Sean Clark, Ph.D.
Center and Research Director
Chairman of the Department of Kinesiology
Dr. Clark joined the kinesiology faculty at Gordon College in 2000 and teaches courses that focus on the neurophysiological and mechanical basis of human movement. He also serves as the Academic and Research Director for the Gordon College Center for Balance Mobility and Wellness.
Dr. Clark's research interests focus broadly on the coordination and multisensory control of posture and orientation. His most recent research projects have examined the use of balance assessment tools to quantify postural stability in both athletes and older adults. Dr. Clark's current research interests are in developing effective treatment strategies to improve functional balance performance in older adults.
Charity Trombley, MSPT
Charity Trombley PT, MSPT received her Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from Gordon College in 2003. She continued on to graduate studies at the University of Rhode Island where she received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) in 2006.
Charity has concentrated her physical therapy practice in vestibular, orthopedic, neurological and balance rehabilitation. She worked in both outpatient orthopedics and subacute rehabilitation prior to joining our team at the Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness in 2008. She has completed extensive coursework in vestibular rehabiliation and has received a certificate of competency in vestibular rehabilitation after completing coursework and exams at Susan Herdman's Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course at Emory University.
Marie Lucey, PT
Senior Physical Therapist
Marie is a 1984 graduate of Simmons College with post-graduate course work at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Over the past twenty years Marie has worked in a variety of rehabilitative settings acquiring a love and expertise for working with individuals with neurological, vestibular and balance disorders. Prior to coming to Gordon College, Marie worked as a senior therapist in the Balance Center at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. She has completed extensive course work in Vestibular Rehabilitation including Susan Herdman's Advanced Vestibular Competency Course at Emory University. She has co-authored a chapter on vestibular function in Netter's Neurology, published by ICON Learning Systems.
Emily Righter, DPT
Emily Wagner, PT, DPT is a full time physical therapist at the Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Minor in Psychology from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2008. She then pursued her graduate degree at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2011.
Carolyn Cwalinski, MSPT
Alison Stallings, MSPT
Alison graduated from Gordon College in 1994 with a B.S. in movement science. She attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where she received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996.
Alison has 14 years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care and a skilled nursing facility. In 1996, she began work at Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, New Hampshire, specializing in the care of patients recovering from strokes and spinal cord injuries. She spent two years coordinating the wheelchair clinic for inpatient and outpatient wheelchair seating and positioning needs.
In 2001, she also started working at the Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in Manchester, New Hampshire. Her work at CMC is focused primarily on phase one cardiac rehab and in the medical/surgical department.
Alison joined the staff at the Center for Balance Mobility and Wellness in November, 2010.
McKenzie Garvey, DPT
McKenzie has concentrated her physical therapy practice in vestibular, neurological, balance and concussion rehabilitation. Prior to joining the Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness she completed a clinical rotation at the Balance and Concussion Center at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Jersey where she specialized in evaluating and treating patients with vestibular, balance and post-concussion impairments.
Ross joined the fitness staff of the Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness in 2013 and was named the Fitness Manager of the Center in January 2014. His professional background includes work as a rehabilitation aide with several physical therapy clinics as well as serving as a personal trainer in a private training studio in the Boston area.
Ross completed his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from St. Lawrence University in 2001 and shortly thereafter began his journey in the health and fitness field, in which he has worked under top professionals in the industry and has pursued innovative continuing education opportunities to persistently challenge the threshold of his knowledgebase and skill set. He completed his Fellowship in Applied Functional Science (FAFS) with the Gray Institute in 2012 and also took comprehensive coursework for Pilates teacher training through Balanced Body University in 2008.
As the Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness continues to grow and develop dynamic and unique programming for the North Shore community, Ross is looking forward to being a part of an expert and dedicated staff, one which recognizes the body-mind-spirit connection in all aspects of life. Ross is prepared to guide our members and clients through our full range of membership options, training needs and class offerings, whether for post-rehabilitation training or for everyday functional and fulfilling living. His whole-body holistic approach to wellness, in recognizing the neuromusculoskeletal interconnectedness of the human body, lends itself to a training style which focuses on creating an environment of success for the individual and which aims to broaden the scope of each person’s comfort, confidence and performance.
Originally from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Ross now lives in Natick with his wife Christina. They are welcoming their first child in the Spring of 2014 as they round out their home team in addition to their German Shepherd Dog Taylor and their Siamese Cat Skyler.
Dede graduated from Boston University in 1985 with a degree in French and business administration. She and her husband worked for 15 years in Christian ministry in France and Quebec and here on the North Shore. She spent five years in Christian publishing and most recently she and her husband, Kelly, owned and operated a small gym in Swampscott, Massachusetts .
Cordelia Schirer-Suter is originally from Switzerland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Zurich Business School, a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education from the Frey Academy, and a master’s degree in Project Management and Organizational Development from the Swiss Society for Organization and Management Business School.
She worked 9 years for UBS, the largest Swiss bank, in various positions as project manager and business consultant. Besides her part-time position at Gordon College she also works part-time as coordinator of the Kids’ Club at the Sterling YMCA in Beverly.
Peter Iltis, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Kinesiology
Peter Iltis joined the faculty of Gordon College in 1983, and serves as chair of the Department of Kinesiology. He also currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Gordon College Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness.
Dr. Iltis has a wide variety of scholarly interests both within the discipline of kinesiology and in music. His research projects have included such diverse interests as reliability and validity in the measurement of bioenergetics, movement disorders such as focal task specific dystonia (in musicians), body composition assessment techniques, the use of computer-assisted visual feedback in French horn pedagogy, and lately have turned toward balance and fall-risk assessment in older adults.
MGH-IHP Physical Therapy Clinical Intern—Courtney Chaulk, DPT