Physical Therapy Advisory Board

Physical Therapy Advisory Board

Physical Therapy Advisory Board Members

Marshall Berkley

Marshall Berkeley, a native of Canton, Ohio, is a 2009 graduate of the University of Mount Union. There he received his B.S. In exercise science. He attended Marymount University, in Arlington, Virginia, and received his D.P.T. degree in 2012. Marshall currently works as a physical therapist at Salem Regional Medical Center in Salem, Ohio. He works in the outpatient department and sees a wide variety of patients ranging from 4 months old to 95 years of age. Typical diagnoses that he treats on a routine basis include: orthopedics, neurological, and geriatrics. He has additional experience covering inpatient acute-care and skilled nursing patients at the hospital.


Jonathan Cooperman 

Jonathan Cooperman is Supervisor, Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy at the Akron General Health and Wellness Center located in Stow, Ohio. He has been a practicing physical therapist for more than thirty-five years.

Dr. Cooperman received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science Degree in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Northern Arizona University. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Akron, School of Law and he is admitted to the Bar in Ohio.

Dr. Cooperman has faculty appointments at several universities where he teaches courses on Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care. He served as President of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association from 2002-2007. He is a past Chair, Ethics and Judicial Committee of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He is a former (2003-2008) advisor to the American Medical Association’s coding process (RUC/HCPAC Committee).

Dr. Cooperman is a past member of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers License Board, and is a former Editor (1992-1998) of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. In 2005, he was named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Lucy Blair Service Award. In 2010 he was named Alumnus of the Year by the University of Maryland Physical Therapy Program and in 2015 he was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow into the National Academies of Practice. 


Richard Drake

Richard L. Drake, Ph.D., FAAA, Director of Anatomy and Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU, is known as a teacher, educational researcher, author and leader.  A master teacher, he has awards from students, institutions, and the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) receiving the 2011 Henry Gray/Elsevier Distinguished Educator Award.  An accomplished researcher, he gives talks on educational topics at national and international meetings, and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.  He was appointed a fellow of the AAA in 2009 (FAAA).  He is one of the authors of Gray’s Anatomy for StudentsGray’s Basic Anatomy, Gray’s Atlas of Anatomy and Gray’s Anatomy for Students Flash Cards.  His current leadership roles include Secretary/Treasurer of AAA, Treasurer of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists, Past President of the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Chairpersons, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Anatomical Sciences Education.


Erica Fink

Erica is a 2007 graduate of Mount Union College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science.  She went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University and has been a physical therapist for 5 years.  Currently, she is a staff physical therapist at Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center working with pre-operative, post-operative and non-operative patients with orthopedic conditions.  She also has previous experience in acute care and rehab.


Jim Hideg

A graduate of Hiram College in 1972 and one year as a high school science teacher, Mr. Hideg has been coaching high school wrestling for the past 43 years. He graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1979, working in the Youngstown-Warren area. Mr. Hideg is a licensed Athletic Trainer and a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has served as an Athletic Trainer at local high schools since 1979. He is co-owner and operator of University Sports Physical Therapy, Inc. in Youngstown, Ohio. He has served on committees for the O.P.T.A., O.A.T.A. and he is a credentialed Clinical Instuctor for the A.P.T.A. as well. He also serves on the executive boards of the Liberty High School Hall of Fame committee and the Mahoning County Coaches Association.


Roger Palutsis 

In the community of Alliance, Dr. Palutsis is a familiar figure as team physician for the University of Mount Union for the past 22 years.  This includes taking care of the championship Purple Raiders football team of the University of Mount Union in any division.  The team has clinched 12 NCAA Division III national titles — a record for any football program in any division in playoff standings.

During his Orthopaedic Residency at Northwestern University in his hometown of Chicago, Dr. Palutsis was involved with the care of many of the professional athletes with the Chicago Cubs, Bulls and Bears.  He later served teams at Auburn University and Valdosta State College.  In treating athletes, too, Dr. Palutsis adheres to a philosophy of using the least-invasive techniques to heal injuries as quickly as possible.

Dr. Palutsis is a current Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Palutsis is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and Chicago’s Rush Medical College.  He completed his residency at the Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is former President of the Medical Staff at Alliance Community Hospital. Among his awards, Dr. Palutsis received the Hughston Society Fellowship Research Award in 1992, and the Orthopaedic Surgeon of the Year Award in 2009. He and his wife, Josephine M. Palutsis, D.O., live in Louisville, Ohio, with their four children. 


Laura Testrake

Laura is a 2006 graduate of the University of Mount Union where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Walsh University. Laura currently works as a pediatric physical therapist at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Erie, PA where she treats a variety of diagnoses and helps to cover both the limb deficiency and torticollis/plagiocephaly clinics. She has previous experience in acute care, rehab, and early intervention settings.

Anton Tony Zurbrugg 


Anton Zurbrugg

"Tony" Zurbrugg is a native of Zanesville, Ohio, where he received his Bachelor of Arts from Mount Union College in 1969 and his Master of Science in Health Administration from The Ohio State University. A Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a board-certified hospital administrator now retired, he had over 35 years of experience as president/CEO, vice president, administrator, and assistant administrator in a wide variety of non-profit and for-profit community hospitals, medical centers, and rehabilitation centers. Following this, he served for several years as a management consultant with two national physical medicine and rehabilitation services companies. He also had a concurrent 24-year career as a hospital and health services administrator and medical plans and operations officer in the US Army Reserve. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Service Corps in 2007 including an OIF deployment to Kuwait and Afghanistan in 2004. He currently resides in Culver, IN where he is associated with the Student Health Center at the Culver Academies.

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