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Faculty and Staff 
Department of Physical Therapy

The faculty of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at PCOM Georgia combine their rich experience as clinicians and educators to provide a program emphasizing student-centered learning and educational innovation. They represent clinical expertise in a variety of specialty areas, which is enhanced by their involvement in scholarship. The faculty and staff work together to create an environment conducive to learning and professional development.

Contact Information

625 Old Peachtree Road NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: 770-682-2368 | Email: ptinfo@pcom.edu

Department Chair

Ruth Maher, PT, PhD, DPT
Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: 770-682-2379 | Email: ruthma1@pcom.edu


Melissa Tavilla
Academic Coordinator
Phone: 770-682-2368 | Email: melissata@pcom.edu

Joann Evans
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 770-682-2306 | Email: joannev@pcom.edu


What Our Students Say

“I have met some of the greatest professors within the PCOM Georgia DPT program who have challenged me to not only be the best physical therapist I can be, but to be the best version of myself as a person.”

Marcus Bradley, DPT ’22

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Marcus Bradley, DPT ’22 portrait

“Faculty members at PCOM Georgia are amazing and they all want you to succeed, but are not afraid to let you fail to learn your lessons – which is both humbling and rewarding.”

Shivam Patel, DPT '22

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Shivam Patel, DPT '22 portrait

“After starting the program, I quickly learned how knowledgeable each of the professors are, and how much care and passion they have for the field of physical therapy and teaching future physical therapists.”

Tatum Wilson, DPT ’21

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Tatum Wilson, DPT ’21 portrait

Faculty Directory

Alaina Bell, PT, DPT portrait

Alaina Bell, PT, DPT


Phone: 770-682-7724

Email: alainabe@pcom.edu

Elizabeth Chaffin PT, DPT, ATC portrait

Elizabeth Chaffin PT, DPT, ATC

Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor

Phone: 770-682-2305

Email: elizabech@pcom.edu

Shelley DiCecco, PT, PhD, CLT-LANA, CI-CS portrait

Shelley DiCecco, PT, PhD, CLT-LANA, CI-CS

Assistant Professor

Phone: 470-387-7720

Email: shelleydi@pcom.edu

Philip Fabrizio, PT, DPT, EdD portrait

Philip Fabrizio, PT, DPT, EdD

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Phone: 770-682-2307

Email: philipfa@pcom.edu

Scott Lowe, PT, DPT, OCS portrait

Scott Lowe, PT, DPT, OCS

Assistant Professor

Phone: 770-682-2314

Email: scottlo1@pcom.edu

Ruth Maher, PT, PhD, DPT portrait

Ruth Maher, PT, PhD, DPT

Chair, Physical Therapy Program

Phone: 770-682-2379

Email: Ruthma1@pcom.edu

Carol Miller, PT, PhD portrait

Carol Miller, PT, PhD

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Phone: 770-682-2304

Email: carolmil@pcom.edu

Teresa Pierce, PT, DPT portrait

Teresa Pierce, PT, DPT

Assistant Professor

Phone: 470-387-7722

Email: teresapi@pcom.edu

Melisa Smith, PT, DPT portrait

Melisa Smith, PT, DPT

Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of Clinical Education

Phone: 470-387-7723

Email: melisasm@pcom.edu

Jeanne Welch, PT, EdD, DPT portrait

Jeanne Welch, PT, EdD, DPT


Phone: 470-387-7721

Email: jeannewe1@pcom.edu

Jennifer Wiley, PT, DHSc, DPT portrait

Jennifer Wiley, PT, DHSc, DPT

Associate Professor

Phone: 770-682-2313

Email: jennifewi@pcom.edu

Associated Faculty

Joseph M. Powers, MD, FAAP

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