• The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education is a group of 31 individuals, with varied backgrounds, who are charged with:

    • determining whether a program meets the standards of quality in physical therapy education
    • determining what standards of quality to use (i.e., the Standards)
    • setting policy and procedure for the accreditation process

    The Commission is divided into three working groups: 10 members comprise the PT Panel, which reviews PT programs; 13 members comprise the PTA Panel, which reviews PTA programs; and 8 members comprise the Central Panel, which makes all candidacy decisions.

    In order to serve on CAPTE, most members must have served in the Cadre of On-site Reviewers and have participated in at least three on-site visits. The three public members and the consumer member are exempt from this requirement, though they do observe a visit following their appointment to CAPTE.

    Members of CAPTE are physical therapist educators and clinicians, physical therapist assistant educators and clinicians, basic scientists, higher education administrators, and representatives of the public.

    Chair: Beth C Marcoux, PT, DPT, PhD

    Vice Chair: Doreen Stiskal, PT, PhD

    Central Panel Members

    Frank Bates, PT, DPT, MBA, Term 1/1/18-12/31/21, is program director of the physical therapist assistant program at University of Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2014. Dr. Bates serves on the Central Panel as active participant in accreditation.

    Patricia Gordon Brown, PT, DPT, MS, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is director of physical therapy and therapeutic recreation at National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2001. Dr. Brown serves on the Central Panel as a PT clinician.

    Kathryn G Dodge, PhD, Term 4/1/2015-12/31/18, is the principal owner of Dodge Advisory Group LLC; Excellence in Education Policy and Practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Her earlier career experiences include serving as executive director of the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission as well as director of admissions at Keane State College. Dr. Dodge serves on the Central Panel as public member.

    Becky Lynn Keith, PT, MSHS, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, serves as program director of the physical therapist assistant program at Arkansas State University in State University, Arkansas. Ms. Keith serves on the Central Panel as the consumer of accreditation.

    Beth C Marcoux, PT, DPT, PhD, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is past Chair of the DPT program at the University of Rhode Island and is currently in private practice. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2009. Dr. Marcoux serves on the Central Panel as a recent member of the PT Panel and is chair of the Commission.

    Pamela D. Ritzline, PT, EdD, Term 1/1/18-12/31/21, is dean of the School of Behavioral & Health Sciences at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2003. Dr. Ritzline serves on the Central Panel as active participant in accreditation.

    Kevin Rudeen, PhD, FASAHP, Term 1/1/15-12/31/18, is dean of the College of Allied Health at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2011. Dr. Rudeen serves on the Central Panel as higher education administrator.

    Doreen Stiskal, PT, PhD, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is currently chair of the physical therapy program at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1995. Dr. Stiskal serves on the Central Panel as a recent member of the PTA Panel and is vice chair of the Commission.

    PT Panel Members

    Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, recently retired as the director of the physical therapy program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2011. Dr. Clark serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist educator (curriculum development).

    Patricia Arnone Deotte, PT, DPT, CEEAA, GCS, Term 1/1/18-12/31/21, is Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness at Genesis Rehab Services in Morristown, New Jersey. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2003. Dr. Deotte serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist clinician.

    Peggy Blake Gleeson, PT, PhD, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is DCE and associate director in the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman's University in Houston, Texas. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1997. Dr. Gleeson serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist educator and is vice chair of the PT Panel.

    David Greathouse, PT, PhD, ECS, FAPTA, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is currently the Director of Clinical Electrophysiology Services, Texas Physical Therapy Specialists, in New Braunfels, Texas, and previously served as chairman of the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont University. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1995. Dr. Greathouse serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist educator (basic sciences).

    Beverly J Johnson, PT, DSc, GCS, Term 1/1/15-12/31/18, is assistant director of clinical education of the physical therapy program at University of North Dakota. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1997. Dr. Johnson serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist educator and is chair of the PT Panel.

    Joyce R Maring, PT, DPT, EdD, Term 1/1/18-12/31/21, is department chair of the program in physical therapy at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 1996. Dr. Maring serves on the PT Panel as physical therapist educator (academic administration).

    Cedric Page, PhD, Term 3/15/18-12/31/18, is professor emeritus at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and serves on the PT Panel as public member.

    Sandra L Pennington, PhD, RN, Term 6/1/16-12/31/19, is Executive Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Utah. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2013. Dr. Pennington serves on the PT Panel as institutional member.

    Paul L Price, PharmD, BCPP, Term 1/1/18-12/31/21, is Senior Associate Dean at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2014. Dr. Price serves on the PT Panel as higher education administrator.

    Patricia A Trela, PT, DPT, CMPT, SCS, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is a PT clinician in an outpatient orthopaedic clinic at the University of Utah. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2003. Dr. Trela serves on the PT Panel as clinical teacher.

    PTA Panel Members

    Kerri A Bednarcik, PT, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is director of education and staff development at Genesis Rehab Services in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2011. Ms. Bednarcik serves on the PTA Panel as a physical therapist in clinical practice who supervises PTAs.

    Myrna E Brown, PT, DPT, Term 1/1/15-12/31/18, is program director of the Pima Medical Institute - Albuquerque Campus in New Mexico. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2012. Dr. Brown serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator.

    Cindy I Buchanan, PT, PhD, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is program director of the physical therapy program at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Buchanan also served as coordinator of a PTA program for six years. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2010. Dr. Buchanan serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist educator.

    Jason A Dougherty, PTA, MEd, Term 1/1/17-12/31/20, is program coordinator of the physical therapist assistant program at Delaware Technical and Community College-George Campus in Wilmington, Delaware. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2014. Mr. Dougherty serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator.

    Janice Haas, PTA, MS, Term 1/1/15-12/31/18, is program director of the physical therapist assistant program at Mercyhurst University in North East, Pennsylvania. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2009. Ms. Haas serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator.

    Neal L Henning, PhD, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is dean of career education at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2008. Dr. Henning serves on the PTA Panel as institutional member and is chair of the PTA Panel.

    Jackie L Long-Goding, PhD, RRT-NPS, Term 1/1/18-12/31/2018, is now retired from her previous roles as dean of health professions and interim director of distance education support at Northern Essex Community College in northeastern Massachusetts. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 1991. Dr Long-Goding serves on the PTA Panel as institutional member.

    Amanda Isabel Lopez, PTA, AAS, Term 7/1/18-12/31/19, is a PTA in Corpus Christi, Texas. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2017. Ms. Lopez serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant clinician.

    Jonna Mayfield, PTA, BS, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is a staff PTA at St Joseph Medical Center Outpatient Clinic in Tacoma, Washington. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2013. Ms. Mayfield serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant clinician.

    Sharon A Reid, PT, MBA, Term 1/1/18-12/31/21, is program director and ACCE at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Maryland. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2007. Ms. Reid serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator.

    Kimberly Crealey Rouillier, PT, DPT, Term 1/1/16-12/31/19, is department chairperson of the Rehabilitative Health Department at Community College of Rhode Island in Newport. She has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist assistant programs since 2008. Dr. Rouillier serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator and is vice chair of the PTA Panel.

    Brad Thuringer, PTA, Term 1/1/18-12/31/21, is instructor and academic coordinator of clinical education at Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, South Dakota. He has been an on-site visitor for physical therapist programs since 2011. Mr. Thuringer serves on the PTA Panel as physical therapist assistant educator.

    Tracy Timmermann, Term 1/1/18-12/31/21, is a financial planning professional. She resides in St Petersburg, Florida, and serves on the PTA Panel as public member.

  • Last Updated: 10/15/2018
    Contact: accreditation@apta.org