Speaker Biographies

Ngozi Akotaobi PT, DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT

Ngozi Akotaobi, PT, DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT serves as an Advanced Clinician II and Site Coordinator for Clinical Education at Good Shepherd Penn Partners in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed a BS at the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University. Dr. Akotaobi was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists after completing a fellowship through NAIOMT. She has worked primarily in outpatient settings treating a general orthopedic population. Dr. Akotaobi has been a lab instructor with NAIOMT and currently serves as an adjunct faculty for Baylor University.

Chris Allen PT, DPT, DSc

Chris Allen is an Associate Professor in the DPT program at the University of Cincinnati. His earned professional degrees include a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Baylor University, and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Baylor University. He is board certified in Orthopaedics, he is fellowship trained in manual physical therapy, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Allen is involved in research investigating the effectiveness of physical therapy for the management of knee OA and the impact on long-term activity levels.

Alex Anderson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Alex Anderson PT, DPT is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy with over 6 years of clinical experience, treating in both private-practice and outpatient hospital-based settings. Graduating from Loma Linda University in southern California, Alex moved back East where she worked in Washington, DC for 2 years. She then relocated to Chicago, IL where she completed a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Furthermore, she holds a certification as a myofascial trigger point therapist. Currently, Alex works full-time at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is the founder of her own private practice, The Physical Therapy Academy. Outside of clinical work, Alex enjoys assisting in lab instruction for PT and medical students at UIC, as well as assisting in Northwestern’s fellowship program.

Danielle Anderson DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Major Danielle Anderson is an active duty physical therapist in the United States Air Force. She earned her DPT from Regis University in 2012 and graduated from the Army-Baylor Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in San Antonio, TX in 2018. Dr. Anderson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist and currently serves as the physical therapist on the Astronaut Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation team at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. She has publications in peer review journals involving musculoskeletal imaging and injury prevention in military flying units and is dedicated to ongoing research involving instruction of manual therapy techniques and treatment of low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, subacromial pain syndrome, and neck pain in fighter pilots.

Cora Aytona DPT, OCS, Dip.MDT, FAAOMPT

Cora Aytona, DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT  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.

Alex Bengtsson PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Alex received his DPT from the University of Miami in 2015, followed by a yearlong orthopaedic residency with the Virginia Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute. Alex is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Alex was recognized as a fellow in 2020 after completing the Duke Health OMPT Fellowship and serves as a member on the education committee. He is currently enrolled in the Northwestern University Fellowship for Advanced Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, Research and Education. His current research interests include treatment fidelity, as well as effects and underlying mechanisms of manual therapy and exercise on pain.

Kunal Bhanot PT, PhD, FAAOMPT

Dr. Bhanot is the Founding Program Director and Associate Professor of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Orthopedics and Sports Science, a Master of Science in Kinesiology (Biomechanics), and a Bachelor in Physiotherapy. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. His research is focused on investigating the muscle recruitment patterns of the commonly used therapeutic exercises for musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He has co-authored several publications and peer-reviewed abstracts, and presentations at various conferences. In 2016, he received the first USAHS Board of Directors faculty award in "Excellence in Teaching."

Jane Borgehammar PT, OCS , FAAOMPT

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Michael Bourassa PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Michael serves as the ETSU Residency and Fellowship Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor within the ETSU DPT program. He oversees the OMPT Fellowship and Orthopaedic Residency programs in within ETSU. His main responsibilities include program development, management, mentoring, and teaching within varying areas of musculoskeletal physical therapy. Michael’s background also includes completion of a residency program in orthopaedics and fellowship in OMPT at Brooks Rehabilitation. He has been a speaker at several conferences, organized several continuing education courses and served in many professional service roles within AAOMPT and the APTA.

Todd Bourgeois PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, FAAOMPT, PhD

Todd Bourgeois received a clinical doctorate in physical therapy from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and began his career as a physical therapist working for a private practice known orthopaedic and sports physical therapy working with expert clinician’s and athletes. Todd received a fellowship in orthopaedic manual physical therapy from the University St. Augustine which he trained with over 10 expert clinicians in both the academic and clinical setting. He is a board-certified orthopaedic specialists and has a specialty and manual therapy. Todd is an assistant professor at the University St. Augustine in which he teaches clinical reasoning and psychomotor skills to enhance clinical practice.   Throughout his 10 years of clinical practice he realized there is much more to generating positive outcomes then just the physical body, and therefore obtained a master’s and a PhD in health psychology at Walden University. His dissertation topic focused on positive stress, eustress, and flow states in human performance on cognitive and psychomotor tasks. In addition to his health provider career, Todd also competes as an elite athlete in obstacle course racing and has aired on American ninja warrior for five seasons. Through this endeavor he has had the opportunity to treat and manage multiple elite athletes in this genre as a healthcare professional. Todd aims to improve the health and well-being of society and improve athletic performance to its highest potential through physical and cognitive training.   Todd Bourgeois currently practices physical therapy and is a full-time assistant professor for the University St. Augustine in Musculoskeletal courses, Clinical Integration, and Anatomy courses. He also participates in mentoring Fellows and Residents in training who are seeking advancement in clinical practice. He recently completed a PhD in Health Psychology with a focus on positive psychology and hopes to advance the profession of physical therapy and improve people’s quality-of-life.

Mindy Brummett 

Dr. Brummett graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2009 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She obtained her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist certification in 2013. Currently, she is an assistant professor at The University of North Texas Health Science Center. Primary teaching responsibilities include applied anatomy and kinesiology, exercise physiology, evidence-based practice, and therapeutic intervention courses. Dr. Brummett is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy program at Texas Tech University.

Carol Courtney PT, PhD, ATC, FAAOMPT

Dr Carol A. Courtney is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. She has expertise in the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain and sports injury. Her research investigates the effects of knee joint injury and osteoarthritis on pain processing and joint function, as well as modulation of pain mechanisms through non-pharmacologic interventions. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and conference presentations. She is the 2015 recipient of the AAOMPT John Mennell Service Award and the 2016 JOSPT Excellence in Research Award.

Curtis Cramblett PT, CFMT, CSCS, CAFS

CURTIS CRAMBLETT ,PT, CFMT, CSCS, CAFS is the founder of Revolutions In Fitness in California. He is a Physical Therapist, Cycling Coach and has multiple certifications in bike fitting.   Curtis has been practicing for over 25 years and cycling over 30 years. He is certified by and teaches for IPA. He has also taught at Specialized School of Fitting, International Cycling Symposium and is a chair for Medicine of Cycling.   Curtis has been primarily treating an active population and also works with Olympic-level athletes.   Check out lecture at UCSF Mini Medical School: It’s not about the bike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxNznrlRXGU.

Sara Cristello PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Cristello is the program director for the Residency and Fellowship Programs at Brooks Rehabilitation - Institute of Higher Learning. Prior to moving into this role she was the program coordinator for the OMPT Fellowship where she currently remains a faculty member. Dr. Cristello obtained Board Certification in the area of Orthopaedics in 2012 and became a Fellow of AAOMPT in 2014. She is an active member in the APTA and AAOMPT serving on the AAOMPT conference and finance committees. Clinically she have a passion for orthopaedic spinal conditions and manual therapy, with a growing interest in lumbo-pelvic pain conditions.

Matthew Daugherty PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Matthew Daugherty is an associate professor and a former program administrator. He completed his AAOMPT fellowship 2010. In 2012, he became an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist through ABPTS. He has served as a state delegate for the APTA, the district chair of the FPTA, and is part of the Grassroots Advocacy Network. He has presented at national conferences for both PT and OT including, AAOMPT, CSM, and, AOTA. He has published in both the physical therapy and business realms and is also the author of numerous book chapters. He completed his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Walden University in 2018.

Kyle Denlinger, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Denlinger earned his DPT from Northwestern University in 2015. He went on to become a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist after completing Orthopedic Residency training at Loyola University Chicago in 2017. Dr. Denlinger practiced at the United States Lacrosse Headquarters in Maryland and earned designation as a certified strength and conditioning specialist in 2019. Kyle is currently enrolled in the Northwestern University Fellowship for Advanced Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, Research and Education. Dr. Denlinger is currently engaging in research under Dr. Carol Courtney investigating mechanisms of manual therapy and exercise on pain.

Megan Donaldson PT, PHD, FAAOMPT

Megan Donaldson PT, Ph.D., FAAOMPT, is an Associate Professor who serves as the Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. As a clinical researcher, Dr. Donaldson has consistently contributed to the evidence with peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, national and international presentations on examining and treating musculoskeletal health topics, and motivational interviewing.  She serves nationally as the AAOMPT Conference Chair and Executive Board member and as Chief Delegate for Ohio Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Clinically, she treats sports and orthopedic patients and coordinates seasonal pro-bono physical therapy consultations for Hispanic Migrant patients.

Alison Duncombe PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr Alison Duncombe is a board-certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy (ABPTS) and received her FAAOMPT credentials from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a practicing clinician for more than 30 years, she has expertise in the management of musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain and has a special interest in working with patients who have spinal pain, neck-related headaches, or TMJ pain. Dr Duncombe is the Coordinator of Outpatient Physical Therapy at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System. She is a published author and an active member of AAOMPT’s Membership Committee.

Kimberly Durant PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Durant has been treating as a physical therapist for the past 11 years. After receiving her degree from Gannon University, she attained her orthopaedic specialist certification from APTA in 2016. Her commitment to learning led her to complete a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado in 2018. Dr. Durant has been teaching orthopaedics to physical therapist assistants for the past 5 years for two PTA programs in Maryland. Over the past three years, Dr. Durant has taken further continuing education to treat pelvic floor dysfunctions.


Kyle Feldman graduated from Shenandoah University with his DPT in 2014. He completed a year-long residency through VOMPTI receiving his OCS and CSCS in 2016. He completed a year-long post-doctoral Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He currently runs and operates ReShape Physical Therapy based out of Winchester, VA. Kyle also mentors in the VOMPT residency, faculty in the SU DPT program, and mentor in the IOSMT program.


Dr. Michelle Finnegan founded ProMove PT Pain Specialists where she focuses on patients with orofacial pain and chronic pain. She is adjunct faculty at The George Washington University and South college and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Professions Education at the University of Maryland. She teaches the dry needling course series through Myopain Seminars. She co-authored 11 chapters and served on the editorial board for the 3rd edition of the Travell, Simons & Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. Previously she was a contributing author to a quarterly review in the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies.

William Garcia PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Garcia is currently an assistant professor at California State University, Sacramento in the Physical Therapy department. His primary teaching responsibilities are in the management of musculoskeletal disorders and differential diagnosis. Bill maintains part time clinical practice with Folsom Physical Therapy in Folsom, CA. Along with the Evidence In Motion Manual Therapy Fellowship, Bill’s OMPT training includes both the Maitland and Kalenborn/Evjenth system. He has been a part of the weekend intensive faculty with Evidence In Motion since 2011.

Mackenzie Garreth PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Garreth attended the University of Indianapolis where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Following graduation, she completed an orthopaedic physical therapy residency at the University of South Florida. Dr. Garreth currently practices full-time in the outpatient orthopaedic clinical setting in Tampa, Florida.

Mary Beth Geiser PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr Mary Beth Geiser has been a clinician for nearly 30 years, specializing in orthopaedics, sports medicine, spine rehabilitation and chronic pain.  She holds adjunct faculty positions at Marquette University, Concordia University Wisconsin, & Concordia University-St. Paul Minnesota, and is affiliate faculty at Regis University. Dr Geiser has instructed in multiple graduate-level classes including spinal manipulation, orthopaedics, and pain management.  She is president of SCORE Advantage LLC and continues to hold a referral-only caseload while working part-time in clinical practice for Aurora Sports Health. Dr Geiser is presently the treasurer for AAOMPT’s Academic and Clinical Faculty – Special Interest Group.

Michael Gelb 

Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS is a world-renowned TMJ and Sleep Specialist with practices in both New York City and White Plains. He received his D.D.S. degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and his M.S. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gelb is the co-author of GASP: Airway Health- The Hidden Path to Wellness, and the co-founder of both The Foundation for Airway Health and The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry.  The Gelb Center was founded over 30 years ago by Dr. Michael Gelb’s father, Dr. Harold Gelb. Since then, Dr. Michael has taken his father’s findings to the next level through his Airway Centric® integrated therapy. He invented the ACG™ Airway Centric® System with the help of ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. The ACG System is the first day and night dental appliance solution that offers an integrated approach to addressing airway issues.  Dr. Michael Gelb is dedicated to improving his patients’ health by reducing pain, restoring refreshing sleep and transforming lives.

Brad Gilden 

Dr. Brad Gilden has been practicing physical therapy since graduating from New York Medical College in 2000. In 2010 he began focused research into the relationship that posture has on airway, sleep and recovery as it relates to overall health and well-being.  He continues clinical practice treating patients with various neurological, orthopedic, airway, TMJD and sports injuries. In 2004, he completed a clinical doctorate in upper quarter & hand therapy from Drexel University. He joined Elite Health Services as a managing partner and rehabilitation coordinator in 2005 and co-founded IPA MANHATTAN Physical Therapy in 2011.  In 2019 he co-founded Kinetichain Integrated Manual Physical Therapy in Aspen, CO.  Dr. Gilden follows the combined approach of a Functional Manual Physical Therapist (FMT) and Postural Restoration Therapist (PRI) treating movement dysfunction and postural awareness. His focus is on maximizing each patient’s full healing potential through manual therapy and specific exercise programming while integrating patients back to their highest level of function. In 2010, he completed an intensive certification in functional manual therapy through the Institute of Physical Art. In 2014 he completed a three-year long fellowship in Functional Manual Therapy through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and the Institute of Physical Art.  Dr. Gilden lectures throughout the country to physicians, dentists, oral myologists and physical therapists educating on the impact that posture has on breathing, restorative sleep, athletic performance and recovery from injury.   Dr. Gilden utilizes the latest technology along with 20 years of experience in being able to identify breathing pattern disorders and malocclusions related to poor posture, injury, and faulty behavioral patterns. He has developed a physiology laboratory to measure respiratory efficiency and how stress impacts the autonomic nervous system amplifying pain and inflammation.


Dr. Green is currently and assistant professor at California State University, Sacramento. She graduated from UC San Diego in 2004 with a BA in Psychology and from UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy with her DPT in 2009.  She completed post-professional training at the Kaiser Hayward Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy Mentorship and Fellowship programs in in 2010 and 2013, respectively.  She obtained her Orthopedic Clinical Specialty certification in 2015. She was a faculty member and clinician at the UCSF Faculty Practice, served as the Program Director for the UCSF Orthopedic Residency program, and member of the UCSF RunSafe team. She has worked in private, pro bono, direct access/wellness, and hospital-based orthopedic settings.

Emily Grieshaber PT, DPT

Emily is an Indiana native who now resides in Jonesborough, TN. She is a 2018 graduate from East Tennessee State University’s Physical Therapy program. She then went on to complete a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Residency at the St. Louis VA Healthcare System in conjunction with Maryville University and achieved board certification in 2021. She completed advanced training in the acute and ICU settings primarily. Following residency, Emily returned to ETSU as the Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellow-in-Training. She completed her fellowship in the fall of 2021, and hopes to combine her knowledge of cardiopulmonary conditions with her newly developed orthopedic skillset to treat the Appalachian community for years to come.

Katherine Gwyn PT, DPT, Cert MDT, FAAOMPT

Katie is Co-Owner of Mondo Sports Therapy, an independently owned outpatient clinic in Austin TX, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of endurance athletes. She is on faculty with the Manual Therapy Institute, an ACOMPTE credentialed Manual Therapy Fellowship Program.

Christopher Hagan PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Chris graduated with his DPT from Northwestern University in 2015. He went on to complete an orthopedic residency at Northwestern in 2016 and the University of Illinois at Chicago OMPT Fellowship in 2018. Currently, Chris is a mentor for fellows, a contract educator for DPT students, and pursuing his PhD in Health Sciences.

Josh Halfpap PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Josh Halfpap is an active duty physical therapist in the United States Navy. He earned his DPT from Army-Baylor University in 2011. He is a 2018 graduate of the Army-Baylor Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in San Antonio, TX. He currently serves as the Head of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine, and Chiropractic services at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Assistant Professor at the Army-Baylor DPT program as the clinical internship site director at Naval Medical Center San Diego, and faculty with the Military Physical Therapy Musculoskeletal Residency program.

Amy Hammerich PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, GCS, CSCS

Amy Hammerich, PT, DPT, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Regis University with a teaching, scholarship, and clinical practice focused on orthopedic management of the spine, hip/pelvis, and aging joints. She is the past President of the APT Colorado Chapter, received the Outstanding Colorado PT award in 2012 and Bob Doctor Service award in 2007 and 2012. Amy has also received awards for APTA Emerging Leader in 2005 and University of Colorado Boulder Excellence in Teaching in 2005. She is currently Secretary of the newly formed AAOMPT Pelvic Health SIG.

Howard Hindin 

Dr. Howard Hindin is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for  Airway Health and the current President of the Academy for Physiological  Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD). He is an acknowledged pioneer in the  relationship between dental issues and whole body health.  In practice for over 50 years, Dr. Hindin continues to treat patients at the  Hindin Center for Whole Health Dentistry, where focuses on  temporomandibular joint, craniofacial pain, sleep and airway issues and  their link to systemic disorders. Together with Jeffrey Hindin, DDS, they  founded HHSSystems offering HindexRV monitoring instrumentation for  Physiological Dentistry.  Dr. Hindin is also trained and certified on Acupuncture. He initiated and  directed the acupuncture program for substance abuse in Rockland County  and incorporates acupuncture treatment into his clinical practice. He is an  advocate patients’ being involved and “taking charge of their health”, and  serves as a boat member of Sharp Again - an non-profit dedicated to  educating the public about the reversible caused of dementia,  He is the co-author with of the book GASP: Airway Health, The Hidden  Path to Wellness, lectures on Airway, Sleep, and oral systemic topics, and  produces education programs for practitioners and the public.


Dr Lauren Hogan graduated from Marquette University with a BS degree in Athletic Training and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She completed an orthopaedic residency program (EIM) and a Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at Regis University. She teaches musculoskeletal content for the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee’s DPT program and holds an adjunct position at Marquette University in their exercise science program. She sees a wide range of orthopaedic and sports medicine patients, with a special interest in the treatment of post-concussive syndrome and headaches. She is active in APTA-Wisconsin at both the district and state level.

Lindsey Hughey PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Lindsey Hughey graduated from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with her bachelor in health science and doctorate in physical therapy. She is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). She serves as part-time core faculty at South College DPT and is currently pursuing her DSc of Physical Therapy through Bellin College. She is a member of the APTA and AAOMPT. Dr. Hughey currently practices part-time in her out of network private practice, called drive PT and serves as a faculty member of the Institute of Clinical Excellence.

Nathan Hutting PhD

Dr Nathan Hutting is currently working as a researcher and physical therapist and manual therapist. He is a board member of the Dutch Association for Manual Therapy and is the Member Organisation delegate to IFOMPT.  His current research topics include musculoskeletal conditions, self-management, and shared decision making. Nathan was trained as a Chronic Disease Self-Management Master Trainer at the Self-Management Resource Center in Palo Alto, USA. Nathan chaired focused symposia at the World Physiotherapy congresses in 2017 and 2019 and at the IFOMPT conference in 2016. He is an associate editor of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and a member of the International Advisory Board of Musculoskeletal Science and Practice.

Carleen Jogodka PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Carleen Jogodka is a PT with certification in orthopaedic practice and a Fellow of the AAOMPT. With 17 years of full-time experience as an emergency PT (EPT) at the first U.S. hospital to have PTs embedded in the emergency department, Carleen's work has included clinical research, publications, numerous presentations, clinical and course instruction to PTs and medical communities. As an APTA member, she has served both Arizona and National organizations in various capacities. This has included practice task forces, involvement with three EPT-focused HOD motions, and EPT content expert. Currently, Carleen serves as chairperson for both the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy EPT Focus Group and a grassroots Emergency PT Steering Committee. She has recently been added to the MACRA Episode-based Cost Measure Workgroup for Emergency Medicine, representing the physical therapy profession. She is a co-founder/owner of Novus HealthWorks, a private healthcare consulting and educational firm.

Gregory Johnson PT

Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT, graduated from the University of Southern California in 1971 and completed a one year residency program at Kaiser Vallejo under Maggie Knott.  He remained as senior faculty for six years.  Mr. Johnson is best known for his identification of the need for Physical Therapists to integrate treatment of the facial system into manual therapy and the development of the first Soft Tissue Mobilization course for Physical Therapists in 1980.  In addition, Mr. Johnson utilized his extensive background in PNF to adapt standard manual therapy techniques of Joint Mobilization and develop the dynamic techniques of Functional Mobilization™ and Resistance Enhanced Manipulation™ (REM) techniques for joints, soft tissues, and neurovascular restrictions.  Mr. Johnson has trainied or directed the training of over 40,000 therapist in the USA and internationally.  Gregory Johnson is the co-founder and President of the Institute of Physical Art, the co-developer of the Functional Manual Therapy™ approach to patient care, and the Director of an APTA credentialed AAOMPT Fellowship program in Functional Manual Therapy™.  He has published multiple chapters and articles on Soft Tissue Mobilization, PNF and the Orthopedic Patient, Functional Mobilization, and Functional Test for the Lumbar Patient and is currently involved in several research projects on Functional Manual Therapy.

Ryan Johnson DPT

Ryan Johnson graduated from University of California San Francisco with his doctorate of physical therapy. After graduating, Ryan enrolled in the Institute of Physical Art’s APTA Credentialed Orthopedic Residency in Eugene, Oregon mentoring under Michael Baum, PT, CFMT and Kent Keyser, PT, MS, OCS, COMT, ATC, CKTP, FFCFMT, FAAOMPT. He then moved to Delhi, India and worked for 3 months as Residency Co-Director/Instructor for the Institute of Physical Art’s Functional Manual Therapy Residency program, where he was involved in training 14 Indian Physiotherapists in Functional Manual Therapy. Upon returning from India he tested for his Certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT), which he passed with distinction (greater than 94% cumulative score). He then relocated to New York City, where completed the Institute of Physical Art’s AAOMPT/APTA Credentialed Functional Manual Therapy Fellowship program under the direct mentorship of Dean Hazama, MPT, FFMT, FAAOMPT. After completing his fellowship, Ryan chose to stay in New York City where he continues to practice at the IPA Manhattan clinic. Ryan is a faculty member for the Institute of Physical Art, teaching several continuing education courses each year. Furthermore he sits on the research committee for the Functional Manual Therapy Foundation, and is currently involved with several research projects.

Vince Kabbaz, Masters' in Manipulative Physiotherapy; FAAOMPT; COMT

Vince Kabbaz received his Master’s in Manipulative Physiotherapy and Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia. He is a Fellowship instructor teaching advanced manual therapy and manipulation assessment and treatment techniques, including precautions and contraindications for cervical arterial dysfunction. He owns HEAL Physical Therapy, specializing in neuromusculoskeletal conditions and detected the elongated styloid process during a routine evaluation of Andrea’s neck during her Fellowship training. Vince has co-authored publications on low back & neck pain, thrust manipulation, Eagle’s syndrome & presented at conferences nationally and in Beirut.

Emily Kahnert PT, DPT, CCTT

Emily Kahnert, DPT, CCTT is a Physical Therapist in the TMD, Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic at the University of MN School of Dentistry. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota, and her 15 years of clinical practice have been exclusively focused on treating TMD and Orofacial pain in multidisciplinary settings. She earned her Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist designation through the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT) in May 2019, and began PhD work at the University of MN studying biomechanics of the TMJ in Fall 2019.

Navpreet Kaur PT, PhD, MTC

Dr. Navpreet Kaur is an Associate professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, Texas.  She teaches the musculoskeletal and evidence informed practice courses.  She received her DPT and PhD in Orthopedics and Sports Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is manual therapy certified from the USAHS and publishes in the area of sports biomechanics.

David Kempfert PT, DPT, ATC/L, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT

David J. Kempfert is a comprehensive clinical therapist with content expertise in orthopaedic, sports and manual rehabilitation. He is a Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopaedics and Sports Physical Therapy, and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, was a selected member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the Sports Specialty Council and has contributed a per diem role with the United States Soccer Federation. David is a PhD candidate with a broad research agenda pertaining to musculoskeletal tissue elasticity.


Josh has been practicing since 2007 of which time his professional career has been focused in orthopedics. He completed his board certification in orthopedics in 2010, this was followed by a Diploma in MDT in 2011, a Masters in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2015, and was awarded Fellowship status through the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy in 2016. He is continually involved in clinical research and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. In addition to presenting a various national and international conferences. 

He is faculty for the McKenzie Institute International and the Program Director for the McKenzie Institute USA Orthopaedic Residency Program In addition to being a mentor for the McKenzie Institute USA Orthopaedic Manual Physical Fellowship Program. He currently serves in the role of Human Performance and Optimization within the Special Warfare Division of the United States Airforce.

Bryan Kist PT, DPT, OCS

Bryan W. Kist, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT is a Senior physical therapist with Christiana Care Rehabilitation Services in Newark, Delaware where he splits his time between treating in the Emergency Department and outpatient settings. Kist received his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College in 2001 and completed his Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in 2011. In 2010, Kist received his board certification in Orthopedics and a Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2021. Kist has an interest in conservative management of patients and bridging research with clinical application while implementing best-practice standards and value-based care.

Mareli Klopper PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr Klopper received her Bachelors in Physiotherapy from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. After moving to the USA, she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with Evidence in Motion, followed by OMPT fellowship training. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy (OCS) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy degree through Bellin College.


Dr. Wil Kolb is a full time associate professor for the Radford University Doctor of Physical Therapy program teaching in the Musculoskeletal and Professional Development tracts. He is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT and a Fellow of AAOMPT through Regis University, Denver, CO. Dr. Kolb currently serves as the AAOMPT Academic and Clinical Faculty SIG president. His research interests include Knowledge Translation for best methods of teaching psychomotor skills and pain management assessment. He has received grant funding for the implementation of clinical practice guidelines for low back pain within regional health care systems. Dr. Kolb has presented nationally for the APTA Combined Sections meeting, at AAOMPT and regionally for the Virginia chapter.

Pieter Kroon PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Pieter Kroon is the Program Director and Senior Faculty with the Manual Therapy Institute, an ACOMPTE credentialed Manual Therapy Fellowship Program. He is the Co-Owner of Mondo Sports Therapy in Austin TX, an independently owned outpatient clinic specializing in the evaluation and treatment of endurance athletes.

Robert LeBeau PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Bob LeBeau received his physical therapy degree (BSc) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Doctorate of Science (ScD) from Texas Tech University. He has also achieved fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT) from UIC, and the distinction of Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). He is currently an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Research interests include hip rehabilitation and non-arthritic hip pain, spinal rehabilitation, motor control, manual therapy, and pain science.

Paul Lonnemann PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Paul Lonnemann is Assistant Professor at Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY and Physical Therapist at KORT Physical Therapy, New Albany, IN.  He earned his BHS in PT from the University of Louisville in 1992, and his DPT from University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015. Paul is a board certified clinical specialist (OCS), and received his Manual Therapy Certification in 1998.  He is a previous private practice owner, Physical Therapy Works, Inc. from 1996 to 2017. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists (AAOMPT) since 2002.

Jane Lucas PT, DPT, BFR, CFMT, FAAOMPT Fellow in Training

Jane Lucas graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2013 and immediately began a residency with the IPA. After passing the test to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist, she began training the newly hired PTs. In 2017, she received the opportunity to move to New Delhi, India where she worked as the Clinic Director for IPA Vardan. She was treating a full caseload and teaching and training 30 physical therapists. She lived in India for almost 3 years. She is currently in an FAAOMPT accredited fellowship program and is slated to finish in March of 2022.


Dr MacDonald, Director of the Regis Fellowship in OMPT training over 175 FAAOMPT, is actively researching the orthopaedic management of hip impairments. He has presented over 100 times at national and international conferences involving OMPT, including presentations at IFOMPT on hip intra-articular impairments. Dr MacDonald teaches specialty hip management courses internationally and has presented on the management of the hip at CSM and NEXT. Recent publications include management of hip impairments in geriatrics, management of the hip/groin in the elite athlete and the hip clinical practice guidelines with JOSPT. Dr MacDonald is the APTA representative on the hip for ACOEM.

Sorcha Martin, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Sorcha K. Martin is an Assistant Clinical Professor and a Co-Director of Clinical Education at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Science. Her academic instruction focuses on clinical medicine, contemporary pain science, and orthopedics. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Orthopeadic Manual Physical Therapists and has extensive clinical experience treating individuals with persistent pain. She has presented at regional and national conferences including AAOMPT and the APTA's CSM on topics including pain science, opioid abuse, misuse and physical therapy, and the use of OPTIMAL learning theory in patients with low back pain.

Manuel Mauri Stecca PT, ScD, COMT, FAAOMPT (candidate)

Senior Physical Therapy at Advanced Physical Therapy in Anchorage, AK. Graduated from Universidad de Chile where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. He was certified by the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) in USA in 2005. In 2014, Vicente earned his terminal professional degree, Doctor of Science in physical therapy, from Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTU-HSC). Former Co-Director of the IAOM-LA, and current Content Manager for the IAOM-US, he continues to deliver courses and lectures related to orthopedic manual therapy and differential diagnosis around the world. Vicente has co-authored book chapters, peer-reviewed documents, numerous international conferences’ platform and poster presentations. He continues to develop research through mentoring program at TTU-HSC to earn his post-doctoral degree.

Brian McClenahan PT, OCS, FAAOMPT

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Ryan McConnell PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. McConnell received his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He completed a Postdoctoral Orthopaedic Residency and Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy with Upstream Rehabilitation Institute. He is also Board Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy through Bellin College.

Stephen McDavitt PT, DPT, MS, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

Stephen McDavitt is Assistant Professor at South College School of Physical Therapy in Knoxville. He received a BS in PT from Boston University in 1976, MS from BU in 1981, and DPT from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. For over 40 years Steve has been practicing in outpatient orthopaedics and advocating for PT practice. Dr. McDavitt served APTA 2 terms as President of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, 2 terms on APTA Board of Directors, 2 terms as APTA Manipulation Task Force Chair, and AAOMPT 2 terms as initial Chair of the Practice Affairs Committee and one as its VP.

Mark Milligan PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT specializes in the intelligent prevention and treatment of all human conditions. He is a passionate change-agent, founding Revolution Human Physical Therapy and Education, a mobile physical therapy and micro-education company based in Austin, Texas. With the vision to end the physical barrier to access all types of healthcare, he also created Anywhere Healthcare, an all-inclusive telehealth platform in 2017. With great interest and expertise in digital care delivery, population health, and governmental affairs, he is an active member of the APTA, AAOMPT, the TPTA, and he educates and engages on those topics internationally.

Ulrike Mitchell

Ulrike has been a physical therapist for over 30 years. In 2000 she became a certified manual physical therapist with the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and in 2015 a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. She earned her PhD in Exercise Sciences from Brigham Young University in 2005 and has been teaching and conducting research there since 2008. In 2016 she became a fellow of the AAOMPT through Regis University. She obtained her license in Trigger Point Dry Needling that same year. She is the author of 58 peer reviewed papers, 36 as the primary or senior author and has given numerous poster and platform presentations as well as several symposia. Most importantly, she is happily married and the mother of two children.

Meghan Musick PT, DPT, OCS, OMPT

Dr. Musick earned her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Maryland in 2010.  In 2014 she completed the orthopedic manual therapy residency program through Evidence in Motion; then attained her orthopedic clinical specialist certification from the APTA in 2016.  In 2018 she completed the pelvic health residency program through EIM; and has since been on a mission to assist in educating fellow orthopedic therapists on the importance of routine pelvic floor screening.  Most recently, Dr. Musick has started a pelvic health program at her local hospital and has developed a continuing education course for in-house staff.

Chris Myers PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, FAAOMPT

Dr. Christina Myers received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Elon College (2001) and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2010). She is currently a DSc of Physical Therapy candidate with Bellin College. She is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy (OCS), fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), and certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT). She is an Assistant Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor at South College DPT program. She teaches post-professional education through Upstream Rehab.

Patricia Nelson PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Patricia Nelson attended the University of Minnesota, and Texas Tech University HSC for her academic training. She became a Fellow of the AAOMPT in 2009 and has been a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist since 1992. Dr. Nelson is Professor and Director of IPE at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she teaches and continues her research and clinical practice focusing on pelvic health and IPE. Dr. Nelson has published and presented at regional and national conferences. She currently serves as associate editor for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy and is Treasurer for the newly formed AAOMPT Pelvic Health SIG.

Charles Nichols PT, DPT, ScD

Charles Nichols PT, DPT, ScD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.  Dr. Nichols is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association and has completed his manual therapy certification through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US (Spine) and Evidence in Motion Manual Therapy Programs. His interest includes the effects of manual therapy and orthopedic diagnosis.


Dr. O’Grady is recognized as a nationally known expert in manual treatment of the spine. His book “Thrust Manipulation Skills for the Spine” co-authored with his long-time teaching partner, Louie Puentedura, was published last year. He is currently working on a second book for the extremities. Dr. O’Grady has published several journal articles on management of spinal problems and book chapters on the same. After retiring from practice, he taught at UNLV for 10 years and at Baylor University DPT program for the last two years before retiring from teaching. He has taught with Dr. Laurie Hartman over the last 10-15 years. Over the last 40+ years has the privilege of teaching with notables such as Dick Erhard, Erl Pettman, David Lamb, Philip Tehan and Peter Gibbons, Ann Porter Hoke, and Cliff Fowler. Additionally, he also taught advanced thrust techniques for the University of Southern California Spine Fellowship Program. He served as the chairman of the board of examiners for AAOMPT in its infancy and was an original examiner for those challenging for Fellowship before that. He was honored to be selected as the first “Life Fellow” of the AAOMPT. Multiple honors for his contribution to the field over the last 50 years include the AAOMPT John Mennell Award, the Paris Distinguished Service award, the Lucy Blair Service Award, Washington State Clinical Excellence Award, The 2014 USC Distinguished graduate, and the Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. In 2000, He retired from the Army after 33 years of service as a full colonel and was honored with Order of Military Medical Merit for his contributions to physical therapy in the Army.

Thomas Olesko PT, DPT, OCS

Thomas Olesko received his undergraduate and doctoral degree in PT at Ithaca college. Upon graduation, Thomas endevoured to continue his clinical and educational experiences by completing an orthopaedic residency at the University of Rochester. During his time in the residency, he was able to pursue his passion for teaching; where he was able to present multiple original lectures. Thomas is board certified as an orthopaedic clinical specialist and is currently participating in a manual orthopaedic fellowship at the University of St. Augustine. Thomas is currently practicing at an outpatient PT facility working closely with the dental community with CCMD patients. Thomas also is a current faculty lab instructor for the University of St. Augustine's DPT program.

Kenneth Olson PT, DHSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Ken Olson is the president and co-owner of the physical therapy private practice Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists in DeKalb, Illinois and is also an adjunct faculty member for Northern Illinois University. He is author of the textbook Manual Physical Therapy of the Spine 2nd Edition, Elsevier and has published in peer- reviewed journals including JOSPT, JMMT, MSP, and the J of Craniomandibular Disorders on topics related to the use of manual therapy examination and treatment procedures for spine and TMJ disorders.  He is also a co-author of the APTA documents the Manipulation Education Manual and Position on Thrust Joint Manipulation Provided by Physical Therapists and is a past president of both the AAOMPT and IFOMPT.

Nathan Parsons DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Nathan Parsons is an associate professor with the U.S. Army-Baylor University DPT program and the program's internship director at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston. He is board-certified in Orthopaedics, fellowship-trained in manual physical therapy, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Bryan Pickens PT, DPT, DSc

Bryan Pickens is an AssociateProfessor and Director of the Army-Baylor University Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy located in San Antonio, TX. He earned his DPT in 2009 from the Army-Baylor Physical Therapy program and a DSc from Baylor in 2016. He is board certified in Orthopedics, and Sports Physical Therapy, is fellowship trained in manual physical therapy, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. His research interests include neuromuscular activation in patients with knee osteoarthritis as well as clinical instruction.

James Plummer PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. James Plummer graduated from California State University, Chico in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Attended physical therapy school in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, graduating in 2001. Earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2010 with the Institute of Evidence in Motion. Underwent Fellowship training with Evidence in Motion, graduating in 2019. He established Table Mountain Physical Therapy, inc. in 2008 in Oroville, California. Serves as part-time faculty for California State University Sacramento and adjunct faculty for Baylor University in their respective physical therapy programs. Currently on faculty with Kaiser Northern California serving in the role of clinical mentor.

Louie Puentedura PT, DPT, PhD

Louie has been involved in Orthopedic Manual Therapy for over 38 years and has lectured and presented seminars on the various approaches to Manual Therapy.  After more than 10 years at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he achieved the rank of Associate Professor, Louie joined the faculty of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas as a Full Professor. Louie has contributed to over 75 peer-reviewed publications and several textbooks and textbook chapters since 2010. His areas of past and current research revolve around the safety and use of thrust joint manipulation in the spine, therapeutic pain neuroscience education and mobility of the nervous system.


Nick Rainey is board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He has also earned the credential of Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics. He is the founder of Rainey Pain & Performance and Sierra Vista Headache and TMJ Specialists, private practices in Arizona. He also teaches a TMD and orofacial management interactive, asynchronous course through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ Continuing Education division.


Jim Rivard completed his BS Physical Therapy in 1988 from the University of Puget Sound. He completed 4 years of post graduate Residency and Fellowship training in 1993, as well as a Doctor of Manual Therapy (2008) from The Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI). He has been a faculty member for the OGI for over 30 years. As co-owner of MTI Physical Therapy, teaching full time Orthopedic Residencies, Fellowships programs through the OGI, as well the program director for MTI Physical Therapy Sports Residency. He has taught over 300 courses and conferences in over 12 countries. Joining AAOMPT in 1995, he has had multiple years on the Executive, including being a past-president. In addition, he has served on DEI task forces for the APTA, AAOMPT, as well has his own company. With a pathological interest in tissue training, manual therapy and movement, Jim remains a practicing clinician, teacher and author.


Dr. Rot completed the Manual Therapy Certification in 1996. In 1997, he completed a one year Orthopaedic/Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program at the University of St. Augustine (USAHS) under the mentorship of Drs. Stanley Paris and Catherine Patla. He earned his Fellowship status from American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist (AAOMPT) in 1999. Dr. Rot is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist, and is an associate professor at USAHS with teaching responsibilities in; Anatomy and Spine Examination and Manipulation. Dr. Rot also travels internationally to teach the S3: Advanced Examination & Manipulation of Cranio-Facial, Cervical, and Upper Thoracic Spine Seminar.


Dr. Bob Rowe is the Executive Director of Brooks Institute of Higher Learning (Brooks IHL) within the Brooks Health System located in Jacksonville, FL. The IHL is the academic division of Brooks Rehabilitation and is responsible for the professional development for all clinical disciplines within the Brooks Rehab System of Care. Dr. Rowe received his PT degree at LSUHSC in 1985 and completed his Master of Health Science in PT in 1994 at LSUHSC. He completed an Orthopaedic Manual PT Fellowship through the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) in 1999 and in 2001 completed his Doctor of Manual Therapy degree through the OGI. In May 2007, Dr. Rowe completed his t-DPT through MGH IHP. Dr. Rowe was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) in 2001. Dr. Rowe is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of musculoskeletal patient management, advocacy, and professional issues/leadership. He served as the President of the AAOMPT for 6 years (2009-2014). Dr. Rowe has served on the APTA Board of Directors as a Director since June 2015. Previously, Dr. Rowe served a four year term on the APTA American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) that began in July 2008 and continued to serve as a site reviewer for the Accreditation Services Committee (a subcomponent of the ABPTRFE) until June 2015. He served as the Chair of the Orthopaedic Section’s Practice Committee from 2004-2010. He has served for 20 consecutive years as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates for the Louisiana Chapter (2001-2004), the Orthopaedic Section (2004-2010), the Florida Chapter (2010-2015), and the APTA Board (2015-Present). Dr. Rowe has served on the APTA Manipulation Task Force since 2001 and served on the APTA POPTS Task Force from 2004-2007. In 2009 Dr. Rowe completed 5 years of service as an appointed member to the APTA Advisory Panel on Practice and served as the Chair for the final year. Prior to serving as the President in AAOMPT he served as the Co-chair of the Standards Committee (2002-2006) as well as for a term as Vice-president (2006-2009). Dr. Rowe has served on the LPTA Board as the Vice-president (2004-2006) as well as on the FPTA Board as a Regional Director (2007-2010) and the Speaker of the FPTA Assembly (2010-2014). He began service as a member of the APTA Awards Sub-committee for selection of the McMillan and Maley Lecture awards in 2013 and completed that service in 2015. Dr. Rowe is a recipient of the APTA Lucy Blair Distinguished Service Award (American Physical Therapy Association award); the Dave Warner Distinguished Service Award (Louisiana Physical Therapy Association); the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Award for Excellence in Research, Education, Patient Care, and Community Outreach; and the Arcadia University Charles Magistro Award.

Christine Schauerte MSPT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Chris graduated from Washington University with her MSPT in 1997 and completed her DPT in 2005. She furthered her education with a Post Grad Manips Diploma from the University of Otago in New Zealand in 2013 and completed the UIC Fellowship in OMPT in 2015. She is an adjunct faculty instructor at Northwestern University and a mentor in the Northwestern University Fellowship in Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice, Research, and Education. She practices outpatient orthopedics at Northshore University Health System in Glenview, IL.

Megann Schooley PT, DPT, SCS, MTC, CSCS, CEEAA

Megann Schooley is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Certified, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. She also has certifications in blood flow restriction rehabilitation, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and fascial movement taping. She is a core faculty for the University of St. Augustine’s DPT program in the Musculoskeletal and Movement Science courses and practices part time in a sports PT private practice. She is currently involved in blood flow restriction research. She has presented in the areas of manual therapy, sports and exercise.

Austin Sheldon PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Austin Sheldon is physical therapist currently residing in Michigan. He works for Crossover Health where he is involved in direct patient care as well as clinical research regarding interdisciplinary care, best practice, and social determinants of health. He is also employed by ATI Physical Therapy. He is a 2008 graduate of Regis University's DPT program, and went on to complete both an orthopaedic physical therapy residency and orthopaedic manual physical therapy fellowship with NAIOMT. Currently, he is a DSc student at Andrews University.

Emily Slaven PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Slaven completed a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin and a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Manchester University. In the United States, she pursued a Master’s degree in Biomechanics and her PhD in physical therapy. She completed a fellowship in manual therapy at Duke Hospital and was recognized as a Fellow by AAOMPT.  As a full-time faculty member leading the orthopedic curriculum in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UIndy, Dr. Slaven focuses on integrating current evidence with skilled hands on care. Dr. Slaven maintains an active clinical practice and is the President of APTA Indiana.

Kristin Smith PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Kristin Smith is a full time outpatient orthopedic clinician with some academic pursuits.  She completed her Bachelors of physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2000.  She achieved a Masters of Teaching from Chapman University in 2005 and a tDPT from Evidence in Motion in 2019. In 2018, she became a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists.  Currently, she is enrolled in the Doctorate of Science program at Bellin College.  Over the years, Dr. Smith has had numerous entry-level DPT students and has consistently pursued incorporating resources from her education to elevate the students’ clinical skills.

Jack Stagge P.T., O.C.S., FAAOMPT

Received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1978. He received a specialty certification in Adult Neurology from U.S.C. in 1979. His postgraduate training includes extensive manual therapy course work in Norwegian, Australian, McKenzie and Cyriax protocols.  He was chosen as a subject matter expert by the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialties in 1988 and helped write the first O.C.S. exam. He was first Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist 1990 and became an AAOMPT Fellow in 2002.    Mr. Stagge has been a featured presenter at the W.C.P.T., APTA’s National Scientific meeting, CSM, State Conferences, and the I.F.O.M.P.T.

Caty Stegemann PT

Caty Stegemann received her physical therapy degree from St. Louis University.  She opened her own practice, Centre Physical Therapy, in the fall of 2018.  Her specialties include non- and post-operative athletic hips, lumbo-sacral and pelvic pain conditions, and pre- and post-pregnancy orthopedic conditions.  She prides herself on her comprehensive and “whole body” approach to physical therapy.  She has lectured to physical therapists across the country speaking on all things “hip” and has lectured at both the Chicago Sports Medicine Symposium and the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Symposium.

Kenneth Taylor PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Taylor graduated in 2014 from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UIndy and completed his post-graduate residency at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL. Most recently he completed his PhD in Public Health at the University of South Florida. Dr. Taylor worked in a clinical faculty position for several years before transitioning into full-time academia and he is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University and the Musculoskeletal and Surgical Sciences therapeutic area at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. 

Glenn Thompson 

Dr. Glenn Thompson is an Upstream Rehab Institute director in Crossville, TN.  He is an instructor and mentor in the URI Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship, musculoskeletal, and dry needling courses in the URI Orthopaedic Residency and multiple continuing education programs. Dr. Thompson obtained his entry level physical therapy degree from East Tennessee State University and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from EIM in 2014.  Dr. Thompson is board certified in orthopaedics (OCS).  He completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2017 and is recognized as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Laura Thornton PT, DPT, OCS, OMPT Fellow-In-Training

Laura Thornton, PT, DPT practices at the Arlington outpatient clinic of Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a second-year Fellow-In-Training in the Brooks/UNF Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. Dr. Thornton obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015, graduated from the Virginia Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute orthopedic residency in 2016, and obtained her Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2017. She has been involved in clinical research, mentoring, and teaching roles in graduate and post-graduate education.

Moyo Tillery PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Moyo Tillery, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is the Center Therapy Director at Concentra in Fayetteville, NC, and Site Coordinator of Clinical Education. She received her Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University.  Mo completed residency and fellowship training in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy through The Manual Therapy Institute and has 10 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics, focusing on occupational health and manual therapy.  Mo is an active member of the APTA and APTA-NC, AAOMPT, APTA Academy of Education; she served on the Duke DPT Taskforce on Racial Inequality.


Major Jon Umlauf is an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Army-Baylor Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Umlauf is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and certified to perform diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound (RMSK). He currently practices in one of the largest outpatient physical therapy clinics in the Department of Defense where he is actively involved in teaching entry-level and advanced-practicing physical therapists. His research interests include advancing the clinical competence of orthopedic manual physical therapists, improving outcomes of rehabilitative care, and investigating the utility of diagnostic ultrasound.


Dr. Viti received his Manual Therapy Certification from the Institute of Physical Therapy in 1991. He completed his fellowship training in 1996 and his OCS certification in 1999. He is currently teaching full time at the University of St. Augustine in both the entry level and post-professional programs. He continues to work clinically at First Coast Rehabilitation in St. Augustine Florida. Dr. Viti has authored or coauthored 2 textbook chapters and over 20 peer reviewed publications. In 2004 he received the Freddy Kaltenborn “Teach I Must” award.


Dr. Vraa is a co-founder of the USAF Tactical Sports and Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program where he serves as Senior Faculty, mentoring fellows and teaching didactic coursework.  Prior to moving to Colorado, he spent over a decade treating complex pain patients in private practice.  He has lectured and taught at a number of physical therapy schools in the upper Midwest.  Derek completed his Fellowship training in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy through Regis University in Denver, CO. He has spoken at numerous conferences, has 6 published abstracts, and authored a chapter in the Travell, Simons & Simons Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction 3rd edition textbook.   Additionally, Derek serves as the AAOMPT Academic and Clinical Faculty Special Interest Group Vice-President and as an IFOMPT External Auditor for AAOMPT/ACOMPTE.


Brian graduated from University of Iowa with his doctorate of physical therapy. Dr. Weber is the founder of KINECIO Physical Therapy is Woodbury, Minnesota. He has completed fellowships in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute and in Functional Manual Therapy through the Institute of Physical Art in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Brian is an associate instructor for the Institute of Physical Art and guest lecturer at the Doctor of Physical Program-Concordia St. Paul. Brian is currently in the process of completing his Certification in Pediatric Osteopathy.

Andrea Westbrook DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT

Andrea Westbrook is certified in orthopedic manual therapy and a Fellow of AAOMPT. She is a full-time clinician treating primarily patients with chronic spinal complaints. She presented with symptoms of Eagle's syndrome and was able to determine the diagnosis after ample research and find alleviation of her symptoms with styloidectomies. She has been able to verify elongated styloid processes in over 20 patients with recalcitrant neck and head symptoms and assist in their referral to ENT providers for proper assessment and treatment after limited lasting benefits to PT interventions. She co-authored and presented a poster on Eagle’s Syndrome in 2019 at AAOMPT.

Katherine Wilford PT, DPT

Dr. Katherine Wilford is an assistant professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, Texas.  She teaches in the biomechanics and musculoskeletal track.  Dr. Wilford is in the dissertation phase of the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences.  For her dissertation, Dr. Wilford will seek to explore the correspondence between sociocultural factors and sensorimotor control.  In 2017, she received the USAHS Board of Directors faculty award in "Excellence in Teaching." She became a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in July 2016.

Kelli Wilson PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Kelli Wilson received her DPT from Texas Woman’s University and became a Fellow of AAOMPT 2009. In 2019, she started the AAOMPT Pelvic Health SIG. Dr. Wilson is the Development Director at Integrity Rehab and owner of Alcove Education, a CME company focused on pelvic health education for PT and MDs. Dr. Wilson has presented internationally on pelvic health topics and serves as a mentor and instructor for a manual therapy fellowship program. She is currently President of the AAOMPT Pelvic Health SIG.

Alexis Wright, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Lexie Wright PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT serves as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment and core faculty in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Tufts University School of Medicine. Wright is also a 2019 graduate of the Education Leadership Institute Fellowship through the APTA. Dr. Wright is a frequent research presenter at state, national, and international meetings, with over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the areas of orthopedics and manual therapy. Dr. Wright is a 2007 recipient of the APTA’s Emerging Leader Award for the and a 2012 recipient of the APTA’s Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award.