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Our Fellowship in Manual 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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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. Our primarily online program is grounded in evidence-based practice principles and embraces APTA's Vision 2020 Statement. 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. 

The Fellowship in Manual Therapy represents the culmination in training for advanced clinical practice in the field of orthopaedic manual physical therapy. The program challenges students to attain excellence not only in clinical practice and the psychomotor skills of manual therapy, but also as leaders within the profession. Graduates of the program can expect improved patient outcomes as they apply a framework of evidence-based advanced decision-making, patient education, and advanced manual skills to their practice. The professional designator of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) is earned upon graduation and represents a globally recognized credential denoting the highest level of achievement in clinical excellence in orthopaedic manual physical therapy. Our Fellowship has produced over 70 nationally recognized fellows in OMPT, all from our highly regarded and accredited University with over 135 years of history, located on a beautiful campus in Denver, Colorado.

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. Our weekends are for fellowship student only which provides for focused discussions and technique practice. You collaborate with experienced and motivated orthopaedic clinicians on the path to excellence in advanced clinical practice. The "virtual rounds" allow students to review case problems in a structured format and discuss diagnosis, prognosis, & intervention strategies with fellowship faculty. The program is typically completed in 18 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 with an entry-level Physical Therapy degree from an accredited Physical Therapy program are eligible to apply to the Fellowship in Manual Therapy program. Applicants that are not doctorally prepared may need to consult with the program coordinator to determine their readiness for the program, however, generally speaking a strong professional record, OCS certification, years of experience, and PT licensure in good standing are all indications of preparedness for our program.

Start Dates:  Priority deadline for applications is November 15, 2014 (RF-PTCAS opens October 1, 2014) for the January 5, 2015 start, and June 15, 2015 for the August 24, 2015 start date.  Admission decisions are emailed and mailed within two weeks of the application deadline for completed applications. 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.

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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.

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

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Fellowship in Manual Therapy Certificate at Regis University. The total certificate requires 18 semester hours.

Fellowship in Manual Therapy Certificate Requirements
DPT 741T Management of Lumbosacral Disorders (3 semester hours)
DPT 742T Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders (3 semester hours)
DPT 745T Management of Lower Extremity Disorders (3 semester hours)
DPT 746T Management of Upper Extremity Disorders (3 semester hours)
DPT 784T Virtual Rounds I (1 semester hours)
DPT 785T Virtual Rounds II (1 semester hours)
DPT 786T Virtual Rounds III (1 semester hours)
DPT 790T Clinical Fellowship Practicum (3 semester hours)

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.

Course Descriptions

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

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 (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 reimbursement to the teaching Fellow is between the Fellow in Training and the Fellow mentor, and does not include Regis.

Fequently Asked Questions

What is a Fellowship?

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

What is orthopaedic manual physical therapy (OMPT)?

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

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

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

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

What is the mission and philosophy of the program?

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

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

Many ask what theoretical framework the Regis University FMT program uses, with consideration to our influences from pioneers and leaders in OMPT practice. At Regis we build from a foundation of primarily a Maitland approach but draw from elements of many schools of thought which the literature supports, looking for the best blend for each individual and each patient. The value of training in many realms cannot be understated.

What is the Regis University approach to manual therapy training?

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

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

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

We are an established University with a 135 plus years of history to draw from as we continually pursue excellence in education. We have an exceptional and respected faculty base to collaborate with across the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions in programs from nursing, pharmacy, counseling and health education services. Our School of Physical Therapy is nationally recognized, and our faculty are both expert clinicians and passionate teachers, with expertise in many areas of PT, including OMPT. We offer a small college feel in regard to individual attention, but access to abundant and robust resources to support our students like our ITS Help Center, library resources, and extensive alumni network to name a few. Additionally, clinicians considering our program that work for other colleges, members of the military, and hospitals that offer tuition assistant benefits have requirements for tuition reimbursement that often mandate credit be from a regionally accredited program. 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.

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, years of experience, and PT licensure in good standing are all indications of preparedness for our program. 

What do you look for when reviewing applications?

Desire to learn is a priority, a keen interest in manual therapy, conference activity especially AAOMPT, CEU's taken, expressed interests and location of potential mentors. We all have different educational backgrounds be it DPT, BSPT, MSPT, and the length of your career is also a consideration, but not an absolute factor as well. Where you wish to be in three years is a priority. Currently, at a minimum, Fellows in Training (FiT) need to be Orthopaedic Certified Specialists (OCS) eligible, 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 certified at the time of application are expected to sit for the OCS exam prior to completion of the practicum examination or be accepted to sit for the examination. Per APTA current indications, the cut-off for matriculation into a Fellowship without completion of a residency or OCS is going to be January 1, 2016 at which time entering students will need to have completed a residency or be OCS certified.

What are virtual rounds?

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

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

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

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

Can I take a vacation while enrolled in a course?

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

What is the cost of the Fellowship program?

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 $1,605. The total estimated cost of tuition for the 18 semester hour program is $9630. 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 ($60), APTA and AAOMPT membership, cost of travel and lodging to Denver for weekend intensives (5 trips), registration and travel to national conference (must attend one conference - CSM or AAOMPT), possible travel and accommodations to complete the 150 one:one clinical hours.

Am I eligible for student loans during this program?

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

Can I defer my loans while in the Fellowship in Manual Therapy 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 (3 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 6 months. Federal Direct Loans have a 6 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 your Regis University financial aid counselor to discuss variations to schedules.

Do students pay the Fellowship mentors?

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

Do I receive a degree from the Fellowship Programs?

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

Can I begin the Fellowship prior to earning the OCS?

While students are currently eligible to apply to the Fellowship program prior to being OCS certified, the Fellowship is designed to follow an Orthopeadic Residency (or equivalent, i.e. OCS). Students that are not OCS certified at the time of application are expected to sit for the OCS 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 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 exam prior to July 31st of the year they expect to complete Fellowship requirements.

Per current APTA indications, the cut-off for matriculation into a Fellowship without completion of a residency or OCS is going to be January 1, 2016 at which time entering students will need to have completed a residency or be OCS certified.

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.
  • A platform or poster presentation at a national meeting.
  • Participation in research activity.

What are the clinical practice hour requirements of the  program?

Students in the Fellowship in Manual Therapy 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 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 70 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.

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), and possible travel related to the 150 hours of one-on-one clinical practice under the direct supervision of a Fellow.

Is the Fellowship in Manual Therapy program credentialed with APTA?

Yes. 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 Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy since 2006, and currently through 2018.

What are the core courses in the Fellowship in Manual Therapy Program?

The core courses total 18 semester hours:

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

How to Apply

Take the next step in your career today. If you have questions regarding the program, or want additional information, email fellow@regis.edu.

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Next Start Date: January 5, 2015

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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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.

Paul Mintken, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Paul Mintken, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT 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 orthopaedic manual therapy at Regis University. He is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic 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 3 eBooks and 7 book chapters.


Distinguished Alumni

Fellowship in Manual Therapy Alumni

Albin, Stephanie Andersen, Jonathan
Austin, Gary  Bebo, Jennifer
Biederwolf, Nicklaus Brennan, Gerard
Buck, Matthew Burns, Scott 
Carpenter, Joe Chui, Kevin
Cleland, Joshua Cox, Terry
Crane, Patricia Dalton, Brad
Dennison, Bryan Do, Dung Tien
Do, Sandra Egan, William
Estevez, Carlos Frentz, Christopher
Gans, Michael Garvey, Chad
Gattie, Eric Gebhardt, Terry
Geiser, Mary Beth Geist, Kathleen
Glynn, Paul  Groves, John 
Haley-Rezac, Dyanna Jung, Chun-Kwon
Karl, Michael Kinney, Anthony
Kirkland, Amy Koch II, William
Kolb, William Koszalinski, Alex
Kramer, Christopher Leal, Michael
Lindsay, Weston Little, Christian
Long, John Lulofs-Macpherson, Kevin
MacDonald, Cameron MacDonald, Shallyn
Mani, Kaarthick Masaracchio, Michael
Mauszycki, Jon McClinton, Shane
McCracking, Henry McGann, Dustin
Mintken, Paul  Moffit, Steven
Ojha, Heidi Overy, Russell
Pandya, Jeevan Penn, David
Petersen, Shannon Pinto, Daniel
Rainey, Charles Randell, Mark
Rezac, Scott Robbins, David
Rock, Jodie Rodeghero, Jason
Schaible, Phillip Severino, Dominic
Sillevis, Rob Strack, Donald
Thomas, Sumesh Weisbach, Philip
Wilson, Jon Witt, Dexter 
Young, Jodi Zaruba, Richard

Clinicians Pursuing Excellence

Fellows in Training 2014 Cohort

Joseph J. Biland, PT, DPT, OCS, CIMT - Dr. Biland received his bachelors in biology from Seton Hall University in 2003. He remained at the South Orange, NJ campus, graduating with his DPT in 2006.

Joseph is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy since 2013. Prior to receiving his OCS, he had become a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) through the Great Lakes Seminars in 2011. He has also taken classed from the McKenzie and Maitland schools. An avid golfer, he is also a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor – Medical Professional (GFI-MP2) through the Titleist Performance Institute.

He began his career at Morristown Memorial Hospital and moved to Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ in 2009 when he became a Lead Physical Therapist in the outpatient department. While at Mountainside, Dr. Biland has helped grow the outpatient practice, begin clinical research studies and has developed a successful student mentorship program with local PT and PTA programs. Dr. Biland has been an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University, assisting in the instruction of Spine and Extremities assessment and treatment since 2008.

Dr. Biland co-authored the article “Five-Position Grip Strength measures in Individuals with Clinical Depression” which is published in the March 2011 edition of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.

Joseph and his wife, also a PT, reside in Mountainside, NJ. They recently welcomed their daughter into the world in December 2013. In his spare time, he enjoys home improvement, golf, cycling and home-brewing.

Shannon Boyd, PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Boyd witnessed the power of physical therapy in high school after his father suffered a stroke following surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Seeing the passion of the clinicians that worked with his father led him to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Dr. Boyd graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas with a doctorate of physical therapy in 2009. He then pursued advanced training in orthopaedics and manual therapy taking continuing education courses through NAIOMT, IAOM-US, and The McKenzie Institute.

Since graduation, Dr. Boyd has practiced primarily in the outpatient orthopaedic setting. He has been employed in the past by two hospital-based outpatient organizations before moving back to his hometown of Paris, Texas to work with a well established, physical therapist owned, partnership called the Physical Therapy Clinic of Paris.

In 2013, Dr. Boyd became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He uses an integrated approach to treatment for orthopaedic conditions utilizing manual therapy and mechanical treatment principles. His research interests include manual therapy and pain science. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Dr. Boyd lives in Paris, Texas with his wife, Kristin, and they are currently expecting their first child. He is excited to pursue the Fellowship in Manual Therapy with Regis University and hopes to use his experience to promote the practice of manual physical therapy.

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 Orthopaedic 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 orthopaedics, 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 Orthopaedic 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 orthopaedics.

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 attended Beaver College (now Arcadia University) where he received a BA in Biology, and is a 2002 graduate of the first doctoral class at Arcadia University.

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 orthopaedic residency program. During this time he worked in an outpatient orthopaedic clinic in the south Denver region where he was named the Clinician of the Quarter for the state of Colorado. In addition to these devotions Dr. Goldstein manages 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 Orthopaedics 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 orthopaedic 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 fifth 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 married his wife, Amanda in November 2013. He enjoys spending time fishing, working outside, and playing golf in his spare time.

Christopher Johns PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT - Dr. Johns graduated from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania in 2009. He began his career at Lehigh Valley Health Network in the Allentown/Bethlehem area of Pennsylvania. After a dynamic experience splitting time between inpatient, outpatient, and rehabilitation settings, he began to focus on achieving excellence in outpatient orthopaedics and became certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.

This led Dr. Johns to accept a position as the lead physical therapist for Easton Hospital’s outpatient spine program, which is operated by Good Shepherd Rehabilitation. A key component to this program is treatment using Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and he became certified in July 2014.

The focus of his treatment is on patient education with a strong home exercise component. He enjoys integrating treatment methods of Shirley Sahrmann’s movement system impairment syndromes, Robin McKenzie’s MDT, and orthopaedic manual physical therapy.

Dr. Johns is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and the McKenzie Institute, USA.

Dr. Johns currently lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with his wife and two-year-old son and is expecting a daughter in November 2014. He is currently training for his first triathlon which he hopes to complete in September 2014.

Matthew King, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS - Dr. Matthew King received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Following his licensing exam he began employment at a private outpatient physical therapy clinic in his hometown that is owned and operated by his father, Mark King PT, DPT. Dr. Matthew King earned his certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2009 and became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist in 2011. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) and the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA.

Dr. King is currently the clinical director at one of two family-owned offices and attempts to make his community healthier by educating them during several local health fairs, a monthly newspaper article titled “Spotlight on PT” and through no-cost consultations. He has taken several continuing education courses focusing on manual therapy, differential diagnosis, kinesiotape and vestibular dysfunction. He is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA and also acts as the companies Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE). Dr. King’s younger brother, Jarrod King, PT, DPT, recently joined their staff as a physical therapist graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.

In his spare time Dr. King enjoys running, playing golf, attending any Pittsburgh sporting event, particularly a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game, and spending time with his family and friends. He recently celebrated his one year anniversary in May to his wife, Visnja King. Visnja is also a physical therapist that graduated from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2011.

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 orthopaedics and is currently a clinical director in Marlton, NJ.

He is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics 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 exceptional tools 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 orthopaedic 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.

Amita Mali-Raote, PT, OCS - Amita grew up in Mumbai, India where she received her Bachelors in Physiotherapy in 2007 at Seth G.S.M.C and School of Physiotherapy. She practiced as a registered physical therapist in India for approximately 1.5 years as a pediatric and orthopaedic physiotherapist receiving extensive training in Maitland and Mulligan based treatment approaches in Manual Therapy and NeuroDevelopmental Techniques (NDT). She ventured into educating OB/GYN Physicians regarding benefits of Physiotherapy in her neighboring community in Mumbai.

She subsequently relocated to Pittsburgh, PA to pursue her passion in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. She received her Master’s in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy from University of Pittsburgh in 2009. Upon graduation, Amita primarily practiced in hospital outpatient orthopaedic centers in Indiana and Michigan. She has taken several courses to advance her knowledge in orthopaedics and Women’s health Physical therapy. Since joining Jersey Central Physical Therapy in 2012, she successfully completed her Board Certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS) and is pursuing her Fellowship in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

Amita lives with her husband, an engineer, in Northern New Jersey. She loves spending time outdoors in summers. She loves to travel, read, and was learning to golf over this summer. She engages is yoga to connect with her spiritual self. She sketches, paints and attempts photography for recreation.

Kevin McLaughlin, PT, DPT, OCS - Kevin is a New Jersey native, currently living in Baltimore and practicing at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Exercise from Virginia Polytechnic in 2009. He went on to attend Temple University, graduating with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012.

Following graduation, Kevin was an inaugural resident in the newly established Johns Hopkins and George Washington orthopaedic physical therapy residency program. During this time, in addition to practicing in the clinic, Kevin served as adjunct faculty for George Washington’s physical therapy program. Following completion of the residency, he obtained his orthopedic board certification in June 2014.

Kevin’s main areas of interest are manual therapy and sports physical therapy. He enjoys combining manual techniques with high level exercise programs in order to quickly restore athletes to their previous levels of play or beyond. Kevin himself participates in multiple sports and fitness events, such as triathlons, rock climbing, and obstacle course racing. He feels that being an athlete himself allows him to relate more closely to the needs of his patients and provide them with the highest level of care.

Kevin enrolled in the fellowship at Regis in order to further his manual skill set and to better educate himself so that he may serve as a better instructor and teacher. Kevin ultimately would like to serve in a position that will allow him to serve as an educator, while still treating on a regular basis.

Ulrike H. Mitchell, PT, PhD, MTC - Dr. Mitchell grew up in Germany, where she obtained a degree in Sport Science and Romance Languages from the University of Heidelberg. In 1988 she received her BS in Physical Therapy. In 1990, after marrying Bill Mitchell, an officer in the United States Armed Forces, she immigrated to the United States where she obtained PT licensure. She became McKenzie credentialed and received her manual therapy certification in the framework of her MS degree in orthopedic Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine. The next 15 years she spent working in multiple settings and functioned as PT director on several occasions. After working for 15 years in her dream profession, she decided to go back to school to work on a PhD in Exercise Sciences at Brigham Young University with emphasis on physical medicine and rehabilitation. She graduated in 2005 and has been a faculty member in that same department since 2008, where she teaches functional anatomy and orthopaedic impairment. 

Dr. Mitchell's research has been focused on Restless Legs Syndrome, posture and, most recently, the intervertebral disc. She is a member of the APTA and the UPTA, where she has served as the research chair for the last four years. She and her husband have two children: Hanna (16) and David (13) and live in Provo, Utah. She enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors and working at BYU.

Sean O’Reilly, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS -Dr. O’Reilly is currently working in outpatient orthopaedics as a clinical manager in Hyannis, Cape Cod. Sean approaches every day eager to assist his staff in providing the best physical therapy treatment for his patients, and strives to utilize his extensive clinical, educational, business, and managerial expertise to benefit all involved. Sean specializes in turnaround management at the single and multi-site level, restoring a clinics profitability and increasing clinical competency because the former does not occur without first addressing the latter.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and minor in Psychology, he went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Sacred Heart University in 2008. Sean has since achieved his Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Certification (OCS) from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2010, and he has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2007. Sean is currently progressing through the courses necessary to obtain his COMT through MAPS seminars. In addition to his recent enrollment into the Fellowship in Manual Therapy at Regis University, Sean is looking forward to achieving his MBA and eventually pursuing a career in higher education. Sean has clinical research interests which include but are not limited to the shoulder, elbow, and cervical spine and is looking forward pursuing these through Regis University. 

Sean is married to his beloved wife of 5 years Lindsay, and is blessed with a 2 year old son Nolan. They are expecting an addition to their family due January 2015.

Brent Perdrizet, PT, DPT, OCS - Exercise and healthcare has always been an important part of Brent's life growing 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 triathlete 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 orthopaedic 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 who 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.

Ted Weber, PT, DPT, OCS - For as long as he can remember, Dr. Ted Weber has had an abiding interest in helping people achieve meaningful goals. After earning his master’s degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he worked in corporate wellness management for three years before obtaining a position with Stanford Myofascial Institute. At SMI, he rehabilitated athletes that ranged from weekend warriors to professional athletes. Amazed at the power of manual therapy to help his patients recover from injury, Dr. Weber returned to school to earn his DPT from Husson University in Bangor, ME. During his time there, he taught graduate lab courses in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology and Wellness Management. He also earned the Watch Award for highest academic standing and the Plaque Award for community service. He presented original research completed at Husson on the effects of a hard and cushioned surface on landing kinetics and kinematics in premenopausal women at the 2008 APTA national conference.

Upon graduation from Husson, Dr. Weber began working as a physical therapist at Howard Head Sports Medicine in Eagle, CO. During his time there, he earned his board certification in orthopedics and wrote a chapter on degenerative spondylolisthesis in “Physical Therapy Case Files, Orthopedics.” He also served as the Director of Professional Development for Howard Head in western Eagle County. He currently works at Axis Sports Medicine in Eagle CO.

Dr. Weber is very committed to the profession of physical therapy, especially advancing the knowledge and skills of current therapists and the next generation of PT’s. He is continually inspired by the new generation of therapists and derives great joy from helping new professionals achieve their goals while on their clinical affiliations. As such, he serves as a committee member for the professional development committee of the APTA Colorado Chapter and is a Clinical Education Scholar at Regis. One of the many goals he hopes to accomplish via the Regis Fellowship is to expand his skills as an instructor and expand his opportunities to enhance the skills of students and colleagues. He also works closely with local yoga teachers to improve their skills and improve their (and their students) practices.

Dr. Weber has a particular interest using the Regis Fellowship to develop his clinical reasoning and manual skills to improve outcomes in patients with craniocervical disorders as well as the treatment of lower extremity and running injuries. He was immediately drawn to Regis’ commitment to service and hopes to use the fellowship as a springboard to expand his contributions to humanity both locally and internationally.

He enjoys spending time in the outdoors—especially hiking, whitewater rafting, biking and backcountry ski touring—with his friends and neighbors in Eagle. He serves as a board member of the local fire protection district, enjoys spending time with his friends and community, and is an avid 49er fan!

Scott Young, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT - Dr. Young received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Creighton University in 2004. He became a board certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2011. He has been working full- time in outpatient orthopaedics since graduation and he also has experience in sports medicine, workers compensation, inpatient rehabilitation, and community rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Young has taken a wide variety of continuing education courses from the International Spine and Pain Institute, the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, and the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute among others. His primary interests are orthopaedics, manual therapy, spine injuries, and sports rehabilitation. He is currently a member of the Orthopaedics section of the APTA.

Currently he works for Take Care Health Systems which provides on-site medical, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other health services at large corporations across the United States. He co-founded the Physical Therapy program at the Sprint On-site Health Center for Take Care Health Systems in 2010. Before accepting this position he worked as a Center Therapy Director for several years at another large corporation.

Dr. Young became a certified personal trainer (NSCA-CPT) in 2001 and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in 2004. Before becoming a Physical Therapist he worked as a personal trainer and a strength and conditioning coach. He is a former competitive powerlifter and he has competed at local and national events.

Dr. Young lives in the Kansas City area and he enjoys golf, weight lifting, running, and is an avid sports fan.

Thomas Young, PT, DPT, OCS - Dr. Young first became interested in physical therapy due to injuries sustained during youth and high school sports. He graduated from Creighton University with his B.S in Exercise Science in 2008, and decided to continue his education and received his DPT from Creighton University in 2011.

Upon graduation, he took a position with Olympic Sports and Spine Rehabilitation in the Tacoma, WA area. While there, he furthered his knowledge in orthopaedic manual therapy working alongside Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and completing curriculum through the North American Institute of Manual Physical Therapy (NAIOMT). During this time he also had the opportunity to be filmed collaborating with instructors in several online continuing education courses through Medbridge Education. Currently, he works at the Sprint International Headquarters in Overland Park, KS providing on-site care for the company’s employees.

Dr. Young is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. He pursued the fellowship in manual therapy program at Regis to further his professional development. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Kansas chapter and the AAOMPT.

In his free time he enjoys golf and exercise as well as cheering for the Creighton Bluejays, Husker football and Minnesota sports teams.

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.

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

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.

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

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.