The School of Physical Therapy at Regis University is pleased to announce that Cheryl Burditt Footer and Ira Gorman were named new assistant deans for the school.

The School of Physical Therapy at Regis University is pleased to announce that Cheryl Burditt Footer and Ira Gorman were named new assistant deans for the school. New PT faculty smiling

“I believe that the combination of the rich knowledge, skills, experience, and passions that both Dr. Footer and Dr. Gorman bring will be of much assistance to me, and of great benefit and value to the school as we move into our new future,” said Mark Reinking, the dean of the School of Physical Therapy.

Footer joined the Regis faculty in 2002 with vast experience in pediatrics, neurological rehabilitation, and global health. She received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College where she was also a volleyball and track and field athlete. She completed her master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of Miami where she went on to complete her doctorate degree.

Gorman is one of the founding members of the Regis physical therapist education program. He received his baccalaureate degree in biology from SUNY Stony Brook where he was a collegiate swimmer, and then completed his physical therapy degree also at SUNY Stony Brook. His first clinical position was at Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital and then he owned and practiced in an outpatient private physical therapist practice in Denver. He holds a MS degree in public health from the University of Colorado Health Science Center, Department of Preventive Medicine and a doctorate in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado-Denver.

The school also welcomed three new faculty members in Cameron MacDonald, Denise O’Dell and Andrew Smith.

MacDonald received his initial physiotherapist training in Australia before completing both his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and his fellowship training in orthopedic manual therapy at Regis University.

O’Dell comes to Regis from Craig Hospital where she was the outpatient spinal cord injury therapy manager. She received her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland-Baltimore.

Smith completed his undergraduate studies as well as his DPT degree from the University of Washington. He has practiced clinically with a variety of patient populations, including geriatrics, orthopedics, musculoskeletal, neurological, and spinal cord injury. He recently completed his doctorate in Neuroscience from Northwestern University in 2016.