Lisa Donegan Shoaf, PT, DPT, PhD

Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Dr. Lisa Shoaf came to Mary Baldwin University after 20 years on faculty at the Department of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Shoaf taught ethics, professionalism, and orthopedic practice within the Department of Physical Therapy, as well as anatomy and kinesiology in the Department of Dance and Choreography. While at VCU, Shoaf conducted research, ran the Clinical Education program, maintained a clinical practice, and participated in the transition of VCU’s physical therapy program from an entry-level master’s degree to an entry-level doctoral degree. Shoaf served as president of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association from 2006–08 and has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. A former dancer, Shoaf is enthusiastic about finding ways to channel her passion to help others prevent and heal performance-related injuries.

V. Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT

Director of Clinical Education, Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor

Dr. Kai Kennedy received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiological Sciences, with honors, from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2002 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. She has been an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor since 2007, and although her clinical practice area is in outpatient orthopedics, her passion lies in community outreach and health education, both locally and internationally. She has presented locally to many organizations on community-identified health topics. Additionally, she has presented nationally and internationally on a number of topics around the role of physical therapy in community health and the role of global health in PT education.

As Director of Clinical Education at Murphy Deming, Dr. Kennedy helps students relate what they learn in the classroom to what they practice in the field. She has developed the clinical education aspect of the program with explicit oversight of the selection and progression of clinical learning experiences. In addition to clinical courses, Dr. Kennedy teaches classroom based courses, a community practicum focused on program development, and an elective course in global health with an educational component at a partner university in Haiti.


Keith Bishop, PhD, PT, ATC

Clinical Anatomist
Associate Professor

Keith Bishop brings a wealth of clinical experience in the areas of anatomy, neuroanatomy, pathophysiology, and cellular science to the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.

Prior to joining the Murphy Deming team, Bishop served as an active duty Air Force officer for 21 years. After earning a master of science in athletic training from Brigham Young University and a certificate of physical therapy from Cleveland State University, he performed various clinical roles for the Air Force throughout the world, including at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. That same year, Bishop also began working as an assistant professor of biology at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned a PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University.



Bess Maxwell, PhD, PT

Physical Therapy Faculty
Assistant Professor

Dr. Maxwell received a Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a specialization in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University, a second Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine, and a PhD from University of Arizona in Animal Physiology/Exercise Physiology. She has been a practicing physical therapist for over fifteen years with a specialty in geriatrics and in fitness for individuals with life-long disability. She is an expert in aquatic therapy, presenting nationally on all aspects of this intervention technique and receiving over 2 million dollars in grants to support aquatic therapy initiatives.

She has published a number of research articles as well as training materials. Dr. Maxwell will complement the DPT program as our Applied Scientist. She is scheduled to teach Exercise Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology labs and Kinesiology courses along with supporting students in gaining aquatic therapeutic competencies.


Marty Fontenot, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Physical Therapy Faculty
Assistant Professor

Dr. Marty Fontenot received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2006 from the University of Delaware, where he also completed a one year sports residency following graduation. He comes to Mary Baldwin University from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University in Richmond, VA. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Fontenot, has a strong clinical background and is a certified Orthopedic and Sports Clinical Specialist, thus bringing a highly sought out specialty in orthopedics and sports medicine to the program. Dr. Fontenot has a published textbook chapter, a publication in Orthopaedic Practice as well as a number of national and regional presentations. He will be teaching the Musculoskeletal course content in the DPT program.



Ann Tuzson, PT, PhD

Physical Therapy Faculty
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ann Tuzson received her BS in Physical Therapy in 1997 from University of Illinois and went on to complete a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. In 2008 she finished a doctorate in Kinesiology also at UVA. Currently, as well as during her master and doctoral studies, Dr. Tuzson practices as a physical therapist at the University of Virginia Medical Center in acute care. She is also a Certified Early Intervention Professional and works part time at Albemarle Therapy Center. Dr. Tuzson has taught at UVA (graduate assistant) and Hampton University and MDCHS as an adjunct faculty member. She has two publications and has presented nationally. In addition to teaching at MDCHS, she will coordinate the Human Movement Laboratory.


Carolyn Moore, PT, DPT, MHS

Physical Therapy Faculty
Associate Professor

Dr. Carolyn Moore joined MDCHS after serving as Director of the PTA Program at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN for the last 6 years. Prior to that position she was in the Pediatric Neuro-rehabilitation Department of the University of Michigan Health Systems (U of M) for twenty years and a part of the Pediatric/Adolescent Traumatic Brain Injury Team. In addition, she served for five years as the supervisor of Outpatient Therapies at the U of M. She received her PT degree at the University Of Texas School Of Allied Health Sciences, her Masters of Health Sciences at University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She has held numerous professional and community service positions and has been involved in international service learning.


We are in the process of hiring additional faculty and staff — we expect a team of more than 30 professionals supporting our programs when at full capacity.  Potential faculty members are encouraged to reference our website for current employment searches.