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Mark Albert, MEd, PT, ATC, LAT


I am an internationally recognized author on subject matter relating to orthopedics and sports therapy. My approach is to blend the essential biomechanics with focused manual techniques for immediate clinical application and results.

 

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Mark S. Albert, MED, PT, ATC, SCS has over 32 years of clinical experience in sports and orthopedic physical therapy settings. Mark is one of the first therapists recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Sports, having been certified in 1987. He has presented over 200 courses and seminars on specialty areas such as sports injury, management of shoulder, knee dysfunction and exercise rehabilitation. Mark has worked in a variety of settings, treating athletes and orthopedic injuries for all ages and abilities. Mark taught for the Georgia State physical therapy program on topics including prevention and care of athletic injuries, abnormal exercise physiology, orthopedic hip and knee, orthopedic shoulder and thorax and exercise physiology.

Mark served on the editorial board of JOSPT, the Journal of Isokinetic and Exercise Science and Prevention Magazine and is an internationally recognized author of many publications in the areas of orthopedic and sports therapy, isokinetics and rehabilitation. Some of his article titles include: Rehabilitation of the Knee, A Problem Solving Approach, Isokinetic Assessment of Inertial Training, Homestudy Guide to Orthopedic Series and Concepts of Muscle Training. Mark has also published a book titled Principles of Knee Treatment and Rehabilitation and is the author of the textbook Eccentric Muscle Training in Sports and Orthopedics, Second Edition, which is considered to be a classic reference tool and was recently reprinted in Japanese and French. In addition to his extensive writing career Mark also served as the athletic trainer for the Georgia Chiefs, Georgia Tech Association, as well as three other universities and several high schools. Mark Alberts extensive research background and clinical experience enable him to provide the most up to date information in his courses. Information and treatment that is individualized to each patient rather than to each diagnosis. Mr. Albert presents this course for North American Seminars throughout the United States.

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Biomechanics of the Shoulder

Joshua Bailey, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Cped


I utilize research from Physical Therapy, Pedorthics, Podiatry, as well as orthopedics in an effort to pinpoint and summarize what the mass of literature says, which I then integrate into my teaching

 

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Joshua Bailey PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CPed, completed his MPT and DPT degrees at Shenandoah University. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the NSCA as well as an orthopedic clinical specialist from the APTA. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia, an 11 site orthopedic physical therapy center, in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he practices managing foot and ankle cases. Dr. Bailey is also the Director of the Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia Foot and Ankle Specialty Team. Dr. Bailey works with a wide variety of patients including athletes, officials and referees in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball, ACC, Big South Conference, and the Big East Conference. He is an adjunct faculty member with Liberty University, Lynchburg College Doctoral Physical Therapy program, and The Jackson Clinics Orthopedic Residency. He acts as a consultant for foot and ankle injuries for several Division I athletic programs as well. He has lectured in many forums on foot and ankle since 1997 on topics including pre and post-surgical management, manual therapy of the foot and ankle, differential diagnosis of foot and ankle disorders, as well as foot orthoses fabrication and modification. He teaches a level 1 advanced course as well as Level 2 Master level foot and ankle course through North American Seminars.

Eric Bellm, PT, DPT, OCS


I want to help therapists get their patient athletes back to their optimal form as quickly as possible withing the framework of value based healthcare.

 

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Eric Bellm, PT, DPT, OCS is a physical therapist within the Orthopedic and Sports Division of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Eric is a 2011 graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program from Saint Louis University and a 2012 graduate from the Ohio State University's Orthopedic Residency program. Eric is a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of overhead athletes, particularly baseball pitchers. He is the lead therapist for the Thrower's clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital where he utilizes slow-motion video software to perform 2-D video throwing analyses for injured patients and uninjured clients seeking enhanced performance as a throwing athlete. He also serves as a mentor for the orthopedic and sports residency at Children's. He has lectured locally and nationally on a variety of shoulder and elbow topics specific to the upper extremity athlete.

Becky Bliss, PT, DPT, NCS


I have 16 years of experience treating concussions, that is a lot of concussions. Let me share this expertise with you.

 

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Becky Bliss, PT, DPT, NCS is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Wingate University and is a board certified in Neurological Physical Therapy. She holds her Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation from the APTA and is an Impact Trained Physical Therapist. Dr. Bliss graduated from Ithaca College Department of Physical Therapy with a combined undergraduate-graduate Master of Physical Therapy in 2001. She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2014 and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Health Science Program at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Bliss has been actively practicing in the field of physical therapy for 16 years with specialization in concussion management. She has presented at both the state and national level meetings for both physical therapy and athletic training on topics to include the multi-disciplinary approach to concussion rehabilitation and management specific to sport related concussion. Her research interests include dysfunction of the vestibular ocular reflex following mild traumatic brain injury as well as early detection of impairments that lead to post-concussion syndrome. Dr. Bliss is active within the Academy of Neurological Physical Therapy and has served as chair of the Nominating Committee of the Vestibular Special Interest Group as well as on multidisciplinary committees for the state chapters of the Brain Injury Association.

Keith Christianssen, PT, ATC, MTC


As an instructor I present a very functional, practical, and cost effective treatment approaches that can be implemented in the clinic the Monday morning after my class.

 

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Keith Christianssen, PT, ATC, MTC attended San Diego State University, where he majored in Athletic Training. He went on to Northwestern University Medical School where he received his degree in Physical Therapy in 1990. After graduating from Northwestern, Keith returned to San Diego where he worked with athletes at Mesa Junior College and San Diego State University to complete his Athletic Training certification in 1993. Keith then completed his Certification in Manual Therapy through the University of St. Augustine in Florida. Keith ’s clinical experience includes being an athletic trainer with two colleges, the assistant athletic trainer for an IHL hockey club, the head athletic trainer for an RHI hockey club, and has worked closely with athletic trainers from the NFL, MLB, MISL and NHL teams to maximize the players rehabilitation. Keith has been a contributing author to two Physical Therapy textbooks, and has written articles on rehabilitation, human performance, and biomechanics for several national publications.

Kimberly A. Contryman, PT, DPT, NCS, OCS


I am a clinical owner and rehab specialist. I will teach you how to optimize appropriate rehab programs to achieve the best functional outcomes within the new health care guidelines!

 

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Kimberly A. Contryman, PT, DPT, NCS, OCS earned her masters of physical therapy in 1991 from Northern Arizona University. She was NDT certified in 1995, received her certification as a neurology specialist by the APTA in 2000 and received her certification as an orthopedic specialist in 2002. In May of 2002 the University of Southern California awarded Kim a doctorate of physical therapy. She received the Order of the Golden Cane, which is the highest honor awarded to graduates who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in a variety of professional areas. While in her doctoral program at USC, Kim worked as an assistant instructor in the DPT program at the university as well as treating physical therapy patients. Dr. Contryman was awarded the Outstanding Mentorship Award for her exceptional skill in assisting students to master difficult curricular content. Throughout her career, Dr. Contryman’s primary focus in physical therapy has always been on providing both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. In addition to hands-on physical therapy, Dr. Contryman was a clinical manager for over five years. Kim received the 5-Star Award given to outstanding employees within that health system. Kim is frequently a guest lecturer and is involved in teaching at various colleges within her geographical area. Neurology and orthopedics form an important part of Dr. Costello’s background. Her expertise includes all forms of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses including traumatic head injuries, cerebral vascular accidents, pathological conditions, orthopedic insults and postsurgical care. Presently, Dr. Contryman owns Blue Ridge Physical Therapy where she treats a diverse population of patients with a variety of diagnoses focusing on orthopedic and neurological insults. Kim demonstrates a hands-on approach individualized to each patient rather than to each diagnosis

George J. Davies DPT, MEd, PT, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PES, CSMS, FAPTA


DR. GEORGE J. DAVIES is an internationally known speaker who has presented hundreds of conferences throughout the world on sports medicine, sports physical therapy, athletic training, shoulder, knee, open and closed kinetic chain topics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and Isokinetics.

 

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DR. GEORGE J. DAVIES is a clinician, educator, speaker, researcher, author, editor and consultant. He is an internationally known speaker who has presented hundreds of conferences throughout the world on sports medicine, sports physical therapy, athletic training, shoulder, knee, open and closed kinetic chain topics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and Isokinetics. George began in this great profession of sports medicine almost 50 years ago when he started as a student, assistant and head athletic trainer. He has been involved in the clinical practice of sports physical therapy/athletic training, since 1965. He still maintains an active clinical practice at Coastal Therapy in Savannah, GA and Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine, LaCrosse, WI. He has been actively involved in the sports coverage as an athletic trainer/sports physical therapist at a variety of sporting events: 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, NY, 1986 Pan American Games, Indianapolis, IN, 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, volunteer trainer at the USOTC, Lake Placid, NY, 2003, a member of the USA Medical Staff for the 2005 Summer World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, 2008, and was invited by the IOC to present educational workshops for clinicians from around the world at the London Olympic Games, 2012. He has a passion for teaching and has been an educator for over 40 years in colleges and universities. For the past 38 years, he has been involved in teaching in physical therapy programs. He is presently a Professor of Physical Therapy at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA since 2004. He was also honored as a Professor-Emeritus of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse following 30 years of teaching. He has been involved in many research projects that have been presented at numerous national and international conferences and published in various journals. He has participated in hundreds of scientific conferences and workshops throughout the world in the last 35 years, published over 200 articles and research abstracts in various periodicals, written several books and has contributed chapters to over 40 books. George was the original co-founder and co-editor of The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy for 10 years. To honor George’s achievements, at the 25th anniversary year of JOSPT, they honored his achievement by creating the GEORGE J. DAVIES JAMES A. GOULD EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL INQUIRY AWARD. This award is given to the best paper each year. George was also one of the co-founders and original Associate Editors for Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 2009. Dr. Davies has also been fortunate to win several prestigious awards during his career in sports medicine.

Ed Dobrzykowski, PT, DPT, ATC, MHS


 

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Ed Dobrzykowski, PT, DPT, ATC, MHS has worked in rehabilitation administration and management for over twenty-five years. He is presently System Director, Rehabilitation Services and Sports Medicine at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Kentucky with strategic and operations management for acute care, skilled nursing and outpatient therapy services. His career has spanned a variety of leadership, management, and training positions in non-profit healthcare systems, for-profit public companies, and private practice. During the past decade, Dr. Dobrzykowski has provided leadership and management training and consulting for 2000 rehabilitation leaders, managers and clinicians in over 100 workshops and seminars throughout the United States. Attendees span the rehabilitation continuum of practice, including physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, speech language pathologists, athletic trainers, nurses, and office managers with position titles including lead, senior, supervisor, manager, director and administrator of rehabilitation services. He is the former editor of Journal of Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement. Active in the American Physical Therapy Association, Dr. Dobrzykowski has held multiple elected and appointed positions in the Section on Health Policy & Administration in three states (TN, IL, WA). He is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Dr. Dobrzykowski earned his B.A. in Health & Safety Education/Athletic Training from Purdue University, B.S. in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, M.H.S. from the University of Indianapolis, and D.P.T. from Rocky Mountain University.

Chris Durall, PT, DPT, SCS, LAT, CSCS, MS


Due to the ever-changing body of evidence, expertise is somewhat something of a moving target. However, after 20+ years experience of treating the neck and 10 years experience teaching clinicians how to do the same, it’s fair to say that I have acquired a certain level of mastery.

 

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Dr. Chris Durall, PT, DPT, SCS, LAT, CSCS is the director of the Student Health Center Physical Therapy Department and a graduate faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, where he teaches in several physical therapy courses including Spine Orthopedics. Prior to assuming the directorship at UW-LaCrosse, Dr. Durall was an assistant professor in the physical therapy department at Creighton University. During his appointment at Creighton, Dr. Durall received three consecutive Educator of the Year awards. A practicing outpatient orthopedic/sports clinician since 1993, Dr. Durall earned baccalaureate and advanced masters degrees in physical therapy from UW-LaCrosse, and a Doctorate in physical therapy from Creighton University. He is a graduate of the year-long Gundersen-Lutheran Sports Physical Therapy Residency program, a board-certified sports physical therapist, a licensed athletic trainer, and has been a certified strength and conditioning specialist since 1997. Dr. Durall has authored and co-authored numerous textbook chapters and published articles in PT Magazine, Physiotherapy, the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Isokinetics and Exercise Science, the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and the Strength and Conditioning Journal.

Cathy Finch, PT, MOL


PNF is incorporated into my daily professional life as a therapist and instructor. I have dedicated over 10 plus years of focus and research on PNF application to a variety of diagnoses throughout the age span.

 

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Catherine Finch, PT, is a graduate of California State University in Fresno with dual degrees in health science and physical therapy. Her impressive credentials include extensive experience in acute rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics, and 25 years of physical therapy.

More specifically, Ms. Finch has a wealth of knowledge, training and experience in the area of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). She was on staff at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Hospital in Vallejo, California from 1991-2001 and was an instructor in their post-graduate PNF program, a program created by Dr. Herman Kabat and Maggie Knott. During this time as an instructor in the PNF residency program, Ms. Finch not only had the privilege of working with and treating patients alongside Dr. Kabat, but she successfully met the International PNF Association (IPNFA) criteria for instructors and was recognized as an IPNFA basic and advanced instructor. Catherine has achieved additional certification in NDT for adults as well as completing courses in longterm orthopedic manual therapy utilizing the Maitland and Kaltenborn approaches.

Ms. Finch has taught numerous PNF continuing education courses throughout the United States as well as internationally in Brazil, Canada, and Japan for professional organizations. Her varied audience has included Physical and Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Nurses and Chiropractors. She has served as the coordinator for PNF education at the University of California - San Francisco Physical Therapy program and has presented PNF content for DPT students at the University of El Paso and the University of Iowa. To add to this experience and training, Catherine has also authored a chapter on Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation for the second edition of the Neurologic Intervention for Physical Therapy textbook by Martin and Kessler.

Ms. Finch is currently on the faculty at Kirkwood Community College in their Physical Therapy Assistant program. As a member of the faculty, she is required and is committed to keeping up to date on changes within the physical therapy field related to reimbursement, evidence based practice and the push for outcome measures. She also serves as the ACCE for her program and is responsible for all things related to clinic placement/practice for her students. This role includes site visits and interaction with clinicians in a wide variety of settings and allows her to stay abreast of current practice trends. Along with her faculty position, Ms. Finch provides consulting services related to PNF to local clinicians.

Edward Fiore, OTR/L, CHT, MED


Understanding a surgeon’s “algorithm” enabled me to identify specific surgical procedures and the projected outcomes.

 

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Edward Fiore, OTR/L, CHT, M.Ed, CET, is a Certified Hand Therapist with over 20 years of experience in all areas of rehabilitation, with specialization in orthopedic management. Treatment specialization includes overuse syndromes, nerve compression, splint fabrication, tendon repairs and fractures of the upper extremity. The instructor also has specialized training with ergonomic job-site analysis. Mr. Fiore currently works for a private corporation and resides outside Charlotte, NC. He holds a Masters Degree in Education, with specialization in education technology. Mr.Fiore has lectured on management of common hand injuries, nerve compression and overuse syndromes. Over the past several years, he has instructed therapists on upper extremity evaluation and treatment. Mr. Fiore has had the distinct privilege of presenting at the Joint Session for American Society of Hand Therapists and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has also presented to the Florida Hand Society at several annual meetings.

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Comprehensive Management of the Elbow, Wrist and Hand

Elizabeth Grace Georgelos, PT, MS, NCS


I have worked with an elite multidisciplinary team of physicians, audiologists and physical therapists treating vestibular patients. This has helped me master technique for delivering superior results with Traumatic Brain Injury and Vestibular Patients. Let me show you how!

 

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Elizabeth Grace Georgelos, PT, MS, NCS is a Team Leader at Good Shepherd Penn Partners?Penn Therapy and Fitness, in Philadelphia, PA. She works in the Vestibular Rehabilitation program and is part of the Penn Concussion Center and the Penn Balance and Dizziness Center. Working closely with the multidisciplinary team of physicians, audiologists and physical therapists in the Penn Balance Center helped her develop a true passion for vestibular rehabilitation. Her clinical practice now focuses primarily on treating patients following concussion and mild TBI from sports and non-sports injuries, in addition to vestibular rehabilitation. She graduated from Northeastern University with her Bachelors of Science in Physical therapy in 1998 and received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1999 from Northeastern University. Betsy received her masters of science degree in neuromotor science from Temple University in 2015. She has been certified by the ABPTS as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist since 2004 and received her Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University/APTA in 2004. She participates in education of both entry-level physical therapy students at multiple universities and licensed clinicians via continuing education courses, including being on faculty of the APTA’s Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Competency-Based Course, at Emory University. She is also part of the faculty of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Residency. Betsy serves in the Vestibular Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the APTA Neurology Section as the Newsletter Co-Editor and has served on several task forces and committees within the VR SIG leadership.

Jennifer Goff, MSPT, NCS, CLT, CMT


For the past 18 years I have been participating in an intensive study in integrative medicines and have found that these treatments, when used as an adjunct to...

 

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Jennifer Goff MSPT NCS, CLT, CMT has been a physical therapist for 30 years. She obtained her BSPT at Northern Arizona University and her MSPT at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.  She is board certified by the ABPTS in neurologic rehabilitation with a special interest in the autonomic nervous system and how trauma patterns are held in the body via neuro-fascial communication.  She has been certified in the fields of vestibular rehabilitation, and lymphedema and venous management. She is a certified mindfulness meditation instructor, a restorative yoga instructor, and a level 1 Chi Gong instructor.  She has pursued advanced instruction in manual therapy, myofascial release, and women’s health and has completed over 250 hours of education in integrative medicine practices. She is a PhD student studying how the mind and body interact to enhance well-being. She has been a clinical instructor for 12 years. She currently works in a wellness and pain management clinic utilizing manual skills, mindfulness based movement, sub-inflammatory based progressive exercise programs and patient education strategies to help people reduce chronic pain and improve quality of life.  She acts as an educational consultant with training expertise in a wide variety of topics including chronic pain, dementia, lymphedema management, neurological rehabilitation, vestibular training, and bowel and bladder management. She is active in the promotion of healthy aging lifestyles through presentations and publications for the general public and specific patient support groups.

Georgia Groomer, PT


Of my 24 years of clinical practice, the past 17 have been focused on management of the vestibular client, and I have worked in conjunction with Otology/Neurology physicians in clinics that routinely utilize advanced diagnostic testing to best understand this patient group. In addition..

 

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Georgia Groomer, PT, is a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has specialized in vestibular program development, design and implementation since 1997. Georgia earned her Herdman certificate of clinical competency in the diagnosis and treatment of vestibular disorders at the University of Miami in 1999. She has been active as a national instructor with North American Seminars, Inc. since 2000. Georgia has had the opportunity to practice and apply her unique vestibular skills and philosophies in a variety of clinical settings ranging from hospital-based outpatient facilities, multi-disciplinary regional balance centers and consultative/staff training for various medical systems and independent clinics. She has worked extensively to educate both the primary and specialty sectors of medicine regarding the valuable role of the rehabilitation therapists in managing dizziness and balance disorders. She has been involved at the local and national levels in campaigning efforts to improve the recognition and reimbursement of vestibular rehabilitation by third party payers. Her wide range of over two decades of experience in the field of vestibular rehabilitation enables her to provide an eclectic, insightful and practical approach to teaching both the principles of assessment and the development of effective treatment protocols.

Mitzi Hazard, PT, CDE, C.Ped


 

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Mitzi Hazard, PT, CDE, C.Ped. graduated cum laude from California State University at Long Beach with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1992. She received her national board certifications as a diabetes educator from NCBDE in May of 2003 and as a pedorthist from BCP in June 2005. Her professional passion is the achievement of techniques and programs that maximize the healing of wounds. Ms. Hazard has dedicated a major portion of her career to studying effective treatments for wound care and to the prevention and treatment of diabetic neuropathic wounds. She worked for Olympic Medical Center (OMC) in Sequim, Washington from May of 1999 until 2004. She was the manager of rehabilitation services and a diabetes educator in the OMC ADA-accredited diabetes self-management education program. She served as a wound care resource for both rehabilitation and nursing staff consulting on difficult wound cases of arterial, venous and neuropathic origin. She has developed staff education programs related to diabetes, wound care, custom foot orthotics and the diabetic foot in the geriatric population. In November 2004, she opened her own private practice, Feet First Custom Orthotics, specializing in custom foot orthotics and diabetic neuropathic ulcer management. Mitzi Hazard joined Jefferson Healthcare?s team of medical professionals in 2009 as a Physical Therapist. She is also the Clinical Supervisor and part of an expanding staff of highly skilled physical therapists in demand in eastern Jefferson County.

Linda Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, NCS


I have a passion for dispelling myths that surround aging such as “ falls are a normal part of aging”

 

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Linda B. Horn, PT, DSc, MHS, NCS recently joined Gentiva as the Safe Strides Team Leader in Towson, Maryland. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings including acute care, outpatient and home care. She is a Neurologic Certified Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association since 1993. Her primary area of expertise is in the area of balance and vestibular disorders in the adult population, particularly with older adults. She has presented numerous continuing education seminars and poster presentations on these topics. Linda is a lecturer for physical therapy students in the areas of balance and vestibular disorders, and neurological rehabilitation. She is active in the American Physical Therapy Association at both the state and national levels. In 2008, Linda was the recipient of the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Award from the APTA of Maryland.

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Optimizing Functional Mobility in the Older Adult

Kim Klein, PT, MS, CLT


Understanding what happens in the brain when you have a stroke is key to understanding how to develop a treatment program.

 

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Kim Klein, PT, MS received her BS degree in physical therapy from Russell Sage College and an Advanced Masters Degree in physical therapy, specializing in neurology from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions.

In 1995 Ms Klein became certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist for pediatrics and adults through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She has attended numerous seminars on motor learning, motor control and has continued to incorporate this growing body of knowledge into clinical practice and teaching. As a cancer survivor, Ms Klein has become increasingly involved in oncology rehab and in 2015 became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. As a motivational speaker, Ms Klein has developed her own workshop for survivors entitled “Return to Self” a creative recovery journey from grief and loss to joy.

Ms Klein has over 30 years of experience with both pediatric and adult neurologic populations in the areas of acute care, home care, hospice, rehab, and out-patient and private practice. As an educator, she has served on the faculty at Northeastern University in Boston, Walsh University in Ohio and as the curriculum consultant at the University of Tampa.

Robert Klingman, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT


I have over 20 years of clinical experience and utilize an evidence-based teaching approach when presenting concepts to examine and treat the Lumbar spine and Sacroiliac joint.

 

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Robert Klingman, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA, his Masters in Physical Therapy from Mt. St. Marys College in Los Angeles, CA and is a graduate of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, CA. He continues to serve as a mentoring faculty member and guest lecturer for the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Orthopaedic Residency Program. Mr. Klingman is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS) with the American Physical Therapy Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). Robert has published articles that have appeared in such journals as Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy and The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. In 2000, Mr. Klingman was the winner of The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy & Ball Dynamics Award for Excellence in a published case study. Additionally, Mr. Klingman is a member of the Foot/Ankle Special Interest Group for the Orthopaedic section if the APTA. He has conducted several courses on topics such as lower quarter mechanics, foot/ankle pathology, and manual therapy of the spine and shoulder. Currently he practices, conducts research, and provides mentoring in outpatient orthopaedics in Tucson, AZ.

Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT, NCS


My focus is on improving daily function through innovative yet effective, safe, and evidence-based treatments.

 

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Sara Koveleski Kraut, PT, DPT, NCS, is the founder and owner of Advanced Physical Therapy and Health Services in Park Ridge, Illinois. She enjoys treating people of various conditions and of all ages, including neurologic, orthopedic, and vestibular. However, Sara and her clinic specialize in the evaluation and treatment of various neurological diagnoses, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, gait, balance disorders, and peripheral and central vestibulopathies. Sara has developed successful treatment programs for the neurologically-involved patient that focus on using current concepts in the health and fitness world and findings from evidence-based research. She incorporates her philosophy of “total health and well- being” when developing her comprehensive rehabilitation programs. Dr. Koveleski Kraut established a successful clinic by effectively communicating with local neurologists and providing successful outcomes for her patients diagnosed with neurological diseases.

Sara earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL. She completed her professional practicum at The Miami Project To Cure Paralysis, the largest and most comprehensive research center in the world dedicated to spinal cord injuryresearch. Upon graduation from PT school, she received an award for excellence in clinical education. Since graduation, Sara regularly returned to the university as a guest lecturer. Dr. Koveleski Kraut is a board-certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

Still running her private practice and seeing patients, Dr. Koveleski Kraut officially joined the Physical Therapy faculty at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2015. Teaching in the DPT curriculum, she focuses on clinical applications in the neurologic and vestibular settings. Sara also leads multiple student research groups studying the effectiveness of group exercise on balance and fall risk in community-dwelling older adults. She is also part of a interprofessional team of researchers at the university performing a Department of Defense-funded research study on improving balance confidence in trans-tibial prosthesis users.

She also provides local community education regarding health issues and rehabilitation. Sara is an active member of the APTA (Private Practice Section) and Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA), as well as the IPTA’s Illinois Network of Independent Physical Therapists, in which she currently serves as Secretary.

Aside from her professional involvement in physical therapy, Sara stays active in the health and fitness world. She is a certified Pilates instructor, AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, an ACE certified personal trainer. Sara continues to teach community-based fitness classes at local health clubs and the park district. Sara has an extensive history of working with Bally Total Fitness in the media and has promoted health and fitness at multiple local Chicago events, including the Taste of Chicago, the NBC Health and Fitness Expo, and local news reports. She has also participated in several marathons. Sara incorporates her healthy, active lifestyle into the development of comprehensive rehabilitation programs.

Dr. Koveleski Kraut is passionate about education and is always excited to share her 15+ years of clinical experience with therapists around the country, as she has been a national educator for over a decade.

Rebecca Lotz PT, CLT


What I have to offer is a broad perspective and intricate understanding of the skills necessary to treat lymphedema.

 

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Becky Lotz, PT, CLT received her Bachelors in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in May 1994. She received her certification therapy from Lerner Lymphedema Services Academy in January 2000. She started the lymphedema program at Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently an outpatient supervisor and lead lymphedema therapist at Frazier Rehab Institute. She has been responsible for the training and development of additional lymphedema therapists in her inpatient /outpatient organization. Becky has attended the National Lymphedema Network International Conference and is a current professional member of the National Lymphedema Network. Becky currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky and continues to practice as an outpatient therapist in a multi-discipline clinic with her specialty in lymphedema.

Carol McFarland, PT, PhD, OCS


I have had nearly 40 years of experience as a therapist, but for the past 30 my focus has been on spine care. With this focus in mind, I completed a PhD in order to have a more in-depth understanding of this particular patient group.

 

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Carol McFarland, PT, PhD, OCS, is a 1975 graduate of Boston University with a BS in physical therapy. She completed her MS in kinesiology at University of Texas at Tyler in 1986 and then received her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1990, which was renewed in 1998. She practices in an outpatient spine center in Texas and has worked closely with the neurosurgeons in this practice since 1992. She collaborated with therapists throughout east Texas to develop rehabilitation protocols specifically for follow-up to many of the surgical and injection spine procedures. She presented these protocols through the Texas Physical Therapy Association and American Back Society several times, and published a book on the postsurgical protocols for the lumbar spine.

Erik P. Meira, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS


My background includes over 16 years of experience as well as being founder of the SPTS Hip Special Interest Group which I facilitated for the groups first three years. I have written many textbook chapters and review articles on the evaluation and treatment of the hip.

 

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Erik P. Meira, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, is currently the lead physical therapist and clinic director of Black Diamond Physical Therapy in Portland, OR, a clinic that specializes in sports rehabilitation and a clinical advisor to the University of Portland NCAA Division program. He is an APTA Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with extensive experience in the management of sports injuries at many different levels. Educated at the University of Florida he began his career at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC before relocating to Portland, Oregon. He has authored several articles and textbook chapters and has lectured privately and at conferences sponsored through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) covering topics such as the hip, knee, shoulder, exercise prescription, returning athletes to sport, science application, and PT practice business models and a regular reviewer for several medical journals. He is the founder and the original chair of the Hip Special Interest Group of the Sports Physical Therapy Section (SPTS). Within the SPTS, Erik is currently their APTA Combined Sections Meeting Program Chair and the chair for the Educational Programming Team. He is also the co-host of PT Inquest, a podcast dedicated to understanding physical therapy science.

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The Snapping Hip

Barry Morgan, PT


For the past 10 years I have been specializing in treating patients with dizziness and balance disorders. I have implemented vestibular and concussion programs and developed a systematic approach to the evaluation and treatment of these disorders for positive outcomes. I have...

 

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Barry Morgan, PT received a BS degree in Anatomy from West Texas State University and a BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas. Since 1986, he has practiced in a variety of neurologic and orthopedic settings. He is currently working independently as a vestibular therapist and balance consultant in his own practice and has been a national seminar educator since 2003. He has extensive experience in interpretation of vestibular testing, computerized balance testing, video nystagmography and oculomotor testing. Barry finished a competency based course on vestibular rehabilitation from Herdman in 2004. He is highly skilled in the evaluation and treatment of patients with vestibular disorders and concussion syndromes. He has worked closely with the U.S. Military treating returning injured soldiers with vestibular and concussion injuries. In addition, he treats concussion injuries in the athletic population. He was involved in an NIH grant study on motion illness in 2006, and has also published research on BPPV in the Neuro-Otology Journal in 2007. Current research interests include vestibular treatment algorithms for a variety of vestibular conditions and continued BPPV research. He has presented several community education courses on balance and fall prevention and has provided free screening services for many local health fairs attempting to raise the awareness for the need for proactive exercise for elderly abatement of dizziness and imbalance, and proper diagnosis of conditions involving the vestibular system.

Selina Morgan, PT, DPT, NCS


I have a wealth of experience to draw from in helping therapists provide accurate evaluations and treatment while avoiding the pitfalls that come from managing a large caseload of spinal cord injury patients and from navigating insurance company challenges.

 

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Selina Morgan, PT, DPT, graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in health education in 1984, and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, School of Physical Therapy in 1986. She is actively involved in the physical rehabilitation of neurologically compromised patients with special interest in spinal cord injury and assistive technology. She has held offices in: The National Spinal Cord Injury Association-South Texas Chapter, the adhoc committee to improve handicap accessibility in San Antonio and the access planning committee of the Alamo Dome. Selina first gained teaching experience through her faculty position at the Texas Tech School of Physical Therapy in 1995. She continues to teach in areas of spinal cord injury, seating/mobility and assistive technology at the University of Texas Health and Science Center (schools of PT and OT) and the Army/Navy Baylor School of Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston. Selina has received credentials through RESNA as an assistive technology practitioner since 2003.

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Spinal Cord Injury

Laura Morris, PT, NCS


As I have practiced in the clinic and taught other therapists about mild TBI, the question has repeatedly come up regarding how to manage the non-typical, difficult cases that we so often see in practice.

 

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Laura Morris, PT, NCS is a physical therapist and lecturer with over 25 years of experience in the management of adults with neurologic disorders. Her clinical work focuses on vestibular disorders and mild traumatic brain injury at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in the Chicago area. She is the Director of Communications for the Academy of Neurologic PT of the APTA. She teaches continuing education in concussion and vestibular rehabilitation both nationally and internationally. Her experience includes inpatient and outpatient care, clinical research and program development, including the launch of the fourth credentialed Neurologic PT Residency Program in Pittsburgh. Clinical practice also included vestibular and concussion rehabilitation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Mild Brain Injury Program in Baltimore, Maryland and neurologic private practice in Alexandria, Virginia. She was re-credentialed for her Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2013. She has been involved in the Academy of Neurologic PT and the Vestibular special interest group, primarily in positions involving website support. In 2005 she received the Award for Clinical Excellence in Neurology by the Neurology Section of the APTA, and in 2015 received the Service Award from the Vestibular Special Interest Group. Her contributions to the literature include book chapters and journal articles in the area of vestibular disorders and mild brain injury rehabilitation

Michael P. Reiman, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC, FAAOMPT, CSCS


I am one of a very few clinicians who has specialty certification in orthopedics, sports medicine and manual therapy.

 

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Michael P. Reiman, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC, FAAOMPT, CSCS is an assistant professor of physical therapy at Duke University Medical Center. As a clinician Dr. Reiman has over 20 years of experience in assessing, rehabilitating, and training athletes, clients, and patients at various levels of ability. He received his doctoral degree in physical therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2007. In addition to his certifications as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist, Dr. Reiman is a manual therapy fellow through the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists (having completed a 2 and one year fellowship program), is a USA Weightlifting level 1 coach and a USA Track and Field level 1 coach. Dr. Reiman has co-written the only textbook on functional testing, Functional Testing in Human Performance, written eight book chapters on orthopedic examination/intervention and training for strength, power, and endurance. He has also written multiple articles in such journals as the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, as well as having served as special guest editor for a special issue on the hip joint in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. Dr. Reiman currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and is a reviewer for multiple orthopedic and sports related journals. Dr. Reiman presents on various levels of assessment and treatment methods at national, regional, and local conferences and actively participates in research regarding various testing methods for orthopedic examination/intervention and human performance. His current research and presentation interests focus on performance enhancement, low back/hip pain, and evidence based examination/intervention of the hip joint. He continues to practice clinically on various sports and orthopedic-related injuries. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting Association, and USA Track and Field Association

Carrie Riddock, MSPT, CLT-LANA


My passion is in the area of research and discovering new clinical applications which will assist patients in reaching the best outcomes possible. With a unique background of lymphedema training combined with oncology rehab experience, I have been able to successfully combine various treatment methods for developing comprehensive cancer protocols and programs.

 

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Carrie M Riddock, MSPT, CLT-LANA received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in 1997. She received her specialist certification in Lymphedema Management from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2007 and in 2009 her National Lymphedema Certification (LANA). Her specialty and passion is in cancer rehabilitation. She served as the Director of Lymphedema Therapy Services at VCU’s Massey Cancer Center and has worked at Bon Secours Cancer Institute’s Lymphedema Center as the ead therapist. She has developed a post-operative cancer patient exercise protocol and regularly trains therapists and oncology nurses in its implementation. Carrie served a vital role in securing Bon Secour Cancer Institute’s accreditation from the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) and in receiving the American Cancer Society/Commission on Cancer’s Service Excellence award. She continues to advance the knowledge of physical rehabilitation for cancer survivors throughout the medical community by providing in-services to Oncologists, Surgical Oncologists, General Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons, Nurse Practitioners, and local Physicians. She is a regular contributor/speaker to local area Lymphedema and Cancer Support Groups including the Susan G Komen’s Central Virginia Breast Cancer Coalition and has presented lecture series to both VCU and Mary Baldwin University doctoral PT students as well as presented at the 2016 American College of Rehabilitative Medicine Conference on Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy. Currently, she is working with Bon Secours Health System to develop oncology rehabilitation programs, while training therapists and providing treatment to patients with cancer throughout the state of Virginia.

Jeffery Taylor-Haas, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS


My course is a comprehensive, evidence-based and interactive course intended to incorporate the fields of biomechanics, exercise physiology, and orthopedic physical therapy into an easy to understand treatment protocol that you can immediately utilize with your patients and clients on Monday morning.

 

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Jeff Taylor-Haas, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS is a sports physical therapist at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Taylor-Haas obtained a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Saint Louis University in 2004 and is a board certified orthopedic specialist in physical therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength & Conditioning Association and an Adjunct Faculty member at the College of Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio for the department of physical therapy.

Suzanne White, PT


30 years of working primarily with the complex geriatric patient and getting them back to living a more functional life while integrating the patient’s hobbies into my treatment plans. I will share my experience!

 

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Suzanne White, PT, has over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist. She graduated from California State University Northridge. Her credentials include extensive experience in acute rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics, outpatient Neurorehabilitation and home health PT. She has been internationally recognized as a PNF advanced instructor. Suzanne has taught short term and long term courses in the United States as well as internationally in South Korea and Germany. Suzanne was on staff at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Hospital from 1987-2000, where she was an advanced international instructor in the PNF residency program. She has completed numerous long term manual therapy courses including the Folsom yearlong manual therapy course utilizing Maitland and Kaltenborn approach. She has been working in her own private Home Health practice for over 16 years. Working primarily with the complex geriatric patient, getting them back to living a more functional life and integrating the patient?s hobbies into her treatment plan.

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The Complex Geriatric Patient

Laura Wiggs, PT, NCS, CBIS


I love the challenge of brain injury. While there may be general patterns in brain injury, no two are exactly alike. Let me show you how to deliver better results for your younger (under 55 yrs) stroke patients.

 

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Laura Wiggs, PT, NCS, CBIS graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiological Studies. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from UTMB in 1991. In 2000, she earned her certification as a neurological clinical specialist. She is also a Certified Brain Injury Specialist by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialist.

Laura has specialized in the treatment of individuals with brain injury and stroke for the past 27 years. She has treated individuals throughout the continuum of brain injury and stroke from the neuro intensive care unit to community based re-entry. She has published numerous articles on the topic of hypertonia, and has presented both nationally and internationally on this topic. In addition, she has presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics in brain injury.

Laura is a guest lecturer for the UTMB PT program, and is on faculty with the Harris Health System PT Neurological residency program.

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Stroke - Impacting the Under 55 Year Old Population

John Wilson, PT, DPT, MA, CSCS


My experience is not limited to teaching. I’m an instructor, but also a trainer, mentor, staff developer and coach, and I can draw from all of these roles to respectfully challenge therapists’ thought processes and encourage them toward prescribing treatments uniquely suited to the needs of each patient.

 

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John Wilson, DPT, MA, CSCS, earned his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 1998. He has been an exercise physiologist for the past 15 years, earning a Masters degree in Applied Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University in 1993. John completed his Advanced Post Professional Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Western University of Health Sciences in 2005. Dr. Wilson also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Early in his career John focused on outpatient orthopedics and performance training. He spent two years as a research assistant at The Kasch Exercise Physiology Laboratory conducting performance testing/training of professional athletes (including the San Diego Chargers of the NFL) and exercise prescription of seniors in a community wellness program.

His research at the lab with cyclists was subsequently published entitled Thermoregulatory Effects of Cycling in a Hyperconvective Environment. Though still active working with athletes, Johns emphasis the past decade has focused on geriatric orthopedics. Working with geriatrics in the LTC/SNF and outpatient setting has been rewarding. John spent 2005-06 providing internal geriatric strength training courses nationally, and was co-author of orthopedic training manuals for a national provider of skilled therapy.

His current working environment is as an Outcomes Manager for a large medical system. He utilizes outcomes research, evidence-based practice and professional experience to ensure efficient and effective outcomes for rehabilitation patients. Utilizing dynamic movement analyses, progressive resistive strength training, manual therapy and prescribed corrective exercises; Dr. Wilson has brought his performance approach to the geriatric population.

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Geriatric Fractures and Joint Replacements

Diane Wrisley, PhD, PT, NCS


I completed my post-doctoral fellowship in the Balance Disorders Laboratory at the Neurological Sciences Institute of Oregon Health & Sciences University under the mentorship of Dr. Fay Horak and Dr. Robert Perterka. Let me show you what I learned from the top professionals in the world.

 

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Diane M. Wrisley, PhD, PT, NCS is an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Wingate University, is Director of Post-professional Programs and is board certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy. Dr. Wrisley holds a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a post-professional master’s degree from Old Dominion University and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Balance Disorders Laboratory at the Neurological Sciences Institute of Oregon Health and Sciences University under the mentorship of Dr. Fay Horak and Dr. Robert Perterka. Dr. Wrisley has received pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship grants from the National Institute for Deafness and Communication. She has over 30 years of clinical experience and has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of patients with vestibular and balance deficits and was awarded the APTA Neurology Section’s award for Clinical Excellence in Neurological Physical Therapy in 2002. Dr. Wrisley has published numerous research articles and book chapters and presented both nationally and internationally. Her research interests include sensory influences on balance including the role of the cervical afferents on dizziness and balance, the evaluation and treatment of balance disorders, and physical therapy outcomes for people with vestibular and balance dysfunction.

Sharan Zirges, PT, DPT, MSHA


I get an absolute thrill from assisting someone back into a functional life. Functional is the important word here because rarely do any of us return to where we were before. As the body ages and recovers from diseases and procedures getting back to functional is like getting your life back. I love helping people to get there just as much as I love teaching others how to help people get there.

 

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Sharan Zirges, PT, DPT, MSHA is a licensed clinical physical therapist with 30 years of experience in acute, geriatric, and neurological rehabilitation. Sharan has lectured, written and researched on fall prevention, fear of falling, and balance rehabilitation both nationally and internationally. Dr. Zirges has a B.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling Services and Physical Therapy. Additionally, she has a Master’s in Health Administration and a DPT. Dr. Zirges has spent more than 20 years in the acute care environment and has developed therapy programs and protocols and provided continuing education for multiple health care systems. She is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy and the program director for South University PTA program in Virginia Beach.

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Acute Care Rehab