Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Andreia NebelDr. Andreia Nebel, P.T., D.P.T.
Program Director & Associate Professor
PH 402.552.6178
nebel@clarksoncollege.edu

Dr. Andreia Nebel is the Director and an Associate Professor in the Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. Her teaching assignments include: PTA 110 Basic Skills, PTA 205 Pathophysiology, PTA 212 Professional Issues and PTA 230 Advanced Procedures, as well as other selected courses. Dr. Nebel began  teaching at the College in summer 2003.

Dr. Nebel grew up in Casper, Wyo. and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Development from Montana State University–Bozeman. She moved to Omaha, Neb. and  went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 2002. She has also achieved certification in Functional Capacity evaluations and is a certified Clinical Instructor.

Dr. Nebel's clinical background includes pediatrics, outpatient orthopedics and industrial wellness with current practice in geriatrics. During her career, she has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of patient populations and has always had a passion for teaching.

Dr. Nebel is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), where she is a member of the geriatrics section and also the Programming Chair for the PTA Educators Special Interest Group. She is also the Nebraska Student Special Interest Group liaison for the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA), a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) site reviewer and a PTA Board Exam Preparation course instructor for Therapy Ed. She is involved continually with outreach programs to fight childhood obesity, such as Healthy Families, fall prevention and balance assessment screening in a variety of geriatric settings, and is involved annually with the Special Olympics and a variety of other service events.

Future plans include additional community outreach for children with obesity and continued development of community-based wellness and health education programs.


Dr. Michael WitteDr. Michael Witte, P.T., D.P.T., ATC/L, CSCS
Assistant Professor & Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
PH
402.552.3325
wittemichael@clarksoncollege.edu

Dr. Michael Witte is the Assistant Professor in the Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant program, as well as Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE). His teaching assignments include: PTA 105 Functional Anatomy, PTA 115 Therapeutic Exercise I, PTA 125, 220, 240 and 245 Clinical Practicum courses, as well as assisting with other selected courses. Dr. Witte began teaching at the College in August 2007.

Dr. Witte is a native of Nebraska City, Neb. He earned his Bachelor's degree from University of Nebraska at Kearney in Exercise Science and Athletic Training, and later his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 2005. He has also earned a certificate in Healthcare Systems Administration (HSA), is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) credentialed clinical instructor.

At Clarkson College, Dr. Witte serves as an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, as well as Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE). His teaching assignments include: PTA 105 Functional Anatomy, PTA 115 Therapeutic Exercise I, PTA 125, PTA 220, 240 and 245 Clinical Practicum courses, as well as assisting with selected other courses.  

Dr. Witte's clinical background is in outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine and private practice setting. During his career, he has had the opportunity to work with collegiate and professional athletes in all sports with emphasis on track and field, Olympic power lifting, football, volleyball and speed training camps.

He is an active member of the APTA, section member in orthopedics and sports medicine; a member of the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA), National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Future plans include continuing education in manual therapy and myokinimatic techniques. He also plans to continue research in the development of community-based wellness and injury prevention programs.


Karen AbboudKaren Abboud, P.T.A., MHA, CLT
Instructor
PH 402.552.6096
abboudkaren@clarksoncollege.edu

Karen Abboud is a part-time Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) instructor at Clarkson College. Her teaching assignments include lab assistant for: PTA 110 Basic Skills, PTA 215 Therapeutic Exercise II, PTA 230 Advanced Procedures, PTA 235 Therapeutic Exercise III, instructor for PTA 101 Introduction to Physical Therapy and PTA 103 Documentation, as well as other selected courses.

She earned her Bachelor's degree in General Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002, and later her Associate’s degree in Physical Therapist Assistant at Clarkson College in 2005 and Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration at Clarkson College in 2012. She also received her certification as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) in November 2010 and is a certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She began teaching at the College in fall 2009.

Abboud’s clinical background includes geriatric and lymphatic patient populations. She also maintains patient care responsibilities as a practicing PTA for various Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) in the Omaha area. She has discovered a new passion in her roles in both the academic and clinical setting as well as promoting the profession and representing PTAs statewide.

Abboud is an active member of the APTA, where she is a member of the geriatrics and education sections and also serves on the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA) Executive Committee as the PTA Caucus Representative for the state of Nebraska. Abboud has been awarded her Advanced Proficiency in geriatrics through the APTA.

Future plans include completing her Master's degree in Health Care Administration, becoming more involved in service activities through Clarkson College and continuing to be the voice of PTAs in Nebraska through her role as the PTA Caucus Representative.


Kelly JacksonKelly Jackson, P.T.A., B.S.
Instructor

PH 402.552.6474
jacksonkelly@clarksoncollege.edu

Kelly Jackson began her position as a part-time instructor in the Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program in 2008. Her teaching areas include PTA 120 Therapeutic Modalities I and PTA 210 Therapeutic Modalities II. She also assists with the lab components of PTA 105 Functional Anatomy for the PTA and PTA 115 Therapeutic Exercise I, as well as other selected courses.

Jackson earned her Associate of Science degree in (PTA at Clarkson College in 2005 and her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Physical Education in 2012.

She maintains patient care responsibilities as a practicing PTA for a private physical therapy clinic in Omaha. In this capacity, she performs outpatient therapy services and home health patient care. She also has a background in postural restoration techniques.

Jackson is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA) and also holds office as the Nebraska PTA Special Interest Group chair. She is currently completing her Master's degree in Health Education with a concentration in Community Health.



Michelle ReillyDr. Michelle Reilly, P.T., D.P.T.
Instructor
PH 402.552.6116
reillymichelle@clarksoncollege.edu

Dr. Michelle Reilly is a part-time instructor in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and began teaching at Clarkson College in spring 2010. Her teaching assignments include PTA 215 Therapeutic Exercise II and PTA 235 Therapeutic Exercise III.

Dr. Reilly grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo. She moved to Omaha in 2002 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 2008. Dr. Reilly completed a residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy at Creighton University in 2009. In 2011, she became a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Dr. Reilly’s clinical experience is focused in outpatient orthopedics, and she continues to work part-time as a physical therapist in a local outpatient clinic. Her clinical emphasis is on the treatment of dancers and performing artists. She is the physical therapist for Nebraska’s only professional dance company, Ballet Nebraska. She has additional clinical experience in pediatric and acute care physical therapy. Dr. Reilly also has previous teaching experience in both graduate and undergraduate programs at Creighton University.

She is an active member of the APTA with membership in the orthopedic section and the performing arts special interest group; as well as a member of the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA).



Chera TremblayChera Tremblay, P.T.A., B.S.
Instructor & Assistant Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

PH 402.552.2913
tremblaychera@clarksoncollege.edu

Chera Tremblay began as a part-time instructor and assistant to the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) of the Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program in 2010. Her teaching assignments include Clinical Practicum II, III, and IV (PTA 220, 240, and 245) and assisting PTA 120 therapeutic modalities I and PTA 210 therapeutic modalities II.  

Tremblay was born and raised in Central City, Neb. and moved to the Omaha area in 2005. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Wayne State College in 2004 and later her Associate of Science degree in PTA from Clarkson College in 2008.  
She works as a PTA for a local outpatient clinic in Omaha on an as needed basis. Her career within the therapy profession includes outpatient orthopedics, aquatic therapy and working with a wide range of patient populations.   

Tremblay is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), where she is a section member in education; the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA) and the Omaha Sports Medicine Alliance (OSMA).