Balance & Mobility Clinic

Rehab clinicThe clinic is located in the Health Professions Education Building in Research Park at 520 Wakara Way. The Clinic was established through a generous donation from the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation. Faculty members from the Department of Physical Therapy staff the Clinic.

D. James Ballard, DPT,  Heather Hayes, DPT, NCS  and Grayson Doar, DPT are the primary physical therapists treating patients in the Clinic.

Physical Therapists

D. James Ballard, DPT

A 1994 graduate of the University of Utah Physical Therapy Program. His chief clinical interests are male and female pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, Parkinson's disease and vestibular rehabilitation. He has published a paper and presented at local, national, and international conferences on the topic of pelvic floor muscle exercises for erectile dysfunction. He has also presented at local and national conferences on behavioral treatment methods for adult urinary incontinence. He came to the University from the IHC Hearing and Balance Center where he worked with patients with vertigo, dizziness and other balance disorders. In addition to seeing individual patients at the Clinic, Jim also works with the Parkinson's disease exercise group.

Heather Hayes, DPT, NCS, PHD

Graduated from the University of Utah, Exercise and Sports Science with her PhD in 2014 and from Northern Arizona University Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2003. Heather's clinical interests focus on neurological disabilities and the potential for functional recovery post-focal neurological injury, such as stroke. Heather's research interests include understanding how individuals with neurological injuries learn in order to help maximize recovery for patients. Heather utilizes state of the art equipment to encourage neurological recovery including but not limited to body weight supported treadmill training and intensive training using motor learning principles. Heather has initiated a wellness program for individuals with neurological and disorders at the Clinic. Additionally, Heather houses yearly intensive camps for neurologically injured individuals, where patients participate in therapy 6 hours/day for 10 days. Additional research interests include working with individuals with ALS, Parkinson disease and MS.

Grayson Doar, DPT

A 2008 graduate of the University of Utah Physical Therapy Program. Her clinical interests are vestibular rehabilitation, balance and falls prevention and orthopedic rehabilitation. Grayson has served on the executive committee of the Balance and Falls Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is currently the Public Relations Chair of the Utah Physical Therapy Association (UPTA). Grayson works with patients with vertigo, dizziness, post concussion syndrome and other balance disorders.

 The Clinic also houses exercise and wellness programs for individuals with Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, neurological injury, and diabetes.

Contact Us

Scheduling, More Info, Cancellations

Phone: 801-587-9161 (please leave a message)
Fax: 801-587-7607

For a specific program, contact:

    • Multiple Sclerosis Exercise
    • Hina Garg
    • Program Manager, MSEP
    • 801-581-8756
    • Parkinson's & Neurological Injury Exercise
    • 801-587-9161
    • Diabetes and Senior Health (DASH)
    • Sheldon Smith, MS, CDE
    • 801-581-6696
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