Ashlee Esplen


Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) - PTA Program

Coordinator of Certificate Massage Therapy Program

Nursing and Allied Health Division
Office Location: BH 182B
Phone: 724.287.8711 x8381


Ms. Esplen is Professor and Academic Clinical Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and Program Coordinator of the Certificate Massage Therapy Program at Butler County Community College (BC3), Butler, PA.  She received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)/Boyce Campus, Monroeville, PA and a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow College, Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Esplen has extensive training in massage: first by obtaining a Certificate in Massage from CCAC and secondly by adding certifications in Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Pregnancy and Infant massage, Geriatric massage Level I, Reiki Level I, and Chair massage.
Ms. Esplen has completed a 20-year teaching and clinical career by having begun her journey working as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) and by later attaining her goal of becoming a teacher of physical therapist assistants. She is genuinely interested in helping physical therapist assistant students and PTA clinicians learn how to expand their skills and education within the health care arena by making themselves more viable and marketable.  
Ms. Esplen is an experienced speaker and has held various leadership positions throughout the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including national and chapter elected positions and district committees over the past 20 years. Teaching students goal planning by expanding upon current skills, mentoring, and volunteering are her passions. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Esplen is employed as a physical therapist assistant at Anchor Physical Therapy in Greenfield, PA and is a business partner at Anchor Continuing Education (ACE), an on-line continuing education site for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and massage therapists.

Courses Taught

  • PTAP 121, PTA Procedures I
  • PTAP 101, PTA Seminar I
  • PTAP 109, PTA Patient Practitioner
  • PTAP, 201, PTA Clinical Education II
  • MTPY101, Introduction to Massage Therapy Theory, Techniques and Practice
  • PTAP 122, PTA Procedure II
  • PTAP 105, PTA Seminar II
  • PTAP, 203, PTA Clinical Education III
  • MTPY102, Intermediate Massage Therapy Theory, Techniques and Practice
  • PTAP, 201, PTA Clinical Education I
  • MTPY103, Advanced Massage Therapy Theory, Techniques and Practice


  • MS, Professional Leadership Health Service Education 1998 Carlow College, Pittsburgh, PA
  • BS, Health Science 1996 Carlow College, Pittsburgh, PA
  • AS, Degree in Physical Therapy 1992Community College of Allegheny County, Monroeville, PA


Certificate in Massage 2000 Community College of Allegheny County, Monroeville, PA


  • ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine; Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistants
  • The Clinic Within, Physical therapy services at the worksite 2014
  • Foam Rolling Trigger Points 2014


  • American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Musculoskeletal 2014
  • Red Apple Education Award, Butler County   2008

Community Organizations - Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member since 1992
  • Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals (ABMP) Member since 2000
  • PPTA Professional Development Committee 2011 - 2013
  • Shoes4Kids Fundraiser 2007 - present
  • PA Physical Therapist Assistant Special Interest Group Chair 2002 - 2006
  • SouthWestern District Education Committee 1998 - 2006
  • PA Physical Therapist Assistant Representative 2002 - 2003
  • APTA National Assembly of Physical Therapist Assistants Northeastern Regional Director 2003 - 2005
  • Blackridge Nominating Committee     2011 - present
  • Blackridge Swim Club Team Representative, Churchill  2006 - present
  • Blackridge Swim Club Fundraising Chair, Churchill  2006 - present
  • Blackridge Civic Association Board of Directors, Churchill  2004 - 2009

Personal Interests

Woodland Hills Aquatic Team (WHAT) Masters