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Jody Swearingen

PT, DPT, OCS, STC, COMT jody_swearingen

Results Physiotherapy, Manager of Clinical Information Technology

Jody Swearingen is a practicing outpatient physical therapist, as well as being the Manager of Clinical IT for Results Physiotherapy. Jody has been practicing PT since graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with his Master’s in 2002. He has since received his Doctorate from the University of St. Augustine, holding Board Certifications in Orthopedics, Sports Therapy and Manual Therapy. Jody is actively involved in the physical therapy profession, where he served as the President of Tennessee Physical Therapy Political Action Committee for 7 years and now serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Chapter of the APTA and is currently sitting as the state’s Practice Chair. He is a member of the Orthopedic section and Health Policy and Administration section of the APTA, where he is an active member of the Tech SIG. He is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Service Award from the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association. Jody has managed all aspects of Technology for clinical purposes, including EMR implementation, management, and growth of a rapidly growing outpatient private practice organization in Results Physiotherapy. With Results, he has managed the FOTO relationship from the beginning and has been responsible for the implementation and management of upward to 100 clinics over the last 2+ years.

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Mark Werneke

PT, MS, Dip. MDT mark_werneke

Centrastate Medical Center. FOTO Research Board

Mark is a full time clinician working at a suburban-based hospital outpatient clinic at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, NJ. Mark has been actively involved in clinical research and publications for the past 20 years. Mark specializes in classification and management of neck and low back pain patients. Mark is also interested in outcome-guided patient management. He is presently involved with ongoing research projects using FOTO investigating treatment-based classification systems, McKenzie methods, and the biopsychosocial model.

Mark has presented both internationally and nationally on topics relating to back pain classification/treatment, psychosocial screening for spinal patients, centralization phenomenon, and management of acute occupational low back pain. Mark received his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1979 from Boston University.

Mark is an active reviewer for several peer reviewed journals for his expertise in clinical management and classification of patients with mechanical spinal syndromes and interest in the biopsychosocial model. He has authored or coauthored over 35 articles in journals like: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Physical Therapy, Spine, the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, and Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Mark was a recipient of 1) the APTA Rose Award for Research Excellence in 2000, 2) the International McKenzie Research Award in 2000, 3) the APTA Chattanooga Award for best research paper published in Physical Therapy in 2004, 4) the NJ APTA James Tucker Excellence in Clinical Practice and Teaching Award in 2005, and 5) the 2010 John Medeiros, Distinguished Authorship Award for best clinical research paper published in JMMT.

Mark is a member of the APTA. Mark chairs FOTO’s Research Advisory Board.

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Deanna Hayes

PT, DPT, MS deanna_hayes

Associate Director of Service Design and Development, FOTO, Inc.

Deanna began this full time position with FOTO in 2015. Previously she enjoyed 23 years as a practicing clinician, with varying degrees of full- and part-time patient care. She brings to her new role a wealth of clinical, administrative and academic experience related to outcomes assessment.

Deanna holds a B.S. in PT and a post-professional M.S. in PT from Indiana University, a transitional DPT from Regis University, and she completed the Orthopedic PT Residency with Evidence in Motion. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys running, cooking and is learning to play tennis.

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Julie Fritz

PhD, PT, ATC julie_fritz

Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah

Richard Jackson, PT,OCS, Executive Director of Clinical Services, The Jackson Clinics

Julie Fritz is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Fritz is currently an Editor of the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and an Editorial Board Member of the European Spine Journal as well as a member of the Cochrane Back Review Group. Her research interests have focused on examining treatments for individuals with low back pain, matching the most effective treatments to various sub-groups of patients, and examining the outcomes of translation of decision-making strategies into physical therapy practice. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Defense and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Dr. Fritz has been recognized by the Orthopedic Section with the Rose Excellence in Research Award and by the American Physical Therapy Association with the Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy as well as designation as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA.

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Karon Cook

PhD karon_cook

Research Profession, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago

Dr. Cook is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. Dr. Cook is a psychometrician, outcomes researcher, and leading expert in the development and evaluation of measures of self-reported health outcomes. Her work focuses on item response theory applications, including computer adaptive testing (CAT). She is currently principal investigator (PI) for a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to examine the impact of trans-diagnostic symptoms on the measurement of depression. She also is completing work as PI on a grant funded by NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research. This American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project is developing self-and observer-reported measures of pain behaviors. In addition to these projects, she is funded on the NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological Function and Behavior and on the NIH Roadmap Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Technical Center. Dr. Cook is also a member of the FOTO Research Advisory Board.

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Kevin Touchet

MPT, Partner kevin_touchet

Thibodeaux, Albro and Touchet Therapy Group in Jennings, Louisiana

Graduated LSUMC New Orleans in 1998 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. He worked in many settings including hospital, inpatient rehab, SNF, and Home Health with a high emphasis on treating the geriatric population. Kevin transitioned to working in the outpatient setting in 2006. He has completed level I and II training in Dry Needling through Kinetacore.

Kevin currently works at Iowa Therapy Group, one of six clinics owned by Tri Parish Therapy Group, of which he is an owner/partner. He enjoys a diverse referral base serving athletes of all levels as well and non-athletes of all ages.

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Gus L. Gutierrez

PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT gus_gutierrez

Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Dr. Gutierrez is a certified ART and ASTYM system provider as well as a national instructor in ASTYM. Gus has completed level I and II training in Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT) or Dry Needling through Kinetacore, and has treated a variety of high school, collegiate and professional athletes.

Dr. Gutierrez is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association. He completed the Gulf Coast Graduate Institute of Manual Therapy Residency Program, focusing on advanced evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions with the use of mobilization and manipulative techniques. After completing the 18-month program, he received certification as a Level 2 Manual Therapist. Dr. Gutierrez has also earned the prestigious Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Dr. Gutierrez has enjoyed working with athletes and athletic trainers over his career and currently serves as the team therapist for a number of high schools as well as an LSU Track and Field physical therapist. He has been practicing physical therapy with BRPT-Lake since 1986.

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Dan Fleury

PT, DPT, OCS dan_fleury

Vice President, Pinnacle Rehabilitation Network, LLC

Dan is a partner and serves as Vice President for the network, assisting current partners and clinics with all aspects of business development from start up to ongoing strategic planning. Dan also provides practice management, development, clinical and compliance support to PRN’s consultation and management contract partners. Dan promotes Pinnacle’s ability to be innovative and collaborative with other delivery systems in a changing healthcare environment. Dan believes in outcomes driven evidence based physical therapy and holds lifelong learning in high regard. Dan received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University, and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist awarded through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. Dan is certified in Dry Needling through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, Dry Needling Institute. Dan is also a Fellow in Training with the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy as a member of the 2015 cohort. Dan is also currently pursuing a Diploma in Osteopractic through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy with an anticipated completion of both programs in 2015. Dan is a long time member of the American Physical Therapy Association and contributes to the Private Practice Section. Dan has also served as an editorial board member of the APTA’s Private Practice Section IMPACT publication, and as Chairman of the Board at a local college.

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T.J. McLeod


Chief Marketing Officer and Digital Marketing Consultant, OSI Physical Therapy

Digital marketing consultant with over 17 years of experience in traditional and internet Marketing strategies with an expertise in multimedia, SEO, and lead generation. Interested in user experience and how organizations manage customer relationships – raising brand awareness, interactive and innovative tactics in audience engagement and measurement. Passionate about SEO, marketing funnels, ROI analysis, technology, online tools and trends – wired into blog communities, smart phone applications, and experienced in a range of design and social media applications. Woorank Certified SEO and Digital Marketing Expert, Hubspot Inbound Marketing Expert.

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Pedro Gozalo

PhD pedro_gozalo

Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University

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Dr. Jason R. Rodeghero

DPT, PhD, OCS, AT, FAAOMPT jason_rodeghero

Program Director, EIM

Dr. Jason Rodeghero is the Program Director for the EIM Orthpaedic Residency Program. Prior to taking over as the director, he served as the assistant director of the orthopaedic residency and manual physical therapy fellowship programs. He earned his Masters of Physical Therapy from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He then completed the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and manual therapy certification from the University of St. Augustine. In 2007, he completed the Regis University Manual Therapy Fellowship Program. Dr. Rodeghero earned his PhD from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah in 2013 with his dissertation focusing on the clinical benefits of residency and fellowship training. He is a certified athletic trainer, has board certification as an orthopaedic clinical specialist, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Rodeghero has several publications in various peer reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Rodeghero is the Director of Rehabilitation Services for the OSF HealthCare Eastern Region, which includes OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center.

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Seth A. Kaplan

PT, DPT, MHA, OCS seth_kaplan

President and Chief Executive Officer of Baton Rouge PT

Dr. Kaplan is a native of Pickens, Mississippi. He attended Louisiana State University and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. He holds a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University. Dr. Kaplan received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010 from Evidence in Motion Physical Therapy Institute in Louisville, KY.

Dr. Kaplan is a manual therapist, Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 1999. His clinical expertise is in the area of orthopedics, sports medicine, and work-related injuries. Dr. Kaplan is a certified ART and ASTYM system provider. He has completed Level I and II training through Kinetacore in Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT)/Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN).

Kaplan is the program director for Swing Dynamics, which is a golf evaluation program, and he is the program director for BRPT-Lake's outcome data program. He has been practicing physical therapy with BRPT-Lake since 1989.

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Nikki Rasmussen

Nicole Rasmussen, PT, Cert. MDT nikki_rasmussen

Tomah Memorial Hospital

Nikki graduated from the Marquette University Program in Physical Therapy with a Bachelor of Science in 1995 and has practiced in urban, suburban, and rural private practices and hospital settings. Since 2005, Nikki has been on staff at Tomah Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital in western Wisconsin. Also in 2005, she was certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, and has advanced training in pelvic floor as well. Her interest in outcomes, specifically FOTO, was piqued at a McKenzie conference in 2008 and FOTO was implemented at TMH in 2011. In addition to being a full-time clinician, she is the TMH “FOTO Superuser,” involved in all aspects of using FOTO in the daily practice, including implementation, training, improvement, and documentation. She is also involved in beta testing upgrades to EMR software, and teaching outside organizations considering the EMR used at Tomah, and how FOTO can integrate. She has presented on implementation at the 2014 FOTO conference, as well as at local and regional venues both on outcomes and pelvic floor. Away from the clinic, Nikki enjoys running, baseball, and traveling.

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Daniel Donnelly

PT, ATC: Clinical Coordinator daniel_donnelly

Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi

Graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland with B.S degrees in Biology and Athletic Training in 1994. I worked as an athletic trainer at Elmira Physical Therapy Associates for a brief time before attending Emory University, where I graduated highest honors with a B.S. in physical therapy in 1997. Soon after graduation I started working at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian Mississippi where I continue to work as physical therapy outpatient team leader, clinical education coordinator, and athletic trainer. I have had the opportunity to present at multiple meetings and symposia, as well as being a guest instructor for local physical therapy, physical therapy assistant and athletic training programs. I have spent the majority of my 21 years in sports medicine focusing on the evaluation and treatment of the shoulder.

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