2015 Awards

2015 Award Winners

2015 Kaltenborn "Teach I Must Award" Recipient

Gail Molloy PT, OCS, COMT

Gail has been in private practice for 27 years, Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists, in Englewood , Colorado. She is currently an instructor, examiner and partner for the Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy and Clinical Training (IMPACT) since 2012. Gail is currently involved in research on 'Hip Pain in the Young Adult' in association with Texas Women's University. She is a graduate student at Andrews University and anticipates receiving her Doctorate in Science in December 2015. Gail served as senior faculty (retired), senior examiner(retired) and on the Board of Directors for the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) from 1990-2013. Gail graduated from the University of Colorado Health Science Center with her physical therapy degree in 1984 and received her certification in manual therapy from NAIOMT in 1989. She has a lifelong desire to learn and to broaden the scope of physical therapy and that desire propelled her into teaching and sharing her knowledge with other therapists.


2015 John McMillan Mennell Service Award Recipient

Carol Courtney, PT, PhD, ATC, FAAOMPT

Carol Courtney PT, PhD, ATC, FAAOMPT is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She studied physical therapy at Washington University, the University of South Australia, and the University of Miami. Her research investigates the effects of joint injury and osteoarthritis on pain processing and joint function, and modulation of pain mechanisms through manual therapy interventions. Dr. Courtney serves as the director of the post-professional Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at UIC. She also serves as co-chair of the Standards Committee of AAOMPT and is a deputy editor of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.


2015 Distinguished Lecturer Presentation Recipient

Joseph Farrell, PT, M App Sc, DPT, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

Dr. Farrell received a Post Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy and Masters of Applied Science degree in Health Sciences from Curtain University of Technology (Perth, Western Australia). He has been a practicing clinician for 39 years, private practice owner for 32 years and a clinical faculty member of the Kaiser Physical Therapy Fellowship Program in Advanced Manual Therapy for 32 years. His interest in Evidence Based Practice (EBP) was enhanced by completing a DPT in 2007. In his clinic and when teaching; he is a proponent of the integration of the EBP triad. He is a published author and speaker on the state, national and international, levels relating to treatment of the spine.



2015 Research Awards Recipients

2015 OPTP $2,000 Research Grant Award

    Awarded to:
    Sean P. Riley, PT, DPT, Sc.D
    University of Connecticut Health Center
    Farmington, CT
    And Co-Investigators:
    Hall, Tafuto, Cote, Brismee, Cook, Wright
    For "Clinimetrics of Patient Reported Outcome Measures and Functional Performance Measures of the Shoulder"

2015 OPTP $2,000 Research Grant Award

    Awarded to:
    Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT
    Duke University
    Durham, NC
    And Co-Investigators:
    Rivett, Showalter, Snodgrass
    for "Physical Therapy Clinical Educators’ Perceptions and Experiences of Clinical Prediction Rules"

2015 CARDON $3,000 Research Grant Award

    Awarded to:
    David Griswold, PT, DPT, COMT
    Youngstown State University
    Youngstown, OH
    And Co-Investigators:
    Cleland, Kolber, Learman
    for "A Pragmatically Applied Cervical and Thoracic Non-thrust Mobilizations versus Thrust Manipulation for Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial"

2015 CARDON $3,000 Research Grant Award

    Awarded to:
    Amy McDevitt, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
    University of Colorado
    Denver, CO
    And Co-Investigators:
    Cleland, Glynn, Mintken
    for "Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation for Cervicogenic Headaches: A Multi-Centered Randomized Clinical Trial"


AAOMPT 2015 Best Poster Presentations

  • First Place Overall: Dr. Jeevan Pandya and his co-investigator for: SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT OF BILATERAL LOWER EXTREMITY PAIN DIAGNOSED AS EXERTIONAL COMPARTMENT SYNDROME USING CERVICAL AND NEURODYNAMIC MOBILIZATION

  • First Place Innovative Clinical Research: Dr. Timothy Dellwo and his co-investors for POTENTIAL METHOD FOR MEASURING MOTOR CONTROL OF THE KNEE IN THE CLINICAL SETTING UTILIZING A SMALL PROTABLE LASER

  • First Place Emerging Practice: Mrs. Tracey Eisenbeis for: INTRAORAL MANUAL THERAPY FOR VOCAL RANGE IMPROVEMENT IN A CLASSICALLY TRAINED SOPRANO: A CASE REPORT

  • First Place Temporomandibular Joint: Dr. Carla Franck and her co-investigators for UPPER CERVICAL MANUAL THERAPY AND CLINICAL REASONING IN TREATMENT OF CHRONIC TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER: A CASE REPORT

  • First Place Lumbar Spine: Dr. Christopher Keating for MANUAL THERAPY POST FAILED PROGRESSION WITH AN MDT APPROACH IN ACUTE LOW BACK PAIN, UTILIZING A TREATMENT BASED CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

  • First Place Lower Extremity: Dr. Joseph Signorino and his co-investigator for COMBINED MANUAL THERAPY, EXERCISE AND ACTIVITY MODIFICATION EDUCATION WHEN TREATING A 28YO MALE WITH AN IRREPARABLE ACETABULAR LABRUM AND BILATERAL FEMOROACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT: A CASE REPORT

  • First Place Cervicothoracic: Mr. Joshua McFarren and his co-investigator for DOES MYELOPATHY MATTER? THRUST MANIPULATION IN THE TREATMENT OF T4 SYNDROME WITH UNDERLYING CERVICAL SPONDYLOTIC MYELOPATHY

  • First Place Headache Management: Dr. Mark Neal and his co-investigator for THE EFFECT OF UPPER AND LOWER CERVICAL MANIPULATION AND DRY NEEDLING ON CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE: A CASE REPORT


AAOMPT 2015 Best Platform Presentations

  • First Place Overall: Dick Ehrard Platform Presentation Award
    Dr. Cheryl Sparks
    and her co-investigators: "Using fMRI to determine if cerebral hemodynamic responses to pain change following thoracic manipulation in individuals with neck pain"

  • First Place Best 5 x5 Lumbar / Pelvis
    Dr. Sharon Wang-Price
    and her co-investigators: "Do three verbal instructions influence lumbar multifdus muscle thickness differently in both asymptomatic adults and patients with low back pain?"

  • First Place Best 5 x5 Hip / Knee
    Dr. Emily Slaven
    and her co-investigators: "The role of manual therapy and exercise in reducing pain, improving motion, and restoring function in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip joint: a case series"

  • First Place Best 5 x5 Foot / Ankle
    Dr. Elizabeth Painter
    and her co-investigators: "Manual therapy following immobilization for stable ankle fracture: a case series."

  • First Place Best 5 x5 Cervical / Thoracic
    Dr. Alycia Markowski
    and her co-investigators: "Examining physical therapy students’ ability to evaluate findings from an oral health screening in evaluation and management of the temporomandibular joint"

  • First Place Best 5 x5 Shoulder
    Dr. Lesli Bell
    and her co-investigators: "Preliminary study of multidisciplinary mobilization under anesthesia for adhesive capsulitis provided in an outpatient physical therapy and physician setting"

  • First Place Best 5 x5 Upper Quarter Topics
    Dr. Jason Myerson
    and his co-investigators: "Periscapular dry needling and activity modification for the treatment of neck and upper extremity pain: a case report"

  • First Place Best 5 x5 OMPT Topics
    Dr. Cheryl Sparks
    and her co-investigators: "The examination of patient expectations associated with manipulation modulated pain ratings and signal changes using blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)" 

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