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Contributors

Our panel of experts includes PTs and Physio's from around the world! We have experts in orthopaedics, geriatrics, fitness, sports, kettlebells, women's health, PT Education, and some current DPT students.

Selena Horner, PT
Love life... Love living... Love helping people get back to living their lives!

Honored to have been tagged by colleagues as the Straight Talk Express of the PT World on Twitter 

Options for health care can be overwhelming. Sometimes sharing knowledge online helps improve the ability to make decisions.  When it comes to physical therapy, I appreciate the opportunity to connect with you on topics especially important for older adults and injuries to the muscles and bones.

Four years ago I began a sport journey - triathlons! I have learned so much about myself and even about the issues many of you face! It takes work to change a lifestyle... everyone has an opinion on something so how do you know who is providing the best opinion... one needs to be ready to commit to change... our attitudes matter...it's important to control fear and set realistic expectations... I could go on with more, but I think you get the point.

If you'd like to more about me:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/selena-horner/6/708/462






Dr. Ben Fung
Dr. Ben Fung, PT, DPT is a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of California who earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with honors.  Dr. Fung’s thesis on kettlebell exercise was presented and published by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2010.  In addition to lecturing at national health conferences on the science of kettlebell exercise, Dr. Fung founded “Kettlebell and Physiokinetic Fitness” which went on to become a San Diego 2011 Best Alternative Exercise Studio Finalist, and, established Kettlebell Therapy™ as a gateway to network with clients, patients, and enthusiasts.  His advocacy for health and wellness continues to garnish increasing attention from social and news media.  Dr. Fung’s philosophy of practice centers upon a compassionate understanding of the human experience.

Dr. Fung currently serves at Sharp Memorial Hospital as the Primary Spine Physical Therapist for Acute Care, the Chief Instructor for “Kettlebell and Physiokinetic Fitness”, a consultant for Sharp Best Health, and, provides private services through Kettlebell Therapy™.

For more information, please follow Dr. Ben Fung on Facebook or Twitter at:

Dr. Joseph Brence, DPT

Dr. Joseph Brence is a physical therapist practicing in Pittsburgh, Pa.  When he is not busy treating patients, he is  involved in several, large clinical research projects.  His interest is to further determine “how stuff works” and has a large interest in the brains involvement in the human “pain” experience.  He has defined pain as: “a neuroimmunological experience caused by a  pre-rational decision to protect the body based upon multiple variables including but not limited to those which are related to biological, psychological and social threats”, which sounds really complicated, but means that there are many things that contribute to pain, besides just the tissues of your body.  

Joseph is also married to his wonderful wife, Kristen, has a Boston terrier named Ellie, and enjoys exploring the south hills of Pittsburgh with both of them.  To read more from Joseph, visit www.forwardthinkingpt.com

Dr. Kendra Gagnon, PT, PhD

I’m Kendra Gagnon, a pediatric physical therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor.  I received my physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and my PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Kansas Medical Center.  I have practiced physical therapy in early intervention (birth-3) and public school settings in North Carolina, Kansas, and Missouri.  I believe parents are a child’s first (and best) teacher, and that physical therapy is most meaningful and effective for children and families when it is carried out in natural environments and embedded into daily routines.  Although I love physical therapy practice, I’ve found academia to be a perfect setting for me to continue to grow, change, evolve, and discover new ways to make my mark on the world.  Along the way, I’ve discovered I’m happiest when I am able to share with students my passion for providing physical therapy for children and families.  I am a self-proclaimed social media “junkie”, and am using technology and social media in the classroom to engage students and prepare them for using these technologies in the professional world.  I grew up in small-town Missouri and I’ve ended up right back where I started – living small-town life with my husband (and high-school sweetheart) and our two young boys.  I enjoy traveling, reading, talking, and thinking in my spare time AND I get to do all those things for a living.  Lucky, lucky me.  You can contact me at kendragagnon@gmail.com or find me on Twitter @KendraPedPT. I blog at http://kendrapedpt.com

Dr. Katie Addis, PT, DPT

Katie has always been fascinated by human movement; which stemmed from studying ballet for 11 years growing up. While trying to become more flexible for dancing she stumbled into a yoga class to get a stretch. She was instantly addicted and has been teaching since 2001. To further her interest in the human body she attended SDSU and graduated magna cum laude in 2005 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. She continued her education at Chapman University, receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010. While at Chapman she conducted research on dancer’s injuries which yielded clinically significant results and was presented at the annual conference in 2011.

She practices in the San Diego area specializing in outpatient orthopedic injuries including pre and post-op sports-related injuries, chronic pain, and movement and spinal-related disorders. She also continues to teach yoga combining Ashtanga and vinyasa yoga to create a challenging dynamic class. Katie also teaches Pilates which she incorporated into her studies following an injury several years ago; where she was amazed with the results! She believes the stability and strength associated with Pilates is a perfect counterpart to yoga. She has seen the power of both practices helping people work through injuries, life challenges, and pain and feels that both can be life-changing in these ways and can be incorporated into rehab as well. she is a constant student in all three disciplines she practices and continues to be inspired by the human potential. “Always listen to the experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.”- Robert Heinlein.

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Jennifer Miller, PT, MPT, SCS



Jennifer Miller graduated in 2001 from Ohio University with a Master of Physical Therapy degree.  Since 2006 she has provided physical therapy evaluation, treatment, and consultation for the 15 teams of the University of Toledo Rockets NCAA D-1 programs.  She is an invited speaker to the University’s pre-PT organization, undergraduate and graduate athletic training courses, Doctor of Physical Therapy courses and is the instructor for the sports medicine elective course.  In addition, she is highly involved with clinical education of students, and completed the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor course in 2005 and the APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor course in 2010.  Her previous presentations have included several sports medicine topics for the  Ohio Physical Therapy Association, and the complicated patient for the Sports PT Section at APTA Combined Sections Meeting in 2012.  She currently serves as the Public Relations Team Coordinator for the APTA’s Sports Section.  She has been a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (SCS – ABPTS) since 2009.  

She is actively considering and currently undecided about future educational and professional development plans.  Personally, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, travelling, sports and nature photography, and outdoors activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, cycling, bird watching, and geocaching. She enjoys social media, participating more in the social than the media!


Dan Quirk, SPT, CSCS
Hi, my name is Dan Quirk, a third year physical therapy student at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  After my final clinical affiliation this summer in California, I will finally be entering the working world as a PT.  Currently my interests have a wide scope from orthopedic/sports related PT to geriatric PT.  Also, I recently became a certified strength and conditioning coach with aspirations to blend athletic performance/general wellness training with physical therapy to ensure quality care throughout the continuum.  Personal interests of mine include fitness and nutrition as well as keeping my “athletic career” alive as long as possible by performing as a weekend warrior on the softball field and basketball court. 

Jesse Awenus B.A Hons (kin), MSc.PT
Your friendly neighborhood Registered Physiotherapist  
I graduated with my Master's in Physical Therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (Canada). I have been in private practice for 2 years now and have a strong interest in manual therapy, golf specific rehab, and the regional interdependence models of care. I am an active guy who works out 4-5 x week and play baskeball and volleyball in my spare time. I am currently pursing my advanced diploma in manual and manipulative physiotherpay from the orthopaedic divion of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. The therapists that have really inspired me include Mike Reinold, Grey Cook, Erson Religioso, and David Butler. Other key people I learn from include Eric Cressey, Mike Roberston, Professor Stuart McGill, and Dr. Craig Liebenson.

I love my job and enjoy teaching others how to stay healthy and pain free. I write a free blog at www.jessephysio.wordpress.com that addresses some of the more popular questions I get asked in my daily life as a physiotherapist. Education is power and knowing how to take care of the best gift you have and will ever be given (your body) is a key to getting the most out of life!


Dr. Thomas Perreault
Dr. Thomas Perreault is a Physical Therapist working in the area of Charlotte, North Carolina at Cleveland Physical Therapy Associates (CPTA). In 2008 he graduated with a Doctorate Degree from Franklin Pierce University and has since been working in Orthopedics while diligently seeking higher training and education. He has completed a one year Clinical Fellowship in the Norwegian Approach with Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (IOMT) in Burlington, MA. Recently he has achieved Certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy with The American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, Certification in The Functional Movement Screen and training in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment with Functional Movement Systems. 

Dr. Perreault
 is currently pursuing the title of OSTEOPRACTOR which involves post graduate training in Spinal Manipulative Therapy, and Dry Needling through the Spinal Manipulation Institute. His personal interests are in nutrition and exercise for health and rehabiliation.




Dr. Alison Cupini

Alison, the voice behind Berryhappybodies, has been in the health, fitness and wellness industry since she was in her late teens. She started as a Personal Trainer, and later became a Massage Therapist/Holistic Health Practitioner over a decade ago. Most recently she decided to go back to school for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy to pursue her passion for helping people prevent injuries, and gain more knowledge about how the body can recover if they occur.
Combining all her passions she started Berry Happy Bodies in 2011, to help others learn more about the healthy living, the body, as well as preventative and wellness tips.
In her free time you can find her at a yoga studio, running or hiking a trail, falling off a surfboard, or following her talented husband snowboarding down a mountain.
You can follow Berryhappybodies on FB, or on twitter @Berryhappybod

Dr. Shaun Vollmer

Shaun graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2009 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  He also achieved his Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo in 2006.  Shaun is currently pursuing certification as a certified orthopedic manual therapist.  He has strong interests in manual therapy and functional exercise.  He also enjoys running and is interested in the treatment of running injury and sports rehabilitation.  Shaun has been working in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice in the Buffalo area since 2009. 

I am excited to share knowledge and passion for health and fitness.  It is of utmost importance to be in control of your health and body and to make knowledgeable decisions.  "Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits." - Thomas Jefferson. 


Dr. John Sauer, DPT


John graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri in 2011. He currently works in an outpatient sport/orthopedics clinic in the western suburbs of Chicago (Athletico - LaGrange Park) and is an Orthopedic Resident with Evidence in Motion. He has taken base level courses in Kinesiotaping, Graston Technique, and Video Gait Analysis, which he makes use of regularly in his clinical practice. In college, John worked as a student athletic trainer with Mizzou's football and baseball programs and has some vocational experience with industrial physical therapy/rehabilitation as well. Outside of physical therapy, other areas of particular interest include running, weightlifting, and nutrition.

Touch base with John on Twitter @JSauerDPT or contact him via email at jsauer@athletico.com






Nelson Adrian S.
My name is Nelson Adrian S., Physical Therapist from Chile (South America). I'm a specialist and Master in Manipulative Manual Therapy (2010), Diplomate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (Level I & II, 2008) and Diplomate in Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Manual Therapy (2011). Also, Diplomate in Treatment of Pain (IASP Certified, 2010). Recently, got my Master in Education. My interest is in Manual Therapy, specifically Manipulative treatment of Soft Tissue.
I'm certified in many therapy techniques of my interest:  K-Taping Therapist (2008), Certified Kinesiotape Instructor (2009), Certified FAKTR-PM Provider, Certified IASTM/SASTM Provider and Certified in Spidertech Kinesiology Tape (2012).
I'm dedicated to dictate Kinesiotape courses in Latin America and hopefully soon make IASTM / The EDGE courses. 

I spend my days as a mid-time professor for Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology Techniques at the Physical Therapy career in 2 Universities. The other half of the day working at private practice.
To know more about me and my work: http://www.academia-ttk.cl/ - https://www.facebook.com/kinesiotape
--- Knowledge Is Power...---
Carlos Jimenez, CSCS, SFMA, SPT

I started my career as a personal trainer at Florida International University’s (FIU) fitness center where I worked for more than 3 years. During this time I trained on a day-to-day basis with clients of all ages and body types, including kids, teens, young adults, adults and seniors, all with different goals and challenges. My one-on-one sessions specifically targeted their individual goals including weight loss, toning, sport specific training, and functional training. Although different, they all included a common goal: helping them MOVE BETTER. While working at Fitness Together in Coconut Grove I was also able to expand and apply my knowledge in personal training.
I have been studying and earning different types of certificates that have allowed me to expand my tool box in order to help you achieve your goals in a faster and safer way. SAFETY is my motto. I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from FIU in Health Sciences in 2009 and I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy which I will be done in August this year. I have also received a number of certificates including Personal Fitness Trainer from the 2 most widely recognized organizations in the U.S. fitness industry: the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). I am also a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner, Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM), Functional Movement Screen Specialist, and Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. In addition I have received the Selective Functional Movement Assessment level 1 certification from an organization founded by Gray Cook.
Move Better!
Julie Wiebe, BSc, MPT





Julie Wiebe, BSc, MPT has over fifteen years of clinical experience in both Sports Medicine and Women’s Health. Her passion is to revolutionize way women recover from injuries and return to high levels of fitness and their chosen sport . She pursues this through innovative education, rehabilitation, and return to fitness programs that promote diaphragm and pelvic floor integration into core strengthening and manual therapy programs. Julie has been an invited guest speaker at clinics, academic institutions, hospitals, and professional organizations. She shares her evidence-based approach with other rehabilitation and fitness professionals through continuing education programs across the US and Canada. Her diaphragm/pelvic floor integration approach has been successfully incorporated by practitioners into a variety of patient populations including sports medicine, orthopedics, women’s health, pediatrics and adult neuro. (www.juliewiebept.com



When not trying to change the world one pelvic floor at a time, Julie is happy to focus on her other passions: being mom to the Z’s (Zoe and Zack), and wife to David. 



Follow it all on twitter @interiorfitness. Join the conversation with Julie on Facebook. Get your questions answered by Julie and find more content on Youtube.



Contact Julie at julie@juliewiebpt.com


Matt DeBole

Matt DeBole is a DPT student at the University of Pittsburgh (Class of 2014) and serves as Class President and Student Representative for the Southwest District of the PPTA. Since becoming more involved in physical therapy advocacy, he's learned a few lessons on the importance of communication. By creating http://PittPhysicalTherapy.com, Matt communicates weekly with his classmates via 'The Monday Memo' as well as keeps prospective students informed on the application process. With passion and energy, Matt hopes to contribute to Physio Answers by providing a student's perspective on some of the trending topics in physical therapy. 




Dr. Don Reagan

Head Performance Coach and Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Orthopedic Center of Central Virginia as well as Adjunct Professor of Strength & Conditioning at Liberty University. He integrates rehabilitation and athletic development for the betterment of his clientele using Functional Movement Systems . He is also an ardent student of manual therapy and pain science.  He has over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, and has competed in strength sports including Olympic Weightlifting and Power Lifting. Check out Don's blog at donreagan.com.









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