College of Health Professions Announces Leadership Change

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With effect from October 1st, Dr. Kevin Chui left his position as director of the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Dr. Rebecca “Becca” Reisch PT, DPT, PhD, will serve as interim program director while a national search is ongoing.

Dr. Chui will continue to work with the school on accreditation and graduate fellowship projects throughout the fall semester, and Dr. Reisch also advised on the supervision of the school.

I want to Dr. Chui for his dedication to Pacific University, the College of Health Professions, and considerable efforts in directing the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training over the past five years. He served as Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs for CHP, providing advice and insight into the promotion and tenure / long-term process for the faculty. He also served as the interim director of the occupational therapy school, assisting faculty and staff in finding the new OT director. Please join me, Dr. Chui for his long service and commitment to our college.

I would also like to thank Dr. Reisch for her willingness to work as interim director of the school for physiotherapy and sports training during this transition period.

Dr. Reisch earned her MSPT and DPT from Pacific University in 2001 and 2002, respectively, and received her PhD in Orthopedics and Exercise Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2014. She joined the School of Physical Therapy Professor and Academic Coordinator for Clinical Education (ACCE) in 2005 as an assistant. As ACCE, she developed the school’s international internship program and was involved in the interdisciplinary service learning program of the College of Health Professions in Nicaragua. In 2015 she switched to a full-time apprenticeship position and is currently teaching and coordinating all components of the research, statistics and evidence-based practice course in the PT course. She also lectures on women’s health physiotherapy and pelvic floor dysfunction in courses in PT and across CHP. Her professional interests include physiotherapy for women’s and pelvic health, research, statistics and evidence-based practice, orthopedic physiotherapy, as well as international physiotherapy practice and service learning. Dr. Reisch is co-editor of the Journal of Women’s Health Physiotherapy and is a manuscript reviewer for several other journals. She is also a member of the Oregon Board of Physical Therapy.

Sincere,

Mary E. From DHEd, PA-C, DFAAPA
Interim Vice Provost & Executive Dean
College of Health Professions


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