OUR TEAM

3MAP Lab team members are a diverse group of clinical investigators with experience in physical therapy, kinesiology, physiology, and exercise science. Our transdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation science involves collaborative work with sonographers, radiologists, and bioengineers.

 
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Dr. Michael Harris-Love

Laboratory Director

Dr. Michael Harris-Love is a Principal Investigator with the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System GRECC, and he serves as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center (CU AMC). He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of geriatrics, rheumatology, and exercise science, which include previous clinical appointments at the Mayo Clinic and the NIH Clinical Center.  Dr. Harris-Love was previously elected as the Vice-Chair of the Degenerative Disease Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association and he has served at the national-level for the American College of Rheumatology and NIH.  His research expertise in muscle performance is reflected in his previous role as an investigator for protocols at NIAMS, NINDS, NIEHS, and George Washington University over the past decade. Dr. Harris-Love currently serves as the Director of the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics, and Performance Laboratory, and he is also the Director of the Physical Therapy Program at CU AMC ...  (more info)

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Ms. Katie Boncella

Research Assistant

Ms. Katie Boncella is a Research Assistant in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University, and a Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Science with a concentration in Biomechanics from the University of Northern Colorado.  She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Bioengineering from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Ms. Boncella has previous research experience as a Research Assistant for the Soft Tissue Mechanics Lab at Colorado State University and the Biomechanics Lab at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Dr. Jared Gollie

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Jared Gollie is a VA Career Development Awardee and Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory within the DC VAMC Clinical Research Center. His VA/OAA appointment is sponsored by the Polytrauma/TBI Research Rehabilitation Fellowship Program within the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the DC VAMC.  Dr. Gollie received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rehabilitation Science from George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA in 2017.  He has also previously studied Exercise Science, earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Wesley College in Dover, DE and his Master’s degree from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Gollie has previous academic experience as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at GMU, and he is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences at George Washington University. Dr. Gollie will be working with Dr. Harris-Love to examine the morphological and mechanical adaptations of the muscle/tendon complex following accentuated-eccentric exercise in Veterans with chronic conditions.

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Dr. Stephan Bodkin

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Stephan Bodkin is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory within the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Bodkin received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA in 2020.  His previous training was in Athletic Training, earning his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and his Masters degree from the University of Virginia.  Dr. Bodkin has prior research experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator within the Sports Medicine Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia Health System. He also has teaching experience in the areas of biomechanics, motor control, and anatomy. Dr. Bodkin will be working with Dr. Harris-Love to advance clinical imaging methods to examine the determinants of muscle dysfunction in older adults and aid sarcopenia case finding in clinical and community-based settings.

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Dr. Ryan J. Marker

Clinical Investigator

Dr. Ryan J. Marker is an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He completed both his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (2011) and PhD Rehabilitation Science (2015) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. During this time, he utilized electromyography, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and other methos to investigate the neurophysiologic mechanisms of stress-induced muscle activity and neck pain, as well as develop and validate novel signal processing and data analysis methods. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center working with the BfitBwell Cancer Exercise Program, establishing a standardized assessment and research database, and performing a prospective study of exercise in pancreatic cancer survivors undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy preparing for surgery. After being a core faculty member in the Physical Therapy Program at Ithaca College in NY for two years, he returned to the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. His primary interests now lie in developing and implementing effective and accessible fitness programs for patients with chronic medical conditions. He continues to work with the BfitBwell Cancer Exercise Program and is developing and managing programs for individuals with chronic kidney disease and other complex conditions at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

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Mr. Connor Lewis 

Research Assistant - DPT Program

Mr. Connor Lewis is a Research Assistant in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  He earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a Minor in Psychology from the State University of New York College (SUNY) at Cortland.  He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Mr. Lewis has previous experience as an Exercise Physiology Lab Teaching Assistant and as a  Research Assistant in the movement sciences at SUNY Cortland .

AFFILIATED Lab Members

Affiliated members of 3MAP Lab are vital off-site research partners who are on current research protocol rosters and actively contributing to laboratory projects.

 

Ms. Valerie McIntosh

Research Volunteer

Ms. Valerie McIntosh is a former Research Assistant and ARMS Study II Team Leader (DC VAMC site) at the DC VAMC Clinical Research Center.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Exercise Science from Trinity University in Washington, DC and Psychology from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.   Ms. McIntosh has administrative experience from her previous service as a U.S. Veteran and Noncommissioned Officer.  In addition, she is a former Prebaccalaureate and Postbaccalaureate Exercise Science Intern at the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory at the DC VAMC.

valerie.mcintosh@va.gov

Dr. Kim Benson

Clinical Research Associate

Dr. Kim Benson was previously a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory within the DC VAMC Clinical Research Center. Her VA/OAA appointment was sponsored by the Polytrauma/TBI Research Rehabilitation Fellowship Program within the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the DC VAMC.  Dr. Benson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science, Masters degree in Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  She also has certification as a Neurology Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Dr. Benson has previous clinical experience from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (DoD, Germany), and Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Dr. Benson partnered with the VA Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence - East to develop a lower extremity model of anaerobic fatigue in Veterans with gait impairments.

kimberlybenson1@gmail.com

Ms. Erin Leasure

Research Associate

Ms. Erin Leasure previously served as the Laboratory Manager and Interim Clinical Research Coordinator of the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory at the DC VAMC Clinical Research Center.  In addition, she contributed to the conduct of the ARMS Study II and the Quality Vets projects involving Veterans with chronic kidney disease. Ms. Leasure proctored accentuated eccentric exercise sessions at the Clinical Research Center and assisted with imaging data processing and management. Ms. Leasure has a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health degree from George Washington University.  She has previous experience as a Research Assistant during her time at UNC Chapel Hill. Ms. Leasure has served the Interdisciplinary Human Movement Science Laboratory, and the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center.

Erin.Leasure@va.gov

Mr. Brian Hoover

Research Coordinator

Mr. Brian Hoover was the Research Coordinator for the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory at the DC VAMC. Mr. Hoover previously served as a Co-Investigator on the ARMS Study II and managed several 3MAP Lab clinical studies and laboratory projects. Mr. Hoover has academic training in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida (UF), earning his Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Exercise Science, and his Master’s degree with a concentration in Human Performance. He has previous experience as a Research Coordinator at Children's National Health System in Washington DC, and at the UF Department of Aging and Geriatric Research in support of clinical studies involving sarcopenia.

brian.hoover@gmail.com

Dr. Bryant Seamon

Clinical Research Associate

Dr. Bryant Seamon is a Clinical Research Associate in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory within the DC VAMC Clinical Research Center. He formerly served as a  Polytrauma/TBI Research Rehabilitation Fellow within the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the Washington DC VA Medical Center.  He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Florida in Gainesville in 2013 and recently completed a Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, FL.  In addition, he has certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, a Clinical Instructor through the APTA, and a Neurology Specialist through the ABPTS.  Dr. Seamon is currently a PhD student with the Medical University of South Carolina. His primary work is focused on understanding the implications of fatigue on independence and quality of life in individuals with neurological pathology.

bseamon@gmail.com

Mr. Tomas I. Gonzales

Research Associate

Mr. Tomas Gonzales is a Research Associate in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory at the DC VAMC Clinical Research Center.  In addition, he previously served as a Co-Investigator on the ARMS Study II and provided broad support for other 3MAP Lab initiatives and VA rehabilitation research fellowship projects. In addition, he he developed custom software solutions to aid workload assignment, participant feedback, and torque-velocity curve analysis for rotational inertia modes of eccentric training. He is currently involved with research efforts that include the development of computational methods for cross-comparison of muscle composition measurements across multiple ultrasound systems. Mr. Gonzales has academic training in Kinesiology, earning his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University in San Marcos, and his Master’s degree from San Diego State University.  He has previous research experience as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Motor Control Laboratory at the University of Michigan, and the Sensory Motor and Rehabilitation Technology Laboratory at San Diego State University.

tomstcp@gmail.com

Dr. Haniel Hernandez

Clinical Research Associate

Dr. Haniel Hernandez is a Clinical Research Associate in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory within the DC VAMC Clinical Research Center. He formerly served as a  Polytrauma/TBI Research Rehabilitation Fellow within the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Howard University in Washington, DC in 2012.  Dr. Hernandez is currently contributing to our Innovators Network medical screening project, and a VHA Office of Rural Health telerehabilitation initiative for Veterans with MS.  His recent activities have included publications on telerehabilitation and mild TBI, rehabilitative ultrasound methodology, and the efficacy of eccentric exercise for Veterans with knee arthritis.

haniel.hernandez@va.gov

Dr. Catheeja Ismail

Research Associate

Dr. Catheeja Ismail is a Research Associate in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory at the DC VAMC Clinical Research Center, and the former Director of the Sonography Program at George Washington University.  Her primary appointment is in the Department of Radiology at the George Washington University Hospital. She has over 20 years of academic experience and led the effort to develop the curriculum, design various courses, and establish the clinical rotations of the program. Dr. Ismail is currently collaborating with 3MAP Lab to further develop the sonographic approach to sarcopenia screening, and to propose a framework for the skills, knowledge, and ability required for physical therapists to optimally perform rehabilitative ultrasound imaging.

34cath@gmail.com

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