Home Based Older Persons Upstreaming Prevention Physical Therapy, LLC

About Us


Sara K. Arena PT, MS, DScPT

Dr. Arena is an Assistant Professor at Oakland University. Her teaching responsibilities include a focus on the topics of cardiopulmonary interventions and health promotion and wellness. She also continues her clinical practice as a licensed physical therapist primarily in the home health care setting. Dr. Arena’s research efforts are focused toward cardiovascular and pulmonary examination, intervention, and practice in physical therapy and its relationship to health and wellness of individuals in the community and at home. 


Christopher M. Wilson PT, DPT, DScPT


Dr. Wilson is an Assistant Professor at Oakland University. He is board certified in geriatric physical therapy. His clinical practice is in cancer physical therapy and acute care. Dr. Wilson’s research agenda focuses on palliative care physical therapy and the management of late-stage chronic illnesses. He teaches geriatrics, pharmacology, biophysical agents, and acute care in Oakland University’s Physical Therapy Program. 


Karen Adcock, SDC


Karen is the Director of the Auburn Hills Senior Services Department.  Karen holds an Associate Degree in Gerontology, a Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Health Care Administration and a minor in Sociology. She has a certificate in Aging and Disability from Boston University, is a graduate of the American Society on Aging (ASA) Leadership Program, and has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of Gerontology


Debra Colling

  Deb Colling is the program coordinator for the HOP-UP-PT program. She is a founding member of the program and was integral in the formative stages of the program during her time as Wellness Coordinator at the Auburn Hills Community Center. She is a Rock Steady Fitness coach, yoga instructor and has experience facilitating a number of community and wellness programs.


Graduate Students!

HOP-UP-PT emphasizes the engagement of student participation as new professionals and are happy to have Alexandra Chapie SPT and Rachel Shippy SPT on the team!


Research Team Members

HOP-UP-PT has engaged a number of DPT students in the research investigation process.  They include:

Rose Starceski SPT, Kaliegh Swanson SPT assessing patient reported outcomes for the pilot study.

Martin Shoui SPT, Lauren Krezmecki SPT, Vanessa Cousino SPT and Mackenzie Eble SPT are examining patient reported outcomes and satisfaction for the statewide randomized controlled trial.

Emili Wilson SPT, Emet Flasher SPT, Nicole Romolino SPT and Courteney Deel SPT are researching the administrative and fiscal sustainability of HOP-UP-PT.