Contributors

Our panel of experts includes PTs and Physio's from around the world! We have experts in orthopaedics, geriatrics, fitness, sports, kettlebells, women's health, PT Education, and some current DPT students.

Dr. Dustin Jones, PT, DPT, CSCS, RKC

I am a Home Health Physical Therapist working to keep people resilient and independent  at home.  The aging process is tough for everyone involved.  It can wear people (patient & caregiver) down physically as well as mentally.

I've seen this first hand and do what I can to help.  I am by no means an expert, but I hope to share the lessons learned along the way to help you navigate the aging process well.

  • I began my rehab & fitness career working with collegiate athletes and now spend much of my time working with home bound adults in Columbus, OH.
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Kentucky (DPT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Russian Kettlebell Instructor (RKC I)
Find more of Dustin's work over at www.dustinjonespt.com

Dr. Aaron Swanson, PT, DPT, CSCS
Aaron Swanson, DPT, CSCS is a physical therapist practicing in New York City.  Aaron was first introduced to the world of movement and rehab as a student Athletic Trainer for the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers.  After completing his degree in Exercise Science, he attended NYU for his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  Since graduating, Aaron has worked in private orthopedic clinics that focus on movement restoration through manual therapy, neuro-based exercise, and strength training.  Aaron has a strong interest in the holistic approach to movement patterns and the integration of performance training into the rehab setting.


Twitter: @aswansonpt
YouTube: ASwansonPT
Selena Horner, PT

Love life... Love living... Love helping people get back to living their lives!

Honored to have been tagged by colleagues as the Straight Talk Express of the PT World on Twitter 

Options for health care can be overwhelming. Sometimes sharing knowledge online helps improve the ability to make decisions.  When it comes to physical therapy, I appreciate the opportunity to connect with you on topics especially important for older adults and injuries to the muscles and bones.

Four years ago I began a sport journey - triathlons! I have learned so much about myself and even about the issues many of you face! It takes work to change a lifestyle... everyone has an opinion on something so how do you know who is providing the best opinion... one needs to be ready to commit to change... our attitudes matter...it's important to control fear and set realistic expectations... I could go on with more, but I think you get the point.

If you'd like to more about me:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/selena-horner/6/708/462

Dr. Ben Fung
Dr. Ben Fung, PT, DPT is a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of California who earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with honors.  Dr. Fung’s thesis on kettlebell exercise was presented and published by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2010.  In addition to lecturing at national health conferences on the science of kettlebell exercise, Dr. Fung founded “Kettlebell and Physiokinetic Fitness” which went on to become a San Diego 2011 Best Alternative Exercise Studio Finalist, and, established Kettlebell Therapy™ as a gateway to network with clients, patients, and enthusiasts.  His advocacy for health and wellness continues to garnish increasing attention from social and news media.  Dr. Fung’s philosophy of practice centers upon a compassionate understanding of the human experience.

Dr. Fung currently serves at Sharp Memorial Hospital as the Primary Spine Physical Therapist for Acute Care, the Chief Instructor for “Kettlebell and Physiokinetic Fitness”, a consultant for Sharp Best Health, and, provides private services through Kettlebell Therapy™.

For more information, please follow Dr. Ben Fung on Facebook or Twitter at:

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Adam Kelly, MS, ATC
Adam graduated with his B.S. in Athletic Training in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received his M.S. in Athletic Training from Illinois State University in 2014. He is about to begin work on his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami.

He has worked with several national championship teams and athletes over the past several years and uses a solid but ever developing background in manual therapy, the Functional Movement System (FMS + SFMA+ YBT) and pain science to help his patients and clients.

Adam has a strong passion for running, brazilian jiu jitsu, and injury prevention. He lives by the phrases "First move well, then move often" by Gray Cook and "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Check out Adam's blog at EatRunRehabilitate.com

Dr. John Rusin, PT, DPT, CSCS, FMS1/2, SFMA, ART
Dr. John Rusin is a sports performance physical therapist and strength and conditioning specialist, and owner of JR Fitness Systems, a human performance facility that specializes in Active Release Techniques, Functional Movement Systems, along with cutting edge training methodology and programming.  Dr. John has treated NFL Pro-Bowlers, along with training athletes from all walks of life, including Major League Baseball, Ironman, high school and collegiate athletics, and clients with weight loss and composition goals.  

Read more of Dr. John's work at drjohnrusin.com

Dr. Dan Pope, DPT

Dan is a 27 year old life long athlete, health and fitness professional and self proclaimed meathead.   He competed on a division 1 level as a polevaulter at Rutgers University in college and went on to pick up strongman and crossfit after graduating.  Since then he has qualified for the North American Strongman National Championships 4 years in a row and in 2009 he won the national championship in the 175 pound class.  Dan has been involved in health, fitness and nutrition since he developed an obsession with it at the age of 12.
Dan holds a Docotorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ.  He also has a B.S. in exercise science with a minor in nutrition from Rutgers University.  Dan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds certification in Crossfit (Level 1) and the Functional Movement Screen (Level 1).  Dan practices what he preaches and believes that life is ripe for the taking and anyone with the right mindset can achieve greatness.
Contact Dan: dpopetraining@gmail.com
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Dr. Dave Tilley, DPT
I am a Physical Therapist at Bay State Physical Therapy in Salem MA, and a women's optional gymnastics coach for North Shore Wildcat's in Beverly, MA. My PT practice philosophy is based in Sports Medicine and Outpatient Orthopedics with a focus on manual therapy, functional based exercise, and evidenced based practice. I was a competitive gymnast throughout my life and and have been coaching gymnastics for 11 years, which allows me to specialize in the treatment and preventative injury care for gymnasts. Using education and gymnastics specific application, I promote an integrated preventative rehabilitation model for gymnasts, coaches, and those involved in the sport to use during training. I also strive to take current movment systems approaches used in rehab/performance and transfer them over to the gymnastics world to help reduce injury and increase performace for those involved in the sports. I created my blogging website, "The Hybrid Perspective" in an effort to bridge the gap that exists between the rehabilitiona/performance and gymnastics world and share my ideas. I'm always looking to learning new ideas and trying to best help those that I work with in both of my careers.

Find more of Dr. Dave at hybridperspective.com

Dr. Aracelly Latino-Feliz, PT, DPT, FMS/SFMA
Dr. Latino-Feliz graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a B.S. in Human Sciences. She obtained an M.S in Physical Therapy from Florida International University in 2007 and just completed her Doctorate in physical therapy from the University of South Florida. 
Dr. Latino-Feliz specializes in orthopedic and sports injuries and has worked with patients of all ages including; active retirees, high-school, collegiate, professional and olympic-level athletes. She has completed certifications in full body ART including peripheral nerve entrapment, FMS 1, SFMA and will be taking course A of the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) sequence this coming fall. She is also pursuing a COMT utilizing the Australian Maitland approach.
Dr. Latino has been a part of the fitness industry for over 12 years as a group exercise instructor teaching classes like TRX boot-camp, hip hop aerobics, body sculpting, spinning, and yoga. 
Recently she started a blog dedicated to helping women bridge the gap between delivery and performance. She is on a mission to spread the word about the importance of rehabilitation and recovery post-partum.
Please follow Dr. Latino-Feliz at:


Kris Gunnars
My name is Kris Gunnars. I’m a medical student, personal trainer and someone who has spent years reading books, blogs and research studies on health and nutrition.

My Passion for Nutrition

I became pretty much obsessed with health some time in the year 2007. I started lifting weights, consuming every piece of information I could find on diet and exercise. Fairly quickly, my main interest turned to nutrition. My goal in the beginning was to find out how to optimize physical health, mental well being and brain power. I started reading books and searching scientific studies. Something I ran into which surprised me greatly was that the official nutrition recommendations I had been led to believe were wrong. There is an immense amount of evidence I’ve found that runs completely contradictory to what the governments and dietitians around the world are recommending.
Since I started medical school and became a personal trainer, I’ve learned that the textbooks on nutrition that our future doctors and health authorities read are based on that same faulty or nonexistent evidence.
The fact of the matter is that there is an immense amount of incompetence in the areas of nutrition, weight loss and disease prevention. My goal is to change that and this website is part of my mission.
Find Kris' excellent posts at Authority Nutrition
Richmond StaceMCSP MSc (Pain) BSc (Hons)
Originally training as a Registered General Nurse, Richmond developed an interest in pain whilst observing the varying responses in recovery after operations. Richmond continued to train as a physiotherapist and has a further degree in Sport Rehabilitation and a Masters Degree in Pain Science. Subsequently he has established several clinics in London that specialise in treating patients suffering from conditions that involve long term chronic pain. He is also a regular blogger and a very active twitter user (@painphysio) where you can follow his developing understanding of pain and its treatment. Richmond is on the editorial team for the Physiotherapy Pain Association (PPA), a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), The Royal Society of Medicine and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. 

Richmond's site - Specialist Pain Physio

Dr. Seth Oberst, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Seth Oberst, DPT, CSCS is a residency-trained physical therapist and strength & conditioning coach with a holistic, evidence-based approach to human movement patterns and their impact on physical and sports performance. Dr. Oberst received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Ohio University and has undergone extensive training through an APTA-credentialed Sports Residency. He has presented on motor control topics at several national conferences for clinician scientists and is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and academic achievements relating to motor control and muscle fatigue.

Currently practicing in South Carolina, Seth focuses on performance-based sports medicine with an emphasis on returning athletes to elite-level sport and performance with a movement-based treatment approach combining manual therapy and progressive strength and conditioning techniques. His clients have included collegiate and professional athletes in both team and individual sports as well as competitive age-division athletes in multiple sports. He has also worked as an Injury Prevention and Performance Consultant for several high school sports teams.


Dr. Jo
Doctor Jo is a licensed Physical Therapist and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She started her PT career in 2007 at a rehabilitation hospital, which was a great place to learn about EVERYTHING. However, working weekends and holidays was not her favorite thing to do, so she now works for a private university in their SportsMedicine Department.

In her spare time, Doctor Jo runs AskDoctorJo.com, a popular website and YouTube channel designed to show the correct techniques for physical therapy exercises and stretches through engaging how-to videos.

Dr. Jake McCrowell, PT, DPT, CMTPT
Jake McCrowell, PT, DPT, CMTPT earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Old Dominion University in 2010, after excelling in both the classroom and practical realms of his educational experience. He graduated with honors upon completing diverse and challenging clinical internships with a sports medicine emphasis. Here, he absorbed invaluable clinical skills from experienced and gifted clinicians. Additionally, he earned his B.S in Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise with an emphasis on Exercise Promotion from Virginia Tech, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Jake has been persistent at reviewing current evidence based research and attending multiple continued education courses to implement the best possible care for his patients. He has performed functional movement screens on athletes from all levels, including the professional athlete. Further, Jake has lectured at several professional seminars to therapist and medial doctors regarding movement assessment and interventions for the athlete. He also adjuncts for the ODU school of physical therapy. Jake has become proficient with specialized manual techniques including spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, and trigger point dry needling leading to a certification through myopain seminars (certified manual trigger point therapist). Further, he specializes in retraining a normal movement pattern with the correct exercise progression. Additionally, he has been an avid triathlete, Crossfit athlete, and half-marathon participant for several years, applying his knowledge in related fields to enhance his own performance and that of his peers.

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Jeff Juraska, PT, MS
Jeffrey Juraska has been successfully practicing Physical Therapy for over 5 years. With a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Jeff has taken his knowledge and applied it in the field to help thousdands of people overcome injuries and complications. Jeff's career started in Connecticut and made its way to sunny Arizona where he has been running his outpatient clinic in North Scottsdale for the last two years.

For Jeff, Physical therapy is a lifestyle!
Credentials
University of Connecticut, Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (2006)
National Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified (2005)
Soul Supports Foot Orthotics Certified (2004)
Therapy Affiliations / Positions
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) - Member Since 2003 House of Delegates Usher (2005) Perspectives Magazine Editorial Advisory Group (2010-2011) .

Arizona Physical Therapy Association Bylaws Committee (2009-present) Membership Benefits Committee, Co-Chair (2010-present) Political Action Committee, Chair (2011-present) American Academy Private Physicians, Affiliate (2011).
Dr. Greg Cecere
Greg is a board certified Doctor of Physical Therapy who earned his degree at the University of Delaware. Prior to his graduate work, he attended Binghamton University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and interned in the sports medicine department, working primarily with the men’s and women’s cross country running and track and field teams as a student trainer. After graduating from the University of Delaware, he joined NY Orthopedics in NYC. Not only was he able to launch his career in orthopedics and sports medicine in an exceptional setting of rehabilitation, research and medicine, he was able to continue expanding his knowledge and skill set alongside a very talented physical therapist, Chris Johnson.

With two years of experience under his belt, Greg decided to pursue a very unique opportunity as a traveling physical therapist. Over the course of a year and a half, he completed five different job assignments in Palm Springs and Salinas, CA, Puyallup and Auburn, WA, and Leonardtown, MD, each lasting three months. The exposure to several different outpatient orthopedic clinics throughout the country allowed Greg to practice and hone his craft even further. His various clinical and administrative experiences also factored into his decision to open his own practice upon returning to his hometown of New Paltz, NY.


Having been a lifelong athlete, Greg has strong interests in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation and continues to pursue educational opportunities in these areas as well as pain science, nutrition and manual therapies. In particular he is fascinated by the power of the brain and nervous system, and how it can be harnessed to maximize outcomes and performance.

Find Greg at www.momentumptnp.com

Tom Goom, BSc, MCSP

Tom is a physiotherapist with over 10 years of experience and a very keen runner! He graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in 2002 and since then has worked in clinics in the UK and overseas. His career started in Winchester where he worked in the NHS and developed a specific interest in lower limb rehab and joined the physio team at a semi-professional football club. Following the Tsunami in 2004 Tom travelled to Sri Lanka and did voluntary physiotherapy work in a hospital, teaching local staff, treating patients and fundraising for new equipment. Tom returned to the UK in 2006 and started working in Brighton as a senior physiotherapist. His interest in rehab continued to grown and he ran lower limb and spinal rehab groups as well a chronic pain programme. Tom started RunningPhysio in March 2012 to help those training for marathons that spring, since then it’s developed into a resource used by runners all over the world.

Tom can be found posting regulary about running and injuries at The Running Physio


Dr. Jon Herting, PT, DPT, CSCS, HFS
Jon graduated from Ursinus College with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a minor in Wellness and Fitness Education. While at Ursinus he was a four year starter on the soccer team and team captain. He continued on to Widener University where he graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy. While at Widener Jon lectured nationally at he APTA Combined Sections Meeting on the topic of Student Run Pro Bono PT Clinics (2011, 2012). He received the Otho Davis Scholarship in 2011 which is given to a student majoring in a sports medicine field recognizing their service to the community. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Widener University.
Jon coached both youth and high school soccer and worked as a personal trainer and strength coach in both the corporate and private sectors prior to beginning PT school. During this time he earned several certifications including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) through American College of Sports Medicine, as well as certifications from the following organizations; United States Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach, International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation, Certified Kettlebell Teacher (CKT 1), and a Kettlebell Athletics Coach Level 1. He is also certified in the Functional Movement Screen and as a Level 2 Youth Conditioning Specialist through the International Youth Conditioning Association. Because of a past history of ACL reconstruction himself he also became certified as a Sportsmetrics ACL Injury Prevention Certified Instructor. He has taken course in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) and Graston Technique.
Jon is also a contributor at sportsrehabandperformancegroup.org
Dr. Joseph Brence, DPT

Dr. Joseph Brence is a physical therapist practicing in Pittsburgh, Pa.  When he is not busy treating patients, he is  involved in several, large clinical research projects.  His interest is to further determine “how stuff works” and has a large interest in the brains involvement in the human “pain” experience.  He has defined pain as: “a neuroimmunological experience caused by a  pre-rational decision to protect the body based upon multiple variables including but not limited to those which are related to biological, psychological and social threats”, which sounds really complicated, but means that there are many things that contribute to pain, besides just the tissues of your body.  

Joseph is also married to his wonderful wife, Kristen, has a Boston terrier named Ellie, and enjoys exploring the south hills of Pittsburgh with both of them.  To read more from Joseph, visit www.forwardthinkingpt.com

Dr. Eric Christensen, PT, DPT

Eric Christensen, PT, DPT graduated his Doctorate of Physical Therapy program from Regis University in 2009 where he published a journal article on the effect of whiplash on the cross-sectional area of the muscles surrounding the throat as well as presenting at multiple conferences. He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Exercise Science and a focus in Sports Medicine. In practice, Eric enjoys working with all populations of patients in the orthopedic and neurological field. He has specialized in custom orthotic prescription and casting, vestibular reprogramming, and manual therapy. In his practice, Eric takes a developmental approach to rehabilitation utilizing the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. He uses functional movement patterning and manual therapy to return patients to prior levels of function. When not at work Eric enjoys reading, camping, hiking, skiing, and spending time with his family (Chip, Eevee, Owen and Ashley)!

Eric Works at Chandler Physical Therapy

Dr. Andrew M. Ball, PT, DPT, Ph.D, OCS, CMTPT
Dr.  Andrew Ball is a board certified orthopaedic physical therapist with nearly 20 years experience in physical therapy.  Drew has earned numerous advanced degrees including an MBA/PhD in Healthcare Management, and post-professional DPT from MGH Institute of Health Professions. He has completed a post-graduate fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) at University of Rochester, and a post-doctoral clinical residency in Orthopaedic physical therapy at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Clinically, Drew has mastered a wide-range of manipulative therapy techniques and approaches via continuing education and residency experiences (ultimately creating and co-creating  several new techniques).  He is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a sports performance enhancement specialist (PES) and  was personally trained and certified (CMTPT) by Janet Travell’s physical therapist protégé (Dr. Jan Dommerholt of Myopain Seminars) in myofascial trigger point dry needling.  Dr. Ball serves on the Specialist Academy of Content Experts (SACE) writing clinical questions for OCS exam, as well as research and evidence-based-practice questions for all of the physical therapist board certification exams.

Dr. Ball currently serves on the clinical and research faculty at the Carolinas Rehabilitation Orthopaedic physical therapy residency teaching research methods and evidence-informed clinical decision making, but also contributes to the clinical track mentoring residents in manipulative therapy and trigger point dry needling.  His publication record is diverse, spanning subjects ranging from conducting meta-analysis, to models of physical therapist graduate education, to political empowerment of patients with physical and intellectual disability. Dr. Ball’s most recent publications are related to thrust manipulation and can be obtained open-access from the International Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation.

Drew is married to his wonderful wife Erin Ball, PT, DPT, COMT, CMTPT.  Erin is Maitland certified in orthopaedic manual therapy (COMT), certified in myofascial trigger point dry needling (CMTPT), and has extensive training in pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and lymphedema management.  They live with their two dogs one of which is a tripod who was adopted after loosing his hind-leg in a motor-vehicle accident.
Contact Drew:  DrDrewpt@gmail.com



James Speck, PT, MS
James graduated with a combined Bachelors and Masters degree in Physical Therapy from D'Youville college in 2002. He has over 10 years of clinical experience specializing in the treatment of orthopaedic and sports injuries. James has a strong interest in the science of physical medicine, and his post-professional coursework and training has centered around the management of sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and the treatment of chronic back pain. He is the creator and primary author of Somastruct.com, an online resource featuring articles on health, fitness, and injury prevention. James currently resides and works in San Diego, California.

Dr. Kendra Gagnon, PT, PhD

I’m Kendra Gagnon, a pediatric physical therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor.  I received my physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and my PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Kansas Medical Center.  I have practiced physical therapy in early intervention (birth-3) and public school settings in North Carolina, Kansas, and Missouri.  I believe parents are a child’s first (and best) teacher, and that physical therapy is most meaningful and effective for children and families when it is carried out in natural environments and embedded into daily routines.  Although I love physical therapy practice, I’ve found academia to be a perfect setting for me to continue to grow, change, evolve, and discover new ways to make my mark on the world.  Along the way, I’ve discovered I’m happiest when I am able to share with students my passion for providing physical therapy for children and families.  I am a self-proclaimed social media “junkie”, and am using technology and social media in the classroom to engage students and prepare them for using these technologies in the professional world.  I grew up in small-town Missouri and I’ve ended up right back where I started – living small-town life with my husband (and high-school sweetheart) and our two young boys.  I enjoy traveling, reading, talking, and thinking in my spare time AND I get to do all those things for a living.  Lucky, lucky me.  You can contact me at kendragagnon@gmail.com or find me on Twitter @KendraPedPT. I blog at http://kendrapedpt.com

Dr. Katie Addis, PT, DPT

Katie has always been fascinated by human movement; which stemmed from studying ballet for 11 years growing up. While trying to become more flexible for dancing she stumbled into a yoga class to get a stretch. She was instantly addicted and has been teaching since 2001. To further her interest in the human body she attended SDSU and graduated magna cum laude in 2005 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. She continued her education at Chapman University, receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010. While at Chapman she conducted research on dancer’s injuries which yielded clinically significant results and was presented at the annual conference in 2011.

She practices in the San Diego area specializing in outpatient orthopedic injuries including pre and post-op sports-related injuries, chronic pain, and movement and spinal-related disorders. She also continues to teach yoga combining Ashtanga and vinyasa yoga to create a challenging dynamic class. Katie also teaches Pilates which she incorporated into her studies following an injury several years ago; where she was amazed with the results! She believes the stability and strength associated with Pilates is a perfect counterpart to yoga. She has seen the power of both practices helping people work through injuries, life challenges, and pain and feels that both can be life-changing in these ways and can be incorporated into rehab as well. she is a constant student in all three disciplines she practices and continues to be inspired by the human potential. “Always listen to the experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.”- Robert Heinlein.

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Jennifer Miller, PT, MPT, SCS



Jennifer Miller graduated in 2001 from Ohio University with a Master of Physical Therapy degree.  Since 2006 she has provided physical therapy evaluation, treatment, and consultation for the 15 teams of the University of Toledo Rockets NCAA D-1 programs.  She is an invited speaker to the University’s pre-PT organization, undergraduate and graduate athletic training courses, Doctor of Physical Therapy courses and is the instructor for the sports medicine elective course.  In addition, she is highly involved with clinical education of students, and completed the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor course in 2005 and the APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor course in 2010.  Her previous presentations have included several sports medicine topics for the  Ohio Physical Therapy Association, and the complicated patient for the Sports PT Section at APTA Combined Sections Meeting in 2012.  She currently serves as the Public Relations Team Coordinator for the APTA’s Sports Section.  She has been a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (SCS – ABPTS) since 2009.  

She is actively considering and currently undecided about future educational and professional development plans.  Personally, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, travelling, sports and nature photography, and outdoors activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, cycling, bird watching, and geocaching. She enjoys social media, participating more in the social than the media!


Dan Quirk, SPT, CSCS
Hi, my name is Dan Quirk, a third year physical therapy student at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  After my final clinical affiliation this summer in California, I will finally be entering the working world as a PT.  Currently my interests have a wide scope from orthopedic/sports related PT to geriatric PT.  Also, I recently became a certified strength and conditioning coach with aspirations to blend athletic performance/general wellness training with physical therapy to ensure quality care throughout the continuum.  Personal interests of mine include fitness and nutrition as well as keeping my “athletic career” alive as long as possible by performing as a weekend warrior on the softball field and basketball court. 
Jesse Awenus B.A Hons (kin), MSc.PT
Your friendly neighborhood Registered Physiotherapist

I graduated with my Master's in Physical Therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (Canada). I have been in private practice for 2 years now and have a strong interest in manual therapy, golf specific rehab, and the regional interdependence models of care. I am an active guy who works out 4-5 x week and play baskeball and volleyball in my spare time. I am currently pursing my advanced diploma in manual and manipulative physiotherpay from the orthopaedic divion of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. The therapists that have really inspired me include Mike Reinold, Grey Cook, Erson Religioso, and David Butler. Other key people I learn from include Eric Cressey, Mike Roberston, Professor Stuart McGill, and Dr. Craig Liebenson.

I love my job and enjoy teaching others how to stay healthy and pain free. I write a free blog at www.jessephysio.wordpress.com that addresses some of the more popular questions I get asked in my daily life as a physiotherapist. Education is power and knowing how to take care of the best gift you have and will ever be given (your body) is a key to getting the most out of life!


Dr. Thomas Perreault
Dr. Thomas Perreault is a Physical Therapist working in the area of Charlotte, North Carolina at Cleveland Physical Therapy Associates (CPTA). In 2008 he graduated with a Doctorate Degree from Franklin Pierce University and has since been working in Orthopedics while diligently seeking higher training and education. He has completed a one year Clinical Fellowship in the Norwegian Approach with Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (IOMT) in Burlington, MA. Recently he has achieved Certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy with The American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, Certification in The Functional Movement Screen and training in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment with Functional Movement Systems. 

Dr. Perreault
 is currently pursuing the title of OSTEOPRACTOR which involves post graduate training in Spinal Manipulative Therapy, and Dry Needling through the Spinal Manipulation Institute. His personal interests are in nutrition and exercise for health and rehabiliation.



Dr. Alison McLean

Alison, the voice behind Berryhappybodies, has been in the health, fitness and wellness industry since she was in her late teens. She started as a Personal Trainer, and later became a Massage Therapist/Holistic Health Practitioner over a decade ago. Most recently she decided to go back to school for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy to pursue her passion for helping people prevent injuries, and gain more knowledge about how the body can recover if they occur.
Combining all her passions she started Berry Happy Bodies in 2011, to help others learn more about the healthy living, the body, as well as preventative and wellness tips.
In her free time you can find her at a yoga studio, running or hiking a trail, falling off a surfboard, or following her talented husband snowboarding down a mountain.
You can follow Berryhappybodies on FB, or on twitter @Berryhappybod

Dr. Shaun Vollmer

Shaun graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2009 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  He also achieved his Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo in 2006.  Shaun is currently pursuing certification as a certified orthopedic manual therapist.  He has strong interests in manual therapy and functional exercise.  He also enjoys running and is interested in the treatment of running injury and sports rehabilitation.  Shaun has been working in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice in the Buffalo area since 2009. 

I am excited to share knowledge and passion for health and fitness.  It is of utmost importance to be in control of your health and body and to make knowledgeable decisions.  "Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits." - Thomas Jefferson. 


Dr. John Sauer, DPT


John graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri in 2011. He currently works in an outpatient sport/orthopedics clinic in the western suburbs of Chicago (Athletico - LaGrange Park) and is an Orthopedic Resident with Evidence in Motion. He has taken base level courses in Kinesiotaping, Graston Technique, and Video Gait Analysis, which he makes use of regularly in his clinical practice. In college, John worked as a student athletic trainer with Mizzou's football and baseball programs and has some vocational experience with industrial physical therapy/rehabilitation as well. Outside of physical therapy, other areas of particular interest include running, weightlifting, and nutrition.

Touch base with John on Twitter @JSauerDPT or contact him via email at jsauer@athletico.com





Nelson Adrian S.
My name is Nelson Adrian S., Physical Therapist from Chile (South America). I'm a specialist and Master in Manipulative Manual Therapy (2010), Diplomate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (Level I & II, 2008) and Diplomate in Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Manual Therapy (2011). Also, Diplomate in Treatment of Pain (IASP Certified, 2010). Recently, got my Master in Education. My interest is in Manual Therapy, specifically Manipulative treatment of Soft Tissue.
I'm certified in many therapy techniques of my interest:  K-Taping Therapist (2008), Certified Kinesiotape Instructor (2009), Certified FAKTR-PM Provider, Certified IASTM/SASTM Provider and Certified in Spidertech Kinesiology Tape (2012).
I'm dedicated to dictate Kinesiotape courses in Latin America and hopefully soon make IASTM / The EDGE courses. 

I spend my days as a mid-time professor for Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology Techniques at the Physical Therapy career in 2 Universities. The other half of the day working at private practice.
To know more about me and my work: http://www.academia-ttk.cl/ - https://www.facebook.com/kinesiotape
--- Knowledge Is Power...---
Carlos Jimenez, DPT, CSCS, CKTP, PES, FMS, SFMA, CPT 

I started my career as a personal trainer at Florida International University’s (FIU) fitness center where I worked for more than 3 years. During this time I trained on a day-to-day basis with clients of all ages and body types, including kids, teens, young adults, adults and seniors, all with different goals and challenges. My one-on-one sessions specifically targeted their individual goals including weight loss, toning, sport specific training, and functional training. Although different, they all included a common goal: helping them MOVE BETTER. While working at Fitness Together in Coconut Grove I was also able to expand and apply my knowledge in personal training.
I have been studying and earning different types of certificates that have allowed me to expand my tool box in order to help you achieve your goals in a faster and safer way. SAFETY is my motto. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from FIU in Health Sciences in 2009 and I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy which I will be done in August this year. I have also received a number of certificates including Personal Fitness Trainer from the 2 most widely recognized organizations in the U.S. fitness industry: the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). I am also a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner, Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM), Functional Movement Screen Specialist, and Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. In addition I have received the Selective Functional Movement Assessment level 1 certification from an organization founded by Gray Cook.
Move Better!

Julie Wiebe, BSc, MPT





Julie Wiebe, BSc, MPT has over fifteen years of clinical experience in both Sports Medicine and Women’s Health. Her passion is to revolutionize way women recover from injuries and return to high levels of fitness and their chosen sport . She pursues this through innovative education, rehabilitation, and return to fitness programs that promote diaphragm and pelvic floor integration into core strengthening and manual therapy programs. Julie has been an invited guest speaker at clinics, academic institutions, hospitals, and professional organizations. She shares her evidence-based approach with other rehabilitation and fitness professionals through continuing education programs across the US and Canada. Her diaphragm/pelvic floor integration approach has been successfully incorporated by practitioners into a variety of patient populations including sports medicine, orthopedics, women’s health, pediatrics and adult neuro. (www.juliewiebept.com



When not trying to change the world one pelvic floor at a time, Julie is happy to focus on her other passions: being mom to the Z’s (Zoe and Zack), and wife to David. 



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Contact Julie at julie@juliewiebpt.com


Matt DeBole

Matt DeBole is a DPT student at the University of Pittsburgh (Class of 2014) and serves as Class President and Student Representative for the Southwest District of the PPTA. Since becoming more involved in physical therapy advocacy, he's learned a few lessons on the importance of communication. By creating http://PittPhysicalTherapy.com, Matt communicates weekly with his classmates via 'The Monday Memo' as well as keeps prospective students informed on the application process. With passion and energy, Matt hopes to contribute to Physio Answers by providing a student's perspective on some of the trending topics in physical therapy. 


Dr. Mike Scott, DPT
Mike graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Since then, Mike continued his professional development by pursuing advanced training and certifications in Kinesio-tape, medical golf screenings, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment and the TRX suspension trainer. He has extensive experience in various areas of physical therapy including geriatrics, acute orthopedics, pediatric orthopedic, and sports medicine. Mike also enjoys bringing rehabilitation information to the public via his blog at www.mikescottdpt.com.

Dr. Don Reagan

Head Performance Coach and Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Orthopedic Center of Central Virginia as well as Adjunct Professor of Strength & Conditioning at Liberty University. He integrates rehabilitation and athletic development for the betterment of his clientele using Functional Movement Systems . He is also an ardent student of manual therapy and pain science.  He has over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, and has competed in strength sports including Olympic Weightlifting and Power Lifting. Check out Don's blog at donreagan.com.