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Jeff Houck, PT, PhD

Dr. Houck completed his physical therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University after which he completed a manual therapy residency. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Iowa in 1999. Dr. Houck is presently a Professor at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Dr. Houck has given several international, national and local presentations/seminars related to clinical biomechanics, patient reported outcomes, primary care PT and person-centered care. His NIH funded research includes foot and ankle problems and hip fractures. His current research focuses on primary care physical therapy, foot and ankle care and the integration of person-centered patient reported outcomes in clinical care. Dr. Houck earned a certification in motivational interviewing and launched the Beyond Bio*Psycho*Social training platform @ Dr. Houck continues to develop his clinical skills and is especially interested in advancing psychosocial aspects of care.


Dan Kang, PT, DPT

Dr. Kang is an associate professor of physical therapy at George Fox University, where he teaches in the area of pathophysiology, cardiopulmonary therapeutics, orthopedic spine, and persistent pain rehabilitation. Dr. Kang was awarded Teacher of the Year for the graduate programs at George Fox University in 2019 and speaks locally and nationally on primary care, PROMIS in clinical practice and the biopsychosocial model of care. Dr. Kang serves as a commissioner for the Oregon Pain Management Commission, director of the YCC/GFU Persistent Pain Program, co-director of the Interdisciplinary Primary Care Institute, and Oregon Physical Therapy Association liaison for population health. Dr. Kang received his doctor of physical therapy degree (2004) and a master's degree in physical therapy (2002) from Loma Linda University. He currently practices at George Fox University's Community Clinic and serves as a consultant for regional health systems integrating PROMIS and primary care into clinical practice.


Li-Zandre Philbrook, PT, DPT

Dr. Philbrook has been a practicing physical therapist since 2014 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Clinical Education and as an Assistant Professor of physical therapy at George Fox University. Her current research interests are around patient reported outcomes and how this relates to elevating care as a physical therapist practicing at the top of their license. She is a leader in developing the necessary clinical skills to translate patient reported outcomes to practice. Dr. Philbrook loves playing sports or spending time outdoors with her husband and two young daughters. 

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Ryan Jacobson, PT, DPT, PCS


Dr. Jacobson is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy and currently serves as full-time faculty at George Fox University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, teaching courses in pediatrics, orthotics, and patient care. His current research endeavors are around leveraging meaningful outcomes in physical therapy to affect improved models of care across the lifespan. He also enjoys speaking on child and family empowerment toward better health and wellness outcomes. Dr. Jacobson plays jazz saxophone and volleyball, loves creative endeavors with his daughter Alex and his wife Stephanie, and eats way too much dark chocolate.


Breanna Becker, PT, DPT

Dr. Becker graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from George Fox University (2020), and she now serves as a teaching assistant and clinical instructor within the program, lecturing on motivational interviewing and behavior change, mentoring students, and facilitating skills labs. Since 2019, Dr. Becker has worked with Dr. Kang and Dr. Houck to treat patients with chronic pain and conduct research on behavior change. She now designs and teaches courses for practicing clinicians on psychologically-informed physical therapy. She also sees patients through a private practice telehealth-only outpatient clinic she co-founded with Dr. Patrick McMahon. While she finds great enjoyment in her diverse roles partnering with patients and clinicians, outside of work Dr. Becker can be found reading, experimenting in the kitchen, or adventuring outdoors with her husband.


Patrick McMahon, PT, DPT

Dr. McMahon graduated from George Fox University with his doctor of physical therapy degree in the spring of 2020. He serves as a teaching assistant and clinical instructor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at George Fox, as well as an adjunct instructor of Health Education for the undergraduate program. His desire to increase accessibility and utilization of physical therapy services led him to co-found a telehealth-only practice in the fall of 2020 with Dr. Breanna Becker. His clinical interests include persistent pain, behavior change, and patient-reported outcomes. He has a love for the outdoors and enjoys running, swimming, backpacking, and surfing. 

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