Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Dr. Lisa Shoaf came to Mary Baldwin College after 20 years on faculty at the Department of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Shoaf taught ethics, professionalism, and orthopedic practice within the Department of Physical Therapy, as well as anatomy and kinesiology in the Department of Dance and Choreography. While at VCU, Shoaf conducted research, ran the Clinical Education program, maintained a clinical practice, and participated in the transition of VCU’s physical therapy program from an entry-level master’s degree to an entry-level doctoral degree. Shoaf served as president of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association from 2006–08 and has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. A former dancer, Shoaf is enthusiastic about finding ways to channel her passion to help others prevent and heal performance-related injuries.
Director of Clinical Education, Physical Therapy
At Murphy Deming, Dr. Kai Kennedy will help students relate what they learn in the classroom to what they will practice in the field. Kennedy will develop the clinical education aspect of the DPT program and will oversee the selection, monitoring, and progression of clinical learning experiences. As a member of the core faculty, she will serve as liaison among faculty, clinical educators, and students. Kennedy received her doctor of physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University and her bachelor of science in kinesiological sciences, with honors, from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and has expanded her interest in helping others on a global scale, taking mission trips to Ghana and Haiti.
Keith Bishop, PhD, PT, ATC
Keith Bishop brings a wealth of clinical experience in the areas of anatomy, neuroanatomy, pathophysiology, and cellular science to the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.
Prior to joining the Murphy Deming team, Bishop served as an active duty Air Force officer for 21 years. After earning a master of science in athletic training from Brigham Young University and a certificate of physical therapy from Cleveland State University, he performed various clinical roles for the Air Force throughout the world, including at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. That same year, Bishop also began working as an assistant professor of biology at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned a PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Bess Maxwell, PhD, PT
Physical Therapy Faculty
Dr. Maxwell received a Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a specialization in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University, a second Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine, and a PhD from University of Arizona in Animal Physiology/Exercise Physiology. She has been a practicing physical therapist for over fifteen years with a specialty in geriatrics and in fitness for individuals with life-long disability. She is an expert in aquatic therapy, presenting nationally on all aspects of this intervention technique and receiving over 2 million dollars in grants to support aquatic therapy initiatives.
She has published a number of research articles as well as training materials. Dr. Maxwell will complement the DPT program as our Applied Scientist. She is scheduled to teach Exercise Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology labs and Kinesiology courses along with supporting students in gaining aquatic therapeutic competencies.
We are in the process of hiring additional faculty and staff — we expect a team of more than 30 professionals supporting our programs when at full capacity. Potential faculty members are encouraged to reference our website for current employment searches.