Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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2018 Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting 
Lab Assistants

Jason Beneciuk, DPT, PhD, MPH
Jason Beneciuk, DPT, PhD, MPH, received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2002 where he also completed an Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship in 2006. He graduated from the University of Florida with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2011, where he was supported by an NIH T32 pre-doctoral fellowship, with his research interests focused on: 1) psychosocial screening for patients with musculoskeletal pain in outpatient physical therapy settings and 2) mechanisms of manual therapy. In 2011, Jason also received his MPH with an epidemiology concentration from the University of Florida, where his research interests focused on prevalence and prognostic factors of musculoskeletal pain in outpatient physical therapy settings. Currently, he serves as the interim director for the Brooks Rehabilitation – University of Florida, College of Public Health & Health Professions Research Collaboration and is assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida. His research interests focus on secondary prevention of musculoskeletal pain and include risk-stratification strategies, psychologically informed physical therapy, implementation science, and health services research. He currently teaches evidence-based practice in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Florida and has been a Brooks Rehabilitation Clinical Residency & Fellowship Program faculty member since 2009. Jason has recently completed additional training as a scholar in the K12 Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program.

Nancy Bloom, PT, DPT, MSOT
Nancy Bloom, PT, DPT, MSOT, is a professor of physical therapy and orthopaedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. She received both her master’s degree in occupational therapy and her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University. Nancy teaches in a wide variety of courses and treats multiple types of musculoskeletal problems but the primary focus of her teaching, clinical practice, and research is the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the hip. Nancy has taught numerous continuing education courses on the topic of Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement System Impairment Syndromes and has made several national and international presentations.

Brian Eckenrode, PT, DPT, OCS
Brian J. Eckenrode, PT, DPT, OCS, received his Master of Science degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University in 1999, and DPT from Temple University in 2009. Currently, Dr. Eckenrode is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University where he is the director of the Arcadia University Orthopaedic Clinical Residency. He became a board certified orthopaedic clinical specialist in 2005, and was recertified in 2014. Clinically, Dr. Eckenrode has worked at the University of Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Center for Good Shepherd Penn Partners and at the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is currently serving a three-year term on the Nominating Committee of the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA, and he previously was an item-writer for the Specialization Academy of Content Experts in orthopaedics. Dr. Eckenrode has published peer-reviewed research articles, written book chapters, and presented at national and international professional meetings.

Vanessa Lanier, PT, DPT, OCS
Vanessa M Lanier, PT, DPT, OCS is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Washington University. Her clinical practice focuses on outpatient orthopaedics, with a special interest in the spine and temporomandibular joint. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Lanier is involved in a clinical trial investigating motor-skill training as a treatment for individuals with chronic low back pain. Dr. Lanier teaches content related to the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions and evidence-based practice in the DPT curriculum at Washington University. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. She serves as the Membership Chair of the Eastern District of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association and the Research Chair of the Missouri Physical Therapy Association.

Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA
Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA is considered a highly effective educator because of her connection to clinical practice. Manal is director of clinical services and director of residency training for the University of Delaware Physical Therapy Department. She has held a number of other positions with the university, both as a clinician and an instructor. Manal holds a DPT from Temple University in Philadelphia, and MPT in physical therapy and BA in psychology from the University of Delaware. Manal’s colleagues view her as an expert clinician and clinician educator, having obtained international eminence in orthopedic and sports physical therapy practice. Having established collaborations within and outside of the academic community, Manal mentors clinicians at the PT, MD, AT, and nursing levels, as well as postprofessional residents and PT students in the best practices of the PT profession. She regularly presents her ideas at local, state, national, and international meetings, and she has been honored repeatedly by APTA and its components for leadership and service. Her passion for training the next generation of physical therapy providers grew to include those practicing who did not have the time for literature synthesis, which helped to fuel her dedication for translating evidence. Through the publication of 15 monographs and chapters, 22 peer and nonī€­peer-reviewed articles, and more than 150 national and international invited and accepted presentations, Manal has focused on the translation of evidence in the care of orthopedic and sport physical therapy in a way clinicians can implement immediately. APTA called on Manal’s skills at knowledge translation in appointing her co-chair of the PTNow initiative, which was developed to improve evidence-based practice through the creation of a web-based portal that translated information in a clinically friendly and usable way at the point of care. Manal was recognized with the 2007 Signe Brunnström Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and the 2013 Lucy Blair Service Award, was honored by the Sports Physical Therapy Section with its Academic Education Award, earned the Orthopaedic Section’s James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Award, was named the Arcadia University Department of Physical Therapy’s ninth annual Charles M. Magistro Lecturer and was inducted into the University of Delaware Alumni Hall of Fame in 2016 and was named the APTA’s 2017 Maley Lecturer where she tackled variability in physical therapy practice on the national stage.

Carolyn McManus, MSPT, MA
Carolyn McManus, MSPT, MA holds Master’s degrees in physical therapy from Duke University and psychology from Antioch University. She is on staff in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA where she developed and has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for patients with chronic pain and disease since 1998. She is a research associate at the VA Puget Sound Heath Care System and instructor in research examining Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for veteran populations suffering multiple chronic illnesses, including chronic pain. She is President of the Orthopaedic Section’s Pain Management Special Interest Group. She provides professional training and is a national speaker on the topic of mindfulness and its role in physical therapy. Further information can be found at her website,

Jason Tonley, DPT,OCS, FAAOMPT
Jason Tonley, DPT, OCS,FAAOMPT, graduated for the University of Southern California with a DPT in 2001, completed the Kaiser Permanente Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency in 2005, and the Kaiser Permanente Movement Science Fellowship in 2006. Currently, he works at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles where he serves as the program coordinator for the Orthopaedic Residency, Spine Rehabilitation Fellowship, and Orthopaedic/Sports Fellowship. In addition, he is an Adjunct Faculty member for the Department of Physical Therapy at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles where he teaches in the patient management course and serves as a research advisor. He has a specialty certification in Orthopaedics and Manual Therapy. Currently, he serves on the research Committee for the CPTA and is abstract reviewer for the Orthopaedic section for CSM . Dr. Tonley has presented several lectures at state conferences and Combined Section Meetings.

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