Faculty & StaffTyler Cuddeford, PT, PhD
Director and Assistant Professor
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Tyler Cuddeford serves as director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program after working as a physical therapist, instructor and business owner. During his five-year stint as a researcher at Nike, Cuddeford helped develop innovative products, including the Nike Shox and Nike Air Shox shoes. His doctorate in physical therapy (with an emphasis in biomechanics) and background as a physical therapist were instrumental in helping Nike develop products that didn’t cause injuries to the sporting goods manufacturer’s high-profile athletes, among them Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
Cuddeford, who holds a PhD in physical therapy from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Pacific University, also worked as a graduate assistant instructor in Iowa’s physical therapy program from 1996 to 2000.
Paul Shew has more than 30 years of experience as a physical therapist, including 28 years as a physical therapist for Providence Home Health Division in Portland and seven of these years as a Rehabilitation Coordinator for Providence/St. Vincent Home Health in Portland. He holds a doctor of physical therapy degree from Pacific University (2009), a certificate of physical therapy and a bachelor's degree of science from Pacific University (1981) and a bachelor’s degree of science and math from Southern Oregon State College (1979).
Kathie Hummel-Berry has more than 30 years experience in the physical therapy field, during which she's served as both a practitioner and educator. For the past three years, Kathie was a contracted physical therapist for Therapists Unlimited, working mostly in rural home health settings all over western Washington. And, for 27 years, she taught the discipline at the University of Puget Sound, directing that school’s physical therapy program from 1995 to 2009. Kathie holds three degrees from the University of Washington: a PhD in epidemiology (2001), an MEd in higher education (1978) and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy (1975).
Jeff Houck has worked in physical therapy for over 20 years. His physical therapy experience includes practice in six U.S. states and Japan. His academic experience is highlighted by 14 years at Ithaca College in upstate New York teaching a variety of courses such as anatomy, clinical orthopedics, quantitative movement analysis, and evidence-based practice. Dr. Houck routinely collaborates with students and faculty on various research efforts, including studies funded by the National Institutes of Health that focus on patients with hip fractures and foot problems. He has also performed research related to sports injuries and for industry sponsors associated with footwear. Dr. Houck earned a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy (1987) from Virginia Commonwealth University. He followed that by earning master of science (1996) and doctor of philosophy (1999) degrees in physical therapy from the University of Iowa. Dr. Houck is currently on the International Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He also serves as a reviewer for several orthopedic and biomechanic journals and as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. In addition, Dr. Houck is active in the American Physical Therapy Association, serving on a variety of committees.
Marcey Keefer Hutchison has worked the past 14 years as the clinical director of Therapeutic Associates, Valley Physical Therapy in Keizer, and was also a shareholder in the company. Marcey directed the athletic training program for the Salem-Keizer school district for six years. She also has work experience in a hospital setting, serving as a director in the sports medicine department of the Salem Hospital Regional Rehabilitation Center in the mid-1990s. In the early 1990s, she was a staff physical therapist specializing in sports medicine at Reed and Yates Physical Therapy in Portland. Marcey holds a doctor of physical therapy degree from Northeastern University (2012), a master's degree in physical therapy from Pacific University (1991) and a bachelor's degree in physical education from Willamette University (1988).
Dr. Meszaros has been a licensed physical therapist for more than 20 years, having worked in a variety of clinical settings. At the University of Iowa, he completed a PhD (1998) and NIH post-doctoral fellowship (1999) in the College of Medicine's Injury Prevention Research Center. Dr. Meszaros came to George Fox from the University of Toledo Department of Neuroscience, where he taught DPT, PhD and MD student courses in gross anatomy, neuroscience, neuro-rehabilitation and biomechanics. He is a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of several awards for excellence in teaching and professional service. Dr. Meszaros has served as manuscript reviewer for publications such as Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Neurophysiology, and Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. See Dr. Meszaros' GFU Google+ page.
Dr. Kang joined George Fox’s Department of Physical Therapy as an assistant professor of physical therapy in 2013. Previously, he worked for nine years as owner and lead physical therapist of Kang Physical Therapy Inc. of Ventura, Calif. His teaching experience includes stints as an instructor of kinesiology at California State University of Channel Islands and as a teaching assistant of anatomy and physiology at Loma Linda University. He is in the process of earning a graduate certification of medical physiology with a specialization in cardiovascular/renal physiology and pathophysiology from the University of Florida and holds a doctor of physical therapy degree (2004) from Loma Linda University. He also earned a master’s degree in physical therapy (2002) and a bachelor’s degree in health science (2002) from Loma Linda University.
Dr. Zablotny has worked in the field of neurologic physical therapy for more than 30 years. She began her clinical work in Downey, Calif., at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, where she spent 12 years treating adult and pediatric clients with a wide variety of health conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, neuromuscular diseases, and amputations. She continues her clinical work as a per diem therapist at Unity Health System in Rochester, N.Y., where she also serves as co-director of the Unity Health System-Ithaca College Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy. For the past 22 years, she has been a faculty member in the Ithaca College Department of Physical Therapy, where she taught course content in neurorehabilitation, evidence-based practice, gait analysis, and orthotic management of neurologic clients. Dr. Zablotny is active in the APTA’s Neurology Section, where she currently chairs the Neurologic Clinical Specialist Committee and serves on a neurologic residency curricular task force. Dr. Zablotny earned a bachelor of science in physical therapy from the University at Buffalo, a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Southern California, and a doctor of physical therapy degree from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She has been a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist since 1993.
Dr. Weiss has significant experience in teaching and curriculum development, implementation and delivery, and evaluation. Over the last eight and a half years, she has taught a number of basic science courses at George Fox, including advanced human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, exercise physiology and pharmacology. She has contemporary expertise is these assigned areas. Her academic qualifications include an MD from USC School of Medicine in 1978. She is also board-certified in internal medicine.