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President: Bob Rowe, PT, DPT, DMT, MHS
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists  

browe@orthopt.org
Dr. Bob Rowe is the Executive Director of Brooks Institute of Higher Learning located in Jacksonville, FL. Bob received his PT degree at LSUHSC in 1985 and completed his Master of Health Science in PT in 1994 at LSUHSC. He completed an Orthopaedic Manual PT Fellowship through the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) in 1999 and in 2001 completed his Doctor of Manual Therapy degree through the OGI. In May 2007, Bob completed his t-DPT through MGH IHP. Previously, Bob served as the Chair of the Orthopaedic Section’s Practice Committee from 2004 - 2010. He has served for 21 consecutive years as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates including six years for the Orthopaedic Section from 2004-2010. Bob served as the President of AAOMPT from 2009 - 2014 and has served on the APTA Board of Directors since 2015. Bob is a recipient of the APTA Lucy Blair Distinguished Service Award.

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Vice President: Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA
lmichener@orthopt.org
Dr. Michener is the Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, and Director of the COOR (Clinical Biomechanics, Orthopedics and Sports Outcomes Research) Laboratory at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to arrival in August 2014 at USC, she was a faculty member for 15 years at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Physical Therapy as Professor and the Director of the COOR Laboratory.

She earned a B.S. in General Studies with a concentration in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania as well as a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Orthopedics and Biomechanics from MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. The overarching goal of her research is to characterize the mechanisms of shoulder pain to enable the development and delivery of interventions that improve pain and functional outcomes of care. As a PI or investigator, she has successfully completed multiple funded mechanistic studies, as well as longitudinal cohort and randomized clinical trials designed to assess short and long-term outcomes. Moreover, she has expertise in developing and assessing the use of patient-rated outcomes of pain and function/ disability for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. She has served the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy of the APTA as the Chair of the Research Committee, is presently an Associate Editor of JOSPT, and has served on various committees for the APTA.

 

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Treasurer: Judith Hess, PT, DHS, OCS, CMPT, Cert. DN
jhess@orthopt.org
Dr. Burton Hess completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree at Duke University and received a Doctor of Health Science from Midwestern University. Dr. Hess has more than 28 years of clinical physical therapy experience, primarily in the outpatient orthopedics, as well as many years as a hospital administrator and academic faculty member. Dr. Hess is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OSC) and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT). She also holds a certificate in dry needling and is a Fellow-In-Training in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy through NAIOMT. Dr. Hess is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Academy of Physical Therapy Education and the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT). She served on the AOPT Finance Committee from 2014 to 2020, and has been an East Central District Representative to the Illinois Physical Therapy Association Assembly since 2015.

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Director: Annette Karim, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists  

akarim@orthopt.org
Dr. Karim is the Director of the PhD in Rehabilitation and Movement Science & Post-Professional Programs at Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, CA where she also serves as an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy. She received her BA in Physical Education from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988, her entry-level MS in Physical Therapy (2006), DPT (2009), and PhD in Physical Therapy (2016) at Texas Woman’s University-Houston. Her goal is to develop diverse leaders in equitable and inclusive clinical, research, and teaching environments, and by doing so, shape the future of physical therapy practice. An active member of AOPT, she has served on the AOPT nominating committee, AOPT DEI Taskforce, PASIG outreach and public relations committees, and PASIG Fellowship Taskforce which lead to the creation of the Performing Arts Description of Fellowship Practice. Annette has also served as the PASIG President for 6 years, and PASIG Research Chair for 2 years. As a researcher, her focus is driven by questions developed in dialogue with the dance community. She investigates movement patterns and motor control among dancers with the goal of performance improvement and occupational sustainability. Her studies involve health-related quality of life and functional change in a wide range of ages of the population with degenerative and idiopathic neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

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Director: Janet L. Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
jkonecne@orthopt.org
Dr. Konecne is a clinician and educator from Southern California. She is the Director of Clinical Education and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and practices at a private clinic in Anaheim, California where she educates the community on movement related issues and prevention. She has been an active member of the APTA since 1982 and a member of the Education, Orthopedic, and Geriatric Sections for many years. She has received the Charles Magistro Service Award for California. She has a subspecialty in Performing Arts Medicine, assisting dancers, instrumentalists, actors and creative performers with injury prevention and management. She is currently serving as a medical advisor to Pacific Crest, a Drum and Bugle Corp, and has served as a technical advisor for the film and television industry. Dr. Konecne has served on the California Chapter Board, and has held numerous committee positions. She is currently completing her PhD in Leadership.

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Director: Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists  

bcollier@orthopt.org
Dr. Collier is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT and a Fellow of AAOMPT. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate at Creighton University in the Interdisciplinary Leadership program. She has experience working in hospital-based, university-based, and private practice outpatient clinics. She also has established research and has published multiple journal articles and book chapters pertaining to orthopaedic PT, clinical reasoning, and leadership. She has served as the Vice President of APTA Georgia for two terms, Board member of the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy, and as a member of APTA’s Leadership Development Committee. Beth has also served as the CEO for a non-profit service organization and has participated in multiple international professional collaboration opportunities in Kenya and Guatemala.

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Director: Derrick Sueki, PT, PhD, DPT, GCPT, OCS
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists  

dsueki@orthopt.org
Dr. Sueki is the Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Azusa Pacific University, the owner of two physical therapy clinics in Southern California, and author of two orthopedic textbooks and multiple publications. Over the past 20 years, he has served in leadership capacities at both the national and local levels. Nationally, he has served as Council member and then as the Chair of the Orthopaedic Specialty Council and currently serves as the Public Relations Chair of the Pain Special Interest Group. He has also represented the APTA and Academy at the Joint Commission Task Force on Non-Pharmacological Management of Opioids, at the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress, and currently leads workgroups tasked to explore pathways to clinical specialization, residencies, and fellowships in pain. As a researcher, he is a behavioral scientist with his primary area of study in the relationship between memory, learning, and chronic pain.

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Research Committee Chair: Amee L Seitz, PT, DPT, PhD
amee.seitz@northwestern.edu
I am a clinical research scientist and physical therapist specializing in orthopaedic disorders. My research seeks to optimize patient treatment outcomes and the health of individuals with musculoskeletal disorders. In my research lab, I employ an integrative approach exploring the interaction between neuromuscular and biomechanical mechanisms and body structure and function to improve the evaluation, classification, and intervention efficacy and effectiveness of musculoskeletal shoulder disorders. Rich collaborations with orthopaedics, engineering, emergency medicine, sports medicine, and radiology enhance our ability to develop novel methods to advance the examination and treatment of patients seeking care for musculoskeletal shoulder pain and low back pain.

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Practice Committee Chair: James Spencer, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
jspencer@orthopt.org
Dr. James Spencer, DPT, OCS, owns Ajax Physical Therapy, an in-home, out-of-network PT practice in Aspen, Colorado. Previously he and his wife Kate were traveling Physical Therapists for 12 years working across 7 different states in a wide variety of settings and practice models. James is a 2006 graduate of Northeastern University's Physical Therapy Program and enjoys spending his free time outdoors with his family.

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Education Committee Chair: Eric Folkins, PT, DPT
ericfolkins@yahoo.com
Dr. Folkins is a board certified Orthopedic Specialist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He earned his BS in Kinesiology from University of Minnesota, Masters in Physical Therapy from University of Southern California, Doctoral of Physical Therapy from Western University and currently pursuing a Doctoral of Health Science at Drexel University. He is a member of the orthopeaedic, education, neurology sections and vestibular special interest group of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He is an active member of the APTA at the local, state and national levels. His interests are in the area of vestibular disorders and orthopaedic pathologies involving the cervical and lumbar spine, manipulation, pedagogy and regional interdependence. Dr. Folkins’ research won awards at the local, state and national level.