Physical Therapy Staff

Elizabeth Southwell

Executive Secretary

Elizabeth currently divides her time between the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training and the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies. In the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, Elizabeth answers phones, fields questions from current and prospective students and helps with the application process. She is also responsible for scheduling classes/special events within the building, assists with maintaining office machinery and supplies and reports any problems within the building.

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Tami Garff

Administrative Assistant

Tami is the Department Administrative Assistant/Office Manager. Her duties include account reconciliations, accounts payable/receivables, department scholarship administration, purchasing, travel, payroll, and faculty retention, promotion & tenure process.

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Emily Walton

Assistant to the Director of Clinical Education

Emily is the assistant to the Clinical Director of Education. Her duties include: setting up and maintaining clinical affiliation agreements, confirming student internships, scheduling mid-term visits, setting up CPI evaluations, and organizing Clinical Instructor courses.

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Amy Powell-Versteeg

Physical Therapy Assistant, Balance & Mobility Clinic

Amy Powell-Versteeg has been a physical therapist assistant for over 12 years. She graduated from Salt Lake Community College with an Associates of Science degree and her PTA Certification. Amy came to University of Utah Health's Rehab and Wellness Clinic in 2006.

Amy is experienced in neurological rehabilitation and has worked directly with clients in a variety of rehabilitation settings. She has recently completed the Pelvic Floor Rehab Level 1 Course through the APTA and also is a certified LSVT BIG trainer and a Lymphedema Decongestive Therapist.

Amy is active in clinical education and is currently co-teaching the APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer Program. She is also co-teaching the “Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy I and II” course. Amy also organizes continuing education opportunities through the Department of Physical Therapy.

Amy is involved with the American Physical Therapy Association at both the State and National levels, and is a current member of the Salt Lake Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program Advisory Committee.

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Melanie Salazar

Office Assistant, Balance & Mobility Clinic

Melanie answers phones, schedules patient appointments and maintains files for the Balance & Mobility Clinic.

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Kaitlyn Tippetts

Academic Advisor

Kaitlyn advises students and provides information and guidance in regards to their academic planning and progress towards admittance into the University Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She coordinates and participates in advising-related recruitment. Kaitlyn also reviews students' applications for admissions into academic programs.

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Kandice Smith

Executive Assistant

Kandice is the executive assistant over special projects for the department. 

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Samantha Jackson

Clincal Research Coordinator

Samantha helps coordinate and manage research projects for the department. Her responsibilities include: study recruitment/screening, participant scheduling and tracking, database development and management, regulatory upkeep, and multi-site collaboration. Her studies mostly focus on patients suffering from low back pain. 

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Brenda Northrup

Clinical Research Coordinator

Brenda helps coordinate and manage research projects for the department. Her duties include: participant recruitment, coordination, implementation, quality control, and completion of research studies while accomplishing study objectives and maintaining compliance with guildlines set by federal regulations, study sponsors, and the institutional review board. 

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