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President: Joseph M Donnelly, PT, DHSc
Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (Hon)

Dr. Joe Donnelly is a Clinical Professor and Director of Postprofessional Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Donnelly is a founding member of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Director of the Orthopaedic, Neurologic, and Cardiovascular/ Pulmonary Residency programs and the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. He received his Doctor of Health Science Degree in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, his Master of Science in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY. He has over 30 years of clinical experience in the area of orthopaedics and manual physical therapy. He has been a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy for 27 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings.

Dr. Donnelly’s current teaching responsibilities include Clinical Reasoning, Pain Sciences, and Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction for both the DPT and postprofessional programs. He also teaches orthopaedic and manual therapy examination, and evaluation and management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions. His scholarship efforts are focused in the area of myofascial pain and dysfunction and their role in movement impairments. He is the Editor and contributing author of the third edition of the Travell, Simons, and Simons’ book, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual that was published in August 2018. He has presented nationally integrating clinical reasoning, pain sciences, myofascial pain and dysfunction, and trigger point dry needling into clinical practice.

Dr. Donnelly has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has served in many capacities including Georgia Chapter Membership Secretary, Federal Affairs Liaison, Key Contact, Legislative Chair, Delegate and Chief Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates, and Georgia Chapter President from 2014 – 2017. He has been a member of the APTA Manipulation and Dry Needling Work Group from 2009-present. For the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, he served as Vice Chair of the Practice Committee from 2008-2009, and as Chair and a non-voting member of the AOPT BOD from February 2009-2014. For the Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Therapists, he served as a member of the Practice Affairs Committee from 2009-2018.

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Vice President: Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA
Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA is the Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, and Director of the COOR (Clinical Biomechanics, Orthopedics and Sports Outcomes Research) Laboratory at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to arrival in August 2014 at USC, she was a faculty member for 15 years at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Physical Therapy as Professor and the Director of the COOR Laboratory. She earned a B.S. in General Studies with a concentration in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania as well as a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Orthopedics and Biomechanics from MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. The overarching goal of her research is to characterize the mechanisms of shoulder pain to enable the development and delivery of interventions that improve pain and functional outcomes of care. As a PI or investigator, she has successfully completed multiple funded mechanistic studies, as well as longitudinal cohort and randomized clinical trials designed to assess short and long-term outcomes. Moreover, she has expertise in developing and assessing the use of patient-rated outcomes of pain and function/ disability for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. She has served the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA as the Chair of the Research Committee, is presently an Associate Editor of JOSPT, and has served on various committees for the APTA.

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Treasurer: Kimberly L. Wellborn, PT, MBA
I graduated in 1983 from Texas Womens University with a BS in Physical Therapy and Biology. I returned to graduate school and received my MBA from Belmont University in 2001. I have been a member of the Finance Committee of the Orthopedic Section since 2009. Currently I am the Corporate Senior Director of Clinical Service Lines at Community Health System, Inc., a company that owns and operations 208 hospitals throughout the country. One of my roles within this organization is to represent physical therapy at the corporate office and advocate for the therapists in our hospitals through operational and clinical best practices as well as program development. I am currently the corporate lead for implementing a total joint service line within several of our hospitals. I am a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and active on the Membership Committee of the Middle Tennessee Chapter.

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Director: Aimee Klein, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS
A PT since 1978, I am currently an Associate Professor and Coordinator, Post-Professional Residency Education, at the University of South Florida. I have maintained a specialty practice in lower extremity related dysfunction. As an APTA member since 1976 and an Orthopaedic Section member since 1995, I have had the opportunity to serve in many leadership roles. APTA: Director - Board of Directors (2006-2012, Ortho Section liaison 2009-2011), Spokesperson Media Corps (2011- present), and Advisory Panel on Practice (1998-2001/Chair 2000-2001) ABPTS: Orthopaedic Specialty Council - Test Item Coordinator (2004-2006), Clinical Content Expert SACE (2002-2004) ABPTRFE: Accreditation Services Council (2014-present) and Committee (2011-present) Orthopaedic Section: Practice Committee (2002-2006/2013 present), liaison to Residency/Fellowship Education Chapter: APTA of MA Chief Delegate (1999-2002), Legislative Committee (1987-1990/1999-2012); FPTA Practice Committee (2013-present) I have received the APTA of MAs Mary MacDonald Distinguished Service Award (2003) and APTAs Lucy Blair Service Award (2004) recognizing my service and leadership.

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Director: Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA
Tara is the Director of Clinical Services and Residency Training at the University of Delaware and an Associate Profession in the Physical Therapy Department. She received a MPT from the University of Delaware in 1993, a DPT in 2006 and has been dual board certified for 20 years. The clinic she directs is a full-service outpatient clinic in Sports, Orthopedics, Neurology and Older Adults with Residency programs in all areas. Tara has received numerous awards at the National level for Excellence in Teaching 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 and needing evidence translation. Through the publication of 15 monographs and chapters, 22 articles, and more than 150 national and international invited and accepted presentations, Tara has focused on the translation of evidence in the care of orthopedic and sport physical therapy in a way clinicians can implement immediately. She has mentored the University of Delaware Clinic staff, residents and students in their clinical and scholarly growth and helped develop multiple physical therapy residency programs across the country. APTA called on Tara’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 and again to help lead the physical therapy entry into the national Choosing Wisely initiative. Tara also served on the State of Delaware Innovation in Healthcare Practice, Education Committee.

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Research Committee Chair: Dan White, PT, ScD, MSc, NCS
Daniel White is a licensed physical therapist and an assistant professor at the University of Delaware. Dr. White has a M.S. in Physical Therapy, Doctor in Science in Rehabilitation Science, and a Masters in Science in Epidemiology. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and currently serves as the chair of the Research Committee for the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Whites primary research interest is in physical activity and physical function in people with knee osteoarthritis, people after total knee replacement, and in older adults. He has a specific focus on what drives changes in physical activity and physical function in these patient populations. He examines clinical-based questions using data from large observational cohorts and clinical trials.

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Practice Committee Chair: Kathy Cieslak, PT, DScPT, MSEd, OCS
Kathy received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the Mayo School of Health Sciences and Doctor of Science from the University of Maryland. She has 20 years of experience in clinical practice, primarily in outpatient orthopaedics. She is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy through the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and has teaching experience in manual therapy, medical screening and therapeutic exercise at the Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She is on the Advisory Committee for the Mayo Clinic Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Residency program with teaching responsibilities in medical screening, spine stabilization and imaging. Kathy is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedics.

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Education Committee Chair: Nancy Bloom, PT, DPT, MSOT
Nancy Bloom, PT, DPT, MSOT, is an associate 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.

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