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2019 Annual Orthopaedic Meeting Faculty

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Michael Bade, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Michael is an assistant professor in the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program with over 13 years of experience in treating patients who are recovering from total knee arthroplasty (TKA). He has provided physical therapy services to this population in the acute, home health, and outpatient settings. He has also completed a fellowship in orthopaedic manual physical therapy and is board certified in orthopaedics. In addition to his clinical experience, he has over 10 years of clinical trials experience in patients after TKA. He is an NIH-funded investigator who has examined the effects of surgical techniques, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, and high-intensity approaches on recovery after TKA. Currently he is investigating additional management strategies including movement pattern training and unique interventions for arthrofibrosis and swelling. He has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at the state, national, and international level on management of individuals after TKA.

 

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Jennifer Brach PT, PhD
Jennifer S. Brach is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Her areas of interest include community-based participatory research, aging, gait, exercise, physical activity and physical function. She is responsible for teaching research methods in physical therapy courses in the DPT program and the Methods of Inquiry course in the PhD program.

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Kevin R. Ford, PhD, FACSM
Kevin R. Ford, PhD, FACSM is the Director of the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Laboratory and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Congdon School of Health Sciences at High Point University. Dr. Ford is an accomplished researcher in sports medicine and biomechanics. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles, which have been referenced over 16,000 times in leading medical journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal, and American Journal of Sports Medicine. He is a world-renowned expert in biomechanics and has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple NIH funded grants in addition to consistent industry support. Dr. Ford was the previous Chair of the Biomechanics Interest group of the American College of Sports Medicine and the recipient of several research awards highlighting his contributions to the scientific literature. He was awarded the Nicolas Andry Award (2012), from the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, for a body of work conducted and published over an extended period of time that deals with the musculoskeletal system and has significantly contributed to orthopaedic knowledge and practice. Additionally his research has received the prestigious O’Donoghue Award twice (2005, 2015), from the American Society for Sports Medicine, awarded to the best overall paper which deals with clinical based research or human in-vivo research.

His research involves innovative studies, which answer the question of why devastating injuries occur and to determine how they can be prevented. He analyzes the biomechanics of complex movement patterns and sport skills that relate to prevention of injury or enhanced performance in a variety of populations from healthy athletes to patients suffering from traumatic injuries. Dr. Ford received his PhD in exercise science and biomechanics from the University of Kentucky. He previously worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, most recently as the Co-Director of Research in Sports Medicine and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Ford is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

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Johnny Owens, MPT
Johnny Owens BS, MPT, is a physical therapist San Antonio, Texas. He is currently a clinical researcher in the Clinical Research Center at Brooke Army Medical Center, a medical consultant to various professional and college medical organizations and adjunct faculty at the Army Baylor Doctoral Physical Therapy Program. He is the former Chief of Human Performance Optimization at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Military Medical Center. He specialized in management of lower extremity trauma and complex foot and ankle injuries of patients returning from the combat zone. He developed the Return to Run Clinical Pathway which focuses on returning service members who have suffered trauma back to high level activity and most recently the application of a novel technique, blood flow restriction training to help restore strength after injuries. He has been applying Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation Training clinically since 2012 and credits the modality with significant strength recovery in more than 300 patients. He has numerous multi-center research projects involving regenerative medicine, sports medicine, exoskeletons, blood flow restriction and rehabilitation of the combat casualty. His work has been featured on 60 minutes, NPR, Time magazine, Forbes, ESPN and Sports Illustrated. He did his undergraduate course work in Biology at The University of Texas at Austin and earned his Master’s in Physical Therapy at The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston.

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Mark V. Paterno PT, PhD, MBA, SCS, ATC
Mark V. Paterno PT, PhD, MBA, SCS, ATC, is a physical therapist and a professor within the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. Mark also serves as a coordinator of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, scientific director within the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and faculty for the Sports and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency programs. He graduated from Ithaca College with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1994. Mark then went on to become a certified athletic trainer and an APTA board certified specialist in Sports Physical Therapy. Mark obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Troy State University and his PhD from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as he completed his doctoral studies in Orthopaedic and Sports Science. As a clinical scientist, Mark has over 70 publications and 10 book chapters which focus on the area of outcomes after ACL reconstruction and pediatric sports medicine and he has lectured internationally on these topics. He currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for several orthopaedic and sports medicine publications, a founding member and second vice president for the Pediatric and Adolescent Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM) Society as well as a member of the ROCK group, which is an international, multi-disciplinary group, dedicated to researching juvenile osteochondritis dissecans.

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Laura C Schmitt PT, MPT, PhD
Laura Schmitt PT, MPT, PhD is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Ohio State University. Dr. Schmitt’s research focuses on understanding neuromuscular control of the knee as related to optimizing rehabilitation outcomes following knee injury or pathology, minimizing disability after knee injury or pathology, and understanding the development and progression or joint degeneration following knee injury or pathology. She has over 40 publications in the area of clinical and biomechanical outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and osteoarthritis. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the NFL Charities Medical Research Grants. Dr. Schmitt is the Vice-President of the Section on Research, serves as a member of the research committee of the Sports Section, is on the Scientific Review Committee of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and serves on the Editorial Board for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. In 2016, she was a recipient of the 2016 Eugene Michels New Investigator Award from the APTA.

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Jeffrey Taylor PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS
Jeffrey Taylor PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS earned a BA in Biological Sciences in 2002 from the University of Delaware, a DPT in 2005 from Duke University and a PhD in Kinesiology with a concentration in Applied Neuromechanics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016. Prior to arriving at HPU in 2012, Dr. Taylor practiced clinically in general and sports medicine outpatient clinics in upstate New York and northeast Pennsylvania for 8 years. Clinically, he is a dually-certified ABPTS Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapist and serves as an item writer for the Sports Clinical Specialist examination. His research interests include the prevention of lower extremity athletic injuries and the specificity of current prevention programs, rehabilitation procedures, and injury screening protocols. Over the past 3 years, he has published in many impactful sports medicine journals, presented nationally and internationally on lower extremity injury prevention and athletic footwear, and has mentored a number of undergraduate research students that have gone on to present their findings at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.

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Jessie VanSwearingen PT, PhD, FAPTA
Jessie VanSwearingen is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and a Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. Teaching activities include graduate courses in neuroscience, neuromotor control applied in clinical neurological decision-making, clinical electrotherapy, and geriatric physical therapy. Her research interests are in assessment and treatment to enhance neuromotor control in walking in older adults (and future, in companion dogs) and mechanisms underlying walking efficiency and neural efficiency related to motor skill in walking. (VanSwearingen JM, Studenski SA. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2014;16:1429-1436).

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