Faculty and Staff

Kathleen McGinn, PT, DPT, M. Ed.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Chair

Teaches: PTA 102, PTA 107, PTA 108, PTA 139, PTA 112, PTA 113

Kathleen M. McGinn, PT, DPT, M.Ed., LCMT has been a core faculty member in MWCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program since it began in 1995. Dr. McGinn has over 20 years of teaching experience at the associate degree level and 25 years of clinical practice in physical therapy. As the primary instructional faculty member she ensures continuity of academic progression throughout the PTA courses/program. Dr. McGinn received a Baccalaureate Degree in Physical Therapy (PT) from Quinnipiac university in 1985, a Masters Degree in Health Education from Worcester State College in 1988, and most recently earned her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Simmons College while teaching and working in the field of physical therapy.

Dr. McGinn holds Massachusetts State licensure in both PT and massage therapy (certification in massage therapy from Bancroft School of Massage in 2001). Her 25 years of clinical experience includes practice in the areas of acute care, orthopedics, pediatric and adult pulmonology, and the integration of PT and massage therapy into her private bodywork practice. Dr. McGinn regularly attends and presents continuing education seminars and workshops and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s National and Massachusett’s Chapters.

Dr. McGinn currently provides instruction in a variety of PTA, massage therapy, and Fitness/Wellness courses.


Jacqueline J. Shakar, DPT MS ATC CMT OCS

PTA Program Professor

Teaches: PTA 104, PTA 105, PTA 108, PTA 113, PTA 117

Jacqueline J. Shakar, DPT MS ATC CMT, has over 22 years of teaching and 27 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist. Shakar earned her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy (PT) from Boston University in 1983. She recently completed her DPT at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions, May 2010. She is licensed as a PT, Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist in the state of Massachusetts (MA PT licensure since 1983). Her clinical experience includes acute care, home health, and sports medicine but her primary focus has been in education, orthopedics, biomechanics and private practice administration. She became certified as a massage therapist in 2001 from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, Worcester MA.

Shakar’s teaching experience has primarily been in anatomy and kinesiology, orthopedics and clinical management. She has taught at the associate degree level for the past 22 years. She has taken extensive continuing education coursework to foster her development in these areas. Shakar has developed and served as a course instructor for several workshops including Extremity Joint Mobilization, Strain/Counterstrain, the Pelvic Girdle and, Functional Footwear.

Prior to her teaching career, Shakar successfully started and managed a private practice with seven employees and has served as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) program director at two institutions of higher education. Shakar is a member of the American Physical Therapist Association, its Massachusetts Chapter and Orthopedic Section.