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Meet the Faculty

Saravanan Chockalingam [Van], PT, DPT, CLT, CYT is a Physical therapist specialized in Vestibular Rehabilitation and is currently practicing in an outpatient and in home care settings.

Dr. Chockalingam has been practicing physical therapy for more than 24 years and has had the opportunity to practice his unique skills of vestibular rehabilitation for 12 years in a variety of clinical settings. He completed his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Utica, New York.

He is professional member, vestibular specialist, and an Ambassador to defeat dizziness in Vestibular Disorders Association.  He is also a certified Lymphedema therapist and a yoga instructor. Dr. Chockalingam attended several seminars and clinical meetings on vestibular rehabilitation and implemented the same in his practice at hospital, out-patient rehabilitation and home care settings. He also successfully developed vestibular rehabilitation programs in home care and out-patient rehabilitation.

Dr. Chokalingam has provided numerous national as well as international presentations on vestibular pathology and rehabilitation in the form of CEU courses. seminars, before therapists and physicians.


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William E. DeTurk, PhD, PT is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Stony Brook DPT Program in the areas of clinical medicine, acute care, exercise physiology, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. As a former Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist, he currently provides clinical services to the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Northport, NY. Dr. DeTurk received his BA from Duke University with a major in English Literature, a BS from SUNY Downstate in Physical Therapy, an MA from New York University in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, and a PhD from New York University in Pathokinesiology. He has extensive clinical experience in the provision of physical therapy services in hospital and home care settings with specialty practice in acute care and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.
Dr. DeTurk has presented at state and national conferences, and has an extensive publication history in journals and texts.  He co-authored Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy: An Evidence-Based Approach, a textbook published by McGraw-Hill, now in its second edition.

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Dr. Frese is a Professor in the Doisy College of Health Science at Saint Louis University, an adjunct instructor in the physical therapy program of Washington University School of Medicine. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in cardiopulmonary, exercise physiology and therapeutic exercises.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, and Master of Health Science degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She received her DPT degree from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

She is a board certified specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy and she is currently the president of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her research has been presented at numerous American Physical Therapy Association conferences and her research work has been published in peer reviewed journal. She is active in clinical practice in acute care and home health.

Dr. Frese is a nationally recognized speaker and presents lectures and courses on cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy throughout USA.

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Dr. Ghosh is a known international speaker, presents his lectures and courses throughout USA and abroad. He is currently a professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Maryville University, St. Louis, where he teaches graduate courses related to neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurological diseases, neurological treatment and pharmacology. He has over 27 years of teaching experience.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Ghosh is also currently practicing as a physical therapist in the nursing home setting where he is engaged in treating patients with neurological diseases.

He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D degree in Physiology from the University of Calcutta and his BS, PT from Ohio State University. Dr. Ghosh has been actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association and is currently the Chair of the Education Committee for the Eastern District of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association. He has provided numerous presentations before the State, National, and International meetings related to physical therapy and has authored and co-authored 49 peer-reviewed research papers and 55 abstracts.

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Dr. John Lowman is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.  His primary responsibilities are teaching physiology, pathology/pathophysiology, pharmacology, and cardiovascular and pulmonary patient/client management in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program as well as in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program.  He received his B.S.Ed. in Exercise Science from Virginia Tech, M.S. in Physical Therapy from Duke University, and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia.  He has been a board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy since 1999.  He has been actively involved with the American Physical Therapy Association and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and currently serves on the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as the immediate past-chair. Dr. Lowman has provided numerous presentations before the State and National meetings related to physical therapy and has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed research papers and abstracts. 

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Sara MacDowell, PT, DPT has many years of specialized clinical experience with patients who have vestibular and/or facial nerve disorders. Dr. MacDowell is currently an adjunct faculty at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). She also participates in instruction through the otolaryngology residency program to educate new medical residents about vestibular rehabilitation. Along with teaching, Dr. MacDowell also facilitates research through LSUHSC with research projects including optokinetic stimulation and the role of anxiety and dizziness in self-reported imbalance.  Dr. MacDowell practices in a comprehensive neurotology clinic alongside audiologists and neurotologists.  Her primary practice is an outpatient based vestibular therapy treatment center, but also frequently consults at the acute care hospital for post-operative vestibular patients as well as dizzy patients admitted through the ER.
Dr. MacDowell graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University and has completed the competency certification in “Vestibular Rehabilitation” and “Vestibular Function Tests: Interpretation and Application to Rehabilitation” offered by Dr. Herdman. Dr. MacDowell is currently a board member of the APTA Vestibular Special Interest Group and has presented several continuing education lectures on Vestibular Rehabilitation.

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Dr. Deepak Sebastian is a clinical instructor in orthopedic physical therapy, at the Institute of Therapeutic Sciences clinical residency and manual therapy fellowship program, Livonia, MI.

Dr. Sebastian is a specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and is currently practicing in an outpatient setting where he is engaged in treating patients with orthopedic dysfunction.

He has over 11 years of teaching experience and over 21 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist in varied clinical settings. He is a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

He is the founding director of the Institute of Therapeutic Sciences, which is the first orthopedic physical therapy residency in the state of Michigan, and currently the only institution in the state to offer both an orthopedic physical therapy residency and an orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship. He is credited to describing two new clinical syndromes, 'Triangular Interval Syndrome', and ‘T2 Radiculopathy’ which is indexed in Medline.

He has provided numerous presentations before national and international gatherings related to physical therapy and has authored / co-authored several peer-reviewed research articles and abstracts.

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Dr. Walter practices vestibular and balance rehabilitation at Geisinger Medical Center in a variety of settings including outpatient rehabilitation, emergency department, acute care, and inpatient rehabilitation.

Dr. Walter is an associate faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy, Misericordia University. He is a graduate of the university of Wisconsin and has attained competency certification in “Vestibular Rehabilitation” and “Vestibular Function Test Interpretation”. Since 1999,

Dr. Walter has lectured at various professional conferences, universities and continuing education courses for audiologists, physicians and therapists involved in managing patients with dizziness and imbalance.

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Meet Our Faculty


I am excited that I will take back new ideas to the clinic and use right away with my patients.
- Samantha B. (PT from Illinois)
Instructor is very knowledgeable. Dr. Ghosh explained complicated topic with ease and simplicity.
- Oliver P. (OT from Kentucy)


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