THOMAS ADAMS, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

THOMAS ADAMS, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Thomas Adams is a graduate of MGH-Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.  His background includes manual therapy training in joint mobilization/manipulation, Active Release Techniques (ART), dry needling and Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (Hawk Grips). He completed a post-professional one year manual therapy Residency program at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and is currently enrolled in the Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) program through NAIOMPT.  He is board certified in Orthopedics (OCS) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).   He also served as Treasurer of the “Manual Therapy Special Interest Group” through the American Physical Therapy Association of MA.

Dr. Adams is currently employed by ATI Physical Therapy as Regional Director (West Dallas territory), TX.  Specialties include manual therapy, spine, orthopedics and sports medicine.

In his personal time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his wife Lani and dog Boo.  

JENNIFER ALLEN, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CHT

JENNIFER ALLEN, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CHT

Dr. Allen graduated from West Virginia University in 1994, and later attended AT Still University to complete her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. She has worked in various settings throughout her career and has focused her clinical treatment in the fields of orthopaedics, sports medicine, and hand therapy. She co-founded Bodycentral Physical Therapy and Bodycentral Residency programs where she currently serves in an executive position and mentorship role. She holds multiple certifications including board certifications in orthopaedics & sports, a certification in dry needling, and she is a certified hand therapist.

Dr. Allen currently teaches dry needling, cupping, emergency response for the athlete among other courses and lectures at the state and national levels. She has served as a consultant for players in the National Pro Fastpitch League, UFC MMA fighters, professional and amateur baseball players, as well as
professional dancers. She believes in the use of manual therapy to correct underlying tissue dysfunction
and incorporates IASTM into her treatment programs on a regular basis.

KRAIG BANO, MPT, CHT

KRAIG BANO, MPT, CHT

Kraig graduated from Allegheny University of the Health Sciences (now Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions) and is the regional director of hand and upper extremity in the Philadelphia region for ATI Physical Therapy. In 2002, he became a certified hand therapist through the Hand Therapy Certification Committee.

Kraig has extensive experience as a teaching/lab assistant for Philadelphia-area physical therapy programs and continuing education symposia. He has presented on the upper extremity to physical and occupational therapists, nurses and students on both local and national levels. Kraig is also published in the Journal of Hand Therapy on radial head fracture rehabilitation.

His areas of expertise include acute and chronic hand injuries, complex traumatic hand injuries, elbow tendinosis and fractures, scapulothoracic and shoulder dysfunction (specifically for the overhead athlete), brachial plexus/thoracic outlet syndrome, peripheral nerve injuries and sports- and work-related injuries.

TRISTA BARISH, MS, ATC

TRISTA BARISH, MS, ATC

Trista earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University (BU) in 2011 and master’s degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2013. She completed her thesis work on the effects of IASTM versus massage in alleviating signs and symptoms of delayed-onset muscle soreness. She worked as Director of Education at HawkGrips for over three years – a role in which she coordinated HawkGrips continuing education courses and instructed clinicians on how to appropriately incorporate HawkGrips products into daily practice. She now works as a Territory Sales Representative for Performance Health. 

Prior to working with HawkGrips, Trista was an assistant athletic trainer at Holy Family University (HFU) in Philadelphia. Prior to HFU, she worked as a graduate assistant at West Chester. Trista was first exposed to IASTM in 2010 by a preceptor during her time at BU. Her initial spark of interest grew after taking a CEU course on the subject and incorporating IASTM into her daily practice. After seeing years of great results with her athletes by utilizing IASTM, Trista’s passion lies in training other sports-medicine clinicians on how to achieve the same positive outcomes. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, mostly off-key, and almost always sings while teaching!

LINDSAY BECKER, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, CGFI-M3

LINDSAY BECKER, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, CGFI-M3

Dr. Becker is the owner and director of performance at Buckeye Performance Golf in Columbus, OH. She graduated with her doctorate of physical therapy from Northwestern University after completing her undergraduate work in medical dietetics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Becker is a board certified specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, specializing in movement evaluation and correction. She works extensively with golfers, utilizing 3D motion analysis and movement evaluation to address physical and swing limitations.

Dr. Becker also collaborates with the prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club to provide rehabilitation and performance services to members as well as PGA Tour players during the annual Memorial Tournament. She is an instructor with Selective Functional Movement Assessment and Titleist Performance Institute, and has taught extensively both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Becker has also written chapters and articles in several peer-reviewed publications on golf injuries, hip pathologies, and movement screening. She started using IASTM for tissue mobility and recovery with her golfing clients and it has become a primary modality in her toolbox for the treatment of pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction. Despite working with golfers, Lindsay’s primary sport is actually running, as she has completed several marathons including the Boston Marathon.

DEBBIE BRIGHT, DC, MS

DEBBIE BRIGHT, DC, MS

Dr. Bright is a chiropractic physician at Revolution Fitness in the La Jolla Village area of San Diego, CA. She takes pride in treating and co-treating a variety of patients at this facility, ranging from weekend warriors to advanced competitors such as Olympic medalist marathon runners, Ironman triathletes, and professional athletes competing in the NFL, MLB, and PGA Tour. “Dr. Deb” also works with members of the armed forces, including the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and Navy SEALS.

She attended the University of Central Missouri (UCM), earning a degree in exercise science. While completing her undergraduate studies, Dr. Deb served as a manager for the UCM wrestling team and worked with several University of Missouri Division I national qualifiers. She continues to maintain a close doctor-patient advisory relationship with these athletes, many of whom transitioned from their wrestling careers into mixed martial arts. 

Dr. Deb earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from the top-ranked Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO. She then furthered her education by attaining a master’s degree in nutrition & human performance, also through Logan University. Dr. Deb’s extensive educational background allows her to utilize various treatments such as joint manipulation, soft-tissue therapies, laser therapy, physiotherapeutic modalities, and corrective exercise to create comprehensive treatment plans specific to each patient.  

While Dr. Deb is a chiropractor by trade, she prides herself on being a “sports rehabilitation specialist.” Thanks to her comprehensive educational background, Dr. Deb’s treatments are designed for quick pain relief and enhanced athletic performance by restoring proper functional movement patterns. This unique approach — the marrying of chiropractic “adjustments” with corrective exercise and soft-tissue treatment — sets her apart from other healthcare providers in the sports rehab industry. 

Dr. Deb was born and raised in small-town Boonville, MO. Her Midwestern values account for genuine patient empathy and concern for their well-being. The number-one compliment she receives is the comfort level provided by her bedside manner. Dr. Deb strives to provide the highest standards of clinical excellence for the athletically driven patient.

SHAWN BURGER, PT, DPT, CSCS

SHAWN BURGER, PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr. Burger is a manual orthopedic therapist who earned his master’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University in 1998, and a transitional doctorate from The College of St. Scholastica. He is part-owner of Burger Physical Therapy, Inc., a California corporation responsible for delivering rehab services through a continuum of outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, and multiple acute hospital systems.

Dr. Burger takes a keen interest in the role that soft tissues play in performance and function, with a personal history that includes gua sha, lomilomi, Graston Technique, and FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab). Each of these paradigms may be considered forms of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Dr. Burger has been teaching IASTM since 2005, including 200 seminars both nationally and internationally to groups such as physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and massage therapists, as well as primary and orthopedic medical physicians. Currently, he is studying the role that IASTM plays within home exercise programs.

BRETT BURTON, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS

BRETT BURTON, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS

Brett Burton, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS is a physical therapist based out of Phoenix, Arizona and is currently working on a health and fitness start-up that is projected to launch in the Phoenix area in 2020.  Brett previously worked as a performance physical therapist at EXOS, a global leader in the field of human performance – specializing in sports, health care, and corporate wellness. 

With a passion for patient care, Brett strives to stay on the forefront of education, research, technology, and product development/application. In 2018, he founded One Harmonic Motion, which works closely with B Strong Training Systems, to provide blood flow restriction (BFR) equipment, education and training to health and fitness professionals. In turn, Brett continues to work with Movement Guides, Inc as a research and product development associate, following his creation of the T-Dot Mobility System.

Brett has been deeply immersed in sports medicine since completing his undergraduate education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has had the opportunity to work alongside and learn from, many skilled clinicians at world renowned facilities like the Andrews Institute, Mayo Clinic, and EXOS.  He is grateful for the opportunity to serve and teach others through the vehicle of rehabilitation and human performance.

MARK W. BUTLER, PT, DPT, OCS, CERT. MDT

MARK W. BUTLER, PT, DPT, OCS, CERT. MDT

Dr. Butler is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and McKenzie-certified specialist for mechanical diagnosis and treatment. He has been a physical therapist for more than 25 years, starting his own practice just 18 months after graduating from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He later sold this business to focus on patient care and teaching. Dr. Butler is an adjunct assistant professor at Rutgers University, as well as a guest lecturer at Stockton University and DeSales University.

Dr. Butler authored the shoulder chapter in the textbook Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Hand and Upper Extremity. He has published in peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed professional journals and is currently active in clinical research.

Dr. Butler completed his doctor of physical therapy degree at Regis University in Denver, where he graduated with honors. He has also been recognized as one of the therapists to receive the prestigious “James Tucker Excellence in Clinical Practice and Teaching Award” by the American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey. Dr. Butler currently manages the NovaCare clinic in Medford, NJ, where he carries a full caseload.

He has taught over 200 weekend courses on neural mobilization, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, examination & treatment of the shoulder, cervical spine, lumbar spine, therapeutic taping, and radiology. Dr. Butler has also presented at more than 25 national and regional conferences on neural mobilization, brachial plexopathies, the shoulder, and complex regional pain syndrome. In fact, it was through one of his earliest teaching experiences as a ski instructor in Utah over 30 years ago that he met his beautiful wife Terri.

BRYAN CALL, DC

BRYAN CALL, DC

Dr. Bryan Call is a chiropractor who earned his Doctorate from Palmer Chiropractic college where he received the Clinical Excellence Award, the highest award possible. He is a part owner at Coastal Integrative Healthcare Palm Coast – a Florida based specialized holistic medical center where medical, physical therapy, nutrition, and chiropractic come together under one roof. Coastal Integrative Healthcare practices cutting edge science in their treatments like stem cell therapy to treat and heal patients.

Dr. Bryan Call has a passion for non-surgical extremity work and teaches non-surgical interventions and diagnosis for doctors across the United States. He is 1 of 12 hand and foot chiropractors in Florida. He is a certified instructor for The Chiropractic Hand and Foot Clinics of America. He was a teaching assistant for Myoskeletal Alignment Technique and for Charrette extremity technique. He has a passion for teaching.

His mission professionally is working with patients to help them overcome physical barriers that are keeping them from living their fullest life. After fracturing 3 vertebrae in a terrible ski accident and suffering for over 3 years Dr. Call found recovery in non-surgical non-pharmaceutical  interventions. He became passionate about these treatments when they changed his life so he wanted to do the same for other people who were suffered as he did.

When Dr. Call is not working he is enjoying his wife and 2 children, participating in endurance sports, and continuing his love for martial arts by training in jiu-jitsu. He loves triathlons, rock climbing, and home brewing a nice bottle of kombucha.

ASHLEY CAMPBELL, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

ASHLEY CAMPBELL, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Dr. Campbell is the director of Performance One, an injury-prevention and sports performance-based private practice in Franklin, TN, just outside of Nashville. In addition, she is a physical therapist at Nashville Sports Medicine, specializing in non-operative and post-operative care of the hip with Dr. Thomas Byrd. Dr. Campbell earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Belmont University after completing a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise physiology at Ohio University.

She is a board-certified specialist in sports physical therapy as well as a registered international sports physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Campbell has worked extensively with athletes at all levels, including the PGA, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. She enjoys utilizing a variety of manual therapy techniques in clinical practice, including IASTM and trigger-point dry needling. Dr. Campbell feels these techniques are a great adjunct to joint mobilizations and corrective exercise in developing a well-rounded and effective plan of care.

In addition, she has given more than 50 lectures on topics ranging from hip rehabilitation to injury prevention and functional movement, including teaching the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Certification Course with Advances in Clinical Education. Dr. Campbell also holds an adjunct faculty position in orthopedics with Belmont University’s School of Physical Therapy, and serves as managing editor of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. She has won awards for leadership and clinical skills from Belmont University and the APTA’s Sports Physical Therapy Section.

CHRIS CAPILLI, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, MS

CHRIS CAPILLI, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, MS

Dr. Capilli, originally from Syracuse, NY, received his undergraduate degree in sports medicine from Canisius College, followed by his master’s degrees in physical therapy from D’Youville College. He then began working in an outpatient orthopedic setting at Guthrie Medical Group in Sayre, PA. From there, Dr. Capilli returned to D’Youville College part-time to earn his doctoral degree, while completing his fellowship training in manual therapy from Daemen College under the mentorship of Dr. Ron Schenck. Dr. Capilli has been a physical therapist for more than 10 years, working entirely in outpatient orthopedic settings. His continuing education has been vast and diverse, respecting different viewpoints and methodologies.

ANDREW CONTRERAS, PT, DPT, SCS, CMTPT

ANDREW CONTRERAS, PT, DPT, SCS, CMTPT

Andrew Contreras, PT, DPT, SCS received his Master of Physical Therapy from Gannon University in 1998 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008.  He is board an APTA board certified Sports Clinical Specialist since 2003.

As a career military officer and practicing physical therapist within the US Army & Department of Defense, Drew has served in a number of settings and military units throughout his career.  His professional interests are sports medicine; manual therapy; musculoskeletal injuries and their prevention; human performance optimization and wellness. He spent his early career at Ft Benning, GA and then moved on to Ft Bragg, NC.  His skills were put to work extensively in 2006-2007 during a 15 month continuous deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was the first physical therapist to serve in sustained combat operations with the 82nd Airborne Division. After returning Drew moved to Washington DC to work at the Pentagon Health Clinic where he served as the Director of Wellness and Physical Therapy.  During this time he served as a consultant to the White House Medical Unit and was then hen chosen as a by name selection by President Obama to serve as the first ever full time physical therapist at the White House.  There he served as the Physical Therapist to the White House Medical Unit and President of the United States Barrack Obama from 2010 until the end of the administration in 2017. Currently Drew is working at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital where he uses his experience in the clinic as well as mentoring junior clinicians and students.  He has served in multiple advisory roles and continues to offer his expertise on numerous panels and committees.

KEITH J. CRONIN, DPT, OCS, CSCS

KEITH J. CRONIN, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Cronin is a physical therapist and expert in sports rehabilitation and product sales. He owns Sports and Healthcare Solutions, LLC, a consulting company that provides support to sports and rehabilitation product companies, while also creating educational opportunities for parents, coaches, athletes, and clinicians to maximize the experience for young athletes.

Dr. Cronin has published more than 100 articles on various sports- and health-related topics, including MomsTEAM, Advance Magazine, The Nines, and the American Coaching Academy. He reviews research articles for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (IJSPT) and is an expert blogger for the International Youth and Conditioning Association (IYCA.org). Dr. Cronin has been featured on Fox News for several segments, including concussions and ACL injury prevention.

In 2013, he appeared in the PBS concussion documentary “The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer,” produced by MomsTEAM. In 2008, Dr. Cronin was one of the winners of the Olin Business Cup from Washington University for his medical product innovation, Medibite Jaw Rehabilitation Systems. In 2012, he was presented with the Community Service Award through SSM Physical Therapy for work with various community and running events, including BackStoppers, Joplin Tornado Survivors, and the MO’ Cowbell Marathon.

Dr. Cronin received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, in 2004. He later attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, graduating in 2008 with a doctorate of physical therapy (DPT). In 2013, Dr. Cronin was board-credentialed as an orthopedic certified specialist (OCS), attaining the highest level in rehabilitative orthopedic care. Having been a collegiate baseball player, American Legion baseball coach, and personal trainer, he has a great deal of experience working both to rehabilitate and educate the athletic community. In graduate school, Dr. Cronin focused his research on identifying elbow-injury risk among softball pitchers. He lives in the St. Louis area with his wife and daughters, Livi and Shelby.

RYAN CUMMINGS, PT, DPT, OCS

RYAN CUMMINGS, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Cummings is a physical therapist currently practicing at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Cummings earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2015, after completing his undergraduate degree with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2011. Following graduation from physical therapy school, he went on to complete his orthopaedic residency from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, Dr. Cummings is a Fellow in Training (FiT) through the Regis University Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy.

Dr. Cummings received his Orthopaedic Specialist Certification in 2017. He is a current member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists and the American Physical Therapy Association (Maryland Chapter) with membership within the Orthopaedic section.

Dr. Cummings has been practicing for over two years, most recently in an outpatient orthopaedic clinic for Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his time at Johns Hopkins he has become involved in The Johns Hopkins and George Washington Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program as a member of the clinical faculty. He is actively helping with mentoring and providing didactic education to the current cohort of orthopaedic residents.

Outside of work, he enjoys hiking with his Golden Retriever named Stella, swimming, golfing, and travelling.

GREGORY H. DOERR, DC, CCSP, SFMA

GREGORY H. DOERR, DC, CCSP, SFMA

Dr. Doerr is a chiropractor and the head physician at Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center in Cliffside Park, NJ. He graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology, and is also a graduate of New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Doerr has lectured at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Anglo-European Chiropractic College, English Institute of Sport, Feevale University in Brazil, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, University of Colorado, and the Central American Sports Medicine Congress. He has also had the pleasure of working with athletes from the AVP Volleyball Tour, Gold Cup, Central American Games, Washington Redskins, Penn State, and the University of Colorado.

SCOTT DOLLY, MS, ATC, CSCS

SCOTT DOLLY, MS, ATC, CSCS

Scott is the owner/CEO and founder of Evolution Human Performance and Rehabilitation. www.evolutionhpr.com Evolution is a cutting-edge, cash-based physical rehabilitation and performance facility. Scott is a manual therapy and IASTM specialist that utilizes biomechanical movement analysis to locate imbalances and dysfunctions in the human body. Clients and athletes fly-in to work with Scott on sports performance and physical rehabilitation on a regular basis. 

Scott is a national and international speaker and educator in the field of sports medicine. He lectures at CME/CEU events on a wide range of topics including: manual therapy and IASTM, movement analysis and running biomechanics, repetitive stress syndromes and metabolic conditioning.  Scott has authored courses on I.A.S.T.M. and advanced training science. He serves as the director of manual therapy and movement analysis for RUNGA, where he works with clients from all over the world. RUNGA is an international human optimizing retreat held in places like Costa Rica (2015,16), Panama (2017) and the Balaji Palace in the Dominican Republic (2018). www.rungalife.com

Scott has been a featured guest on several podcasts including, the Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast, Optimal Performance Podcast and The Daily Habit. He has been published in Advance Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation magazine and has served as the Peak Performance columnist for Martial Arts Illustrated magazine in the United Kingdom; through which his work reached over ½ million people world-wide. Scott has also worked for Spartan Race performing movement analysis and IASTM on their pro-athletes at televised events across the US.

Scott has over 15 years’ experience studying and working with the human body and he works with thousands of clients every year. He resides in Winchester, Virginia.

BRIAN FARR, MA, ATC, LAT, CSCS

BRIAN FARR, MA, ATC, LAT, CSCS

Brian has been the director of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Texas (UT) since 2002. He is also the director and founder of the Longhorns Lecture Series for Continuing Education, a professional CEU program for area healthcare professionals. He has delivered over two-dozen professional presentations on a variety of sports medicine topics and was lead author on a chapter in Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach, 3rd ed.

Prior to his faculty position, Brian spent three seasons as the athletic trainer for the Longhorn men’s basketball team. Brian came to UT by way of Oklahoma State University, where he served as assistant coordinator of sports medicine, working with the Cowboys men’s basketball and football teams. Brian also spent one year as the head athletic trainer for the Columbus Chill, a minor-league professional ice hockey team; one season as the assistant athletic trainer with the World League of American Football’s (NFL Europe) Scottish Claymores; and served as an athletic trainer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. 

He was named to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) sports medicine staff for the 2011 Para Pan-Am Games in Mexico, and also served as the athletic trainer for USA Sitting Volleyball at the 2012 World Organization for Volleyball Disabled (WOVD) International Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

ED FEINBERG, DC, DACBSP

ED FEINBERG, DC, DACBSP

Ed Feinberg has been a practicing chiropractor for 34 years. He has particular interest in sports injuries and the goals toward optimal performance. His practice has focused on soft tissue therapies since he began. Once he learned of IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), he quickly incorporated that skill into his private practice. He taught for Graston Technique for about a decade before he began teaching for HawkGrips.

Dr. Feinberg loves to teach. He’s taught at the West Campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic for 33 years. He’s also had fortunate opportunities to teach in Egypt, Denmark, Greece, Brazil, Chile and Canada. He was selected to perform as a treating chiropractor at the World Games in Chile in 2013. He also enjoys working on-field with his students at sporting events providing first aide and musculoskeletal care. 

In his words, “every part of my career involves both teaching and learning. I learn from my students, I learn from my patients, and I learn from my colleagues. Hopefully they also learn a little from me.”

TED L. FORCUM, DC, DACBSP, FICC, CSCS, CES, PES

TED L. FORCUM, DC, DACBSP, FICC, CSCS, CES, PES

Dr. Forcum received a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University and earned his doctorate from the University of Western States. He’s also a licensed massage therapist, NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), and diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP).

His other certifications include certified kinesio taping practitioner (CKTP), Graston Technique certified, NASM corrective exercise specialist (CES) and performance enhancement specialist (PES), and registered trigenics practitioner (RTP). Dr. Forcum teaches postgraduate programs on rehabilitation, soft tissue treatment, sports injuries and biomechanics. He’s also the author of a chapter on the leg, ankle and foot in the text Conservative Management of Sports Injuries.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness voted Dr. Forcum the Sports Chiropractor of the Year in 1994, 1995, and 2004. He was also voted Native American Entrepreneur of the year in 1997 and recognized in 2000 with an ACA Sports Council Achievement Award. In 2001, Dr. Forcum was honored as a fellow by the International College of Chiropractors, and in 2008 he received the Oregon Chiropractic Association President’s Award.

Dr. Forcum is also team chiropractor for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, and served on the medical staff for Team USA at the 2007 Pan American Games, 2008 Olympic Games, and national training camp for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in track & field.

He has worked as an event physician at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials and National Championships, USA Taekwondo Championships, USA Triathlon National Championships, World Veteran Championships, World Masters Games, US Soccer Festival, World Canoe/Kayak Championships, and US Figure Skating Championships.

In addition, Dr. Forcum has been a staff chiropractor for the PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour, as well as the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer. He served as president of the ACA Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness from 2008-2010. Dr. Forcum has spent 30 years in private practice in Portland and Astoria, OR, and is the first chiropractic physician to hold a Board of Directors position on the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science.

GRACEANN FORRESTER, PT, DPT, CKTI

GRACEANN FORRESTER, PT, DPT, CKTI

Dr. Forrester earned her Physical Therapy degree from New York University. She finished her Doctorate PT degree at Boston University. In New York, she treats patients of all ages for athletic injuries, postoperative rehabilitation and palliative care. She is a Certified Professional Coach for high school varsity field hockey and has been working at Cortland Jr / Sr High School for 8 years. While working in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY, Dr Forrester created a program to enhance strengths and life skills of COPD patients. She has taught clinical Physical Therapy classes for Ithaca College. She has developed and implemented workshops for NY industries called “Promoting a Healthy Back”. As a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor, Dr Forrester and Dr Kenzo Kase wrote the 2017 Kinesio Taping Certification Curriculum for all of the US and international seminars.

Dr Forrester taught educational programs to improve transportation and therapeutic positioning of disabled children in Port Au Prince, Haiti, while working with Hope Unites, an Ecumenical Missionary Organization. 

Dr Forrester currently teaches for the Kinesio Taping Association and HawkGrips, and maintains her NY PT contracting practice.

BRITTANY FOUGHT, LMT, SET, SCS, SFN, NAT

BRITTANY FOUGHT, LMT, SET, SCS, SFN, NAT

Brittany has been a part of the at home and travel sports performance staff for Major League Soccer team Orlando City Soccer for over two years. Brittany also travels globally with track athlete Justin Gatlin as part of his sports performance therapy team. 

Brittany currently works with a wide range of athletes at all levels including youth golfers through the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, as well as professionals with the NFL, MLB and aforementioned MLS. 

Previous to her work with semi professional and professional athletes Brittany spent time running the Athletic department for Bella Collina Country Club implementing all programs therein, including tennis and golf rehabilitation programs, providing lectures for athletes and staff and providing athletic and rehab programming for all club members. 

In adjunct with a variety of modalities, Brittany utilizes IASTM, NKT, joint mobilization and trigger point therapy extensively. She is currently finishing her final courses in her Masters program for Educational Leadership while completing her 37th certification in manual therapy related modalities. 

She is currently working on organizing her first medical mission trip to Nairobi, a city in Kenya where she and her team will provide much needed medical care and therapies for adults and children in need. The trip is projected to take place in August of 2018 and is truly the highlight of what Brittany considers to be her primary purpose as a therapist.

ALISON GARDINER-SHIRES, PHD, ATC

ALISON GARDINER-SHIRES, PHD, ATC

Dr. Gardiner-Shires is an associate professor and athletic trainer at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. As a passionate educator, she has taught undergraduate and graduate students in accredited athletic training programs since 2003. Dr. Gardiner-Shires has experience working with collegiate and high school athletes and the general population via a sports medicine clinic.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University (Maryland) in 2000, master’s degree in athletic training from California University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and her PhD from the University of South Carolina in 2006.

Dr. Gardiner-Shires was first exposed to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) in 2009 and has incorporated it into her daily clinical practice since then. She was an instructor for Graston Technique from 2011-2013, and in 2012 supervised a research study utilizing IASTM. Her interests include the treatment of lower-extremity overuse conditions, and incorporating dynamic movement and functional activity with treatment.

ANDREA GOLDBERG, M.ED, ATC

ANDREA GOLDBERG, M.ED, ATC

Andrea is an Associate Athletic Trainer at Northwestern University working with the Men’s Swimming & Diving and Women’s Tennis teams. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Following her undergraduate education and subsequent Athletic Training Certification, Andrea went on to serve as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams at the University of Oklahoma. After this, Andrea went on to work as an Athletic Training Fellow at the University of Michigan with the Men’s Gymnastics team. From there, Andrea served at the Assistant Athletic Trainer for Football at the University of Toledo.

Andrea earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Boston University in 2012 and her Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration in 2014.

Andrea was exposed to IASTM in varying levels at all of the institutions she was a part of, from her undergraduate years through the present. She became invested in IASTM during her time at the University of Michigan in 2014 where manual therapy truly became an integral part of her every day practice. Since then, Andrea has attended CEU courses and worked closely with Trista van Lier, Education Coordinator for HawkGrips to hone her IASTM skills and teach other clinicians to do the same.

JAYSON GOO, ATC, MA, CKTI

JAYSON GOO, ATC, MA, CKTI

Jayson is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer, certified Kinesio Taping instructor (CKTI), and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) instructor. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii, and his master’s degree in human performance with a specialty in corrective therapy from San Jose State University. Jayson has been a CKTI since 1998 and has instructed in the United States, Japan, Russia, Brazil, and Europe, most notably for The Football Association of England, Women’s Tennis Association and NCAA Southeastern Conference.

For the past 32 years, he has worked as a certified athletic trainer at University of Hawaii (Manoa). Jayson has extensive experience with men’s and women’s Division I collegiate athletics and has worked with many professional athletes, fitness professionals, actors, and pageant participants.

DAWN T. GULICK, PT, PHD, ATC, CSCS

DAWN T. GULICK, PT, PHD, ATC, CSCS

Dr. Gulick is a professor of physical therapy at Widener University in Chester, PA. She has been teaching for more than 20 years, and her areas of expertise include orthopedics, sports medicine, modalities, and medical screening. As a clinician, she has owned a private orthopedic/sports medicine practice. Dr. Gulick also provides athletic training services from the middle-school to elite Olympic/Paralympic level. As a member of the Olympic Sports Medicine Society, she has provided medical coverage at numerous national and international events. As a scholar, Dr. Gulick is the author of four books (Ortho NotesScreening NotesSport Notes, and Mobilization Notes), four book chapters, and more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. She is also the developer of a mobile app called iOrtho+ (Apple and Android versions). Dr. Gulick has given more than 70 professional and civic presentations, and is the owner of a provisional patent.

JOHN HISAMOTO, PT, ATC

JOHN HISAMOTO, PT, ATC

John is a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer who graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He helped direct at Union Memorial Sports Medicine Center in Baltimore, MD, prior to accepting the director of rehabilitation position at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Since 1993, John has served as the owner and director of Pro-Active Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine center in Tampa.

He has been active in sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation his entire career and has been recognized by Physical Therapy magazine as one of the top orthopedic sports medicine therapists in the country. John lectures extensively nationally and internationally, having traveled to more than 20 countries to share his insights on topics such as sports medicine, orthopedics, balance and fall prevention, isokinetic training, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), and many others.

KEN JOHNSON, PT

KEN JOHNSON, PT

Ken is the director of rehabilitation therapy services outreach for The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. His career path to clinical leadership at one of the nation’s leading academic medical institutions began 20 years ago after he graduated from the University of Buffalo. Ken is the also the administrator of the Johns Hopkins Hospital/George Washington University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency and guest lecturer for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Ken was the director of clinical integration for BTE Technologies, director of rehabilitation for Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation, and a corporate physical therapist for Rehabworks, Inc. During this time of clinical practice, biomedical engineering, and management, he became interested in tools and technologies that improved the quality of life for therapists and patients.

Ken has taught a variety of courses on physical therapy practice in 20 countries ranging from North America to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has served the American Physical Therapy Association as a Foundation for Physical Therapy Scientific Advisory Council Member, Foundation Fundraising Committee Member, and the Section on Research Membership Chair. He also sits on the Board of Directors for V-Linc, a non-profit organization providing innovative technology solutions and training that assist individuals with special needs in their home, community and workplace.

BERNARD KIM, DC, BSC

BERNARD KIM, DC, BSC

Dr. Kim is a Chiropractor at OC Fight Docs/Kessler Family Wellness in Tustin, California. He became interested in sports and manual therapy while rehabilitating through numerous ankle and knee injuries sustained playing lacrosse. This experience led him to pursue his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, with a concentration in Active Health and Rehabilitation from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. He then went on to complete his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West Campus in San Jose, California.

Through his experience at OC Fight Docs/Kessler Family Wellness Dr. Kim has worked on a wide range of patients from toddlers and geriatric patients, to professional athletes and Hollywood stars (UFC, Bellator, NFL, CFL, NHL, NLL, NCAA, and Olympic level). He has most extensively worked with MMA fighters, often having to guide the rehabilitation process of multiple injury sites at one time.

Specializing in soft tissue therapies and individualized corrective exercises, Dr. Kim uses a wide variety of techniques such as Instrument Assisted Soft tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Active Release Technique (A.R.T.), percussion therapy, cupping, and functional movement-based screenings to identify biomechanical dysfunctions. Striving to create the most educational and evidence-based approach to his care, Dr. Kim is constantly furthering his skills with post-graduate certifications. He is currently a certified Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms), a Functional Movement Techniques Rocktape Medical Professional, and a Full-Body Certified A.R.T.© provider

MICHAEL KRASNOV, DC, CCSP, CCEP

MICHAEL KRASNOV, DC, CCSP, CCEP

Dr. Michael Krasnov attended New York Chiropractic College, graduating in 1988 with his doctoral degree in chiropractic studies. He is a certified chiropractic sports physician with specialty training in techniques such as ART, SASTM, FAKTR, and IASTM. He has extensive experience working with high-level athletes such as those on the USA Olympic Track and Field team and USA Olympic Swimming team. He was the USA Olympic Track and Field Team Official Chiropractor at the 1996 Olympic Games. Dr. Krasnov has taught at prestigious colleges such as Western States Chiropractic, Logan Chiropractic, Palmer, Duke University Medical Center, Northwestern Health Sciences University, and Life University. He currently owns and operates Krasnov Chiropractic Center in Durham, NC. 

ANDREA N. LASNER, PT, DPT, PMA®-CPT

ANDREA N. LASNER, PT, DPT, PMA®-CPT

Dr. Lasner is a clinical specialist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She treats Orthopedic diagnoses with a special interest in performing arts medicine with a Pilates-based approach. Prior to receiving her graduate degree from the University of Hartford she trained and danced with Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and New Jersey Ballet professionally. She has developed the dance medicine program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, as she is the director of the Performing Arts Rehabilitation Program and the JHH Performing Arts Fellowship Program. She is also adjunct faculty at Towson University in the dance department. Teaching coursework to collegiate undergraduates and coordinates in collaboration with Hopkins for preventive dance screens yearly to all dance majors with the innovative DanceFIT screening tool.

She has has completed extensive education and training leading her to being a certified instructor through Polestar® Pilates and the Pilates Method Alliance with comprehensive emphasis in rehabilitation. Dr. Lasner has taught a variety of courses and presented dance medicine research on a national and international level at the American Physical Therapy Association, Performing Arts Medicine Association, CORP de Ballet International and International Association for Dance Medicine & Science annual conferences. She also sits on the Board Committee for the APTA Performing Arts Special Interest Group.

KRISTINE LAMANA, DC

KRISTINE LAMANA, DC

Dr. Kristine Lamana graduated from LSU in 2009 with a BS in Kinesiology. After holding many different positions, in the health, fitness and, wellness industries she attended Palmer college of Chiropractic in Florida to attain her Doctor of Chiropractic. During her internship she had the wonderful opportunity to work in a sports and wellness based practice and learn many different instrument assisted modalities. Following her graduation from Palmer in 2015 she found HawkGrips and integrated manual therapy into almost every patients wellness plan as an associate doctor. In December of 2017 Dr. Lamana opened her private membership based chiropractic practice and continues to provide quality chiropractic care with heavy emphasis on instrument assisted modalities.

TROY LAVIGNE, LMT, CKTI

TROY LAVIGNE, LMT, CKTI

Troy Lavigne graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy and holds specialized certifications in orthopedic, sports, and pediatric massage. He’s currently the director of education for the Colorado Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, is a published researcher, and has been published multiple times as an author in Advance Healing magazine.

Since 2005, Lavigne has been the head massage therapist for the Colorado Rapids U-23 soccer team and the Oskar Blues FC professional indoor soccer team. For six seasons, he was also the head soigneur for the Trek Factory Racing Olympic mountain bike team. In addition, Lavigne spent a season with the Cannondale Factory Racing team before giving up the road to spend time with his family. He has worked with the US, Canadian, Australian, British, and Spanish Cycling Associations.

Since 2016, Lavigne has switched his treatment focus from Olympic athletes to the pediatric population. In 2017, he provided massage care for children with disabilities in disadvantaged areas of India with the Liddle Kidz Foundation. Lavigne has been a continuing-education instructor since 2012 and has taught at hospitals, universities and colleges all over the world, including Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, as well as the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

MARK LYDECKER, MPT, OCS, ATC

MARK LYDECKER, MPT, OCS, ATC

Mark attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology May 2000, added Athletic Training Certification in June 2001 and finalized with the Master of Physical Therapy degree May 2002.   He has been practicing as a staff orthopedic physical therapist with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center since June 2002. Mark specializes in overhead sports, cycling, running, and post operative rehabilitation.  He coordinates weekly staff in-services, sits on the system continuing education committee, has co-authored and conducted research studies on sports medicine and orthopedic topics, and assisted in the initiation of an Orthopedic Residency Program in conjunction with SPTE.  He earned Orthopedic Certified Specialization in 2007 and re-certified in 2017.

Mark is an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has guest lectured through the physical therapy and athletic training programs at Marquette University and Carroll University.  He is co-author on the Up-To-Date topic: “Throwing injuries of the upper extremity: Treatment, follow-up care, and prevention”  and has spoken at area and state conference on baseball rehabilitation and advanced topics of the upper extremity.  

FRANCO MADAFFARI, PT, DPT, ATC, COMT

FRANCO MADAFFARI, PT, DPT, ATC, COMT

Dr. Madaffari attended Duquesne University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training while playing varsity football. He was a three-year starter at outside linebacker and team captain during his senior year. Dr. Madaffari then continued his education at Chatham College, where he received a doctorate in physical therapy in 2003. He started his career as a staff PT at an outpatient clinic in Pottsville, PA, and has since progressed to facility director with Phoenix Rehab.

During his career, Dr. Madaffari has worked primarily in outpatient orthopedics, with more than 14 years of experience. He has treated a variety of orthopedic conditions, while his patients have included college athletes and NFL players. Dr. Madaffari has taken multiple continuing education courses and became certified as an orthopedic manual physical therapist through Maitland in 2009.

He is currently pursuing a fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. Dr. Madaffari is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Lebanon Valley College and a utilization consultant for a major insurance company. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two young children and dog Coal, as well as fly-fishing throughout the United States.

ROBERT MARSICO, PT, EDD, OCS

ROBERT MARSICO, PT, EDD, OCS

Dr. Marsico has been a physical therapist for 21 years, earning his PT degree from Rutgers University/UMDNJ. He continued his education and earned a doctorate of education in applied physiology from Columbia University. Dr. Marsico was an assistant professor at Long Island University in 1998 and an assistant professor at Rutgers/UMDNJ from 1999-2002. He is currently an assistant professor at Stockton University in Galloway Township, NJ. 

Dr. Marsico is also the owner of Galloway Orthopedic Physical Therapy (“GO PT”), and has practiced in acute-care and home-care settings during the course of his career. He has been published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Spinal Cord MedicineInternational Journal of YogaAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Clinical Cases in Physical Therapy. Dr. Marsico has also taught continuing education courses on instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and the interdisciplinary approach to orthopedic care.

JOSH MCGINTY, PT, DPT, ATC, OCS, CERT. SMT, CERT DN

JOSH MCGINTY, PT, DPT, ATC, OCS, CERT. SMT, CERT DN

Josh graduated with his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from the University of Alabama and earned his doctorate degree in

Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Josh has worked in Outpatient orthopedic Physical Therapy for 12

years and is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. He has been a BStrong BFR ambassador since 2018, teaching many BFR training courses

across multiple states.

KATE MILLER, PTA, BSPTA, CFT

KATE MILLER, PTA, BSPTA, CFT

Kate received her associate of science degree in human biology and physical therapist assistant studies from Mesa College. She then earned her BSPTA at Pima Medical Institute. Currently residing in San Diego, Kate works in multiple environments including skilled nursing, inpatient, and outpatient orthopedic.

She is an APTA-certified clinical instructor who plans to enroll in the University of Texas PTA-to-DPT bridge program. Kate holds voluntary and elected positions within the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA), including PAC San Diego liaison. She is also the first physical therapist assistant to become a PT-CAL-PAC Board of Trustees Member.

Kate has given multiple public lectures at schools, district meetings, and the CPTA Student Conclave. She has composed publications for the CPTA as well as health-related blogs, and recently created her own YouTube channel. A “superhero nerd,” Kate’s hobbies include navigating athletic obstacle courses, traveling, and hanging out with her husband and two rescue pups: Mr. Magoo and Chronos.

ANDREAS MUELLER, PT, CFMT

ANDREAS MUELLER, PT, CFMT

Andreas attended Concordia University Wisconsin, receiving his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine in January 1999 and master’s degree in physical therapy in May 2001. He has been practicing as a staff orthopedic physical therapist with Select Physical Therapy since July 2001. Andreas treats a variety of orthopedic injuries but specializes in spine and extremity rehabilitation with a focus on complex, chronic conditions. In 2006, he completed a two-year orthopedic residency and achieved a certified functional manual therapist (CFMT) certificate through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA).

Andreas has been a faculty member for Select Medical’s Continuing Education Department since 2003. He has authored and instructed numerous courses both locally and nationally. With the assistance of Mark Butler, MPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, he co-authored the primary instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) course for Select Medical in 2013. Since then, he has instructed IASTM more than 50 times at national courses and conferences. In 2014, Mark and Andreas also partnered with HawkGrips to develop the company’s primary IASTM educational courses.

In 2016, Andreas developed “Advanced IASTM and Joint Mobilization of the Upper Quarter” to integrate IASTM treatment with differential diagnosis and additional manual therapy techniques for addressing complex upper-quarter dysfunctions. In addition to IASTM courses, Andreas has developed and taught “Manual Therapy and Exercise Prescription in Cancer Survivorship,” “Therapeutic Exercise Prescription,” “Shoulder, Spine, Hip and Sacroiliac Rehabilitation,” and “Soft Tissue Mobilization and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).” He frequently guest lectures at Texas State University’s School of Physical Therapy and has instructed at national hand conferences throughout the country. Andreas also developed and leads a local mentorship program to assist new physical therapists in developing their skills and clinical thought process.

MICHELLE MIODUSZEWSKI, MS, OTR/L

MICHELLE MIODUSZEWSKI, MS, OTR/L

Michelle has been practicing occupational therapy since 2000 in acute, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient settings. She also consults for legal, education, and professional situations. Since her thesis work focused on the impact of FIM testing for the patient with a CVA in the CMS PPS, she has made the pointed effort to work with the neurological population.

Currently, Ms. Mioduszewski owns and operates Niagara Therapy, LLC, a team-oriented practice based in Erie, PA that offers OT, PT, and SLP to adults and children with neurological concerns. She is the AOTA Administration and Management Chairperson for the Rehabilitation and Disability Special Interest Section, National MS Society Board of Trustees, and is a National MS Society Partner in Care Designation. She also owns and operates Niagara Therapy Professional Services, LLC and Niagara Properties, LLC.

A graduate of D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, she was the youngest person to receive the Delta Sigma Award from the Marguerite D’Youville College Honor Society. In 2017 she was named 40 under 40 by the Erie Reader. Ms. Mioduszewski was trained in NDT and NEURO-IFRAH (NDTC), Bioness Certified, REO Certified, SAEBO Certified, and specialized in vision and cognitive rehabilitation. A published writer by AOTA Press, she also teaches on topics such as IASTM, Neuro-Rehab/Neuro-Handling, vision, cognition, spasticity, ergonomics and complex wheelchair evaluations. Some attendees have said, “Your dynamic personality kept me engaged…She was very approachable, professional, and made the lecture feel at easy…Knowledgeable, energetic, and interactive…”

RACHEL NAKAYAMA, DC

RACHEL NAKAYAMA, DC

Dr. Nakayama earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College and holds her Masters in Business and Science from Rutgers University. She is the owner of Elite Spine in Daytona, FL. 

Rachel has had the opportunity to work with pro athletes from football, UFC and triathletes all over the world incorporating in multiple soft tissue therapies for treating sports injuries and optimizing biomechanics for performance.

TYLER NELSON DC, MS, CSCS

TYLER NELSON DC, MS, CSCS

Tyler Nelson DC, MS, CSCS owns and operates a chiropractic sports medicine clinic and strength & conditioning business in Salt Lake City, UT. While earning his doctoral degree he completed a dual program masters degree in exercise science and rehabilitation through the University of Missouri. While in graduate school he worked with the University of Missouri athletics department and currently is employed through two colleges in Utah.

He has previously worked as an anatomy and physiology teacher, and also worked as a team physician for the Brigham Young University athletics department. He is certified by the NSCA as a strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Nelson has had multiple speaking engagements around the world at the professional level. He is the co-founder of a certification course created specifically designed to teach rock climbing coaches about strength and conditioning science.

His current interest is in the utilization of isometric testing at specific joint angles as a means to prescribe training loads and create repetition cut-offs.  He has been teaching blood flow restriction certification courses since 2018.

JOEL NOVAK PT, DPT, CSCS

JOEL NOVAK PT, DPT, CSCS

Joel attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Athletic training in 2004 while playing baseball for the Bruins.  Joel became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association in 2006.  Joel holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 2007. He has remained connected through UINDY as he regularly educates graduate students and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Indianapolis for the Krannert School of Physical Therapy.

Joel has been practicing as a staff orthopedic physical therapist with Community Health Network since 2011 after serving as a clinic director for Physiotherapy Associates the 4 years prior.  Joel has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of movement and muscle imbalances with the Functional Movement Systems. As a team Physical Therapist for the Indy Eleven USL soccer team, he works closely with the athletes and medical staff.  In addition, Joel works alongside numerous surrounding school systems, collaborating and treating their student-athletes.  Joel has been actively involved in pre-season screening and facilitating care for athletes. He is a certified trainer and educator in Blood Flow Restriction training. Joel also specializes in the treatment and management of overhead athletes, presenting at numerous speaking engagements and was featured on Elite Baseball Performance with “10 Recommendations to Reduce Youth Throwing Injuries.” 

Overall, Joel enjoys working with an active population of all ages.  Joel is also the owner and content editor of My Performance Rehab and a full-time physical therapist in the greater Indianapolis area.  For more information, contact Joel@MyPerformanceRehab.com. 

B. MICHAEL O’CONNELL, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSCS

B. MICHAEL O’CONNELL, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSCS

Dr. O’Connell started his career as a physical therapist assistant after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999. His desire to learn and grow professionally led him to earn a doctorate in physical therapy in 2006 from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. During his career, Dr. O’Connell has worked primarily in outpatient orthopedics, with more than 15 years of experience in treating a variety of patients including college and NFL athletes.  

Dr. O’Connell was certified in orthopedics by The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2009, certified in orthopedic manual physical therapy through Maitland in 2009, and became a certified strength and conditioning specialist in 2011. He is currently pursuing a fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. Dr. O’Connell is also an adjunct professor in the department of physical therapy at Lebanon Valley College and is a utilization consultant for a major insurance company.

PHIL PAGE, PHD, PT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM

PHIL PAGE, PHD, PT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM

Dr. Page is a licensed physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength & conditioning specialist. He graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and received his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Mississippi State University, as well as a doctorate in kinesiology from LSU. Dr. Page is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

He has been involved in rehabilitation and sports medicine for more than 30 years. Since 1998, Dr. Page has been the director of clinical education and research for Performance Health, makers of TheraBand, Biofreeze, and Cramer products. His clinical and research interests include the role of muscle imbalance in musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Page is on the faculty at LSU in kinesiology for the athletic training curriculum. He has also received the Lifetime Excellence in Education Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the APTA.

Dr. Page is a member of several national advisory boards and regularly reviews grants and journal article submissions. He lectures extensively and provides workshops on a variety of topics around the world, including the “Janda Approach to Muscle Imbalance.” Dr. Page has presented over 200 international lectures and workshops on exercise and rehabilitation topics, has more than 100 published articles to his credit, and has authored three books including Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach.

He is a clinical instructor in orthopedics at Tulane University Medical School. Dr. Page has worked with the athletic programs at LSU and Tulane, as well as with the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, and at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. He lives with his wife and four children in Baton Rouge, LA.

LAURA RAMUS, PT, ATC

LAURA RAMUS, PT, ATC

Laura has 28 years of experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. She currently is the director of player performance for the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), manager of Sports Performance Academy for the Detroit Medical Center and a member of the Board of Directors for Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Athletes. Laura works clinically with adolescent, high school, college, professional, and weekend warrior athletes.

BOAZ RITBLATT, PT, DPT, CSCS, CERT. ART

BOAZ RITBLATT, PT, DPT, CSCS, CERT. ART

GHAZI SARHAN, PT, CKTI

GHAZI SARHAN, PT, CKTI

Ghazi is a certified physiotherapist since 1994 (BSc Physical Therapy, Kuwait University). As a young physiotherapist, he was a staff physiotherapist in Salmanya Medical Center, Bahrain, where he worked for two years, after which he traveled to the USA for continuing education.

In 1999 Ghazi completed the Master of Science program in the MGH Institute of Health Profession, Boston, USA, and in 2002, he further completed the DPT program in MGH Institute of Health Profession.

Since 2004 Ghazi has been working in his own physiotherapy private practice in Bahrain. His main interests are sports injuries and orthopedic physical therapy with a special interest in the spine for which he modified a novel technique in 2001 for treating disc related disorders, utilizing H-reflex and EMG analysis, which he incorporates in his work to date.

Ghazi has been highly active in promoting the physiotherapy profession in Bahrain. He was the president of the Bahrain Physical Therapy Association two times in 2002 and 2005, and is the Chief Physiotherapist in Region 3, Ministry of Health in Bahrain. In addition, Ghazi teaches post graduate courses in orthopedic manual therapy, dry needling and Kinesio taping. He is certified Hawkgrip instructor since 2018.

BARRY SHAFER, PT, DPT, ATC

BARRY SHAFER, PT, DPT, ATC

Dr. Barry I. Shafer is currently part-owner/Director and full-time clinician of Elite Motion Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Arcadia, California. In addition, he is also the team physical therapist for Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College, along with working and consulting with other local colleges and high schools. Barry obtained his Bachelor of Exercise Science and Masters’ of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Western University.  

Barry has experience with elite athletes at the professional, college and high school levels. He is the team physical therapist for Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College. Barry was lead physical therapist and athletic trainer for the first Medical Symposium for youth soccer in El Salvador, bringing together medical doctors, rehabilitation professionals, trainers and coaches from around the country to teach and progress the health and welfare of their players. Barry continues to work numerous soccer clubs in the Southern California area, consulting on training regimens, injury prevention programs and rehabilitation from injury.

In his practice, Barry continues to see all general orthopedic conditions and patients of all ages. He relies on using a variety of techniques and approaches, incorporating Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR), Mulligan Mobilization, and manipulations in his daily practice for many diagnoses and intervention strategies.  “Using this combination mobilization, manipulation, other manual therapy techniques and corrective exercises facilitates movement restoration to progress the client/athlete to the highest level of function.” Barry is also part of the Congress Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship for orthopedic surgeons and serves as a manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.

MARK SHIRES, MS, ATC, PES

MARK SHIRES, MS, ATC, PES

Mark currently works as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Baltimore Orioles. Prior to that, he worked more than eight seasons as athletic trainer for the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles. Overall, he has spent more than 16 seasons in the Orioles organization. He has twice been named the International League Athletic Trainer of the Year, picking up the honor in both 2009 and 2011. Mark has also been a September addition to the Orioles major league athletic training staff on numerous occasions.

Prior to working with the Tides, he served as the athletic trainer for the Bowie Baysox (2004-06), Frederick Keys (2001-03), South Atlantic League champion Delmarva Shorebirds (2000), and the Gulf Coast League Orioles (1999). Mark was twice named Athletic Trainer of the Year for the Carolina League, earning this honor in 2001 and 2003. Additionally, he served as the International League (IL) athletic trainer for the 2013 IL/PCL (Pacific Coast League) All-Star Game in Reno, NV, and for the Eastern League (EL) at the 2004 EL All-Star Game in Bowie, MD.

Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and master’s degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2004. During the baseball offseason, he currently serves as an athletic trainer for Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, after performing the same role in previous years for Benedict College in Columbia, SC, and the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA Developmental League.

Mark was first exposed to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) in 2009 through a continuing education course and has been utilizing it ever since with collegiate and professional athletes. His interests include treatment of the throwing shoulder, specializing in upward rotation of the scapula, thoracic mobility, and core stabilization/neutral pelvis.

JYO SUPNEKAR, OTR/L, CHT, CLT

JYO SUPNEKAR, OTR/L, CHT, CLT

Jyo works as a clinical specialist at Johns Hopkins Outpatient Therapy Services. She earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy at the University of Bombay in India, and has practiced since 1986. Jyotsna has been a certified hand therapist for 18 years, completed advanced study in hand and upper-quarter rehabilitation, and specialized in lymphedema therapy as well as neurodevelopmental treatment techniques for hemiplegia. She has also taken numerous educational courses over the years for advanced training.

“I was introduced to HawkGrips in 2014 by our outpatient services director at Johns Hopkins,” says Jyotsna. “We have since then found the instruments to be extremely helpful for treating soft-tissue disorders. I am honored to now teach HawkGrips certification courses. I enjoy working towards healthy living for the mind and body, as well as humor in all its many forms, and I love to keep learning!”

MIKE TABO, PT, DPT

MIKE TABO, PT, DPT

Dr. Tabo started his professional career as an engineer with a Material Science Engineering degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He practiced in that field for approximately 3 years working for an aluminum manufacturing company in Evansville, IN. Mike decided to switch to the physical therapy profession and received his DPT from the University of Miami – Coral Gables.

He began his physical therapy career in a private practice outpatient clinic setting in Viera, FL.  Two years later, Mike and his wife took their adventures to Las Vegas, NV where he continued to work in outpatient clinics for another two years.  He then received an opportunity to direct his own clinic in Houston, TX. After running a successful practice in Houston, Mike found himself back in Las Vegas where he and his wife and kids currently reside.  Mike current works doing physical therapy in the federal setting.

Mike uses an eclectic mixture of treatment methods that include IASTM, manipulations, dry needling, as well as corrective exercises. Mike has given multiple lectures at schools and meetings. His hobbies include Crossfit, Salsa dancing, and traveling with his wife and kids.

Matt Thompson PT, DPT MATT THOMPSON PT, DPT

Matt Thompson PT, DPT MATT THOMPSON PT, DPT

Matt is a physical therapist who currently lives in Chicago, IL. He was born and raised in Buffalo, NY where he attained his doctorate in physical therapy from Daemen College. Matt worked in Orchard Park, NY for a short time before deciding to move to Illinois in 2017. Matt currently is a Facility Manager for Athletico Physical Therapy at their Vernon Hills, IL location. He enjoys treating all orthopedic injuries, but has a passion for treating shoulder, knee and hip pathology. Matt also enjoys treating youth and high level athletes as he works closely with the local high school and is an affiliate physical therapist for the Chicago Bears.

In his spare time, Matt loves spending time with his fiancé and their two dogs. He is an avid sports fan and loves spending time traveling to new stadiums across the county.

PHILLIP VARDIMAN, PHD, ATC

PHILLIP VARDIMAN, PHD, ATC

MICHAEL VOIGHT, PT, DHSC, SCS, OCS, ATC, CSCS, FAPTA

MICHAEL VOIGHT, PT, DHSC, SCS, OCS, ATC, CSCS, FAPTA

Dr. Voight has had a distinguished career as both an educator and clinical physical therapist for more than 25 years. Throughout his career, he has not only become one of the leading authorities in the rehabilitation of orthopedic and sports injuries, but also worked tirelessly to advance the knowledge of others as a clinician and educator by making significant contributions to clinical literature. Dr. Voight is also recognized as a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Currently, Dr. Voight is a tenured professor at the Belmont University School of Physical Therapy in Nashville, TN. He also holds a position of adjunct associate professor in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Department of Orthopedics. In addition to his role in academia, Dr. Voight is recognized as a clinician of the highest caliber. He has served as a team physical therapist in the NFL and NBA, as well as consulted with various other teams in MLB, NHL, and MLS.

Early in his career, Dr. Voight became active within the United States Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Division. He has worked at the Olympic Training Center, Olympic Festivals, Pan American Games, and Olympic Games, while enjoying the opportunity to travel to almost every continent with various Olympic and national teams.

Dr. Voight has lectured extensively at various conferences, symposiums, and congresses both nationally and internationally, having given more than 750 professional presentations on a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine topics. He also holds a senior teaching position for the North American Institute of Sports Physical Therapy. Dr. Voight is currently the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. He has authored over 75 papers, textbook chapters on various topics, and has written three textbooks on functional exercise.

Dr. Voight is a clinician, educator, and researcher who is regarded by his peers as one of the leading musculoskeletal physical therapists in the world. He remains extremely active in patient care, education, and research activities. His lectures are well attended and receive excellent reviews based on his innovative presentation of scientific evidence and interactive approach to teaching.

JIM WAGNER, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS

JIM WAGNER, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS

Dr. Wagner is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist who has worked in upper-extremity orthopedic clinical settings for more than 20 years. He received his post-professional clinical doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a specialty in hand therapy. Dr. Wagner is currently team leader of the OT/Hand Therapy Department at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. In addition, he is credentialed in physical agent modalities and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Dr. Wagner is also an adjunct professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY. He is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and has been published in the practice forum section of the Journal of Hand Therapy. Dr. Wagner has integrated his passion for instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) into his daily clinical practice and personal training. On a personal note, he has been involved in competitive powerlifting/weightlifting for 28 years.

ARIC WARREN, EDD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, CES

ARIC WARREN, EDD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, CES

Dr. Warren joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 2005 and is an associate professor of athletic training in the School of Allied Health at the OSU Center for Health Sciences. While at OSU, he has served as director of the Athletic Training Program, coordinator of health and human performance, and head of the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology.

Dr. Warren earned his doctorate in education from DePaul University, holds a master’s of science degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s of science degree from University of Nebraska at Kearney. He is currently a member of the USA Track & Field volunteer sports medicine staff, providing athletic healthcare at local and international athletic competitions.

In addition, Dr. Warren has earned credentialing as a certified strength and conditioning specialist and corrective exercise specialist, as well as certification in manual therapy techniques such as myofascial decompression, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, positional release therapy, dry needling, and muscle energy techniques.

His research explores patient-centered outcomes and the efficacy of manual therapies in treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction; evidence-based practice; and force characteristics of muscle in response to stretching and fatigue. Dr. Warren’s recent work has explored alterations in musculotendinous stiffness, perfusion, and architectural changes in soft tissue in response to manual therapies.

WHITNEY REESE, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, COMT, ITPT

WHITNEY REESE, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, COMT, ITPT

Whitney has been a lifelong multiple sport athlete. She’s competed in tennis, karate, basketball, track, cross country, and soccer. After an ACL injury as a teenager she focused exclusively on soccer, attending The University of the Incarnate Word on an athletic and academic scholarship where she was a 4 year starter, freshman defender of the year, and multiple year scholar athlete. After college she completed a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in Denver at Regis University then returned to Texas.

Whitney has competed in the CrossFit Games, is a 6x Regionals competitor, participated in the NPGL Combine, and is the Texas State Champion for the 63 kg weight class in the snatch, clean and jerk, and the total. She has also competed and placed in the top 10 at USAW Nationals and American Open.

Over the past 12 years Whitney has worked in outpatient orthopedics with a niche emphasis in sports. Dr. Welsch is dual ABPTS board certified in Sports and Orthopaedics and completed a certification in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2017. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a dual emphasis in exercise science and movement analysis and will be starting a Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification through the International Spine and Pain Institute.

Outside of clinical practice, Whitney enjoys hiking with her partner and their dogs and playing with her niece and nephew.

ANDREA WOLKENBERG PT, DPT, MA, CKTI, MCMT

ANDREA WOLKENBERG PT, DPT, MA, CKTI, MCMT

Dr. Wolkenberg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. In 1986 she earned a Master’s degree in medical anthropology from the New School for Social Research in NYC, and in 2016 earned her tDPT from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.  In 2001 she became a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor and has since taught hundreds of Kinesio Taping seminars. In 2012 she became certified in manual therapy through Hands On Seminars. During the course of her long career she has had the good fortune to take continuing education courses with such luminaries in manual medicine as Dr. James Cyriax, Dr. John Mennell, Dr. Lawrence Jones, and Dr. John Barnes, among many others. Her approach to patient care includes an eclectic combination of the many skills she has acquired from her distinguished teachers, and she considers IASTM to be an integral part of these skills – which she thanks Mark Butler for, in large part.

Since 2013 Andrea has been a private concierge home care PT who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain. She has delivered numerous presentations to the New York State Pain Society on the role of physical therapy in pain management. In prior years, she spent nine years as the Director of Physical Therapy at Spine Options in White Plains, NY and 17 years as Chief PT and Assistant Director of Rehab at Florence Nightingale Health Center, a 561 bed long term care and sub-acute rehab facility.

BENJAMIN WOOD, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS

BENJAMIN WOOD, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS

Benjamin received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tampa, and his Master’s degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida.

Currently, Ben works at IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida. There, he serves as an Athletic Trainer for the Men’s Basketball Program, a position he has held since 2014. He also worked with the Tampa Bay Rowdies during their 2012 season, and has held positions at multiple public high schools.