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ABPTRFE staff appoint members to the on-site team who meet the following qualifications:

  • Physical Therapist Members
    • Must be a licensed physical therapist with expertise in physical therapy education and/or physical therapist residency or fellowship education.
    • Be a graduate of an ABPTRFE-accredited residency or fellowship program and/or recognized expertise in an ABPTRFE approved area of practice/concentration.
    • Must agree to complete training and to be available for at least three application reviews and site visits per year, and agree to stay current in residency/fellowship application evaluation procedures.
    • Must hold active APTA membership.
     
  •  Public Members
    • Must be a doctoral-/terminally-degreed faculty or administrator who completed ABPTRFE on-site team training.
    • Cannot be a physical therapist.
     

Tasks

  1. Verifying programs meet their mission and demonstrate successful participant achievement.
  2. Confirming implementation of processes and procedures through discussions with administration, faculty, staff, program participants, and graduates.
  3. Documenting whether programs minimally meet ABPTRFE Quality Standards using the Accreditation Report Rubric. 

On-Site Team Members

  • April Barry, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Dave Bender, PT, DPT
  • Kimberly Beran-Shepler, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Libby Bergman, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Sujoy Bose, PT, DPT, MHS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Karen Brandon, PT, DSc
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women's Health Physical Therapy
  • Wendy Carender, PT, MPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Tamra J. Coleman, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Kara Copanas, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Michael Costello, PT, DSc
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Alan Crothers, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Shala Cunningham, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Carolyn Da Silva, PT, DSc
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Brian Duncan, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • James Eng, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Jennifer Fernandez, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Roy Film, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Jennifer Flug-Atwood, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Stephanie Fournier, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women's Health Physical Therapy
  • Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Ethel Frese, PT, DPT, MHS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Jody Frost, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Megan Glod, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women's Health Physical Therapy
  • David Greathouse, PT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy
    Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Barbara Gresham, PT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Trent Harrison, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Greg Hartley, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Lorien Hathway, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women's Health Physical Therapy
  • Jessica Heath-Byerly, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • John Heick, PT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Jill Heitzman, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Craig Hensley, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Stephanie Hessel, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Alice Holder, PT, DPT, MHS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Rania Karim, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Melissa Kidder, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Anthony Kinney, PT, DPT, MBA
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Tamara Klintworth-Kirk, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Ernest A. Linares, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Gemma Longfellow, PT, MSPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • John Lowman, PT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Bonnie Lucio, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Kathryn Lyons, PT, MS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Laura Martin, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Arlene McCarthy, PT, DPT, MS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Dana McCarty, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Patricia McCord, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Emily Middleton, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Anne Miller, PT, MS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Kelly Nelson, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Kim Nixon-Cave, PT, PhD, MS, FAPTA
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Stefanie Palma, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Eric Pelletier, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Cindy Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • JoAnne Delosreyes Pho, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Christine Ploski, PT, MS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Laura Podschun, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Sara Richardson, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Yasser Salem, PT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Rhonda Schnabl, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Teresa Schuemann, PT, DPT, ATC
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Barbara Springer, PT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Bill Staples, PT, DPT, DHSc
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • J. Scott Straker, PT, ATC, MS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Eileen Tseng Stultz, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Carie Sumida, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Kathryn Smith Thornburg, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Carol Jo Tichenor, PT, MA
    Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Michele Tourné, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Elizabeth Ulanowski, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Kimberly Varnado, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Kirsten Wightman, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women's Health Physical Therapy
  • Burke Wilson, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy