ENS is welcoming three new assistant professors to the DPT faculty this fall.
Dr. Lori Tuttle earned her MPT from St. Louis University (2004) and her PhD from Washington University (2011) where she studied muscle structure and impairments in patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. She has 10 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is first author on four of them. Dr. Tuttle has received a number of awards including a NIH loan repayment award, the Neuromuscular Plasticity Scholar in 2010 from the University of Florida, and four Doctoral Student Awards from the American Physical Therapy Association.
Antoinette Domingo, PhD, MPT recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Domingo received her MPT in 1999 from Mayo School of Health Sciences and her doctorate in kinesiology from the University of Michigan in 2009. At Michigan, she taught two undergraduate biomechanics courses and mentored undergraduate students on research projects. Dr. Domingo’s current research is focused on restoring functional gait after neurological injury. Part of her specific interest is elucidating the role of proprioception and other sensory inputs in balance and gait. She has published seven articles in peer-reviewed journals and was first author on five of those papers. Her husband Shawn, who has a doctorate in bioengineering from Michigan, will be joining her in the move to San Diego.
Sara Gombatto, PT, PhD, comes to us from the Department of Physical Therapy at Nazareth College (Rochester, NY) where she has been an assistant professor since 2007. She received her MS in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College (NY) in 1999 and her doctorate in Movement Science from Washington University (St. Louis, MO) in 2007, which overlapped with Lori Tuttle’s time there. At Nazareth College, she taught musculoskeletal physical therapy from the basic science courses through advanced levels. Her research is focused on developing and utilizing a new biomechanical model of the lumbar spine to examine movement characteristics of people with chronic low back pain during clinical tests and functional activities. She has published nine articles in peer-reviewed journals and was first author on five of these. Dr. Gombatto will be joined in San Diego by her husband, Jerry, a former opera singer who now works in opera administration and also plays keyboards in a rock-and-roll band.