President: Joseph M Donnelly, PT, DHSc, FAPTA
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 at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Miami Florida. Dr. Donnelly received his Doctor of Health Science Degree in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and 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 (OCS) for 28 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT HON).
Dr. Donnelly’s areas of interest in teaching include Musculoskeletal Dysfunction, Clinical Reasoning, Pain Sciences, and Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. He also lectures and teaches the skill of trigger point dry needling. His scholarship efforts are focused in the area of myofascial pain and dysfunction’s effect on movement impairments and dry needling.
He is the Editor of the third edition of the Travell and Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. He has presented nationally integrating clinical reasoning, pain sciences, myofascial pain and dysfunction and dry needling. He is active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and in 2020 he received the highest honor of the profession by being named as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA (FAPTA). He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and is currently the President of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA.
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.
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 Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 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.
Treasurer: Judith Hess, PT, DHS, OCS, CMPT, Cert. DN
Judy Burton Hess completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree at Duke University and received a Doctor of Health Science from Midwestern University. Dr. Hess has more than 28 years of clinical physical therapy experience, primarily in the outpatient orthopedics, as well as many years as a hospital administrator and academic faculty member. Dr. Hess is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OSC) and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT). She also holds a certificate in dry needling and is a Fellow-In-Training in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy through NAIOMT. Dr. Hess is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Academy of Physical Therapy Education and the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT). She served on the AOPT Finance Committee from 2014 to 2020, and has been an East Central District Representative to the Illinois Physical Therapy Association Assembly since 2015.
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.
Director: Janet L. Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Janet L. Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS is a clinician and educator from Southern California. She is the Director of Clinical Education and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and practices at a private clinic in Anaheim, California where she educates the community on movement related issues and prevention. She has been an active member of the APTA since 1982 and a member of the Education, Orthopedic, and Geriatric Sections for many years. She has received the Charles Magistro Service Award for California. She has a subspecialty in Performing Arts Medicine, assisting dancers, instrumentalists, actors and creative performers with injury prevention and management. She is currently serving as a medical advisor to Pacific Crest, a Drum and Bugle Corp, and has served as a technical advisor for the film and television industry. Dr. Konecne has served on the California Chapter Board, and has held numerous committee positions. She is currently completing her PhD in Leadership.
Director: Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Beth Collier is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT and a Fellow of AAOMPT. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate at Creighton University in the Interdisciplinary Leadership program. She has experience working in hospital-based, university-based, and private practice outpatient clinics. She also has established research and has published multiple journal articles and book chapters pertaining to orthopaedic PT, clinical reasoning, and leadership. She has served as the Vice President of APTA Georgia for two terms, Board member of the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy, and as a member of APTA’s Leadership Development Committee. Beth has also served as the CEO for a non-profit service organization and has participated in multiple international professional collaboration opportunities in Kenya and Guatemala.
Director: Derrick Sueki, PT, PhD, DPT, GCPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Derrick Sueki is the Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Azusa Pacific University, the owner of two physical therapy clinics in Southern California, and author of two orthopedic textbooks and multiple publications. Over the past 20 years, he has served in leadership capacities at both the national and local levels. Nationally, he has served as Council member and then as the Chair of the Orthopaedic Specialty Council and currently serves as the Public Relations Chair of the Pain Special Interest Group. He has also represented the APTA and Academy at the Joint Commission Task Force on Non-Pharmacological Management of Opioids, at the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress, and currently leads workgroups tasked to explore pathways to clinical specialization, residencies, and fellowships in pain. As a researcher, he is a behavioral scientist with his primary area of study in the relationship between memory, learning, and chronic pain.
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 Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 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.
Practice Committee Chair: James Spencer, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
James Spencer received his MSPT in 2006 from Northeastern University in Boston. He later earned his tDPT and OCS while working as a traveling Physical Therapist for over 10 years in a variety of clinical settings across 7 states. James now resides full time in Aspen, CO. He works full time as an outpatient and emergency PT for Aspen Valley Hospital's satellite clinic on Snowmass Mountain. Outside of the clinic, James has volunteered within APTA and FSBPT in many state and national roles. He has previously Chaired the AOPT Membership and Nominating Committees and has served as the Academy's Federal Affairs Liaison.
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.