Mark Muller

Mark Muller, MS, CPO, FAAOP

Chair of O&P Department

Mark is the Chair and instructor for the Prosthetic and Orthotic Master of Science degree program. He also is responsible for teaching Kinesiology, Biomechanics and Gait. He attended Northwestern P&O Center from 1994-1995 and subsequently taught in their Orthotic Certificate Program for 1 ½ years. He worked in private practice in San Diego for 3 years before becoming Education Manager at Ossur Americas from 2002 – 2005. He joined CSUDH in 2006, where he immediately went to work upgrading all course objectives and developing new curricula in gait and and biomechanics. He received his Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from California State University Fullerton in 2008. He has lectured extensively in the U.S. Mark Muller is currently President of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and in this position of national leadership his expertise and professional network of O&P leaders will definitely benefit the CSUDH O&P Program. 

Ava Herbrick

Ava Herbrick, CPO

Full Time Lecturer

Ava Herbrick attended the Rancho Los Amigos Orthotic Program, and received her certification in 1985. After several years working for the Rancho program, she attended the California State University Dominguez Hills Prosthetic Certificate program, and received her CPO in 2000. She specializes in Orthotics and has extensive pediatric experience.

Mark Cromer

Mark Cromer, CPO

Full Time Lecturer

Mr. Cromer graduated from Troy University in 2010 with his degree in Business Administration, and proceded to complete the CSUDH Orthotic and Prosthetic Certificate Programs in 2010 and 2011.  He is ABC certified in Prosthetics and Orthotics, and has over seven years experience as a practitioner in the local Southern California Area.

Dr. Jenniver Lucarevic

Dr. Jennifer Lucarevic, PT, DPT, PhD Candidate

Full Time Lecturer

Dr. Lučarević is a licensed physical therapist who earned her DPT from the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota. After years in clinical practice, Dr. Lučarević became interested in academics and research. She pursued her PhD at the University of Miami under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Gailey. Her PhD research focused on Postural Steadiness in People with Lower Limb Amputation. She is the recipient of the AAOP Howard R. Thranhardt Lecture Series Award and the ISPO Best Paper Award in category of Advancing Clinical Treatment.

Dr. Lučarević has a long history of service and remains active in leadership for adaptive sports with organizations including Angel City Sports, Move United Competition Team, and the American Physical Therapy Associations Adaptive Sports Special Interest Group. In her spare time, she volunteers her medical expertise to provide rehabilitation in developing nations and as a Medical Classifier for Paralympic Table Tennis and Athletics (Track & Field).

Steve Alpert

Steve Alpert CP

Prosthetic Instructor

Steve has been teaching in the CSUDH program for over 20 years. Currently he teaches Upper Extremity Prosthetics and the Introduction to Orthotics and Prosthetics course. He attended Northwestern University and he became ABC certified in prosthetics in 1986. He has extensive experience with children’s prosthetics through his previous positions with the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children and the Child Amputee Prosthetics Project. Currently he is Chief Prosthetist at Lerman & Sons, a large Los Angeles area facility. Mr. Alpert is a member of AAOP, and also received the “Outstanding Educator Award” from the Academy in 1995.

Scott Hornbeak, MBA, CPO, FAAOP

Emeritus Instructor

Mr. Hornbeak possesses a Masters of Business Administration Degree (UCLA-1987) and is ABC certified in Prosthetics (1978) and Orthotics (1980). He has over 30 years of clinical, managerial, and teaching experience. He attended school at UCLA Prosthetics and Orthotics Program in 1977. He is a member of: the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP); the NCOPE Self Study Committee; and the Southern California Chapter of AAOP as a Board member. He was awarded the “Outstanding Educator Award” by the Academy in 2000.

Part Time Faculty

Catherine Muller, CPO      Lower Limb Orthotics

Dr. Brian Ruhe, CP            Gait

Michael Openshaw, CPO   Orthotics and Prosthetics

Julie Werner, OTR/L         Research

Brittany Gonzalez, CPO     Pathology


Marvin Ramirez
Instructional Support Assistant

Elisabeth Rollo
Administrative Support Coordinator

Guest Instructors

In addition to the core faculty, the CSUDH O & P Program regularly invites Guest Speakers to come and present to the students on various topics. The Guest Speakers include professionals and experts in a variety of O &/or P topics. These topics may include: advanced techniques or component design; alternative management systems (i.e. scoliosis management) or expansion of theories that were introduced in the course work. A partial listing of regular Guest Speakers:

Guest SpeakerTopics
Gary Bedard, COClinical Instruction (Becket Stance Control Knee Orthoses)
Jamie Benelli, CPOSpinal Technologies (Providence Scoliosis System)
Vince Coole, CPOClinical Instruction (CAD/CAM
Cindy Diener, CPOCascade DAFO, Inc. (DAFOs)
Ian Fothergill, CPOOssur Americas (Lower Limb Prosthetic Components
Bob Gailey, MPT, PhDAdvanced Gait Training
C. Ralph Hooper, CPOCharleston Bending Brace (Scoliosis Management)
Blake Norquist, COOrthomerica, Inc (Cranial Remolding Helmets)
Rick PasillasCUSHMaker, Inc. (Wheelchairs & Custom Seating)
Y. Setoguchi, MDClinical Instruction (Children’s Limb Deficiency)
Tim Shride, CPOOtto Bock (Upper Limb Prosthetics)
Jim Wynne, CPOBoston Brace (Scoliosis management)
Brandon Peterson, CPOHanger (Upper Limb Prosthetics)
Leroy Oddie, CPFreedom Innovations (Advanced Feet and Knees)
Randy Alley, CPBio Designs (Advanced Upper Extremity and Socket Systems)
Eric Ferraco, CPOHuman Designs (CMS, Medicare, Electronic Documentation)
Roberta Cone, Ph.DVA Long Beach (Psychosocial Aspects of Disability)
Dana Craig, BS, BMMEVA Long Beach (Instrumented Gait Analysis)
Russell Ward, CPOVA Long Beach (Lower Limb Prosthetics and Biomechanics)
Duane Sallade, CPO

VA Long Beach (Upper Extremity Prosthetics, Orthotic Fitters)

MS in Health Science, O&P Option Information:
Phone: (562) 735-3300
Fax: (562) 285-9969

General Inquiries: erollo@csudh.edu
Elisabeth Rollo, Administrative Coordinator