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Our Fellowship in Manual Therapy is designed for PTs who want to be leaders in the areas of teaching, research, and practice of manual physical therapy.

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Doctoral Certificate: Fellowship in Manual Therapy

Program Overview

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

The Fellowship in Manual Therapy represents the penultimate training in advanced clinical practice in the field of orthopaedic manual physical therapy. The program challenges students to attain excellence not only in clinical practice and the psychomotor skills of manual therapy, but also as leaders within the profession. Graduates of the program can expect improved patient outcomes as they apply a framework of evidence-based advanced decision-making, patient education, and advanced manual skills to their practice. The professional designator of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) is earned upon graduation and represents a globally recognized credential denoting the highest level of achievement in clinical excellence in orthopaedic manual physical therapy. Our Fellowship has produced over 50 nationally recognized fellows in OMPT, all from our highly recognized Jesuit education institution.

The Fellowship in Manual Therapy consists of four orthopaedic management courses, virtual round coursework and 150 hours of one-on-one clinical time with an AAOMPT fellow. The four orthopaedic management courses are presented in eight-week terms and are taught online. In addition to the online component, each of the four courses includes one weekend intensive session which starts on Friday afternoon and ends Sunday afternoon, allowing you to get back to work and life. The weekend sessions allow students to practice hands on skills with the guidance of our expert faculty and to also serve as teaching assistance for other students in the courses. The "virtual rounds" allow students to review case problems in a structured format and discuss diagnosis, prognosis, & intervention strategies with fellowship faculty. The program is typically completed in 18 months, with the range being 12-36 months.

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

U.S. licensed physical therapists holding a BSPT, MSPT or DPT are eligible to apply to the Fellowship in Manual Therapy program. Applicants that are not currently DPT prepared will need to consult with the program coordinator to determine their readiness for the program and may need to complete modules prior to starting the program. This is determined on an individual basis.

Start Dates:  Priority deadline for applications is June 15, 2014 for the August 25, 2014 start date, and November 15, 2014 for the January 5, 2015 start.  We admit roughly eight to ten applicants each session.

Length of Program: The curriculum is typically completed in 18 months with the range being 12-36 months.

Only by taking the journey will you reach your destination.

Class Schedule 2014

Spring Semester 8 Week 1 (January 6-March 2, 2014)

  • DPT 745T Management of Lower Extremity Disorder (3 Semester Hours)
    [On campus weekend: Friday (afternoon), January 31 - Sunday, February 2]*

Spring Semester 8 Week 2 (March 3-April 27, 2014)

  • DPT 741T Management of Lumbosacral Disorder (3 Semester Hours)
    [On campus weekend: Friday (afternoon), March 28 - Sunday, March 30]*
  • DPT 784T Virtual Rounds I (1 Semester Hour)
  • DPT 790T Clinical Fellowship Practicum

Summer Semester 8 Week 1 (May 5-June 29, 2014)

  • No courses, ongoing virtual rounds and clinical time

Summer Semester 8 Week 2 (June 30-August 24, 2014)

  • DPT 742T Management of Cervical Thoracic Disorder (3 Semester Hours)
    [On campus weekend: Friday (afternoon), July 25 - Sunday, July 27]*
  • DPT 785T Virtual Rounds II (1 Semester Hour)
  • DPT 790T Clinical Fellowship Practicum

Fall Semester 8 Week 1 (August 25- October 19, 2014)

  • DPT 746T Management of Upper Extremity Disorder (3 Semester Hours)
    [On campus weekend: Friday (afternoon), September 19 - Sunday, September 21]*
  • DPT 790T Clinical Fellowship Practicum

Fall Semester 8 Week 2 (October 20 - December 14, 2014)

  • DPT 786T Virtual Rounds III (1 Semester Hour)
  • DPT 790T Clinical Fellowship Practicum
*Weekend sessions start on Friday afternoon at 2PM. Saturday and Sunday sessions run from 8AM-5PM.  With advanced notice we can accommodate some flexibility with Friday start time and Sunday end time due to travel. Denver International Airport is approximately 25-30 minutes from campus.

Note: All courses are tentative and subject to change up until the day that registration opens for the given term.

Program Requirements

A significant majority of our fellows in training are full-time clinicians with many of them serving in additional roles such as clinic supervisors, directors, or owners. One advantage of our fellowship program is that it can be completed by the full-time clinician without the need to cut back on hours or relocate. All of our courses utilize a hybrid online learning environment which means that you can work on your coursework anytime of the day, and any day of the week. There are four weekend intensives (Fri afternoon - Sun afternoon) that are associated with each of the four management courses that require attendance on campus at Regis University. 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 4-5 hours per week. When you are enrolled in our virtual rounds the time is less (approximately 2-3 hours per week). However, time varies depending upon your learning style.

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this certificate at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 18.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Fellowship in Manual Physical Therapy

DPT 741T - Mgmt of Lumbosacral Disorders

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.

DPT 742T - Mgmt of Cervical & Thoracic Disorders

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. Includes classification systems and outcomes assessment tools, within the framework of evidence-based practice. NOTE: Intensive laboratory included.

DPT 745T - Management of Lower Extremity Disorders

Integrates manual therapy and exercise intervention techniques in the management of individuals with lower extremity disorders. NOTE: Intensive Laboratory included.

DPT 746T - Management of Upper Extremity Disorders

Integrates manual therapy and exercise intervention techniques in the management of individuals with upper extremity disorders. NOTE: Intensive Laboratory included.

DPT 784T - Virtual Rounds I

Advanced clinical practice experience in manual physical therapy focusing on advanced decision-making regarding clinical care in a collaborative virtual environment. NOTE: Fellowship in Manual Therapy students only.

DPT 785T - Virtual Rounds II

Advanced clinical practice experience in manual physical therapy focusing on advanced decision-making regarding clinical care in a collaborative virtual environment. NOTE: Fellowship in Manual Therapy students only.

DPT 786T - Virtual Rounds III

Advanced clinical practice experience in manual physical therapy focusing on advanced decision-making regarding clinical care in a collaborative virtual environment. NOTE: Fellowship in Manual Therapy students only.

DPT 790T - Clinical Fellowship Practicum

Advanced clinical practice experience in manual therapy. Students are mentored in an intensive one-on-one clinical model for a minimum of 130 hours and supported by their designated mentor/s via ongoing online dialogue. Emphasis is placed on advanced clinical decision making, outcomes evaluation and autonomous patient management. NOTE: Fellowship in Manual Therapy students only.

Accreditation

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

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

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

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $535
Other Fees
Background Check (external agency fee) $60
Graduation Application Fee $50

The total estimated cost of tuition for the 18 semester hour program is $9,630. Student pay on a per course basis, not as a lump sum. The current per semester hour price for the Fall 2014-Summer 2015 school year is $535; therefore the cost of a 3-semester hour course is currently $1,605.

Additional estimated costs beyond tuition noted above include: application fee to RF-PTCAS ($135), background check fee ($60), APTA and AAOMPT membership, cost of travel and lodging to Denver for weekend intensives (4 or 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.

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

How to Apply

Take the next step in your career today. If you have questions regarding the program, or want additional information, please call Alison Campbell directly at 303.964.6147 or email fellow@regis.edu.

Get detailed application information and helpful FAQs by clicking below. Currently Accepting Applications.
Application Deadline: June 15, 2014
Start Date: August 25, 2014

Application Details and Helpful FAQ's

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.

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Review the system requirements for online learning. Keep in mind most students are new to online learning, we have the support needed to get you up and successful with online coursework.

Influential Faculty

Michael Bade, PT, PhD, COMT, FAAOMPT

Michael Bade, PT, PhD, COMT, FAAOMPT joined Regis University in August 2012 as an assistant professor. He is a certified orthopaedic manual therapist and is the first graduate from the Duke Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program, which he also helped to found. Prior to coming to Regis, Dr. Bade practiced clinically in outpatient orthopaedics at Duke University Medical Center. He also taught in Duke University’s Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program’s musculoskeletal management courses and manual physical therapy electives. While working on his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Bade was also an instructor in their musculoskeletal management and evidence-based practice courses. At Regis, Dr. Bade’s primary teaching responsibilities in the physical therapy curriculum are in the musculoskeletal management and differential diagnosis courses, in addition to being faculty in the Fellowship in Manual Therapy program. Dr. Bade’s primary scholarly interests involve examining the comparative effectiveness of orthopaedic interventions. His primary interests are in degenerative joint conditions in the lower extremity and is a reviewer for several major scholarly journals.

Joshua A. Cleland, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. 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 PhD from Nova Southeastern University. He received board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2002 and completed a fellowship in manual therapy through Regis University in Denver, CO in 2005. Josh is presently a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Franklin Pierce University. He practices clinically in outpatient orthopaedics 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 Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He currently serves on the Nominating Committee of the Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists on 2 separate occasions (2004 and 2006).

Michael Keirns, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Michael Keirns, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC, CSCS, FAAOMPT earned his physical therapy degree from the University of Michigan in 1979 and his PhD in biomechanics from Denver University in 1994. He completed his fellowship training in 2011 through Evidence in Motion. Dr. Keirns was a founding member of Regis University’s School of Physical Therapy and teaches in musculoskeletal management, anatomy, kinesiology, and business practice management courses. He has given more than 170 professional presentations nationally and has numerous publications pertaining to the biomechanics of orthopedic dysfunction and exercise programs. Dr. Michael Keirns has been a practicing physical therapy clinician for 31 years. He has specialized in orthopedics and manual therapy with an expertise in sports injury rehabilitation and exercise prescription. He has extensive experience in treating professional and recreational athletes. He has been responsible for the injury evaluation and rehabilitation for professional (Phoenix Suns, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets), collegiate (University of Michigan, Denver University, Western Arizona, and Regis University), high school and recreational athletes throughout his career. In service to the physical therapy profession, Dr. Keirns has served as vice president of the Colorado Chapter APTA, President of the Colorado Athletic Trainers Association and has chaired multiple Colorado Chapter APTA committees. He has served as an item writer for Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Christian Little, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Christian Little, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT joined the school of PT in August 2010. She is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. She received her DPT from Regis University in 2007. She went on to complete her Orthopaedic Residency at University of Southern California (USC) in 2008. She completed the Fellowship in Manual Therapy program at Regis University in 2011. Currently, Dr. Little is a member of the musculoskeletal team teaching in the entry level DPT program and Fellowship in Manual Therapy program at Regis University. Dr. Little’s primary scholarly interests include prevention, prediction and translational research in the area of musculoskeletal disorders with a focus in hip and spine. Currently, she is investigating joint manipulation utilization and identifying potential barriers in DPT curriculum and clinical practice. Dr. Little is a member of a variety of professional organizations, including, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT). She helped to found the Student Special Interest Group of AAOMPT when she was a student at Regis University. She is passionate about mentoring her students and moving the profession forward.

Cameron MacDonald, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS, FAAOMPT

Cameron MacDonald, PT, DPT, GCS, OCS, FAAOMPT was the inaugural graduate of the Regis Fellowship in 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 orthopaedic and geriatric board specialist by the ABPTS, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic 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, orthopaedic 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.

Thomas G. McPoil, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Thomas G. McPoil, PT, PhD, FAPTA, 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 association 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 Orthopaedic Section, APTA.

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He received his physical therapy education from Quinnipiac University and Boston University, and is board certified in Orthopaedics. Dr. Robertson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Robertson teaches musculoskeletal, pharmacology, and radiology courses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Regis University, in addition to serving as faculty in their Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Dr. Robertson currently serves as the public relations chair for the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has authored several web-based continuing education courses for entry-level and post-professional physical therapy residency and fellowship programs. Dr. Robertson’s research interested lie in exploring low back pain in terms of resource utilization and the link between low back and hip pain. Additionally, Dr. Robertson investigates the impact of technology on healthcare and is a frequent national presenter, including a serving as a keynote speaker at the 2011 AAOMPT conference in Anaheim, CA. He specializes in information management and the use of social media in healthcare. He is the founder of two websites, PTThinkTank.com, a popular blog devoted to critical observations of health, science, and the physical therapy profession as well as PTCoop.org, an open-source repository of peer reviewed physical therapy educational content. A prolific writer, Dr. Robertson’s work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and on popular health websites.


Distinguished Alumni

Fellowship in Manual Therapy Alumni

Albin, Stephanie Renee Andersen, Jonathan L.
Austin, Gary P. Bebo, Jennifer
Biederwolf, Nicklaus Ellif Brennan, Gerard Peter
Buck, Matthew Burns, Scott Addison
Carpenter, Joe G. Chui, Kevin
Cleland, Joshua Alan Cox, Terry Lee
Crane, Patricia Dennison, Bryan S.
Do, Dung Tien Do, Sandra Ann
Egan, William Edmund Frentz, Christopher L.
Gans, Michael Garvey, Chad
Gebhardt, Terry Lee Geiser, Mary Beth
Geist, Kathleen Glynn, Paul Eugene
Groves, John Vernon Haley-Rezac, Dyanna
Jung, Chun-Kwon Karl, Michael
Kinney, Anthony Kirkland, Amy M.
Koch II, William H. Koszalinski, Alex Michael
Kramer, Christopher D. Leal, Michael H.
Lindsay, Weston Allan Little, Christian Nicole
Long, John Lulofs-Macpherson, Kevin
MacDonald, Cameron William MacDonald, Shallyn Fitchett
Mani, Kaarthick K. Masaracchio, Michael
Mauszycki, Jon McClinton, Shane M.
McCracking, Henry VanWagner McGann, Dustin
Mintken, Paul Ernest Moffit, Steven D.
Ojha, Heidi A. Overy, Russell J.
Penn, David F. Petersen, Shannon M.
Pinto, Daniel Rainey, Charles E.
Randell, Mark J. Rezac, Scott
Robbins, David Paul Rodeghero, Jason
Schaible, Phillip James Severino, Dominic James
Sillevis, Rob Strack, Donald S.
Thomas, Sumesh Weisbach, Philip C.
Wilson, Jon Eric Witt, Dexter William
Young, Jodi Zaruba, Richard


Clinicians Pursuing Excellence

Fellows in Training 2014 Cohort

Patrick Cook, PT, MPT, OCS, CSCS - Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2005 and his Masters of Physical Therapy degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2007. He has worked full time in the private outpatient physical therapy setting since he started his career in 2007. In 2010, he became Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Patrick’s primary interests are in orthopedics, manual therapy, sports rehabilitation, spine injuries, and overuse injuries. Patrick is a certified ASTYM provider and is certified in Functional Dry Needle technique. With his background in strength and conditioning prior to attending PT school, he is always focused on bringing his patients into their peak level of function or competition.

Patrick is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association (LPTA). He and his wife, Jessica, have 3 young children and live in Baton Rouge, LA. During the rare opportunity that he gets some free time he likes to hunt, fish, and play golf.

Christopher Edmundson, PT, DPT - Dr. Edmundson received his masters degree in physical therapy in 2003 from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2007 he completed a one-year APTA credentialed clinical fellowship at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. He later went on to complete his doctorate in physical therapy at Simmons College in Boston. Dr. Edmundson is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Since beginning as a physical therapist over 10 years ago, Dr. Edmundson has spent most of his time working in hospital-based outpatient orthopedic clinics including 4 years at Boston Medical Center and 3 years at Longmont United Hospital (LUH). While at LUH his practice has primarily focused on orthopedic spinal rehabilitation. It is this interest in spine injuries that has led Dr. Edmundson to seek additional training at Regis University.

Dr. Edmundson lives in Boulder, Colorado and enjoys rock/ice climbing, ultra-running, cycling and snowboarding.

Sonja Evers, PT, OCS, COMT, MBA - High school running injuries stimulated Sonja’s interest in injury recovery and prevention, and in 1989, she graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in physical therapy. Sonja has worked in a multitude of settings including pediatrics, neuro, acute care, and more recently, outpatient orthopedics.

Sonja’s received her Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in 2005, and with this and her USA Cycling Coach license, she founded Velogoat Coaching, an online coaching and training service. Later that year, due to family reasons, she moved to Washington, DC, and began working with Physiotherapy Associates, her first outpatient orthopedic clinic setting in many years. Sonja decided a COMT certification would help her become a better practitioner, and after receiving this in 2008, she went on and pursued an OCS certification a year later in 2009 after she had begun working for Sport and Spinal Physical Therapy (SSPT) in downtown DC.

One of her SSPT colleagues convinced her to begin a dry needling certification, and she completed this in 2010, however, at the time, DC didn’t recognize dry needling as a physical therapy skill, so she and her colleagues petitioned the DC Board of Physical Therapy to change its practice act to include Intramuscular Manual Therapy (dry needling).

While at SSPT, Sonja incorporated the use of Dartfish software for gait, cycling and swimming technique analysis into her outpatient and training services, as well as offering clinics to promote injury prevention and endurance training principles to the public.

Sonja also enjoyed volunteering for the Maryland Special Olympics and Virginia’s Senior Olympics’ cycling programs, APTA’s MoveForward Fit After Fifty’s cycling section, Team in Training Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as providing free bike handling skills and drills for cycling and triathlon clubs in the DC Metro Area.

In 2013, after spending an exciting 7 years in DC, Sonja decided it was time to move back to the mountains, and she now lives in Leadville, Colorado. Sonja feels very fortunate to work for Parker Physical Therapy in Leadville, and feels that Regis’ fellowship will continue to develop her skills to better assist her physical therapy and training clients alike.

Sonja has competed professionally in both MTB and road cycling, completing the Leadville 100 MTB race three times. Now that she has retired from racing, she has more time to finish hiking the 14ers, rock climb, and ski with her dog, Driver.

Robert Gieringer, PT, DPT, COMT, CKTP, DAC - Dr. Gieringer is a 2002 graduate of the first doctoral class at Arcadia University. He attended Beaver College (now Arcadia University) where he received a BA in Biology.

He is currently employed at Lancaster Neuroscience and Spine Associates where he is the lead physical therapist treating pre- and post-operative spine patients. His expertise includes treating pain, headaches, orthopaedic injuries, and athletic performance and rehabilitation.

Prior to joining LNSA, Dr. Gieringer was employed by an Orthopaedic Private Practice outside of his hometown in Wyomissing, PA. There he specialized in the treatment of athletes, hip and spine dysfunction, as well as post-operative rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction. During his professional career, Dr. Gieringer has enjoyed performing pro bono injury clinics, mentoring students and staff, and coaching young athletes in football, track, and baseball. He has also had the opportunity to perform post-injury rehabilitation on several professional athletes who still play their professional sport.

Dr. Gieringer is a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist (COMT) sanctioned by the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. This certification was the culmination of years of attendance in many manual therapy courses in an effort to improve his skills as a clinician. In addition, he is also certified in Kinesiotaping and credentialed as a Direct Access physical therapist. While at Arcadia, Dr. Gieringer was given the privilege to discuss his research project at Combined Sections Meeting in Florida in 2003, where he presented the results of a technique used to facilitate the use of functional electrical stimulation in patients with Cerebral Palsy. Dr. Gieringer has also had the privilege of mentoring future physical therapy students as they complete the requirements for their graduation.

Dr. Gieringer has 2 boys, ages 5 and 8, and he enjoys spending time with his family. Once he gained entrance into this program, he officially retired from Arena and Minor League football, a sport he loved playing for over 20 years.

Doug Goldstein, PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Goldstein graduated in 2011 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine – Physical Therapy Program with his doctorate in physical therapy. Following graduation Dr. Goldstein enrolled in an 18-month orthopedic residency program. During this time he has worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in the south Denver region where he was recently named the Clinician of the Quarter for the state of Colorado. In addition to these devotions Dr. Goldstein managed two local high schools by overseeing their athletic training staff and being the lead medical consultant for Transformation Camp by Bill Phillips.

He became a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics in 2013. Along with his strong educational background Dr. Goldstein also utilizes various musculoskeletal techniques to treat his patients. These include instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, manual therapy, and trigger point dry needling. He also demonstrates a strong therapeutic exercise background that was strengthened by his collegiate commitment to two sports and his love of exercise. He has assisted with all age ranges in their rehabilitation process including USA Olympic athletes, 20 plus professional basketball and football players, collegiate athletes from multiple sports, aspiring collegiate athletes, pediatrics, and many other age ranges.

Dr. Goldstein is also an orthopedic lab instructor at both Regis University and The University of Colorado – School of Medicine along with a credentialed clinical instructor through the APTA. He enjoys engaging in clinical excellence and helping guide therapists into a higher level of care. Dr. Goldstein is currently preparing his firth publication that is an imaging series demonstrating the capability of PT’s to be primary care practitioners. He will present multiple MRI images of a rare oncological disorder in a pediatric patient that was screened and referred appropriately.

Dr. Goldstein enjoys multiple extracurricular activities that include skiing, fly fishing, basketball, golf, and general fitness. He is excited about the Fellowship program through Regis University so he cam improve his clinical skills and knowledge.

Travis Gunderson, PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Gunderson received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in 2010. In 2011 he completed residency training in orthopaedic physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI. He is a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the APTA, and well as the Orthopaedic Section.

In 2012 he became board-certified in orthopaedic physical therapy. He has taken continuing education courses within Maitland-Australia Physiotherapy Seminars, Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, as well as the International Spine and Pain Institute.

Dr. Gunderson has been practicing within Park Nicollet Health Services at TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington, MN since 2011 where he sees a broad spectrum of acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders. His practice in the last year has focused on developing strategies for the treatment of chronic non-specific low back pain. Additionally, he has played an important role in the implementation of an insurance-sponsored initiative of direct access to physical therapists for patients with acute low back pain within TRIA and Park Nicollet Health Services.

His desire to develop advanced clinical reasoning, leadership, and orthopaedic manual physical therapy management skills lead him to the manual therapy fellowship at Regis University.

He is a 2007 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, fishing, hunting, playing golf, and watching his MN Twins and Wild.

Richard Hubler, PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Hubler graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2011. He has been working for Select Medical since 2011, working at both NovaCare Rehabilitation and Kessler Rehabilitation Center in an outpatient orthopaedic setting. He became an adjunct faculty member at Seton Hall University in 2013, teaching in the areas of therapeutic exercise and musculoskeletal PT.

Dr. Hubler is an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), certified by the ABPTS in May 2013. He co-authored the article “Effectiveness of Dry Needling for Upper-Quarter Myofascial Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” which is published in the September 2013 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Dr. Hubler has taken multiple continuing education courses focusing on manual therapy, and is certified in ErgoScience and Work Strategies functional capacity evaluations. He has taken courses with Graston Technique and Kinesiotape. Dr. Hubler is a member of the APTA, NJ-APTA, and Orthopaedic Section.

Dr. Hubler recently married his wife, Amanda in November 2013. He enjoys spending time fishing, working outside, and playing golf in his spare time.

Christopher Keating, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT - Dr. Keating graduated in 2009 from Thomas Jefferson University with his doctorate in physical therapy. Since his graduation, he has practiced in outpatient orthopedics and is currently a clinical director in Marlton, NJ.

He is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics since 2012 and utilizes an analytical approach to treat his clients. Dr. Keating specializes in treating spine conditions and runners. He is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and Graston Technique. He employs both to maximize outcomes and provide an educational experience. Communication and social media are an exceptional tool and Dr. Keating has implemented several strategies in his clinic as well as for the New Jersey APTA while the Director of Communication.

Dr. Keating is an orthopedic lab instructor and residency clinical faculty at Drexel University. He enjoys engaging in clinical excellence and helping guide therapists into a higher level of care. Dr. Keating’s research interests are in spine and lower extremity disorders. He is excited to begin the fellowship in order to help craft his research moving forward.

Dr. Keating has an 18 month old and a loving wife. He enjoys running half marathons and challenging himself in the kitchen.

Brent Perdrizet, PT, DPT, OCS - Exercise and healthcare has always been an important part of Brent Perdrizet’s life grewing up with a mother who was an Ironman Triathlete and a grandmother who owned a small Assisted Living Facility. A combination of both a love for the outdoors and the desire to provide compassionate care for individuals shaped his path to seek expert status through the Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Fellowship at Regis.

While earning his Bachelor of Exercise Science, Brent was coaching triathletes and swimmers and pursuing the Wildflower Collegiate National Championship and a brief career as a professional triathelete at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Brent returned to his home State of Connecticut in 2002 where he began working as a rehabilitation technician at several Connecticut outpatient Orthopaedic Clinics while he returned to school to earn his DPT from Sacred Heart University in 2007.

Since 2007 he has been working in acute care as a Physical Therapist in Bridgeport Hospital, a level 1 trauma center affiliated with the Yale New Haven Health System where he gained experience in acute aspects of orthopaedic care. He has also gained experience in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation of orthpaedic clients working at the Carolton Chronic and Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield, CT, and Genesis Lebanon Center in Lebanon, NH.

Brent is an American Physical Therapy Association member (APTA), and Board Certified in Orthopaedics (OCS). He is thankful for his supportive spouse, five year old son, and seven year old daughter for understanding when he needs to work, but whom also enjoy taking frequent well-earned back packing trips in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

Angela Wang, PT, MS, DPT, OCS - Angela graduated PT in 1987 with a bachelor degree. She completed her MS degree in Health Science from Seton Hall University in 2006, transitional DPT in 2012 and obtained her OCS in 2013.

She has worked at Kessler Rehabilitation Hospital since 1993 and has garnered a wide range of experience in acute care, in-patient, and out-patient rehabilitation settings. She has been certified by the Mckenzie Institute, and by the APTA as a clinical instructor and vestibular specialist. She is a member of the APTA and vestibular disorder association. She enjoys teaching in small group settings such as journal clubs and was a teacher assistant for first year DPT students at Rutgers University in 2013.

Angela lives in Morristown NJ with her husband Lenny. Together they enjoy hiking, travelling, and simply hanging out with friends and family.

Fellows in Training 2013 Cohort

Kimberly L. Cowen, PT, DPT, OCS - Kimberly received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2007. Prior to earning her Doctorate, Kim completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from Binghamton University (Summa cum laude) in 2004.

Kim moved to Denver this summer after working in outpatient orthopedic clinics in Massachusetts and New York. Kim’s commitment to providing best practice and optimal results is evident by her Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and participation in multiple continuing education courses, most recently Trigger Point Dry Needling and FMS.

Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and their feline friend, Gizmo. She also loves running, swimming, and hiking!

Arun Garg, PT, MSEd, OCS, CSCS, CEAS - Arun Garg graduated from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), India in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical therapy. In order to explore his interest in the field further he came to USA and earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Wellness from the Old Dominion University. He received Graduate Award for Academic Excellence for the year 2009-10.

Arun is currently working as a Physical Therapist in the outpatient setting at University Hospital, Newark, New Jersey. He worked at Brookdale University hospital, Brooklyn, New York from 2010 to 2012. He is an active member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopedic section and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Arun became an APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics in 2013. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS). His interest in evidence based practice and urge to learn new skills led him to the Manual Therapy Fellowship program at the Regis University.

He lives in Hackensack, New Jersey with his wife, Niharika. They got married in November 2010. They enjoy travelling and spending time outdoors.

Paul D. Howard, PT, PhD, OCS, Cert MDT, COMT - Dr. Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is the coordinator of the musculoskeletal track. He also teaches in the physical therapy anatomy courses. In addition, he is a lecturer and laboratory instructor in the anatomy course at Jefferson Medical College

Besides his activities at Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Howard owns and operates a part-time private practice that he opened in 1999. He specializes in orthopaedics and has a subspecialty in the treatment of performing artists including both musicians and dancers. The emphasis in his practice is patient education, home programs, prevention, and manual therapy.

Dr. Howard completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Millersville State College in 1979. He then pursued a career in physical therapy by attending New York University and completed a bachelor’s degree (1982), master’s degree (1986), and PhD (1991). In 1996 he completed a certification in mechanical diagnosis and therapy of the spine with the McKenzie Institute. Dr. Howard fulfilled the requirements for board certification in orthopaedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2002. In 2008 he completed certification as an orthopaedic manual therapist with Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS).

Dr. Howard has published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Throughout his career he has presented many posters and platform presentations at state and national physical therapy meetings. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

Dr. Howard loves spending time with his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Rachel. He also loves being surrounded by the history and performing arts in the Philadelphia area. In his leisure time he can typically be found reading, playing his cello, working out at the gym, or taking long walks with his wife.

Evan E. Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Kelley became interested in physical therapy during his first 10 years on active duty with the US Air Force. He completed his undergraduate degree and pre-med coursework while on active duty before attending physical therapy school at Simmons College in Boston, MA. Upon graduation with his Masters in Physical Therapy in 1997, he worked at the Boston VA Medical Center until 2000 when he returned to the Air Force as a physical therapist. He continued to serve in that capacity providing primarily neuromusculoskeletal care in various direct access environments around the world until he retired from the Air Force in 2011.

Dr Kelley received his transitional DPT from Regis University in December 2012 and is currently the Lead Physical Therapist at the Greeley, Colorado Multiple Specialty Outpatient Clinic for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Although he carries a varied case load his primary interest is in coupling manual therapy and sports medicine. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and has taken numerous continuing education courses in manual therapy. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Colorado Chapter, Orthopedic and Federal Sections.

Dr. Kelley has been blessed to be married to his wife Chris for the past 26 years. They have a 22 year old son who is in the US Marine Corps, a 19 year old daughter who is attending Colorado State University and wants to be an OT, and a 14 year old son who is Evan’s backpacking and snow sports buddy. He very involved in Boys Scouts of America as an Assistant Troop Leader and enjoys spending as much time up in the mountains of Colorado as possible.

Jodie Rock PT, DPT - Jodie started her PT career at Regis University completing her DPT in 2008. She has been a member of the Colorado APTA since 2005. After completing her DPT she spent 4 years working in outpatient orthopedics focusing on manual therapy course work and joined the Navy in 2012. She is currently an active duty physical therapist at Navy Special Warfare in Coronado CA and recently finished her first deployment in the Middle East.

Jodie’s main focus as of late has been progressing in the use of the SFMA and finishing the first two levels of course work in functional dry needling. This has led to her interest in researching the effects of dry needling on functional changes. In her spare time Jodie can be found trail running, mountain biking or surfing.

Rachel Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Snyder received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University in 2006 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2009. After receiving her DPT and her PT license, she worked briefly at an unfulfilling orthopaedic outpatient facility in Philadelphia, until a serendipitous encounter with a former faculty member lead her to the Advanced Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program at Temple University. During this time Dr. Snyder became clinical faculty at Temple where she participated as a lab instructor for the clinical musculoskeletal courses and treated patients at the Temple Faculty PT Clinic. Dr. Snyder also became certified as a clinical instructor by the APTA, where she was able to ‘pay it forward’ and pass her mentoring along to entry-level DPT students. She completed the residency and received a certificate in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in 2012 and was also certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.

Dr. Snyder recently relocated from Philadelphia after the completion of her Orthopaedic Residency to the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania where she now works at a hospital-based outpatient facility, St. Luke’s Physical Therapy. She is on the faculty & development committee of their newly established Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program, which will be commencing in January of 2013. Dr. Snyder has also been made the Coordinator of Continuing Education at her facility, where she tries to bring the most current, evidence-based educational courses into her clinic to keep her co-workers’ skillsets fresh and her patients’ experiences valuable.

Currently, Dr. Snyder’s interests include manual therapy, orthopaedics, and sports injury prevention and rehab. She has presented research abstracts at conferences such as AAOMPT, IFOMPT, and CSM and is a member of both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and The American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Snyder’s passion for physical therapy and academics, along with encouragement from mentors, has lead her to the Regis University Fellowship in Manual Therapy to further her education and scope of practice. Outside of her love for orthopaedic manual physical therapy, she loves her husband, her stepdaughter, and Phillies baseball.

Craig Vecchiarelli, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS - Dr. Vecchiarelli received his Bachelors degree (2002) and Master degree (2003) in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston. He obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2005. He then completed his DPT from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2009, where he concentrated primarily on manual physical therapy techniques and orthopedic evaluation. In 2013, he obtained his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the ABPTS.

Dr. Vecchiarelli is a current member of the APTA and has worked as an outpatient physical therapist in Tampa, FL for the past 10 years. For 5 of those ten years he has managed outpatient physical therapy clinics. He has taken various continuing education courses in orthopedic and manual physical therapy. Dr. Vecchiarelli is looking forward to refining his manual therapy skills and advancing his knowledge in the areas of research and education.

Fellows in Training 2012 Cohort

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.

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.

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.

Fellows in Training 2011 Cohort

Carlos Estevez PT, MPT - Carlos is an active duty physical therapist with the U.S Public Health Service, (USPHS) one of the seven Uniformed Services. He received his Master in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in 2005. Prior to attending college, Carlos served in the U.S Army as a combat medic. He has over 10 years of medical experience in the Uniformed Services.

As a newly physical therapist graduate, Carlos served as the Chief Therapist for the Choctaw Nation in Idabel, Oklahoma. He then transferred to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and is currently serving in a federal female medical prison in Fort Worth, Texas providing outpatient services. In addition to his duties as a Physical Therapist, Carlos is the Orthopedist Clinic Coordinator, where he triages patients for appropriateness prior to seeing a contract orthopedist as well as assisting the contract orthopedists with patient’s evaluations and treatments. Carlos completed electromyography and nerve conduction velocity (EMG/NCV) didacting training, and he is completing his preceptorship, which will help him in his duties as the primary electromyographer at his current assignment. In addition to his clinical duties, Carlos is the Chair of the Education Subcommittee which is under the USPHS Therapists Advisory Committee, Treasurer for the Hispanic Officer Advisory Committee, and active member for the Junior Officer Advisory Committee.

Earlier this year, Carlos was deployed to Haiti, during the earthquake humanitarian response. Carlos served as a logistics officer, but also had the opportunity to provide desperately needed physical therapy services.

Carlos was recently awarded the USPHS 2010 Therapist Junior Officer of the Year Award.

During his spare time, Carlos enjoys exercising, listening to apologetics, bible studies and spending time with his beautiful wife Sara, and his children Sofia, 3 and Christian, 2 as well as participating in activities at their local church.

Robert B. Swayze DPT, OCS - Dr. Robert B. Swayze (Rob) has been a physical therapist practicing mostly in the specialty of outpatient orthopedics for sixteen years. He received his BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi in1995 and in 2010 finished his DPT from Regis University. In 2006, he received a certification in orthopedic manual therapy through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars as well as receiving his OCS in the same year. In 2011, he received a certification in vestibular rehabilitation and is a member of the APTA. During these 16 years of practice, Dr. Swayze has shown a passion to grow professionally through numerous continuing education courses and commitment to share his knowledge with others. In 2010, he became the clinical education coordinator for his company and he continues to serve as a certified clinical instructor for physical therapy students.

Currently, he is the clinic director for a private practice company, KORT Physical Therapy, in Lexington, Kentucky. Swayze feels that it is a real privilege and blessing to do occupationally what he feels best matches his strengths and personality. Treating patients with orthopedic problems using Maitland principles is what gives him great joy and satisfaction. As he enters his next phase of his career in starting the Orthopedic Fellowship program at Regis, he is excited to reach a whole new level of expertise in a field he already loves very much.

He and his wife, Meg, currently live in Lexington, Kentucky, with their three energetic sons: Sam (12), Ben (6), and Joe (3). His interests are spending time with his family in activities such as hiking, swimming, tennis, and playing guitar.

Monico Tangaan PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Tangaan received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of California San Francsico/San Francisco State University in 2002 and completed his transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2011.

He currently works for Kaiser Permanente in South San Francisco, and has been there since 2003. This past year he became recognized as a clinical specialist at his facility. He enjoys treating patients with lower extremity and spinal dysfunctions, and has a special interest in manual therapy and pediatric orthopedics. He has served as an instructor in their interdisciplinary chronic pain program since 2005.

His interest in the Norwegian-approach to orthopedic manual therapy led him to pursue the Folsom Long-term Orthopedic Manual Therapy Course, which he completed in 2004. In 2008 he became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Later that same year, he began teaching as an Adjunct Instructor at Samuel Merritt University in their DPT program’s orthopedic curriculum. His return to the academic setting inspired him to complete his transitional DPT and enroll in the Manual Fellowship program. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists.

Dr. Tangaan is blessed with three beautiful children and a loving, supportive wife. In his spare time he enjoys family vacations, barbequing, playing basketball and cheering for his Bay Area sports teams: the Giants, Warriors, and 49ers.

E. Benedict Valencia PT, DPT, MEd, ATC, CSCS, NASM-PES, NASM-CES, CKTP, PTRP - Dr. Valencia’s path to physical therapy began at an early age, having an innate interest in the human body through martial arts, various sports, and the basic sciences, in combination with the desire to sincerely help people. His combined upbringing between the United States, the Philippines, and various stops around the globe has allowed him to be diverse in not only the way he approaches people, but even more so with how he treats client with pain and dysfunction.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines, Manila and is a Registered Physical Therapist in the Philippines and in multiple jurisdictions in the United States. He received a Masters of Education in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and has since been a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He also fulfilled a Post-Graduate Fellowship at Yale University (which involved research with lumbar spine stabilization expert Jacek Cholewicki, PhD), and completed his Doctoral of Physical Therapy degree with a concentration in Manual Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Dr. Valencia is currently the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club’s Assistant Athletic Trainer, Team Physical Therapist, and Major League Rehabilitation Coordinator. He is also founder of EVO Performance/Physiotherapy, LLC, a sports rehabilitation consulting company that focuses on bringing professional-sports level care and education to personal clients and organizations around the globe, which he manages to do during the “off-season” in combination with his independent “backpacking” adventures. Prior to joining the Pirates’ major league staff, Valencia spent a year as the Athletic Trainer for the Pirates’ Gulf Coast League Team for the 2005 season while assisting with Rehabilitation in Bradenton, FL. Prior to professional baseball, Valencia spent time honing his skills and gaining knowledge at fine institutions such as the US Athletic Training Center in New York, Yale University, Stanford University, and at the Tilton School in New Hampshire. He is a certified in a number of Manual Therapy techniques including Active Release Technique, Primal Reflex Release Technique, Biomedical Intramuscular Dry Needling, as well as KinesioTaping, and lectures on integrated use of these techniques, amongst other topics in the US and especially abroad. He is a member of multiple organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), International Society to Clinical Rehabilitation Specialists (ISCRS), American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET), North American Spine Society (NASS), National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and is a Consultant to the Czech Republic National Baseball Team, the South African Baseball Union, and is an Expert for Sports Physical Therapy for the Philippine Physical Therapy Association.

E, as he is lovingly known, fills his “free” time with independent travel, adventure sports, and social dancing. He makes South Tampa, Florida his main residence, but divides his time there with Pittsburgh, PA and other locales around the country and the world.

Fellows in Training 2010 Cohort

Michael J Hoy PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Hoy graduated with his undergraduate degree from Daemen College in1995. After 12 years of practice he entered the Regis University transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program and graduated in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded his board certification in orthopaedic physical therapy through the APTA. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Amy and their two dogs.

Dr. Hoy works with Select Physical Therapy in Huntersville, North Carolina. His current practice is based in neuromusculoskeletal injury and post operative orthopaedic care. His interests are in manual and manipulative physical therapy, neurodynamic techniques, and pain sciences. Dr. Hoy’s clinical experience also includes treatment in the acute care setting and adult neurologic injury.

He is active within the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association, currently serving as a district chair. He has been and APTA member since 1994 and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists since 2006.

Kevin Jones PT, DPT - Dr. Jones is a 1986 graduate of the University of Missouri where he earned a BS in Physical Therapy and his DPT from Regis University in 2009. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1984 and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists since 2007. He became a credentialed clinical instructor in April of 2008. He has worked in orthopedics his entire 23 year career and in a variety of settings and positions from staff therapist to administrator of rehabilitation services. He is currently employed as a civilian contractor for the United States Army and enjoys the autonomy provided in this setting.

Dr. Jones is active in his church and has been involved in numerous mission opportunities both locally and internationally. He has been married to his wife Christy for 28 years and they now live in Lebanon, Missouri.