Exercise Physiology Faculty and Staff
John P. Porcari, Ph.D., RCEP, FAACVPR, FACSM
John is the Program Director of the Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) program and is also the Executive Director of the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, the University’s on-campus fitness program. He teaches a number of courses in the CEP curriculum (ESS 774: Clinical Practicum in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, ESS 783: Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription, ESS 784: Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology) and supervises many theses projects. He received his doctorate in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst and his master’s degree in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His research interests focus primarily on evaluating new exercise equipment on the market and exercise training techniques in cardiac patients. John has published over 150 papers and authored or co-authored over 350 abstracts.
John was on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for 9 years and is a Past President of the organization. He also has been on numerous committees and received a Distinguished Service Award from AACVPR in 1995 and the Award of Excellence in 2010. He was the President of the Wisconsin Society of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (WISCVPR) in 1998 and won the Award of Excellence in 2004.
Carl Foster, Ph.D., FACSM, FAACVPR
Carl is the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory, is the Research Director of the CEP program, and teaches a number of courses in the curriculum (ESS 744: Laboratory Techniques in Clinical Exercise Physiology, EFN 730: Research Methods, ESS 780: Philosophy and Organization of Preventative and Rehabilitative Programs). Carl has over 20 years of clinical experience (at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee) before coming to UW-L. Carl has a very active research program and has published ~250 scientific articles and chapters and 11 longer works (books/monographs/ position stands). Relevantly, he was a co-editor of the first ACSM Health and Fitness Facilities Standards and Guidelines and was on the writing task force for the joint ACSM/AHA Position Stand on Health and Fitness Facilities.
Carl is highly involved in both ACSM and AACVPR. He is a Past President of ACSM and was the chairperson of the Research Committee for AACVPR. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Sports Medicine/Sports Science/Drug Testing committee for U.S. Speedskating. He is a long-time member of the scientific support team for U.S. Speedskating and was the recipient of a research grant from the International Olympic Committee to conduct studies at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Carl was the recipient of the M.L. Pollock Established Investigator Award from AACVPR in 2006. He was also given the Citation Award by ACSM in 2009. He is the Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
Kristi Cadwell, B.S.N., M.S., ES, RCEP
Kristi has been the Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit of the La Crosse Exercise Health Program since 1993, helps teach in the CEP curriculum, and serves on theses committees. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Dakota and her master’s degree in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Kristi’s nursing experience has all been with a cardiac focus. She has experience as a staff nurse working in a cardiac catheterization laboratory, has worked on a cardiac surgery unit, and has developed Phase II cardiac rehabilitation programs in Ashland, Wisconsin and Ellsworth, Maine. She is ACSM certified as an Exercise Specialist and a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and is an ACLS instructor.
Kristin Greany, M.S., R.D.
Kris teaches ESS 781: Program Leadership in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She earned a B.S. in Nutrition from Valparaiso University, a M.S. in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and her doctorate in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. As a dietitian and exercise physiologist for the past 20 years, she has worked in corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, heart disease reversal programs, eating disorders treatment, and community health education, as well as taught nutrition and fitness courses at Central Wyoming College and the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include women’s health issues throughout the lifecycle and nutrition interventions for cardiovascular disease risk factor modification.
Chris Dodge, M.S.
Chris is the Technical Director of the Human Performance Laboratory and aids CEP graduate students in the equipment related aspects of their thesis testing. He received an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Co and a Masters Degree in Human Performance from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. He has a degree in Biomedical Electronics from Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse.
C. Russell Hendrix, M.S.Ed., HFS
Russ teaches the Physiology of Activity (ESS 770) course for the CEP program. He is currently finishing his doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He received his master’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Northwest Missouri State University. Russ is very interested in answering questions involving the evaluation of muscle function using electromyography and mechanomyography, as well as developing mathematical models of fatigue. Russ has published over 30 scientific articles and authored or co-authored over 20 abstracts for poster presentation at National and Regional conferences.
Teresa Eber Lee, M.S., ES, RCEP
Teresa teaches ESS 782: Electrocardiography. She received her master's degree in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and has worked in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation for the past 16 years. She is currently a faculty member at Winona State University and the director of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Prior to WSU she worked at Gundersen Lutheran in the Clinical Exercise Physiology Department for 11 years and prior to that in Charlotte, NC in diagnostic stress testing and outpatient rehabilitation for 3 years. She is certified as an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.
Richard (Rick) Mikat, Ph.D., HFD, FACSM
Rick teaches EFN 730 (Research Methods) and EFN 735 (Statistics) and regularly serves on thesis committees for CEP students. He received his master’s degree in Exercise Science and Athletic Training from Brigham Young University and his doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah. Most of his research is in body composition but he also has interests in human metabolism, body image, and biomechanics. He was a Computer Science Major before switching to ESS and often helps students create new software or conduct research with a significant technological component. Rick is ACSM certified as a Health/Fitness Director.