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Meet our Clinicians

Nicole Bettin, P.T., D.P.T., W.C.C.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education

Areas of Interest: 

  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics

Undergraduate Education: Valparaiso University, B.S. in human biology and psychology
Graduate Education: Northwestern University, D.P.T.

Language: English

Joined NIU: 2017

Courses Taught:  

  • AHPT 610 – Foundations of Physical Therapy I
  • AHPT 636 – Physical Therapy Management of Individuals with Acute medical Problems
  • AHPT 620 – Clinical Experience I
  • AHPT 621 – Clinical Experience II
  • AHPT 622 – Clinical Experience III
  • AHPT 660 – Clinical Experience IV
  • AHPT 760 – Clinical Experience V
  • AHPT 761 – Clinical Experience VI

Dawn S. Brown, P.T., D.P.T.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education

Areas of Interest: 

  • Orthopedic and sports physical therapy
  • Racial and cultural diversity in physical therapy
  • Health disparities
  • Cultural competency in physical therapy

Undergraduate Education: Northwestern University, B.A. in psychology
Graduate Education: 

  • Northwestern University Medical School, M.P.T., physical therapy
  • Alabama State University, D.P.T.

Language: English

Joined NIU: 2016

Courses Taught:  

  • AHPT 405 – Physical Therapy and the Rehabilitation Process
  • AHPT 642 – Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy
  • AHPT 620 – Clinical Experience I
  • AHPT 621 – Clinical Experience II
  • AHPT 622 – Clinical Experience III
  • AHPT 660 – Clinical Experience IV
  • AHPT 760 – Clinical Experience V
  • AHPT 761 – Clinical Experience VI

Brynn Nahlik, P.T., D.P.T. 
Clinical Assistant Professor, Board certified specialist in sports physical therapy

Areas of Interest:

  • Injury prevention
  • Youth sports
  • ACL–rehabilitation
  • Overhead/throwing athletes
  • Post-concussive rehabilitation

Undergraduate Education: Villanova University, B.S. in biology
Graduate Education: Washington University in St. Louis, D.P.T.

Language: English

Joined NIU: January 2014

Courses Taught:

  • AHPT 610
  • AHPT 639
  • AHPT 701

Joy Robackouski, P.T., D.P.T.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy

Areas of Interest:

  • Orthopedics
  • Clinic Administration

Undergraduate Education:

  • Illinois State University, B.S. in education
  • Northern Illinois University, B.S. in physical therapy

Graduate Education: Northern Illinois University, D.P.T.

Language: English

Joined NIU: 2001

Courses Taught:

  • AHPT 405 – Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • AHPT 602 – Communication and Education in Physical Therapy
  • AHPT 611 – Foundations of Physical Therapy II
  • AHPT 621 – Clinical Experience II
  • AHPT 701 – Professional Roles in Physical Therapy
  • AHPT 744 – Independent Study in Physical Therapy

Schedule an Appointment

Physical Therapy Clinic
815-752-2675
ptc@niu.edu

3100 Sycamore Road
DeKalb, IL 60115