One of our main goals is to have as many community members as possible have access to On the Move: Group Exercise for Improved Mobility in Older Adults®

Our Team

Jennifer Brach, PT, PhD

Jennifer S. Brach is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Her areas of interest include community-based participatory research, aging, gait, exercise, physical activity and physical function. She is responsible for teaching research methods in physical therapy courses in the DPT program and the Methods of Inquiry course in the PhD program. She has been helping older adults exercise since she was a high-school student and is thrilled to offer On the Move: Group Exercise for Improved Mobility in Older Adults® (OTM) to the community.

Leslie Coffman, PT, DPT

Leslie Coffman is a staff research physical therapist at University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy. Before transitioning into an exclusively research-based position, Leslie worked in outpatient and rehab settings with a focus on treating patients with neurological and vestibular disorders. Leslie is a master OTM trainer. She has been involved teaching classes, developing training materials, and training instructors since 2013. In her current role at Pitt, Leslie completes clinical assessments on research participants, oversees data management, and continues to develop and implement instructor training materials for various programs, including OTM.

Peter Coyle, PT, PhD

Peter is a licensed physical therapist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. Peter recently joined the OTM team. He is assisting with the study, implementation, and instructor training of OTM.

Valerie Shuman, PT, DPT, GCS

Valerie is a physical therapist and board-certified geriatric clinical specialist and is currently a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh in Rehabilitation Science. Valerie has worked clinically in acute care, in-patient rehab, and in skilled nursing facilities with a focus on treating patients with neurological and balance disorders. She also has been a teaching assistant at Duquesne University since 2013. Valerie joined the OTM team in 2018 and is thrilled to take part in helping adults in the community be more active.

Jessie VanSwearingen, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Jessie VanSwearingen is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, teaching graduate courses in the area of neuroscience, and neuromotor control applied in clinical practice in neurological decision-making, clinical electrotherapy, and geriatric physical therapy. She serves as a reviewer for both basic science and clinical journals, reviews research abstracts for professional meetings in Geriatrics and Physical Therapy and chairs the Research Committee for APTA Academy of Geriatrics. VanSwearingen is honored as a Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. Her research interest is in the assessment and treatment to enhance neuromotor control in older adults (and [future] companion dogs).

Dave Wert, PT, PhD

David is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh and has over 20 years of physical therapy and health/wellness experience. David has been a part of the OTM research team for a number of years and looks forward to helping expand the program to areas beyond southwestern Pennsylvania. David’s professional interests include exercise/wellness, geriatrics, and neuroscience.

Get In Touch

On the Move: Group Exercise for Improved Mobility in Older Adults®
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Physical Therapy
Bridgeside Pointe 1

100 Technology Drive – Suite 210
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

contact@onthemove.pitt.edu

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