Academic & Clinical Faculty SIG

Welcome AAOMPT Academic & Clinical Faculty SIG

The purpose of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy - Academic & Clinical Faculty Special Interest Group (AAOMPT-ACF SIG) is to serve its members by developing the structure for enhancing communication among AAOMPT members who are currently academic or clinical faculty and future faculty. The Academic & Clinical Faculty SIG is committed to facilitating opportunities for both academic and clinical faculty development, mentoring, resources and involvement within AAOMPT.

Objectives of the AAOMPT-ACF SIG are to:

  • Develop and provide mechanisms for communication among academic and clinical faculty and future faculty including mentoring.
  • Serve as a resource group for matters involving academic and clinical faculty in the education of Physical Therapists in manual therapy.
  • Provide resources to academic and clinical faculty for the teaching of OMPT both at the entry level and the post-professional level.
  • Promote mechanisms for all academic and clinical faculty to participate in AAOMPT
  • Promote cooperation among academic and clinical faculty to support state-of-the art OMPT education both at the entry level and at the post-professional level regarding the application of evidence and research skills in clinical practice.
  • To enhance the objectives and functions of the Academy as set forth in the
  • strategic plan and AAOMPT bylaws as well as by AAOMPT and IFOMPT's Standards of Practice.

More information regarding the ACF SIG can be found in the Rules of Order by Clicking Here.

Membership to the ACF SIG

All current AAOMPT members who are academic and clinical faculty members of physical therapy programs, and those members interested in becoming academic or clinical faculty are eligible for membership in the AAOMPT -ACF SIG. To sign up for the ACF SIG, please follow the below instructions:

  • Log into your AAOMPT Membership Profile
  • Choose the My Information Tab
  • Choose the My Details Option
  • Select the pencil tool to the right of the screen which will then allow you to edit your details
  • Scroll down to Academic/Clinical Faculty SIG option
  • Choose Yes or No and select Save at the bottom of the screen.

Any questions you may have regarding the ACF SIG, please email office@aaompt.org.

2018 ACF SIG Election

Candidate for Treasurer

Mary Beth Geiser PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Mary Beth Geiser has been involved in entry-level physical therapy education for over 22 years. She presently holds active adjunct faculty positions at three different universities (Marquette University, Concordia University- Wisconsin, and Concordia University- St Paul Minnesota) and recently began teaching as an affiliate faculty member for the manual therapy fellowship program at Regis University. Mary Beth is also an adjunct faculty member for the Masters of Science program (rehabilitative sciences) for Concordia University – Wisconsin. She was previously employed as associate lecturer for the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee shortly after the inception of the school’s new DPT program.

In the last two years alone (2016-2018), Mary Beth has taught or helped teach coursework in cervico-thoracic manual therapy, advanced spinal manipulation and manual therapy, manual therapy for geriatric populations, biopsychosocial aspects of physical therapy, pain management, radiology and electrotherapy. Throughout her career as an educator, Dr. Geiser has also instructed courses in other expertise areas: advanced anatomy (with cadaver lab), advanced orthopedics, kinesiology, scientific inquiry & statistics, student medial work and internships and assisted in teaching in content material or labs related to exercise physiology, kinesiology, musculoskeletal disorders (upper extremity, lower extremity & spine, all with labs), physical agents, cardiopulmonary physical therapy, medical surgical rehabilitation and student problem-solving issues. Mary Beth began her teaching career by volunteering her time or speaking as an invited guest to PTA students at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).

Mary Beth Geiser held active volunteer roles as the Reimbursement Chair (6 years) or Membership Chair (2+ years) for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association and previously was intermittently part of the membership and public relations committees as well. In the past, she also represented her state association as a Fiscal Intermediary Representative and participated in the Carrier Advisory Committee for Medicare. She was a past committee member of the APTA appointed task force on neck pain for Hooked on Evidence.

Dr. Geiser is both a Fellow (American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, 2014) and a board-certified specialist in Orthopeadic Physical Therapy (ABPTS, 1999 & 2009). She is a member of the prestigious Alpha Sigma Nu Society (Regis University, 2013) and has received local and/or state awards for involvement or clinical excellence in her profession.

Candidate for Nominating Committee Chair

Dr. Wil Kolb PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Wil Kolb currently teaches as full time as associate professor for the Radford University Doctor of Physical Therapy program. His research interests include Knowledge Translation, Clinical Decision Making, Spinal Manipulation and Lower Extremity Joint Replacement. He has received grant funding for Implementation of Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Practice Guidelines for Low Back Pain from Carilion Clinic of Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Kolb has presented nationally for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections meeting and regionally for the Virginia chapter of APTA (VPTA).

Dr. Kolb earned the Masters of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 1996 and practiced in a variety of settings before returning to school and completing the Clinical Doctorate (DPT) in followed by board certification in Orthopedics in 2013 and the FAAOMPT in 2014.

Dr. Kolb has served eight years on the Board of Directors for the Virginia chapter of APTA and is currently the Virginia chapter treasurer. He has served as a research abstract reviewer for VPTA annual conference since 2013. He has served nationally for the membership committee of the Orthopedic Section of APTA from 2013 – 2017 and as a past nominating committee member for the Academic Clinical Faculty Special Interest Group of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT).