Department of Physical Therapy – Promoting Excellence in Teaching and Learning (PETAL) Lab


The Department of Physical Therapy-PETAL Lab is an interdisciplinary group of health and wellness educators aimed at promoting excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning while preparing professionals to effectively translate evidence into practice and embrace the responsibility of serving diverse communities and evolving professions.


The interdisciplinary members of the DPT-PETAL Lab include those with backgrounds in physical therapy, medicine, athletic training, exercise science, leadership, education, and psychology.

DPT-PETAL Lab members welcome opportunities for collaboration, with individuals pursuing various educational research topics including but not limited to:

  • Academic Coaching
  • Clinical Education
  • Community-Based Health and Wellness Programs
  • Faculty Development
  • Health Literacy
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Pain Science Education
  • Simulation Education

Please contact individual lab members directly to discuss collaborative opportunities and specific areas of interest or email lab coordinator Brad Willis, PT, PhD at with questions.

DPT-PETAL Lab Members

Rebecca Bliss

Rebecca Bliss PT, DPT, DHSc, NCS

  • MU Health Care – Mizzou Therapy Services
  • Program Coordinator of the University of Missouri’s Neurological Physical Therapy Residency Program
  • Areas of Interest: Metacognition, Self-Directed Learning, and Academic Coaching
  • Email:
Erin Dannecker

Erin Dannecker PhD, ATC

Janelle Engel PT, DPT, NCS

Katie Fandrey

Katie Fandrey PT, DPT, GCS

  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Assistant Director of Clinical Education
  • Areas of Interest: Clinical Education, Motivational Interviewing
  • Email:

Laura Korte, PT, DPT, MHA, OCS

  • MU Health Care – Mizzou Therapy Services
  • Program Director of the University of Missouri’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
  • Areas of Interest: Clinical Reasoning, Program Assessment
  • Email:
Dana Martin

Dana Martin, PT, DSc, CMPT

  • Teaching Professor
  • Areas of Interest: Service Learning, Interprofessional Education, Health Literacy
  • Email:
Kristin Miller

Kristin Miller, MS

  • Associate Extension Professor
  • Areas of Interest: Community-based Program Assessment
  • Email:
Evan Prost

Evan Prost, PT, DPT, CEEAA

  • Associate Adjunct Professor
  • Areas of Interest: Ageism, Intergenerational Relations
  • Email:

Kelsey Weitzel, MS, PhD(c), ACSM-EP

  • Associate Extension Professor
  • Areas of Interest: Community-based Program Assessment, Faculty and Student Mentorship
  • Email:

Jack Wells, MD, MHA, CHSE-A

  • Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Medical Director, Shelden Clinical Simulation Center
  • Areas of Interest: Simulation, Faculty Development, Clinical Assessment
  • Email:
Brad Willis

Brad Willis, PT, PhD, GCS

  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • DPT-PETAL Lab Coordinator and Director of Scholarly Activity
  • Areas of Interest: Faculty Development, Interprofessional Education, Leadership
  • Email:

DPT-PETAL Lab: University of Missouri Campus Partners