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Candidacy Review Council members serve four-year terms. The number of members selected to serve on the Candidacy Review Council is determined by the number of new program applicants. 

Tasks

  1. Evaluating residency and fellowship programs seeking ABPTRFE initial accreditation by completing comprehensive reviews of the Self-Evaluation Report and Exhibits.
  2. Provide recommendations to ABPTRFE on whether developing residency and fellowship programs should be granted or denied candidacy status.

Council Members

Dave Bender, PT, DPT
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Term: 1/19/19 to 12/31/22

Kirk Bentzen, PT, DPT, MBA
Term: 6/30/21 to 12/31/24

Alan Crothers, PT
Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/19/19 to 12/31/22

Shala Cunningham, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/19/19 to 12/31/22 

JoAnne Delosreyes Pho, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/1/19 to 12/31/22

John DeWitt, PT, DPT, ATC
Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/1/21 to 12/31/24

Cookie Freidhoff, PT, ATC, MAT
Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/1/19 to12/31/22

Ethel M. Frese, PT, DPT, MHS
Board-Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/19/19 to 12/31/22

Gregory W. Hartley, PT, DPT, FAPTA
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
Term: 7/1/21 to 12/31/25

John D. Heick, PT, DPT, PhD
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic, Orthopaedic, and Sports Physical Therapy
Term: 7/1/2021 to 12/31/2025

Craig P. Hensley, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Term: 7/1/2021 to 12/31/2025

Jill Heitzman, PT, DPT, PhD
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric and Neurologic Physical Therapy
Term: 7/1/2021 to 12/31/2025

Alice Holder, PT, DPT, MHS
Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/1/19 to 12/31/21

Melissa Kidder, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Term: 7/1/2021 to 12/31/2025

Emily Middleton, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Orthopaedic and Sports Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/19/19 to 12/31/22

Anne Miller, PT, MS
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/1/19 to 12/31/22

Kelly Nelson, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/19/19 to 12/31/22

Anne E. O'Donnell, PT, PhD
Term: 6/30/21 to 12/31/24

Stefanie Palma, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Term: 1/1/19 to 12/31/22

Jennifer Quartano, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic and Pediatric Physical Therapy
Term: 7/1/21 to 12/31/25

Yasser Salem, PT, MAPT, MS, PhD
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Term: 7/1/21 to 12/31/25

Chris Ann Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Term: 10/1/2019 to 12/31/23

Kimberly E. Varnado, PT, DPT, DHSc
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Term: 7/1/21 to 12/31/25

Kirsten I. Wightman, PT, DPT
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy
Term: 7/1/21 to 12/31/25

Burke Wilson, PT, DPT, MBA
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
Term: 7/1/21 to 12/31/25