Harris Health System Faculty
Faculty outside of Harris Health System
Alisha Bogan PT, DPT
Alisha Bogan graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In 2006, she received her master’s in physical therapy from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB). Alisha worked for 6 ½ years in the acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings before completing her transitional-doctorate of physical therapy in 2013 from UTMB. She is currently a therapist at Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital and has been an adjunct faculty member for the Neurologic Physical Therapy Program for two years. Her interest is in patients with strokes and traumatic brain injuries. She plans to pursue a certification in neurology from the American Physical Therapy Association in the near future.
Laurie Bramlett PT, DPT, NCS
Laurie Bramlett is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in psychology. She received her Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and is board certified by the APTA as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist. Laurie has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and specializes in the treatment of spinal cord injury and brain injury. She currently serves as the Center Clinical Coordinator of Education for the rehabilitation department at Harris Health System and as faculty on both the Orthopaedic and Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Programs.
Wayne Brewer PT, MPH, OCS, CSCS, PhD
Wayne Brewer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy and a Master’s in Public Health in 1995. Dr. Brewer practiced for over 20 years in a variety of different treatment settings includes acute and long term care, home health but the majority of his patient care was in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Brewer became board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 1999 and re-certified in 2009. Dr. Brewer received a Ph.D in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2014. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University where he teaches courses in Exercise Physiology, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Exercise. His research interests are in physical activity measurement and promotion, the factors that affect physical activity in individuals with chronic pain and obesity. He has several peer-reviewed publications, state and national presentations in his research areas of interest. Dr. Brewer teaches the research module in the Harris Health System’s Orthopedic and Neurological Residency programs and coordinates the capstone projects for the entire residency staff.
Alicia Danto PT, DPT, NCS
Alicia Danto graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 where she studied Biology and Spanish. She then returned home to Texas to attend the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After graduating with her doctorate in physical therapy, she was accepted into the Harris Health Neurologic Residency Program for 2015-2016. She stayed on the team to work in the neurologic outpatient setting and became board certified in neurology during the summer of 2017. She then joined the residency faculty with teaching classes in neuroanatomy and primary care. She also began leading the neurologic module for the orthopedic residency and working as a mentor for the outpatient module. In spring 2019, she received her certificate of competency in vestibular rehabilitation and began teaching the vestibular classes for the residency as well.
Meredith Franklin PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA
Meredith Franklin, PT, MPT, GCS, CEEAA is a Senior Physical Therapist at Harris Health System at Ben Taub General Hospital. She received a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in 2007. She received her clinical specialization in Geriatrics from the APTA in 2011 as well as Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults through the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Geriatrics in 2011. She completed her transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UTMB in 2014 . She was the first Physical Therapist to complete the Scholar in Aging for Physical Therapy Program ( UTMB East Texas Geriatric Education Center – Consortium in partnership with the Texas Area Health Education Centers East) in 2014. She is also a Certified Master Trainer for Matter of Balance and participates in many community-based fall prevention classes around the Houston area. She has been involved with the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Geriatric Physical Therapy, and Neurological Physical Therapy residencies at Harris Health System since 2008.
Stephanie Hessel PT, DPT, NCS
Stephanie Hessel graduated from Louisiana State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University in 2010. She has been working at Harris Health System since 2010 and has experience with both outpatient neurologic and inpatient neurologic settings and specializes in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. In 2011 she became certified by the Neuro-IFRAH Organization in the Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation Approach to the Treatment and Management of Adults with Hemiplegia from Stroke or Brain Injury. Her interests are in stroke and neuroanatomy. She has presented at several conferences, including TPTA and CSM. She is currently the Neurologic Residency Program Manager for Harris Health System. She also enjoys professional service through active involvement on the Southeastern District of the TPTA along with Accreditation Services Committee for the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). Stephanie is an ABPTS board-certified specialist in Neurology.
Jill Jackson PT, DPT, NCS
Jill Jackson was an undergraduate student at Utah State University Jill first learned about physical therapy when she volunteered at a local hospital. From her first patient until now, Jill enjoyed the diversity that exists in the field of physical therapy. She pursued her doctorate of physical therapy from Idaho State University. After graduation, she worked at two rural hospitals in eastern Idaho. As a physical therapist, practicing in a rural setting, Jill was able to spend a significant amount of time in many areas including orthopedics, geriatrics, and pain management. Jill has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since becoming a student. She is also a member of the neuro and acute sections of the APTA. After several years of working in a variety of settings, Jill decided she wanted to pursue further training in the specialty of neurology, which was one of the areas that initially attracted her to physical therapy. Jill graduated from Harris Health System’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2015 and has stayed on board in the acute setting and now on the geriatric progressive care unit to help grow the program and future classes of residents.
Megan Howell PT, DPT, NCS
Megan Howell was born and raised in Temple, Texas. She attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. In 2014, she graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. Shortly after graduating, Megan began Harris Health System’s Neurologic Residency program, graduating in September 2015. After completing the residency program she stayed on at Harris Health, working in the outpatient rehab clinic. She also joined the residency program faculty as a didactic instructor and primary mentor in the outpatient module. She has a special interest in clinical neuroanatomy as well as gait and orthotics and enjoys giving back to the residency program to which she credits so much of her own growth as a clinician.
Eric Reyes PT, DPT, NCS
Eric Reyes graduated from the University of Houston in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. He received his doctorate in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2013. He is board certified in neurologic PT since 2016. In addition to treating various neurologic diagnoses, he is also heavily involved with the amputee population at Harris Health System including the amputee clinic. He was awarded Clinical Instructor of the Year in 2015 and continues to serve as a clinical instructor for the student program. As faculty for the Neurologic PT residency at Harris Health System, he is actively involved in mentoring and teaching. He has presented at ACSM’s Annual Meeting and APTA’s CSM.
Adrienne Meier PT, DPT, NCS
Adrienne Meier, PT, DPT, NCS graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Adrienne has worked in inpatient rehab in the Harris Health System and now in the acute setting at Ben Taub Hospital with a focus on early mobilization of individuals in the neuro ICU. She is board certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist.
Tabitha Jackson PT, DPT, NCS, WCC
Tabitha Jackson graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2009 with Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Exercise Science. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 2012. She completed a Neurological Residency Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2013. She is currently the Supervisor for Acute Care Therapy Services for Ben Taub Hospital. She has served as adjunct faculty for the Harris Health System Neurological Residency Program for 3 years in the Spinal Cord Module and now in the Acute Care Module of the residency program. She received the Neurological Clinical Specialist Certification (NCS) in 2014 and Wound Care Certification (WCC) in 2015. Tabitha’s clinical interest includes brain injury, spinal cord, and wound care for individuals with neurological impairment.
Eileen Tseng Stultz PT, DPT, NCS
Eileen Tseng Stultz has received her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis. She graduated from the TIRR Neurologic Residency Program and became a Neurologic Certified Specialist in 2011. Eileen's professional involvement includes being a member of the SCIEdge task force, the ABPTRFE accreditation service committee, and the practice committee for the Academy of Neuro PT. She has been faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch and is currently a rehab supervisor Harris Health System in Houston, Texas.
Lora Walker PT, NCS
Lora Walker has her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University with a minor in Dance. In 2003, she received a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University here in Houston. Lora further earned a Neurologic Certified Specialist certification from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2007 and also holds Certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation.
Laura Wiggs PT, NCS, CBIS
Laura Wiggs received a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas in August 1991. Prior to joining the Harris Health System team, she helped develop the clinical program for Mentis Neuro Health, and oversaw the quality of the clinical programs from 2007 - 2017. She also worked as a physical therapist at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Challenge Program from June 2002 until May 2007. She also served as clinical assistant manager and physical therapy supervisor for the Brain Injury Team during her time at TIRR beginning in 1992. Laura started her career in neuro at UTMB Hospital in 1991.
Laura is a board certified clinical specialist in neurological physical therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also a certified brain injury specialist, and is NDT certified. Her professional activities include committee membership in the Texas Physical Therapy Association as well as membership in the American Physical Therapy Association and APTA Neurology Section.
In addition to her clinical activities, she is a guest lecturer for the University of Texas Medical Branch School Of Health Professionals since 2002. She has lectured nationally and internationally on topics such as Predicting Functional Outcomes, Comprehensive Management of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury, Managing the Agitated Patient and Hypertonicity Management. She has published several articles on the subject of hypertonicity in such publications as Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. Laura is also a reviewer for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Carolyn Da Silva PT, DSc, NCS
Carolyn Da Silva teaches primarily in the neurological rehabilitation sequence in the entry-level/professional and post-professional programs at Texas Woman’s University. Her research interests are in gait training (including use of the Lokomat) of stroke survivors, and in strength and functional measures of people with post-polio syndrome. Her clinical practice is as a consultant in the post-polio clinic at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation and Research and in the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center.
Michael Furtado PT, DPT, NCS
Michael Furtado graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in pre-physical therapy and master’s in physical therapy. He later earned his doctorate of physical therapy from Boston University while he was a practicing physical therapist. He worked as a staff physical therapist for six years at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation, serving in leadership positions such as the center coordinator of clinical education and creating vestibular and balance programs in sports concussion and military veterans. Michael specializes in vestibular rehabilitation and amputees, but is recognized for his expertise through the American Physical Therapy Association as a neurological clinical specialist, with experience treating all types of neurological injuries. Michael is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, were he serves as admissions chair and primary faculty for neuroscience and neurological clinical management. He also owns an outpatient private practice in Houston, AMPT Rehab, where he performs clinical practice and research in patients with vestibular dysfunction and neurological deficits. His portfolio of professional accolades includes various teaching and clinical awards with authorship or book chapters and numerous poster presentations and public speaking engagements.
Katherine Jones PT, NCS, CBIS
Katherine Jones has been a licensed physical therapist for 13 years. She received her Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2006 and her Certified Brain Injury Specialist certification in 2013. She has practiced almost exclusively in the area of neurological rehabilitation across the continuum of care, including the past six years in post-acute brain injury rehabilitation. She has been an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor for 12 years and assists with mentorship in the Harris Health Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency.
L. John Kertz PT, NCS
L. John Kertz graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. He received his Master of Science from Texas Woman's University in 1997. John began his career as a traveling physical therapist, working in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings encompassing both neurologic and orthopedic patients. Since 2000, John has specialized in spinal cord injury at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical center, working with veterans in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. John received his certification as a Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2012.
Claire MacAdam PT, NCS
Claire MacAdam graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1982. Claire received her Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) certification in Adult Hemiplegia in 1987. From 1986-1989, she served as the Supervisor of Physical Therapy at the Neurological Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City and was Adjunct Faculty, School of Physical Therapy, Columbia University, New York City. Claire received certification as a Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1994 and was recertified in 2005. She served in a management position in the Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas from 1992-2004. Currently, she works at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Neurology, Neuromuscular Disease Center. Her responsibilities include Coordinator of the ALS Clinic and Clinical Research Coordinator for the Neuromuscular Disease Center.
Winnie Powell PT, DPT, NCS
Winnie Powell graduated from the University of Virginia in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies. She received a doctorate in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2011, and graduated from Harris Health System’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency in 2012. Winnie currently practices at Shriner’s Children Hospital on the inpatient rehabilitation unit and teaches the pediatric didactic content.