Physical Therapy

Staff

Michaele R. Smith, PT, MEd
CAPT U.S. Public Health Service

CAPT Smith is Chief physical therapist of the Physical Therapy Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center and a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. She is past Discipline Specific Liaison and Mentoring Chairperson of the Therapist Professional Advisory Committee (TPAC) and past Education Coordinator of the Physical Therapy Section. She holds two bachelor degrees and an M Ed from George Mason University. CAPT Smith is certified in Bobath neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) for children, a credentialed clinical education instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the developer of a post graduate Clinical Research Training Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of pediatrics (metabolic disorders, oncology, and genetic disorders); pediatric HIV infection, Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Smith Magenis Syndrome, Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and hypoparathyroid disorders. She has presented lectures and written articles on the topics of pediatric HIV infection, Juvenile Dermatomyositis and Smith-Magenis Syndrome at local, national and international conferences.

Bart Drinkard, MSPT, CCS
CAPT Bart Drinkard is a senior staff therapist in the Physical Therapy Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center and a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service. He received a Bachelor's degree in biology and two Masters degrees in Physical Therapy and Exercise Physiology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He is an ABPTS certified Cardiopulmonary Specialist and Certified Exercise Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. In the Physical Therapy Section at the NIH Clinical Center he coordinates the metabolic exercise testing program. His research interests include the development of submaximal measures of cardiorespiratory fitness and physiological testing in obese children. He is currently collaborating on several NIH studies involving patients with a variety of clinical diagnoses including obesity, pulmonary hypertension, breast cancer, and endocrine disorders.

Adrienne Jackson, PT, PhD, GCS, MPA
Dr. Jackson is a staff physical therapist of the Physical Therapy Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center. She joined the Physical Therapy Section from Florida A&M University, where she was an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Division of Physical Therapy within the School of Allied Health Sciences. She has over 15 years of clinical experience in various settings. She is an ABPTS Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy and also has a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Gerontology from University of North Texas. Additionally, She has a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Health Care Policy and Administration from Auburn University. She is a graduate of the physical therapy program at Florida A&M University. She is an APTA-credentialed Clinical Instructor and has both clinical and classroom teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Mina Jain, PT, MS, DSc, PCS
Dr. Jain is research coordinator and a senior staff physical therapist of the Physical Therpy Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville, MS from the University of Indianapolis and clinical doctorate from the University of Maryland. She is an ABPTS certified Pediatric Specialist. Her research interests are in the areas of pediatrics (metabolic disorders, oncology, and genetic disorders). She is the lead therapist for a study on congenital muscular dystrophy, juvenile dermatomyositis and NOMID. She has presented lectures and written articles on the topics of congenital muscular dystrophy, pediatric oncology, juvenile dermatomyositis and juvenile osteoporosis at local and national conferences.

Melissa Waite, MSPT
Ms. Waite is a staff therapist in the Physical Therapy Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center. Ms. Waite graduated from Simmons College in Boston, MA, with a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2000. She has worked with patients with mild to profound disabilities with a variety of diagnoses, including orthopedic, oncological and neurological disorders. Her clinical experience, prior to NIH, includes working with pediatric patients in early intervention, school, and outpatient settings in Rhode Island and Northern Virginia, as well as working with adult patients in outpatient settings in the Washington, DC area. She joined the Physical Therapy Section of the National Institutes of Health as a staff physical therapist in January of 2009. She is currently collaborating on research protocols involving patients with congenital muscular dystrophy and osteogenesis imperfecta.

Joseph A Shrader, PT, CPed
Mr. Shrader is a senior staff therapist in the Physical Therapy Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center. He graduated from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in 1989 and became a board Certified Pedorthist in 1994. For 24 years he has provided care to patients with rheumatologic diseases and other lower extremity disorders at the National Institutes of Health, Rehabilitation Medicine Department where he has developed protocols on the management of foot and ankle problems. He has published papers in the areas of tendinitis, treatment of the foot affected by rheumatoid arthritis, orthotic interventions, measurement of foot biomechanics, and collaborative natural history and intervention trials for persons with Inclusion Body Myositis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, HIV, Hereditary Inclusion Body Myopathy, Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy, Hypoparathyroidism, and Post-Transplant Distal Limb Syndrome. His current collaborative research interests include the natural history of GNE myopathy, the effects of functional exercise in SBMA, early detection of impairments in Multiple Sclerosis, and development of tools to better understand the relationships between quantitative maximal voluntary muscle contractions and functional performance.

Kieu-Phuong Capron, PT
LCDR Capron is a senior staff physical therapist, clinical coordinator, and assuming Education Coordinator of the Physical Therapy Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center as well as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service. She also functions as the risk management and purchasing officer for the Physical Therapy section. She received her undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary's College in 1994. Her passion remains direct patient care. At the NIH she has been participating in several collaborative studies involving patients with various forms of neuromuscular and rheumatologic diseases.

Zavera Brandon, MPT, DPT, CBIS
Dr. Brandon is a staff physical therapist of the Physical Therapy Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH Clinical Center. Dr. Brandon received her Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2003. She then received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2004. She is currently a certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of brain injury, neuromuscular disorders, alternative and holistic medicine, and oncology.

Earllaine Croarkin, MPT, NCS
Earllaine Croarkin is a contract physical therapist of the Physical Therapy section of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the NIH. She received her Master in Physical Therapy degree from Rutgers University in Camden NJ and a bachelor degree from the University of Delaware. She is a senior staff therapist and a board certified neurological clinical specialist recognized through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She is also certified in Neurodevelopmental treatment in the management of Adults (NDT). She is involved in clinical patient care and several research protocols. Her area of interests is neurological, genetic and rehabilitation of patients after chronic stroke. She has lectured and published posters and manuscripts in the area of Friedreich's Ataxia, oncology and the use of neurological outcome measurement tools.

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