His years in physical therapy included practice in hospitals, nursing homes, industrial and educational facilities and home care. For twenty years, Connolly owned and operated First Physical Therapy, Inc, in Billings, MT which included three private offices serving several communities in south-central Montana and northern Wyoming.
Connolly was active in his professional association having served as president of the Montana association, Secretary of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and two 3-year terms on the APTA’s Board of Directors.
For five years, Connolly chaired the APTA’s Committee on Insurance and Business Services which handled a $2.1 million book of business and involved a variety of products including professional liability insurance, life and disability packages and other affinity products for the association.
In 1993, Connolly was the only physical therapist in the nation appointed by President Clinton to the Health Professions Review Group which was empanelled to review the Health Security Act as it was being developed.
Connolly later was named Senior Vice President for Health Policy and Practice at APTA, a position he held for six years. In this capacity, Connolly was responsible for APTA’s federal and state advocacy efforts and professional practice standards. In 2000, he was recognized by the American Society of Association Executives and awarded the CAE, the credential of competency in association management.
In 2001, Connolly established Connolly Strategies and Initiatives, a Washington, DC-based health policy and advocacy consulting firm. He is a registered federal lobbyist, well-known and respected on both sides of the political aisle.
CSI’s clients include: the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); PTPN, a nationwide network of private practicing rehabilitation therapists providing physical, occupational and speech-language therapy; Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc., (FOTO) a national quality and outcomes measurement firm with the largest database of outcomes data for the outpatient physical and occupational therapies; the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the organization representing physical therapists in private business; and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW).
Connolly has authored numerous articles and spoken nationally on health care reform, insurance and risk management, marketing strategies.
Karon Cook received the PhD degree in Educational Psychology/Quantitative Methods from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at the Health Center for Health Care Quality and Utilization Studies, Veterans Administration (VA) Health Services Research, Houston, Texas and served in the VA as a research health scientist and as associate director for research at the Houston VA Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center. She currently is research professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Dr. Cook has made substantial contributions to health outcomes research, concentrating on modern psychometric approaches including computer adaptive testing. She has served as principle investigator on multiple grants and contracts funded by National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Defense, and Veterans Affairs Health Services and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Cook collaborated in the development of the Pain Assessment Screening Tool and Outcomes Registry (PASTOR) and has focused much of her recent work on communicating the science behind patient reported outcomes, particularly as it relates to pain and pain correlates. Dr. Cook has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and is known internationally for her work in patient reported outcomes research. She has collaborated with FOTO since 2009. Her work on a shoulder function scale is the basis for the FOTO Shoulder CAT.
Daniel Deutscher is a Physical Therapist, working in ‘Maccabi Healthcare Services’, the second largest public medical health plan in Israel, serving as a clinic manager and the national director of research & development in the physical therapy service.
Dr. Deutscher has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy (BPT) in 1994, his Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSc.PT) in 2002, both at Tel-Aviv University, and his PhD at the University of Haifa, Israel in 2010, studying relationships between patient characteristics, treatment procedures, costs and outcomes, in outpatient Physical Therapy clinics.
Dr. Deutscher has published articles in peer reviewed journals including Physical Therapy, Archives of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Theory & Practice, Quality of Life Research, Journal of applied measurement, The Journal of orthopedic and sports physical therapy, Disability & Rehabilitation, BMC health services research and the International Urogynecology Journal.
Daniel’s main research interests are in the areas of: . Quality Assurance and clinical databases in Physical Therapy . Functional Outcomes Measurements in Physical Therapy . Developing a Foundation for Practice-Based Evidence in Clinical Practice . Associations between treatment processes, patient characteristics, and outcomes in outpatient physical therapy practice. . Associations between continuing post-graduate education and functional outcomes in outpatient physical therapy practice . Effect of fear-avoidance beliefs of physical activities, depression, and somatization symptoms, on functional status outcomes . Effect of patient-therapist working alliance on functional status outcomes
Ed Dobrzykowski, PT, DPT, ATC, MHS is Director of Rehabilitation Services at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, KY. Dr. Dobrzykowski provides strategic and operational leadership for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, audiology, and EMG services. Programs include acute care in four hospitals, skilled nursing (two units), and outpatient services (12 locations). He is an independent contractor for Cross Country Education, providing seminars and webinars nationally on rehabilitation leadership, management, productivity/efficiency, and preparation for changes related to population health. Ed has held multiple elected and appointed positions in APTA components, and is presently Chair of Publications for the APTA Section: HPA The Catalyst. He was representative from one of the original companies engaged in the FOTO creation, and was a Director of FOTO during its early formative years.
I 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.
Stephanie Engelberg is the Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation for Orlando Health. Stephanie completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from The University of St. Francis. Stephanie has served as the Chair of the Orlando Health Therapeutic Council, during which time FOTO was implemented system wide. Stephanie was responsible for developing a Rehabilitation Quality Metrics reporting tool for the organization’s senior leadership. As part of this tool, outpatient metrics were reported utilizing metrics based on FOTO outcomes. Stephanie has served as Reimbursement Chair for the Florida Physical Therapy Association and the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also active with the Florida Hospital Association Rehabilitation subgroup, and has served as both secretary and vice chair of this group. Stephanie has also spearheaded the implementation of MedBridge across the Orlando Health system to both improve the quality of patient care and team member satisfaction. As a practicing clinician her area of expertise is in orthopedics and pelvic floor dysfunction.
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.
Co-owner and founding partner of MidSouth Orthopaedic Rehab, LLC (MOR) in October 2007. MOR is a private practice outpatient physical therapy clinic specializing in musculoskeletal care for headaches as well as spine and extremity pain and movement impairments. His practice is built around a specific care delivery model to maximize effective pain relief and function recovery in an efficient manner both with respect to time and cost.
He has great interest in demonstrating the value of early physical therapy in musculoskeletal care specifically through specialized training in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) in order to give those with pain not only rapid relief but also to prevent all too common recurrences of pain and to reduce unnecessary downstream costs of healthcare.
With this goal in mind, he is involved with cohorts across the country in Practiced Based Evidence Research (PBE) as well as collecting functional, pain, and utilization outcomes. The PBE team has produced multiple published studies on the importance of subgrouping through MDT principles to achieve best outcomes in a most efficient and effective manner for those with musculoskeletal pain or movement limitations.
In 2010, the PBE team was awarded the distinguished John Medeiros Award from the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (JMMT) recognizing their study as the most impactful, most influential in clinical practice, and having the greatest opportunity for citations.
MOR and David have been nationally recognized by Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes as a leader in national physical therapy outcomes.
Before coming to FOTO, Deanna enjoyed 23 years as a practicing clinician, with varying degrees of full- and part-time patient care. She brings 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,and a transitional DPT from Regis University. She completed the Orthopedic PT Residency with Evidence in Motion. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her 2 children. She enjoys running, tennis, yoga and cooking.
Trish Hayes has been with FOTO since 2007 as Provider Relations Coordinator, specializing in assisting practices with understanding the outcomes data and reports, as well as with training and implementation. She also leads FOTO’s participation in the CMS MIPS Quality Reporting System Data Registry Program and contributes to the management of FOTO’s FS Measures in MIPS. She has 35 years of experience in the rehab environment. Prior to coming to FOTO, Trish has sixteen years experience as Insurance Relations and Quality Assurance Coordinator with large private outpatient practice providing multidisciplinary services to adults and pediatrics. She managed FOTO for that practice and fully integrated FOTO into the practice’s clinical management of patients, documentation, marketing, contracting, quality assurance and compliance, and continuing education processes.
Rett graduated from College Misericordia as the co-valedictorian of his class with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002. He later returned to Misericordia to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. He is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and is also certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine from the McKenzie Institute. He works as a Regional Manager for Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s in Easton, Pennsylvania where he helped found, and is a faculty member of, their Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency.
T.J. is a Marketing consultant with over 17 years of experience in traditional and internet Marketing strategies with an expertise in online marketing, SEO, and lead generation. T.J. is a Certified Woorank SEO and Digital Marketing Expert and received Hubspot's Master Class Inbound Expert Marketing certification. T.J. is a highly passionate marketer and has a genuine love for what he does. T.J. has been a public speaker and presenter at various marketing events and conferences, as well as having been an organizer of multiple large social media networking events around the country. After years of consulting for various companies and ad agencies, T.J has dedicated the past 4 years focused solely on creating new patient growth strategies for private PT practices around the country.
Justin D. Moore, PT, DPT, is chief executive officer of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the national membership organization representing and promoting the profession of physical therapy in the United States. APTA exists to further the physical therapy profession's role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunctions and the enhancement of the health and functional abilities of the public.
Prior to being named CEO, Moore was APTA’s executive vice president of public affairs. Before that, he served in several government affairs positions, including work as the association’s lead lobbyist on Capitol Hill.
Moore, a licensed physical therapist, received his doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT) from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, his master of physical therapy degree from University of Iowa, and his bachelor of science degree in dietetics from Iowa State University.
Moore has been honored for his contributions to physical therapy and public policy by receiving the R. Charles Harker Policymaker Award from APTA’s Health Policy and Administration Section and the Distinguished Service Award from APTA’s Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. In 2014, he received the Helen LaBaron Hilton Award from Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences.
In addition to his work with APTA, Moore also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Center of Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR), a collaboration to advance health services research in physical therapy; and as a senior associate editor to Physical Therapy, the scientific journal of APTA. He also served on the Northern Virginia Health Policy Forum Board of Directors in 2013 and 2014 and recently completed a 3-year term on Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences Board of Advisors.
Nikki joined the FOTO team in July of 2016 as the Clinical Lead in Provider Relations after 21 years in clinical practice in Wisconsin. At FOTO, Nikki assists clinics and clinicians with their clinical questions and processes concerns, and trains ReDoc users implementing FOTO and PT students whose universities use FOTO on clinical rotation. She also does a twice-weekly webinar series called FOTO Op, which offers a clinician’s perspective on clinical use of FOTO and is free for all FOTO users. 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. Her most recent, from 2005 until 2016 when she moved to Knoxville to join the FOTO team, was being on staff at a critical access hospital in western Wisconsin, where she was a full-time clinician and the “FOTO Superuser,” involved in all aspects of using FOTO in the daily practice, including implementation, training, improvement, and documentation. In 2005, she was certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, and has advanced training in pelvic floor as well. She also has some experience with vestibular therapy. Her interest in outcomes, specifically FOTO, was piqued at a McKenzie conference in 2008 and FOTO was implemented at the facility in 2011. She has also been directly involved in beta testing upgrades and therapist training in EMR software, voice recognition software testing and training, and FOTO-EMR integration. She has presented twice as a clinician user of FOTO at the national annual FOTO Outcomes Conference, on the processes and phases of implementation and the leveraging your data as well. She has also spoken at local, regional, and state venues in Wisconsin and Tennessee, presenting on outcomes and pelvic floor. Outside interests include running, baseball, and traveling.
Bo Renshaw graduated with his MSPT degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 1998. He also attained certification as an athletic trainer in 2002. He is a partner with Stan Harris DPT at Harris and Renshaw Physical Therapy in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He is past-president of Rehabilitation Network of Arkansas (Rehabnet) which is a network of more than 60 privately-owned outpatient clinics throughout Arkansas. In 2010 he led Rehabnet to begin collecting outcomes data through the use of FOTO. He has used FOTO data to discuss the initiation of pilots with payers in order to demonstrate the effect of outcomes on total episode cost. He were selected to present at the APTA Innovation 2.0 in 2014. He has been involved in private practice and management since 2002. He is the current President of ArPTA, and leads his state in current payment and policy issues as well as growth of the profession. As Chapter President, he led in the development of a new strategic plan for the association which included restructuring the annual chapter conference and growing the event by more that 200%. He has been strategically involved with alternative payment models with several large insurance companies in Arkansas, large employers and ACO’s. He is married to wife Sarah and has three children James 17, Callie 15, and Abby 11.
Theresa Toczylowski, MPT, graduate of the University of Sciences in Philadelphia has worked as a physical therapist since 2000. After focusing in the acute rehab setting for 8 years, she transitioned to the Outpatient setting in 2008 where she was first introduced to FOTO. Theresa now acts as the Quality and Outcomes Manager of Outpatient Therapies for the MossRehab Network, servicing both the orthopedic and neurologic populations.
Teresa Volkerson is the Supervisor of Outpatient Rehabilitation for Orlando Health. She completed her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2005 from the University of Florida. In addition to her leadership role at Orlando Health she also serves as the Coordinator for the Orlando Ballet Medical Volunteer Team. Her role at Orlando Health has included the implementation of FOTO for use in outcomes measurements at the department level. She has worked with all front line staff; therapists and support services to implement successful use of FOTO. FOTO is now consistently used to provide therapist biannual coaching, to determine patient satisfaction, and identify individual and office trends in patient outcomes. Recently she has developed a new method of reporting FOTO outcomes to the executive council of the hospital in order to highlight incremental improvements at each department quarterly. Teresa is Yellow Belt certified in Lead Six Sigma, and has worked to improve many other office processes as supervisor. Outside of her leadership role Teresa is a practicing clinician, recently beginning additional training for patients suffering from TMD issues looking to expand the offices ability to comprehensively treat head and neck oncology patients in addition to complex upper cervical symptoms.
Mark earned his Master of Science degree in Physical therapy at Boston University in 1979. He achieved credentialing in McKenzie methods as a Diplomat in 1995. Mark is a clinical scientist and researcher. He is interested in patient self-report outcomes collected during every day clinical practice to guide effective and efficient clinical treatment decisions to enhance the value of care to our patients. Specific research areas of interest are the McKenzie methods, spine care, and the biopsychosocial model. Mark has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and is an active referee for several medical and physiotherapy journals.
Since June 2015, Linda Woodhouse is the President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Linda was elected to the Board in 2012 for a three-year term. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and also holds research positions at the McCaig Institute and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Her work focuses on the evaluation of the effects of exercise and various muscular tissues on the physical functioning of patients with musculoskeletal diseases, cancer or various endocrinal problems. Linda has also made a major contribution to the advanced practice of physiotherapy and models for inter-professional care for patients with chronic illnesses. She obtained her degree in physiotherapy and her PhD from the University of Toronto. Linda also has a bachelor's and a master's degree in the physiology of exercise from the University of Western Ontario. She serves as Chair of the CEO Evaluation Committee and is ex-officio on all Board committees.
Linda also holds the David Magee Endowed Chair's position at University of Alberta and was the Scientific Director of the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network for Alberta Health Services from 2012-2015.
Michelle has practiced as a licensed physical therapist in outpatient orthopedics since graduating from Arcadia University in 1998. She received her OCS in 2003 and her Cert MDT in 2005. She started collecting outcomes when she began working in her current role for Valley Health Systems in 2005 using Focus On Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO). In 2009 she became the “FOTO guru” at Valley Health System in charge of improving outcomes via greater utilization of FOTO. As the lead therapist for outcomes for Valley Health System Rehabilitation, she presents in-services to all staff members and directors at 7 hospitals/clinics to increase utilization and understanding of outcomes data collection to provide excellent health care. She monitors outcomes on a daily basis with all patients and on a quarterly basis for the entire health system giving feedback and providing education on an ongoing basis. She works with marketing quarterly to update outcome awards on the VHS website and just this year worked with contract negations to utilizes outcomes for better reimbursement. In 2014 she became Team Leader for her clinic in Winchester, VA.
She has served as a consultant to FOTO: for potential FOTO clients as part of their reference list (2010-present), consulting on the development of surgical procedure tracking (2012-2013), consulting on the functional measure being used for cervical impairments (2013), and participation as an outcomes leader in several FOTO Tweetchats (2013).
She lectures annually at Shennandoah University teaching an intro lecture in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment for the spine. As a senior therapist, she provides mentoring to all new PT’s in her clinic and functions as a clinical instructor for 1-2 PT students every year. This mentoring involves the incorporation of outcomes into daily treatment decisions.
Since 2011 she has been involved in ongoing data collection with a group of PT across the country under Mark Wernecke, principal investigator, for outcomes in the spine. This involves data collection in treatment-based classification systems, biopsychosocial management of neck and low back pain patients, and outcome-guided patient management during every day clinical practice. Several papers have been published from this collective effort.