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School of Allied Health
334 Palmer Ave
Lewis-Beck Building Suite 306
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Physical Therapy Faculty

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.

Rajiv Dalal, PT, ScD, COMT, Assistant Professor, joined the physical therapy faculty in 2014. Dr. Dalal serves as the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) for the DPT program. Dr. Dalal’s research interests are in the areas of clinical education and orthopedics, with a focus on the integration of yoga into conventional physical therapy management paradigms. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Dalal received a Doctor of Science in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, as well as Certification in Orthopedic and Manual Therapy specializing in the Spine from the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM-US). Furthermore, Dr. Dalal is a Certified Clinical Instructor and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and IAOM-US. Current teaching responsibilities in the DPT curriculum include Clinical Education courses, Clinical Integration, Orthopedics, and Diagnostic Imaging.

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”.

Adjunct Faculty


Gendy, Sherif, MD, M.B.B.CH

William Hudson, PhD, CRC

Adrienne Jackson, PT, PhD, GCS, MPA

Kurt Gray, PT, DPT (c)

Mary Pope-Grattan, PT, Ph.D.

Saungailia Randolph, PT, MHA, DPT (c), GCS

Stanley Wilson, PT, Ed.D, CEAS