Mark Bowden, PhD, PT
Dr. Bowden holds a primary appointment at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center as a Research Health Scientist and has a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Research and Division of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Professions at MUSC. Dr. Bowden attended Duke University in Durham, NC receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1991 and a Master in Physical Therapy in 1995. He worked for three years as a staff physical therapist at the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation in Charlotte, NC, leaving in April, 1998 to become Therapy Manager of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, MS. Dr. Bowden left clinical practice in September 2002 to take the role of Research Physical Therapist at the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center in Gainesville, FL, and enrolled in the Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program at the University of Florida in January 2004, where graduated in May 2009 with a Ph.D. in rehabilitation science and a concentration in movement dysfunction. He joined the faculty of MUSC in the summer of 2010 and is currently funded through a VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Career Development Award (1) and through an NIH R24 Pilot Award with the Capital Area Rehabilitation Network.
Chris Gregory, PhD, PT
Dr. Gregory focuses on the relationship between peripheral muscle deficits and functional performance in persons with neurological injury or disease. Dr. Gregory is interested assessment of skeletal muscle form and function utilizing a variety of methodologies including dynamometric assessments, electrophysiological testing, biomechanical analyses and magnetic resonance techniques. Dr. Gregory is particularly interested in developing strategies to combat peripheral muscular maladaptations by implementing appropriate interventions that target functionally limiting impairments. Dr. Gregory has a VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Career Development Award (2) which focuses on the metabolic and mechanical consequences of skeletal muscle dysfunction in persons post-stroke.
Aaron Embry, PT, DPT, MSCR
Dr. Embry is a research associate in the Health Services and Research Department, focusing on the rehabilitation and research of neurological injuries. Dr. Embry received his dual Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Spanish from Clemson University in 2002, Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science – concentration in physical therapy from MUSC in 2007, followed by a t-DPT and concurrent Master of Science in Clinical Research from MUSC in 2008. Upon completion he worked at Life Care Centers of America in a transitional care unit until he took a job as a full time staff outpatient therapist at HealthSouth. He is currently a clinical specialist in Spinal Cord Injury at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in North Charleston where he practices PRN inpatient and outpatient physical therapy.