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Timothy Eckard PT, DPT, OCS

Tim Eckard is a native of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and first-year doctoral student in the Human Movement Science Curriculum. Tim graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology in 2006 and from the US Army-Baylor Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy in 2009. During his six years as an Army physical therapist, Tim was afforded opportunities to practice in a variety of settings and locations, including Europe and the Middle East. Under the direction of Dr. Darin Padua, his research interests involve identifying modifiable risk factors for lower extremity injuries in athletic and military populations.



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Gena Gerstner MPH, MS

Gena Gerstner graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2009. In May 2013, she received a Master of Public Health in Social Behavior and Community Health at the University of Albany, School of Public Health. Thereafter, she received a Master of Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania in December 2014. Under the direction of Dr. Eric Ryan, her area of interest includes examining the influence of obesity and aging on neuromuscular function.


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FJ Goodwin PT, DPT

FJ Goodwin graduated from Furman University (Greenville, SC) with a degree with Health and Exercise Science with honors in 2008. He then received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) in 2012. Following graduation he worked in the Physical Therapy Department at UNC Hospitals, predominantly in an outpatient orthopedic setting. His research interests include running biomechanics and injury prevention, lower extremity stiffness and contributing intramuscular and joint mechanics.


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Matthew Harkey MS, ATC

Matthew Harkey graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Athletic Training in 2010, and received his Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training from The University of Toledo in 2012. Under the direction of Dr. Brian Pietrosimone, his research interests include biomechanical, neuromuscular, and biochemical consequences following anterior cruciate ligament injury that lead to the development and progression of posttraumatic osteoarthritis.


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Brittney Luc MS, ATC

Brittney Luc graduated from Capital University (Columbus, OH) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Athletic Training in 2010. In May 2012, she received her Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training at The University of Toledo (Toledo, OH). Her research interests include the neuromuscular consequences of traumatic joint injury as well as the development of posttraumatic knee osteoarthritis following ACL injury and reconstruction. She is also interested in therapeutic interventions which target the neural origins of persistent muscle weakness and maximize improvements in quadriceps strength in ACL reconstructed patients.


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Brett Pexa MA, ATC, LAT

Brett Pexa graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2013 with a Bachelor of Athletic Training and performed his Master’s work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a Master of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science in 2015. Brett performs his doctoral work under the direction of Dr. Joseph Myers, focusing on overuse injury of the upper extremity, rest and recovery of the upper extremity, and injury risk factors of baseball pitchers. Brett is very interested in the use of diagnostic ultrasound and its use outside of the laboratory setting. Brett currently works out of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory in Fetzer Hall.


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Kyeongtak (KT) Song completed his bachelor’s degree in Sports & Leisure Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea and a MS in Athletic Training from UNC Greensboro. Under the direction of Dr. Erik Wikstrom, KT’s research interests focus on identifying biomechanical and sensorimotor dysfunction following ankle injuries as well as improving clinical outcomes in those who have suffered ankle injuries. Also, his research interest involves the reweighting of sensory/somatosensory information in those with chronic ankle instability.


Laura Stanley

Laura Stanley PT, DPT, SCS

Laura Stanley graduated from Duke University with a BS degree in Psychology in 2006. She completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Duke University in 2010 and then completed the Proaxis Therapy Sports Physical Therapy post-professional residency program in 2011. Laura worked clinically for four years, treating an orthopedic and adolescent sports medicine population while participating in ongoing clinical research studies. Her primary research interests include understanding the influence of knee injury on biomechanics in order develop strategies to track and monitor clinical outcomes, improve rehabilitation effectiveness, and promote long-term joint health.