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Design, Web and Media Development and Project Management

Content Authors

Contributing Authors

  • Thomas Birk, PhD, MPT

Reviewers and Formative Assessment (listed in alphabetical order)

  • Carolyn Ann Olejniczak, DPT
  • Megan Lorraine Owens, DPT
  • Jenna Marie Serecky, DPT

Technique Demonstration and Technique Models

  • John G. McGinnity, MS, PA-C
  • Rosanne DiZazzo-Miller, DrOT, OTR

Fredrick D. Pociask, PhD, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Fredrick D. Pociask completed his PhD in Instructional Technology at Wayne State University in 2004, and his BS and MS in Physical Therapy at Oakland University in 1990 and 1996, respectively. Dr. Pociask received his Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy Certification through the International Seminar of Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy in 1994 and completed his orthopedic residency training and received his Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy through Oakland University in 1994. Dr. Pociask is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Pociask’s research interests include instructional technology research pertaining to the reduction of cognitive load in the design and teaching of complex instruction and the design of effective asynchronous web-based blended learning, as well as orthopedic interventions in the management of specific spinal and extremity disorders. Dr. Pociask has designed and developed commercial and open-source software, presented nationally and internationally, and is published in textbooks and peer-reviewed journals.

Rosanne DiZazzo-Miller, DrOT, OTR
Dr. DiZazzo-Miller received her bachelor’s degree from Adrian College, Michigan, her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University, and her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Entering academia in 2003, she serves on the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to her career in academia, she worked in clinical practice in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, which encompassed clients from pediatrics through late adulthood. She is currently involved in assistive technology consultation for clients with brain and spinal cord injuries, in addition to providing caregiver training for the Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan. Research interests include various modes of instructional learning delivery and outcomes research. She has presented at the state, national, and international level. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and serves on the Political Action Committee for the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association.

Tracey Fleck, MPT, OCS
Tracey Fleck is an instructional assistant in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she is an orthopedic laboratory instructor in the Physical Therapy Program. She received her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy (MPT) from Wayne State University in 2001 and has worked in outpatient orthopedic clinical practice since that time, with an emphasis in orthopedic spinal conditions. In her practice, she has been involved in clinical instruction, mentoring, and educational coordination. She became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2007 and is a contributing author of a published orthopedic physical therapy text.

John G. McGinnity, MS, PA-C
Mr. McGinnity is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Healthcare Sciences, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, where he is a course coordinator and lecturer in Physician Assistant Studies and the Physical Therapy Program. He is also a physician assistant at Downriver Cardiology Consultants in Trenton, Michigan. Mr. McGinnity has also served as a member of the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Attack Alert Program, Coordinating Committee. After receiving his BS degree in applied biology at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, Mr. McGinnity completed his MS degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Detroit. In 2004, he received the Innovations in Health Care Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Foundation, and, in 2005, he was the recipient of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Among his many editorial responsibilities, Mr. McGinnity serves on the editorial board of Advance for Physician Assistants, is a reviewer for a number of publications, and has authored and co-authored numerous papers, CME courses, monographs, abstracts, and poster presentations. Mr. McGinnity is a frequent speaker at regional and national professional meetings and has delivered over 60 refereed presentations. Mr. McGinnity’s research interests include invasive cardiology, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and valvular heart disease. He has been principle investigator or co-investigator for a number of studies to evaluate diagnostic and therapeutic coronary catheterization procedures and practices. Currently, he is principle investigator for a study of the Michigan Cardiovascular Consortium Angioplasty Registry and co-investigator for the development of multimedia instruction modules for the Wayne State University Department of Health Care Sciences.



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