Dennis G. OConnell, PT, PhD, CSCS, FACSM is a founding member of Hardin-Simmons University Department of Physical Therapy. He serves as a professor and the Shelton-Lacewell Endowed Chair. He is an adjunct professor at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.
Dr. OConnell received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Manhattan College, his Master of Arts and PhD in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University and the University of Toledo, respectively. He obtained a second Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. OConnell has 30 years of experience as an exercise physiologist and 15 years as a physical therapist. His clinical experience has centered on patients with cardiac, pulmonary, and musculoskeletal disorders, and ergonomic issues. In addition to providing pro bono services on-campus, he and his wife, Janelle, created HSU PT Ministries and have served with their students in Guatemala, Mexico, and Abilene, TX.
Janelle K. OConnell, PT, PhD, DPT, ATC, LAT is a founding member of Hardin-Simmons University Department of Physical Therapy where she currently serves as professor and department head.
Dr. OConnell received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University, her Master of Arts in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University, and her PhD in Health Promotion from the University of Toledo. She has earned an entry-level MPT and a DPT from Hardin-Simmons University.
Dr. OConnell has 14 years of experience as a physical therapist and has been an athletic trainer for 31 years. As an athletic trainer, Dr. OConnell has worked in high school and collegiate sports and in athletic training education. She is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults and enjoys working with the elderly.
Martha R. Hinman, PT, EdD, CEEAA is a professor in the Hardin-Simmons University Department of Physical Therapy and an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Hinman received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and her Master of Health Education from the Medical College of Georgia and earned her EdD in Allied Health Education and Administration at the University of Houston.
Dr. Hinman's 34 years of experience as a physical therapist have focused in the areas of wound care, orthopedics, and geriatric wellness. She is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults and has expertise in the assessment of fall and fracture risk in the elderly. Dr. Hinman has been involved in physical therapy education for 30 years and has served as an educational consultant and accreditation reviewer for numerous physical therapy programs across the United States.