Health Sciences Take Shape

Structure, personnel, and curriculum are moving into place at the Fishersville site of Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, set to open in June 2014.


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Meet New Faculty and Staff


mdchs_bishop Keith Bishop, clinical anatomist and associate professor of physical therapy

Prior to joining the Murphy Deming team, Keith 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. In 2002, Bishop began working as an assistant professor of biology at the U.S. Air Force Academy and he earned a PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

mdchs_Ellington Allison Ellington, instructor and director of clinical education for occupational therapy

Allison Ellington brings several years of clinical experience — primarily in adult neurological rehabilitation — to the Murphy Deming team. She earned a master of science in occupational therapy from Ithaca College, and she holds advanced clinical certification in Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation and certification through the American Occupational Therapy Organization as a fieldwork educator. While working at the University of Virginia HealthSouth, Ellington served as fieldwork educator and assisted the occupational therapy fieldwork coordinator in scheduling and policy development. She is engaged in research on the use of virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation. She is also certified in Functional Independence Measure and has been trained with rehabilitation technology systems such as Bioness H-200 and ReoGo.

mdchs_paulk David Paulk, program director and professor of physician assistant studies

David Paulk is widely published in professional journals in the field and speaks nationally and internationally about child maltreatment. He also is a visiting lecturer with several colleges and universities on the East Coast. Because of his work with child maltreatment prevention and intervention, the National Exchange Club honored him at both their national and Georgia state conferences. He is a recipient of Arcadia University’s Vitetta Professorship for his work and research in child maltreatment prevention and intervention.

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