HPU Welcomes New Faculty to School of Health Sciences

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 22, 2016 – High Point University welcomes 10 new faculty members to the Congdon School of Health Sciences. This fall, 49 new faculty are joining the university. All of the new health sciences faculty members are filling newly created positions.


Braden RomerDr. Braden Romer, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Romer joins the Department of Exercise Science to teach courses in biomechanics, exercise prescription, strength and conditioning, and general exercise science. He also will conduct research in the areas of gait mechanics, footwear effects on gait, sport biomechanics and lumbar pathology, and he will serve as an academic advisor. Previously, Romer was an assistant professor of biomechanics in the Department of Kinesiology, as well as a member of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences at Louisiana Tech University. He spent several years as a track and field coach as well a strength and conditioning coach at the high school and collegiate levels. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in sports medicine from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in biomechanics from Auburn University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Certified Sports Performance Coach by USA Weightlifting and Level I track coach by USA Track & Field. He serves as the chair of the communications council on the Board of Directors for the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society.


Colin CarrikerDr. Colin Carriker, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Carriker brings his passion for health and fitness to the Department of Exercise Science, where he will teach human physiology labs and conduct research. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, his research agenda will examine the effects of dietary nitrate on sub-maximal oxygen consumption, oxidative stress and arterial stiffness within various environmental conditions including high altitude, heat and cold. Certified as an exercise physiologist and basic life support instructor, he served two years as an assistant professor before joining HPU. He also has provided symposiums and workshops at numerous conferences, including American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Summit, National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Annual National Conference and Exhibition, and IDEA World Fitness Convention. Carriker plans to impact students by encouraging them to present their research at local, regional and national conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University, a Master of Science in exercise science from Central Washington University and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of New Mexico.


Dora Gosselin

Dr. Dora Gosselin, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Joining the Department of Physical Therapy, Gosselin will be responsible for course content in pediatrics, integumentary practice management, which looks at the body’s protective barriers such as the skin, as well as the clinical education curriculum. She says students must develop skills in the “art and science of physical therapy,” and she plans to help them do this by sharing her patient experiences. Gosselin joins the faculty with more than 10 years of experience in studying and treating gait in children with cerebral palsy. She has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University, where she earned an Excellence in Teaching Award. She holds certifications in pediatric neurodevelopmental therapy and neurodevelopmental advanced baby treatment, and she is a Pediatric Certified Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association.


Alicia Emerson KavchakDr. Alicia Emerson Kavchak, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Emerson Kavchak joins the Department of Physical Therapy to teach a three-course series on patient management and a three-course series on community outreach, in which students will work in the pro bono Community Rehabilitation Clinic. Her research interests include exploring the neuroscience of pain and its relationship to patient care, promoting clinical reasoning and health care disparities. Her previous experience includes working as a mentor and instructor in the outpatient physical therapy department at the University of Illinois Hospital. In addition, she served as adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and in the graduate-level fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy. Emerson Kavchak is a board certified specialist in orthopedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. She is the current chair of the Research Committee for AAOMPT. She also has a certification in dry needling and is a CPR instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Science from the University of Illinois, a Master of Science from the University of Indianapolis and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Governors State University.


Mark KevernDr. Mark Kevern, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Kevern joins the Department of Physical Therapy as director of clinical education. He will coordinate five clinical experience courses and teach Foundational Clinical Skills, Interdisciplinary Care, and Professionalism and Leadership II. He has 12 years of clinical practice experience treating patients across the lifespan from high school to professional athletes to geriatrics. His research focuses on injury prevention and treatment of athletes who throw overhead, such as pitchers and quarterbacks. Previously, Kevern served as director of qualifications, rehabilitation director and an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He is a Sports Certified Specialist and American Physical Therapy Association Credentialed Clinical Instructor. He also is an active member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists. He has a Bachelor of Science from California Lutheran University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University.


Diana Peterson

Dr. Diana Peterson, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Peterson will teach gross anatomy and neuroscience in the Department of Physical Therapy, two subjects she has taught to undergraduate, graduate and professional students since 2000. She also will continue her research on how the brain functions in both normal and diseased states. This includes how the brain performs complex functions such as emotion, the effects of traumatic brain injury and how eating influences brain function. She says she would like to help her students realize that nothing, even doing brain surgery in her lab, is beyond their capabilities. Peterson has been a part of securing more than $800,000 in research grants. She has received 26 awards and recognitions related to her research and teaching. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in anatomical sciences and neurobiology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.


Renee HamelDr. Renee Hamel, Professor of Physical Therapy

Hamel is course director for Adult Neuro Rehabilitation, Medically Complex Patients and Prosthetics and Orthotics, and she assists in the pediatrics course in the Department of Physical Therapy. Additionally, she will be treating patients and mentoring students in the pro bono Community Rehabilitation Clinic. She also serves on the department’s Admissions Committee and is the representative on the Interprofessional Health Care Collaborative for interprofessional education. Hamel specializes in patients with traumatic and acquired brain injuries across the lifespan. At HPU, she will be researching traumatic brain injury, specifically in functional outcomes related to chronic fatigue following injury. Prior to HPU, Hamel was a full-time clinician with Cone Health. She worked as lead physical therapist on the traumatic and acquired brain injury teams on the inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient pediatrics units at Cone Health. She holds bachelor’s degrees in human nutrition, foods and exercise as well as psychology from Virginia Tech. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Elon University. She is a certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the American Academy of Brain Injury Specialists. She has received multiple awards for her work at Cone Health and has been nominated for clinical instructor of the year by Elon University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Angela ElkinsAngela Elkins, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

As clinical coordinator for the Physician Assistant Studies program, Elkins will coordinate and oversee students during their clinical year. She also will serve as course instructor for the Clinical Seminar courses and a co-course director for all Supervised Clinical Practice Experience courses. She hopes to inspire students to be professional leaders in the community through teaching compassionate patient care and community service. Prior to HPU, Elkins practiced as a physician assistant in primary care and emergency medicine and taught in physician assistant programs. She has a Bachelor of Medical Science, Master of Science in physician assistant studies, and is certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


Toni JacksonToni Jackson, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Jackson, recently a physician assistant in family medicine with Novant Health in Winston-Salem, will serve as course director for History of Physical Examination and Health Care Provider Communication Skills within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She hopes to prepare diverse, resilient and ethical physician assistants with a strong academic foundation to be leaders in the practice of medicine. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Medical Science in physician assistant studies with academic distinction from Wake Forest University School of Medicine.


Jay PetersonJay Peterson, Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Peterson will co-teach a series of courses called Clinical Decision Making, where students are immersed in a fully experiential learning environment via problem-based learning, advanced medical simulation and patient case studies. Also, as assistant program director, he will work with students and faculty to coordinate teaching, curricular review and accreditation. He previously served on the faculty for the University of Toledo Department of Physician Assistant Studies, where he earned an Outstanding Faculty Award and was nominated for a Distinguished Alumni Award and Outstanding Faculty Advisor. He was the founding program director of the Physician Assistant Program at Eastern Michigan University. His area of professional expertise is orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Peterson has a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from University of Detroit Mercy and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences with a physician assistant focus from Medical College of Ohio, now The University of Toledo.

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