Meet the clinicians and staff

Meet the clinicians and staff

Coleby Clawson, Clinic Director

Coleby Clawson is a physical therapist and the Director of the Community Rehabilitation Clinic sponsored by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Foundation. Coleby is also a lab instructor for RMUoHP, a home health physical therapist, and strength and conditioning coach for Springville High School in Springville, UT. Coleby received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and was a starting linebacker for the football team. During his last year at BYU, Coleby worked as an assistance strength and conditioning coach with the football, basketball, baseball and rugby teams. Coleby received his DPT degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2013. Coleby’s professional interests include orthopedics, human performance, and academics.

Trevor Dorius, PT

Dr. Dorius is a licensed physical therapist focused on evidence-based practice and manual therapy techniques. Trevor earned his doctorate in physical therapy from RMUoHP in 2013 and currently is an orthopedic physical therapist for Intermountain Healthcare in Provo and Saratoga Springs. He treats a wide variety of patients with orthopedic, sports and neurologic complaints. Trevor also assists with education of other therapists and students during clinical improvement meetings. He tracks each patient’s improvement with functional outcome assessments each visit. Dr. Dorius also serves as a home health physical therapist treating homebound patients for a variety of agencies on a PRN basis.
He ensures patient safety in the home and trains family members and caregivers to do the same. He helps patients gain functional independence and administers reliable tests to monitor the same. Trevor was selected as a senior intern in EIM’s EBP focused Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) in 2013.

Ann M. Hoffman PT, DScPT, PCS

Dr. Hoffman received her physical therapy training in her home state of Minnesota. She completed her undergraduate and Masters of Art in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in 1992. Her first position was with Evanston Hospital, to Minneapolis/St.Paul as she was employed by Shriners Hospital for Children. After that, Dr. Hoffman went on to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 13 years. In 2013, her family relocated to Utah and she worked with Primary Children’s Hospital. In 2014 with Dr. Hoffman accepted a faculty position with Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her professional passion has focused on treating pediatric patients and working with their families. In 2011, she completed her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy with the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a focus on pediatrics and education of future therapists to work in this specialty practice area. She received her Pediatric Specialty Certification in 2012.

Wes McWhorter

Dr. McWhorter has served as the Graduate Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy (Entry-level) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions since 2010. Dr. McWhorter received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Brigham Young University and his MPT degree from the U.S. Army-Baylor Program in Physical Therapy. He has served as assistant chief of physical therapy at Darnall Army Community Hospital and has worked in several outpatient clinics specializing in treating patients with orthopedic and sports related injuries. Dr. McWhorter worked as an Assistant Professor in the School of Allied Health Professions at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana for 13 years, serving as the director of the Physical Therapy program for seven years. He has also served on the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. McWhorter was on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he served for 3 years as the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. His research interests include biomechanics, the effects of verbal motivation on exercise in children, kinesiology of running injuries, and fitness levels of professional students. He teaches research, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, prosthetic and orthotic evaluation and treatment, and exercise physiology.

Ulrike H. Mitchell, PhD, PT, MTC

Ulrike Mitchell is a professor at Brigham Young University, where she teaches Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology and Orthopedic Impairments in the Exercise Science Department. Dr. Mitchell received two bachelor’s degrees, one in French and Physical Education and one in Physical Therapy in her home country, Germany. She went on to receive a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, and a PhD in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. Dr. Mitchell worked as an on-line course facilitator at the University of St. Augustine, and was a staff physical therapist at Gentiva Home Health. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Utah State University. Dr. Mitchell’s research interests include physical therapy treatment and outcomes and the use of Infrared light therapy to reduce symptoms associated with restless legs syndrome. She currently serves as a lab instructor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, PT, DHSc, ECS

Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, one of the founders of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP), has served as the President and as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since inception. He also serves as the Secretary of the Parent Company, Wasatch Educational, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors of the RMUoHP Foundation.
Dr. Nielsen obtained his BS degree in pre-physical therapy (Zoology) from Brigham Young University and his BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 1975. He entered the United States Navy serving in various positions over 20 years. During Dr. Nielsen’s last tour of duty, he served as Chief Physical Therapist for the United States Navy and as Physical Therapy Consultant to the Surgeon General, The United States Supreme Court, Congress and White House. Following retirement, Dr. Nielsen co-founded and served as President of the Institute of Clinical Electrophysiology in Provo, Utah where he served until becoming President of Rocky Mountain University of Physical Therapy (the former name of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions) in 1998. Dr. Nielsen graduated from the University of Washington with an MS degree in Neuro-kinesiology and from the University of St. Augustine with a Doctorate in Health Sciences with emphasis in Clinical Electrophysiology.
Dr. Nielsen is concurrently practicing as an electromyographer in Utah and is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Electrophysiologic Clinical Specialist and has re-certified twice (1998 and 2006). He has authored chapters in textbooks and published in peer-reviewed journals in the specialty area of Clinical Electrophysiology.

Paul Stoneman

Paul Stoneman graduated from the Army-Baylor University Physical Therapy Program in 1987 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree. In 2001 he earned a PhD in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. His doctoral research was on the effects on gait biomechanics of non-operative treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis. He also completed his tDPT degree from Baylor University and received a Master’s of Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College. He is a board certified clinical specialist in both Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Stoneman retired from the military in 2012. His assignments during his military career include Chief of Physical Therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Chief of Physical Therapy and of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Chief of Physical Therapy and Director of Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program at United States Military Academy, West Point. He has presented internationally on amputee rehabilitation. His research interests include functional outcome testing and therapeutic exercise. Paul currently serves as an associate professor of entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy instruction at Rocky Mountain University of Health

Joel Tenbrink, PT, PhD, ATC

Dr. Joel Tenbrink, PT, PhD, ATC attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate training in Athletic Training. After graduation he went to Physical Therapy school at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN. While there, he practiced as an athletic Trainer at Henry Sibley High School as well as the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. Following Graduation in 2004, he worked in various practice settings including acute care, skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation in the State of Washington and quickly became the Center Coordinator of Clinic Education for Northwest Physical Therapy. Dr. Tenbrink decided to pursue a PhD in 2008 at the University of Idaho where he also worked as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Athletic Training program. In 2011, Joel began as Program Director of a developing consortium program of 4 colleges throughout Idaho providing a Physical Therapist Assistant program across most of the state. After finishing his PhD in December 2012, he joined the faculty of RMUoHP in as Co-Director of Clinical Education.

Misti Timpson, PT, DPT, NCS (Neuro Rehab)

Misti Timpson received her MSPT degree at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri in 1992. She received her post professional DPT degree at University of Utah in 2008. She was granted her NCS (Board Certified Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy by the APTA) in 2003. She received her CBIS (Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) in 2010. She worked for 20 years in an acute inpatient rehabilitation center for Intermountain Healthcare as well as 2 years at IHC Hearing and Balance Center. Additionally, she has had experience in acute orthopedics, home health care and outpatient neuro. She has been heavily involved in volunteer organizations serving people with disabilities: SPLORE and National Ability Center. She has enjoyed teaching people with spinal cord injury how to ski, horseback ride, cycle, play tennis, and waterski. She is involved with Healing Hands for Haiti which has developed an outpatient PT and prosthetic clinic in Port au Prince Haiti. She is also involved in training and providing appropriate wheelchairs for people in war stricken or third world countries. Misti currently as an Assistant Professor for entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy instruction at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Mark Walker, PT, PhD

Dr. Walker was awarded his bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1982 from the University of Utah. He earned his PhD in Exercise Physiology from Brigham Young University in 2000. He joined RMU faculty as an adjunct professor for the first year of the entry-level DPT program in May of 2010. After teaching the first year, and because of the awesome faculty, he decided to apply for a full time position. Prior to academia, Dr. Walker practiced clinically for over 30 years in hospital PT department administration and private practice in the orthopedic setting. In the hospital setting, he has worked in acute care, neuro and outpatient. He has also done home health and worked in skilled nursing facilities. Currently, he owns a PT Outpatient Private Practice in Springville, UT, and spends 15 hours per week still treating patients and running the practice.