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Author Bios

Sarah Golden, BS


Ms. Golden is a research assistant under Dr. Charles Thigpen at ATI Physical Therapy. She recently earned her B.S. in Bioengineering with a concentration in Material Science from Clemson University in South Carolina. As a research assistant, she has helped with the “physical therapy first” program for patients with musculoskeletal issues. This has led to lowering costs and improving clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Jay B. Cook, MD


Dr. Cook is an operating surgeon and chief of the Department of Orthopaedics at Winn Army Community Hospital. He is a graduate of Furman University with a degree in Religion. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Upon graduating medical school, he proceeded to Tripler Army Medical Center for his orthopaedic residency. While there he trained under multiple renowned sports medicine surgeons. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Cook moved to Fort Stewart, GA to be a staff orthopaedic surgeon, where he has spent the last four years. His surgical practice includes a very high volume of shoulder pathology in a high demand military population. Additionally, Dr. Cook has maintained an interest in academic medicine while being a practicing surgeon at a non-academic facility. He is an author on over 50 national podium presentations and 15 peer reviewed journal articles.

George J. Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PES, FAPTA


Dr. Davies is an internationally known speaker who has presented hundreds of conferences throughout the world on sports physical therapy, athletic training, shoulder, knee, open and closed kinetic chain topics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and Isokinetics. George is a clinician, educator, speaker, researcher, author, editor, patent holder for exercise equipment and consultant. He has been involved in the clinical practice of sports physical therapy/athletic training, since he was a student athletic trainer, for over 53 years.

He has a passion for teaching and has been an educator for over 48 years in colleges and universities. For the past 45 years, he has been involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate physical therapy courses including: cadaver anatomy, biomechanics, sports physical therapy, orthopaedics, examination courses, and evidence-based practice. Dr. Davies has been involved in many research projects that have been presented at numerous national and international conferences and published in various journals. He has participated in hundreds of scientific conferences and workshops throughout the world in the last 45 years. He has published over 200 articles and research abstracts in various periodicals, has written several books and has contributed chapters to over 45 books. George was the original co-founder and co-editor of The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy for approximately 10 years. He was also one of the original founders and co-editors of the international Journal of Isokinetics and Exercise Science for 5 years. George was also one of the founders and original Associate Editors for Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach for the past 10 years.

He served as the President of the Sports Physical Therapy Section – APTA from 1992-1998. He has won many awards from the APTA, SPTS, AOSSM, NATA and service and recognition awards: APTA: Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching, 1994; Fellow-American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA), 2005.

SPTS: APTA-Sports Physical Therapy Section's Hall of Fame, 2006: 1999 recipient of the Peyton Award; Lifetime Education Achievement Award by the SPTS in January, 2013. AOSSM: first non-Orthopaedic Surgeon to be elected into the AOSSM – Hall of Fame, NATA: NATA President's Challenge Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sports Medicine, 2007; NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, 2009.

Service and recognition awards: 2000 recipient of the Coulee Region Officials Association Distinguished Service Award for 25 years of volunteer service to the LaCrosse community in the area of athletics and sports medicine; the First Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Outstanding Educator Award, 2002, Excellence in Research and Scholarship, Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU), 2005; Invited Keynote Lecturer: Mary E. Switzer Lecturer (Speaker is selected who has contributed significantly to health care in this nation and in other parts of the world) Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, 2008; Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University, 2012; AASU Outstanding Alumnus Award for Outstanding Contributions to Profession, 2012; H. Dean Propst Award, Recognized for outstanding contributions in teaching, advisement, counseling, and the encouragement and support of students’ involvement in academic and co-curricular activities, AASU, 2014; First Invited Speaker - Distinguished Lecture Series – University of Rhode Island, 2014; Keynote Speaker at the Italian Arthroscopy Association Meeting, 2015; Keynote Speaker at the National Physiotherapists Congress, Budapest, Hungry, October, 2015 He is also a Professor-Emeritus of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Graduate Physical Therapy Program.

He was the original co-founder and co-director approximately 25 years ago and continues to serve as a Consultant and Clinical Mentor of the first publicly credentialed (by the APTA) Sports Physical Residency Program in the U.S. at Gundersen Health System and is a consultant and continues clinical practice of sports physical therapy at GHS. He also is actively involved in the sports coverage as an athletic trainer of a variety of sporting events. George worked at the 1980 Olympics and the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics in the sports medicine polyclinic in the Olympic Village as well as several venue sites as the field of play (FOP) athletic trainer. He has also worked as a volunteer trainer at the USOTC , Lake Placid, N.Y., 2003. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected him for a member of the USA Medical Staff for the 2005 Summer World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, August, 2005. The United States Olympic committees (USOC) Sports Medicine Division and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee selected him as a member of the USA Medical Staff for the 2008 Olympic/Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. He was invited by the IOC to present educational workshops at the Olympic Village at the 2012 Olympics, London, England. One of the reasons George is involved in Sports Physical Therapy is because the former United States Marine also likes to think he is an occasional athlete by participating in: running (over 35 years), marathons (sub-3 hours), ultra- marathons, triathlons , iron-man triathlon , and weight training. George has also been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years. He holds a Black Belt in Karate and has been a Sensei (teacher) of Karate for several years.

Ryan Decarreau, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS


Dr. Decarreau is a practicing contract physical therapist with United States Special Operations as part of the THOR3 program. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont, with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic training and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is certified as an Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association and as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Prior to the Military, Dr. Decarreau worked as the coordinator of sports medicine outreach providing in clinic rehabilitation and on field coverage of high school, college, and professional athletes.

Dr. Decarreau has additional training in advanced manual therapy techniques including high-velocity thrust manipulation, Active Release Technique (ART), ASTYM, and therapeutic dry needling as well as advanced movement training to include Functional movement screening (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute.

Dr. Decarreau is an adjunct professor at Georgia Southern University in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and a guest lecturer in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. He has spoken at the state, regional, and national level on various topics related to the care and prevention of injuries in the athletic population

Todd S. Ellenbecker, PT, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS


Dr. Ellenbecker is a physical therapist and clinic director of Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ and is the Vice President of Medical Services for the ATP World Tour. He received his degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1985 and a master's degree in exercise physiology from Arizona State University in 1989. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH –Institute of Health Professions in 2006. In addition, he is certified as a sports clinical specialist, and orthopaedic clinical specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and was awarded their Sports Medicine Professional of the Year in 2003. He is a certified USPTA tennis teaching professional, and is Chairman of the USTA National Sport Science Committee. Todd is also the National Director of Clinical Research for Physiotherapy Associates. In 2007 he received the Ron Peyton award by the Sports Physical Therapy Section and in 2008 was the recipient of Samuel Hardy Educational Merit award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He received the Turner A. Blackburn Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Association in 2011.

Ellenbecker served as the Chairman of the APTA's Shoulder Special Interest Group from 1996 to 2002 and is a manuscript reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and Sports Health. He has conducted and published research primarily on upper extremity athletes, as well as shoulder and elbow rehabilitation. He has conducted research and lectured internationally on shoulder and elbow rehabilitation, as well as isokinetic exercise application and musculoskeletal adaptations in elite level tennis players and overhead athletes. He is the author of several books, “The Elbow in Sport”, “Complete Conditioning for Tennis”, “Closed Kinetic Chain Exercise”, “Strength Band Training” and “Clinical Examination of the Shoulder”. He is the editor of the second edition of “Knee Ligament Rehabilitation” and “Shoulder Rehabilitation: Non-Operative Treatment” and is co-editor of the book “The Scientific and Clinical Application of Elastic Resistance” and “Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation” . Ellenbecker and Kevin Wilk will publish a Current Concepts book with Human Kinetics due out in 2016. Ellenbecker lives in Scottsdale Arizona with his wife Gail.

Susan Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT®


Ms. Falsone received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York and her master's degree in human movement science, with a concentration in sports medicine, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sue is currently the owner of Structure and Function an education company focused on movement evaluation, restoration and performance enhancement. She is an associate professor of Athletic Training at AT Still University. Sue has presented at state, national and international level conferences in areas focusing on pillar strength, integration of physical therapy and performance training, and comprehensive kinetic chain assessment and rehabilitation. She's a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), a certified athletic trainer (ATC), certified orthopedic manual therapist for the spine (COMT) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Sue worked at Athletes' Performance for 13 years, last serving as the Vice President of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sport. She worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6 years, last serving as head athletic trainer and physical therapist. She holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA). She served as Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with US Soccer's Men's National Team.

Craig Garrison, PT, PhD, ATC, SCS


Dr. Garrison received his Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science from Texas Christian University in 1992 and his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1995 from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His Master of Science degree was granted from the University of Tennessee in 2002 where he majored in biomechanics and sports medicine. His Doctoral degree was awarded in 2005 from the University of Virginia. Dr. Garrison received his Certification as a Sports Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2006. His orthopaedic research on various topics in sports medicine has been published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine, American Journal of Sports Medicine, and Physical Therapy in Sport. Dr. Garrison is currently Director of Research and Professional Development at Texas Health Sports Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas.

Joseph Hannon, DPT, PhD, SCS, CSCS


Dr. Hannon received his Bachelor of Science degree in clinical exercise science from Ithaca College in 2009. His Doctor of Physical Therapy degree was earned at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. He then was awarded his PhD in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2018. Dr. Hannon’s research has been published in the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, and also Sports Health. He is currently a Physical Therapy Supervisor and Research Physical Therapist at Texas Health Sports Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas.

Richard J. Hawkins, MD, FRCS(C)


Dr. Hawkins relocated from his native Canada to Vail in October of 1990, where he teamed with Dr. J. Richard Steadman to form the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. In 2004, Dr. Hawkins opened an expanded practice in South Carolina, the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, which has grown to 5 locations and 27 physicians. Dr. Hawkins is program director for the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas Fellowship Program and Chairman of the Hawkins Foundation.

Dr. Hawkins graduated from the University of Western Ontario where he later became Professor of Orthopaedics and Director of the Residency Program. He is fellowship trained in the knee, shoulder, and spine and was an ABC Traveling Fellow to Great Britain in 1979.

Dr. Hawkins is a founding member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Past-President of the same organization, Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine, former Director of the Sports Medicine Council of Canada, former Team Physician to the Canadian Olympics in Calgary in 1988, and a former consultant to the United States Ski Team. He was the National Medical Director for the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, and was Team Physician for the 1998 and 1999 Super Bowl Champions Denver Broncos. He was Medical Director and is presently team physician for the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos as well as the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. Dr. Hawkins has cared for many teams and many athletes from high school to the professional level.

Dr. Hawkins has published over 200 articles and videotapes, and has presented approximately 600 pieces at both national and international meetings. He has published 7 textbooks in Orthopaedics. He is a Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Carolina and is a former Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His primary focus in academic orthopaedics has been the shoulder, both basic and clinical research. He is presently on the editorial board of many orthopaedic journals. He has served the orthopaedic community on many committees and is Past President of the Orthopaedic Learning Center of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Hawkins and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Danielle and Andrea, one son, Jamie, and five grandchildren. It is with great pride that he had the opportunity to coach all of his children through high school basketball. Dr. Hawkins was a quarterback in college and coach, and played semi-professional football in his younger days. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.

Eric Hegedus, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS


Dr Hegedus is a Professor and the Founding Chair of High Point University’s Department of Physical Therapy. He has been dedicated to academia and clinical practice since becoming a physical therapist in 1991.

As a teacher, Dr. Hegedus has earned distinction winning the American Physical Therapy Association’s James a Gould Excellence in Orthopaedic Teaching Award. He is also a four-time winner of Duke’s Excellence in Physical Therapy Teaching award and a three-time nominee for Duke Medical Center’s prestigious Master Clinician Educator Award. He continues to be a featured national and international speaker.

As scholar, Dr. Hegedus has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications, a textbook, now in its second edition and translated into 5 languages, and 4 book chapters. He presents on a limited basis around the world.

As a clinician, Dr Hegedus is in his 27th year of practice and is founder of his department’s free care clinic which serves the underserved and is also founder and director of Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM). TEAM is a community-based health and wellness program designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injury in active people. In addition to practicing in the community, Dr Hegedus works with High Point University’s student-athletes and visits China to work with their Olympic athletes.

Nancy Henderson, PT, DPT, OCS


Dr. Henderson began teaching in Georgia Southern’s DPT program in 2006 and teaches in the research and orthopedic curriculums. Dr. Henderson has extensive outpatient clinical experience in both military and civilian facilities and currently treats patients in the local military PT clinics on a weekly basis. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University and is currently in completing her dissertation for her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Henderson is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and also holds a manual therapy certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. She is actively involved in both student-centered research and collaborative military research with the United States Army Institute for Environmental Medicine. She is one of the creators of the Soldier Athlete Human Performance Optimization (SAHPO) program, which is a collaborative effort between Georgia Southern University and the 3rd Infantry Division and allows students to work with soldiers on injury prevention in an effort to improve medical readiness. Her research interests include injury prevention, running form, and assessing meaningful change of interventions.

Michael J. Kissenberth, MD


Dr. Kissenberth is an orthopaedic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience. He graduated from the Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina and did his post-graduate training at Tripler Army Medical Center and later served as Chief of the Department of Surgery and Orthopaedics at Winn Army Community Hospital in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He did his sports medicine fellowship at Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas and The Hughston Clinic. Dr. Kissenberth is managing partner of and now practices at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas in Greenville, South Carolina where he also services as Program Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and Director of Research. He currently services on the Board of Directors of the Hawkins Foundation and previously on the AOSSM Council of Delegates for South Carolina.

Dr. Kissenberth specializes in the treatment of the shoulder and knee due to injuries from sports, traumatic injury, and aging. He has led a number of research studies with the overall aim of reducing the increasing rate of arm injuries in young throwers. He has served as the senior surgeon on grants from Major League Baseball to examine factors that contribute to arm injury. The work led to a grant from the National Athletic Training Association to examine a pre-season arm injury prevention program in high school baseball and softball players. He is well presented and published in the arena of shoulder surgeon.

Dr. Kissenberth served as Team Physician for the Greenville Drive Baseball Team, a minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and Southside Christian Academy. As a collegiate athlete himself, he enjoys football and baseball and the opportunity to coach his children in sports. Dr. Kissenberth is married and has three children.

Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS


Mr. Manske is a Professor in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Rob graduated from WSU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1994, and further earned a Master of Education degree in Physical Education in 2000. He received his DPT from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions in 2006. Rob has been an APTA Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist since 2002. Rob is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association. Rob has been nominated and received numerous awards for excellence in teaching at the local, state and national level – receiving the APTA Sports Section’s Excellence in Education Award in 2007 and the Ron Peyton Award in 2018. He was a 2 term Vice President of the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section. To date Rob has published multiple books, chapters, articles and home study courses related to orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Rob has edited 9 books on various orthopedic and sports related topics. Rob is an associate editor for the “International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy” and is also currently a manuscript reviewer for The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Sports Health, Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, Sports Health a Multidisciplinary Approach, Physical Therapy in Sports, and The American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), and in the years 2005-2007 and 2011-2017 was named a Principle Reviewer for AJSM. Rob has lectured at the state and national level during meetings for APTA, NATA and the NSCA, and has instructed approximately 10-12 courses per year on knee and shoulder rehabilitation. In addition to his full time faculty appointment, Rob is a physical therapist and athletic trainer for Via Christi Health, and also serves as a Teaching Associate at the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in Kansas City, and the Department of Community Medicine for the Via Christi Family Practice Sports Medicine Residency Program. Most importantly Rob continues to practice weekly – spending approximately 10 hours per week treating a variety of knee and shoulder conditions!

Thomas J. Noonan, MD


Dr. Noonan joined the Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver in January of 2002 and specializes in the treatment of shoulder, elbow, and knee disorders. He is also skilled in the evaluation of general orthopedic problems such as fractures and sprains. He is the Head Team Physician for the Colorado Rockies major league baseball team and a team physician for Valor Christian High School.

Dr. Noonan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University where he majored in Civil Engineering and Operations Research. He was also honored by being selected for induction into Phi Beta Kappa. He played varsity football as well as intramural ice hockey while at Princeton. He then attended the Duke University School of Medicine where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He was also presented with the Dean’s recognition award at graduation. He stayed at Duke University for his orthopedic surgery residency training and then performed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado.

He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association (past President), and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

Dr. Noonan is an assistant editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Denver School Of Medicine and a Senior Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Bioengineering in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Denver.

Phil Page, pt, phD, ATC, CSCS, FACSM


Dr. Page is a licensed physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength & conditioning specialist. He graduated from LSU in physical therapy and received his masters degree in exercise physiology from Mississippi State University, and doctorate in Kinesiology from LSU. With over 30 years of sports medicine experience, Dr. Page was named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Since 1998, he has been the Global Director of Clinical Education and Research for Performance Health. He serves on the advisory committee of the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board. Dr. Page has faculty appointments at LSU, Tulane Medical School, and Wichita State University.

Dean Papaliodis, MD


Dr. Papaliodis received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Texas Christian University in 2003. He then completed his Doctor of Medicine Degree at Tufts Medical School, Maryland in 2010. Dr. Papaliodis completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Albany Medical Center in 2015 and then went on to complete his orthopedic surgery sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Los Angeles, CA in 2016. His orthopedic publications can be found in American Journal of Sports Medicine, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Orthopaedics and Related Research, The Spine Journal, and American Journal of Orthopedics. He has also authored several book chapters. Dr. Papaliodis is currently an attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Texas Health Physicians Group.

Matthew Provencher, MD


Dr. Provencher is one of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons specializing in the surgical treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to the knee and shoulder. Dr. Provencher practices at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, and conducts research as a Principal Investigator at the renowned Steadman Philippon Research Institute aimed at innovation and improvement in patient care in the field of orthopedic sports medicine.

He previously served as the Chief of Sports Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School, and was the Head Team Physician and Medical Director of the New England Patriots, and Assistant Team Physician for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. He also currently serves as Professor of Surgery & Orthopedics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and is the Department Head of Navy Orthopedics – San Diego Reserve. Dr. Provencher has special expertise in shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder stabilization, rotator cuff repair, biceps and SLAP disorders including tenodesis, shoulder arthritis and shoulder replacements, joint restoration with biologics and cartilage, knee arthroscopy, knee ligament reconstruction, osteotomies, and cartilage restoration. Dr. Provencher graduated with highest honors from the United States Naval Academy, where he was appointed the Deputy Brigade Commander, graduated with highest honors, was Secretary of the Navy Distinguished Graduate, and was a First-Team All-American rower. He earned his medical degree with honors at Dartmouth Medical School and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Dr. Provencher completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and his orthopedic shoulder knee and sports surgery fellowship at Rush University in Chicago. A prolific researcher, he has received numerous academic and research awards, including the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Science Award, the ISAKOS Richard Caspari Award and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Aircast Research Award. He was also selected for several prestigious traveling fellowships, including the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) John Fahey North American Traveling Fellowship, the American-British-Canadian (ABC) Fellowship and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Traveling Fellowship. In addition, Dr. Provencher has received several peer-reviewed research grants totaling over $1.5M to study topics such as shoulder instability, rotator cuff injuries and ACL tears from funding agencies including, OREF, PRORP and The Departments of the Army and Navy.

Dr. Provencher served as an orthopedic surgeon at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and was Director of the Sports Medicine and Surgery Program. As Consultant Orthopedic Team Physician for the Navy Seal Teams 1, 3, 5 and 7, he was also instrumental in setting up the Special Forces Tactical Athlete Program – a comprehensive wellness, injury prevention and rehabilitation program for Naval Special Forces. In addition to his orthopedic duties, Dr. Provencher performed extensive Humanitarian and Disaster Relief work. In this capacity, he served as the Director for Surgical Services for three years on the USNS Mercy and was the surgical leader during Pacific Partnership 2012 – the largest Humanitarian and Civic Action in the Asia-Pacific region focused on building stronger relationships and building disaster response capabilities with partner nations. In this capacity, he led a 500-member medical-surgical team on a five country Disaster Relief training mission in the Asia Pacific region.

In recognition of Dr. Provencher’s academic achievements in the realm of sports medicine and orthopedic surgery, he was elected into the prestigious Herodicus Society, which identifies excellence in orthopedic sports surgery. He was also nominated to The Board of Directors for the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM). He serves on numerous national and international committees and was the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) 2014 Program Director and the Co-Director of the San Diego Shoulder Institute Annual Meeting. He is active in publishing leadership as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Surgery. He currently serves as the Research Chairman for AOSSM; Education Committee Chairman for AANA; and is the Exhibits Chair on the Annual Meeting Committee for AAOS.

Dr. Provencher is an active member of Arthroscopy Association of AANA, AOSSM, ISAKOS, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS). He was recently named one of the Top 28 Shoulder Surgeons in the United States and also one of the Top 28 Knee Surgeons in the United States by Orthopedics Today. He is also recognized by Becker’s Orthopedics as “One of 59 Great Orthopedic Surgeons”. His research includes over 200 peer-reviewed publications and articles, 148 chapters, and he has authored 5 textbooks.

Lane N. Rush, MD


Dr. Rush is a sports medicine fellow at Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at the University of Mississippi in 2008, and completed medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS in 2012. He completed his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, LA in 2017. Once his Sports Medicine fellowship is completed, Dr. Rush plans to return to his hometown of Meridian, MS to practice orthopedic surgery.

Ellen Shanley, PT, PhD, OCS


Dr. Shanley is a clinical research scientist for ATI and serves as the Director of Athletic Injury Research, Prevention, and Education for the South Carolina Center for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Sciences. She also serves as faculty at the University of South Carolina in the School of Public Health, Clemson University School of Bioengineering and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions PhD program. She functions as Senior Faculty in an APTA credentialed sports residency and is a co-founder of the APTA credentialed upper extremity fellowship for ATI and the Kansas City Royals. She has previously and continues to mentor residents, fellows and PhD students.

Ellen specializes in the treatment of patients with upper extremity injuries. She serves on the APTA orthopedic sections research committee and provides grant and abstract reviews for the APTA sports section. As a member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET), Shanley has served as the Education Chair and is the Societies President-Elect. Dr. Shanley has been awarded the APTA’s excellence in research award and ASSET’s Founders Award.

Charles A. Thigpen, PT, PhD, ATC


Dr. Thigpen is the Director of Observational Clinical Research in Orthopaedics with the Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthpaedics at the University of South Carolina. He also a research scientist for ATI Physical Therapy. He has 20 years of clinical experience across elite sports medicine and outpatient orthopaedics spanning hospital, university, private, and corporate settings. He holds adjunct appointments with Duke University Division of Physical Therapy, University of South Carolina Department of Physical Therapy, and Clemson University Bioengineering. Thigpen is a national leader in the design, implementation and use of patient outcome measures serving in leadership and committee roles across professional societies and health care organizations.

Dr. Thigpen is an expert is the construction, implementation, and management of large clinical databases. He leads the development of the CERO orthopedic core registry including patient reported, clinical, surgical, non-operative, and health care utilization resources. He is leads the analysis and benchmarking for ATI’s Patient Outcomes Registry, the largest in physical therapy with over 1 million patients baseline and post-treatment outcome measures. He has been funded for health innovation in development of PT first clinical pathways for musculoskeletal pain. He has over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers published in leading journals and has been cited more than 1500 times.

Dr. Thigpen has presented over 100 research and invited talks on topics related to treatment and prevention of orthopaedic disorders, use of patient outcomes, and development of patient registries within a health system. These talks have spanned the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, American Physical Therapy Association’s(APTA) Sports Physical Therapy, Orthopedic, Health Policy, and Private Practice Sections, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, and 2010 and 2016 Keynote for the International Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.

Haley Worst, PT, DPT, OCS


Dr. Worst received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology followed by a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from North Georgia College & State University. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University. Haley has had extensive clinical experience in a variety of orthopedic and sports outpatient physical therapy clinics. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, GA. She has been involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate physical therapy courses including: orthopaedic pathophysiology and examination, implementation of evidence based practice in the clinical setting, and case management. Dr. Worst is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical therapy. She is also a member of the Orthopedic and Sports sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She has served as District Director and worked on numerous committees for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG).

The Shoulder

This series addresses the biomechanical, pathological, and evaluative aspects of treating the shoulder. Specific emphasis is placed on the rotator cuff, shoulder instability, and special concerns for the overhead athlete.

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