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.
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.
Marie Lucey, PT
Center Clinical Director
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
Center Clinical Manager
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.
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 joined the staff at the Center for Balance Mobility and Wellness in November, 2010. She has experience working in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, homecare and skilled nursing facility. Her physical therapy interests include neurological, vestibular, gait and balance rehabilitation. She has completed extensive coursework in vestibular rehabilitation including receiving a Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Susan Herdman’s Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course at Emory University. She facilitates an exercise group for people with Parkinson’s disease offered annually at the Balance Center.
In addition to working at the Center, Alison works as a per diem physical therapist in an acute rehabilitation hospital. She has a loving husband and four children. Her family breeds Cocker Spaniel dogs and they are animal lovers. In her free time she likes to exercise and scrapbook.
McKenzie DiStefano, 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.
Heather Lewis, MSPT
Kevin Kinnard, DPT
Jessica Turner, DPT
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 rehabilitation 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.
Elisabeth Whitley, DPT
Kristen Weiler, PT/s
Andrew Walker, BS, ACE-CPT
Center Wellness Director
Ross Ackley, BA, FAFS
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 local training studio.
Ross completed his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from St. Lawrence University in northern New York in 2001. After being gifted the opportunity to launch his career in the health and fitness field in western Mass., he earned his credential as a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) with the Gray Institute in 2012, studying under physical therapists Gary Gray and David Tiberio and their excellent team of faculty/mentors. Ross completed comprehensive coursework for Pilates teacher training through Balanced Body University in 2008 and more recently participated in Brookline Tai Chi’s workshop for “Tai Chi For Healthy Aging,” based on the principles of the evidence-based Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance protocol.
As the Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness continues to develop dynamic and unique programming for active senior living on the North Shore, Ross is looking forward to being a part of an expert and dedicated staff which recognizes the body-mind-spirit connection in all aspects of life. Ross is prepared to guide our members and clients through a full range of membership options, training needs and class offerings, whether for post-rehabilitation training or for everyday functional and fulfilling living. His holistic approach to wellness lends itself to a training style which aims to create an environment of success for the individual and which broadens the scope of each person’s comfort, confidence, and performance.
Originally from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Ross now lives in Ipswich with his wife Christina and their baby boy Charles Hunter Ackley. Ross is looking forward to exploring the North Shore beaches and forests with his family and their German Shepherd Dog Taylor.
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 .
Beth Ann Sperr