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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

Dr. Brown-Cross is an Associate Professor
who 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 Clinical Physiological Function 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

Dr. Rajiv is an Assistant Professor,
who 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

Dr. Reaves is an Assistant Professor
who 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

Dr. Reed is an Assistant Professor
who joined the physical therapy faculty in 2012. Dr. Reed is a 1998 graduate of “FAMU’s” Baccalaureate Physical Therapy Program and she earned her transitional 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 at FAMU,  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.”

Saungailia Randolph, PT, MHA, DPT, GCS

Dr Randolph is an Assistant Professor
who joined the faculty in 2015, having earned her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University South Florida College of Medicine in 2014.
She also holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of Florida School of Allied Health (2005), and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy,
from Florida A & M University School of Allied Health (1998). Her teaching responsibilities are on the topics of Neurological PT, Health and Wellness, and Gerontology.

Bernard Smothers, PT., MSHA

Professor Smothers is an Assistant Professor
who 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. Professor Smothers’ research interests are (1) multiple sclerosis and effective strategies to enhance function (2) exercise and immunity and (3) effective teaching strategies.

Tracy A. Thomas. PT., PhD

Dr. Thomas is an Associate Professor
who joined the faculty in 2014 having previously taught at Alabama State University for six years. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2008, majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Cardiovascular Pharmacology emphasis)
Her research interests are 1) Treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, (2) the impact of pharmacological agents on physical therapy outcomes, (3) the racial disparities in treatment of cardiovascular & pulmonary diseases, diabesity (diabetes obesity, especially in children), sickle cell anemia and metabolic syndrome in females. She has co-authored related articles that have been published in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Journal of the National Society of Allied Health,
US Pharm, Molecular Cell Biochemistry, American Journal of Physiology Heart Circulation Physiology, Journal of Molecular Cell Cardiology, Journal of Applied Physiology, and the American Journal of Physiology Heart Circulation Physiology. Current teaching responsibilities in the DPT curriculum include Cardiopulmonary, Exercise Physiology, Pharmacology, and Scientific Inquiry.
Adjunct Faculty
Mary Pope-Grattan, PT, Ph.D.
Kurt Gray, PT, DPT (c)
William Hudson, PhD, CRC, CHS
Adrienne Jackson, PT, PhD, GCS, MPA
Adrian McCollum, Ph.D
Nicole Moltimore, PT, M.P.A
Gendy, Sherif, MD, M.B.B.CH

Name                                       Contact Information                                          
Brown-Cross, Dawn            dawn.browncross@famu.edu 412-7866 
Dalal,  Rajiv                            rajiv.dalal@famu.edu 412-7866 
Gendy,  Sherif                        sherif.gendy@famu.edu 412-7866 
Randolph, Saungaylia         saungaylia.randolph@famu.edu 412-7866 
Reaves, Phyllis                     phyllis.reaves@famu.edu 412-7866 
Reed, Kischa                        kischa.reed@famu.edu 412-7866 
Smothers, Bernard              bernard.smothers@famu.edu 412-7866 
Thomas, Tracy                     tracy.thomas@famu.edu 412-7866 
Harris, John                          john.harris@famu.edu 412-7866 (Senior Secretary)