Physical Therapy

At UE, Doctor of Physical Therapy students complete 1200 hours of full-time, in-the-clinic experience. Physical Therapist Assistant students complete 720 hours.

Faculty and Staff


Jennifer Simon

Mrs. Jennifer Simon

Operations Administrator/Physical Therapy
Graves Hall 207

As operations administrator, Jennifer is responsible for admissions, advising, and operations for the Department of Physical Therapy. She has over 25 years of experience in public relations and marketing, including work in the entertainment, consumer, and nonprofit industries. During her time at University of Evansville, she has served as senior administrator in the Office of Financial Aid and project coordinator in the Office of Marketing and Communications. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Murray State University.


Tzurei Chen

Dr. Tzurei Chen

Assistant Professor/Physical Therapy

Dr. Chen's teaching responsibilities are related to geriatric population and neurologic rehabilitation. Her research interests include biomechanics, motion analysis, fall prevention, and geriatric populations. Her past and current research projects related to elderly population include quantifying muscle activities using electromyography, balance control during transitional tasks, prospective fall predictions and balance training.| Dr. Chen received an M.S. and Ph.D. degree in biomechanics from the University of Oregon. In 2004, she earned a B.S., in physical therapy from the National Yang Ming University (Taipei, Taiwan). She served as a graduate teaching fellow and research assistant in the Department of Human Physiology, University of Oregon, and worked as a physical therapist at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan.

Bethany Huebner

Dr. Bethany Huebner

Assistant Professor/Physical Therapy
Graves Hall 205

Dr. Huebner teaches within both the DPT and PTA programs with topics that include medical pathology, musculoskeletal, and basic evaluation. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Indiana University in 2009 and her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2006.| Dr. Huebner graduated from the ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency program in 2010. She is a board certified clinical specialist in sports through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She has also received her manual therapy certification through Evidence in Motion’s program in 2014. In addition, she is actively engaged in patient care at ProRehab, PC in Evansville, IN and is the Residency Program Coordinator for ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency Program.

Kyle Kiesel

Dr. Kyle Kiesel

Professor and Department Chair/Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director
Graves Hall 203

Dr. Kiesel teaches within the musckuloskeletal area of physical therapy including the advanced orthopedic and sports medicine course. He conducts research related to core function and functional movement testing related to athletic performance and injury prediction. He serves as a consultant for professional, college, and high school sports teams.| He has extensive experience teaching lecture and lab courses emphasizing core training and functional movement assessment and intervention. He has authored several articles and a book chapters on these topics. He has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and presented numerous abstracts and invited speaking engagements nationally and internationally. Dr. Kiesel received his B.S. in Physical Education and Sports Medicine in 1990 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He then earned his MPT from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Kiesel earned his PhD from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Kiesel is engaged in patient care in orthopedics and sports at ProRehab, PC in Evansville and he serves as a manuscript reviewer for several national and international journals.

Ling-Yin Liang

Dr. Ling-Yin Liang

Assistant Professor/Physical Therapy

Dr. Liang’s teaching responsibility is related to neurological rehabilitation. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees of Physical Therapy from the National Cheng Kung University (Tainan, Taiwan) and her PhD degree in Biomechanics & Movement Science (BIOMS) from the University of Delaware. She served as a research assistant at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Check Kung University and teaching assistant at the Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, University of Delaware. Her research focuses on neuroimaging and movement control in children with disabilities.

Tink Martin

Dr. Tink Martin

Professor/Physical Therapy and Associate Department Chair
Graves Hall 202

Professor Martin is a renowned authority in the areas of pediatric physical therapy and normal growth and development. She has been recognized for her teaching, scholarship and service, having received the Bud Dehaven Award from the Pediatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Fran Ekstam Award from the Indiana Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for scholarly activity. She received the Dean’s Teaching Award in Spring 2014.|

She is the co-author of two entry-level textbooks, Functional Movement Development across the Life Span and Neurologic Interventions for Physical Therapy. The latter textbook has been translated into Korean and Polish. She received the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association for her exceptional contributions to the Indiana Chapter and the Section on Pediatrics in 2010. Professor Martin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tulane University, a certificate of physical therapy from Duke University and a Master of Arts degree in pediatric physical therapy from the University of North Carolina. She earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Services with a concentration in pediatrics from the University of Kentucky in August 2014. Her dissertation was “Play in Children with Motor Disabilities”. Professor Martin teaches pathology, human growth and development, and management of children and adults with neurologic conditions in the physical therapy programs. She is acting Chair of the PT Department for Fall 2014 and will assume the Associate Chair in Spring 2015.

Joni McFelea

Dr. Joni McFelea

Associate Professor/Physical Therapy, Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, and Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Graves Hall 211

Dr. McFelea received her Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kentucky, her Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Western Kentucky University, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Services Research from Old Dominion University. Her clinical practice expertise is in pediatrics and her research interests lie in the areas of quality of life of children who have developmental disabilities and their families.

Phil Plisky

Dr. Phil Plisky

Associate Professor/Physical Therapy

Dr. Plisky teaches within the musculoskeletal and leadership/practice administration areas of the curriculum. He received his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and his Doctor of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.| He is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. Plisky has published and lectured internationally on injury prevention and field expedient movement testing. He has received research grants from multiple federal and private agencies for injury prevention studies and has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts in leading scientific journals. His current research is focused on comprehensive movement testing and interventions in athletes, military personnel, and school-aged children. Dr. Plisky consults with collegiate and professional teams for injury risk identification and injury prevention. In addition, he serves as a manuscript reviewer for several scientific journals. He is also actively engaged in patient care at ProRehab, PC in Evansville, IN and is the Residency Program Director for the ProRehab and University of Evansville Sports Residency Program.

Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer

Dr. Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer

Assistant Professor/Physical Therapy
Graves Hall 213

Dr. Schwartzkopf-Phifer teaches within the areas of health, wellness, research and orthopedics in the DPT program. She received her Bachelor and Master of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of Evansville and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University.| She completed an orthopedic residency through Evidence in Motion and is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She is currently working on a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky, with specialization in motor control. Her research interests are in injury prediction and prevention, and performance in athletes. Dr. Schwartzkopf-Phifer remains actively engaged in patient care at ProRehab, PC in Evansville and serves as a manuscript reviewer for several scientific journals.

Janet Szczepanski

Ms. Janet Szczepanski

Assistant Professor/Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education
Graves Hall 216

Professor Szczepanski is the Director of Clinical Education with teaching responsibilities in geriatrics and adult neurologic rehabilitation. She received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and a Master of Health Science degree with neurologic focus.| Her clinical practice has focused on inpatient settings including acute rehabilitation, acute care and skilled nursing facilities with emphasis on neurologic disorders. She maintains active in clinical practice at a local rehabilitation hospital. Professor Szczepanski holds APTA Clinical Instructor and Advanced Clinical Instructor Credentials. Since 2002, she has assisted with the professional development of clinical faculty throughout the Midwest as an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Her engagement in contemporary clinical practice and knowledge of professional education competency expectations provide her the ability to direct the clinical education program including preparation and supervision of students in beginning and final level clinical courses. Prof. Szczepanski is an ABPTS Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics.


Janice Kidder

Ms. Janice Kidder

Administrative Assistant/Physical Therapy
Graves Hall 233

Ms. Kidder earned a Bachelor Degree from the University of Southern Indiana (USI) majoring in Art with a minor in Environmental Biology and an Associate Degree from USI in Communications. While attending USI she was awarded an honor scholarship and won a graphic design award. She has worked in the advertising and newspaper profession in charge of production and graphic design.