Preeti Oza, Ph.D., PT, joined the Pacific Family in August as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Oza came from Fresno State University where she taught neurological physical therapy and was coordinator of the DPT program for three years. After moving to Livermore to be closer to her family, Dr. Oza searched for the “perfect opportunity” and when she came upon Pacific she was “so excited because I knew this was it.”
“I chose Pacific because I was impressed by the faculty and department. I felt like I could bring valuable contributions to the department and that the department and University would support my career goals,” said Dr. Oza.
Dr. Oza will be teaching Neuromuscular Physical Therapy and hopes that once students have completed her course they will have a better understanding of the cognitive, emotional, and physical challenges of a person who suffers from neurological disorders.
“Treating a person with neurological disorders requires you to look at the patient as a whole because it’s important to understand what the patient’s goals are. Only then will the treatment be effective,” said Dr. Oza.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Oza hopes to continue her clinical research working with individuals with Parkinson’s disease and gain more clinical practice experience. Since August, she has already established a relationship with the Stockton-San Joaquin Parkinson’s Disease Support Group. Her hope is to serve as a resource for the group.
Dr. Oza finds inspiration in new ideas, especially when working in groups or collaborations. Currently she is working with Rachel Stark, Pharmacy and Health Sciences Librarian, on a pilot research project that will assess how students gather and receive data and conduct research and how an institution can help enhance student literacy.
Dr. Oza earned her bachelor’s and master’s in physical therapy in India and her doctor of philosophy in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative science from The University of Iowa.
By Dua Her '09