I have treated patients as a physical therapist for more than 25 years, primarily working in Minnesota but also in California and Missouri. I have extensive experience treating patients in a variety of settings including acute care (hospital), long term care, home care, and outpatient. I attended graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri where I received a Master of Health Science in Physical Therapy degree. After graduating in 1992, I accepted a full-time teaching position at St. Catherine University, where I helped develop the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program. I taught in the MPT and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program for 13 years before moving to the Biology Department in 2005. I am currently one of the faculty members that regularly teaches the human anatomy and human physiology courses. Most of my students are pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-physical therapy, or pre-occupational therapy. In May 2007, I received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from St. Catherine University. I continue to work as a physical therapist on weekends at a local hospital.
I have an established research agenda with several studies involving 1) manual muscle testing or 2) interdisciplinary pedagogy.
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Saint Catherine University, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2007
Master of Science, Master of Health Science in Physical Therapy
Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1992
Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, 1980
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cum Laude, 1980
Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Psychology
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, Magna Cum Laude, 1976
Saint Catherine University. (2011). Recognized as a faculty mentor by a student who was nominated for an All-University Student Leadership Award, 2011.
Saint Catherine University. (2010). Recognized as a faculty mentor by a student who was nominated for an All-University Student Leadership Award, 2010.
Saint Catherine University. (2010). Finalist for the 2009-2010 Saint Catherine University Faculty Teaching-Advising Award.
Travel Grant - Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) 25th Annual Conference in Victoria, BC (2011).
Travel Grant - American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) National Conference in Seattle, Washington (2009).
Associate Professor, Saint Catherine University, 1992–Present
Physical Therapist, Fairview Southdale Hospital, 2002–Present
Omodt, J., Hokanson, A., Wall-Scheffer, C. & Myers, M. (2011). "Associations Between Core Strength, Walking Speed, and Age in Women." Careers in Aging Week, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
Omodt, J., Hokanson, A., Wall-Scheffer, C. & Myers, M. (2009). "Associations Between Core Strength, Walking Speed, and Age in Women." American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington