Faculty Staff

Jason Avakian


Jason Avakian

Assistant Clinical Professor
Phone: 602-827-2519



Professional interest

Jason Avakian has over 15 years of clinical experience in the area of outpatient Orthopaedic physical therapy. Jason has functioned as a business owner, clinician, mentor and teacher in Sports and Orthopaedic residency programs before entering academia. He joined the NAU faculty in 2013. 

Jason has multiple advanced certifications in Orthopaedics, manual therapy, manipulative therapy and trigger point dry needling. His professional interest are in the management of chronic conditions affecting the lower quarter in endurance, CrossFit, and weightlifting athletes.

Education and certifications 

Andrews University: Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy-2012-current
Andrews University: Masters of Science in Physical Therapy-1999
Andrews University: Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Physiology-1997
APTA: Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)-2005 and recertified 2014 
NAIOMT: Certified Manual Physical Therapist-2006
NAIOMT: Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist-2008
Kineticore: Trigger Point Dry Needling-2010

Teaching areas

PT 536: Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics
PT 580: Integumentary Therapeutics
PT 582: Therapeutic Exercise
PT 680: Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy
PT 620: Musculoskeletal Therapeutics I
PT 621: Musculoskeletal Therapeutics II

Pamela Bosch

Pamela Bosch
Associate Professor


Pamela Rogers Bosch, PT, DPT, PhD Associate Professor


Professional Interests

Dr. Bosch is a neurorehabilitation and pediatric physical therapist with over thirty years of experience in the profession.  Her research interests are focused on the effectiveness of intensive neurorehabilitation, determining optimal aerobic training intensity and implementing appropriate aerobic training interventions for people with impaired walking from a stroke. Dr. Bosch is interested in the ability of these interventions to reduce comorbidities, improve function, and enhance quality of life for individuals living with the effects of stroke.


Doctor of Physical Therapy, AT Still University, 2011
Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise Physiology (Emphasis in Exercise Neuroendocrinology), Arizona State University, 2003
Master of Science, Exercise Physiology, Arizona State University, 1988
Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Physical Therapy, University of Michigan, 1983

Teaching Area/ Courses Taught

PT 545, Human Pathophysiology and Physiology
PT 582, Therapeutic Exercise
PT 603 Life Cycle II
PT 630 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics
PT 685 Evidence Based Practice

Recent Publications/ Professional Presentations

Bosch PR, Harris JE, Wing  K. Review of Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation for Dorsiflexion Assist and Orthotic Substitution From the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Stroke Movement Interventions Subcommittee. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014. 95:390-396.

Bosch PR, Fischer K, Smith K. Measuring Ventilatory Threshold in Adults With Stroke-Induced Hemiparesis. Poster presentation, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 4, 2014

Bosch PR, Nolan KJ, Wing K. Electrical Stimulation for Affected Limb Function After Stroke: Theory, Evidence, and Clinical Application.  Pre-conference Instructional Course, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, November 13, 2013.

Ward SS, McCluney N, Bosch PR. Heart Rate Response to Vinyasa Yoga in Healthy Adults. Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy. 2013. 3:130. Doi:10.4172/2157-7595.1000139.

Bosch PR, Poloni J, Thornton A, Lynskey JV.  The Heart Rate Response to Nintendo Wii Boxing in Young Adults.  The Journal of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. 2012. 23(2):13-18.

Wing MK, Lynskey JV, Bosch PR.  Walking Speed in Stroke Survivors:  Considerations for Clinical Practice.  Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 2012. 28(2):113-121.

Bosch PR, Snyder AR, Scherr T, Varga M. Differences in Shoulder Muscle Activation Patterns During Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Using Manual and Theraband Resistance. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. 2011. 3(2):69-75.

Bosch PR, Traustadottir T, Howard P, Matt KS. Functional and Physiological Effects of Yoga in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis:  A Pilot Study. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2009. 15:24-31.       

Wing, K., Lynskey, J.V., Bosch, P.R. Whole-body Intensive Rehabilitation is Feasible and Effective in Chronic Stroke Survivors: A Retrospective Data Analysis.  Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2008. 15:247-255.    

Tompkins, J. Bosch, P.R., Chenowith, R., Tiede, J.L., Swain, J. Changes in Functional Walking Distance and Health-Related Quality of Life After Gastric Bypass Surgery. Physical Therapy Journal. 2008. 88: 928-935.



Holly Carroll
Assistant Clinical Professor


Holly Carroll was appointed Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and Assistant Clinical Professor for NAU’s Phoenix Biomedical Campus in June 2012. She received her BS in Health and Sport Sciences from the University of Oklahoma in 1997. She received her MPT from A.T. Still University in 2000, and her transitional DPT from A.T. Still in 2005.

She spent some time in outpatient and rehab, before settling in on the acute care setting. For the past 7 years she worked in acute care and was the Clinical Coordinator of Clinical Education for Scottsdale Healthcare. Her passion for students and clinical education is what lead her to make the career change to academia.

Holly’s favorite pastimes are playing tennis, watching her daughter dance, and watching her son play baseball.

Coming soon.


Kathleen Ganley
Program Director


Kathleen Ganley, PhD, PT Associate Professor, Director of the Physical Therapy Program at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.


Professional Interests

Dr. Ganley is the Director of the Program in Physical Therapy at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and the Director of theScottsdale Healthcare/Northern Arizona University Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy. Dr. Ganley has over 20 years of clinical experience primarily in the areas of adult and pediatric neurologic rehabilitation. She collaborates with local clinicians and other professionals to explore patient-centered outcomes of therapeutic interventions for adults and children with neurologic dysfunction.

Education and Certifications

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Harrington Center for Bioengineering, Arizona State University, 2004-2006.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience, University of California San Francisco, 2003.
Doctor of Philosophy, Biokinesiology, University of Southern California, 2003.
Master of Arts, Physical Education, Northern Arizona University 1996.
Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Northern Arizona University 1988.                            

Teaching area/ Courses Taught

PT 511     Normal Human Gait
PT 560     Neuroscience
PT 602     Life Cycle I
PT 611     Abnormal Human Gait
PT 685     Evidence Based Practice

Recent Publications/ Professional Presentations

Ganley K. Review of neurodevelopmental treatment. Dev Med Child Neurol 2014.

Ganley K, Miles C. Commentary on “Relationship between participation in leisure time physical activities and aerobic fitness in children with DCD”. Pediatr Phys Ther 2013;25(4).

Ganley KJ, Paterno MV, Miles C, et al. Health-related fitness in children and adolescents. Pediatr Phys Ther 2011;23(3):208-220.

Ganley KJ, Stock A, Herman RM, Santello M, Willis WT. Fuel oxidation at the walk-to-run-transition in humans. Metabolism 2011;60(5):609-616.

Downing AL, Ganley KJ, Fay DR, Abbas JJ. Temporal characteristics of lower extremity moment generation in children with cerebral palsy. Muscle Nerve 2009;39(6):800-809.

Ganley KJ, Herman RM, Willis WT. Muscle metabolism during overground walking in persons with poststroke hemiparesis. Top Stroke Rehabil 2008;15(3):218-226.

Cook JR, Warren M, Ganley KJ, Prefontaine P, Wylie JW. A comprehensive joint replacement program for total knee arthroplasty: a descriptive study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2008;9:154-161.

Ganley KJ, Willis WT, Carhart MR, He J, Herman RM. Epidural spinal cord stimulation improves locomotor performance in low ASIA C – wheelchair dependent spinal cord injured individuals: Insights from metabolic response. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 2005;11(2):50-63.


Brandi Gladden

Brandi Gladden
Program Coordinator
Phone: 602-827-2430

Coming soon.

Kim Kulovitz 

Kim Kulovitz

Coming soon.


Angela Merlo
Assistant Professor


Angela Merlo, PT, DPT, Phd Assistant Professor


Professional Interests

Dr. Merlo’s interests include intervention strategies for chronic neurologic conditions, including dosage and timing of therapeutic interventions, as well as patient/participant perceptions of intervention strategies. 

Education and Certifications

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.  PhD in Exercise Science
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.  DPT in Physical Therapy
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA. MS in Exercise Science
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. BS in Physical Education

Teaching area/ Courses Taught

Clinical Communication
Evidence-based Practice (contribute)
Neuroscience (contribute)
Neurophysiological Therapeutics I and II
Advanced Interventions in Neuromuscular Therapeutics
Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation

Recent Publications/ Professional Presentations

Merlo, A, Goodman, A, and fritz, S.  The value of mixed methods: Lessons learned through intervention research.  Poster presentation at American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, February 2014.

Merlo, A, Goodman, A, and Fritz, S.  The value of mixed methods: Lessons learned through intervention research in individuals with chronic stroke.  Presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, November, 2013.

Fritz SL, Peters DM, Merlo AR and Donley J.  Active Video Gaming Effects on Balance in Individuals with Chronic Stroke: A Randomized Control Trial.  Top Stroke Rehabil. 2013; 20(3): 218-225

Merlo AR, Fritz SL, Jay M, McClenaghan B and Goodman A.  Participants’ perspectives on the feasibility of an intensive, task-specific intervention for chronic stroke: A qualitative analysis. Physical Therapy, 2013; 93 (2): 147-157.

Fritz SL, Merlo AR, Rivers ED, Peters D, et al. An intensive mobility intervention to improve gait, balance and mobility in individuals with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury: A pilot study of activity tolerance and benefits.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2011; 92(11): 1776-1784.

Frits SL, Merlo A, Rivers, ED, Brandenburg B, Sweet J, Donley J, Mathews H, deBode S, McClenghan B.  Intensive mobility training as an intervention for improving gait, balance and mobility in persons with chronic neurological conditions: A case series.  Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2011; 35(3): 141-7.

Fritz SL, Rivers ED, Merlo AM, Reed AD, Mathern GW and De Bode, S.  Intensive mobility training postcerebral hemispherectomy: early surgery shows best functional improvements. European Journal of Rehabilitation, 2011; 47.


Stefany Shaibi 

Stefany Shaibi
Assistant Clinical Professor
Phone: 602-827-2463


Stefany Shaibi, PT, DPT, OCS   Assistant Clinical Professor at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

Dr. Shaibi has over 10 years of clinical experience primarily in the area of outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation with experience in home healthcare as well.  She is board certified in orthopedics and maintains clinic time in addition to teaching.  Her interests include evidence-based practice and prevention of injuries in both athletic and non-athletic populations.


  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 2000-2003. Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1995-2000. Bachelor of Science, Psychology
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1995-2000. Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science and Physical Education