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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

  • Dave Bender, PT, DPT
  • Jason Bennett, PT, MSPT, ATC, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Kirk Bentzen, PT, DPT, PhD
  • Kimberly Beran-Shepler, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Kunal Bhanot, PT, PhD
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Nicole Biltz, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialists in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Sujoy Bose, PT, DPT, MHS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Michael Bourassa, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Michael Brown, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Tamara Burlis, PT, DPT, MHS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Kara Copanas, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Sara Cristello, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Alan Crothers, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Jeremy Crow, PT, DPT
    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
  • Sara Darland, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • John DeWitt, PT, DPT, ATC
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Jessica Donovan, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric 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
  • Mark Evely, JD, PhD
  • Emelia Exum, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Amy Firestone, PT, DPT
  • 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
  • Gail Freidhoff, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Ethel Frese, PT, DPT, MHS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Jody Frost, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Kiley Gibbs, PT, DPT, MA
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Megan Glod, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women's Health Physical Therapy
  • Tamara Gravano, PT, DPT, EdD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • David Greathouse, PT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy
    Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Erin Green, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Dennis Gutierrez, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Farhad Haeri, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Samantha Harris, PT, DPT, EdD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Greg Hartley, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • 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
  • Katherine Helton, PT, DPT
    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
  • 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
  • Kenneth Kirby, Jr, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Aimee Klein, PT, DPT, DSc
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Tamara Klintworth-Kirk, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Heather Knight, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Reka Kovacs, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Caitlyn Lang, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Melanie Lauderdale, PT, DPT, EdD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Stacia Lee, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Lori Leineke, PT, DPT, EdD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • John Lowman, PT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
  • Katherine Lynch, PT, DPT, ATC
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Kristel Maes, PT, DPT
  • Tyrees Marcy, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Tara Maroney, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Kathryn Martin, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports 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
  • Patricia McCord, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Mary Kate McDonnell, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Terrence McGee, PT, DScPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Patrick McGinty, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Nicole Melfi, PT, DPT, ATC
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Emily Middleton, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Anne Miller, PT, MS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • George Stephen Morris, PT, PhD
  • Edward Mulligan, PT, DPT, ATC
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Theresa Najjar, PT, DPT, MS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Kelly Nelson, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • David Nolan, PT, DPT, MS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Travis Obermire, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Michelle Oberst, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Anne O'Donnell, PT, PhD
  • Stefanie Palma, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • William Cody Pannell, PT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Justin Payette, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Cindy Pfalzer, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Laura Podschun, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Jennifer Quartano, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic and Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Carmina Rafael, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Patrick Reetz, PT, MPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Yasser Salem, PT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Gary Schindler, PT, DPT, ATC
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Teresa Schuemann, PT, DPT, ATC
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Kaitlyn Schlueter, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Chris Sebelski, PT, DPT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Misty Seidenburg, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Matthew Smith, PT, DPT, MS
    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
  • J. Scott Straker, PT, ATC, MS
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • William Suits, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Nima Tabloei, PT, DPT, MPH
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Jodi Thomas, PT, DPT, DHSc
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Mary Thompson, PT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Michele Tourné, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Michael Turnwald, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Casey Unverzagt, PT, DPT, DSc
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
  • Lucas VanEtten, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Kimberly Varnado, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • Derek Vraa, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
  • Zachary Walston, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Sabrina Wang, PT, DPT, OTR/L
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
  • Adam Wielechowski, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • 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
  • Sarah Worth, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Laura Zajac-Cox, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Qing Zhang, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy