Stretch Your Limits

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Stretch Your Limits

Elevate your level of practice while continuing to work. Regis University’s Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy is designed for U.S. licensed PTs who want to be leaders in the areas of teaching, research and practice of manual physical therapy.

Review our site, and/or email fellow@regis.edu with questions. Learn how this program can fit into your busy clinical/life schedule.
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Certificate: Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy

Program Overview

Regis University’s Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) is the first of its kind to reside in a nonprofit university. Our primarily online program is grounded in evidence-based practice principles and embraces APTA's Vision 2020 Statement. Regis University’s Fellowship in OMPT has been accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy since 2006, and currently through 2018. 

This fellowship represents the culmination in training for advanced clinical practice in the field of orthopaedic manual physical therapy. The program challenges students to attain excellence not only in clinical practice and the psychomotor skills of manual therapy, but also as leaders within the profession. Graduates of the program can expect improved patient outcomes as they apply a framework of evidence-based advanced decision-making, patient education, and advanced manual skills to their practice. The professional designator of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) is earned upon graduation and represents a globally recognized credential denoting the highest level of achievement in clinical excellence in orthopaedic manual physical therapy. Our Fellowship has produced over 100 nationally recognized fellows in OMPT, all from our highly regarded and accredited University with over 135 years of history, located on a beautiful campus in Denver, Colorado.

Regis University's Fellowship in OMPT consists of four orthopaedic management courses, virtual round coursework and 150 hours of one-on-one clinical time with an AAOMPT fellow. The four orthopaedic management courses are presented in eight-week terms and are taught online. In addition to the online component, each of the four courses includes one weekend intensive session which starts on Friday afternoon and ends Sunday afternoon, allowing you to get back to work and life. The weekend sessions allow students to practice hands on skills with the guidance of our expert faculty. We focus on the utilization of techniques that have the greatest amount of evidence supporting their use in the management of orthopaedic conditions including: high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) manipulation, joint mobilization, neurodynamic mobilization, muscle energy techniques (MET), soft tissue management techniques, and have recently added dry needing. Our weekends are for fellowship student only which provides for focused discussions and technique practice. You collaborate with experienced and motivated orthopaedic clinicians on the path to excellence in advanced clinical practice. The "virtual rounds" allow students to review case problems in a structured format and discuss diagnosis, prognosis, & intervention strategies with fellowship faculty. The program is typically completed in 18-22 months, with the range being 11-36 months.

Upon successful completion of the Fellowship option, graduates receive an academic certificate and are eligible to apply for fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT).

U.S. licensed physical therapists with an entry-level Physical Therapy degree from an accredited Physical Therapy program are eligible to apply to the program. Applicants that are not doctorally prepared may need to consult with the program coordinator to determine their readiness for the program, however, generally speaking a strong professional record, OCS certification or eligibility to sit for the OCS exam (SCS also considered), years of experience, and PT licensure in good standing are all indications of preparedness for our program.

Start Dates: Priority deadline for applications is June 15, 2017, for the August 28, 2017, start date. Admission decisions are emailed and mailed within two weeks of the application deadline for completed applications. The application opens in October of every year for the following year entry. We start students in March and August each year.  We admit roughly eight to 12 applicants each session.

Length of Program: The curriculum is typically completed in 18-22 months with the range being 11-36 months.

Only by taking the journey will you reach your destination.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/

Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

Regis University's Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy has been accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy since 2006, and currently through 2018.

Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of Regis University’s Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. The total certificate requires 18 semester hours.

DPT 741T Management of Lumbosacral Disorders (3 credits)

Integrates manipulative intervention techniques in the management of individuals with lumbosacral disorders. Classification systems, diagnosis and outcomes assessment tools, within the framework of evidence based practice are included. Note: Intensive laboratory included and a mandatory written examination within the final week of the course. Participation in each weekend intensive requires the provision of a laboratory release.

DPT 742T Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders (3 credits)

Integrates manipulative intervention techniques in the management of individuals with cervical and thoracic disorders. Includes the application of diagnostic imaging as a component of the diagnostic process. Classification systems and outcomes assessment tools, within the framework of evidence-based practice are included. Note: Intensive laboratory included and a mandatory written examination within the final week of the course. Participation in each weekend intensive requires the provision of a laboratory release.

DPT 745T Management of Lower Extremity Disorders (3 credits)

Integrates manual therapy and exercise intervention techniques in the management of individuals with lower extremities disorders. Note: Intensive laboratory included and a mandatory written examination within the final week of the course. Participation in each weekend intensive requires the provision of a laboratory release.

DPT 746T Management of Upper Extremity Disorders (3 credits)

Integrates manual therapy and exercise intervention techniques in the management of individuals with upper extremity disorders. Note: Intensive laboratory included and a mandatory written examination within the final week of the course. Participation in each weekend intensive requires the provision of a laboratory release.

DPT 784T/785T/786T Virtual Rounds (1 credit each)

Advanced clinical practice experience in manual physical therapy focusing on advanced decision making regarding clinical care in orthopedic manual physical therapy in a collaborative virtual environment. Virtual rounds provides a faculty supported environment for the development and completion of research presentations for national presentations.

DPT 790T Clinical Fellowship Practicum (3 credits)

Overall management of the completion of the 150 1-1 mentored hours is integrated into the faculty load and cost of this course. Once demonstrated completion of the 150 1-1 hours and the 310 indirect mentored hours is verified, the Fellow in Training (FiT) will sit for the final practicum examination. The final practicum examination includes a live examination of a minimum of 12 OMPT techniques, an oral case vignette challenge with regional EBP examination, and a pre-test reflective of the overall Fellowship training process. 

On-campus Weekend Intensives

Because of the vital role these weekend intensives play in the overall learning experience of the course, all students enrolled in a course with a weekend intensive will be expected to participate in the entire intensive.  To facilitate planning, the scheduling of the weekend intensives will be made as much in advance as possible.  If an enrolled student is unexpectedly unable to attend the weekend intensive (due to illness or weather-related travel interruptions, for example), the student will receive a pro-rated grade at the completion of the eight week course, and be required to complete the subsequent weekend intensive for the same course at a satisfactory level.  The student will be able to complete the remainder of the online course component.  In addition, all students MUST complete a Lab Release prior to participating in the weekend intensive course.

Printable Course Schedule (including weekend dates)

A significant majority of our fellows in training are full-time clinicians with many of them serving in additional roles such as clinic supervisors, directors, or owners. One advantage of our fellowship program is that it can be completed by the full-time clinician without the need to cut back on hours or relocate. All of our courses utilize a hybrid online learning environment which means that you can work on your coursework anytime of the day, and any day of the week. There are four weekend intensives (Fri afternoon - Sun afternoon) that are associated with each of the four management courses that require attendance on campus at Regis University. One additional trip to campus is required for the final practicum examination. Overall students should expect to make five visits to our campus in Denver, Colorado. The amount of time required per week depends on which courses you are enrolled in at the time. When you are enrolled within a management course the amount of time required is typically four to six hours per week. When you are enrolled in our virtual rounds the time is less (approximately two to three hours per week). However, time varies depending upon your learning style.

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Fall 2017-Summer 2018

Tuition (per semester hour) $550
Other Fees
Background Check (external agency fee) $30
Graduation Application Fee $50

The total estimated cost of tuition for the 18 semester hour program is $9,900. Student pay on a per course basis, not as a lump sum. The current per semester hour price for the Fall 2017-Summer 2018 school year is $550; therefore, the cost of a three-semester hour course is currently $1,650.

Additional estimated costs beyond tuition noted above include: application fee to RF-PTCAS ($135), background check fee ($20), APTA and AAOMPT membership, cost of travel and lodging to Denver for weekend intensives (5 trips), registration and travel to national conference if your research project is selected for presentation (most commonly AAOMPT or CSM), possible travel and accommodations to complete the 150 one:one clinical hour.

While some programs have fees associated with the Fellowship, at this point, Regis students have not been charged for their direct clinical time. We have a strong base of Fellowship mentors to support our students. However, if reimbursement were requested by a Fellow mentor, any reimbursement to the teaching Fellow is between the Fellow in Training and the Fellow mentor, and does not include Regis.

Find out how to earn tuition credit for Fellowship courses with our Clinical Education Scholar Program. 

Fequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions regarding the program, email fellow@regis.edu or call 303.964.6147.

What is a Fellowship?

A dynamic environment for a post-professional planned learning experience in a focused area of clinical practice, education, or research (not infrequently post-professional or for post-residency prepared, or board-certified therapists).

What is orthopaedic manual physical therapy (OMPT)?

Orthopaedic manual physical therapy is a defined area of physical therapy practice emphasizing clinical differential diagnostics and hands on skills in the utilization of manual therapy (joint and soft tissue mobilization and manipulation) procedures while integrating these procedures into total patient management across the lifespan. Manual physical therapy has a rapidly expanding body of peer-reviewed evidence supporting its use across a wide spectrum of patient populations. It is currently the most popular area of fellowship practice in physical therapy.

Who is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)?

"Fellow" status in the AAOMPT is both a membership classification and a professional credential. As a professional credential, a "Fellow" in AAOMPT is an international recognition of competence and expertise in the practice of orthopaedic manual physical therapy by a physical therapist licensed in the USA. To achieve the Fellow credential, a physical therapist must complete a credentialed fellowship program in orthopaedic manual physical therapy or demonstrate the equivalent level of competence by successfully passing a portfolio review process for fellowship renewal. The "Fellow" is a physical therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical, analytical, and hands-on skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal (orthopaedic) disorders. Fellows serve their patients and the public by demonstrating excellence in clinical practice, education, and research.

For more information on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists visit their website at www.aaompt.org.

What is the mission and philosophy of the program?

The Fellowship program at Regis University is dedicated to providing a values-centered education within the Jesuit Catholic tradition. The program is designed to produce graduates who are leaders in the areas of teaching, research and in practice. The Fellowship graduates will be grounded in an evidence-based practice model and experts at integrating evidence into the daily practice of physical therapy.
The Goals of the Fellowship Program include:

  • Provide a cutting edge educational environment that integrates state of the art learning tools with advanced professional clinical practice.
  • Admit and develop physical therapists that value the Jesuit tradition of service to others and are committed to ethical professional practice.
  • Attract and support physical therapy educators who model professional behavior, excel in teaching, contribute to the physical therapy profession, and support the fellowship students in their reflection of "how ought we to live."
  • Develop leaders in education, research, and practice who assume leadership roles in the APTA.

Answering the question what defines the theoretical framework of the Regis University OMPT program requires reflection and a view to the future for each individual who enters the program. The natural bridge to Jesuit philosophies of teaching and learning are self-evident.

At Regis we seek to integrate the best current research with the dynamic experience of being involved with like-minded professionals seeking growth and greater purpose. We build on our heritage as a program that has graduated over 100 leaders providing service to their communities in the field of OMPT practice.

Our OMPT approach is designed to find the very best PT in each participant. Theoretically this is a blending of many schools of thought in OMPT practice. We expanded upon the dynamic approach to advanced OMPT care. More than a patient based test-re-test approach we identify what both the therapist and the patient can each provide to develop the best care for the individual. We seek excellence in hands-on care, excellence in treatment delivery and excellence in ongoing learning in the treatment process. We seek the Magi, to be the very best we can be, we seek Cura Personalis to provide optimal patient care to serve the patient and society.

What is the Regis University approach to manual therapy training?

It is not the intent of the Regis University's Fellowship in OMPT to house a comprehensive approach to Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) practice that is exclusive to other established theories and paradigms of manual therapy interventions. It is our intent to advance the didactic and psycho-motor skill set of each Fellow in Training (FiT) within the field of OMPT, with emphasis to the following key elements:

1. Adherence to the APTA/AAOMPT & IFOMPT educational guidelines
2. Utilization of a clinical approach which embraces all three elements of evidence based practice (EBP), being patient values, the available research literature and the clinical experience of our mentors and our mentees
3. Utilization of a test-re-test approach in patient intra-session assessment such that it is the patients response to a treatment interventions versus a prescribed expectation of response that directs the ongoing treatment plan
4. Patient assessment with an emphasis to reproduction of an asterisk sign or reproducible functional movement, to enable quick identification of progress, regression or no change clinically with applied treatment
5. Integration of thrust, non-thrust, MET, soft tissue base, patient directed and specific exercise based interventions which are both therapist and patient selective based upon the concept that both patient and therapist vantage matter within the body of acceptable practice approaches
6. Recognition that acceptable practice approaches within PT are currently housed within current clinical practice guidelines such as those produced within JOSPT, overall OMPT practice elements as outlined in the AAOMPT DASP-2008, and any OMPT approach utilized is patient centered and measureable with functional outcomes assessment tools utilized
7. Blending of specific axial and appendicular interventions in OMPT patient management with regional interdependence approaches
8. Safety in the delivery of OMPT interventions, noting that a step-wise progression from least to most aggressive is often optimal, but not absolute based upon clinical examination
9. Desiring to learn from the body of OMPT approaches within the available literature, with an eclectic approach to practice allowing for the maximal patient treatment options for the benefit of both patient and practitioner
10. Finally, recognizing that future practice may not mimic current practice, and that contributions to the EBP literature by FiT’s is encouraged and expected.

Are thrust manipulations and dry needling training part of your program?

We teach both high velocity low amplitude (HLVA) thrust manipulation and trigger point dry needling as a part of all of our management courses. These techniques are in addition to joint mobilization, neurodynamic mobilization, muscle energy, and other soft tissues techniques taught within the program. We have always had a large emphasis on HVLA techniques and more recently have updated the curriculum to include dry needing to reflect the most recent developments in this emerging area of manual physical therapy interventions.

Will I be certified in dry needling as a part of your program?

Over the course of the four management courses you will receive 26 hours of training in trigger point dry needling. This may or may not meet the requirements of your individual state for utilizing this intervention as a part of your physical therapy practice. Please consult your state practice act for requirements as these vary significantly. All fellows in training will need to comply with their state practice act prior to utilizing this technique in their clinical practice.

What advantage does your program have as a regionally accredited University?

We are an established University with a 135 plus years of history to draw from as we continually pursue excellence in education. We have an exceptional and respected faculty base to collaborate with across the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions in programs from nursing, pharmacy, counseling and health education services. Our School of Physical Therapy is nationally recognized, and our faculty are both expert clinicians and passionate teachers, with expertise in many areas of PT, including OMPT. We offer a small college feel in regard to individual attention, but access to abundant and robust resources to support our students like our ITS Help Center, library resources, and extensive alumni network to name a few. Additionally, clinicians considering our program that work for other colleges, members of the military, and hospitals that offer tuition assistant benefits have requirements for tuition reimbursement that often mandate credit be from a regionally accredited school. Our campus is located in beautiful Denver, Colorado which means our fellowship students not only get hands-on training at our historic campus, but get to explore a city recognized time and again for its healthy lifestyle and great amenities.

Are courses given a letter grade on an official transcript?

Yes, courses are graded (letter grade) and grades are posted to an official Regis University transcript. This is often important for employers who provide tuition benefits. Additionally, Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. This is another factor that is often important for tuition benefit dollars. The only exception to the letter grade is for the final practicum course, which is not given a letter grade but a pass/fail. In the past we have provided a letter to employers who require a grade stating what grade they earned in the practicum class in order to pass.

Do applicants to the Fellowship have to be doctorally prepared?

No. The Fellowship is a post-professional option for US licensed physical therapists. Students that are not doctorally prepared may need to consult with the program coordinator to determine their readiness for the program, however, generally speaking a strong professional record, OCS certification (or OCS eligible) (SCS also considered), years of experience, and PT licensure in good standing are all indications of preparedness for our program. 

What do you look for when reviewing applications?

Desire to learn is a priority, a keen interest in manual therapy, conference activity especially AAOMPT, CEU's taken, expressed interests and location of potential mentors. We all have different educational backgrounds be it DPT, BSPT, MSPT, and the length of your career is also a consideration, but not an absolute factor as well. Where you wish to be in three years is a priority. Currently, at a minimum, Fellows in Training (FiT) need to be Orthopaedic Certified Specialists (OCS) eligible (or SCS), and therefore have at least one and a half year of full-time clinical experience in the area of orthopaedic physical therapy. Students that are not OCS (or SCS) certified at the time of application are expected to sit for the OCS (or SCS) exam prior to completion of the practicum examination or at a minimum be accepted to sit for the examination. 

What are virtual rounds?

Recent developments in educational technology now allows for more meaningful online collaboration. Fellows in Training interact in “virtual rounds” for patient case discussions with other Fellows in training and Fellowship mentors. There is typically no specific scheduled time to participate, and the online virtual rounds are always open for activity. Students typically start virtual rounds towards the end of their first management course and continue involvement throughout the program.

Virtual rounds are primarily discussion of active (de-identified) patient cases with other Fellows-in-Training and Faculty for the purpose of progressing and developing OMPT patient care skill sets. An example would be posting of a current patient case based upon body region, the subjective and objective findings, key unanswered questions pertinent to the case, supporting literature for interventions chosen, as well as plan of care currently ongoing. Secondary activity is based upon discussion of key issues in regulation and teaching in OMPT practice, presentation and research development, and non-patient OMPT questions.

How much time is required for coursework for students in the program?

A significant majority of our fellows in training are full-time clinicians with many of them serving in additional roles such as clinic supervisors, directors, or owners. One advantage of our fellowship program is that it can be completed by the full-time clinician without the need to cut back on hours or relocate. All of our courses utilize a hybrid online learning environment which means that you can work on your coursework anytime of the day, and any day of the week. There are four weekend intensives (Fri afternoon - Sun afternoon) that are associated with each of the four management courses that require attendance on campus at Regis University. One additional trip to campus is required for the final practicum examination. Overall students should expect to make five visits to our campus in Denver, Colorado. The amount of time required per week depends on which courses you are enrolled in at the time. When you are enrolled within a management course the amount of time required is typically four to six hours per week. When you are enrolled in our virtual rounds the time is less (approximately two to three hours per week). However, time varies depending upon your learning style.

Can I take a vacation while enrolled in a course?

One of the great benefits of the program is the flexibility of the online content. We can accommodate time away when enrolled in a course, but it depends a bit on the length of time. Typically a week or less over the 8 week course can be accommodated, particularly if you can access email once or twice to check-in. Beyond a week away without checking in would require approval from the faculty/director. Participation in the scheduled weekend intensives is required. Keep in mind that our courses rotate on a yearly schedule. Students can opt to spread out their studies over one to three years so they may elect to enroll in a course the following year if personal or professional obligations are an issue for any given eight-week session.

What is the cost of the Fellowship program?

The current per semester hour price for the Fall 2017-Summer 2018 school year is $550; therefore the cost of a three-semester hour course is $1,650. The total estimated cost of tuition for the 18 semester hour program is $9,900. Student pay on a per course basis, not as a lump sum.

Additional estimated costs beyond tuition include the following: RF-PTCAS application free ($135), background check ($20), APTA and AAOMPT membership, cost of travel and lodging to Denver for weekend intensives (5 trips), registration and travel to national conference (must attend one conference - CSM or AAOMPT), possible travel and accommodations to complete the 150 one:one clinical hours.

Am I eligible for student loans during this program?

Yes. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submitting the FASFA allows you to apply for federal, state and institutional loans. It’s best to complete the FAFSA as early as possible before starting class. The FAFSA takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Use 001363 in FASFA Step 6 as the Regis University FAFSA code. Get details on at the Regis University Financial Aid webpage.

Can I defer my loans while in the Fellowship in OMPT program?

Yes. Any Federal Direct Loan may be deferred during your time in the program for the semesters in which you maintain part time study (three semester hours for graduate students). Fellowship students that follow the typical course schedule maintain part time status during the twelve months of didactic study, and for the semester in which they complete the practicum requirements (150 hours of 1:1 mentor time). Students that are on alternative schedules are still eligible to defer loans for the semesters in which they maintain part time status. Repayment of past loans will start if you are inactive for a period of six months. Federal Direct Loans have a sixmonth grace period after the student has either graduated or is less than half-time, as long as these loans haven’t already used up their grace period. Anyone that is deferring loans will need to maintain contact with your Regis University financial aid counselor to discuss variations to schedules.

Do you offer scholarships for OMPT students?

No. However, we do offer an innovated program for PT’s interested in mentoring our entry level DPT students. We highly encourage fellows to consider becoming part of our Clinical Education Scholar Program (CESP). Mentor two or more entry level DPT students per year and earn tuition credit for one post professional course (3 semester hours). Find out more by contacting Shelene Thomas at sthomas@regis.edu or calling 303.964.6639.  Additional details and an application to the CESP program is available here

Do students pay the Fellowship mentors?

While some programs have fees associated with the Fellowship 1:1 mentor time, at this point Regis students have not been charged for their direct clinical time, though this is a decision of the potential mentor and not of Regis University, but supported by our program intent. We have a strong base of Fellowship mentors to support our students. However, if reimbursement were requested by a Fellow mentor, any reimbursement to the teaching Fellow is between the Fellow in Training and the Fellow mentor, and does not include Regis.

Do I receive a degree from the Fellowship Programs?

No. Upon successful completion of the fellowship program, the graduate will receive a Regis University Academic Certificate that will be recorded on an official University transcript. This serves as meeting the requirements of the AAOMPT to apply for Fellowship status.

Can I begin the Fellowship prior to earning the OCS?

The Regis University program requires that all Fellows in Training (FIT) be Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) eligible (or SCS), and therefore have at least one and a half years of full-time clinical experience in the area of orthopaedic physical therapy. Students that are not OCS (or SCS) certified at the time of application are expected to sit for the OCS (or SCS) exam prior to completion of the practicum examination. Due to the lag between application, and receipt of results (up to 12 months); if acceptance to sit for the OCS (or SCS) examination has been completed, an applicant may complete the practicum examination prior to sitting for the examination if approved by course faculty. It is strongly encouraged that Fellows in Training apply for the OCS (or SCS) exam prior to July 31st of the year they expect to complete Fellowship requirements.

Are there additional expectations and requirements for the Fellowship?

The Fellowship uses a variety of methods to assess the clinical competence of each fellow in training. The fellow in training must demonstrate safe and effective patient/client management in a clinical setting with an examiner present. In addition, there are the following requirements:

  • A comprehensive written examination.
  • Four technique/practical examinations.
  • One patient exam with a spinal/axial focus.
  • One patient exam with a peripheral/appendicular focus.
  • Submit a platform or poster presentation to one of the major national PT conferences (often AAOMPT, or APTA CSM)
  • Participation in research activity.

What are the clinical practice hour requirements of the program?

Students in this Fellowship complete a minimum of 440 hours of clinical practice focused on orthopaedic physical therapy during the program. This includes a minimum of 310 hours in virtual rounds, and 150 hours of direct one-on-one clinical practice working with two or more Fellows.

One-on-one clinical practice hours must be under direct clinical supervision of a Fellowship Mentor. Mentors must be in good standing with the AAOMPT, be licensed and located in the USA, and we must establish a clinic agreement with them. Clinical supervision is defined as on-site, one-on-one instructor supervision of the Fellow in training while actively engaged in patient/client management. The Fellow in training must serve as the primary clinician responsible for the patient’s care for a minimum of 130 of the 150 hours. The remaining 20 hours may be devoted to observation or the instructor providing care to the instructor’s patient(s) and/or discussion with the instructor on patient/client management.

Where are the one-on-one supervision clinical sites?

There are a number of clinical sites throughout the country who have agreed to work with Fellows in our program. It is the responsibility of the Fellows in training to arrange state licensure, travel, accommodations, etc., when engaged in practice at these facilities. Fellows in training who wish to arrange one-on-one supervision with new potential Fellowship Mentors are encouraged to work with the program to establish a formal relationship with our program. Regis is able to provide a list to admitted students of the majority of our 100 plus graduates to date, based upon location, to facilitate this process.

What about licensure if I complete one-on-one hours out of state?

For Fellows in Training (FiT’s) attending 1:1 mentor time out of state there is variability in requirements pertaining to PT licensure. Approximately 25 states allow for attendance to another state under a licensure waiver for an educational experience (CO is one as long as a letter is sent to the PT board), the rest require the obtainment of a license, some by reciprocation, some by application. As these rules are subject to change, the individual practice act needs to be reviewed.

Can I have more than one mentor?

Yes. We encourage students to customize their experience to meet their interest and patient population needs. We recommend that one of your mentors be a Regis Fellowship in OMPT graduate to solidify the techniques and training of the Regis OMPT program, but any Fellow in good standing with AAOMPT is eligible to be a mentor pending a site contract, a relatively easy process but dependent on the size and requirements of the mentors place of employment.

Can a part-time clinician complete the program?

Yes. As long as the clinician has access to OMPT patients during the mentoring time they are eligible to be consider for the program.

How much travel is involved in completing the program?

The Fellows in training spend five weekends at our beautiful campus located in Denver, Colorado. One weekend for each of the four management courses is required and one additional weekend is necessary for the final practical examinations. Additional travel includes attendance at one national conference (AAOMPT Annual Meeting or CSM are most common) if your research project is selected for presentation, and possible travel related to the 150 hours of one-on-one clinical practice under the direct supervision of a Fellow.

Can I register for APTA and AAOMPT membership after I find out if I'm accepted?

Yes. We require that students be both APTA and AAOMPT members at the start of the program, and throughout their time in the program. A student rate may be available for membership at both organizations. Be sure to check prior to registration, or at your renewal period.

Is the OMPT Fellowship program accredited with APTA?

Yes. Regis University’s Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy has been accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy since 2006, and currently through 2018.

It is the preferred approach of the Regis University Fellowship Program to be actively involved in the Accreditation process for Residency and Fellowship programs that is under the authority of the APTA and the Direction of ABPTRFE. To this end, core Faculty, led by the Program Director, contribute in an ongoing fashion as consultants to the Accreditation process, lead within the Program Directors SiG and serve in leadership positions within the APTA to ensure that Regis OMPT Fellowship meets the ongoing requirements for accreditation and also helps shape the ongoing growth and development of Residency and Fellowship education. We consider ourselves well placed to be a long term accredited and leading program in post-professional education.

What are the core courses in the Fellowship?

The core courses total 18 semester hours:

  • DPT 741T Management of Lumbosacral Disorders (3 SH)
  • DPT 742T Management of Cervical/Thoracic Disorders (3 SH)
  • DPT 745T Management of Lower Extremity Disorders (3 SH)
  • DPT 746T Management of Upper Extremity Disorders (3 SH)
  • DPT 784T Virtual Rounds I (1 SH)
  • DPT 785T Virtual Rounds II (1 SH)
  • DPT 786T Virtual Rounds III (1 SH)
  • DPT 790T Clinical Fellowship Practicum (3 SH)

How to Apply

If you have questions regarding the program, or want additional information, email fellow@regis.edu or call 303.964.6147.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2017 
Start Date: August 28, 2017

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018 
Start Date: March 12, 2018

Application Deadline: June 15, 2018 
Start Date: August 27, 2018

Application Opens on October 1 for the following years application cycle. We start students in March (January 15 application deadline) and August (June 15 application deadline) each year.

ELIGIBILITY

Admission to the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy program is granted on a competitive basis with selections made biannually. The following requirements apply:
  • Evidence of current and valid physical therapist license to practice in the United States.
  • Evidence of current APTA membership is required for admitted students (can be completed within thirty (30) days after acceptance).
  • Evidence of current AAOMPT membership is required for admitted students (can be completed within thirty (30) days after acceptance.
  • Two years experience in primary orthopedic physical therapist practice.
  • Currently engaged in orthopedic clinical practice (thus board eligible for APTA Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Certification) (SCS certification also considered).*
  • Evidence of commitment to advanced musculoskeletal practice, clinical research, and mentoring of physical therapy students.
  • Eligibility for the Fellowship program is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet one of the following language proficiency requirements:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.
    • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.

    Due to the clinical portion of the program and healthcare agency requirements, ability to begin the program for admitted students is dependent upon successful completion of all new student requirements. Additional documentation may be required for the clinical practicum course (e.g. CPR, PPD results, immunization records, drug screens, etc.). Student must also complete an academic integrity quiz. Details for completion all of these items will be made available to admitted students.

    **The program requires that all Fellows in Training (FIT) be Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) eligible (or SCS), and therefore have at least two years of full-time clinical experience in the area of orthopedic physical therapy. Students that are not OCS (or SCS) certified at the time of application are expected to sit for the OCS (or SCS) exam prior to completion of the practicum examination. Due to the lag between application, and receipt of results (up to 12 months); if acceptance to sit for the OCS (or SCS) examination has been completed, an applicant may complete the practicum examination prior to sitting for the examination if approved by course faculty. It is strongly encouraged that Fellows in Training apply for the OCS (or SCS) exam prior to July 31st of the year they expect to complete Fellowship requirements.

APPLICATION PROCESS (RF-PTCAS)

Applicants must submit all required admission information as instructed per the RF-PTCAS (Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service) application. This, in part, includes the following:

  1. Complete RF-PTCAS web-based application
  2. Correct RF-PTCAS application fee
  3. Official transcripts from every U.S. physical therapy college or university attended sent directly to RF-PTCAS. Official transcripts should not to be sent directly to Regis University. Transcripts are not required for non-PT degrees for Regis University's Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Physical Therapy program. RF-PTCAS does not accept student-issued transcripts or faxed copies.
  4. Three electronic letters of recommendation (eLOR's) sent directly to RF-PTCAS on standard form provided in the application. Two references at a minimum must be professional references. One reference may be a personal reference.
  5. Address the three essay questions that are part of the RF-PTCAS application. Regis University does not require additional essays beyond those specified in the RF-PTCAS application.
  6. Failure to submit all required materials as instructed may jeopardize eligibility for admission consideration.
  7. RF-PTCAS
    P.O. Box 9128
    Watertown, MA 02471
    617-612-2875

    rfptcasinfo@rfptcas.org
    www.rfptcas.org/rfptcas/
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RANKING

Admission to Regis University’s Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy program is granted on a competitive basis.

CANDIDATE CONSIDERATION IN ADMISSION REVIEW

We consider a number of factors when evaluating applications. Desire to learn is a priority, as is keen interest and evidence of commitment to advanced musculoskeletal practice, conference activity, especially AAOMPT, clinical research, mentoring of physical therapy students, CEU's taken, expressed interests in OMPT, and location of potential mentors are considered. The length of your career is also a consideration, but not an absolute factor. Where you wish to be in three years is a priority. The Fellowship is a post-professional option for US licensed physical therapists. Students must complete the 1:1 mentor hours under a US licensed physical therapist practicing in the USA, and in good standing with AAOMPT. Students that are not doctorally prepared may need to consult with the program coordinator to determine their readiness for the program, however, generally speaking a strong professional record, OCS certification (or OCS eligible) (SCS also considered), years of experience, and PT licensure in good standing are all indications of preparedness for our program. 

Link directly to the application if you're ready to apply today. Applicants must submit all required admission information as instructed on the RF-PTCAS (Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service) application.

Find out how to earn tuition credit for Fellowship courses with our Clinical Education Scholar Program. 

Review the system requirements for online learning. Keep in mind most students are new to online learning. If you have the drive, we have the support needed to help you be successful with online coursework.

If you have questions regarding the program, or want additional information, email fellow@regis.edu or call 303.964.6147. Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.


Influential Faculty

Cameron MacDonald, PT, DPT

Cameron MacDonald, PT, DPT
Orthopedic & Geriatric Board Certified Specialist
Fellow – American Academy Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
Director, Regis University Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship

Cameron MacDonald was the inaugural graduate of the Regis Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in 2006. Since that time he has served in multiple roles within the program and is now the Director of the program. He is duly certified as an orthopedic and geriatric board specialist by the ABPTS, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr MacDonald has received multiple national research awards, and also state and local service awards in the PT profession. He speaks frequently on a national and international level on topics including manual therapy, orthopedic conservative management, post-professional education and also serves as a Chief Delegate in the APTA House of Delegates. As a clinician, he practices in a primary outpatient orthopedic setting and serves in multiple capacities for the APTA in guidelines panels, professional development and in legislative roles. His recent activities have included the initial development of the AAOMPT program directors council and workshop education at the IFOMPT conference in Quebec City, Canada in 2012.

Stephanie Albin, PT, DPT

Stephanie Albin, PT, DPT
Orthopedic Board Certified Specialist
Fellow – American Academy Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Stephanie Albin earned a Master of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Utah in 2003 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree 2005. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Utah. She received her board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic clinical Specialist in 2009 and completed her fellowship in manual therapy through Regis University in 2009. Dr. Albin is currently an Assistant Professor in the school of physical therapy at Regis University. Her primary research interest is the foot and ankle, and she has received $500,000 in grant funding through the Department of Defense. She has served in the Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group from 2010 to 2014.

Joshua A. Cleland, PT, DPT, Ph.D.

Joshua A. Cleland, PT, DPT, Ph.D.
Orthopedic Board Certified Specialist
Fellow – American Academy Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Joshua Cleland earned a Master of Physical Therapy Degree from Notre Dame College in 2000 and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Creighton University in 2001. In February of 2006, he received a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University. He received board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2002 and completed a fellowship in manual therapy through Regis University in Denver, CO in 2005. Dr. Cleland is presently a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Franklin Pierce University. He practices clinically in outpatient orthopedics at Rehabilitation Services of Concord Hospital, Concord, NH. He is actively involved in numerous clinical research studies investigating the effectiveness of manual physical therapy and exercise in the management of spine and extremities disorders. He has published over 150 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals including Spine, Physical Therapy, the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and Manual Therapy. He is on the Editorial Board for Physical Therapy and is an Editorial Review Board Member for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He currently serves on the Nominating Committee of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. He is the recipient of the 2009 Eugene Michels New Investigator Award. He received the 2008 Jack Walker Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally, Dr. Cleland was awarded the Excellence in Research Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists on 2 separate occasions (2004 and 2006).

Chris Edmundson, PT, DPT

Chris Edmundson, PT, DPT
Orthopedic Board Certified Specialist
Fellow – American Academy Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Chris Edmundson earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2003. He later went on to complete a manual therapy residency at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at Simmons College in Boston. Dr. Edmundson completed the Regis University Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Fellowship in 2015. He is Board Certified in Orthopaedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He currently serves on the Government Affairs Committee of the Colorado Chapter of the APTA and as a Director of the Colorado PT-PAC. In the past, he has served as a test question writer for the National Physical Therapy Exam. Dr. Edmundson is an Affiliate Faculty member at Regis University and the owner of Integral Physical Therapy in Firestone, CO.

Mary Beth Geiser PT, DPT

Mary Beth Geiser, PT, DPT
Orthopedic Board Certified Specialist
Fellow – American Academy Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Mary Beth Geiser has been a practicing clinician for over 25 years, specializing in orthopedics, sports medicine, spine rehabilitation and chronic pain. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1990 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2008. She received board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinicial Specialist in 1999 and again in 2009. She completed a Fellowship in Manual Therapy through Regis University in 2013. In addition to working 30 hours/week in direct patient care, Dr. Mary Beth Geiser holds active Adjunct Faculty positions at 3 different universities (Marquette University, Concordia University Wisconsin, Concordia University- St. Paul Minnesota) and an Affiliate Faculty position at Regis University. Dr. Geiser has instructed graduate level classes in Spinal Manipulation, Advanced Orthopedics, Upper and Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Therapeutic Modalities, Radiology, and Pain Management. She is the recipient of several honors and awards including the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association’s State Clinical Excellence Award (2016), induction into Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society (2013), Aurora Metro Region PM&R Professional Development Recognition Scholarship (2012), WPTA’s Service Award (2005), WPTA Certificate of Appreciation (2003) and WPTA’s SE District Mary Pat Murray Award for Clinical Excellence (1995). Dr. Mary Beth Geiser is president and co-owner of SCORE Advantage LLC a physical therapy provider and consulting company which offers medical screenings, consulting services, orthopedic rehabilitation and educational opportunities. In the past she served as WPTA’s Reimbursement Chair (volunteer position) for 6 years.

Thomas G. McPoil, PT, Ph.D.

Thomas G. McPoil, PT, Ph.D.
Fellow (FAPTA) of the American Physical Therapy Association

Thomas G. McPoil earned his Certificate in Physical Therapy from Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. Dr. McPoil became a certified athletic trainer (ATC) in 1979 and remained certified for 30 years until retiring his credential in 2012 (AT Ret). Prior to coming to Regis University in 2010, Dr. McPoil was a member of the physical therapy faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1983 to 1988) and Northern Arizona University (1988 to 2010). Dr. McPoil has been the recipient of several professional associations and institutional teaching awards including the Dorothy E. Baethke & Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching (1998), the James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopedic Physical Therapy Award (1997), and this year was named one of the top 100 Irish Educators by the Irish Republic. Dr. McPoil’ s research focus for the past 25 years has been to understand the morphology and function of the human foot and relate this knowledge to clinical practice. This research agenda has led to the publication of over 100 refereed manuscripts, over 100 international and national research platform and poster presentations, as well as several book chapters. As result of his teaching and scholarly activity, Dr. McPoil was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in 2005 and spent five months at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia conducting research as well as teaching. In 2007, Dr. McPoil was elected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow (FAPTA) of the American Physical Therapy Association. The FAPTA designation is the highest honor among APTA's membership categories. In service to the physical therapy profession, Dr. McPoil has held several positions at both the state and national level, including being the founding member and ex-president of the Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group and is currently serving as a Director at Large on the Board of the Directors of the Orthopedic Section, APTA.

Paul Mintken, PT, DPT

Paul Mintken, PT, DPT
Orthopedic Board Certified Specialist
Fellow – American Academy Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Paul Mintken is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Affiliate Faculty with Regis University’s School of Physical Therapy. He completed his fellowship training in orthopedic manual therapy at Regis University. He is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He maintains an active research agenda investigating conservative care for musculoskeletal disorders, as well as spinal and extremity manipulation. His awards include the Robert L. Stearns Award for Extraordinary Service from the University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association, the Rose Excellence in Research Award (twice), the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) Excellence in Research Award, the Chattanooga Research Award from the Physical Therapy Journal, the Feitelberg Journal Founders' Award from the Journal of Physical Therapy Education, and Outstanding Research Platform and Poster Presentations at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists Annual Conference. He has received research grants from the APTA and AAOMPT. He has multiple publications in 10 different peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored three eBooks and seven book chapters.

Scott Rezac, PT, DPT

Scott Rezac, PT, DPT
Orthopedic Board Certified Specialist
Fellow – American Academy Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Scott Rezac began his physical therapy career following graduation from the University of Southern California in 2001. He worked primarily in outpatient orthopedics in several clinics before taking a position managing a clinic for a large rehabilitation company. Shortly afterward, Scott stepped into the education realm as the clinical director of Pima Medical Institute’s PTA program in Denver, and he eventually become the program director. He continued to maintain clinical practice during that time and received his OCS in 2006. 

Scott is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, Titlist Golf Fitness Instructor Medical, and in 2013 was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. In 2007, Scott, along with his wife, opened Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy, and they operate the clinic to the present day. Additionally, they have both taught continuing education courses both locally and nationally. 

Scott is currently affiliate faculty in Regis University's Fellowship in OMPT Program. He has served the Colorado APTA as the former SE District Chair, current SE District Delegate, and the State Treasurer. He has been the recipient of the Bob Doctor Service Award and PTA Clinical Instructor of the year.


Distinguished Alumni

Stephanie Albin Jonathan Andersen Gary Austin
Jennifer Bebo Nicklaus Biederwolf Gerard Brennan
Matthew Buck Scott Burns Joe Carpenter
Kevin Chui Joshua Cleland Patrick Cook
Kimberly Cowen Terry Cox Patricia Crane
Brad Dalton Bryan Dennison Christopher Edmundson
William Egan Carlos Estevez Christopher Frentz
Michael Gans Arun Garg Chad Garvey
Eric Gattie Terry Gebhardt Mary Geiser
Kathleen Geist Robert Gieringer Paul Glynn
John Groves Dyanna Haley-Rezac Paul Howard
Richard Hubler Chun-Kwon Jung Michael Karl
Matthew King Amy Kirkland William Koch
William Kolb Alex Koszalinski Christopher Kramer
Michael Leal Weston Lindsay Christian Little
John Long Kevin Lulofs-Macpherson Cameron MacDonald
Shallyn MacDonald Kaarthick Mani Michael Masaracchio
Jon Mauszycki Shane McClinton Henry McCracking
Dustin McGann Paul Mintken Steven Moffit
Darren Neeley Heidi Ojha Russell Overy
Jeevan Pandya Shannon Petersen Daniel Pinto
Charles Rainey Mark Randell Scott Rezac
David Robbins Jodie Rock Jason Rodeghero
Phillip Schaible Brian Schmitz Dominic Severino
Rob Sillevis Rachel Snyder Donald Strack
Robert Swayze Sumesh Thomas Jason Thyne
Derek Vraa Matthew Vraa Philip Weisbach
Jon Wilson Jodi Young Richard Zaruba

Clinicians Pursuing Excellence

Fellows in Training Spring 2017 Cohort

LovieJay E. Arguelles PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2017) - Dr. Arguelles earned his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Emilio Aguinaldo College- Manila Philippines in 1998. He started his professional career in PT as a part time teaching faculty and clinical supervisor at Emilio Aguinaldo College of Physical Therapy. He became part of the school’s community based rehabilitation program which provided free physical therapy services for people with disabilities. He has practiced physical therapy in California since 2004 in multiple clinical settings such as skilled nursing facilities, acute hospital setting, home health services, neurologic rehabilitation and orthopedic outpatient clinic.

Dr. Arguelles earned his doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California in 2016. He became board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in May 2015. He is a member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). He is also a member of the orthopedic section of APTA and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Dr. Arguelles is currently practicing outpatient PT at Kaiser Permanente in Ontario California where he's been for the past 10 years, with emphasis on sports and orthopedic cases. He is also an APTA credentialed instructor responsible for clinical training for DPT students.

LJay lives in Riverside, California. He enjoys being a dad taking care of his three wonderful kids. He also loves playing basketball, volleyball and mountain biking in his spare time.

Mark Bertch, PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2017) - Mark Bertch is a physical therapist currently practicing in Omaha, Nebraska. He attained a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton University, and is also a graduate of the University of Nebraska earning a degree in nutrition science. Mark is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, American Physical Therapy Association (Nebraska Chapter), and National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

Mark has practiced in inpatient, private practice, and outpatient settings for approximately 15 years. He has also explored clinical research. Mark’s research interest involves overhead throwing athletes, and injury prevention. He recently completed a study as primary investigator in this area, and presented findings at CSM 2016. He is also interested in the utilization of manual therapy as an intervention to treat sports-related injuries.

Mark’s pride is his family. He finds great joy in hanging out with his beloved wife. Both enjoy simple things such as gardening, going for walks, doing household projects, and taking their corvette for a drive. Mark treasures being an active part of his son’s life and watching him grow into a young man. He served honorably in the United States Navy, and is a Gulf War Veteran with service during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

Michelle Bruneau, PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2017) - Michelle is a physical therapist in the Department of Rehabilitation at UConn Health where she treats a combination of spine and extremities/sports-related conditions. She first became interested in physical therapy after incurring a shoulder injury while playing college basketball and going through the rehabilitation process herself. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 2014. After graduating from Columbia, Michelle completed an Orthopedic Residency at University of Virginia-HealthSouth Sports Medicine Clinic, where she gained advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and sports-related injuries with an emphasis on manual therapy. Both of her residency mentors are Fellows and inspired her to pursue a Manual Therapy Fellowship following residency. She obtained her OCS in summer 2016. Michelle is a member of the APTA, Orthopedic and Sports section member, AAOMPT, and CT Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy SIG. She has completed numerous continuing education courses in orthopedic and sports-related injuries, manual therapy and clinical reasoning. Michelle is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with a diverse patient population.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys running and hiking with her dog Ollie, traveling, cooking, reading, playing tennis, and following sports including UConn basketball, European soccer, and the New England Patriots.

J.D. Garbrecht PT, DPT, OCS, SCS (Spring 2017) - J.D. Garbrecht entered military service as an enlisted Marine in 1984 and has served on active duty or in the reserves for the last 32 years. Currently he serves in the U.S. Navy and is the Department Head for Physical and Occupational Therapy for Camp Pendleton, California and has a staff of 55 people over a system of nine clinics. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin in 1997. He subsequently completed an MBA from Boston University, a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions as well as a Master’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science from Concordia University-Chicago. He is a board certified specialist in both Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He is also a distinguished graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (Sports, Orthopedics, and Hand), American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

His clinical interests are in manual therapy, sports performance, and integrative medical techniques within the scope of Physical Therapy. His wife is retired from the Navy and they have four children as well as two grandchildren. He currently resides in sunny Southern California and enjoys hiking, weight training, as well as sampling the craft beers and wines of the local area when he has free time. He looks forward to moving to the next phase of his life and career as a teacher within the field of Physical Therapy.

Zachary Goodwiler PT, DPT, CSCS (Spring 2017) - After growing up in Cedarburg, WI, Dr. Goodwiler attended and graduated from Concordia University - Mequon WI DPT program in 2015. While in school he had the opportunity to learn manual therapy techniques through an elective course specializing in cervical, thoracic, and lumbo-pelvic thrust techniques taught by a fellowship credentialed instructor. While in school he continued learning manual therapy techniques during his orthopedic clinical rotation under a clinician that was a fellow in manual therapy. Both experiences in school pushed Dr. Goodwiler to pursue excellence in orthopedics by pursuing and ultimately graduating from an orthopedic residency in Grants Pass, OR where his wife, he and his four dogs currently live. After residency Dr. Goodwiler took on the position of Residency Coordinator at Riverside Physical Therapy, which allowed him to mentor PT Residents, PT students, teach continuing education to PT, OT and PTA's as well as facilitate and lead evidence based learning for PT and PTA's during monthly journal clubs. He currently works for Asante Outpatient Rehab in Grants Pass, OR, which is a hospital based outpatient orthopedic facility. He is currently a member of APTA and AAOMPT and hopes to begin doing research within his current job.

Outside of the clinic Dr. Goodwiler’s interests are road/mountain biking, running, hiking, weight training, and spending time with his wife and four dogs.

John Hagan PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2017) - John attended Drexel University where he obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013. While pursuing this degree, John had the opportunity to intern at Champion Sports Medicine with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. After graduation, he was accepted into an Orthopaedic Residency program through Drexel University that focused on treating Division 1 athletes, student body, and faculty members.

Currently, John is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). He is also a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS) and an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. John is looking forward to extending his clinical and manual therapy skills during the completion of the Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship at Regis University.

John strives to stay up to date with current research in order to best serve his patients. He has recently presented a case study at a national conference on the implementation of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to resolve a patient’s low back pain. He is also certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), which screens for underlying mobility and motor control dysfunction above and below the site of injury.

In John’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, especially exploring new hiking trails. His hobbies also include road and trail biking and running. He enjoys learning about healthy ways of living through reading books and watching documentaries. John can often be found trying a new local craft beer with friends or a new restaurant with his family around Philly.

Katherine Kulp, PT, DPT, CFMT, CSCS (Spring 2017) - Dr. Kulp received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Colorado in 2011. As a student, Katherine had the opportunity to work on an RCT spearheaded by Dr. Josh Cleland, investigating manual therapy in ankle sprain. As a therapist at Children's Hospital Colorado, she worked in tandem with rehabilitation physiatrists to initiate and implement a multi-disciplinary clinic for complex concussion management in children, emphasizing OMPT. Katherine has pursued a broad spectrum of continuing education, and achieved the designation of Certified Functional Manual Therapist in 2014. She was then selected to work with a U.S. based manual therapy organization to provide clinical instruction and guidance to a group of 20 physical therapists in New Delhi, India.

Although a Denver native, Katherine currently works in Anchorage, Alaska, in outpatient orthopedics. She sees a diverse patient population, and particularly enjoys working with patients with lumbopelvic and cervicogenic dysfunction. She is currently working on program development and community outreach in dance medicine, concussion management and women’s health. Katherine is pursuing fellowship to continue to hone her clinical reasoning and expand her skill set. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Trained as a ballet dancer, she has an abiding love of movement that continues to fuel her interest in rehabilitation. She enjoys traveling, biking, reading and cooking in her free time, and has finally learned to cross country ski after wintering in Alaska.

Michael Loumeau, DPT, CSCS (Spring 2017) - Michael is a physical therapist, originally from New York, who is currently living and working in Walnut Creek, CA with his wife and two children. He works at a sports medicine clinic with an emphasis on Pilates based rehabilitation. He has a special interest in analyzing movement impairments and incorporating manual therapy and Pilates in his treatment approach in order to improve patients’ movement and function.

He attained his Pilates rehabilitation certification with Polestar, manual therapy certification with University of Saint Augustine, and completed a manual therapy residency with Kaiser Permanente.

He received his M.S. in physical therapy from Boston University, a doctorate in physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed a fellowship in Movement System Impairments from Washington University. He has worked with varied patient populations and developed pulmonary rehab and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome rehab programs at a previous clinic he managed in Virginia.

He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, jogging, exercising, visiting the vineyards, traveling, and playing with his children.

Jesse C. Resari, DPT, OCS, CSCS (Spring 2017) - Jesse Resari has been a physical therapist for 23 years with a primary focus in orthopedics and geriatrics. He is a part time physical therapist at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in Southern California. Previously, he served as the Clinical Specialist II for the hospital’s Center for Acute Back Care, providing evidence-based primary care to patients with acute back pain.

Dr. Resari began his physical therapy career in the Philippines after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1994. He moved to the United States in 1997 and worked as a traveling therapist in the Midwest, New York City and New Jersey. In 2004, he completed a Master’s degree in Advanced Orthopedics at Touro College School of Health Sciences. He then attended MGH Institute of Health Profession and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008. He is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Dr. Resari is actively engaged in his post-professional development. He regularly attends continuing education courses with a particular interest in spinal manipulative therapy, pain science and clinical reasoning. In 2012, he completed a yearlong fellowship in movement science at Washington University in St Louis. The didactic training and mentoring he received from the expert faculty of Washington University provided him an indispensable knowledge in the evaluation and management of movement impairment syndromes. In 2014, he presented a poster at the Combined Section Meeting in San Diego titled “Motor Control Training for a Cross Country and Track Runner with Scapular Pain: A Case Report.” His next goal is to take the COMT credential examination with Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars this year.

He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic Section, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and California Physical Therapy Association.

Outside of his professional endeavors, he enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife and three kids. He tries his best to play basketball and ride his road bike on a regular basis but always finds an excuse to do something else. He is looking forward to finishing the Game of Thrones series eventually.

Ty Schmidt, PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2017) - Ty graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Nutrition Science in 2010. He received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2013. Following graduation, he returned to his hometown area in the Nebraska panhandle to serve the rural population at Sidney Regional Medical Center, a critical access hospital. He has developed a passion for rural healthcare and bringing high quality physical therapy to the rural population while working with a variety of patients throughout the lifespan.

Ty’s interest in strength training and movement led him to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) during graduate school. He became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2016. The demands of the rural population led Ty to become wound care certified (WCC). He is certified in dry needling through Kinetacore. He is currently a member of the Orthopedic section of the APTA and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).

Ty lives in Sidney, NE with his wife and son. They enjoy the outdoors including camping, hiking, and mountain biking.

Fellows in Training Fall 2016 Cohort

Brian Arvizo, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2016) - Dr. Arvizo received his B.A. in Biology from Newman University in Wichita KS in May of 2010 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in May 2013. After graduating from Regis University he was accepted into an orthopaedic physical therapy residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Meriter (UWHC-Meriter) in Madison, WI. There he worked in multiple outpatient settings including a spine clinic and a TMJ clinic. While at UWHC-Meriter he became direct access certified which enabled him to not only see patients without a provider referral, but also allowed him to order imaging when deemed necessary. He completed his residency at UWHC-Meriter in May of 2014.

After completing his residency in Madison, WI, Dr. Arvizo took a staff position at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, NM in June of 2014. During his time there, he has participated in a low back pain program designed to expedite physical therapy services while reducing unnecessary imaging. He has developed and implemented a new graduate mentoring program for PT’s and PTA’s, and updated surgical protocols company wide. He also co-instructs, with psychologists, a group class devoted to quality of life for persistent pain patients.

Dr. Arvizo became board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy in May of 2015. He also presented a poster at the AAOMPT annual meeting in November 2015 titled "Manual Therapy and Exercise for a patient Suspected of having Osteolysis of the Distal Clavicle." 

Dr. Arvizo is very active in New Mexico State chapter of APTA. In 2014 he joined the NMAPTA legislative committee and was able to help the committee secure direct access in the state of New Mexico. In 2015 he became a New Mexico Delegate and in 2016 was asked to be a part of the Educational Committee for NMAPTA. His most recent project includes being appointed to the #ChoosePT task force, which is designed to publicize APTA’s efforts at raising awareness of the harmful effects of prescription opioids, while encouraging the public to choose a safer alternative, PT. He hosted New Mexico’s 1st ever PT Pub Night, and continues to co-host these events.

Dr. Arvizo’s strong desire to pursue clinical excellence in order to aide patient’s recovery is what motivates him to pursue his clinical fellowship at Regis.

In his spare time, you can find him enjoying the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife and daughter. He enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, and hiking.

Matt Broussard, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT (Fall 2016) - Matt, a native of Abbeville, LA, graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2010 with his DPT. Following graduation, he moved to Nashville, where he has worked in various roles for Results Physiotherapy, including his current position as a District Clinical Quality Leader. In 2015, Matt moved to the Mobile, AL area to open and operate a new region for the company.

Matt became board certified in Orthopaedics in 2012. In that same year, he completed his COMT through Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. In 2015, he completed requirements for COMT through the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatment (IAMT). He is also certified through IAMT in dry needling and has a level I CEAS (certified ergonomic assessment specialist) through the Back School of Atlanta.

Matt’s current practice includes working and mentoring in a general orthopaedic clinic, focusing mainly on spine and chronic pain. He also serves as an Instructor for IAMT in various continuing education courses. Matt is passionate about manual therapy and its role in the integrative model of therapeutic alliance. Matt also has a strong interest in modern neuroscience and pain mechanisms.

Matt has been married to his wife, Kristen (also a PT) for 5 years. They live in Daphne, AL and enjoy fishing, golf, and chasing their 2-year-old son, Will.

Tommy Busemeyer, PT, DPT (Fall 2016) - Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Busemeyer always had a passion for health, wellness, and sports biomechanics. Late in his undergraduate education, following a baseball-related injury, he decided to pursue physical therapy as a career. He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2006. From there, he attended Marion Technical College where he received a degree in Physical Therapist Assisting (PTA) in 2008. This allowed him to gain invaluable hands-on clinical experience as a PTA before returning to graduate school. In 2010, he returned to the University of Findlay (PTA to DPT Bridge Program) where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2013.

Dr. Busemeyer has clinical experience in a wide variety of settings including outpatient, acute, and subacute rehab; however, his passion lies in the outpatient/orthopaedic setting. He currently works for a hospital based outpatient clinic where he is a clinic supervisor and treats patients of all ages and conditions (spine, extremities, orthopaedic, and sports rehabilitation). He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), a Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CCI) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and is also a member of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA). Dr. Busemeyer has particular interests in manual therapy, manipulation, sports rehabilitation, and functional movement patterns. He prides himself on keeping current with evidence in orthopaedics and manual therapy and continually strives to provide high quality/ evidence based care to each patient.

Dr. Busemeyer lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Alysse, newborn daughter, Everly, and two dogs, Max and Wesley. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his newly expanded family, traveling, and other outdoor pursuits.

Brandon Ellison PT, DPT, OCS, COMT (Fall 2016) - Brandon received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2010. He has practiced in an outpatient, orthopaedic, manual therapy setting throughout his career. He started out as a staff PT in Brentwood, TN and developed into teaching a manual therapy curriculum for new PTs coming onboard to his company's team. His clinical practice has had an emphasis on direct access, chronic pain, and endurance athletes. He started teaching continuing education in 2013 with the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments, emphasizing skills related clinical reasoning and manual therapy.

Brandon received his COMT in 2012 from Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars, his OCS in 2013, and a running coach certification from the Road Runners Club of America in 2012. He is a member of the APTA and AAOMPT. He is also a member of the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA.

Brandon currently practices in Nashville, TN where he sees patients as well as teaches and mentors PTs. He enjoys running and new physical challenges. His favorite part of the week is getting out for a long run with his wife and new son.

John Hagan PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2016) - John attended Drexel University where he obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013. While pursuing this degree, John had the opportunity to intern at Champion Sports Medicine with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. After graduation, he was accepted into an Orthopaedic Residency program through Drexel University that focused on treating Division 1 athletes, student body, and faculty members.

Currently, John is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). He is also a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS) and an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. John is looking forward to extending his clinical and manual therapy skills during the completion of the Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship at Regis University.

John strives to stay up to date with current research in order to best serve his patients. He has recently presented a case study at a national conference on the implementation of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to resolve a patient’s low back pain. He is also certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), which screens for underlying mobility and motor control dysfunction above and below the site of injury.

In John’s free time, he enjoys spending free time with his wife and daughter, especially exploring new hiking trails. Hobbies also include road and trail biking and running. He also enjoys learning about healthy ways of living through reading books and watching documentaries. John can often be found trying a new local craft beer with friends or a new restaurant with his family around Philly.

Lauren Hogan, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (Fall 2016) - As an injury-prone competitive gymnast, Lauren had her first bout of physical therapy at age 12 and has been fascinated by the field ever since.

Lauren has spent her career working in orthopaedics and sports medicine and has a special interest in the treatment of post-concussive syndrome, gymnasts, and runners. She currently treats patients at Spinal Dynamics & Body Dynamics of Wisconsin. She also enjoys working with students as a lab instructor at Marquette University. She has given several continuing education lectures on the treatment of post-concussive syndrome in athletes.

A native of the Green Bay, Wisconsin area, Lauren now lives with her husband Joe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When she is not treating patients, she enjoys trail running, reading, cooking and traveling.

Sara Hourihan, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2016) - Dr. Hourihan first became interested in physical therapy through her career as a competitive soccer player. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and competed on the Women’s soccer team. From there she went to the MGH Institute of Health Professions and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012. After completing her doctorate, she began working at Massachusetts General Hospital in their outpatient physical therapy department and has been working there ever since.

Dr. Hourihan is a board-certified clinical specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, along with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. She treats patient with orthopaedic injuries and has experience in vestibular therapy including completing the APTA’s Advanced Practice in Vestibular Therapy course. She has a particular interest in the treatment and diagnosis of cervicogenic dizziness.

She has a passion for helping patients lead active, healthy lives. She is also passionate about teaching future generations of physical therapist and feels fortunate to be able to channel that passion through her certification as an APTA clinical instructor and work as a lab instructor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in her free time enjoys biking, hiking, running and playing soccer recreationally along with spending time with friends and family.

Aaron Knighton, PT, DPT (Fall 2016) - Aaron has been practicing physical therapy for four years. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Business Management from Hope College in 2008, followed by his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN in 2012. Aaron started his Physical Therapy career in Denver, CO at Craig Hospital, where his clinical focus was on the neurologic recovery of spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Through his experience he observed the impact manual therapy can have on functional gains with individuals recovering from neurologic injury leading him to pursue Fellowship training.

Aaron continues to work with individuals recovering from neurologic injuries at Craig; however, he is also pursuing a separate passion with sports performance and recovery. He enjoys partnering his skills of neurologic recovery and manual therapy with athletes by assisting them to move efficiently, enhance performance and facilitate recovery.

Aaron lives in Denver, CO and enjoys spending as much time in the mountains as possible. In his spare time he enjoys playing volleyball, cycling, kayaking, snowboarding or backpacking. Aaron is also passionate about serving with international medical missions programs; both providing physical treatment to individuals as well as teaching local therapists evidence based practice to enhance their impacts locally.

Kimberly A. McCole PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2016) - After having two ACL reconstructions as a teenager and spending countless hours in physical therapy herself, Kim quickly decided being a physical therapist was what she wanted to do with her life. Kim attended Gannon University in beautiful Erie, Pennsylvania, for their 3+3 DPT program, and graduated in 2010. She has been practicing in outpatient, orthopedics since then. Currently, she is treating in Baltimore, Maryland. She enjoys treating all orthopaedic conditions, but she finds rehabbing patients post operatively including total knee replacements to be very rewarding.

Kim is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and part of the Education, Orthopaedic, and Maryland sections. She is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapists. Kim recently became a board certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and an APTA certified clinical instructor. She greatly enjoys having students in the clinic, she loves witnessing and being an active part of their progress through their clinical rotations.

In her spare time, Kim loves to bake, kayak, and spending time with her fiance and her crazy, rescued dog, Jax. She is so very excited to be a part of Regis University’s Fellowship and to visit Denver for the first time!

John Morris, PT, MS, OCS, Cert. MDT (Fall 2016) - John received his master’s in physical therapy from Ithaca College in 2002. He is a member of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, as well as the McKenzie Institute, USA. He received his board- certification in orthopedics in 2009.

John currently works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a Clinical Manager of a MossRehab at an outpatient, orthopaedic clinic. He is also the Residency Director for the MossRehab Orthopaedic Residency Program.

John’s main areas of interest are in orthopaedics, education, and manual therapy; he is especially interested in treating patients with neck and back pain. Outside of work, John enjoys golf, softball, and spending time with his wife and two little girls.

John enrolled in the Regis Manual Therapy Fellowship in order to strengthen his manual skills, become a better educator and mentor for his residents, and continues his pursuit of lifelong learning.

Piyush Madani, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2016) - Piyush has been working for the renowned Henry Ford Health System’s Center for Athletic Medicine in Detroit, Michigan since 2012 as a staff physical therapist. He is a proven expert for rehabilitation of adolescents, adults and geriatric sports and orthopaedics related dysfunctions with special interest in treatment of shoulder, knee and spine disorders. He enjoys working in team environments with athletic trainers, PTA’s and fellow clinicians. He also mentors undergraduate students.

Piyush graduated from Indore Institute of Medical Sciences, India with a bachelor in physiotherapy in 2003 and a Masters in physiotherapy in 2006. He was honored by various organizations for honorary services to earthquake victims in India and through various charitable health camps. After coming to the USA in 2007, he finished his PP-DPT from Loma Linda University in California in 2008. He acquired his board certification in orthopaedics in 2015. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and its orthopaedics and sports sections and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).

Piyush strives to become an expert clinician and use effective manual therapy skills to help his clients and believes that the fellowship program is a beginning step towards his journey. He plans on becoming a strength and conditioning specialist in the near future and would like to continue to gain manual therapy experience through continuing education.

As a student and research assistant at Loma Linda University, Piyush contributed to publications related to the effect of hydrotherapy on skin blood flow, diabetes and changes in autonomic nervous system. Piyush will be involved in research related the the prediction rule for successful outcome after lumbar decompression and stabilization surgeries. His special interests are ACL reconstruction and rehabilitation, rotator cuff surgeries and rehabilitation, and patellofemoral dysfunctions.

Piyush lives in Troy, Michigan with his wife and a 4-year-old daughter. He enjoys playing cricket, table tennis and love spending time with his family. He is looking forward to participating in his first marathon relay leg of 5k in the Detroit Free Press Marathon in October 2016.

Bob Salvatori, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT (Fall 2016) - Dr. Salvatori grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and earned an Associate in Arts Degree in Education in 1976 from Northampton County Area Community College. Interests in weight-training & fitness, coupled with a brief hospitalization for removal of an osteoid osteoma from his left femur, led him to his career as a physical therapist. Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Temple University in 1979. He has worked in a variety of settings over a thirty-five plus year career including acute care, home health and outpatient orthopaedics, with most of his career spent in the outpatient setting. Dr. Salvatori received his MBA from Oklahoma City University in 1990.

Bob has always had a special interest in spinal dysfunction inspired by meeting Dr. James Cyriax on a clinical affiliation. He became certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy by The McKenzie Institute, USA in 1998. He went on to obtain his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine in 2013. Dr. Salvatori pursued certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist which he achieved in 2015. Bob is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Dr. Salvatori currently resides in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with his wife Stephanie and son Tyler. Bob & Stephanie have a blended family of seven, six boys and a girl, ranging in ages from 35 to 14. He is an avid sports “fanatic” enjoying the Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Flyers and Penn State Nittany Lions. He spends most of his free-time enjoying family and church activities. He also enjoys fitness and weight-training activities, playing his guitars and is a singer-songwriter.

Patrick Smith PT, DPT (Fall 2016) - After growing up in Williamsport, PA, Patrick attended and graduated from the University at Buffalo DPT program in 2015. While in school he had the opportunity to spend a 3-month clinical rotation working with Division 1 athletes at Temple University. The combination of this clinical rotation and his athletic history sparked Patrick’s interest in sports and orthopaedics. Upon graduation Patrick pursued and completed a sports residency through St. Francis University (PA). Many of the residency mentors in the SFU program had extensive backgrounds in manual therapy, and encouraged Patrick to continue to develop the clinical reasoning and skills associated with manual therapy. He is a member of AAOMPT as well as both the sports and orthopaedic sections of the APTA. He currently works for Elite Therapy, privately owned orthopaedic outpatient clinics in Mansfield, PA and Horseheads, NY.

Outside of the clinic Patrick’s interests include golfing, playing soccer, racing triathlon and supporting the Buffalo Bills.

Michael Steimling PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2016) - Michael graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. His strength and conditioning internship was at Carnegie Mellon University where he learned strength programming, injury screening and prevention for Division I athletics. Upon graduation he attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA for his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While at Drexel, Michael continued to refine his interest in orthopaedic/sports physical therapy with special interests in biomechanics of running and treatment of the lumbar spine. After graduation in 2013, he entered into a small private physical therapy practice where he served as a therapist and clinic director for two years with a mixed sports and orthopaedic patient population. During this time Michael took many continuing education courses focusing on manual therapy and movement assessment while also studying for his board certification in orthopaedic physical therapy. In pursuit of a more academic environment, Michael left private practice and now works for Penn Medicine (Good Shepherd Penn Partners) in Philadelphia where he is a full time physical therapist. He now serves as an orthopaedic mentor in the Women Health Residency and coordinates monthly case rounds for the orthopaedic department.

Fellows in Training Spring 2016 Cohort

Rufino P. Aquino, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT (Spring 2016) - Dr. Aquino, born and raised in the Philippines, started working in the U.S. as a contract physical therapist in 1998. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy in 1997. He went on to complete his post-professional doctorate degree from Des Moines University in 2014.

Dr. Aquino is a board-certified clinical specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He gained McKenzie certification status in 2013. Currently, he holds professional licenses in the states of Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Colorado. He is a member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and its Orthopedic Section, as well as of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). He volunteers in the APTA-sponsored IMAP program.

Most of his work experience has been in the outpatient orthopedic setting with great interest in spine management. Dr. Aquino has been working at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists since 2004, serving as a clinical instructor/mentor. He regards himself as a therapist with an eclectic approach employing various manual therapy principles. He continues to strive to become a better clinician and an effective manual therapist by embarking on this journey attending Regis University’s fellowship program. He also plans to sit for the COMT certification exam through Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy later this year.

Dr. Aquino enjoys the company of his dogs, Teddy and Lily. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and engages in retail therapy on weekends. He plays “ping pong” and has an interest in playing recreational tennis.

Joseph Castelli, PT, DPT (Spring 2016) - Dr. Joseph Castelli has been offering outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy services in New York City’s metro region for more than 15 years. After receiving his B.S in Finance from St. John University, he had a brief stint on Wall Street and some acting before pursuing a career in physical therapy. He received his first Physical Therapy degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1998. He went on to attend the University of Colorado, Denver, School of Medicine, where he was awarded his clinical doctoral degree in Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2011.

Dr. Castelli received an advanced certification in Manual Therapy with the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions (EIM) specializing in orthopedic manual therapy. He is also a Maitland and Mulligan Concept trained Manual Therapist. Currently, he is pursuing a fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.

In early 2013, he founded S.P.O.R.T Physiotherapy & Wellness on the upper east side of Manhattan which is a private concierge physical therapy practice. In June 2014, he opened his second location in the burgeoning lower west side region called Chelsea or “Tech Alley” in some circles. His patients include a wide variety of New Yorkers including professional, collegiate and high school athletes, dancers and law enforcement personnel. He treats kids too. During his time in New York City, he has also worked closely with surgical and non-surgical orthopedic specialists from the Hospital for Special Surgery, Lenox Hill, Mt. Sinai, Beth Israel, St. Luke’s and NYU on a variety of cases that include but are not limited to rotator cuff, labral injuries, adult joint replacement, fractures and other musculoskeletal disorders.

Additionally, for the past 15 years, Dr. Castelli is skilled in the identification of occupational risk factors that contribute to work-related musculoskeletal disorders and has successfully provided practical ergonomic intervention to control risk and exposure; workstation and return to work job/ergonomic accommodations for injured and disabled persons. Currently, he is a vendor for the New York State Education Department and works closely with over 180 vocational rehabilitation counselors in the 5 boroughs including Westchester County in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) for potential employment candidates. Additionally, he is retained by the Traveler’s Corporation and numerous disability attorneys.

In today’s ever-changing healthcare industry, Dr. Castelli’s motivation for success in his practice is the application of the best evidence-based approaches to patient care combined with his vast clinical experiences to provide the most appropriate individualized care possible for his patients.

When Dr. Castelli is not working, he enjoys live music, restaurants, and in sports he follows the Yankees and the Denver Broncos. He is an avid sports enthusiast and continues to play competitive fast pitch softball, golf, cycling and powerlifting.

Nancy Craven PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2016) - Dr. Craven pursued a career in physical therapy due a strong interest in the medical field and helping people with disabilities. She received her physical therapy degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1981 and completed her doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Des Moines University in 2007.

She has worked in numerous outpatient private practices or clinics in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Hartford, CT. She has specialized in the treatment of orthopedics, including extremity and spine patients. In addition to orthopedics, she has treated TMD patients and has lectured to the University Connecticut Dental School on the treatment of TMD.

Dr. Craven is board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She has strong interest in improving her clinical diagnostic and manual therapy skills. She is an adjunct professor for the Doctor of Physical therapy program at the University of Connecticut having taught Anatomy for three year and is currently teaching the clinical course Integrated Musculoskeletal Practicum.

Dr. Craven co-authored the chapter, Non-surgical rehabilitation of AC Joint Sprain/Separation and AC Joint Arthrosis in the book Orthopaedic Rehabilitation of the Athlete: Getting Back in the Game. ed Reider B, Provencher MT, and Davies G. in production Elsevier 2012.

With an interest in helping her colleges, Dr. Craven has been active in her professional organization. During her working career in Los Angeles, she served as several different officers in the Greater Los Angeles District of the California Physical therapy Association. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association. In addition, she has served as Secretary and Delegate to the House of Delegates for the State of Connecticut Physical Therapy Association. 

Dr. Craven lives in Connecticut with her husband. She has a son who is in his 20s and a new daughter in law. In her spare time, she loves to sail, bicycle, run, kayak, and has a new found interest of golfing.

Rob Drenning, PT, MSPT (Spring 2016) - After growing up in West Virginia, Rob received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2005. He has been working in out-patient orthopedic clinics since then. Rob has been living in Taos, NM and working at the Center for Physical Health since 2011. He has experience treating patients of all ages and activity levels, from the weekend warrior to professional athletes. Rob has a particular clinical interest in manual therapy, spinal manipulation and functional movement analysis. His goal is to empower each patient to be an active participant in their own recovery and work toward each individual’s goals to live a pain-free, healthy lifestyle. 

Rob is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, as well as the Sports section and New Mexico Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. He is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. He recently co-authored a text book chapter on evidence-based shoulder adhesive capsulitis rehab, which was presented at the international conference of orthopedic surgeons. Rob is a certified Clinical Instructor and enjoys mentoring PT students getting ready to enter the profession. 

Outside of the clinic, Rob enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, and basically doing anything outdoors with his wife, son and two dogs.

Seth Hagymasi, PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2016) - Seth Hagymasi has been practicing physical therapy for 10 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Skidmore College in 2002, followed by a Master of Science in physical therapy from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT in 2006. Seth then returned to complete a doctorate of physical therapy from Regis University in 2012. His career has been focused on outpatient orthopedic practice and has included multiple settings, including private practice, the academic. He currently works at the University of Connecticut Health Center, a hospital-based outpatient practice. The focus of his practice at UCHC is treatment of individuals with cervical and lumbar pathology, with particular emphasis on a chronic pain population. Seth is board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, and he has a strong interest in developing his manual therapy skills through Fellowship to improve patient outcomes.

Seth lives in Torrington, CT with his wife, Betty, and two children. In his spare time he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and children hiking, exercising and playing music.

Amy Stone Hammerich PT, DPT, Ph.D., OCS (Spring 2016) - Dr. Hammerich's interest in physical therapy was not a direct route. After several years of working in a business career in Chicago, she returned to graduate school for physical therapy. She received her Master of Science in physical therapy from Regis University in 2000, and went on to complete her tDPT at Regis University in 2003. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Health and Behavioral Science in 2013.

She is currently working in the School of Physical Therapy faculty practice called Regis Cares at Regis University. For many years she worked in an outpatient practice in Boulder, CO at PRO Physical Therapy and later at Waldron’s Peak Physical Therapy. She enjoys treating patients with orthopedic conditions, particularly in spine, pelvis and hip dysfunction as well as aging related joint conditions. Dr. Hammerich worked as an Affiliate Faculty at Regis University starting in 2003 until 2007 and was an Adjunct Faculty at University of Colorado in 2006-7. She then joined Regis University as ranked faculty in 2007 and is currently an Associate Professor teaching in the musculoskeletal, exercise, complex patient management and neuromuscular physiology content.

Dr. Hammerich is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. She has a passion for the profession of physical therapy and has a desire to continually advance the profession through education and research. She has spent many years on the Colorado Chapter APTA Board of Directors including President of the Chapter from 2009-2012. Dr. Hammerich maintains an active research agenda in the areas of lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), knee osteoarthritis (OA), aging joints and exercise related topics. She is currently completing a RCT on LSS with Dr. Julie Whitman, Dr. Josh Cleland and Dr. Paul Mintkin. This team was awarded a grant by the Orthopedic Section of the APTA for this research project titled “Epidural Steroid Injection versus Epidural Steroid Injection and Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise in the Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis; a Randomized Clinical Trial.” She is also completing a multi-cohort study on exercise and knee OA with Dr. Wendy Anemaet and Dr. Mike Bade involving traditional strengthening, eccentric strengthening, balance and aerobic training interventions. She received the Outstanding Physical Therapist Award in 2011 from the Colorado Chapter APTA and received 2 Bob Doctor Service Awards for her service to the Colorado Chapter APTA.

Dr. Hammerich has a 2-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. She lives with her children and husband in Boulder, CO and enjoys hiking, cycling, and Nordic skiing whenever she gets a chance to be out of the office and in the beautiful environment found in Colorado.

Jay Harpp PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2016) - Jay realized he had a passion for healthcare while he was studying Biology at the University of Vermont. It wasn’t until after he graduated, while training and racing as a competitive cyclist, that he discovered the field of physical therapy. Jay went on to get his DPT from Regis University, graduating in 2010.

He has been working in outpatient orthopedics since 2010, and spent most of his time with Rocky Mountain Spine and Sport in Littleton, CO. He worked as a staff therapist and then clinical director, before moving to a new company, ATI Physical Therapy, in the heart of downtown Denver. Jay is very passionate about manual physical therapy and he continued his education with local seminars through University of St Augustine, working towards a manual therapy certification. Jay obtained his OCS in the winter of 2013. Jay is also trained in bike fitting, running gait analysis, and Level 1 and 2 dry needling through Kinetacore in Brighton, CO. Jay has served as a CI for students from Regis and CU and is currently a Level 2 educator with Regis, slated to take two students a year.

Jay has 2 year old twins, and a dog name Pancake. His lovely wife is a Lawyer and published author of sports fiction/romance novels. Jay likes to stay fit by running, cycling, and Nordic skiing; along with chasing his twins on their balance bikes.

Erin Probert PT, DPT (Spring 2016) - Erin is originally from Southern California. She received an athletic rowing scholarship and completed her B.S. in Exercise Science from San Diego State University in 2006. She went on to complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Utah in 2010. After finishing her DPT, she started her career in neurologic rehabilitation and acute care at the University of Utah Hospital.

In 2012, she started her career in orthopedics for an outpatient clinic with the University of Utah. While her clinic sees a wide variety of orthopedic diagnoses, her primary interests include athletic injuries of the hip for conservative or post-operative treatment. She has received her certification in Selective Functional Movement Assessment and trained in Graston level 1 and 2. Erin was looking for a way to continue to improve her assessment and manual skills, which led her to apply for a fellowship through Regis University.

Erin has participated in community education, marketing and presentations at sports core orthopedic grand rounds within the University of Utah health care system. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and orthopedic section member, Utah Physical Therapy association and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists.

Erin lives in Salt Lake City, UT with her husband and she enjoys playing in Utah’s great outdoors skiing, mountain biking, road cycling, hiking and her original passion, rowing.

Matthew Pugliese MS, DPT, OCS, MTC, Cert. MDT, SFMA (Spring 2016) - Matthew Pugliese is a physical therapist working at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2007 and has been working predominately in an outpatient orthopedic setting. He is currently an instructor in the HSS orthopedic residency program and an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Columbia University. 

He is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has received certifications through the University of St. Augustine, The McKenzie Institute, The Selective Functional Movement Assessment and The Titleist Performance Institute. Matthew has a special interest in chronic pain, manual therapy and biomechanics. 

He is an avid Buffalo Bills fan and enjoys running, golfing and cooking in his free time.

Praneeth Purimetla, PT, DPT (Spring 2016) - Dr. Purimetla was born, raised and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. After several injuries that put his basketball career on hold, he went on to receive an undergraduate degree in Finance from DePaul University in 2004. Although working in Finance afforded him invaluable experiences, a career in physical therapy seemed to be a better fit. He attended PT school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating in May of 2013.

Upon graduation, Dr. Purimetla began working in a hospital based outpatient orthopedic clinic, transitioning into private practice as of 2015. Throughout his academic and clinical career, he was surrounded by many great clinicians and sought to follow in their footsteps. He understood that structured learning with likeminded, motivated individuals was the best path to take in order to improve his clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills.

Dr. Purimetla’s household consists of his loving wife, Venesa, and their two incredible sons, ages 5 and 1. His free time is spent running around with his boys and playing as much basketball as possible.

Sean P. Riley PT, DPT, ScD, OCS, SCS, ATC, COMT (Spring 2016) - Sean is a physical therapist in the Department of Rehabilitation at UConn Health. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as an Infantry Sergeant after four years of service. He attended Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) from 1994-98, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education - Option in Athletic Training. Sean earned a Master of Science degree in Biology with a Health Sciences Specialization, 1998-2000 at CCSU. He then entered the UCONN Physical Therapy Program where he earned a Master's Degree in 2004. Sean completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Simmons College in 2006 and his Doctor of Science from Texas Tech University in 2013. 

He became board certified in Orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in July of 2007 and completed his sports certification in July of 2009. He also completed training through the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine-US to become certified in Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy (COMT) of the Extremities in 2012. 

Sean has a strong passion for education and a desire to teach and mentor students as well. He has been a clinical instructor for the physical therapy program at the University of Connecticut, providing clinical instruction to the physical therapy students involved in PT 5462-Internal Integrated M/S Clinical Practicum I and PT 5463-Internal Integrated M/S Clinical Practicum II since 2010. Sean feels that students are peers at the start of their journey. Although educators may have more experience and working knowledge they are also burdened by the biases related to their individual journey. He feels that educators should allow themselves to educate, listen, and direct, in a way to gain a perspective from novice colleagues that may otherwise be unattainable. Sean feels that educators need to develop the students’ ability to apply didactically attained knowledge using logical frameworks and metacognitive processes. Metacognitive processes may be improved through an understanding and working knowledge of abductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, and the ability to recognize logically fallacious thought processes and arguments. This type of reflective metacognitive process may allow students to integrate the best available evidence, clinical experience and address complex biopsychosocial factors. Sean feels that this is important to facilitate the student’s ability to apply their foundational knowledge. Sean’s academic (research) interests and professional (clinical interests) are focused on conducting clinical research utilizing the Assessment-Diagnosis-Treatment-Outcome (ADTO) research model first described by Spratt. The model creates a logical clinical research framework by connecting the Assessment to the Diagnosis; the Diagnosis to the Treatment; and Treatment to the Outcome. His research endeavors have provided us with three publications in 2015, three papers that have been accepted for publication, one paper that is presently under review and one ongoing project that is in data collection.