Dean of the Science and Allied Health Division
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

David Doron, PT, DPT, CSCS, CCI

Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor

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, neurological rehabilitation, 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 former Director of Clinical Education and the current Program Coordinator and a professor for the program.

Millie Burns, PTA

Director of Clinical Education/Assistant Professor

Millie earned her A.A. degree in Physical Therapy Assistant from DeAnza Community College. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily outpatient and skilled nursing. Her areas of interest and experience include manual therapy, geriatrics, neurological and orthopedic rehab, medically complex patients, and prenatal and postpartum exercise instruction. Millie is an APTA credentialed CI and was the CCCE at Manorcare in Citrus Heights. She maintains a per diem position at Manorcare.

Adjunct faculty members

Robert J. Asuncion PT, 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.

Elaina Blankenship, PT, DPT, PCS

Elaina earned her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She earned her Masters degree from Sacramento State University, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from A.T. Still University in Arizona. Elaina has a love of pediatrics and earned her Board Certification in the Clinical Specialty of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Elaina’s clinical experience as a Physical Therapist includes working with adults and children, but the focus of her career has been with the pediatric population serving them in various setting, including home, school, and clinic based services. Currently, Elaina serves as the Director of Physical Therapy at Easter Seals Superior California.

Elizabeth Chape, PT, PhD


Beth earned her graduate degree in physical therapy from the U.S. Army – Baylor University program in physical therapy, and her PhD in psychology from Capella University. Areas of interest include orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, and educational psychology. She is professor emeritus of the SCC PTA Program, continuing to support the program by teaching part-time and serving on the program advisory committee.

Rafael Escamilla, PT, PhD

Rafael earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Elon University and his Ph.D. 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.

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.

Christina Ridley, PT, DPT

Christina earned her B.S. in Kinesiology from CSU Sacramento followed by her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Upon graduation, Christina returned to Sacramento to work full-time in an orthopedic physical therapy setting, with an emphasis on pre and post-operative cases as well as return to sport management. Christina also spends time working per diem in the acute care setting within the Dignity Health system and has extra training in pain science, chronic pain management, and return to sports training for the overhead athlete.

Timothy Tubra, PTA, BS


Tim Tubra earned his Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University-Portland with a minor in Psychology. He earned his Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Sacramento City College in 2012 and has treated full-time in both the outpatient setting and currently as an inpatient therapist at UC Davis Medical Center. Tim’s areas of clinical experience and emphasis include post-surgical management, return to sport, neurological, pediatric, trauma, spinal cord injuries, and ICU patient populations. Tim has additional training in manual therapy, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, and Kinesiotaping. Tim has operated in management and leadership roles and helped develop curriculum for hospital-wide training programs. Tim is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

The program is supported by the following staff members

Administrative Assistant I
Lydia Jensen

Clerk III:
Alicia Doxon

IT Technician II
Cha Thao

Instructional Assistant
Callid Banks