Danielle Brachman, PT, DPT - Danielle became interested in the field of health care through her desire to help others. She chose physical therapy as her profession as she enjoyed seeing a patient accomplish goals and the process from beginning to end. She enjoyed the extensive patient time that was allowed to physical therapists compared to other professions.
Danielle attended St. Ambrose University and graduated with her DPT in 2012. She moved to Colorado and began working in a private practice clinic in Littleton. She is now the Director and is enjoying learning the business end of physical therapy as well as patient care.
She is always trying to improve her skills to give her patients the best chance of improvement. She decided to pursue a Fellowship for this reason. Danielle lives in Idaho Springs with her husband and two golden retrievers. She enjoys hiking, biking, reading, and time with family and friends in her spare time.
Meghan Donoghue, DPT - Meghan holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Lebanon Valley College. In August 2013, Dr. Donoghue began working for Kessler Rehabilitation Center in Edison, NJ. She enjoys treating patients of all ages with various orthopedic diagnoses.
Since graduating from physical therapy school in May 2013, she has taken numerous continuing education courses with emphasis in manual physical therapy evaluation and intervention. While part of the Kessler Organization, Dr. Donoghue has joined special interest groups such as: ACL, Throwing Injuries and Kessler’s Personalized Orthopedic Weight Reduction Program. She was the first to implement the Weight Reduction Program in her office, and became certified in Selective Functional Movement Analysis in April 2015.
Dr. Donoghue participates in community presentations, injury prevention screens, and marketing initiatives within the Kessler Organization. She will sit for her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Exam in March 2016. Meghan’s desire to improve her manual therapy skills while facilitating leadership and promoting growth within the field of Physical Therapy led her to pursue Regis’ Manual Therapy Fellowship.
A former collegiate softball player, Dr. Donoghue enjoys partaking in athletics in her spare time. Meghan also enjoys attending country music concerts and spending time with her family and friends. Her remaining free time is dedicated to planning her wedding set for October 2016.
Megan Fitzsimmons, PT, DPT - Dr. Fitzsimmons, a Colorado Native, became interested in physical therapy after searching for a career in the medical field which was active, focused on all age groups and helped people have a better quality of life. She received her DPT in physical therapy from Regis University in 2012 and moved out to Grand Junction, Colorado. She has been working at Community Hospital Therapy Works (outpatient hospital based clinic) and SOAR Physical Therapy (direct access private practice clinic) in Grand Junction, CO since 2012. She enjoys treating individuals with all ailments, with the majority of her time spent treating spinal dysfunction.
Dr. Fitzsimmons will sit for her Orthopedic Certified Specialist board certification examination in March 2016 and is currently certified as a Level 1 Dry Needling practitioner. She enjoys giving back to the profession and is the current West District Chair for the Colorado American Physical Therapy Association Chapter, serves as Chair on the CO Chapter Nominating Committee and is an active member on the CO Chapter Professional Development Committee. She is active in the community of Grand Junction and currently serves as a leader for Young Life (at Colorado Mesa University), Young Professionals Network Board Member, Diabetes Counts Board Member and is undergoing a year-long Leadership Class through Mesa County. Her desire to continue to improve her current clinical manual skills lead her to seek out a Fellowship (which she had her sights set on since she first attended AAOMPT in 2010 as a student).
In her free time, she enjoys playing grass doubles volleyball, swimming, reading, snowshoeing, skiing, spending time with family and friends and enjoying the beautiful mountains in Western Colorado.
Tony Grillo, PT, DPT, OCS, CIMT - Tony is the Clinical Director of the Oyster Point clinic of Tidewater Physical Therapy in Southeastern Virginia. Tony earned his undergraduate and master’s degree at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and has an advanced certification in Integrated Manual Therapy. This approach focuses primarily on manual therapy as well as advanced assessment to determine mechanical causes of pain and functional impairments. In addition to general orthopedics, Tony has a special interest in lower extremity and spine, and runs the 'Work Performance' program, which is a specialized work hardening / conditioning program. Tony has been practicing orthopedic physical therapy with Tidewater Physical Therapy since 2003, and is currently enrolled as a Fellow in training of the Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship at Regis University. In his off time, Tony enjoys fishing, cooking, soccer and traveling.
Brad Myers, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT – Dr. Myers received his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Health Fitness in Preventive and Rehabilitative Programs from Central Michigan University in 2006. He went on to complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Duke University in 2009.
Upon completion of his DPT, Dr. Myers moved to the Chicago area where he began working in outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy. In order to advance his clinical reasoning and hands-on clinical skills, Dr. Myers enrolled in manual therapy coursework through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. This experience enhanced his interest in academic physical therapy prompting his pursuit of a Doctor of Science degree at Andrews University, which is nearing completion. Dr. Myers is also recognized as a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, and Certified Manual Physical Therapist.
In 2014, Dr. Myers was able to combine his clinical, research and teaching interests by accepting a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Physical Therapy. He maintains clinical practice within the UIC Physical Therapy Faculty Practice while teaching within the entry-level DPT Program and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. His research interests include the appropriate application of manual physical therapy techniques with exercise interventions within orthopedic patient populations, and the identification of motor control dysfunctions as a precursor/result of musculoskeletal impairments.
Zane N. Ochs PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Ochs received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State University in 2010, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Zane has worked full time in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy at Mid America Orthopedics in Wichita, KS since his career began in 2013. He also provides PRN home health physical therapy services for Phoenix Home Health Care in the Wichita area. In 2015, Dr. Ochs became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
As an orthopedic clinician, Zane's primary interests include manual therapy, sports rehabilitation, and orthopedic post-operative care. He employs Dr. Shirley Sahrmann's movement system impairment diagnostic classification system into his orthopedic practice. Zane has received additional continuing education in osteopathic manipulation techniques and is a certified SASTM provider.
Zane is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Kansas Physical Therapy Association (KPTA), and volunteers as a member of the KPTA's research and programming committees.
Dr. Ochs lives in Wichita, KS with his wife, Cassandra, and their son Camden. In his free time, Zane enjoys playing tennis, biking, and weight training.
Chris Pegram PT, OCS - Mr. Pegram began his path in Physical Therapy with his studies at Clarke University. After completion of his Master’s Degree he began working at a general outpatient clinic in Decatur, Illinois. During time spent in Decatur, Mr. Pegram gained experience in outpatient neurological rehabilitation, acute care, and home healthcare, yet his principal caseload consisted of general orthopedics.
Throughout his nearly 17-year career, Mr. Pegram has had a primary focus in orthopedics. Following a move to Minnesota he had the privilege to work for the Sister Kenny Sports PT clinic in Minneapolis as well as the Institute for Athletic Medicine in Edina. Having the opportunity to train and work with the many experienced Physical Therapists at both Sister Kenny and the Institute for Athletic Medicine was invaluable for Mr. Pegram.
Mr. Pegram currently works in Northfield, Minnesota, at the Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (CSMR), which is a part of Northfield Hospital and Clinics. Beyond his work as a staff Physical Therapist, Mr. Pegram assists in training students from St. Kate’s, St. Scholastica and Mayo Rochester. His role in education and skill development for the clinic includes organizing and managing a program in which he mentors his fellow co-workers, produces quarterly PowerPoint presentations on topics in Physical Therapy, and organizes outside speakers to present at Northfield Hospital. In 2014, Mr. Pegram became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
Sean Rice, PT, DPT - Sean is a licensed physical therapist in New York State and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. He earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the New York Institute of Technology and an Associate in Science (AS) from Nassau Community College. Prior to pursuing physical therapy as a second career, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Hofstra University and worked in the marketing industry.
Sean is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has worked in predominantly outpatient physical therapy over the last four years. He is very grateful to the professors at the New York Institute of Technology for establishing a great theoretical and practical foundation in physical therapy. He has built on that foundation and utilizes much of the assessment and treatment skills learned from classes in the Maitland-Australian approach.
Sean lives in Queens, NY. He enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends and enjoys music, tennis, hiking, camping, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
Craig Rudikoff PT, DPT - Craig became interested in physical therapy after sustaining and rehabbing from multiple football and baseball injuries throughout his life. He received his DPT at The George Washington University in 2013. Following graduation, Craig enrolled in The Johns Hopkins Hospital & George Washington University Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency in August 2013. Over the course of the next year, Craig had the opportunity to learn from a variety of clinicians to grow his teaching, clinical reasoning, and manual therapy skills.
Upon completion of the orthopedic residency in August 2014, Craig stayed on to work full-time at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he is currently treating a variety of orthopedic conditions and loves the diversity he experiences every day. He also really enjoyed teaching and mentoring within the residency and is looking forward to having more full-time students and getting back into the classroom. Craig has long looked forward to the opportunity to give back to the profession, and he feels that starts with the next generation of therapists. Craig is currently a member of the APTA and AAOMPT, which is one of the many ways he stays current on the profession. He is very much looking forward to the manual therapy fellowship at Regis to continue his professional growth.
Craig has a 5 year old son named Odin (his dog) and recently became engaged to his girlfriend, whom he met in physical therapy school. He enjoys playing and watching sports, hiking, and enjoying time with family and friends.
Bob Schroedter, PT, DPT, OCS - Bob began his Physical Therapy career a few years after mysteriously obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Civil) from Duke University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Structural) from the University of Virginia. He graduated from the University of Miami (FL) with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and then nine years later from Regis University with a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Fast forward five years and he obtained board certification as a clinical specialist in Orthopedics and is now a Fellow-in-Training with Regis University.
Bob operates a cash-pay, outpatient, private practice located in South Beach, FL, called Movement Thru Rehab Physical Therapy. Since 2010, it has operated out of the Miami Beach Gyrotonic Studio and is his answer to the quantity-quality question plagued by the numerous private practices in which he worked up until that point. He is a certified Level 1 Gyrotonic instructor, a PMA-certified Pilates instructor, a certified ChiRunning/ChiWalking instructor, a former Level 1 certified USA Triathlon coach and is FMS/SFMA/YBT-certified through Functional Movement Systems and Move 2 Perform. His practice specializes in providing a high-value customer service experience with high-quality one-on-one care, in an environment designed to address movement at all levels of ability. For him clinical, service, and care excellence have always been about communication, compassion, critical thinking, manual therapy and movement. So while his specialty is technically orthopedics his company tagline says it best: "We specialize in HUMANS".
On the side, Bob teaches nationally and internationally for Polestar Education, serves as adjunct faculty in the University of Miami's PT Department, assisting with the DPT Cardiorespiratory course, and his current research interests include the application of Functional Movement Systems to professional dancers. He has a keen interest in Running Medicine as well, recently lecturing in Puerto Rico at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute's Running Symposium. He maintains professional memberships in APTA, AAOMPT and FPTA, and he is actively licensed in three states: FL, CA CO.
Bob's wife Elizabeth (also a PT) and two sons, Lincoln (3.5) and Everest (1), keep him grounded and aloft at the same time. He is easily impressed by simple acts of kindness, discovering new dictionary words, and dark beers. His next career path may be in the Photographic and/or Culinary Arts. Stay tuned.
Steve Short PT, DPT, CSCS - Dr. Short graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Dayton in May of 2014. From 2005 to 2010, he earned a dual undergraduate degree in Biology and Exercise Science from Michigan Tech University while quarterbacking the Huskies football team.
Dr. Short joined the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association in the fall of 2014 as the Team Physical Therapist and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Prior to joining the Nuggets, Steve served in private practice at Back in Motion Physical Therapy and Elite Performance, Inc. in Kingsford, Michigan.
While at UD, Dr. Short conducted research for multiple NBA organization. “The Utility of Functional Movement Assessment on NBA Players” was presented at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting in 2014. He was awarded the UD DPT Student Achievement Award upon completion of his degree.
Dr. Short is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and numerous sub-sections of these respective organizations. His post-graduate education has focused on manual therapy, advanced therapeutic exercise, sports nutrition, sports performance and dry needling. Dr. Short is set to test for board specialist certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in the spring of 2016.
In his spare time, Dr. Short enjoys spending time with his family and friends, outdoor adventures, and music.
Emily Stone, PT, DPT, OCS - Emily graduated from the University of Colorado with her doctorate in 2012 and became board-certified in orthopedics in 2015. After working in a hospital setting and private practice outpatient orthopedics on the western slope of Colorado for two years, she returned to Denver and joined the team at University of Colorado at the Stapleton clinic. Emily is passionate about life-long learning and remaining active in the profession of physical therapy including the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT). Emily and her husband also enjoy exploring the outdoors of Colorado on the weekends including skiing, running, hiking and climbing.
Shelly Tyler, DPT, COMT, OCS - Dr. Tyler, a native of Owensboro, KY, graduated from University of Evansville in Indiana in 2010 with her Doctor in Physical Therapy. Following graduation, she moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she worked in an outpatient physical therapy clinic and obtained her COMT through the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2011.
In February of 2013, she helped Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Owensboro open its first satellite clinic and managed this clinic for 2 years. Recently, she took on the role as Clinical Director for this organization. In September 2014, she and her partners launched their private practice Rehabilitation & Performance Institute, PSC.
Dr. Tyler became a board-certified clinical specialist in Orthopedics in 2013 and focuses her practice on manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education through implementation of manual techniques, functional dry needling, and the Selective Functional Movement System theologies. Her underlying passions are teaching and continued learning; she is the program developer for her company's mentorship program, as well as the CCCE. She also teaches as an adjunct professor for first DPT students at the University of Evansville.
Shelly is married to her loving husband, John Mark, and has a 2-year-old boy, Grayson, and a 3-month-old boy, Paxton. She is an active member of River City Church and enjoys being involved in the Owensboro community. Her interests include: playing the violin, skiing, dancing, yoga, running, cooking, painting and spending time with her family.
Brianna Wahl, PT, DPT, OCS - Brianna received her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from the George Washington University in 2008 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2011. She has worked in a private practice outpatient orthopedic clinic since graduating, focusing on orthopedics and pelvic health. In 2013, she was promoted from Staff Physical Therapist to Clinic Director, taking on more administrative responsibilities. She became Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2014 and is currently enrolled in the Regis University Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship.
Brianna’s physical therapy passions are in orthopedics, manual therapy and pelvic health. She became certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment in 2012 and enjoys incorporating the regional interdependence approach to her care. She also began taking pelvic health courses through Herman & Wallace, having taken the Pelvic Floor Level 1 course in 2015, in order to be able to treat pelvic health conditions as well. Brianna’s additional passion is being a Clinical Instructor for DPT students. She has been an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor since 2012 and has mentored many PT students. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the APTA’s Orthopedic and Women’s Health Sections.
Apart from her outpatient orthopedic job, Brianna has worked onsite for industrial companies by providing preventative physical therapy services. She is trained through DSI Work Solutions Inc. to perform Functional Capacity Assessments and Job Matching for companies. She also does a lot of per diem work with post-offer testing for multiple companies.
Brianna lives in Colorado where she got married to her wonderful husband Matt. In their spare time, they love going hiking, fishing, and playing soccer together. Brianna also enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.