WMU DPT Clinical Education Advisory Panel Members:
Vihangi R. Singh
Advisory Panel Bios:
Alyssa Perry was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Forest Hills Northern High School and attended the University of Minnesota Crookston where she played volleyball. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2015. Later, she became an acute care therapist at Ascension Borgess Hospital. Alyssa also explored clinical education, which led to the opportunity to mentor students on becoming a credentialed CI. Soon after this, she became the site coordinator of clinical education. Alyssa is an active church member and volunteer in her community. She enjoys being a member of her church worship team. In addition to clinical work, she also enjoys playing competitive volleyball and spending quality time with her husband and two dogs.
Karen VanLent graduated from Grand Valley State University with a master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1995. She has worked in acute care at Bronson Methodist Hospital since graduation. In 1997 she became an Acute Care Clinical Specialist, which included orientation and clinical training of new staff along with full time clinical responsibilities. She filled the senior physical therapist position from 1998 until 2002, along with taking on the site coordinator of clinical education position and maintaining 50% of a clinical patient assignment. In 2019, Karen became the rehabilitation staff development instructor for Bronson system-wide. When not at work, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband (Marc), and teenage children (Lauren and Carter), golfing, boating, cooking and traveling.
Ed Orloff is a decorated physical therapist at Northern Physical Therapy Services. Ed was born and raised in New York. He obtained his undergraduate degree in biology and kinesiology at the University of North Texas and graduated in the first Doctor of Physical Therapy class at Grand Valley State University in 2007. He practiced as a staff physical therapist in Kalamazoo, Michigan for 11 years and earned an advanced degree in mechanical diagnosis and therapy. Ed is a clinical lab assistant for the McKenzie Institute. He has served as the APTA Federal Affairs liaison for the state of Michigan, served two terms on the MPTA Board of Directors, and helped with numerous grassroots efforts for federal issues. Ed is also a reviewer for the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. He’s made guest appearances on the Lori Moore Show and Doc Talk. In his free time, Ed enjoys cooking (especially smoking and BBQ), running and traveling with his wife.
Kirk is a physical therapist and team leader for the Adult Neurological Program and Oncology Program in the Outpatient Therapy Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a master’s degree in physical therapy in 1993. He has been involved in the Michigan Physical Therapy Association at the district and state levels throughout his career. Over the past 15 years, he has been the site coordinator of clinical education for outpatient Mary Free Bed adult and pediatric neurologic programs. He has been a clinical instructor for the past 25 years.
Scott Miller is a physical therapist and board-certified sports clinical specialist. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Grand Valley State University. Scott is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and certified golf fitness instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute. In 2007, Scott opened Agility Physical Therapy & Sports Performance in Portage, Michigan. Kalamazoo and Mattawan locations soon followed. The company is now known as Armor Physical Therapy and Scott is the regional director of clinical operations for the organization. Scott has been published in several orthopedic textbooks and lectures at the local, regional and national levels on various topics in physical therapy. He has continued to pursue advanced education and training in foot and ankle biomechanics, manual therapy and the McKenzie method for evaluation and treatment of spinal disorders.
Vihangi R. Singh
Vihangi Singh has been practicing physical therapy in Kalamazoo Since 1998. Her private practice, A1 Physical Therapy, was established in 2010. Today A1 Physical Therapy has three outpatient locations in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. Vihangi specializes in women's health and vestibular rehabilitation.