• ABPTRFE staff appoint members to the onsite team who meet the following qualifications:

    •  Physical Therapist Members:
      - Must be a licensed physical therapists 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 3 application reviews and site visits per year, and agree to stay current in residency/fellowship application evaluation procedures.
      - Member must hold active APTA membership.
    •  Public Members:
      - Must be a doctoral- /terminally-degreed faculty or administrators who complete ABPTRFE onsite 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. 

    Onsite 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
    • Carol Jo Tichenor, PT, MA
      Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association
      Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
    • Michele Tourn√©, 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 Orthopedic 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
  • Last Updated: 9/20/2018
    Contact: resfel@apta.org