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  • Dan Anton, PT, PhD, ATC
    Dan Anton, PT, PhD, ATC
    Professor and Chair
    HSB 270
    Phone: 509.828.1375

    Dan Anton received his physical therapy degree from Northwestern University and his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Iowa. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist. He came to Eastern Washington University from the University of Iowa where he taught courses in ergonomics, occupational health and biomechanics of human motion. His research interests include physical exposure assessment, work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity and spine, occupational epidemiology, and construction and agricultural musculoskeletal disorders.

  • Cindy Arlt
    Cindy Arlt
    Program Specialist
    HSB 270G
    Phone: 509.828.1374
    Fax: 509.828.1389

    Cindy works in Clinical Education.  Her previous experience is an asset to our program.  Her knowledge of all the requirements for the students to participate in their clinical experiences is inavaluable.  


  • Megan Chatellier, PT, DPT
    Megan Chatellier, PT, DPT
    Assistant Professor
    HSB 270 F
    Phone: 509.828.1372

           Megan Chatellier joined the faculty of EWU in the winter of 2011.  She received her BA in biology from Pacific Lutheran University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University.  Prior to teaching at EWU, Megan worked in the clinical setting of acute care rehabilitating critically ill patients.   

    Within the doctor of physical therapy curriculum at Eastern, she teaches  integumentary therapeutics, neuromuscular systems, and cardiopulmonary,  She also serves as a research advisor for student case reports during their clinical rotations.

  • Kimberly Cleary, PT, PhD
    Kimberly Cleary, PT, PhD
    HSB 270-K
    Phone: 509.828.1373

    Kimberly Cleary joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2006, after teaching at another DPT Program in the Northwest for several years. She earned her BA in cultural anthropology magna cum laude at the University of California at Santa Barbara, master of physical therapy at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and PhD in social and administrative sciences at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.

    She teaches the clinical anatomy course series, screening for medical referral, and the clinical research courses.  She has practiced in several clinical areas, with particular interests in wellness, prevention and health promotion. She has published and presented her research findings on topics like quality of life, especially in older adults with and without disease, fall risk in community dwelling elderly and factors influencing patients' participation in exercise. 

  • Jenna McDonald
    Jenna McDonald
    Manager of Operations and Admissions
    HSB 270A
    Phone: 509.828.1354
    Fax: 509.828.1389

    Jenna McDonald has a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management from Eastern Washington University.  She has lived in the Spokane area for over 25 years.  She is married and has three boys.  In her spare time, she volunteers as a swim coach, basketball coach, and coordinates a youth basketball league.  She enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family.

  • Amelia Jay, DPT
    Amelia Jay, DPT
    Director of Clinical Education
    Phone: Phone: (509) 828-1354
    Fax: (509) 828-1389

    Amelia Jay joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2017. She received her bachelors in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University. Before working as the Director of Clinical Education at Eastern, Amelia worked as a Physical Therapist in clinics such as Sacred Heart Medical Center, Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital and Kindred at Home. 

  • Tanya LaPier PT, PhD, CCS
    Tanya LaPier PT, PhD, CCS
    Endowed Professor
    Phone: 509.828.1358

    Tanya L. Kinney LaPier, PT, PhD, CCS, has been serving as a distinguished professor at Eastern Washington University since 2003. She has been working in physical therapy since 1993, when she was an assistant/associate professor at Idaho State University. When she wasn't teaching, she served as a cardiac rehabilitation physical therapist at both Buffalo General Hospital and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. She also coordinated the cardiac rehabilitation program at Bannock Regional Medical Center. She has received numerous awards, including the Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section Best Poster Presentation from the American Physical Therapy Association.

    A full list of Dr. LaPier's education, professional background, awards, research, as well as the classes she teaches at Eastern Washington University is available in the attached vitae.

  • Fahed Mehyar, PT, PhD
    Fahed Mehyar, PT, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    HSB 270-L
    Phone: (509) 828-1364
    Fax: Fax: (509) 828-1389

    Fahed Mehyar joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2017. He received his bachelors in Physical Therapy from Hashemite University-Jordan and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from University of Kansas Medical Center. Before teaching at Eastern, Fahed held a position as a Traveler Physical Therapist at Execu-Search Group, New York. 

  • Angela Merlo DPT, PhD
    Angela Merlo DPT, PhD
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Merlo received her BS in Physical Education from University of Puget Sound, a MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and both her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and PhD in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Merlo joined Eastern Washington University in 2018 after teaching at Northern Arizona University, Phoenix Biomedical Campus in the area of neurological rehabilitation.  Her interests include intervention strategies for chronic neurologic conditions, health and wellness promotion, as well as qualitative exploration of therapeutic interventions.

  • Dominic Severino DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
    Dominic Severino DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

    Dr. Severino received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Regis University.  He is a fellow trained manual therapist through the American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Therapists and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  Additionally, he has a spinal manipulation endorsement through the Washington State Department of Health.  Dr. Severino is a member of the Dry Needling Legislative task force for the Physical Therapy Association of Washington.  

  • Elena Skornyakov PT, DPT, PhD
    Elena Skornyakov PT, DPT, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    HSB 270-K
    Phone: (509) 828-1359
    Fax: (509) 828-1389

    Elena Skornyakov joined the faculty of EWU in the fall of 2017. She received her bachelors in Exercise Science and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington State University. Elena is also a Physical Therapist at Sacred Heart Medical Center and has previously held research positions at Washington State University and Eastern Washington University. 

  • Margarita Vera
    Margarita Vera
    Office Assistant 3
    HSB 270 A
    Phone: 509.828.1357
    Fax: 509.828.1389

    Margarita has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from EWU. She worked for EWU Records and Registration for 5 years before joining the Spokane EWU campus where she splits her time as Office Assistant for the Departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. When she is not working at EWU, you can find her at many musical events, concerts or festivals in the Pacific Northwest during the spring and summer. During the fall and winter, she is watching and rooting for her Pittsburgh Steelers.


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