Michael Gans PT, DPT, OCS
- Dr. Mike Gans is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006. He began working for Physical Therapy Partners in Avon, CT as a physical therapist, then as a site director. He became a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2009.
Mike is currently employed by Physical Therapy Sports Medicine Centers in Guilford, CT, where he works as a staff physical therapist as well as serving as the clinical education coordinator for PTSMC’s 11 locations. In addition, Mike is an adjunct faculty member of Sacred Heart University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, serves as the Eastern District Vice-Chair for the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) and acts as the co-chair of the CPTA’s Orthopedic Manual Therapy Special Interest Group. Mike treats a wide variety of diagnoses including musculoskeletal, orthopedic, balance, and vestibular disorders and is certified in the Graston Technique. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Connecticut Physical Therapy Association, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Mike enjoys skiing, golfing, playing soccer and traveling in his free time and currently resides in New Haven, CT. Despite living and working in Connecticut for the past 6 years, Mike remains a devoted Pittsburgh sports fan.
Eric Gattie PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS - Eric started his sports medicine career in athletic training at Mercyhurst College, graduating in 2004. He spent the next year completing an athletic training fellowship through the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute (NHMI). Eric’s experience during the fellowship peaked his interest in physical therapy and he graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 2008 with his DPT.
Eric has been working at Concord Hospital’s Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics since 2008. His interests include general orthopedics, TMJ, manual therapy, and concussion. Over the last 2 years he has been part of the development of the Concussion Assessment and Management Program (CAMP). In 2010 Eric became a lab assistant and guest lecturer at Franklin Pierce University.
Eric had a poster presentation at the National Athletic Trainers Annual meeting in 2009 on the Validity and Reliability of the Monitored Rehabilitation Functional Squat Proprioception Test Component. He has also participated actively in research through NHMI on emergency football facemask removal from an injured athlete.
His desire to improve his manual skills, and teaching skills led him to the Regis Manual Therapy fellowship.
In his free time Eric and his wife Bridgett enjoy spending time hiking in the White Mountains, snowboarding, and dabbling in triathlons.
Mary Beth Geiser PT, DPT, OCS
- Mary Beth Geiser PT, DPT, OCS has been a practicing physical therapist for over 20 years specializing in orthopedics, sports medicine and spine rehabilitation. Her career has also allowed her to work in the field of chronic pain. She maintains a referral-only caseload in a traditional sports medicine facility while working about 30 hours a week in direct patient care. She is a member of the Aurora HealthCare spine committee, lectures at continuing education courses sponsored by her employer and acts as clinical instructor.
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1990 and her Clinical Doctorate (DPT) from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2008. Dr. Geiser has three published abstracts (Archives of Physical Medicine and Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy) and numerous other articles in PT Connections, the newsletter for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA). She became an ABPTS Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 1999, and was re-certified in 2009.
Dr. Geiser has 15 years of experience teaching graduate level Physical Therapy coursework across a wide variety of content. She presently holds adjunct faculty positions at three major universities: Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI) and Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon, WI). Dr. Geiser has taught, co-taught, or lab assisted classes in Kinesiology, Pain Management, Upper and Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders, Spinal Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Electrotherapy. She has also taught or co-taught elective classes in Advanced Orthopedics and Advanced Anatomy and Kinesiology (with a cadaver lab).
Dr. Geiser has presented at many local and national conferences on topics related to physical therapy documentation & reimbursement, PT issues for persons with clinical hypermobility, the topic of spinal manipulation and other manual therapy issues.
Working as a liaison and advocate for her profession, she volunteered her time as the State's Reimbursement Chair for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA) for over 6 years. As a representative for WPTA both nationally and locally, Dr. Geiser influenced payment policies decisions, participated in legislative issues and created the first ever Insurers Forum for the state of Wisconsin. She also played an integral role in the conception and design of the Reimbursement pages and links on WPTA’s original website (www.wpta.org). Dr. Geiser is member of the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including the APTA’s Special Interest Groups for Orthopedics, Pain Management and the Performing Arts, and also the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (AAOMPT).
Dr. Geiser is a recent recipient of the Aurora Metro Region PM&R Professional Development Recognition Scholarship from her employer. She was also honored with a WPTA Service Award and Certificate of Appreciation for her extensive volunteer efforts as WPTA’s Reimbursement Chair and was a past recipient of the Mary Pat Murray Award for Clinical Excellence from WPTA’s Southeast District. Dr. Geiser is married to her husband Chris and is the proud mother of 4 children. She enjoys gardening, baking and spending time with her family.
Michael Karl PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Karl completed his Bachelor of Art degree in Exercise Science from Western Washington University in 1998 and his Master of Science of Physical Therapy and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon in 2002 and 2003 respectively.
He worked for four years at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Washington focusing on general orthopedic therapy, as well as specializing in the assessment and treatment of lower quarter biomechanical dysfunction and treatment with manual therapy and custom orthotics. During this time Dr. Karl took numerous manual therapy continuing education courses and became certified in Graston Technique, which utilizes specially designed tools to assess and treat soft tissue restrictions.
In 2006, Dr. Karl moved to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area to be closer to his wife’s family. He worked in private practice specializing in sports medicine and orthopedics, managing a satellite office for a small private practice. Motivated to improve his clinical skills and knowledge, he became board-certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2008.
In 2010, Dr. Karl moved back to a hospital-based, academic setting and joined Good Shepherd Penn Partners (GSPP), which is the physical therapy provider for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He achieved a Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation through Emory University/APTA in 2011. Dr. Karl joined Arcadia University’s Physical Therapy faculty as an adjunct faculty member in 2011, assisting with laboratory sessions in a number of different areas. Additionally, he lectures in GSPP’s new orthopedic residency program, in which he covers topics including lower quarter evaluation and treatment. Dr. Karl’s other therapy interests include prevention and management of chronic pain, prevention of falls and fall risk reduction, and vestibular rehabilitation.
During his limited free time Dr. Karl enjoys spending time with his wife and son outside as much as possible. He is an avid runner, cyclist, and home chef.
William Kolb PT, DPT - William “Wil” Kolb entered the profession of Physical Therapy with a Masters Degree from Old Dominion University in 1996. Wil graduated from the Regis University T-DPT program in the fall of 2012. He has had a diverse career path in PT with experiences including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care hospital and multiple outpatient settings. Currently Wil works as Supervisor of Rehabilitation for a community hospital within the Carilion Clinic Health Care System and manages a full outpatient caseload.
Past achievements include Carilion Rehabilitation’s “Clinical Excellence” award in 2010, the Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) in 2007 along with the establishment of a community based wound care center. Professional memberships include APTA where Mr. Kolb currently serves the Virginia Chapter of APTA on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Mountain District and the Practice Committee Liaison.
As a lifelong learner, Wil enjoys the dynamics between learning and teaching. He has had multiple manual therapy learning experiences throughout the years sparked by one of his entry level clinical internships. Wil currently teaches patient management techniques within the Carilion Health Care system, including the use of the electronic medical record, and has been instrumental in the establishment of a Clinical Excellence program for his employer. He is a Certified Clinical Instructor by APTA and has worked as an Adjunct professor for the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Wytheville Community College. Current interests include Outcome Reporting and Direct Access in health systems, Chronic pain, and Whiplash Associated Disorders.
Wil lives with his wife of 15 years on their farm in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Life is good as together they raise 2 boys and a large heard of fainting goats. Wil enjoys serving in the local church, the pursuit of lifelong fitness, and leading outdoor activities with the Boy Scouts.
Dustin McGann, PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. McGann received his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2003, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005.
He has been working in outpatient physical therapy for the past 5 ½ years. He has been working at Bethesda Physical Therapy and Wellness Inc. since 2010, and specializes in treating patients with spine and orthopedic problems.
In 2007 he completed the Long Term Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Course, and in 2008 became an APTA Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. He is also a current member of the APTA Orthopaedic Section. In 2008 he also became a Titleist™ Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Golf Fitness instructor, and in 2011 completed TPI’s L2 medical professional course.
Dr. McGann has been married to his wife Laurie for 1 ½ years. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors.
Darren Neeley PT, DPT, CSCS - Dr. Neeley graduated in 2008 from the Physical Therapy program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Since Graduation he has worked for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah in hospital based outpatient orthopedic clinics. He has been a member of the APTA and the Orthopaedic section since 2007. Dr. Neeley has lead a team of Physical Therapists at Intermountain Healthcare in creating a Care Process Model for the treatment of patients status post Total Knee Arthroplasty surgery, which spans from preoperative through all phases of postoperative care including acute postoperative, home health, and outpatient care. This Care Process Model will lend itself to future research studies examining value based care and effectiveness of Physical Therapy in postoperative care in this patient population.
Dr Neeley also serves as the Information Technology chair for the Utah chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association where he is involved in updating the website, managing social media platforms related to the chapter, and future efforts to provide teleconferencing of Spring and Fall conferences to chapter members unable to attend in person.
Dr Neeley enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and two young boys-ages two and four. He also loves to play golf and fly fish.
Jeevan Pandya PT, MHS, OCS - Jeevan Pandya PT,MHS,OCS has been a practicing Physical Therapist for 5 years. At present, he practices at St. Francis Sports Medicine Clinic, an outpatient orthopedic setting of a St. Francis Hospital. He is an active member of APTA and Orthopedic section of the Indiana Chapter of the APTA.
Jeevan earned his Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy from the University of Pune, India. He moved to US in 2004 with desire to enhance skills in the field of Physical Therapy. He attended the University of Indianapolis and graduated with Master’s of Health Science in Physical Therapy in 2006. Since graduation he has gone through Orthopedic and Manual Therapy courses to augment his skills as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist. In 2011 he was awarded his Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He, presently, got accepted for the Fellowship in Manual Therapy Program through the Regis University. He is also pursuing his Certification in Maitland and McKenzie Therapy.
During free time, Jeevan likes to workout in the gym, play Tennis or racquetball.
Brian Schmitz PT, DPT, CSCS - Brian graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Exercise Science and minors in Chemistry and Exercise and Nutrition Science. Brian completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 from Northern Arizona University. Since graduation, Brian has worked in an outpatient orthopaedic physical therapy practice in Flagstaff, AZ and is a partner of Summit Health and Fitness. Brian considers health and wellness promotion an important role in his physical therapy practice.
Brian is currently an employee at DeRosa Physical Therapy. His practice is focused on the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries including post-surgical rehabilitation, spinal dysfunction, and sports specific injuries. His philosophy towards physical therapy and rehabilitation is to be as effective and efficient as possible in the rehabilitation process while promoting an optimal individual level of physical health and performance.
Brian is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), USA Weight Lifting club coach, and Credentialed Clinical Instructor. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and dog Bailey, weight lifting, and watching and playing sports.
Derek Vraa DPT, OCS, CSCS - Dr. Vraa graduated from University Wisconsin-Lacrosse in 1994 with his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, and earned his Masters of Physical Therapy from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1999. He recently completed his transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2012.
Derek has spent the last seven years working for Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Specialists, Inc., an outpatient orthopedic private practice in Plymouth, Minnesota, that focuses in manual therapy interventions for complex musculoskeletal conditions. Prior to that, he worked in outpatient clinics in western Wisconsin and Forrest Lake, Minnesota. In 2007 Derek earned his ABPTS certification (OCS) and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Dr. Vraa also serves on several sub-committee’s for process improvement for TherapyPartners, a Managed Service Organization (MSO). In addition, he serves on a Low Back Pain sub-committee for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI).
In 2011 Derek played an integral role in a pay for performance pilot project utilizing FOTO (Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes) titled “Value-based Purchasing Model for Therapy Services.” which won the Excellence in Innovation Award from HealthPartners Insurance group. HealthPartners’ Excellence in Innovation award is the highest recognition in its Partners in Excellence Program which promotes The Triple Aim for healthcare reform – measurable quality, exceptional patient experience, lower cost of care.
Derek is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, (APTA) the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American Academy of Orthopeadic Manual Therapists (AAOMPT).
In his spare time, Derek enjoys waterskiing, hunting with his bird dogs and fishing.
Matthew L. Vraa PT, DPT, MBA - Matthew Vraa, PT, DPT, MBA is the CEO and Senior Clinician at Minnesota Physical Therapy Specialists, which is Physical Therapy Private Practice specializing in the management of clients with chronic pain. He collaborates with interventional and non-interventional physicians in their practice locations focusing on medically complex chronic musculoskeletal pain to help facilitate diagnostics and expedite optimum outcomes through coordination of care. Practicing alongside of physician and midlevel providers for the last eight years provides him a unique understanding and knowledge of collaborating between providers.
Matthew earned his Master’s in Physical Therapy from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 2002, and his Master’s in Business Administration with a Healthcare Finance emphasis in 2009 from Argosy University. He completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado in 2012. Matthew’s past education is in a wide variety of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and cognitive behavioral approaches to treat chronic pain.
Dr. Vraa has held the position of Program Director for the Indian Hill College Physical Therapist Assistant and Therapeutic Massage Programs in Ottumwa, Iowa. Currently he holds an adjunct teaching position at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota in their Kinesiology and Health Sciences division, and an adjunct position with the Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy program with the University of Medical Sciences Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jodi Young PT, DPT, OCS - Jodi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Concordia College-Moorhead and went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota in 2005.
Jodi works as an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, Arizona. Her primary areas of teaching include orthopedic examination/evaluation, kinesiology, evidence based practice and differential diagnosis. She also currently serves as a lab assistant for the anatomy and manual therapy courses.
Prior to taking her teaching position with Franklin Pierce University, Jodi worked in outpatient orthopedic clinics in both Phoenix, Arizona and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She continues to maintain practice at an outpatient orthopedic private practice in Phoenix, AZ.
Jodi has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the orthopedic section for several years. She recently became a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. She also serves on several university committees, including the IRB Committee for Franklin Pierce University.
She feels that manual therapy skills are one of physical therapists’ most important tools and is looking forward to expanding her skills to benefit not only her patients, but also her students.