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Author Bios

Muhammad Alrwaily, PT, MS, PhD, COMT

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Dr Mucha received her bachelor’s and advanced master’s degrees in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University. She is the Coordinator of Vestibular Rehabilitation for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Concussion Clinic and Centers for Rehab Services.

Dr. Alrwaily received his bachelor degree in physical therapy from King Saud University in 2007; master degree in musculoskeletal from University of Pittsburgh in 2010; and PhD in rehabilitation sciences from University of Pittsburgh in 2017. Additionally, he is a certified in orthopedic manual therapy as well as clinical and translational sciences. Dr. Alrwaily specializes in low back pain disorders, and is particularly interested in the clinical decision-making process that aid in matching patients with most appropriate rehabilitation treatment. His work on algorithm for clinical decision-making has been recognized as the one of the excellent work published in Physical Therapy Journal related to spine impairment. He has lectured internationally on topics related to lower back pain disorders. Beside his research activity, Dr. Alrwaily teaches within West Virginia University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program courses related to spine impairment, orthopedic disorders, research methodologies and statistics. He also actively involved in clinical work and provides patient's consultations within the physical therapy division in school of medicine at West Virginia University, where he works as an assistant professor.

Anthony Carroll, PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS, FAAOMPT

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Anthony graduated from the University of Delaware with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. He then pursued the University of Delaware Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency in 2011. In 2012, Anthony completed the Kaiser Permanente’s Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program in Los Angeles, CA. Upon completion of his fellowship program, Anthony returned to the University of Delaware as a Physical Therapist, Residency mentor and Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Anthony is also the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education and Director of the UDPT Orthopedic Manual Fellowship that is currently in development. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Clinical Instructor, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Melissa Dreger, PT, DPT, OCS

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Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Union University in 2012 and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. After graduation, she immediately began her orthopedic residency program at the University of Delaware and completed the program in 2016. She has since transitioned into a full time staff physical therapist at the University of Delaware in the Sports and Orthopedic Clinic. She is a Board Certified Othopedic Clinical Specialist and an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor.

Ejona Jeblonski, PT, DPT

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Ejona Jeblonski PT, DPT received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in Arcadia University in 2007. She completed her Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2018 from the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. She currently maintains a clinical practice at Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Therapy and Fitness. She is a faculty of both the Good Shepherd Penn Partners and Arcadia University Orthopedic Residencies. She is also a preceptor for musculoskeletal medicine to medical students at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her treatment interests are in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions of the spine using a combined approach of manual therapy and movement coordination interventions. She has provided educational content in manual therapy and movement coordination at several postgraduate seminars and conferences.

Laura Langer PT, DPT, OCS FAAOMPT

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Dr. Laura Langer is a Center Manager and Regional Manager of Brooks Rehabilitation Outpatient clinics within the Brooks Health System located in Jacksonville and Tampa, FL. Her responsibilities include direct patient care, overseeing over 30 clinicians over 3 outpatient clinics that provide care for over 1,000 patient appointments a week. She is also involved with the Brooks Institute of Higher learning as a continuing education instructor. Dr. Langer received her PT degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2013. She completed an Orthopaedic Residency in 2014 and Orthopaedic Manual PT Fellowship through Brooks Rehabilitation Institute of Higher Learning in 2016.

Fernando Malaman, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

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Dr. Malaman is a clinic manager at the Brooks Julington Creek Outpatient clinic. He is part of the Outpatient Leadership Development Committee and Outcomes Database Committee at Brooks. He is APTA certified Clinical Instructor and participates in the clinical education of many DPT students every year.

He received his DPT degree at University of St Augustine for Health Sciences in 2012 and completed an Orthopaedic Residency in 2013. Dr. Malaman went on to complete his Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship in 2015 at Brooks Rehabilitation Institute of Higher Learning. Dr. Malaman holds Board Certification in the area of Orthopaedics through the APTA American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Dr. Malaman has presented in local and national conferences in several topics such as elbow tendinopathy, cervicogenic dizziness and manual therapy for the knee joint.

Dr. Malaman serves as one of the Assembly Representative for the Northern District from 2016 to current and is one the mentors of the Orthopaedic Section Mentorship Program.

Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA

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Dr. Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA received a MPT from the University of Delaware in 1993, a DPT in 2006. Tara is the University of Delaware Director of Physical Therapy Clinical Services and Director of the UD Residency Training Programs. She is dual certified as a Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Tara has received numerous awards at the National level for Excellence in Teaching and Service and is an international speaker on areas of rehabilitation. She publishes in the area of injury and rehabilitation of the spine and knee and was founding co-chair of the American Physical Therapy Association initiative PTNow.org, a clinician portal aimed at bringing evidence to the front line of clinical practice and the Choosing Wisely campaign “Top 5 things Physical Therapists should not do” an American Board of Internal Medicine initiative to improve healthcare outcomes. Dr. Manal is also on the State of Delaware Innovation in Healthcare Practice, Education Committee.

 
Lauren Nielsen, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

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Dr. Lauren Nielsen is a licensed physical therapist who is currently employed at Brooks Rehabilitation in Orlando, FL. Dr. Nielsen specializes in orthopaedic physical therapy with a focus on manual therapy and physical therapy for performing artists. Dr. Nielsen graduated from Arcadia University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014 and Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2011. She has completed advanced training in orthopaedics through the Brooks Rehabilitation/University of North Florida Orthopaedic Residency Program and Brooks Rehabilitation/University of North Florida Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Dr. Nielsen received her Board Certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in 2016.

Patrick O’Rourke, PT, DPT, OCS

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Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University. He went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California and completed his Orthopedic Residency there in 2016. He now treats patients as an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor for UDPT graduate students in the Sports & Orthopedic Clinic and teaches in the DPT curriculum. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.

Jacqueline Osborne, DPT, CEEAA

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Dr. Osborne has had the privilege of coordinating the Brooks Geriatric Residency Program in Jacksonville, Florida since 2010. She developed the geriatric specific curriculum for this program was which was initially accredited in 2012 and reaccredited in 2017. Dr. Osborne provides didactic and psychomotor training for the Residency Programs within the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning at Brooks Rehabilitation and serves as the clinical and scholarly mentor for the geriatric program. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Florida where she teaches the entry-level geriatrics course to third-year physical therapy students.

Dr. Osborne earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management in 2000 from the University of Delaware. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2003 from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Dr. Osborne was initially Board Certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy (GCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2007 and was recertified in 2017. She became a Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult (CEEAA) from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association in 2012. Dr. Osborne has presented at national and local conferences in the areas of exercise dosing for older adults, motor control, Parkinson’s disease, fall prevention, and bone health, and is the author of a recently published textbook titled Documentation for Physical Therapist Practice: A Clinical Decision Making Approach.

Dr. Osborne serves the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy on the Board of Directors as the Director of Publications and Research since February 2018. She also serves the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) as an appointed member of the Accreditation Services Council. She serves the American Physical Therapy Association on a variety of task forces and is the founding chair of the Fall Prevention Task Force within the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA). Dr. Osborne was the recipient of the Fred M. Rutan Outstanding Service Award from the FPTA in 2016 for her work with this task force in Florida.

Raine Osborne, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

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Dr. Osborne is the Director of the Brooks Rehabilitation Clinical Research Center. He also serves as a member of the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) Residency and Fellowship Program faculty where he teaches clinical reasoning and OMPT for the older adult, and is an adjunct professor with the University of North Florida (UNF) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program where he teaches clinical kinesiology and orthopaedics. His primary research interests are in the area of post-professional education, specifically the factors influencing professional development, and interprofessional education. In addition to his research and teaching activities, Dr. Osborne enjoys participating in a variety of professional service activities.

Michael Palmer, PT, DPT, OCS

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Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury University and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He completed his Orthopedic Residency at the University of Delaware in 2015, and he now works in the UDPT Sports & Orthopedic Clinic. He is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

Robert Rowe, PT, DPT, DMT, MHS, FAAOMPT

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Dr. Bob Rowe is the Executive Director of Brooks Institute of Higher Learning (Brooks IHL) within the Brooks Health System located in Jacksonville, FL. His responsibilities include directing the 6 PT residency, 1 OT Fellowship, and 1 OMPT Fellowship programs currently operating within Brooks. As the Executive Director of the Brooks IHL he oversees the team that manages all CEU courses developed and/or implemented within Brooks, the Brooks Student Internship Program, and all professional development activities for all clinical staff within Brooks Rehabilitation. Dr. Rowe 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 (DMT) degree through the OGI. In May 2007, Dr. Rowe completed his t-DPT through MGH IHP. Dr. Rowe is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of musculoskeletal patient management, advocacy, and professional issues/leadership.

Dr. Rowe began a three year term in June 2015 as a Director on the APTA Board of Directors. He completed a 6 year term in 2015 as the President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and he continues to serve as the AAOMPT MO Delegate to IFOMPT.

Previously, Dr. Rowe served a four year term on the APTA American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) that began in July 2008 and continued to serve as a site reviewer for the Accreditation Services Committee (a subcomponent of the ABPTRFE) until June 2015. He served as the Chair of the Orthopaedic Section’s Practice Committee from 2004-2010. He served for 15 consecutive years as a Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates for the Louisiana Chapter (2001-2004), the Orthopaedic Section (2004-2010), and the Florida Chapter (2010-2015). Dr. Rowe has served on the APTA Manipulation Task Force since 2001 and served on the APTA POPTS Task Force from 2004-2007. In 2009 Dr. Rowe completed 5 years of service as an appointed member to the APTA Advisory Panel on Practice and served as the Chair for the final year. IN 2013, he began service as a member of the APTA Awards Sub-committee for selection of the McMillan and Maley Lecture awards and completed that service in 2015.

Dr. Rowe is a recipient of the APTA Lucy Blair Distinguished Service; the AAOMPT Mennell Distinguished Service Award; the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association Dave Warner Distinguished Service Award; the Arcadia University Charles Magistro Award; and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Award for Excellence in Research, Education, Patient Care, and Community Outreach.

Nata Salvatori, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT

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Currently Dr. Nata Salvatori is the coordinator of the Brooks Rehabilitation Sports Residency and serves as faculty and mentor for both the Brooks/UNF Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship and the Orthopaedic Residency. She has an Adjunct appointment at the University of North Florida where she teaches in the Orthopaedic I & II courses including examination and treatment of several conditions of the entire musculoskeletal system, as well as provided presentations on Diagnostic Imaging. In addition she serves as a faculty member for the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning (BIHL) where she teaches CEU courses on Sports Injury Management, The Female Athlete, and Concussion.

Dr. Salvatori received her DPT degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 and completed an Orthopaedic Residency in 2011 and her Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship in 2012, both at Brooks Rehabilitation/University of North Florida. Dr. Salvatori holds dual Board Certification in the areas of Orthopaedics and Sports through the APTA American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Dr. Salvatori has several publications and had presented in local, national and international conferences.

Dr. Salvatori served as Vice-Chair for the APTA Orthopedic Section Membership Committee from 2010 to 2012, Chair of the APTA Orthopedic Section Membership Committee 2013 to 2018. In addition, she was also part of the AAOMPT Standards Subcommittee on International Monitoring (SSCIM) for a couple of yours starting in 2012. At the state and local level, she also served as Vice-Chair for the Florida Physical Therapy Association Membership Committee from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Salvatori was an Assembly Representative for the Northern District and leads the Brooks Concussion Program.

Dr Salvatori is a recipient of the Outstanding Physical Therapist Student Award from the Orthopaedic Section (2009) and the James Gould Excellence in Research Award – Case Series of 2010 from the Orthopaedic Section (2010).

W. Gregory Seymour, PT, DPT, OCS

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Greg received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of Delaware. He completed his residency at Evidence in Motion Orthopedic Residency in 2012 to become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. Greg is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor for the doctorate of physical therapy students in the UDPT Sports & Orthopedic Clinic. He is also a mentor for the orthopedic and sport residents, while also being the lead teacher's assistant for Delaware's Spine Management curriculum.

Timothy Shreve, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT

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Dr Tim Shreve is currently a staff physical therapist for Brooks Health System located in Jacksonville, FL. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he also serves as faculty for the Orthopaedic Residency and Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Fellowship programs offered at Brooks. Scholarly activities include the development and presentation of CEU courses for Brooks’ Institute of Higher Learning (IHL).

Mr. Shreve received his Bachelor’s of Science degrees in PT at the University of Central Florida in 1998. Since graduating he has completed an Orthopaedic Residency program, has been recognized as an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS), completed an Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy program and has been recognized as a fellow by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).

Mr. Shreve’s clinical specialization and interest is within the specialty area of orthopaedics with a particular interest in managing individuals with spinal conditions. Additionally, he has dedicated significant study to assessment and management of orthopaedic and neurologic shoulder conditions with consideration for specializing in this area as well.

 
J. Megan Sions, DPT, PhD, OCS

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J. Megan Sions, DPT, PhD, is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware, where she teaches spine-related curriculum, including spinal biomechanics and ergonomics. Dr. Sions graduated from West Virginia University with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2004 and from Temple University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. She completed an Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Delaware (UD) in 2007 and became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2008. She completed her PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science in 2012 at UD and her post-doctoral training through the UD and Northwestern University in 2013. She has over 15 peer-reviewed publications in evaluation and treatment of adults with low back pain and co-authored ‘Spinal Imaging: An Update for the Treating Physical Therapist’, which is part of a 2017 Clinical Imaging monograph series offered through the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopaedic Section. Dr. Sions continues to be active in physical therapy practice, offering mentorship to junior clinicians and residents in the Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic.

Won Sung, PT, DPT, PhD

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Won Sung, PT, DPT, Ph.D. received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Arcadia University and his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from Drexel University in 2016. He is the spine team leader as well as the director of the Orthopedic Residency at Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Therapy and Fitness. He also serves as a faculty in the Arcadia University Orthopedic Residency and as a preceptor for musculoskeletal medicine to medical students at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His area of interest is in movement coordination and biomechanics of the lumbar spine. His clinical interests are in the treatment of patients with neck, back, and hip pain. He has published text chapters and peer reviewed studies in this area. He has also presented his research at national and international conferences.

Michael Timko, PT, MS, FAAOMPT

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Michael Timko PT, MS, FAAOMPT is currently a full-time Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and a part-time Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at West Virginia University, School of Medicine. He is a practicing clinician at the WVU Department of Orthopedics, where he specializes in the management of patients with spinal dysfunction. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina.

This former Mountaineer quarterback received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from West Virginia University. He then completed studies at the University of Pittsburgh, including fellowship training in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and earned a post-professional Masters degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science. He has over 20 years of both clinical practice experience as well as teaching experience. He has lectured at the local, national, and international levels on a variety of topics pertaining to neuromuscular rehabilitation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and serves as a member of the Board of Examiners for that organization.

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