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Carolyn Kisner, PT, MS

Carolyn was on the faculty at The Ohio State University for 27 years and was awarded Emeritus status after taking early retirement. During her tenure at OSU she received the Excellence in Teaching award from the School of Allied Medical Professions and was recognized as Outstanding Faculty by the Sphinx and Mortarboard Honor Societies. She organized and managed the honors and research program for the Physical Therapy Division, managed the Advanced Orthopedic track in the master's program, and advised numerous graduate students. Carolyn then taught at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati for 7 years. During her tenure there she chaired the curriculum committee, which coordinated revision of the master's program and developed the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She was awarded the Sister Adele Clifford Excellence in Teaching at the Mount and at the spring convocation in 2010 was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement in Physical Therapy.

Carolyn co-authored the textbook Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques with Lynn Colby, PT, MS, first published in 1985. She and Lynn have always attempted to maintain current with the trends in physical therapy, which is reflected in each of the revisions of this book; they have also co-authored the pocket-sized flip book titled Ther Ex Notes: Clinical Pocket Guide. Her primary teaching experience includes medical kinesiology, orthopedic evaluation and intervention, therapeutic exercise, and manual therapy. She has presented numerous workshops on peripheral joint mobilization, spinal stabilization, kinesiology, gait, and functional exercise both nationally and internationally, including multiple visits to the Philippines, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. Active clinical involvement throughout her career has primarily been in outpatient orthopedics and home health.


Lynn Allen Colby, PT, MS

Lynn Allen Colby is Assistant Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University (OSU). She received her BS in physical therapy and MS in Allied Medicine from OSU, Columbus, Ohio. She is co-author of the textbook, Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques, now in its 7th edition, and Ther Ex Notes: Clinical Pocket Guide.

Recently retired, she taught in the physical therapy program in the School of Allied Medical Professions at OSU for 35 years. As a faculty member, she also advised physical therapists enrolled in the postprofessional graduate program in Allied Medicine. Her primary teaching responsibilities in the physical therapy curriculum included therapeutic exercise interventions for musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and pediatric physical therapy. Experience in the clinical setting has included acute care in orthopedics, extended care in skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient and outpatient care in various pediatric settings.

During her long career in physical therapy, she was a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Allied Medical Professions at OSU and was named the Ohio Physical Therapist of the Year in 2001 by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association. Most recently, she was honored by the OSU Alumni Association with the Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for Service and Leadership.


John Borstad, PT, PhD

John is professor and chair at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. After 7 years as a clinician, he began the academic phase of his career in 1999 at the University of Minnesota, earning a PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2003. He spent the next 13 years on the faculty of the Physical Therapy Division in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he was funded by the NIH, the Komen Foundation, and NHTSA to study shoulder biomechanics and to advise and train several MS and PhD students. John has presented his research at many national and international forums, including in Scotland, Japan, and Brazil. He was a co-author on the study that received the Rose Research Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Research in 2005 and received the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty Research Award in 2007. He moved back to his home state of Minnesota in 2016 to begin serving in academic leadership at St. Scholastica.

John has taught biomechanics, musculoskeletal science and application, evidence-based practice, and advanced therapeutic progressions during his academic career. In addition to being a contributor to the 6th edition of Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques, he has co-authored textbook chapters related to the shoulder for Levangie and Norkin's Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis and for Grieve's Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

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