Speaker Biographies

Chris Allen
Chris Allen is an Associate Professor with Baylor University Graduate School and is the Program Director for the Army-Baylor University Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy located at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Allen has several grant-funded projects investigating the effectiveness of physical therapy for the management of knee OA and the impact on long-term activity levels. He is also involved in research on the motor learning and training for physical therapists learning manual physical therapy skills.

Gary Austin PT, Phd, OCS, FAFS, FAAOMPT
Gary P. Austin, PT, PhD, OCS, FAFS, FAAOMPT is Associate Professor and Residency Program Director at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. He received his B.S. in Physical Therapy, M.A. in Education, and PhD in Sport Biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy at Regis University and a Fellowship in Applied Functional Science at The Gray Institute. Gary has authored several book chapters, multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts and has presented at state and national meetings. He teaches Musculoskeletal Examination and Intervention, Clinical Inquiry, and Differential Diagnosis.

Cora Aytona DPT, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT
Cora Aytona, DPT, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT graduated from the University of the Philippines with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1993 and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Saint Augustine in Florida in 2008. She has been utilizing the principles of MDT evaluation and treatment since 1998, becoming Certified in 2000 and Diplomaed in 2002. She successfully achieved Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2015. Cora was appointed Teaching Faculty for The McKenzie Institute in 2006 and promoted to Senior Faculty in 2015.

Cora is a Clinical Mentor for DPT students in her area as well as an active contributor to MDT research. Her article, Rapid Resolution of Chronic Shoulder Pain: A Case Series, was published in The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (JMMT) in 2013. (Aytona M. (2013). Rapid Resolution of Chronic Shoulder Pain: A Case Series. JMMT; 21(4):207-212.) She also serves as an author and developer of several of the case studies used in the online McKenzie Case Manager course. She has presented at both Americas Region and McKenzie International Conferences.

Cora is currently in active practice as a Clinical Specialist at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, NC. She is an airplane enthusiast and has been a licensed pilot since 2004. Cora has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2010.

Libby Bergman PT
Libby Bergman practices full time in Kalispell, MT. She is a contributing faculty member of USAHS. Libby is a fellow of AAOMPT having gained fellowship experience with USAHS.

Brenda Boucher
Brenda is an Associate Professor at Texas State University Department of Physical Therapy. She has her PhD in Education. She obtained her FAAOMPT though the Manual Therapy Institute. She is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and is a Certified Hand Therapist

Chris Chase PT, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT
A Missouri native, Chris Chase, PT, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT, graduated from Saint Louis University with both a BS in Exercise Science (1998) and a Masters in Physical Therapy (1999). Following graduation, Chris began working in private practice at a Certified McKenzie Clinic. He took his first course in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy four months after graduating, became Certified in 2003, successfully obtained his Diploma in September of 2009 and, in June 2012, was granted Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Chris was appointed to Teaching Faculty with The McKenzie Institute in October of 2011 and four years later, in October 2015, was promoted to teach the full curriculum of courses.

Chris actively mentors both Diploma and Fellowship candidates and has done so since 2009 and 2014, respectively. He currently serves as MDT Fellowship Curriculum Coordinator. In addition to his teaching and mentoring responsibilities, he also acts as Co-Editor for The McKenzie Institute Internationals official newsletter, the MDT World Press and served on the planning committee for the 2013 MDT Conference of the Americas in Denver, CO. Chris presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists conferences in both 2013 and 2015 and is an annual presenter for the Kaiser Northern California Fellowship Program.

Chris is currently in practice full time with Saint Davids Spine and Sports Therapy in Austin, TX serving as Supervisor and Diploma Physical Therapist. In his free time, he volunteers as a Coach for youth sport teams and enjoys traveling, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities with his family. Chris has been member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1997.

Dr. Jeffrey Chelette PT, DPT
Dr. Chelette is a Physical Therapist and a Fellow-in-Training at The Ohio State University Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. He graduated from the Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2015. Dr. Chelette graduated from the Orthopaedic Residency program at The Ohio State University in 2016.

Dr. Lauren Clark PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Lauren Clark is a licensed physical therapist who is currently employed at the Brooks Rehabilitation health system. Dr. Clark specializes in orthopaedic physical therapy with a focus on manual therapy and physical therapy for performing artists. Dr. Clark graduated from Arcadia University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. She has completed advanced training in orthopaedics through the Brooks/UNF Orthopaedic Residency Program and is currently completing a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy.

Rachel Condon
Rachel Condon is an active duty Navy physical therapist who completed her DSc and fellowship training through the Army-Baylor University Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. While working on her DSc, her research was on the management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Dr. Matthew Daugherty
Dr. Matthew Daugherty became an assistant professor in 2013. He received his Manual Therapy Certification in 2009 and completed a full-time fellowship in orthopaedic manual physical therapy in December 2010. In 2012, he became an Orthopaedic Certified Speciallist and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Florida Physical Therapy Association, AAOMPT, and the ABPTS Specialization Academy of Content Experts. He has served as delegate for the APTA, district chair in FPTA. Dr. Daugherty has presented his research at the AAOMPT, CSM, and FPTA conferences. He is also the author of numerous book chapters.

Dr. Bryan Dennison PT, DPT, MPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT
Bryan S. Dennison, PT, DPT, MPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT Dr. Dennison completed his tDPT degree and the Manual Therapy Fellowship at Regis University in 2007 and 2009 respectively. He has taught in the entry-level DPT program at the University of Southern California (USC), the post-profession tDPT program at Regis University, and the Residency/Fellow programs for EIM. He has contributed five text book chapters, an APTA Cervical Spine Monograph, co-designed and taught a fellowship level pain science course and is currently a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. He is interested in evidence-based practice, strength and conditioning, and incorporating pain sciences into patient management.

Gail Deyle
Gail Deyle is a Professor with Baylor University Graduate School and the founder and senior faculty member for the Army-Baylor University Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy located at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He has authored and contributed to some of the most practice defining research on the effectiveness of orthopaedic physical therapy with a manual therapy focus. Dr Deyle has received outstanding researcher awards from the Texas Physical Therapy Association, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and the Geriatric Specialty Section. He has received the Rose Research Award from the Orthopaedic Specialty Section as both a lead author and a co-author.

Jan Dommerholt PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM
Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM, is a Dutch-trained physical therapist with a special interest in the integration of external-focused exercise within manual physical therapy practice. As president of Myopain Seminars and owner of two physical therapy practices, he has much experience in presenting courses, workshops and lectures. He has published five books, over 80 articles, and nearly 60 chapters in medical and physical therapy textbooks and is on the editorial board of several professional journals, including the J Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

Megan Donaldson FAAOMPT
Megan Donaldson is a FAAOMPT

Karen Dubrow PT, PhD, DMT, FAAOMPT
Karen Dubrow has a PhD, a Doctorate of, and Master of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute. She received her BSPT from Washington University, St. Louis, and MSPT from Texas Woman’s University. Her Equivalency of Nordic Manual Therapy Certification was awarded by the Nordic Group of Specialists in Manual Therapy. A Fellow of AAOMPT, she has owned her practice and has treated patients full time in Plano, Texas since 1990. She is the OGI Research Chair for PhD. She is a Fellowship Mentor, ACFSIG Secretary, and on the Conference Committee for AAOMPT. Dr. Dubrow presented her research at IFOMPT and at the World Scientific Congress of Golf. She published in Scientific Physical Therapy.

Brian Duncan FAAOMPT
Brian is board-certified in both orthopeadic & sports physical therapy and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. His current practice focuses on recreational and college athletes. He is the Director of Residency Programs and Human Performance at Memorial Hermann Health System and adjunct faculty at Texas Woman’s University. He is active in the APTA, serving in the House of Delegates and on the residency program credentialing committee of ABPTRFE. He has served on the local level in several different capacities and is part of the TPTA Governmental Affairs Committee for which he has testified before the Texas House Public Health Committee. He has received several professional honors including the Southeastern District of the TPTA Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Dorn Long Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award, APTA Emerging Leader Award, and the APTA Signe Brunnström Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. His passion is mentorship and clinical excellence through residency and fellowship education.

Dr. Emma Faulkner
Emma received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2015 and is currently completing an orthopedic physical therapy residency at Mercer University. Emma is a physical therapist based in Atlanta, GA and provides physical therapy services for Atlanta Ballet and numerous other professional dance companies in the Atlanta Metro. Emma"s clinical interests include dance medicine, orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy and vestibular rehabilitation. Emma has previously presented on the use of Pilates in for injury prevention of adolescent dancers.

Roy Film
Roy is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore. His mission is to help elevate the practice of physical therapy at either end of the spectrum, both by training fellows and by teaching entry-level students. He teaches primarily in the areas of manual therapy, chronic pain, and EBP. Roy’s research interests focus on the non-medical management of musculoskeletal conditions and the ramifications of referral-for-profit in healthcare. Roy has served the profession for many years through AAOMPT (multiple committees), APTA (House of Delegates), ABPTS (Specialization Academy of Content Experts), and ABPTRFE (Accreditation Services Committee).

Jennifer Frerich
Jennifer attended Texas Women"s University where she graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2012. After graduating, Jennifer joined the outpatient orthopedic physical therapy team at Quentin Mease Hospital. She is adjunct faculty for the Harris Health Orthopedic Residency Program and is a clinical instructor and guest lecturer for student physical therapists. She received the Outstanding Clinical Instructor of the Year Award in 2014.

Dr. Margaret Gebhardt
Maggie received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008 and completed her Orthopedic Residency in 2010. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and an adjunct clinical professor at Mercer University. Maggie has been published on medical screening in physical therapy and has also presented on nerve pain, chronic pain, hypermobility syndrome, and clinical reasoning for the physical therapist. Her area of research is the use of clinical reasoning by the physical therapist in the clinic as well as its role in the physical therapy curriculum.

Dr. Mary Beth Geiser PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Mary Beth Geiser PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT has been a practicing clinician for over 25 years, specializing in orthopedics, sports medicine, spine rehabilitation and chronic pain. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1990 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2008. She received board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinicial Specialist in 1999 and again in 2009. She completed a Fellowship in Manual Therapy through Regis University in 2013. In addition to working 30 hours/week in direct patient care, Dr. Mary Beth Geiser holds active Adjunct Faculty positions at 3 different universities (Marquette University, Concordia University Wisconsin, Concordia University- St. Paul Minnesota) and an Affiliate Faculty position at Regis University. She is the owner of SCORE Advantage LLC,which provides physical therapy, pro-bone care, consulting and educational services.

Dr. Jason Grandeo
Dr. Grandeo is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Lynchburg College. He received his Masters in Physical Therapy from MCP Hahnemann University and his DPT from Shenandoah University. He has been a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist since 2006 and is a fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Prior to joining Lynchburg college, Dr. Grandeo spent 13 years in outpatient orthopaedic clinical practice working in a predominantly direct access cash based facility. Currently he teaches in the orthopaedic curriculum and imaging courses at Lynchburg College.

Amanda Grant PT
Amanda Grant is dicrector of residency and manual therapy fellowship programs at USAHS. She is core faculty member of USAHS as well participates in clinical practice.. Amanda is a fellow of AAOMPT having gained fellowship experience with USAHS.

Mark Gutierrez PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT
Mark Gutierrez, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT is a physical therapist in New Orleans, LA. He has served as faculty for Memorial Hermann"s orthopedic and sports residency programs and is clinical faculty for the Manual Therapy Institute"s fellowship program. He enjoys treating various types of athletes, especially endurance athletes with hip, foot/ankle, or lumbar dysfunctions.

Katherine Gwyn
Katherine Gwyn is Fellowship trained in Manual Therapy.She is the owner of Mondo Sports Therapy in Austin TX, an outpatient orthopedic clinic specializing in the treatment of endurance athletes

Brent Harper Assistant Professor
Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy D.Sc. (2011) Ola Grimsby Institute San Diego, CA Orthopedic Manual Therapy Ph.D. (2008) Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA Physical Therapy DPT (2005) Ola Grimsby Institute San Diego, CA Manual Therapy/Physical Therapy DPT (2004) /DMT (2005) Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA Physical Therapy/Life Sciences Degree: M.P.T./B.S (1997)

Andrew Hawkins DPT, OCS, ATC
Andrew Hawkins, DPT, OCS, ATC, received a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Emporia State University in 2010, and is currently a certified Athletic Trainer. Andrew attended the University of Southern California for his Doctor of Physical Therapy, where he was awarded the Order of the Golden Cane, the highest honor given to graduating physical therapy students. After graduation, Andrew completed a yearlong residency at USC in orthopedic physical therapy, where he was received extensive mentorship from many expert clinicians. Andrew was hired by California Rehabilitation and Sports Physical Therapy upon completion of his residency in September of 2014.

James Heafner
Jim earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University and graduated from the Harris Health Systems Orthopedic Residency in October 2014. He moved to Boulder, CO and is in private practice at Heafner Health. Jim is Level 1 Expert in FMS and SFMA. Currently, he is pursuing his fellowship in manual therapy. Jim’s practice focuses heavily on functional movements, manual therapy, movement impairments, and joint-by-joint assessment. In his free time, Jim is co-author of The Student Physical Therapist, writing extensively on musculoskeletal assessment and treatment.

John Heick
John Heick received his Ph.D. in 2015 from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Orthopaedic and Sports Science with his dissertation on concussion assessment. He received his clinical Doctorate from Shenandoah University and undergraduate from Northern Arizona University. John is board certified by the ABPTS in orthopaedics, neurology, and sports. John has practiced physical therapy for 14 years in various settings to include the emergency department, sports, and orthopaedics. John teaches full-time and continues to practice clinically prn in an orthopaedic/sports setting and participates regularly in the NAU pro bono Orthopaedic and Neurologic clinic.

Dr. Carl Heldman
Dr. Carl Heldman brings a wealth of Physical Therapy training, experience and information to our office. His career began as a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1994. He completed his Master’s Degree in Education in 1997, spent three years as the staff trainer with the Philadelphia Phillies, and then acquired his Master’s in Physical Therapy in 2002. He has completed an Athletic Training rotation at the US Olympic Training Center in California and in 2004 he became an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Upon completion of his fellowship in manual therapy, he received his Manual Therapy Certification in 2005 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2006. He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2006.

Kevin Helgeson
Kevin Helgeson has taught musculoskeletal imaging for entry-level and post-entry level students for the past 15 years. He is a professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah and had previous appointments at Idaho State University and the University of North Florida. He received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 1986 and received a DHSc from the University of St. Augustine in 2002 with a concentration in sports physical therapy and adolescent orthopaedics. He has practiced in a variety of setting over the past 30 years.

Carleen Jogodka PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Carleen Jogodka, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT is a 2004 doctoral graduate of Regis University in Denver, CO. Since July of 2004, she was drawn from Denver to accept a position as an emergency care provider at the country’s first EDPT program in Tucson, Arizona. She received Orthopaedic Board Certified Specialist certification in 2007 and continued with her education to obtain Fellowship status with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists in July, 2012. Her work in as physical therapist has included clinical research, numerous local and national presentations, clinical and course instruction for multiple universities, co-authored the article, “The Physical Therapist as musculoskeletal specialist in the emergency department”, in Journal of Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Carleen has served as a consultant for numerous organizations on a wide variety of aspects related to emergency care physical therapist practice. Aside from her career as a physical therapist, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, running, and snow sports whenever given the opportunity.

Joshua Johnson
Josh is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah with a particular interest in studying the value of physical therapy services across the continuum of care and in various care models. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania in 2014 and his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Brigham Young University in 2011.

Renee Johnson PT
Renee Johnson received her Doctorate in Physical therapy from Pacific University in 2012. She received her certification and advanced certification in manual therapy from the Institute of Manual Physiotherapy and Clinical Training(IMPACT) . She is currently a Fellowship student with IMPACT.

Dr. Ulysses Juntilla
I am a practicing board-certified Orthopedic physical therapist sub-specializing in Osteopractic Physical Therapy at DORN VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC . I finished an extensive year long post graduate fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) committing my practice to a lifelong, continued learning experience. Currently, I am a Fellow (FAAOMPT) of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. My sub-specialty helps me effectively treat acute and chronic pain including but not limited to cervicogenic headaches, TMJ, spinal pain, osteoarthritis pain, plantar fascial pain conservatively enabling a patient to return to early maximized function utilizing current evidence. I am an advanced certified clinical instructor in Orthopedic PT and the center coordinator for clinical education. I constructed a semi-standardized Orthopedic clinical education curriculum for entry level DPT students rotating at DORN VA incorporating didactic, clinical and practical components of learning. Currently, I served as the President of Philippine Association of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Prior to practicing in the States, I was a member of Faculty at Asian Institute of Medical Sciences of Asian College of Technology where I taught Anatomy and Physiology.

Steve Karas PT, DSc, CMPT, OCS, ATC
Steve Karas, PT, DSc, CMPT, OCS, ATC is a faculty member at Chatham University where he teaches orthopedics and the spine, and maintains consistent clinical practice. He obtained his Physical Therapy Doctorate from Andrews University along with a certification from The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). His current research includes grant funded study of techniques and outcomes of thoracic spine manual therapy. He has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Karas is a member of the AAOMPT research committee & education special interest group, a reviewer for JMMT and MT, and has contributed to the content of the APTA OCS examination.

Alec Kay PT, DMT, FAAOMPT, OCS, ATC
Alec sees patients full time at United Physical Therapy in Anchorage, Alaska. He initially began his career working in sports medicine at the University of California, Davis as an undergraduate where he received a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology and was Certified as an Athletic Trainer in 1988. Alec was awarded a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in 1990. He attended a 6 month full time residency in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) in Vallejo, CA, after working for several years in acute care and neurological rehabilitation. He has been an instructor with the Ola Grimsby Institute since 2000 and his emphasis is exercises and spinal manipulation education. Along with short term courses on 3 continents, Alec has taught residencies and fellowships locally. His additional post-graduate studies included completion of a Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 1997 and a Doctor of Manual Therapy degree in 2000, with a dissertation on the lumbar spine. His passion is clinical practice and sharing the skills that lead to success in that arena.

Dr. David Kempfert
Dr. David J. Kempfert has become a comprehensive clinical therapist with content expertise in orthopaedic, sports and manual rehabilitation. His diversity includes being a licensed physical therapist, occupational therapist and athletic trainer. He is a Board-Certified Specialist in both Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and has completed a fellowship in orthopaedic manual physical therapy, accredited through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. In addition, he holds certifications in Manual Therapy and Emergency Medical Response. Dr. Kempfert is a reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and a selected member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the Sports Specialty Council.

Adeeb Khalfe PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS
Adeeb is a Lead Faculty member for the Institute for Athlete Regeneration, a post-professional Manual Therapy Fellowship Program. He is also a Faculty Mentor for the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Sports, Orthopedic, and Athletic Training Residencies. Adeeb has spoken at multiple national and state conferences. He has worked with many athletes of all ages with a particular emphasis on performance rehabilitation. Adeeb is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is a member of the APTA, TPTA, AAOMPT, and NSCA.

Joshua Kidd PT, DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT
Josh has been practicing out-patient orthopedic physical therapy since 2007. He completed his board certification in orthopedics in 2010, followed by a Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 2011, Masters in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2015, and Fellowship training through Daemen College in 2016. In addition to patient care he is also involved in clinical research and has been published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. From a teaching stand point Josh is faculty for the USA branch of the McKenzie Institute and a clinical mentor for the APTA MDT Orthopedic Residency and Fellowship Programs

Pieter Kroon
Pieter Kroon is co-owner and Program Director for the Manual Therapy Institute. He is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University School for Physical Therapy. He is the co-owner of Mondo Sports Therapy in Austin TX, where they specialize in the treatment of endurance athletes

Elizabeth Lane
Elizabeth completed received her Doctor of Physical therapy from the Medical College of Georgia. She completed orthopedic residency and manual therapy fellowship through Evidence in Motion in 2011 and 2015, respectively. She currently serves as director for Benchmark Rehab Institute’s Orthopedic Residency Program and is working towards her PhD at the University of Utah under the direction of Julie Fritz, PT, PhD, FAPTA. Her primary research interests include dry needling and pain neuroscience education.

Michael Leal PT, DPT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Michael Leal PT, DPT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Dr. Leal is an Assistant Professor at West Coast University where he is the course coordinator for the musculoskeletal curriculum. He has also taught for the tDPT program at Regis University, and the Residency/Fellowship programs for EIM. He received his tDPT degree and Manual Therapy Fellowship from Regis University, has co-authored several book chapters, an APTA Monograph, co-designed and taught a fellowship level pain science course and is currently a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and Physiotherapy Research and Practice. He is interested in clinical reasoning and incorporation of the pain sciences into patient management.

Michael Lebec
Michael Lebec is a Professor and Physical Therapy Program Director at Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff Mountain Campus. His primary clinical area is musculoskeletal practice and it is within this area that most of his instructional efforts have been focused. The American Physical Therapy Association selected him as an Innovator in Physical Therapy Practice in 2013 for his work in promoting Emergency Department Physical Therapy. In addition to producing research in this area, he has disseminated multiple peer-reviewed presentations and publications focused on learning effectiveness in entry-level physical therapy education.

Janice Lwin PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT
Janice Lwin, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT Janice Lwin is Board Certified in Orthopaedics, Manual Therapy Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists. She is currently the Program Director for the PTA program at American Career College, in Orange County, CA. She has been published in a peer-reviewed journal and presented case studies and research at State, National and International conferences.

Jake Magel

Cody Mansfield PT, DPT, OCS, AT, FiT
Cody is a physical therapist at Ohio State University Sports Medicine and a board certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. Cody received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University, and graduated Cum Laude from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. He has published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, PT in Motion and Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. He is President of Fast Twitch Press, a book publishing company, and author of the book PT Ortho Questions. A book published to help physical therapists pass the OCS exam.

Dr. Ulrike Mitchell PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Ulrike H. Mitchell, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT has been a physical therapist for 30 years and is very familiar with issues related to orthopedics. In 2000 she became a certified manual physical therapist (University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences) and received board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2015. She successfully completed a Fellowship in Manual Therapy through Regis University in 2016. Ulrike has been faculty in the Exercise Sciences Department at Brigham Young University since 2008, where she regularly teaches the Advanced Functional Anatomy and Orthopedic Impairment classes. In addition, she facilitates two online classes for the University of St. Augustine (Spinal Instability and Introduction to Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation). Furthermore, she works in a pro bono clinic 5 hours every week, where she sees a variety of orthopedic patients. Ulrike has been actively researching issues related to posture and the spine with emphasis on the intervertebral disc and has established herself as a qualified researcher. For the paper “Physiological effects of lumbar traction on the intervertebral disc”, she reviewed over 100 publications that are directly related to the specific topic of this submission. She has several publications from both her undergraduate and graduate work across a variety of journals.

Gail Molloy PT
Gail Molloy received her Doctorate of Science from Andrews University. She is an international speaker on manual therapy. She is currently researching manipulation of the hip and manual therapy and osteoarthritis.

Janine Nesin PT, DPT, OCS
Janine Nesin, PT, DPT, OCS Janine is co-owner and CEO of Nesin Therapy Services in Huntsville, Alabama, with 20 years of experience treating both orthopedic and pelvic health patients. Janine graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1992 and from Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 1996. She became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist in 2005, and has served as President, Vice-President, & Education Chair of the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Janine has been teaching continuing education for physical therapists since 2014, and is a member of Women’s Health, Private Practice, and Orthopedic Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as the International Pelvic Pain Society.

Michelle Nesin PT, OCS, FCFMT, FAAOMPT
Michelle Nesin, PT, OCS, FCFMT, FAAOMPT Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy for the University of South Alabama in 1989. Since graduation, she has been working for Nesin Therapy Services, PC in Huntsville, Alabama, of which she is co-owner and Chief Operating Officer. She participated in a 6 month post-professional residency in PNF at Kaiser Vallejo, California, in 1992. Following her certification in Functional Manual Therapy™ in 1997, Michelle completed her one year IPA Manual Therapy Fellowship studies with Gregg Johnson, PT, FFCFMT in 2001. She became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist in 2006, and completed her second AAOMPT Orthopedic manual therapy Fellowship in 2009. Since 1993, she has been teaching for the Institute of Physical Art, and is a primary instructor in PNF, FM1, Functional Gait and Visceral Functional Manipulation. She also teaches for the Pelvic Education Alliance since 2014. Her experience has been in rehabilitation for pelvic health, neurologic and orthopedic patient populations of all ages. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, Women’s Health and Orthopedic Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as the International Pelvic Pain Society.

Toko Nguyen PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS
Toko Nguyen is the Program Director for the Institute for Athlete Regeneration, a post-professional Manual Therapy Fellowship Program, and also serves as the Supervisor of Residency Programs for Houston Methodist Sugar Land Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics and Sports, Fellowship trained in Manual Therapy, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Toko has extensive experience working with the athletic population including collegiate, amateur, professional, and Olympic athletes with an emphasis on the shoulder and knee. He works along side many prestigious names in the sports performance field and is one of the foremost experts in the treatment of the overhead athlete in Texas. He is a member of the APTA Orthopedic and Sports Section, APTA Residency and Fellowship Credentialing Services Committee, Texas Physical Therapy Association, AAOMPT, and is the Texas Legislative Representative for the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section.

Michael O'Donnell PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Michael O’Donnell, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT is the owner of Harbor Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, private practice in San Pedro, Ca He had been an Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California for 18 years and served as the director of the Orthopaedic Residency. He has recently authored a monograph Injury, Healing and Adaptation of the Musculoskeletal System for the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. Additionally he has published research on the teaching of manipulation in the journal Manual Therapy. Dr. O’Donnell is a member of the Orthopaedic and Private Practice Sections of the APTA as well as being a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT

Dr. William O'Grady PT, DPT, OCS, FAPTA, FAAOMPT
Dr. O"Grady has been teaching spinal manipulation for 40 years. He taught the advanced manipulation techniques for the USC spine fellowship program. He has taught with such luminaries as Dick Erhard, David Lamb, Laurie Hartman, Peter Gibbons, Phil Tehan and Cliff Fowler. He was honored as the first "Life Fellow" of the Academy and the Mennell Service Award, Catherine Worthingham Fellow, and the Paris distinguished service award. He served as the chief examiner for the Academy for 5 years setting up the first large scale oral/practical examination in manual therapy. He currently teaches spinal manipulation as an Adjunct Professor at UNLV.

Dr. Elizabeth Painter
Elizabeth Painter is an active duty Army physical therapist who is on faculty of the Army-Baylor University Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and is board certified in clinical electrophysiology.

Dr. Catherine Patla PT
Catherine Patla resides in St. Augustine, Florida where she practices part time clinically as well as participates in the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) orthopaedic residency and manual therapy fellowship programs. She is a faculty member of USAHS. She is a fellow of AAOMPT and an Orthopaedic Specialist from ABPTS. She is the recipient of both APTA orthopaedic section Bowling-Erhard and AAOMPT John McMillian Mennell awards. She has published several articles on Posterior Tibialis; her current research interest.

Brian Power
Brian is a co-owner and Vice President of MTI Physical Therapy in Washington State. He has considerable post-graduate education and experience and over the years has specialized in orthopedic manual therapy. He finished a four year program in manual therapy from the OGI that has culminated to a DPT and DMT as well as certification of equivalence in Manual Therapy from the Norwegian Specialty Group in Manual Therapy. He received his Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy from Goodrum Seminars in association with the National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) in 2016. In addition to his clinical practice, he has been involved with teaching post-graduate programs in orthopedic manual therapy and manipulation in the United States, Scandinavia, Asia and Europe since 1991. Education: • Bachelor of Science in Community Health: Western Washington University (1984) • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy: University of Puget Sound (1988) • Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy: The Ola Grimsby Institute (1991) • Doctorate of Physical Therapy: The Ola Grimsby Institute (2005) • Doctorate of Manual Therapy: The Ola Grimsby Institute (2013) Credentials • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). • Certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT) • Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (Hons)

Dr. Louie Puentedura PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Dr. Puentedura has been involved in orthopedic manual therapy for over 37 years and has lectured and presented seminars on the various approaches to manipulative therapy. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas entry-level DPT program where he teaches Anatomy, Orthopedic Principles, Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Spine and Diagnostic Imaging. He completed his post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Northern Arizona University. In addition, he earned a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and is an ISPI Certified Spinal Manual Therapist. Louie has been published extensively (more than 50 publications since 2010) regarding research on spinal manipulation as well as research on pain neuroscience education. He is an Associate Editor with the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (JMMT), and he is the co-author of a new textbook on the clinical application of therapeutic neuroscience education, entitled “Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Teaching patients about pain – a guide for clinicians”.

Dr. Jennifer Reneker
Jennifer Reneker is a board certified neurological physical therapist (PT), with a PhD in public health. Jennifer is actively engaged in clinical research and has conducted and published multiple studies on Sports-Related Concussion and the differential diagnosis of dizziness after concussion. Jennifer led a team of six PTs and secured funding from AAOMPT and the Ohio Physical Therapy Association to complete a RCT on the effectiveness of early physical therapy for dizziness after sports-concussion. This research won the Dick Ehrard Platform Presentation Award in 2016 and was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport in 2017.

Ben Renfrow PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT
Ben Renfrow is the Program Coordinator for the Institute for Athlete Regeneration, a post-professional Manual Therapy Fellowship Program. He is also the Director of Rehabilitation for Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. Ben is Fellowship trained in Manual Therapy and is active in educating various athletic organizations on injury prevention and sports performance. He has spoken at the local, state, and national levels in various sports medicine topics. Ben is an expert in movement impairment diagnosis, and uses this knowledge in effectively treating the athletic population. He is a member of the APTA Orthopedic and Sports Section, Texas Physical Therapy Association, and AAOMPT.

Dr. Jason Rodeghero
Dr. Rodeghero is a board certified orthopedic specialist, fellowship trained in orthopedic manual physical therapy. He earned his PhD from Rocky Mountain University and has published regularly in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Rodeghero is the Senior Vice President at OSF Healthcare, a large non-profit healthcare system, with senior executive accountability over rehabilitation, occupational health, and wellness services. He is also an associate professor in the entry-level DPT program at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Julie Sarton PT, DPT, WCS
Julie Sarton, PT, DPT, WCS Julie founded Sarton Physical Therapy in 2011 with the vision to provide hope and healing to her patients, with the best possible staff and evidence-based treatment. Prior to opening her practice, Julie founded and served as Director of the Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy program at the University of California, Irvine, where she was also an Assistant Clinical Professor within The OB-GYN department. Julie was in the very first class of physical therapists to be board-certified as a WCS, and has more than 15 years of experience in the field, successfully treating thousands of complex patients. She has lectured professionally at The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Society for Urodynamics and Urology, the American Urogynecologic Society, UC Irvine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Loma Linda University. Dr. Sarton earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and was awarded her doctorate from Creighton University in 1996 as part of the nation’s first doctorate program in physical therapy. A published author, Julie’s work has appeared in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Sexual Medicine, The Female Patient, and Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2006, she was honored with the “Rising Star in Medicine” Award from Women Sage. Considered an expert in pelvic pain, she has been featured on The Discovery Health Channel’s Berman and Berman show and in the Orange County Register. Dr. Sarton co-founded the Pelvic Floor Sexual Medicine group , bringing together practitioners from Southern California who treat pelvic floor disorders. Julie is also a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society, the Interstitial Cystitis Association, The American Physical Therapy Association, The American Urogynecologic Society and the National Vulvodynia Association.

Ronald Schenk PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT
Ron Schenk PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT is Dean of Health and Human Services and a Professor of Physical Therapy at Daemen College, where he teaches in their DPT program and is Director of the Fellowship program in OMPT. Dr. Schenk earned his BS and MS degrees at Ithaca College and his PhD from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Schenk completed a manual physical therapy residency program from the Gulf Coast Physical Therapy Institute and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).

Jason Sharpe
Jason completed his DPT education at Arcadia University in Glenside PA in 2014 and an Orthopaedic Residency at Drexel University in 2015. After completion of his residency, he worked in private practice outpatient orthopaedics for 1.5 years, during which time he became a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Currently, he is working on a PhD in rehabilitation sciences at the University of Utah with a research focus on risk stratification under the direction of Dr. Julie Fritz and Dr. Anne Thackeray.

Marc Sickel ATC
Marc Sickel, ATC is a nationally recognized innovator in the field of exergaming, fitness, and special needs therapy. He has developed an innovative approach combines his unique Success Builds Success methodology and state-of-the-art exergaming equipment – much of which he custom-designs hand-in-hand with leading fitness manufacturers – to help children and adults develop the motivation and confidence they need to learn new skills and take on new challenges.

Flavio Silva PT, ScD, OCS, MTC, CEAS
Flavio Silva, PT, ScD, OCS, MTC, CEAS holds a degree in Physical Therapy from Londrina State University in Brazil and a Doctorate of Science Degree from Texas Tech University. He is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, a certified ergonomics assessment specialist and holds certifications in manual therapy and Dry Needling. Dr. Silva has practiced orthopedic manual Physical therapy for 25 years. Currently he is a clinical coordinator of physical therapy at Vanderbilt Orthopedic Institute in Franklin TN managing a caseload that includes student and professional musicians of all levels.

Dr. Rusty Smith
Dr. Smith has a diverse background as a physical therapist educator, administrator, clinician, and researcher. Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics since 1993, his professional experience includes 36 years of clinical practice as a physical therapist, largely in outpatient settings. Teaching at Lynchburg College since 2011, he is currently a tenured Professor and the Dean of the School of Graduate Health Sciences at Lynchburg College. Previously the Chair at the University of North Florida, Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences from 2005 through 2011, he was the founding co-director of the Brooks/University of North Florida Residency and Fellowship programs.

Stacy Soappman PT, DSc, COMT, FAAOMPT
Stacy Soappman, PT, DSc, COMT, FAAOMPT received her physical therapy degree in 2001 and her DScPT degree from Andrews University in 2011. Stacy completed her fellowship training through The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). Stacy currently works in outpatient orthopedics in Denver, CO . She is faculty for NAIOMT and is also an adjunct professor at Andrews University. One of her passions is to help restore the art to physical therapy. Physical Therapy is more than a series of treatment steps to follow. It is a beautifully choreographed dance that looks different with every person you encounter.

Jack Stagge
Received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from CSU Fresno in 1978. He received a specialty certification in Adult Neurology from U.S.C. in 1979. His postgraduate training has included extensive manual therapy course work. He was chosen as a subject matter expert by the Board of Specialties in 1988 and helped in writing the first O.C.S. exam. He was Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in1990 and became a Fellow of the A.A.O.M.P.T. in 2002. Mr. Stagge has lectured on neuropathic treatment at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, APTA’s National Scientific meeting, Combined Section Meetings, State Conferences, Medical Schools, and IFOMPT.

Lawrence Steinbeck PT
Bachelor of Science in PT from Ball State University and Minor in Athletic Training in 1985. Master of Science in Physical Education with Athletic Training emphasis from Ohio University in 1986. 30 plus years of clinical experience in home healthcare, acute care and outpatient clinical settings. Primary interest surrounds those folks who are dealing with unexplained and/or chronic pain.

Dr. Paul Tadak PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, FAAOMPT
Dr. Tadak is the Co-director of The Ohio State University Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and Board Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. Dr. Tadak earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1997 from Daemen College and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2010. Dr. Tadak also formed the Columbus Orthopedic Therapy Group, which cultivates orthopedic and manual therapy excellence among PT’s throughout Central Ohio. His clinical interests include treatment of the spine, shoulder, TMJ, and sports injuries.

Dana Tew
Dana specializes in orthopaedic physical therapy. His experience includes clinical management of patients with both acute and chronic orthopedic injuries in the outpatient environment. His practice is focused on integration of manual therapy and exercise into a holistic, evidence-based and biopsychosocial approach to physical therapy treatment. He is the residency manager of Harris Health System’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. He was honored by the Texas Physical Therapy Association Southeastern District, as clinical instructor of the year in 2013. He is also a guest lecturer at Texas Woman’s University and has presented at multiple conferences. Dana earned his APTA Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and is also a Fellow, in the American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He has served locally for the Southeastern District, as a delegate for the TPTA, and nationally on the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education credentialing council for the APTA.

Matthew Walker PT, MPT, FAAOMPT
Matthew Walker, PT, MPT, FAAOMPT is a physical therapist in Lafayette, LA and is owner of Precision Rehabilitation. Matthew is clinical faculty for the Manual Therapy Institute"s fellowship program and enjoys treating non-operative conditions throughout the body.

Matthew Wood PT, DPT
Matthew Wood received a double-bachelor degree in Osteopathy from RMIT University in Australia in 2002, completed his DPT at the University of Washington in 2015, and graduated from the Ola Grimsby Institute"s Residency program in 2017. He works in private practice in Seattle, WA. He has previously instructed in Osteopathic clinic reasoning, Osteopathic principles, and manipulation of the extremities at RMIT University in Australia, and currently teaches extremity manipulation courses in the US through the Ola Grimsby Institute. He is an affiliate instructor of the Ola Grimsby Institute with a special interest in extremity manipulation.

Jodi Young
Jodi Young is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at AT Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Jodi earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota, is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. She is currently working towards a PhD through the University of Newcastle where she is researching healthcare utilization and patterns of care in patients with lower extremity injuries. Her primary teaching areas are in the musculoskeletal curriculum and differential diagnosis. Jodi has over 11 years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic settings, with a special interest in the spine. She has presented at national conferences in the area of manual therapy and has been published in several different peer-reviewed journals.