People

John W. Day
Principal Investigator

Tina Duong, PT, PhD

Dr. Duong is a research physical therapist at Stanford with over 15 years of clinical experience in evaluating, treating and supporting patients with neuromuscular disease.  She is involved in ongoing studies and developments on initiatives in treatments for neuromuscular disease, novel trial designs, and outcomes development. Prior to her arrival at Stanford in 2015, she directed clinical evaluations and training for the Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group (CINRG).

Her clinical and research interests is in developing and refining outcome measures in neuromuscular disease as well as understanding the impact of exercise and physical activity on disease physiology and quality of life. She hopes to integrate technology and digital biomarkers into the clinical outcomes toolbox as a complementary tool to performance based measures used in trials and the clinic.

She enjoys working on multi-disciplinary teams and creating patient focused solutions to improve the quality of life for all neuromuscular patients. Her particular interests and hobbies include working with technology and design products to make the world more accessible for individuals with different abilities.

Richard Gee, PT
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Richard has been practicing physical therapy since 1991.  He has been providing physical therapy services for more than 15 years Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Richard Gee has experience with the evaluation and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, gait abnormalities, orthotics, and mobility dysfunction.  He has worked in settings including acute care, outpatient centers, school based centers, and home care.

Tahereh Kamali, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tahereh is a postdoctoral fellow that joined Stanford in September 2019. Her research interests primarily lie in the design of new machine learning techniques for healthcare and developing clinical decision support systems to achieve accurate and robust prediction particularly in case of having partially-labeled training data. They also span the areas of the biomedical signal/image processing, computer vision, intelligent assistive technologies, and affective computing.  Tahereh obtained her PhD in Systems Design Engineering with a focus on machine learning and intelligence in September 2018 from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Sally Dunaway Young, PT, DPT
Research Physical Therapist

Sally is a research physical therapist who recently joined the Neuromuscular Division at Stanford in fall of 2018 under the direction of Dr. John Day.  A graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Columbia University, Sally joined the multidisciplinary team at the SMA Clinical Research Center at Columbia University in 2008.  She has over 10 years of research experience in single and multi-center clinical research studies in Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and other neuromuscular diseases including therapeutic and observational trials.  Additionally, Sally has coordinated the wheelchair and durable medical equipment clinic for a pediatric neuromuscular clinic population as well as worked as a private home care pediatric physical therapist performing evaluations and daily treatment sessions for patients diagnosed with neuromuscular disease.  Throughout her career she has participated in regional, national, and international meetings of clinicians and physical therapists where she provides education, training, and advance clinical care and clinical research, focusing on outcome measures, research related to motor function, and exercise.