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Author Bios

John Heick, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, NCS, SCS



Dr. Heick received his clinical Doctorate and Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University and undergraduate from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Heick received his Ph.D. in 2015 from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Orthopaedic and Sports Science. Prior to his physical therapy education, Dr. Heick was a medic in the Air Force for 12 years. He has practiced as a physical therapist for 16 years and continues to practice clinically as needed. Dr. Heick is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in orthopaedics, neurology, and sports. John is the current president of the Arizona chapter and is an Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona

Seth Peterson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT



Dr. Peterson received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University in 2013. Shortly after, he graduated from a residency program in orthopedic physical therapy from A.T. Still University and became a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist. Dr. Peterson then enrolled a fellowship program in orthopedic manual physical therapy (Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions) and was granted fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2018. Dr. Peterson’s published work primarily focuses on differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning. His work has been published in Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and the Journal of Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Dr. Peterson is currently a full-time clinician and founder at The Motive Physical Therapy Specialists in Oro Valley, Arizona.

Tarang Jain, PT, DPT, PhD



Dr. Jain received his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from MGM Medical College, India in 2003. His Doctor of Physical Therapy degree was earned at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. His Doctoral degree was awarded in 2014 from the University of Kansas Medical Center where he graduated with PhD in Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Jain’s research related to musculoskeletal physical therapy has been published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, and Gait and Posture. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.

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