society of America, serving on the Health Sciences Education Committee. Dr. Jackson is a very proud graduate of the FAMU Physical Therapy Program.
Phyllis Reaves, PhD, Assistant Professor. Dr. Reaves joined the physical therapy faculty in August 2003 from the University of Florida, College of Medicine Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics where she performed cardiovascular research as well as taught human physiology, involving pharmacological effects and intervention. Dr. Reaves teaching responsibilities are in the basic sciences, including anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Her research interests involves the development of (1) distinct gene therapy strategies and (2) animal models of angiotensin II-dependent forms of hypertension for the long-term attenuation of high blood pressure.
Kischa S. Reed, PT., DPT, Assistant Professor, joined the physical therapy faculty in 2012. Dr. Reed is a 1998graduate of “FAMU’s” Baccalaureate Physical Therapy Program and she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2011 from Utica College, New York. Her background is in the areas of general musculoskeletal Orthopedics, manual therapy, acute, chronic and post-surgical spine rehabilitation. Dr. Reed has completed extensive Maitland-Australian education under the tutelage of Christopher Showalter, PT, OCS, MMPAA, FAAOMPT, FABS, COMT; and she is a candidate for MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapist Certification.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Reed held a variety of clinical and administrative positions. She served as a Leading Rehabilitation Consultant to many industry leaders in television, music, and the professional sporting arenas. Dr. Reed remains actively involved with the Columbus Lady Wings semi-pro women’s basketball team in Columbus, GA. She was a member of the 1996 Florida A & M Women’s MEAC Championship Basketball Team. Dr. Reed teaches the Analysis of Human Motion I & II, and the Orthopedic Physical Therapy I , II & III courses. Dr. Reed’s research topic of interest is the “Effectiveness of Visceral Mobilization in the Clinical Management of Endometriosis in African-American Women.”
Bernard Smothers, PT., MSHA, Assistant Professor, joined the Physical therapy division in January of 2006. While having a variety of clinical and administrative experience, his primary work experience has been with developmental disabilities and geriatrics. His course responsibilities are Kinesiology, Gerontology, Integument and Wound Care, Cardiopulmonary and Exercise Physiology. His research interests are (1) multiple sclerosis and effective strategies to enhance function (2) exercise and immunity and (3) effective teaching strategies.
Eric J. Toran, M.S. Ph.D., Associate Professor, joined the physical therapy faculty in 1996. Dr. Toran is responsible for the management and instruction of gross anatomy, cadaver dissections, neuroanatomy, and scientific inquiry. Prior to joining the physical therapy faculty, Dr. Toran received his doctorate degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, Nebraska). Additionally, he served as a research trainee at Walter Reed Army Hospital investigating Lupus erythematosus and other autoimmune diseases. His current research focuses on the “Analysis of Heat Shock Proteins in Response to Non-Physiological Stressors”.
Teresa Bristol, PT., Ph.D (c) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida in 2000. She is currently working on her dissertation to earn her Ph. D in Physical Therapy. Ms. Bristol has worked in numerous settings including Industrial Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing and Outpatient Orthopedics. She specializes in treating patients with neurological and orthopedic related injuries and teaches the Neurology and Orthopedic Physical Therapy content in the curriculum.
Ms. Bristol is actively engaged in her community, organizing a community wide 5k walk, loose-it-for-life weight lose challenge, performing Special Olympics Fitness Assessments as well as providing humanitarian aid to Haitian constituents. She has also provided court-side treatment for athletes for Albany Technical Colleges’ Basketball team, community outreach education regarding wellness and fitness for adults as well as children.
Robert (Bob) DuVall, PT, DHSc, MMSc, OCS, SCS, ATC, FAAOMPT, MTC, PCC, CSCS, Adjunct Professor, is a clinician with a focus on clinical education who serves as director of the Orthopaedic Primary Care Residency and APTA Credentialed Manual Therapy Fellowship Program at Sports Medicine of Atlanta. Dr DuVall teaches Differential Diagnosis and Advanced Medical Screening. Dr DuVall is ABPTS Board Certified as an Orthopaedic and Sports Clinical Specialist and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has provided clinical mentoring for more than 250 physical therapy Interns, Residents and Fellows.
Dr. DuVall has obtained Athletic Training Certification and Manual Therapy Certification as well as being the first physical therapist certified in Primary Care Physical Therapy by the University of St. Augustine. He has been honored with the APTA Private Practice Section’s 2007 Service Award and appointed to serve 2008-2009 on APTA’s Private Practice Section’s Board of Directors. In 2012 he served a Chair of the Nominating Committee of the APTA Orthopaedic Section.
Mary Pope-Grattan, P.T., PhD., Adjunct Professor, joined the physical therapy faculty in August 2003. Her background is in the area of neuro-development, pediatrics and life span development. Prior to joining the faculty she served as Chief of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Brooks Rehab., Orange City, Fla. and as Chief Physical Therapist, Woodlawn Early Intervention Program, Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago. Dr. Pope was also CEO of a private practice in Chicago and assisted the Clinical Education Coordinator at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Dr. Pope assumes responsibility for life span development, pediatric physical therapy and assists with gait analysis. Her research interests are in the area of “Laterality as an early indicator of Infants at risk for developmental disability” and weight and health management in children.
Gregory Holt., PhD., Adjunct Professor, is a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Physiology, Gainesville, FL; where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree specializing in respiratory neurophysiology. He is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist and a Certified Clinical Sleep Specialist and Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Holt teaches the Exercise Physiology and Cardiopulmonary courses.
Venné Williams, PT., DPT., Adjunct Professor, is a licensed physical therapist and Adjunct Professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Division of Physical Therapy. As an instructor in the Division of Physical therapy she has taught Professional Behavior, Clinical Education and Clinical Integration and Women’s Health content. Her special interests and research include Women’s Health and cervicogenic headaches.