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 Wagner, D.PT.
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.
Sylvia Colovos received her bachelor of science degree in physical education from Gordon College in 1987. She is a certified trainer through the nationally accredited American Council of Exercise. She ran her own personal training business in Marblehead at the Jewish Community Center and Muscular Sports Therapy Center before joining the Center. She is also certified as a Health and Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine.
Sylvia loves to sail, rock climb, and ice climb on her weekends with her husband, Jeff, and her dog, Mateo.
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 .
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—Tara Cates