We have the best residents! Learn a little bit about each here. Residents welcome your questions about their experience with the program. Please be respectful of their busy schedules and send general program inquiries to the Program Director.
Amy Schepers, PT, DPT
Dr. Amy Schepers is from Grand Rapids, MI. After attending Calvin College for undergrad, she completed her DPT at Duke University in 2017. Amy worked in acute care treating neuro and general medicine patients before beginning the University of Utah’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency in the summer of 2019. Amy is currently certified in LSVT-BIG and has enjoyed mentoring physical therapy students during her first two years of practice. She was drawn to Utah’s residency because of the variety of neuro diagnoses receiving care at the U and the teaching assistant opportunities within the DPT program. She volunteers with adaptive sports/recreation through the University of Utah’s TRAILS.
Amy’s clinical interests include student clinical education, the multifactorial aspects of balance impairments in neuro populations, and translating research into everyday interventions. She hopes to explore these interests during her residency and in her post-residency career.
Lori Yokomizo, PT, DPT
Dr. Lori Yokomizo is originally from Northern California. She completed her Bachelors in Exercise Science at Cal State Long Beach and her Doctor of Physical Therapy at The University of Miami. After working for two years in inpatient brain injury rehabilitation and outpatient orthopaedics, she decided to further her education at The University of Utah’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency. She was attracted to Utah’s deep roster of seasoned and research-based clinicians as well as the wide variety of diagnoses that are treated at the University’s Hospital. One of Lori’s favorite aspects of the residency is being a teaching assistant for Utah’s DPT students in Neuromuscular Management labs.
Lori places a strong emphasis on research inside and outside of the clinic. She has assisted in data collection and writing of a manuscript regarding the contribution of the vestibular system in people with unilateral lower limb loss, which has been submitted for journal review. In addition to research, Lori loves to volunteer in adaptive sports and community outreach events.
Lori’s special interests include the integration of physical interventions and behavioral management in the brain injury population as well as incorporating evidence-based practice into her daily treatment sessions. She is excited to continue teaching DPT students during her residency and would love to pursue academia as a long term career goal.