About Us

Rehab Essentials was started in 2005 to enable actively-practicing Physical Therapists to advance to the doctoral level. Steven Tepper, PT, PhD, FAPTA, realized the need for a cost-effective transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) program that allowed physical therapists to maintain their work-life balance, continue to practice and advance their professional qualifications by taking online courses to achieve their DPT from our university partners. Rehab Essentials brought content experts together to create an all-star faculty and outstanding curriculum.  In 2021, Rehab Essentials will bring this same mission to the OT community and launch a tOTD program.  Rehab Essentials expertise in content, distance education for therapists, production and faculty development has lead to development of our enTandem DPT, a blended, collaborative comprehensive entry level DPT program.

Rehab Essentials vision has grown, and improving global health education is at the heart of what Rehab Essentials stands for. Rehab Essentials is the optimal solution for professional health education. Our courses and modules integrate foundational content into an e-learning platform that delivers consistent and highly ranked professional development curriculum.

Dad sharing his online course with young son

I wanted to find a way to create a better tDPT program with an ‘all-star team of faculty’ from around the country. And to do it online to make it more affordable and more flexible for the currently practicing Physical Therapists to attain their doctoral degree.

Our Operations Team

  • Steve Tepper, PT, PhD, FAPTA

    Steve Tepper, PT, PhD, FAPTA


  • Jennifer M. Gamboa, DPT, OCS

    Jennifer M Gamboa, PT, DPT, OCS

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Kelson L. Colbo

    Kelson L Colbo, PT, DPT

    Chief Technology Officer

  • Jonathan Scheeler, PT, DPT, MBA

    Jonathan D Scheeler, PT, DPT, MBA

    Chief Program Officer

  • Mary Blackinton, PT, EdD

    Mary T. Blackinton, PT, EdD

    Director of enTandem DPT Program

  • Adrienne Lauer, EdD, OTL

    Adrienne Lauer, EdD, OTL

    Director of Post Profefessional OTD Program

  • Timothy Miller, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS

    Timothy Miller, PT, DPT, EdD

    Director of Strategic Distance Education

  • Michael J. Emery PT, EdD, FAPTA

    Michael J Emery, PT, EdD, FAPTA

    Director of Business Development

  • Cheryl Cassaly

    Cheryl Cassaly

    Director of Marketing and Sales