Education & Training
Doctor of Philosophy – Physical Therapy/Health Professions Education, Nova Southeastern University – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, Temple University – Philadelphia, PA
Master of Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt College – Oakland, CA
Master of Science in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology, University of Oregon – Eugene, OR
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy – Emeritus
Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Certification Level III
Susan received her PhD in Physical Therapy/Health Professions Education from Nova Southeastern University where she studied the learning sciences and their application to the training of health professionals for today’s complex clinical environments. Prior to her return to Kaiser Permanente in late 2020 as Director of Rehabilitation Services Education, she spent 13 years as a core faculty member of Physical Therapy at Samuel Merritt University, planning, creating and teaching courses across the curriculum and serving as a mentor for new faculty. Her experience in overseeing and implementing necessary curricular improvements, maintaining accreditation standards, creating and adapting outcomes assessments to measuring learning across courses, and mentoring early career faculty, directly translate to the skills and expertise she shares in her role at Kaiser Permanent.
Susan’s vision for creating nationally recognized post-professional educational programs for all rehabilitation services professions involves creating a culture of curiosity and humility around what it means to be a professional in health care today.