HPU Welcomes New Faculty to the School of Health Sciences

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 9, 2018 – High Point University recently welcomed five new faculty members to the Congdon School of Health Sciences.

Shuli Leiken, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Shuli Leiken, MMS, PA-C, teaches in the Clinical Decision Making, Clinical Methods and Procedures, and Fundamentals of Surgery courses. She is also involved in additional faculty duties, including student advising and evaluation. She has more than 10 years of experience as a cardiothoracic surgery physician assistant, which provides her with the expertise to teach in problem-based learning and medical stimulation, as well as hands-on skills. Leiken received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies and completed a postgraduate academic fellowship at Midwestern University. She is a nationally certified physician assistant.

“I hope to inspire interest in surgery and allay fears of the operating room, and to help students gain confidence in performing hands-on skills which will enhance their learning on their clinical rotations,” says Leiken.


Dr. Garrett Naze, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Garrett Naze is a clinician in the High Point University Pro Bono Physical Therapy clinic, providing care to people who are uninsured or who have exhausted their physical therapy benefits. He also serves as a clinical mentor for students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, who provide care in the clinic as part of their coursework. His expertise and research focus include patients with chronic pain or orofacial pain (jaw pain, headache) and creating sustainable health behavior change through health coaching. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marquette University and completed an orthopedic physical therapy residency program with UW-Health and Merriter Hospitals. Following residency, Naze completed the orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is board certified in orthopedics, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and is a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist through the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics. He has unique training, having served as the physical therapist in the interdisciplinary Orofacial Pain Clinic at the University of Kentucky, working with dentistry and clinical psychology to manage patients with complex, chronic pain conditions. He is also currently completing his Ph.D. through the University of Kentucky.

“The Pro Bono Clinic is an important asset for our community, as well as a vital resource for clinical training,” says Naze. “It provides the students the opportunity to gain comfort and confidence working with patients who have complex or chronic conditions and highlights the importance of physical and emotional health in this population.”

Dr. David Sinacore, Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. David Sinacore team-teaches select topics in the cardiovascular and pulmonary and clinical pathology courses. He also coordinates and teaches the Integumentary and Specialty Practice course. He focuses his research on the musculoskeletal disorders and movement system impairments that accompany non-communicable diseases such as Type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity, among others. His research and clinical practice focus on diabetic foot diseases in order to prevent non-traumatic lower extremity amputation. He has been a practicing physical therapist for almost 40 years and a full-time faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine for more than 30 years. Sinacore received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and a master’s degree in health science/physical therapy. He earned his doctorate in anatomy and cell biology. He has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. He also has been recognized with awards by the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American Diabetes Association.

“I am always looking for volunteers from the community with diabetes mellitus for clinical research studies that will improve our methods to help people recover from musculoskeletal problems,” says Sinacore. “I aim to get our DPT students interested in this area of study by getting them early exposure and access to problems encountered by patients. Our students will have plenty of opportunity to develop optimal therapeutic interventions to relieve pain and improve function.”


Dr. Michala Stock, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Dr. Michala Stock teaches courses including human anatomy. A trained biological anthropologist, she studies the biological aspects of what makes us human. More specifically, her work is in forensic anthropology, applying the knowledge of the human skeleton to help identify the deceased and determine possible cause of death. Her research focuses on the mechanisms that cause variation in skeleton shape, such as growth, development and sex-based differences. Stock has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and dance from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in anthropology from New York University’s Human Skeletal Body program, and a doctorate from the University of Florida. She received the J. Lawrence Angel Award for the best student paper at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting in February 2018, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Northwestern University. While at UF, she worked in the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory, where she consulted with Florida medical examiners and conducted forensic anthropological casework. She is tendered as an expert witness in forensic anthropology in the state of Florida.

“Engaging the scientific process models the skills inherent to becoming a better problem solver and critical thinker, which I consider an essential goal of a liberal arts education, regardless of the student’s program of study,” says Stock. “Perhaps even more importantly, scientific inquiry can be a tool for improving others’ lives, and I consider this a key mission and driving force behind the forensic case work I do. So, I am very excited to share this ethos of enthusiasm, drive and purpose with HPU students.”

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Wonsetler, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Wonsetler teaches two courses within the Department of Physical Therapy – Medically Complex Patients and Foundational Clinical Skills. She also assists in the Adult Neuro Rehab and Interprofessional Communication and Practice courses. Previously, Wonsetler practiced full-time as a clinician specializing in acute care. Her daily clinical work led her to a desire to understand the “whys” in the practice of physical therapy, which she pursued through a Ph.D. Her research has focused on motor control, rehabilitation and functional outcomes following neurologic injuries. Wonsetler has a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science and dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University and a Ph.D. in health in rehabilitation science from the Medical University of South Carolina.

“I hope to not only teach students the skills necessary to work as a physical therapist in a hospital setting but also get them excited about working so closely with an interdisciplinary team,” says Wonsetler. “Interdisciplinary work is so important to achieve common goals and improve patient outcomes.”

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