John M. Cheeks PT, DPT, DHS, MHS, MSG, CSST, CEA
Dr. Cheeks is a Physical Therapist, Gerontologist, Published Author and Researcher who received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1991. He received a Masters of Health Science Degree in 2005 with an emphasis in orthopaedics, a Clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2006, a Masters of Science Degree in Gerontology in 2008 and his Doctor of Health Science Degree in 2009 from The University of Indianapolis.
Dr. Cheeks is licensed to practice physical therapy in several states. His clinical experience includes serving as a Director of Rehabilitation Services for a major hospital and developing, owning and operating numerous physical therapy practices with several located on-site at major employers such as Georgia Pacific, American Pride Seafood and East Mississippi State Hospital.
He is ergonomic certified to assist in designing safe work places for employees of all ages, especially the aging workforce, to accommodate the work to the worker in a manner that promotes productivity while promoting worker safety.
Dr. Cheek’s work has been published in The Physical Therapy Magazine, The Journal of The American Physical Therapy Association, The Journal of Orthopaedics and Sports Physical Therapy, The Journal of Activities, Adaptations and Aging and Gerinotes, a publication of the Geriatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. His research related to The Eden Alternative and The Green House Project has been published online at www.edenalt.com. Dr. Cheeks currently has several clinical case studies in peer review and is in the process of developing others for publication.
Dr. Cheeks was elected as a member of the National Gerontology Academic Honor and Professional Society in 2007. He has held elected positions in the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association as a member of their Nominating Committee and Board of Directors. He has served on the Legislative Committee of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Cheeks is also a member of the Eden Alternative International Research Committee.
Dr. Cheeks serves a reviewer for The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias and The American Journal of Activities, Adaptations and Aging.
He is a member of numerous professional associations and has been a presenter and speaker at many community, corporate and professional association meetings. He currently practices physical therapy by specializing in orthopedics and geriatrics. He was the recipient of The Celia Robinson Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Award in 1991 at The University of Mississippi Medical Center and the J. T. Gilbert Clinical Award in 2008 from the Mississippi Association for Home Care.
Dr. Cheek’s hobbies include woodworking, hunting and fishing in his spare time.
Salvatore Doceti PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Dr. Salvatore (Sal) Doceti is a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of Texas. He received a Masters of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2003 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2010. Sal is board certified in orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a credential that he earned through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Sal previously served as an officer (Physical Therapist) in the United States Air Force and is currently a Captain in the Air Force Reserve.
Sal is a Senior Physical Therapist at Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) in Houston, Texas where he assists with managing the Orthopedic Residency Program. Sal has been involved in missionary work and has traveled with a team of medical professionals to El Salvador, providing physical therapy services to several underserved communities in that country. Sal has special interests in evidence based physical therapy, sports medicine, and orthopedics. He is also an active member of the Texas Physical Therapy Association and serves on the Southeastern District’s Government Affairs Committee.
Sal is happily married and has a beautiful two-year-old daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and regularly participates in a wide variety of sports and recreational activities.
Michael Gans PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Mike Gans is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006. He began working for Physical Therapy Partners in Avon, CT as a physical therapist, then as a site director. He became a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2009.
Mike is currently employed by Physical Therapy Sports Medicine Centers in Guilford, CT, where he works as a staff physical therapist as well as serving as the clinical education coordinator for PTSMC’s 11 locations. In addition, Mike is an adjunct faculty member of Sacred Heart University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, serves as the Eastern District Vice-Chair for the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) and acts as the co-chair of the CPTA’s Orthopedic Manual Therapy Special Interest Group. Mike treats a wide variety of diagnoses including musculoskeletal, orthopedic, balance, and vestibular disorders and is certified in the Graston Technique. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Connecticut Physical Therapy Association, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Mike enjoys skiing, golfing, playing soccer and traveling in his free time and currently resides in New Haven, CT. Despite living and working in Connecticut for the past 6 years, Mike remains a devoted Pittsburgh sports fan.
Mary Beth Geiser PT, DPT, OCS
Mary Beth Geiser PT, DPT, OCS has been a practicing physical therapist for over 20 years specializing in orthopedics, sports medicine and spine rehabilitation. Her career has also allowed her to work in the field of chronic pain. She maintains a referral-only caseload in a traditional sports medicine facility while working about 30 hours a week in direct patient care. She is a member of the Aurora HealthCare spine committee, lectures at continuing education courses sponsored by her employer and acts as clinical instructor.
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1990 and her Clinical Doctorate (DPT) from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2008. Dr. Geiser has three published abstracts (Archives of Physical Medicine and Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy) and numerous other articles in PT Connections, the newsletter for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA). She became an ABPTS Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 1999, and was re-certified in 2009.
Dr. Geiser has 15 years of experience teaching graduate level Physical Therapy coursework across a wide variety of content. She presently holds adjunct faculty positions at three major universities: Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI) and Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon, WI). Dr. Geiser has taught, co-taught, or lab assisted classes in Kinesiology, Pain Management, Upper and Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders, Spinal Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, and Electrotherapy. She has also taught or co-taught elective classes in Advanced Orthopedics and Advanced Anatomy and Kinesiology (with a cadaver lab).
Dr. Geiser has presented at many local and national conferences on topics related to physical therapy documentation & reimbursement, PT issues for persons with clinical hypermobility, the topic of spinal manipulation and other manual therapy issues.
Working as a liaison and advocate for her profession, she volunteered her time as the State's Reimbursement Chair for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA) for over 6 years. As a representative for WPTA both nationally and locally, Dr. Geiser influenced payment policies decisions, participated in legislative issues and created the first ever Insurers Forum for the state of Wisconsin. She also played an integral role in the conception and design of the Reimbursement pages and links on WPTA’s original website (www.wpta.org). Dr. Geiser is member of the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including the APTA’s Special Interest Groups for Orthopedics, Pain Management and the Performing Arts, and also the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (AAOMPT).
Dr. Geiser is a recent recipient of the Aurora Metro Region PM&R Professional Development Recognition Scholarship from her employer. She was also honored with a WPTA Service Award and Certificate of Appreciation for her extensive volunteer efforts as WPTA’s Reimbursement Chair and was a past recipient of the Mary Pat Murray Award for Clinical Excellence from WPTA’s Southeast District. Dr. Geiser is married to her husband Chris and is the proud mother of 4 children. She enjoys gardening, baking and spending time with her family.
Michael Karl PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Karl completed his Bachelor of Art degree in Exercise Science from Western Washington University in 1998 and his Master of Science of Physical Therapy and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon in 2002 and 2003 respectively.
He worked for four years at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Washington focusing on general orthopedic therapy, as well as specializing in the assessment and treatment of lower quarter biomechanical dysfunction and treatment with manual therapy and custom orthotics. During this time Dr. Karl took numerous manual therapy continuing education courses and became certified in Graston Technique, which utilizes specially designed tools to assess and treat soft tissue restrictions.
In 2006, Dr. Karl moved to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area to be closer to his wife’s family. He worked in private practice specializing in sports medicine and orthopedics, managing a satellite office for a small private practice. Motivated to improve his clinical skills and knowledge, he became board-certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 2008.
In 2010, Dr. Karl moved back to a hospital-based, academic setting and joined Good Shepherd Penn Partners (GSPP), which is the physical therapy provider for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He achieved a Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation through Emory University/APTA in 2011. Dr. Karl joined Arcadia University’s Physical Therapy faculty as an adjunct faculty member in 2011, assisting with laboratory sessions in a number of different areas. Additionally, he lectures in GSPP’s new orthopedic residency program, in which he covers topics including lower quarter evaluation and treatment. Dr. Karl’s other therapy interests include prevention and management of chronic pain, prevention of falls and fall risk reduction, and vestibular rehabilitation.
During his limited free time Dr. Karl enjoys spending time with his wife and son outside as much as possible. He is an avid runner, cyclist, and home chef.
William “Wil” Kolb entered the profession of Physical Therapy with a Masters Degree from Old Dominion University in 1996. Wil expects to matriculate in the Regis University T-DPT program in the fall of 2012. He has had a diverse career path in PT with experiences including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care hospital and multiple outpatient settings. Currently Wil works as Supervisor of Rehabilitation for a community hospital within the Carilion Clinic Health Care System and manages a full outpatient caseload.
Past achievements include Carilion Rehabilitation’s “Clinical Excellence” award in 2010, the Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) in 2007 along with the establishment of a community based wound care center. Professional memberships include APTA where Mr. Kolb currently serves the Virginia Chapter of APTA on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Mountain District and the Practice Committee Liaison.
As a lifelong learner, Wil enjoys the dynamics between learning and teaching. He has had multiple manual therapy learning experiences throughout the years sparked by one of his entry level clinical internships. Wil currently teaches patient management techniques within the Carilion Health Care system, including the use of the electronic medical record, and has been instrumental in the establishment of a Clinical Excellence program for his employer. He is a Certified Clinical Instructor by APTA and has worked as an Adjunct professor for the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Wytheville Community College. Current interests include Outcome Reporting and Direct Access in health systems, Chronic pain, and Whiplash Associated Disorders.
Wil lives with his wife of 15 years on their farm in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Life is good as together they raise 2 boys and a large heard of fainting goats. Wil enjoys serving in the local church, the pursuit of lifelong fitness, and leading outdoor activities with the Boy Scouts.
Darren Neeley PT, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Neeley graduated in 2008 from the Physical Therapy program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Since Graduation he has worked for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah in hospital based outpatient orthopedic clinics. He has been a member of the APTA and the Orthopaedic section since 2007. Dr. Neeley has lead a team of Physical Therapists at Intermountain Healthcare in creating a Care Process Model for the treatment of patients status post Total Knee Arthroplasty surgery, which spans from preoperative through all phases of postoperative care including acute postoperative, home health, and outpatient care. This Care Process Model will lend itself to future research studies examining value based care and effectiveness of Physical Therapy in postoperative care in this patient population.
Dr Neeley also serves as the Information Technology chair for the Utah chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association where he is involved in updating the website, managing social media platforms related to the chapter, and future efforts to provide teleconferencing of Spring and Fall conferences to chapter members unable to attend in person.
Dr Neeley enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and two young boys-ages two and four. He also loves to play golf and fly fish.
Jeevan Pandya PT, MHS, OCS
Jeevan Pandya PT,MHS,OCS has been a practicing Physical Therapist for 5 years. At present, he practices at St. Francis Sports Medicine Clinic, an outpatient orthopedic setting of a St. Francis Hospital. He is an active member of APTA and Orthopedic section of the Indiana Chapter of the APTA.
Jeevan earned his Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy from the University of Pune, India. He moved to US in 2004 with desire to enhance skills in the field of Physical Therapy. He attended the University of Indianapolis and graduated with Master’s of Health Science in Physical Therapy in 2006. Since graduation he has gone through Orthopedic and Manual Therapy courses to augment his skills as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist. In 2011 he was awarded his Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He, presently, got accepted for the Fellowship in Manual Therapy Program through the Regis University. He is also pursuing his Certification in Maitland and McKenzie Therapy.
During free time, Jeevan likes to workout in the gym, play Tennis or racquetball.
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 DPT, MPT, MBA
Matthew Vraa, DPT, MPT, 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.
Matthew Buck PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Matthew Buck graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Movement Science in 2006. In 2009, he earned his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Since graduation, Matthew has worked for Select Physical Therapy in Tempe, AZ. His passion for out-patient orthopaedics and manual therapy led him to attain his certification in manual therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2010. Matthew is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Orthopaedic Section, and of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Dr. Buck has been practicing Physical Therapy for three years and has worked exclusively in an outpatient setting, where he predominately works with patients presenting with orthopaedic conditions, vestibular dysfunctions, and athletes with sport injuries. Matthew prescribes to a patient centered model of care and is a strong proponent of judicious use of spinal and extremity manipulation.
Matthew is pursuing his Fellowship in Manual Therapy to become more involved in clinical research and to further elevate his current level of practice.
Dr. Buck currently resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife Suparada and their beagle “Mo”. In his free time Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, golfing, and reading a good book.
Eric Gattie PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
Eric started his sports medicine career in athletic training at Mercyhurst College, graduating in 2004. He spent the next year completing an athletic training fellowship through the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute (NHMI). Eric’s experience during the fellowship peaked his interest in physical therapy and he graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 2008 with his DPT.
Eric has been working at Concord Hospital’s Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics since 2008. His interests include general orthopedics, TMJ, manual therapy, and concussion. Over the last 2 years he has been part of the development of the Concussion Assessment and Management Program (CAMP). In 2010 Eric became a lab assistant and guest lecturer at Franklin Pierce University.
Eric had a poster presentation at the National Athletic Trainers Annual meeting in 2009 on the Validity and Reliability of the Monitored Rehabilitation Functional Squat Proprioception Test Component. He has also participated actively in research through NHMI on emergency football facemask removal from an injured athlete.
His desire to improve his manual skills, and teaching skills led him to the Regis Manual Therapy fellowship.
In his free time Eric and his wife Bridgett enjoy spending time hiking in the White Mountains, snowboarding, and dabbling in triathlons.
Dustin McGann, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. McGann received his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2003, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005.
He has been working in outpatient physical therapy for the past 5 ½ years. He has been working at Bethesda Physical Therapy and Wellness Inc. since 2010, and specializes in treating patients with spine and orthopedic problems.
In 2007 he completed the Long Term Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Course, and in 2008 became an APTA Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. He is also a current member of the APTA Orthopaedic Section. In 2008 he also became a Titleist™ Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Golf Fitness instructor, and in 2011 completed TPI’s L2 medical professional course.
Dr. McGann has been married to his wife Laurie for 1 ½ years. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors.
Charles Rainey, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, CSCS
Charles is an active duty physical therapist with the U.S. Navy currently stationed in San Diego, CA. He currently is the Division Officer of a physical therapy branch clinic that services and treats the Sailors and Marines of the Pacific Fleet. He will soon be transferring to Naval Special Warfare Group One treating SEAL operators with various neuromusculoskeletal injuries. He is credentialed in Electroneuromyography and performs EMG/NCV studies as an electromyographer at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Charles received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Arkansas State University in 2000 and a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management from Missouri State University in 2002. He has over 10 years of health/wellness experience including managing sites at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and multiple medical fitness centers in Southwest Missouri. He worked for Missouri State University as an adjunct instructor teaching various health/wellness courses before beginning his doctoral studies. He went on to receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Southwest Baptist University in 2009. He is Board Certified in Orthopedics (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Charles serves as a member of the Medical Service Corps Professional Development Executive Steering Committee. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including the Orthopaedic and Electrophysiology sections, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Charles has many interests in research including publishing a manuscript entitled “Determining the prevalence and assessing the severity of injuries in mixed martial arts athletes”. He currently has two publications in press, including co-authoring two book chapters on sports rehabilitation. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, reading, exercising, and traveling.
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.
Jodi Young PT, DPT, OCS
Jodi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Concordia College-Moorhead and went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota in 2005.
Jodi works as an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Franklin Pierce University in Goodyear, Arizona. Her primary areas of teaching include orthopedic examination/evaluation, kinesiology, evidence based practice and differential diagnosis. She also currently serves as a lab assistant for the anatomy and manual therapy courses.
Prior to taking her teaching position with Franklin Pierce University, Jodi worked in outpatient orthopedic clinics in both Phoenix, Arizona and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She continues to maintain practice at an outpatient orthopedic private practice in Phoenix, AZ.
Jodi has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the orthopedic section for several years. She recently became a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. She also serves on several university committees, including the IRB Committee for Franklin Pierce University.
She feels that manual therapy skills are one of physical therapists’ most important tools and is looking forward to expanding her skills to benefit not only her patients, but also her students.
Richard Zaruba PT, PhD, OCS
Dr. Zaruba initially became interested in physical therapy after sustaining a knee injury while in the Army. He completed his PhD in neuroscience specializing in spinal cord motor sensory integration at the University of North Dakota in 2004. He then decided to complete a DPT at the University of North Dakota in 2007 and fulfill a desire to work with patients in a clinical setting with a goal of eventually becoming involved in clinical research.
He has been working at Minot AFB, ND since 2008 as the Physical Therapy Element Chief for the 5th Medical Group, and enjoys treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. In this position, Dr. Zaruba has earned advanced clinical privileges under the USAF to include ordering imaging, laboratory studies, referrals and a limited scope of medication, while working in both a referral and direct access capacity.
Dr. Zaruba is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and has taken a number of continuing education courses in orthopedic and manual physical therapy. His desire to improve his clinical skills and expand his professional role led him to the manual therapy fellowship at Regis. Dr. Zaruba is an active member in the APTA and is the Orthopaedic Section state liaison for North Dakota. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Dr. Zaruba has a 7 year old daughter and a loving wife. He enjoys practicing martial arts, reading books and playing baduk in his spare time.
Jennifer C. Bebo PT, DPT, OCS, LCDR U.S. Public Health Service
LCDR Bebo graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy, received both board certification in orthopaedics from the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialists and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2010. LCDR Bebo was the recipient of the Leadership in Clinical Practice Award upon graduation from Regis University. She began her career as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service in Indian Health Services as a staff PT in Gallup, NM upon graduation from PT school. After six years at Gallup Indian Medical Center, LCDR Bebo transferred to the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority in Idabel, OK where she served as the Chief of Physical Therapy for three years. LCDR Bebo is currently stationed with the Cherokee Nation in Muskogee, OK as the Physical Therapy Supervisor. LCDR Bebo has worked in remote areas in multiple settings including acute care, sub acute inpatient and outpatient and general hospital-based outpatient.
As a Commissioned Officer, LCDR Bebo has served as the Navajo Area Commissioned Officers Association Branch President, as an aide-de-camp to the Surgeon General and currently is a voting member in the Therapist Professional Advisory Committee and the deputy section chief for the administration team on Rapid Deployment Force #4. LCDR Bebo most recently presented on deployment response integration at the 2011 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit.
LCDR Bebo is an active member of the following organizations: American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopaedic Section Public Relations Committee Member, Federal Section Member), American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (Public Relations Committee Member), Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association and Commissioned Officers Association.
LCDR Bebo is also the proud mother of two active, young daughters and enjoys training for triathlons.
Trish Crane PT, DPT, CLT, Cert. MDT, CSCS
Trish graduated from Long Island University with a BS/MS in physical therapy in 2003 and from Widener University with her DPT in 2006. Since graduation, Trish has worked in a hospital based outpatient center in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Harcum College’s PTA program and a lab assistant at Temple University’s DPT program in the musculoskeletal track.
Trish is currently an employee at an outpatient center at Moss Rehab, treating a varied caseload of orthopedic, lymphedema, and pediatric patients. While at Moss Rehab, Trish received a grant in 2009 to run a wellness exercise group for breast cancer survivors.
Trish is certified in mechanical diagnosis and treatment in the McKenzie method, a Certified Lymphedema therapist, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She also volunteered on a medical mission in Guatemala in 2010 with Hearts in Motion.
Brad Dalton DPT, OCS
Brad received his Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 2003 and 2007 respectively. He became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2009 and a credentialed Advanced Clinical Instructor in 2010.
He has worked for Intermountain Workmed Physical Therapy in Ogden and Salt Lake City Utah for eight years. He performs full Functional Capacity Evaluations, ergonomic assessments, works onsite at OC Tanner’s manufacturing plant to reduce work related injuries, and generally tries to keep the working population in Utah working.
He has taken several manual therapy continuing education courses from Tim Flynn, Jim Meadows, Steve Moffitt, and Jake Magel.
When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. He also spends time serving in his church, rock climbing, playing ultimate, disc golf, and racquetball.
Dyanna Haley-Rezac PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CKTP, CGFI
Dyanna is a Marine Corps Veteran who has been involved in athletic training, sports conditioning and rehabilitation for over 20 years. She is a fourth generation Coloradan. Dyanna completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA in 2001 and graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University in 1998. She is very committed to continuing education completing an average of 100 hours per year and active with CO SE District in arranging educational events.
She and her husband, Scott Rezac, entered private practice in 2009 and run a thriving practice, Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy, in Colorado Springs. They regularly mentor students and support education in a variety of ways including teaching Evidence-Based Taping courses online, nationally and locally. She has also been an affiliate faculty member at Regis University since 2007 and guest lecturer for PIMA Medical Institute and Grand Rounds at Regis University. Dyanna was recently named a “Rising Star” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
Dyanna is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP) , Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Level 2 Medical Professional (CGFI-MP2) and APTA Certified Clinical Instructor (CI).
Specialty interests for Dyanna include Therapeutic Taping, Podiatric Therapy and Lower Kinetic Chain Dysfunction, TMJ/Maxillofacial Dysfunction and Cervicogenic Headaches, Spine Rehabilitation, Sacroiliac Dysfunction, Sports Medicine, General Orthopedics and Wellness for Special Populations. Her prior experience includes Pediatric and Neurological Rehabilitation.
Dyanna is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), CO SE District Secretary, CO APTA Mentoring Committee and CO APTA Planning Committee Member, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).
In her spare time, Dyanna enjoys mountain biking, skiing, golfing, gardening and spending time with Scott, her family and their therapy dogs, Frisco and Kona.
Anthony Kinney DPT, OCS
Dr. Kinney graduated in 1997 from the University of Portland with a B.A in Psychology. Prior to his matriculation as a physical therapy student he spent three and a half years at Oregon Health & Science University as a Research Assistant in the Departments of Behavioral Neuroscience and Neurology. His interests in athletics, neuromotor control, and human anatomy led him to pursue a career in physical therapy. In 2002, Dr. Kinney graduated from New York Medical College with an M.S. in Physical Therapy. He completed his Post-Professional Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008, while at the same time completing his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
In 2006, Dr. Kinney received his Board Certification in Orthopedics (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He has received awards in recognition of excellence in patient care.
His clinical interests include evaluation and treatment of shoulder pain related to cervicothoracic dysfunction, neck pain following head injury, and rehabilitation of snow sport injuries. Also, he is interested in consumer driven health care, and the economics that influence clinical decision-making.
Dr. Kinney has clinical experience in outpatient private practice, acute hospital care, hospital based outpatient rehabilitation and occupational health. In addition, he has served as a teaching assistant in physical therapy at Touro College in Manhattan, and as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy at Sacred Heart University. In the fall, 2011 he will start on faculty in the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Montana. Dr. Kinney has completed numerous continuing education courses in orthopedic physical therapy with a primary focus on evaluation and manual therapy treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, Dr. Kinney has been a volunteer physical therapist for the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA), providing physical therapy coverage for USSA athletes at competitions and training camps.
Dr. Kinney’s desire to improve his orthopedic manual therapy skills and improve his clinical mentorship and teaching skills better clinical mentor prompted him to seek out the Regis Manual Therapy Fellowship.
Dr. Kinney’s professional affiliations include: American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedics, Sports, Education, and Hand Sections); American College of Sports Medicine; and the Wilderness Medical Society.
Dr. Kinney’s desire to improve his orthopedic manual therapy skills and improve his clinical mentorship and teaching skills better clinical mentor prompted him to apply to the Regis Manual Therapy Fellowship.
On a personal note, Dr. Kinney is married to his beautiful bride of 5 ½ years. Together they have a 2-½ year old son (with another baby boy on the way in September), and an Alaskan malamute. Dr. Kinney’s hobbies include: skiing (alpine and nordic), mountain biking, swimming and soccer.
Michael Masaracchio PT, DPT, PhD(C), OCS, SCS
Dr. Masaracchio has been a practicing physical therapist for 10 years now. He received his BS/MS in physical therapy from Long Island University in 2001, and completed his TDPT from Creighton University in 2005. Currently, Dr. Masaracchio is a doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University.
For the past 10 years, Dr. Masaracchio has been working at Masefield Cavallaro Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic and sports clinic. He currently is the senior physical therapist on staff, with responsibilities of student education and professional development of young therapists. After spending 5 full years in clinical practice, Dr. Masaracchio transitioned to the academic setting where he now is Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at Long Island University. He currently teaches anatomy, physiology, as well as orthopedic and sports medicine content. Dr. Masaracchio has received both his Orthopedic Clinical Specialty (2004) and Sports Clinical Specialty (2010) from the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition, to his academic appointment, he maintains approximately 15 hours of clinical practice a week treating a variety of orthopedic and sports pathologies.
Dr. Masaracchio is currently a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Outside of physical therapy, Dr. Masaracchio has been married for two years and enjoys spending time with this wife, family, and friends, as well as playing and watching sports in his spare time.
Scott Rezac, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CKTP, CEAS, CCCE
Scott Rezac is originally an Orange County (CA) native who transplanted to Colorado Springs in 2004. His involvement in physical training and fitness goes back for over 20 years as a Black Belt instructor in Kenpo Karate, rock climber, marathoner, and in the field of physical rehabilitation. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2001, is Board Certified in Orthopedics, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, Tiliest Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Level 2 Medical Professional, Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, and an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor.
Scott is co-owner of Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy, a national and local instructor for Therapeutic Taping Courses, Center Coordinator of Clinical Education Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy LLC and Former Program Director, ACCE, Advisory Board Member and lecturer for Pima Medical Institute, Denver, CO.
Scott is a member of the APTA as well as the CO SE District Chair and committee member of the CO APTA Professional Education Committee Member, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and the Colorado Physical Therapy Network (CPTN) Treasurer and Board Member.
In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, golfing, running, martial arts, and spending time with his wife Dyanna and their therapy dogs Frisco and Kona.
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.
Carlos Estevez PT, MPT
Carlos is an active duty physical therapist with the U.S Public Health Service, (USPHS) one of the seven Uniformed Services. He received his Master in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in 2005. Prior to attending college, Carlos served in the U.S Army as a combat medic. He has over 10 years of medical experience in the Uniformed Services.
As a newly physical therapist graduate, Carlos served as the Chief Therapist for the Choctaw Nation in Idabel, Oklahoma. He then transferred to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and is currently serving in a federal female medical prison in Fort Worth, Texas providing outpatient services. In addition to his duties as a Physical Therapist, Carlos is the Orthopedist Clinic Coordinator, where he triages patients for appropriateness prior to seeing a contract orthopedist as well as assisting the contract orthopedists with patient’s evaluations and treatments. Carlos completed electromyography and nerve conduction velocity (EMG/NCV) didacting training, and he is completing his preceptorship, which will help him in his duties as the primary electromyographer at his current assignment. In addition to his clinical duties, Carlos is the Chair of the Education Subcommittee which is under the USPHS Therapists Advisory Committee, Treasurer for the Hispanic Officer Advisory Committee, and active member for the Junior Officer Advisory Committee.
Earlier this year, Carlos was deployed to Haiti, during the earthquake humanitarian response. Carlos served as a logistics officer, but also had the opportunity to provide desperately needed physical therapy services.
Carlos was recently awarded the USPHS 2010 Therapist Junior Officer of the Year Award.
During his spare time, Carlos enjoys exercising, listening to apologetics, bible studies and spending time with his beautiful wife Sara, and his children Sofia, 3 and Christian, 2 as well as participating in activities at their local church.
Dan Fisher PT, DPT
Dr. Fisher is a graduate of the University of Utah where he received a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy Studies, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006. He has worked with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah since his graduation. Dr. Fisher works at two separate outpatient facilities where he specializes in treating orthopedic conditions. He has been a member of the APTA since 2003, and the Orthopedic Section of the APTA since 2006.
Dr. Fisher is actively involved in collecting clinical data for an extensive database that allows a network of therapists, and researchers to analyze and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Fisher is also currently involved in enrolling, and providing care for patients in two clinical studies aiming to more clearly define which patients respond most favorably to cervical and lumbar traction. He has also helped collect data for a past study assessing the effectiveness of three manual therapy techniques for patients satisfying a clinical prediction rule for manipulation.
Dr. Fisher enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys. He is very involved in his church, and local community. He also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and involvement in local political issues.
Kathleen Geist PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Dr. Geist graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Microbiology. She graduated from Georgia State University with a BS in Physical Therapy, and then received a tDPT from University of Indianapolis.
Dr. Geist has been treating patients in an outpatient orthopedic setting for the last thirteen years. She received her ABPTS certification in Orthopedics in 2005 and received her certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from Maitland Physiotherapy Seminars in 2006. She is an Assistant Professor at Emory University and practices in the clinical faculty practice on campus. She has a published a chapter on the Evaluation and Treatment of Brachial Plexus Lesions and received a Research Grant from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia for research relating to the foot and ankle in 2010. She serves as an article reviewer for the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Achives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Physiotherapy Research International. Currently, she is serving a three year term as the Manual Therapy Education Interest Group for the Orthopedic Section of the APTA.
Her clinical expertise is in areas relating to the spine, foot and ankle, and manual therapy.
Roger Tsai DPT, OCS, MS
Dr. Tsai is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy. He had his undergraduate physical therapy education in Taiwan. He received a Master’s degree in Anatomy from National Taiwan University. He then attended master’s program of physical therapy for developmental disabilities at NYU in 1996. Dr. Tsai graduated from Stony Brook’s transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2008. He is an adjunct faculty at Stony Brook University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program since 2008.
Dr. Tsai works in a hospital-based outpatient network. The majority of his caseload is orthopedics. He does see some pediatric and neurologic patients. Dr. Tsai is the winner of the 2010 Sr. Martha Winum award for exemplifying mission and values of Catholic health care. Dr. Tsai is a member of AAOMPT and APTA’s orthopedic, pediatric, research and education sections.
Dr. Tsai is an active volunteer. In 2010, he participated in a medical relief mission in Haiti, as well as attended the Youth Assembly in the United Nations with other young volunteers. He is the director of student activities in Tzu Chi Academy of Long Island. He also advises college, middle/high school volunteers on Long Island. Dr. Tsai participates in local free clinics and health seminars.
Matt Armentano PT, DPT
Matt is a commissioned officer in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). He graduated in 1997 with an AB in Psychology from Wabash College. In 1998, he received a commission in the U.S. Army for the purpose of attending the U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. After graduating from this program in 2000, he proudly served for in the U.S. Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO as a Staff Therapist from 2000-2003 and as Chief Therapist at Ft. McPherson, GA from 2003-2005. In 2005, Matt received his board certification in Orthopedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and transferred from the U.S. Army to the USPHS to serve as a Physical Therapist in the Indian Health Service (IHS).
As an officer of the Commissioned Corps, he served the people of the Navajo Nation as Chief PT at Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility, Chinle Arizona from January 2006 to December 2007. During this time, he returned to his studies receiving his DPT from the U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in May 2007. In December 2007, he transferred to Tahlequah, OK where he practices as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
In addition to his work as a PT in the USPHS, he serves as Field Representative Coordinator for the USPHS Therapist Professional Advisory Committee and as an active member of the Junior Officer Advisory Group's Awards Committee.
Outside of physical therapy, Matt enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and 3 wonderful children (5, 3, and 18months), brewing beer, cooking, and any physical activity outdoors.
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.
Angela M. Tognoni PT, DPT
Angela received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in 2003. She graduated in 2007 with her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University.
Angela currently works as a civilian for the United States Navy in San Diego. She works in a busy outpatient physical therapy clinic that manages a variety of musculoskeletal diagnoses and serves the sailors that are stationed in the Pacific Fleet. She enjoys the autonomous practice and has been able to work alongside many providers as a result. She hopes that the fellowship with help to elevate her current level of practice and help to provide optimal care to her patients.
She is a member of the APTA as well as the orthopedic and sports sections of the APTA. Angela enjoys traveling and spending time with her English bulldog, Cooper.
Eric Arguello PT
Dr. Arguello graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pre-Medicine. He then completed the requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology at Florida State University in 2000. He also received his Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida in 2006 and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Regis University in 2008. He is currently a PhD Exercise Physiology Candidate at Florida State University with an anticipated completion in the fall of 2009. His doctoral dissertation is investigating the effect of focal cooling on knee joint stability and biomechanics. His other research interests include the clinical management of athletes with knee and shoulder dysfunction.
Dr. Arguello has a variety of health care experience. He has previously served as a Medic in the United States Air Force and a Licensed Vocational Nurse and Emergency Medical Technician. During his Physical Therapy career, Dr. Arguello has practiced in the outpatient setting managing patients primarily with orthopaedic conditions and sports injuries. He currently practices in an outpatient clinic in Tampa, FL. His overall goal is to teach at the University level in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Dr. Arguello is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Sports section, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In his free time, Dr. Arguello enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and coaching wrestling.
Denis Nolan PT
Denis Nolan P.T. graduated from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy in 1990, licensed in State of Texas. He is concurrently earning his Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy through Regis University and preparing for the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Exam. Mr. Nolan is a recent member of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, a career-long member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and current member of the Research Section. He is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor, and aspires to one day become a Professor of Physical Therapy.
Although currently serving on remote assignment in the Republic of Korea, he will move his spouse, Ellen, their three boys (Jon, Jus, James) and their dog Ranger (Border Collie) to Northern California in June 2009. There he will operate the second largest Physical Therapy Clinic in the Air Force.
Mr. Nolan’s career path reflects his love of eclectic practice. He started his career as a pediatric therapist at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, a non-profit charity hospital in San Antonio, TX, where his primary duties included oncology ward, spina bifida clinic, cerebral palsy habilitation. His 10 years of civilian practice also included concentrations in amputee rehab, catastrophic injury rehab (TBI, SCI, poly-trauma), orthopedics (in/outpatient). In pursuit of autonomy and education, he entered military service in June 2000 as an active-duty officer in the United States Air Force. Current duties include Medical Group Senior Executive, Deputy Clinical Medicine Flight Commander, Element Chief Physical Therapy Clinic. As a military therapist, and physician extender he has earned credentials for full autonomous practice and in times of low census, operates his as an open access PT facility.
Greatest accomplishments: servant of Jesus Christ, 19 years of marriage to his loving wife Ellen, fatherhood.
Secondary accomplishments: Veteran, Operation Enduring Freedom. 2003 Air Force Company Grade Physical Therapist of the year 2003 Air Education Training Command Company Grade Physical Therapist of the year.
Research Interests: Spine and Sport, Patellofemoral Dysfunction, Shoulder instabilities. Research Contribution to: J.M. Whitman, T.W. Flynn, PhD, PT et al. A Comparison Between Two Physical Therapy Treatment Programs for Patients With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis SPINE Volume 31, Number 22, pp 2541–2549
Hobbies: His Frisbee-loving dog (Ranger), Birds of Prey, forest ecology, hiking, biking, combat history of American aviation.
Kane McAndrew DPT, OCS
Kane McAndrew received his DPT from the U.S. Army -Baylor University Doctoral program in Physical Therapy in 2006.He received his OCS certification in 2008. He is an active duty Army physical and has over 15 years of military service. He is presently serving as the assistant chief of Physical Therapy in an outpatient clinic at Fort Polk, LA and will be transferring to Fort Campbell, KY this summer to serve as a physical therapist for a brigade combat team.
Kane enjoys the autonomous practice setting that the military offers and has a special interest in orthopedic and sports physical therapy as this is the majority of what affects most soldiers. He continues to strive to gain experience and education through the fellowship to allow him to provide optimal care to his patients.
He is a member of the APTA, orthopedic, federal and sports sections of the APTA along with the AAOMPT and National strength and conditioning association. Kane enjoys traveling and working out during his free time.
Geoffrey Klein PT, MPT, OCS
Geoffrey received his Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University in November 1997. After working as a staff PT and manager at an out-patient facility in downtown Chicago, he completed an Orthopedic Residency Program at University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics and Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. At the completion of the residency Geoffrey became board-certified in Orthopedics in 2006. He returned to Chicago for two years and managed an out-patient facility before moving to Denver, Colorado in October of 2008. He currently works in Boulder, Colorado, and is completing the transitional doctorate physical therapy program at Regis University.
Geoffrey has worked predominately in an out-patient, orthopedic environment and specializes in spinal therapy, TMD, and shoulder pathologies. He is a member of the orthopedic section of the Colorado chapter of the APTA, as well as AAOMPT. He enjoys scuba diving, soccer, hiking, and skiing.
Charles G. Blake PT
Mr. Blake is a 2001 graduate from the US Army/Baylor Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and is currently a Captain in the Army Medical Specialist Corps. He is a member of the APTA, the Orthopaedic and Sports Sections and also holds membership in the AAOMPT and the American Medical Athletic Association. He has held numerous positions throughout the Army at Fort Drum, NY, Fort Campbell, KY and Fort Sill, OK. At Fort Campbell, he created and implemented the process for direct access of Soldiers to physical therapy and established Physical Therapy within the department of orthopedics as valued primary care managers for neuro-musculoskeletal injuries by triaging deploying Soldiers to primary care, neurology, orthopedics or physical therapy. From Fort Campbell he deployed to Iraq in November 2004 – November 2005 with the 86th Combat Support Hospital as one of three physical therapists in country. As the chief of outpatient orthopedics and Physical Therapy, CPT blake was responsible for diagnosing and treating all coalition members from overuse to traumatic war time injuries. He is a charter member of the Internal Review Board for all research conducted in the theater. At Fort Sill, OK he became the first Physical Therapist on Brigade Staff in the US Army Training and Doctrine Command and carries the title of Brigade Surgeon. He is directly responsible for evaluating Soldiers who become injured in Basic Combat Training and removing them from training if they are unsafe to train. If a Soldier is removed from training, CPT Blake is responsible for the plan and execution of their healing, rehabilitation and reconditioning so the Soldier may return to training. This is the only such program in the Army and Fort Sill now boasts the best return to duty rate of any of the five Basic training sites.
CPT Blake is the primary author for research to identify traits that make a trainee susceptible to stress fractures and he has a case for the Imaging Section in JOSPT under review for hip fractures. He has presented original research (second author) at Baylor University Graduate Day in 2001 and this research was published in PTJ in 2004. In his free time, Mr. Blake likes to go long in his running shoes or on his bicycle.
Andrea R. Marchese PT, DPT, CMT
Dr. Marchese graduated from Colorado State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science with emphasis in Sports Medicine. During this time, she teacher assisted in Gross Anatomy and Human Dissection. She continued her education at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy and earned her certification in massage. She practiced massage therapy for a year and decided to continue her education at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver (UCDHSC) where she earned a Master of Science (2005) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (2007).
Dr. Marchese currently works at an outpatient clinic associated with a small community hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. She primarily treats patients with orthopedic injuries across the lifespan. In addition, Dr. Marchese started her own fee for service business this year as a manual therapist in downtown Grand Junction. In the future, she hopes to participate in the development of a physical therapy assistant program at Mesa State College. Her professional interests include direct access, evidence-based practice, clinical education, manual therapy and research.
Dr. Marchese is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) with section membership in orthopedics, the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center Physical Therapy Alumni Association and the American Heart Association.
Anthony Wayne McCormick PT, MS, OCS, CSCS
Mr. McCormick is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy as well as being a graduate of Auburn University with a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. Mr. McCormick is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mr. McCormick has clinical interests in spine and lower quarter dysfunction as well as sports-related injury prevention and rehabilitation. He has provided sports-medicine physical therapy as well as strength and conditioning concepts to the high school, college and professional level.
He is currently concluding his transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with Regis University and plans to help establish residency programs in the southeast upon completion of his fellowship training.
He is an avid woodworker, musician and martial artist.
Patricia S. Vickland DPT, MA
Dr. Vickland earned her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976 and her master's in Physical Therapy from Standford University School of Medicine in 1978. Patricia was awarded Magna Cum Laude from UCLA and graduated with high honor recognition from Stanford.
Early employment included staff physical therapist positions at University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco General Hospital. She started an outpatient private practice physical therapy clinic in San Francisco in l979, specializing in general orthopedics and sports medicine, until she moved to Longmont, Colorado in l985. Dr. Vickland incorporated her second private practice outpatient clinic in l986, where she continues as President with management and clinical responsibilities, specializing in manual therapy, orthopedics, and sports medicine.
Dr. Vickland completed her transitional doctorate degree from Regis University, December of 2007, and is currently a manual therapy fellow in training. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Colorado Chapter of the APTA, Orthopedic and Private Practice sections, and was the first female Paul Harris Fellow in the Longmont Rotary Club.
Patricia is the mother of seven children ranging in age from 21 to 8 years old.
Richard Burton Westrick DPT
Rich received his DPT from the U.S. Army – Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy in 2006. He is an active-duty Army physical therapist, currently the PT for the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, CO. He has been in the military for over twelve years serving in numerous assignments including Assistant Chief of physical therapy at 121st Combat Support Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, a combat tour as the PT for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq, with previous assignments in Heidelberg Germany, Walter Reed Army Medical Center D.C., and San Antonio, TX.
Rich enjoys practicing in the direct-access military setting, particularly in the field of orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He has found evidence-based manual therapy skills to be an invaluable asset while providing physical therapy to soldiers. While off-duty, Rich enjoys taking advantage of all Colorado has to offer including skiing, trail running, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and rafting.
He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedics and Sports sections) as well as the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Craig Goldberg PT, DPT
Dr. Craig Goldberg currently works at an outpatient PT owned clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, but he will probably be relocating to Austin, Texas to pursue other PT opportunities.
He graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, received his t-DPT from University of St. Augustine, and recently became an OCS. He comes into the Fellowship program because he wants to be a better clinician, become an educator, and perhaps engage in research. Dr. Goldberg has a background in fitness/wellness and hope to partner this with his PT work in the future.
In his "spare time" Dr. Goldberg Iikes to read inspirational work and is presently completing the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. He also enjoys books on networking and marketing. He exercises 5-6 days per week as much for the mental as physical. Dr. Goldberg is married and has a 2.75 year old boy who is absolutely great and exhausting.
Ramesh Malladi PT, DPT
Dr. Malladi graduated from University of Madras, India in the year 1988 with a bachelor degree in physiotherapy. His career began in a multi-specialty hospital as a physical therapist and gradually got involved in administration and teaching. He was also instrumental in establishing a Stroke Care Unit at the hospital and ran it successfully for six years. He has conducted seminars and workshops for students and physical therapists on Motor Control and Stroke management. He migrated to USA to pursue higher education and to enhance his professional skills.
Dr. Malladi after moving to Michigan worked in geriatrics for a short period and moved on to work with TBI patients for four years. He is currently a part of Alternative Rehab Inc., Livonia Michigan an outpatient physical therapy practice that specializes in orthopedic manual physical therapy. He completed the orthopedic manual physical therapy residency program offered by Institute of Manual Physical therapy. As a faculty member of IMPT he teaches neurological basis of the orthopedic problems and assists Dr. Deepak Sebastian PT, MHS, MTC, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT in mentoring the residents of the Institute of Manual Physical therapy program. He completed the Doctor of Physical therapy program offered by the AT Still University of Health Sciences in the year 2006. He has Presented a poster at the International Conference on Organization and Delivery of Neurological Services November 1994, New Delhi, India Motor Relearning Program in Stroke Rehabilitation He recently presented at the poster session of the Annual AAOMPT conference March 2007, St. Louis MO. Suprascapular nerve entrapment at Spinoglenoid notch-Effectiveness of Physical Therapy Management.
He currently maintains an active membership at the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic section and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.
Raghu Aravind Chovvath PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Chovvath, having graduated from a college of physiotherapy in Chennai, India in January of 1988, established and ran the physical therapy services of a major hospital. In this institution he was also involved in a teaching program for entry level students of physical therapy for seven years. He migrated to the United States of America in search of further improving his professional skills.
In the U.S., initially having worked in geriatrics, he got interested in the field of manual therapy. Following this interest and having tried many eclectic training programs and getting board certified in orthopedic physical therapy, he finally settled in the orthopedic physical therapy residency program of the Institute of Manual Physical Therapy. Having graduated from this program he followed up by completing his DPT program from the A.T. Still Institute of Health Sciences in Arizona. Presently he practices in a busy outpatient orthopedic practice and teaches in the Institute of Manual Physical Therapy mentoring residents in orthopedic physical therapy. He has always been interested in research and, in the midst of his busy practice, has participated in a study evaluating the reliability of positional palpation of lumbar spine along with Dr. Deepak Sebastian PT, MHS, MTC,DPT,Phd, FAAOMPT. He presently lives in Michigan and practices at the Alternative Rehab Inc. in Livonia. He maintains membership in the APTA , Orthopedic section and the Academy of the Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.
Hanni R. Cowley PT, SCS, CSCS
Hanni received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in December 2004. After working for 6 months in a rural outpatient clinic, she completed a Sports Residency Program at Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine in La Crosse, WI. At the completion of the Residency Program she continued to work in the Sports Medicine Clinic at Gundersen Lutheran in a position that is part-time clinic and part-time research. Her research interests and publications are based in the area of lower extremity biomechanics, injury risk factors, and prevention in athletes. Hanni became board certified in Sports Physical Therapy in 2007. Hanni also is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Physical Therapy program and assists with musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment classes and research based classes. Awards include the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association 2005 Rookie of the Year, Graduate Student Achievement Award – UW- La Crosse, and Jim Gould “Make a Difference” Award.
Amy Garrigues PT, DPT
Dr. Garrigues graduated from Simmons College in Boston (2004) with a doctorate in Physical Therapy. She chose to pursue a Health and Wellness concentration while at Simmons, aimed toward Nutrition. Dr. Garrigues presented an epidemiological study on ski injuries during the culmination of her Doctorate. The study compared the incidence of lower leg fracture in skiers and snowboarders to that of persons on ski boards, a newer style of ski with non-releasable bindings. She is currently involved in the Fellowship in Manual Therapy program at Regis University (Denver, CO). She has been accepted and will be sitting for the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist boards in March 2007.
Dr. Garrigues has been a member of APTA since 2001 (Sports and Orthopaedics sections), and AAOMPT since 2006. She was panelist on clinical education at the APTA Annual Conference (June 2005) in Boston, MA.
Dr. Garrigues’ clinical experience is in orthopaedics. She began working at a private, outpatient facility in Maine that specializes in sports and orthopaedic injuries in a predominately adolescent population. She is currently employed at a private, outpatient clinic in Minnesota specializing in back and neck pain, but enjoys the challenge of treating patients of all orthopaedic diagnoses.
Dr. Garrigues came to the profession of physical therapy after several years of working as a professional ski patroller at a large eastern ski resort. She is currently in her eleventh season of ski patrolling, now based at a small ski area near Minneapolis, MN.
Shane Koppenhaver MPT, OCS
MAJ Koppenhaver, an active-duty Army physical therapist, is currently a full-time student at the University of Utah where he is working toward a PhD in Exercise Physiology under the mentorship of Dr. Julie Fritz. He received his Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the U.S. Army/Baylor University Graduate Program in 1998, and became board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2001. MAJ Koppenhaver has served in a wide variety of physical therapy positions including chief of physical therapy in a small out-patient Army clinic and assistant chief of physical therapy in a large Army medical center in Germany. Most recently, he started and directed the Army’s second Amputee Care Center in San Antonio, Texas. MAJ Koppenhaver has lectured to military physical therapist and physician colleges on musculoskeletal injuries and DOD/VHA Clinical Practice Guidelines for Low Back Pain and Sciatica in Primary Care, served as an associate professor in Northern Virginia Community College’s Physical Therapy Assistant Program and is currently an adjunct professor in the U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy. His publications include a randomized clinical trial (RCT) on lateral epicondylitis and a literature review on conservative care of low back pain. Additionally he has been involved with four RCTs investigating optimal management strategies for low back pain, spinal stenosis, adhesive capsulitis, and shoulder impingement.
MAJ Koppenhaver is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. His current research interests and PhD dissertation involve investigating the underlying neurophysiological and biomechanical mechanisms of spinal manipulation using rehabilitative ultrasound imaging (RUSI) to measure trunk muscle function and a novel ultrasound indentation method to measure spinal stiffness. Outside of physical therapy, MAJ Koppenhaver serves on the board of directors of Save The World (STW), Inc. and enjoys outdoor activities with his family.