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2018 Award Winners

2018 Kaltenborn "Teach I Must Award" Recipient

Britt M Smith, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Britt Smith is a physical therapist and owner of SOAR Physical Therapy, a private practice in Grand Junction, CO. He received his doctorate of physical therapy at Regis University in 2007. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University (BS, 1981), Samuel Merritt College (MSPT, 1997) and Regis University (DPT 2007). He serves as adjunct faculty at Regis University and NAU.

Dr. Smith is member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Britt serves on boards of directors and committees in the Grand Junction medical community and he has presented at national conferences for the three associations. Britt received the 2008 Colorado Outstanding Physical Therapist award.


2018 John McMillan Mennell Service Award Recipient

Jake S Magel, PT, PhD, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

Jake Magel completed his manual therapy fellowship training and received his Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the US Army-Baylor University Post-professional Doctoral Program in Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy in 2001 and his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Utah in 2015. He is board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy and has held the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists executive positions of Vice-President, Secretary and Member-at-Large of the. His research interests center on the management of patients with low back pain and he has presented original research nationally and internationally. The research teams on which he has served have received the Stephen J. Rose Excellent in Research Award and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists Excellence in Research Award.


2018 Distinguished Lecturer Presentation Recipient

Bill Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

Dr. Boissonnault is Executive Vice President of Professional Affairs, APTA, and Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a founding member of and Curriculum Director for the University of Wisconsin Hospital/Clinics and Meriter Hospital Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program. Dr. Boissonnault holds multiple adjunct physical therapy faculty positions, presenting nationally and internationally and teaching differential diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, and communication skills. He is editor of the textbook Primary Care for the Physical Therapist; Examination and Triage, (Elsevier Saunders 1st and 2nd edition) and past co-editor of Pathology: Implications for the Physical Therapist I (Saunders-1st and 2nd edition). He has multiple journal publications related to differential diagnosis and physical therapist practice. Dr. Boissonnault is past-president of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the profession’s national research fund-raising organization, and also past-president of the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. In addition, he chaired the APTA Manipulation Legislative Task Force and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists Practice Committee.

AAOMPT 2018 Best Poster Presentations

  • First Place Overall
    Katlin Millin
    , Bret Greenberg, Timothy Nolan
    Challenging contraindications: Modulation of buttock pain in the presence of a bone metastasis

  • Second Place Overall
    Laura Moorman
    , Kevin Farrell, St. Candi Gardner, Todd Kersten, Anna Perry
    Using manual therapy and pain neuroscience education in the treatment of a patient with herpes zoster affecting lumbar nerve roots: A case report

  • Third Place Overall
    Whitney Russo
    , Cameron MacDonald
    Neurodynamic interventions and functional exercise for the management of a patients with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: A case report

AAOMPT 2018 Best Platform Presentations

  • First Place Overall: Dick Ehrard Platform Presentation Award
    Amy McDevitt
    , Josh Cleland, Colin Strickland, Paul Mintken, Rebecca Kretschmer, Mary Becky Leibold, Maria Borg, Suzanne Snodgrass
    The Accuracy of Biceps Tendon Palpation by Physical Therapist

  • First Place 5x5: Hypothesis and Emerging Topics
    Lance Mabry
    , Robert Boyles, Jean-Michel Brismée, Hilmir Agustsson, James Smoliga
    May Physical Therapists Order Diagnostic Imaging? A Preliminary Survey of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Member Nations

  • First Place 5x5: Cervicothoracic Spine
    Brad Myers
    , Deborah Davey, Chad Cook
    Factors associated with Cervical Arterial Dysfunction: a survey of physical therapist educators

  • First Place 5x5: Upper Extremity
    Leanne Bisset
    , Ashley Smith
    Endogenous pain modulation is impaired in tennis elbow: A case control study

  • First Place 5x5: Professional Topics
    Adam Lutz
    , Thomas Denninger, Charles Thigpen, Ellen Shanley
    High performing physical therapists consistently use manual therapy regardless of baseline lumbardisability

  • First Place 5x5: Clinical Reports / Clinical Pearls
    Leanna Blanchard
    , Steve Goostree, Alison Duncombe
    Graded Exposure and Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy for Kinesiophobia and Function in Chronic Temporomandibular Dysfunction: A Case Report

  • First Place 5x5: Lumbar Spine
    Kevin L. MacPherson
    , Joel Bialosky
    Correlation of movement evoked versus resting pain with common back pain outcome measures

  • First Place 5x5: Lower Extremity
    Emily Slaven
    , Erin Connor, Brianna Herbst, Brendon Widau
    Does a Thrust Manipulation to the Hip Joint lead to Kinematic and Kinetic Changes: A Pilot Study

  • First Place 5x5: Educational Topics
    Nicola Heneghan
    , Svein Lokhaug, Isaak Tyros, Alison Rushton
    Thoracic spine exercise prescription in sport: a narrative review

2018 Research Awards Recipients

2018 OPTP $4,000 Research Grant Award

Awarded to:

Dr. Emily Slaven
And Co-Investigator: Nathanial Eckert

"The impact of a thrust manipulation to the hip joint; A biomechanical or neurophysiological response or both?"

2018 CARDON $6,000 Research Grant Award

Awarded to:

Dr. Emily Slaven
And Co-Investigator: Nathanial Eckert

"The impact of a thrust manipulation to the hip joint; A biomechanical or neurophysiological response or both?"