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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.

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Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy

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Regis University's Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy is the first of its kind to reside in a nonprofit university. Our hybrid online/on-site program is grounded in evidence-based practice principles and embraces APTA's Vision to optimize movement and improve the human experience. Our Fellowship has produced over 125 nationally recognized fellows in OMPT, all from our highly regarded and accredited University with over 140 years of history, and a nationally recognized School of Physical Therapy with over twenty years of experience. We have a proven record of success and our graduates provide an exceptional professional network for both students and alumni of the program.

The program design allows flexibility for clinicians to pursue the Fellowship in OMPT and maintain a full-time work schedule. There is no need to relocate. 

Regis University's Fellowship combines online orthopaedic management coursework, weekend intensive lab sessions held on our campus in beautiful Denver, Colorado, online virtual rounds and structured mentoring time with a FAAOMPT mentor. Emphasis is placed on advanced clinical decision-making, development of manual therapy skills including manipulative interventions, outcomes assessment and autonomous patient management.

The four orthopaedic management courses are presented online over an eight-week term. The management courses are divided into four regions presented in Lumbopelvic, Cervical & Thoracic, Lower Extremity and Upper Extremity disorders. In addition to the online component for the management courses, each of the four courses includes one weekend intensive session which starts on Friday and ends Sunday afternoon, allowing you to get back to work and life. The weekend lab 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 students 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.

Additionally, our Fellows in Training (FiT's) complete 150 hours of one-on-one clinical mentor time with an AAOMPT fellow, of which 20 hours occurs during the weekend lab sessions on campus.  FiT's find and work with FAAOMPT mentors typically utilizing clinicians they know, our network of alumni, or clinicians they seek out based on location or expertise.  These hours typically start after the first management course is completed and continue throughout time in the program.  

The virtual rounds courses allow students to review case problems in a structured format and discuss diagnosis, prognosis, & intervention strategies with fellowship faculty. 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. Secondary activity is based upon discussion of key issues in regulation and teaching in OMPT practice, presentation and research development, advocacy and non-patient OMPT questions.

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. 

Upon successful completion of the Fellowship option, graduates receive an academic certificate from Regis University and are eligible to apply for fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT). The professional designator of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) represents a globally recognized credential denoting the highest level of achievement in clinical excellence in orthopaedic manual physical therapy.

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.

Start Dates: Priority deadline for applications is January 15 for the March start date OR June 15 for the Fellowship cohort starting in August. 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: Clinicians can complete the program in as little as 12 months, or extend to a maximum of five years. The typical student completes the program in approximately 18-28 months. 

Travel Involved: 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.  

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

The Doctor of Physical Therapist (DPT) Education program at Regis University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 303.964.5720 or email dpt@regis.edu

Regis University's Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FOMPT) program has been accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) as a post-professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy since 2006, and currently through 2028.

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.

*New ABPTRFE standards go into effect 1-1-19, with full compliance by 1-1-20.  

Applicants who are not OCS certified at the time of application (but meet all other current eligibility requirements) will be considered for our Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 entries. 

However, effective for our Spring 2020 entry (March 2020) all applicants have to be OCS certified at the time of application in order to be eligible for consideration.  If not OCS, board certification or completion of an ABPTRFE accredited residency in a related area will also be considered.


Program Requirements

Printable Course Schedule (including weekend dates)

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.

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 - Sun) 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 in a management course the amount of time required is typically four to six hours per week. Virtual rounds are ongoing (think 24/7) and typically requires two to three hours per week of time. 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.

Tuition

Review information on the cost of attendance for the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Certificate.

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.

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 practice of OMPT, teaching and research. 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, AAOMPT and like organizations and educational institutions.

What is the theoretical framework of the Regis Fellowship in OMPT?

The short answer – the Dynamic Wheel.

The long answer as to 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 125 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 in creating the Dynamic Wheel. 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. 

Our approach is mirrored in the past and the present in the works of leaders in OMPT practice. Where the best in practice is found, the roots of the Regis approach is found. Where the development and growth of OMPT practice is found, the ongoing genesis of our approach is rooted. 

What is the Regis University approach to manual therapy training?

The Regis University's Fellowship in OMPT houses a comprehensive approach to Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) practice that is not 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 and support of 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 dynamic 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/DASP 2017 (in development), and any OMPT approach utilized is patient centered and measureable with functional/clinical 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.

What are the specific learning objectives of the Regis Fellowship in OMPT?

Fellowship Educational Outcomes

Recognizing that Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist practice (OMPT) is:

“…a specialized area of Physical Therapy for the management of neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) conditions, based on clinical reasoning, using highly specific treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises. OMPT also encompasses, and is driven by, the available scientific and clinical evidence and the biopsychosocial framework of each individual patient”.

Adapted: IFOMPT educational standards 2012

The Graduate of the Regis Fellowship in Manual Therapy will be able to:

1. Gather and evaluate quantitative and qualitative clinical information relevant to the patient’s health and execute a management plan based on evidence based principles. (Expert Clinical Decision Maker)

2. Demonstrate excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills with individuals, groups, the community and the general population. (Effective Communicator)

3. Collaborate effectively to build sustainable and equitable relationships with patients and multi-disciplinary teams to facilitate the attainment of meaningful health outcomes for patients and communities.   (Effective Collaborator)

4.  Prioritize and effectively execute tasks through teamwork, make informed decisions when allocating finite health care resources, provide leadership within the context of professional organizations and the health care system. (Resourceful Manager)

5.  Recognize advocacy as essential to health promotion at the level of the patient, the practice population, the health care team, and the broader community, and demonstrate the importance of advocacy in responding to the challenges represented by social, environmental, and biological factors that influence the health of patients and society. (Health Advocate)

6. Engage in lifelong learning, critically appraise and apply evidence in practice and facilitate the education of students, patients, colleagues and others. (Clinical Scholar)

7.  Commit to the highest standards of excellence in clinical care and ethical/legal conduct and embrace a professional role with a distinct body of physical therapy knowledge, skills and attributes dedicated to improving the health and well-being of others. (Professional)

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. From an advocacy perspective, the Regis Fellowship is very active in supporting the right (and obligation) of Physical Therapists to include all available tools within the knowledge and training to support the health of society. 

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

Over the course of the four management courses you will receive 27 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 140 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 regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 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. 

*New ABPTRFE standards go into effect 1-1-19, with full compliance by 1-1-20.  

Applicants who are not OCS certified at the time of application (but meet all other current eligibility requirements) will be considered for our Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 entries. 

However, effective for our Spring 2020 entry (March 2020) all applicants have to be OCS certified at the time of application in order to be eligible for consideration.  If not OCS, board certification or completion of an ABPTRFE accredited residency in a related area will also be considered.

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. 

*New ABPTRFE standards go into effect 1-1-19, with full compliance by 1-1-20.  

Applicants who are not OCS certified at the time of application (but meet all other current eligibility requirements) will be considered for our Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 entries. 

However, effective for our Spring 2020 entry (March 2020) all applicants have to be OCS certified at the time of application in order to be eligible for consideration.  If not OCS, board certification or completion of an ABPTRFE accredited residency in a related area will also be considered.

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, advocacy and non-patient OMPT questions.

What Is Regis Media Space?

Regis Media Space is an online portal to upload, store, view and receive feedback on video postings of mentoring sessions, recorded webinars and orientation materials for the Regis Fellowship in OMPT. It is a technical platform which is readily accessible from multiple platforms, can be used to upload videos, direct capture videos, screen capture and thus support the hybrid model of education, mentoring and reflection that is a hallmark of the Regis Fellowship.

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 - Sun) 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. More than 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 2018-Summer 2019 school year is $575; therefore the cost of a three-semester hour course is $1,725. The total estimated cost of tuition for the 18 semester hour program is $10,350. 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. Additionally there is a fee paid to Regis University for the Rehabilitation Outcomes Management System (ROMS) ($325 paid 2x in program).

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 six month 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 their loan servicer 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 and also meets the requirements of many employers/institutions that one receives a University approved certificate.

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 two 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 31 of the year they expect to complete Fellowship requirements.

*New ABPTRFE standards go into effect 1-1-19, with full compliance by 1-1-20.  

Applicants who are not OCS certified at the time of application (but meet all other current eligibility requirements) will be considered for our Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 entries. 

However, effective for our Spring 2020 entry (March 2020) all applicants have to be OCS certified at the time of application in order to be eligible for consideration.  If not OCS, board certification or completion of an ABPTRFE accredited residency in a related area will also be considered.

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.

Do students in the Fellowship in OMPT at Regis University need their own malpractice insurance for their mentorship hours?

As a Regis Fellowship student you are covered during you 1:1 mentoring hours under the University policy for malpractice and workers comp when there is a contract in place with the facility in which you are being mentored. This coverage ONLY applies to the specific time when you are being mentored by the fellow for your 1:1 hours. The Regis insurance does not cover Fellowship students outside of the specific mentored time. We strongly recommend that all students also have their own HPSO (or similar) insurance for personal liability in all other settings that your employment would not cover, and as a secondary level.

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 (FOMPT) program has been accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) as a post-professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy since 2006, and currently through 2028.

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 are thankful that our approach has allowed our program to be accredited and to be a 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)

*New ABPTRFE standards go into effect 1-1-19, with full compliance by 1-1-20.  

Applicants who are not OCS certified at the time of application (but meet all other current eligibility requirements) will be considered for our Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 entries. 

However, effective for our Spring 2020 entry (March 2020) all applicants have to be OCS certified at the time of application in order to be eligible for consideration.  If not OCS, board certification or completion of an ABPTRFE accredited residency in a related area will also be considered.

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: January 15, 2019 
Start Date: March 11, 2019

Application Deadline: June 15, 2019 
Start Date: August 26, 2019

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/sports 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.

*New ABPTRFE standards go into effect 1-1-19, with full compliance by 1-1-20.

Applicants who are not OCS certified at the time of application (but meet all other current eligibility requirements) will be considered for our Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 entries.

However, effective for our Spring 2020 entry (March 2020) all applicants have to be OCS certified at the time of application in order to be eligible for consideration. If not OCS, board certification or completion of an ABPTRFE accredited residency in a related area will also be considered.

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.
  6. Resume (upload in application)
  7. Failure to submit all required materials as instructed may jeopardize eligibility for admission consideration.
  8. RF-PTCAS
    P.O. Box 9128
    Watertown, MA 02471
    617-612-2875

    rfptcasinfo@rfptcas.org
    www.rfptcas.org/rfptcas/
    Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/RFPTCAS
    Twitter: @rfptcas

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 2019 Cohort

Reed Brandenburg PT, DPT (Spring 2019) - Reed is an outpatient physical therapist currently practicing at Front Range Physical Therapy at Belmar (formerly Belmar Physical Therapy) in Denver, CO. Reed graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 2010 and then went on to get his doctorate in physical therapy from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in 2014. Reed is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. He has received his certification in dry needling from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and has completed the Level 1 and Level 2 manual therapy courses from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. He also is a level 1 credentialed clinical instructor through the APTA.

Reed and his wife Amy live in Denver, CO. They both enjoy the various outdoor activities the mountains offer year-round but also have a great time within the city exploring new restaurants and coffee shops.

Michael Chavez, PT, DPT (Spring 2019) - Mike currently lives in Fort Collins, CO and practices at Colorado State University Health Network in their outpatient therapy services. He began his education at University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Exercise and Sport Science. Mike then attended Azusa Pacific University and earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010. He went on to obtain his Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2016.

Mike began his career at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO as an acute inpatient physical therapist. He then transitioned to outpatient physical therapy initially at Benchmark Medical in Windsor, CO, and then onto Foothills Orthopedic and Sports, P.C. in Loveland CO. Mike went on to become a partner/owner with Foothills Orthopedic for 4 years before joining CSU’s Health Network.

Mike is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedic Section) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. He is certified in trigger point dry needling, TRX, and kinesiology taping and utilizes these treatment techniques in his clinical practice. His specific interests include treating complex shoulder dysfunctions and running related injuries.

Outside of work, Mike enjoys running, hiking, mountain biking, and tennis. Mike has gradually been picking off 14er’s over the past 10 years since moving from southern California. Mike has two young kids and loves spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

Kailin Collins, PT, DPT (Spring 2019) - Kailin received her DPT from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2012 and is a member of APTA and board certified in orthopaedics since 2018.

Kailin currently works as a Senior Physical Therapist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. Prior to Kaiser, Kailin worked at MGH Sports Physical Therapy in Boston, sat on the Clinical Advisory Board for a healthcare technology company and functioned as a lab instructor at Northeastern University. Her eight years of clinical experience have been focused in orthopedics and sports medicine. She has a special interest in surgical and non-surgical ACL patients and has helped develop post-op protocols for both MGH and Kaiser. During her time at Georgetown University, she competed on both the cross country and track teams where the team earned a Big East Championship title in 2007. Most of her free time is spent in the back country- hiking, snowboarding or mountain biking.

Meynard Enriquez, PT, DPT (Spring 2019) - Meynard graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor's degree in Health Science in 1999 and a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2002. He received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2015 from AT Still University. He has completed a mentorship in spinal cord injury at Craig Hospital, with emphasis on C5 C6 injuries. He finished his advanced certification in vestibular rehabilitation in 2005 and passed the Certified Mulligan Practitioner examination in 2018.

With 17 years of clinical practice, Meynard started his career working at various clinics in Southern California, eventually working at Huntington Rehabilitation. There, he had the opportunity to work closely with professional soccer players from Chivas, with an emphasis on outpatient orthopedics and ACL rehabilitation. He later created the clinic’s balance and vestibular program. In 2008, Meynard opened Hawaii Sports and Balance Center in Kauai, Hawaii. With a dedication to serving his community, he has organized various events for the ALS Foundation, MS Society, and Parkinson's Support Group, and most notably organizing the physical therapy medical team at the Kauai Marathon for the last 9 years. He continues to be a strong advocate for wellness on Kauai.

Meynard is a member of the AAOMPT, APTA, and is very active in the Hawaii chapter. He hopes to be able to advance and share his own knowledge and elevate the physical therapy profession within his community through post-graduate fellowship education at Regis.

In his spare time, Meynard enjoys deep sea fishing, bow hunting, surfing, playing tennis, and most of all, spending time with his family.

Brandon Paulus, PT, DPT (Spring 2019) - Brandon earned a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Radford University in 2015. He received board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2017. Dr. Paulus is presently an Adjunct Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Radford University. He practices clinically in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. Additionally, he is one of Regis University's Clinical Education Scholars, providing clinical placement for Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Brandon is a member of the APTA (sports and orthopedic sections), AAOMPT, and FMS. He previously served as the Director of Valley Region of the VPTA.

Ryan Proffit, PT, DPT (Spring 2019) - Ryan graduated from Chapman University with a BS Athletic Training in 2005 and passed the Boards to become a Certified Athletic Trainer immediately upon graduation. From there he went straight into the Chapman DPT program graduating in 2008. He earned his Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2015.

Upon graduation Ryan worked at Los Alamitos orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy in Orange County, a successful privately-owned practice, learning under the tutelage of two very experienced clinicians. In the spring of 2013 he took a job as clinic director in Houston, TX at Nova Medical Center. Later that year he was offered a position as an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) and packed his family up and moved to Las Vegas, NV where he is stationed at Nellis AFB.

He enjoys his current position as the Director of Human Performance in the 58th Rescue Squadron. He leads a multidisciplinary team in maintaining the health and performance of the Air Force‘s elite warfighters known as pararescuemen. While working with them he has had the opportunity to deploy to Africa and treat in austere environments.

Maj Proffit has also been very blessed to be the Air Force Wounded Warrior team physical therapist Department of Defense Warrior Games from 2014 through 2018 and was selected to represent Team USA at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

Outside of work Ryan enjoys snowboarding, biking, jiu jitsu and spending time with his wife of 20 years, their 5 kids.

Jeffrey Rogge, PT, DPT (Spring 2019) - Jeff currently lives in Phoenix, AZ and works at Honor Health in orthopedic outpatient services. He received his Master of Physical Therapy in 2004 from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Later Jeff went back and got his transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana graduating in 2015. Jeff is Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist since 2017. Prior to Arizona Jeff worked in Montana, then as a traveler, then Wyoming until relocating to Phoenix in 2017.

Jeff is certified in dry needling through Myopain seminars and completed Level 1 and 2 through Kinetacore. He has had extensive manual therapy continuing education in a variety of different techniques and philosophies. Jeff’s clinical interests include manual therapy, spinal dysfunction, and treating fitness athletes. Jeff has done research on the use of dry needling with failed back syndrome that is in the process of being published.

Jeff has been active in the APTA serving as chapter president, vice president, and membership chair while living in Wyoming and since moving to Arizona has served as the chapter membership chair. Jeff is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedic Section) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy.

Outside of work, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family including his wife Meghann and their boys. Their family enjoys being active, working out, hiking, and following their boys to numerous sporting events.

Daniel P. Silverberg, PT, DPT (Spring 2019) - Dan is a staff Physical Therapist at Courage Kenny Sports and Physical Therapy in River Falls, WI. He began his career in Portland, OR, before moving home to the Midwest to be near family in the Twin Cities. Recently, he began serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN, supporting the musculoskeletal curriculum.

Dan completed his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Exercise Science in 2004. He attended the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences from 2004-2007, graduating with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Continued education has guided his development as a PT, and his background includes a Certification in Applied Functional Science and most recently he has obtained his Certification in Spinal Manual Therapy. Dan also mentors student Physical Therapists and is a credentialed Clinical Instructor. He is a member of the APTA and AAOMPT. He is tentatively sitting for examination to become a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2020. Through growth and development during the OMPT Fellowship, Dan is hoping to explore additional teaching and research opportunities.

Outside of work, Dan stays busy with his family, including his wife, Laura, and young twins, Charlie and Chloe. He enjoys most all outdoor activities, including snowboarding, fishing and camping, and reads with any spare time.

Aaron Stoll, PT, MPT (Spring 2019) - Aaron graduated in 2005 with a Master of Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. He has maintained Board certification in Orthopedic physical therapy since 2008. He was awarded the Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) designation by the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2011 and is also a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). He also holds credentials in bloodflow restriction therapy, trigger point dry needling, and Auricular Acupuncture.

Aaron has practiced in outpatient Orthopedic and Sports physical therapy settings for over 14 years. He began his career in outpatient orthopedics in the Chicago, IL area and served as the team physical therapist for the Chicago White Sox for the 2009-2010 seasons. In July 2012, Aaron was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. Following Navy Officer Development School in Newport, RI, he reported as a physical therapist to Marine Corps Recruit Depot-Parris Island, SC, where he served until September 2015. He then transferred to Naval Health Clinic Hawaii in Pearl Harbor, where he served as Department Head of the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Team, leading clinics at Naval Station Pearl Harbor and Marine Corps Base Hawaii-Kaneohe Bay. In December 2018, Aaron transferred to Naval Special Warfare Group 1 in Coronado, CA, where he serves the west coast Navy special operations forces. Aaron has served as a Residency mentor and adjunct faculty to the Military Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Residency program since 2016, with emphasis on lumbopelvic and upper quarter conditions. His clinical interests include spinal and peripheral joint manipulation and trigger point dry needling.

Aaron’s personal interests include spending time with his wife and daughter, golf, hiking, watersports, and motorcycling.

Fellows in Training Fall 2018 Cohort

Jon Carling, MS, MSPT, DSc., OCS (Fall 2018) - Jon Carling is currently practicing as a staff physical therapist for St. Vincent Healthcare’s Physical Therapy West in Billings, Montana after serving as clinical supervisor for 3 outlying smaller rural clinics for 12 years. Jon filled a tenure track position in department of Health and Human Performance at Montana State University Billings from 2012 to 2015 teaching courses including; Motor Learning, Biomechanics, Research Methods for graduate athletic training students, and Evidence Based Principles in Health Care.

Mr. Carling graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995 with an MSPT degree after completing a Master’s degree at Brigham Young University in Exercise Physiology in 1992. Jon completed his DSc from Rocky Mountain University of Health Related Professions in 2006 completing his dissertation comparing Pre-motor time and Electromechanical delay in quadriceps muscle in subjects after ACL reconstruction from 3 weeks to 3 months post surgery. He has completed certifications in level 1 Dry Needling through Kinetacore in 2018, and OCS specialization in 2011. He is a member of the APTA, MAPTA, and the AAOMPT.

Jon has been drawn to teaching both in the clinic and the classroom as he has experienced more opportunities to learn in his career and is passionate about giving students opportunities to excel. He also enjoys the beautiful open spaces in “Big Sky Country” and participates in backpacking, hiking, mountain biking and skiing in the Beartooth and Big Horn mountains. He and his wife Megan recently celebrated a 30th wedding anniversary and attended high school graduation of the two youngest or their five children (Anna and Sam —who are twins). They also travel frequently to visit their adult children who live in California (Ethan), Utah (Mallory) and Idaho Aaron).

Danielle Cooper, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2018) - Danielle graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. She went on to graduate with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2014 and earned her Board Certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in 2016.

Danielle spent the first few years of her career working in outpatient orthopedics at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, treating patients with a wide range of conditions. During her time there, she coordinated community-based running programs and volunteered on the medical team for the Boston Marathon. She took advantage of great mentors to expand her knowledge in pain science education and collaborative concussion management. She and her husband recently relocated to southern California where she continues to work in outpatient orthopedics.

She is an APTA-Certified Clinical Instructor and a member of the APTA, APTA Orthopedic Section, and AAOMPT. Outside of the clinic, Danielle enjoys spending time with her husband and family, hiking, running, biking, and exploring new places.

Heath Crist, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2018) - Heath currently lives in Phoenix, AZ and practices at HonorHealth Hospital in outpatient therapy services. He began his education at Asbury University where he graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s of science in Exercise Science. Heath then attended physical therapy school and earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Southwest Baptist University in 2016. He went on to complete The Johns Hopkins Hospital and George Washington University Orthopaedic Residency in 2017. Heath is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist as of 2018.

Heath is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedic Section) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. He is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor. He is certified in functional dry needling and incorporates it into his clinical practice. His clinical interests are manual therapy and treating running injuries. Before becoming a physical therapist, he was a high school track and cross country head coach.

Outside of work, Heath enjoys running on the track and the trails. He loves going on hikes and playing sand volleyball with his wife, Katie. They are both passionate about evangelism and have been on medical mission trips to multiple countries including Peru, Haiti, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.

Brent Davis, PT, DPT (Fall 2018) - Brent is currently practicing at Select Physical Therapy in Houston, TX. He received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at Kansas State University in 2013. He then went on to graduate with his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Wichita State University May of 2017. Brent then went on to complete an orthopedic residency at University of Texas Medical Branch in League City and Galveston, TX.

During his residency, Brent gained experience working with a wide variety of orthopedic pathologies. He also gained experience with medical screening for athletes, providing medical treatment on the sideline at sporting events, teaching physical therapy students and providing running analysis. Brent is a member of the APTA, TPTA and AAOMPT and will be sitting to take his examination to become an orthopedic certified specialist May 2019.

Outside of the clinic, Brent enjoys staying physically active. He and his wife, Kristine, stay busy traveling, being outdoors, hiking, and playing with their dog, Bailey.

Michelle Dolphin, PT, DPT, MS, OCS (Fall 2018) - Michelle Dolphin is an Associate Professor and Associate Program Director at State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She has a background in Biology (SUNY Binghamton) and Exercise Science (University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Amherst). Michelle’s MSPT degree is from UMASS Lowell and her post professional DPT is from Upstate Medical. She completed residency at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and obtained initial ABPTS Board Certification in Orthopaedics in 2001 (recertification in 2011).

Dr. Dolphin is the orthopedic curriculum coordinator at Upstate Medical University and practices in adult orthopedics and performing arts PT (primarily adolescent dancers). She also serves as a consultant for touring performing artists (dancers and musicians). Michelle is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (AAOMPT). Her research interests include pain neuroscience education and patient reassurance, physical activity, and cultural competence. She developed and co-teaches specialty electives in Pelvic Floor and Sports PT. Michelle received a President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Upstate in 2013 and is a member of the Academy of Upstate Educators.

Michelle enjoys travel and exploring food and culture with her teenage daughter.

Mark Lundblad, DPT, MPH, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS (Fall 2018) - Mark is the Clinical Rehab Manager at the Cleveland Clinic Rehab and Sports Therapy Dept. in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Mark received his Physical Therapy degree from Cleveland State University, Master’s Degree in Public Health from University of Akron, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from D’Youville University. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Kent State University and worked in Cardiac Rehab for four years. For the past 20 years he has focused on Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. He is a certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy by the McKenzie Institute (Cert. MDT), certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

His clinical interests are focused on sports-related concussion management and the treatment of dizziness utilizing combined vestibular and cervical rehabilitation. In 2017, he published an article titled: A Conceptual Model for Physical Therapist Treating Athletes with Protracted Recovery Following a Concussion. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy 2017, 12 (2): 286-296.

Mark is proud to be starting the OMPT Fellowship at Regis. He looks forward to meeting new professional colleagues and working to expand the profession of Physical Therapy.

Ray Lunasin PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS (Fall 2018) - Ray received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University in 2010 and went on to obtain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, MN in 2015. Shortly after graduation Ray began working as a staff physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) in Austin, MN.

Ray earned his board-certified clinical specialty in Orthopaedics (OCS) in 2018. He is a current member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists and the American Physical Therapy Association (Minnesota Chapter) with membership within the Orthopaedic section. Ray is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has a strong interest in research development demonstrating the effectiveness of joint manipulation for various neuromusculoskeletal ailments. Ray has served as a clinical instructor while working at the MCHS and plans to become an APTA certified clinical instructor in the near future. He aspires to transition into academia and become a professor at some point in his career path.

Outside of work, Ray enjoys volunteering with his wife Shanna at her non-profit organization, Brighter Tomorrows, which helps families facing pediatric cancer at the Mayo Clinic. He also enjoys being outdoors for hiking, cycling, swimming, fishing and countless other activities.

Fellows in Training Spring 2018 Cohort

Joseph Allen, PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2018) - Joseph Allen, PT, DPT, OCS is currently the partner and director for Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center’s (PTSMC) Newington office in CT.

In 2009 Joe graduated from Sacred Heart University (SHU) with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Soon after he returned to SHU where he completed their Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program with a focus on teaching and Manual PT. Joe became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS) in 2014 through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Since beginning his career with PTSMC in 2011 Joe took on many leadership roles and was active in furthering his knowledge. Clinically Joe is certified to perform Graston Technique and Trigger Point Dry Needling (CDN) for the management of soft tissue injuries. Additionally, he is certified to perform the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), the Selective Functional Movement Screen (SFMA), and the Y-Balance Test. Joe has also served as an adjunct faculty member for SHU’s DPT program.

Currently Joe serves as the co-chair for CTAPTA’s Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy (OMPT) Special Interest Group where he assists his colleagues in organizing and presenting quarterly throughout the state. The Special Interest Group has participated at CTAPTA’s annual fall conference for ongoing years. In 2017 Joe earned the APTA’s Emerging Leadership Award for his participation with the CTAPTA and as a mentor for new graduates.

Outside of the clinic Joe enjoys spending time with his wife Tracey and daughter Madalyn as well as their golden retriever Finley. Joe has a passion for teaching and learning and enjoys working with students both in the clinic and classroom.

Charles “Chuck” Barker, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (Spring 2018) - Chuck graduated from the University of Delaware in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science and Certificate of Proficiency in Physical Therapy and was awarded a Degree with Distinction for his senior thesis titled “Functional Electrical Stimulation: Are Currently Used Frequency Parameters Best?”. He was certified as an athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association in 1991 and became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1995. He later received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 2003.

Active professional memberships include the NATA, DATA, APTA, DPTA and AAOMPT. Chuck owned and operated several outpatient orthopedic therapy clinics including The Spine Center, Delaware Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Barker Therapy and Rehabilitation and American Therapy & Rehabilitation all located in Delaware. Work experience has included working in the outpatient orthopedic setting for over 25 years. He has worked as an adjunct professor at Arcadia University where he taught physical therapy practice management and related topics to entry level doctoral students and at Delaware Technical & Community College where he taught Anatomy and Physiology I to allied health professionals.

Publications include “The Effects of a Variable Rate, Short Duration Train of Electrical Stimulation on the Force Output of the Human Quadriceps Femoris Muscle” in the Physical Therapy Journal and “Use of the Catch-Like Property of Human Skeletal Muscle to Reduce Fatigue” in the journal of Muscle and Nerve. Chuck served as a Content Writer for the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the ABPTS and has served as treasurer and legislative committee key contact for the Delaware Physical Therapy Association. Chuck resides in Delaware with his wife, two children and six grandchildren and has a vacation home in South Fork Colorado where he enjoys hiking, 4 wheeling, hunting and fishing.

Brandon Cruz, PT, DPT (Spring 2018) - Dr. Brandon Cruz is the Founder of Pursue PT. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Temple University and continued his postgraduate work at UMDNJ, now Rutgers University, where he went on to graduate with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Continuing his pursuit of excellence, Dr. Cruz pursued a residency program to sharpen and fine-tune his orthopedic skills at Temple University’s highly respected Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. Dr. Cruz has obtained an elite distinction holding duel Board Certifications in Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation (OCS), (SCS) putting him in the top 1% of all practitioners in the country. During his time at Temple, Dr. Cruz was fortunate enough to work side-by-side with the university's top physical therapist and strength coaches to help facilitate rehab programs for their Division 1 athletes. Another experience to note is his time spent at The University of Florida’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute. It was here where Dr. Cruz had the opportunity to work with rising NFL, NBA, and MLB prospects.

Dr. Cruz is published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and has presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (AAOMPT) on the treatment of chronic low back pain. Brandon is also an active member and advocate for the APTA sports, orthopedic sections, and (AAOMPT). Additionally, Brandon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and certified in Integrative Dry Needling. Dr. Cruz draws upon his own experience as an injured collegiate basketball player to relate to his patient’s and formulate the most favorable rehab protocols to return to sport.

Dr. Cruz is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University’s Physical therapy program as well as APTA-Certified Clinical instructor via APTA. Here he is able to Mentor the future of tomorrow. Brandon is currently a fellow in training for orthopedic manual therapy at Regis University.

Ryan Cummings PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2018) - Ryan is a physical therapist currently practicing at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Ryan earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2015, after completing his undergraduate degree with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2011. Following graduation from physical therapy school, he went on to complete his orthopaedic residency from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ryan received his Orthopaedic Specialist Certification in 2017. He is a current member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists and the American Physical Therapy Association (Maryland Chapter) with membership within the Orthopaedic section. Ryan has been practicing for over two years, most recently in an outpatient orthopaedic clinic for Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his time at Johns Hopkins he has become involved in The Johns Hopkins and George Washington Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program as a member of the clinical faculty. He is actively helping with mentoring and providing didactic education to the current cohort of orthopaedic residents.

Outside of work, Ryan enjoys hiking with his Golden Retriever named Stella, swimming, golfing with friends, and travelling.

Carrie Eckenhoff, PT, DPT (Spring 2018) - Carrie graduated from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013, and earned her board-certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2016. Her background is in psychology, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors from Emory University in 2005. Carrie is also certified in Functional Dry Needling through Kinetacore and Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Carrie values professional membership and is an APTA, APTA orthopedic section, and AAOMPT member. Carrie has spent the first five years of her career working full-time in an outpatient orthopedic private practice in a mountain town. She sees patients with a wide range of conditions and goals, ranging from high level athletes wanting to return to their sport to individuals with advanced neurological conditions. She has a strong interest in treating patients with concussion and has done training through the APTA neurology section. She is also fluent in Spanish and treats many native Spanish-speakers due to the prevalent immigrant population in the Vail Valley. Carrie also likes to mentor physical therapy students and enjoys her role as a clinical instructor in her clinic.

Carrie works part-time as an adaptive ski instructor in the winters, and volunteers for the Forest Service Adopt-A-Trail program in the summers. She has played soccer for 30 years, including four years at the collegiate division III level. She loves to backcountry ski, mountain bike, camp, run, do yoga, hang with her dog, Charlie.

Ross Fargnoli, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT (Spring 2018) - Ross earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2015. Upon graduation, Ross went on to complete Good Shepherd Penn Partners Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2016. He continues to work for Good Shepherd Penn Partners (University of Pennsylvania Health System) in Center City Philadelphia in the outpatient orthopedic setting. During his time here, Ross has developed a special interest in treating patients with complex spine disorders using manual therapy and a motor control/movement coordination treatment approach.

Ross is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic Section, and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics, and is also certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Ross currently enjoys mentoring students in both the clinical and academic setting as a clinical instructor and adjunct faculty member at University of the Sciences DPT program.

Steven Hnat, PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2018) - Steven serves as a full time clinician and clinic director at Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team’s (KORT) New Albany, Indiana location. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisville and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University. Steven is a graduate of Select Medical’s Orthopedic Residency program and a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He is a member of the Indiana Physical Therapy Association and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist. He serves as a credentialed clinical instructor for Regis’s Clinical Education Scholar Program mentoring DPT students as well as a member of the Professional Advisory Board for Ivy Tech Community College’s Physical Therapy Assistant program. In his free time he enjoys traveling and being outdoors with his wife and children. Steven is excited to continue his education as part of Regis’ Manual Therapy Fellowship Program so he may better serve his patients and community.

Ashley Hoath PT, DPT, OCS (Spring 2018) - Ashley is Orthopedic Clinic Specialist. She is currently working on certifications in electrodiagnostic testing, including EMGs and Nerve Conduction Studies, as well as Diagnostic Ultrasound. She is certified in Functional Dry Needling and Graston Technique. She has been working in the outpatient orthopedic clinical setting for 5 years and currently serves as a clinical manager and CCCE for a private practice orthopedic clinic in Louisville Colorado.

Her outside interests include soccer, backpacking, skiing and trail running. She has been in Colorado for two and a half years after leaving her home in Virginia for the Rocky Mountains.

Steven G. Kinney PT, DPT (Spring 2018) - Dr. Kinney earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University in 2011. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). In addition, he completed extensive training in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, becoming certified under Recovering Function (RPSFC). Currently, he is working towards certification as an Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) with Great Lakes Seminars. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Dr. Kinney has practiced in outpatient, subacute rehab, inpatient rehab, and acute care hospital settings with diverse patient populations. He employs a wide scope of physical therapy interventions, including manual therapy, to help his patients return to function. He pursues a broad spectrum of continuing education and other educational opportunities. He has been involved in the continuing education and training of physical therapists and other healthcare professionals. He has also volunteered as a physical therapist locally and abroad.

Outside of work, Dr. Kinney enjoys exploring new places, activities, food, and craft beer with his wife, Sarah. He enjoys participating in outdoor activities and sports, particularly endurance events.

Evan Liu, PT, DPT (Spring 2018) - Evan was born and raised in Portland, OR. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pacific University of Oregon in 2015, after completing his undergraduate degree in physiology at Pacific University, where he also played tennis. Upon completing his DPT, Evan worked in an orthopedic and sports clinic for one year, prior to deciding to pursue an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Currently, Evan works at a hospital-based outpatient clinic and is adjunct faculty at Pacific University’s DPT program. He currently assists with clinical biomechanics, gross anatomy lab, and therapeutic exercise. He has a large passion for teaching and feels that it is important in his growth as a clinician. Additionally, he is currently working to start a Probono Pediatric Physical Therapy clinic in the Portland-metro and Hillsboro areas for underserved children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

He is currently a member of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association and American Physical Therapy Association, orthopedics and sports sections. Outside of the clinic, Evan enjoys the outdoors of all kinds, tennis, cycling, photography, exploring new cities via the food they offer, and local microbreweries.

Fellows in Training Fall 2017 Cohort

Devin Christman, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2017) - Devin Christman is practicing at Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (STAR) in Washington, D.C. Originally from Pennsylvania, Devin has practiced in outpatient orthopedics for five years. He received his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Shippensburg University in 2009 and continued on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Widener University in 2012. He is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Devin is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Physical Therapy Associations. In 2017, Devin became certified through the Titleist Performance Institute for the evaluation and treatment of golfers. He is also trained in the Graston Technique for the treatment of soft tissue impairments. Devin is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys playing basketball, running, golfing, and weightlifting in his free time.

Mahnan Darban PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2017) - Mahnan earned his doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2013. Since then, he has been working at a rural outpatient hospital clinic on the Navajo Reservation with Indian Health Services in Chinle, Arizona. He also helps coordinate and run PT services at the local high school and performs occasional inpatient coverage at the hospital. Mahnan is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and thoroughly enjoys mentoring physical therapy students during their internships.

Since beginning his PT education, Mahnan has had a strong interest in clinical reasoning and incorporating manual therapy with therapeutic exercise and education. As a lifelong student, he attends continuing education courses as often as he can, continues to treat patients full-time, an continues to teach and learn from other students and colleagues.

Mahnan became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS) in 2017 and is near completing his coursework towards becoming a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through Phoenix Manual Therapy. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).

His extracurricular activities include outdoor adventures, summer sports, winter sports, traveling, and photography. Mahnan is excited to be a part of Regis’ Manual Therapy Fellowship Program in his pursuit of clinical excellence.

Chelsea David PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2017) - Chelsea is a physical therapist currently practicing at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Chelsea earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and then went on to complete her residency in Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy at The Johns Hopkins and George Washington Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. Chelsea is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy and the American Physical Therapy Association (Maryland Chapter) with designated membership in the Orthopedic section as well as the Performing Arts section.

Chelsea has been practicing for two years in the outpatient orthopaedic clinics at Johns Hopkins. Chelsea has recently been performing clinical research presenting case studies for clinical pearls at the 2016 AAOMPT Annual Conference and at the Johns Hopkins Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinical Expo. Chelsea is currently working with the JOSPT to translate the Clinical Practice Guidelines into a Spanish version, and she also teaches at the University of Maryland Baltimore during their gross anatomy and musculoskeletal courses.

In her free time, Chelsea enjoys dancing, hiking with her fiancé Matt and their dogs Jones and Henry, as well as traveling to new countries.

Andrew Feher, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2017) - Andrew Feher is a physical therapist currently practicing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His undergraduate career consisted of a Bachelor of Science from DeSales University and being a member of the university baseball team. He later earned his doctoral degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania in 2014. Upon graduation, he completed the St. Luke’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency in 2015 and later obtained his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification in 2016.

Professional memberships include the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). He is also a member of the orthopedic section of the APTA.

Currently Andrew is the facility director of an outpatient clinic, focusing on orthopedic and sport related rehabilitation. Additionally, he is a faculty member of St. Luke’s Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency for the cervical spine manipulation unit and is a current mentor for incoming residency cohorts.

Outside of work Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife, 10 month old daughter, and their labradoodle “Max” they rescued in 2012.

Zachary Kernan, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2017) - Zach attended the University at Buffalo where he obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. Upon graduation, he settled in Utah and has spent his time as an outpatient physical therapy staff therapist and clinic director. He is a full-time physical therapy for Intermountain Healthcare and takes pride in providing evidence-based, cost effective treatment programs to his patients. He has extensive background in treating running-related injuries.

Zach received his Orthopedic Specialist Certification in the spring of 2015. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic Section, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and Utah Physical Therapy Association.

Personally, Zach competed in alpine ski racing at the NCAA Division I level at Bates College. He continues his passion for skiing through backcountry skiing in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Zach also enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking with his wife, daughter and yellow lab.

Ger Moua, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2017) - Ger received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison DPT program in 2012, after completing his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is practicing outpatient orthopedics in Sheboygan, WI, and resides with his wife, daughter, and pets. He is board certified in orthopedics through APTA, certified in manual therapy through Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars, and a member of the following associations: American Physical Therapy Association, Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association, and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Outside of the clinic, Ger enjoys cooking and trying new foods, working on his home and yard, gardening, and spending time with family. He also enjoys physical exercise, traveling, as well as shows and concerts with his wife.

Shane O’Malley, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2017) - Shane graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2012 and has been working in outpatient orthopedic practice since that time. After two years of practicing in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl with a concentration in sports medicine rehabilitation, he ventured to Colorado to join the Denver VAMC therapy team. Shane has a passion for learning and teaching orthopedic manual therapy and has focused his post graduate studies in this specialty area of physical therapy. In 2014, he graduated from the Florida Institute of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and earned his manual therapy certification (CFMT). In 2015, he graduated from the Denver VAMC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and now serves as a clinical faculty member and mentor. Shane became board certified in orthopedic practice through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in June of 2016. He currently works as an assistant instructor through the University of Colorado’s DPT program and serves as a clinical instructor for DPT students. Shane became certified in functional dry needling this past year, and is actively involved in two intervention based research studies through the University of Colorado.

Whitney Russo PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2017) - Whitney graduated Sacred Heart University earning a degree in Exercise Science in 2010 and her Doctorate of Physical therapy in 2012. Over the past 5 years, she has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting as a full time physical therapist and has been the clinical director of her office for the past 2 years.

In 2015 Whitney became a board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics through the ABPTS. Whitney is also certified in Applied Functional Science, Mulligan Upper and Lower Quarter Mobilizations, Functional Dry Needling and HVLAT techniques for the cervical and thoracic spine.

Whitney has also served as an adjunct faculty member for Sacred Heart University in the advanced orthopedic semester. She is also a Clinical Instructor and has a strong passion for teaching and learning. Whitney is also one of the founders of the clinical mentorship program within her company and focuses on new hire training and clinical advancement.

Eric Trauber, PT, DPT, OCS (Fall 2017) - Eric Trauber graduated with his doctorate in physical therapy from Utica College in 2010. Eric is an orthopedic clinical specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, an orthopedic section member, and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Eric is a certified strength and condition specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is certified in instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization from the Graston Technique, functional movement screen level 1 from Functional Movement Systems, and a certified ergonomic assessment specialist level 1 from The Back School of Atlanta.

Eric currently practices at NYU Langone Health - Preston R. Tisch Center for Men’s Health, an outpatient facility where he primarily treats orthopedic and neuromuscular populations. Eric’s professional experience also includes experience working for private practices and working with school systems as a First Responder during team practices and athletic matches. He provided on-field emergency care as well as concussion management for all students.

A former college varsity soccer player, Eric’s love of sports fuels his interest in orthopedics. Eric is an avid fitness enthusiast, enjoys traveling and picnics with his wife and their toy poodle, Kirby

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.