The Dean of the Science and Allied Health Division is Jim Collins, MA, JD. Two full-time faculty members and several adjunct (part-time) faculty members are associated with the physical therapist assistant program. One full-time faculty member is the program coordinator and the other is designated with responsibility for clinical education.
Full time faculty members:
Scott Thompson, PT, MPT (program coordinator/assistant professor). Scott is a 1996 graduate of the University of Puget Sound Physical Therapy program. His clinical career has revolved primarily around orthopedic physical therapy, with an emphasis on spine, temporomandibular, vestibular, and chronic pain rehabilitation. He has been the director of two Physical Therapist Assistant programs and has served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Carrington College – Pleasant Hill. Scott is also an on-site reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. He assumed the role of program coordinator for the SCC PTA Program in 2014.
David Doron, PT, DPT, CSCS, CCI – David earned his bachelor’s degree from CSU Chico and his master’s degree from CSU Sacramento. David went on to earn his doctorate degree from A. T. Still University. David is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an Orthopedic Manual Therapist. David has additional training in multiple forms of manual therapy including utilization of augmented and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. David has completed additional training in sports rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, movement impairments, wound care, Kinesiotaping, and chronic pain management. His clinical experiences involved working in multiple complex outpatient clinics, managing orthopedic and neurological patient populations for both a large health organization and a rural privately owned setting. These positions afforded David the opportunity to be a Clinical Instructor for multiple students. David has prior experience as an adjunct professor for the physical therapy program at CSU Sacramento. He is the Director of Clinical Education and a professor for the program.
Part-time faculty members:
Robert J. Asuncion PT, MPT, DPT Robert earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physical Therapy from CSU Fresno, and his Doctorate in PT from the University of Montana. His clinical expertise is in outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis on pre and post surgical management of sports injuries focusing on sports medicine and return to play. Prior to specializing in outpatient orthopedics, he worked in an Acute Care Hospital rehabilitating neurologically impaired clients. He was Regional Manager for a nationwide outpatient orthopedic clinic from 2003-2007. He has been a partner at Results Physical Therapy since 2007, a private clinic specializing in sports medicine, sport physical therapy and sports performance training. He is also an adjunct professor in the Allied Health Department at Sacramento City College since 2008.
Kathy Bechtold, PT, DPT, CWS, CHT Kathy earned her graduate degree in physical therapy from USC and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from A.T. Still University. She is a Certified Wound Specialist and a Certified Hand Therapist. She completed a post-graduate Certificate Program in Examination, Assessment, and Intervention of the Hand and Upper Quadrant at Samuel Merritt College in 2005 and has done an internship in PNF at Kaiser Vallejo. She has been a clinician and manager of acute care, outpatient, wound care, and skilled nursing rehab services at Sutter Davis Hospital for 18 years. Kathy has also been an adjunct instructor at UOP and CSUS.
Rafael Escamilla, PT, PhD Rafael earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Elon University and his PhD in Biomechanics from Auburn University. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Sacramento, and Research Coordinator at Results Physical Therapy and Training Center in Sacramento. His area of expertise is in Sports Medicine and Sports Biomechanics, primarily in the areas of knee biomechanics during rehabilitation exercises, overhead throwing biomechanics, and strength and conditioning. He has published over 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and written numerous book chapters in sports medicine related textbooks.
John Linberger, PTA, BS John is a graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Stark State College in Canton, Ohio and has a B.S. in health care management from Franklin University. His primary experience as a PTA is in outpatient physical therapy and he has been recognized for Advanced Proficiency in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy by the APTA. John also is certified as a clinical instructor. Currently he serves as the Chief Delegate of the PTA Caucus of the American Physical Therapy Association representing the interest of the PTA Membership nationally.
Tom McCoin, PT, MPT Tom earned his graduate degree in physical therapy from Chapman University. He combines his love of sports (water polo, bike racing, Ironman triathlon) with a diverse background in physical therapy (pediatrics, geriatrics, neurological and orthopedic rehab, aquatic therapeutic exercise). Tom is also a certified adaptive alpine ski instructor.
The program is supported by the following staff members in Mohr Hall:
Administrative Assistant I: Pam Devine
Clerk II (Evening): Natalie Lopez
IT Technician II, Computer Lab M25: Cha Thao