The DPT Advisory Board was integral to the planning and development of WMU's Department of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
WMU DPT Advisory Board members:
Director of WMU Sports Medicine Clinic
Melissa Brown has been a physical therapist for 22 years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and both her MPT and DPT from Temple University. She worked in acute care in Philadelphia with orthopedic and oncology patients, and was a senior PT at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago specializing in PT for oncology patients, patients after organ transplants and wound care. She has also taught human anatomy as a teaching assistant in physical therapy schools at the graduate level, and as a course instructor at the community college level.
Melissa has worked in both acute care and outpatient physical therapy in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in areas including orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation and pediatrics. She lives in Kalamazoo with her husband and their two teenagers.
Dr. Michael Busha is a native of south Texas and an alumnus of University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where he graduated in 2001. After medical school, he completed a three-year family medicine residency in Greenwood, South Carolina and an obstetrics fellowship at the Spartanburg Regional Hospital System in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In 2010, Dr. Busha earned his MBA from George Washington University. He and his wife, also a family physician, have three children.
In addition to his extensive work in medical education, Dr. Busha has also been a leader in the clinical setting. From 2015-17, he served as the medical director for quality in primary care and ambulatory services for IU Health Physicians, with a focus on value-based compensation models and integration of quality programs into patient care infrastructure. At WMed, Dr. Busha is responsible for the oversight, coordination and staff support of the medical school’s MD program, as well as oversight of other degree, certificate and continuing education programs.
Laura Howard is the System Director of Rehabilitation and Occupational Health for Bronson Healthcare Group with therapy and occupational health locations in Van Buren, Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties. Her work at Bronson has included acute, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs in addition to occupational health services.
Laura has worked for Bronson for over 40 years in a variety of capacities. She received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University. She has been involved in several community organizations including United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, Vicksburg Downtown Development Authority, and Goodwill Industries.
Dr. Carol Sundberg is the director of the WMU Unified Clinics, a large multi-specialty group practice that provides clinical training experiences for students in WMU's College of Health and Human Services by meeting authentic community needs in an outpatient clinical setting. Dr. Sundberg is also the director of the Center for Disability Services, a program that provides a range of services for adults with Alzheimer’s, dementia, neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive disorders.
A healthcare administrator for more than 30 years, her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in applied behavior analysis, and her doctorate is in public policy and administration. She is fully licensed as a social worker and a qualified intellectual disability professional. She has been the principal investigator for numerous grants and contracts at WMU in the areas of health care coordination, long-term care and community inclusion for persons with intellectual disabilities.
Adam graduated in 1986 from Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts, with a BS in Physical Therapy. He became a certified athletic trainer in 1992, after completing coursework and internship hours at Northwestern University and Purdue University. In 1992, he also completed his certification as a strength and conditioning specialist. In 1994, he completed a two-year manual therapy and medical exercise therapy residency program with Bjorn Svendsen, Dsc, PT in Lansing , Michigan. He became an orthopedic certified specialist in 1997, and is also a fellow in the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists.
In 2011, he was certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. In 2014, he became certified in dry needling, through the AAMT/Dry Needling Institute. Adam has lectured and been published on many topics in orthopedic and sports medicine. He is an active member of the APTA, and serves on the Board of Physical Therapy for Michigan.
Leah (Welch) Walters is a native of the Kalamazoo/Portage area and graduated from Portage Northern High School. She attended Indiana University-Bloomington before graduating from PT school at University of Illinois-Chicago in 1989. She and her husband, Joe opened Indiana Physical Therapy in Ft. Wayne, Indiana before selling the business and moving back to southwest Michigan to open Physical Therapy ONE.
Now with three locations and 22 employees, PT1 has provided high-quality outpatient physical therapy for more than 21 years. She has two children, Grant and Paige, and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Hospital Hospitality House, Southridge Reformed Church, Civic Theatre Foundation and Junior League of Kalamazoo.