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Sponsored by Efosa L. Guobadia, DPT

Efosa L. Guobadia, DPT

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Efosa is the Founder of Physical Therapy Haven. He received his B.S. in Kinesiology from Umass-Amherst, and his Physical Therapy Doctorate from the University of Scranton. He is driven by his love for this profession which allows us to use our hands and words to help others. The site contains rehabilitation resources geared towards rehab clinicians and it includes videos, study guides, as well as links to other useful sites. 

Sponsored by Josh D'Angelo, DPT

Josh D'Angelo, DPT

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Josh D'Angelo served as APTA Student Assembly President in 2013 and is now active with APTA's DC Chapter and Private Practice Section. He graduated from George Washington University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2013, where he was the University's sole student to win the George Washington Award. Josh is also a former APTA Mary McMillan Scholarship awardee and is currently practicing in the outpatient orthopedic setting in Washington, D.C. He is passionate about using the unique skillset physical therapists offer to serve the greater DC community. Josh is an integral part of the PT Haven team via editing and content creativity. 

Sponsored by Meghan Simonetti, DPT, MSHA

Meghan Simonetti, DPT, MSHA

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Meghan Simonetti graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in June of 2014. Meg is passionate about leadership and administration within healthcare, inspiring her to obtain her Masters of Science in Health Administration concurrent with the DPT degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. At Rosalind Franklin, Meg received the sole College of Health Professions Leadership Award in 2013 and the Israel Light Leadership Leadership Award in 2014. Meg served as the APTA's Student Assembly Director in 2014 along with other student leadership rolls within the Illinois Chapter. Meg currently works in an outpatient setting serving the North Shore of Chicago and holds a representative position within the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. Meg joined the PT Haven team to create a hub for physical therapy enthusiasts to converse, learn, and become catalysts for positive change within the profession. 

Sponsored by Daniel Dale, DPT

Daniel Dale, DPT

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Daniel graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011 from Armstrong Atlantic State University. He currently works in the Day Program rehab unit at the Shepherd Center, a model center for spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation, located in Atlanta, GA. Daniel currently serves as Recording Secretary for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, and has served as a Delegate and Chief Delegate in 2014 representing Georgia at the APTA House of Delegates. Daniel has presented multiple times since 2011 at both Combined Sections Meeting and Annual Conference, directed towards leadership and engagement for Early Career Individuals. Daniel also has served on multiple task forces for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Daniel is a current APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor, as well as a member of the APTA Perspectives Editorial Advisory Group. Recently, Daniel was named an APTA Emerging Leader for the state of Georgia in 2013. 

Sponsored by Justin Lin, DPT, MS, CFMT, CSCS

Justin Lin, DPT, MS, CFMT, CSCS

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Dr. Justin C. Lin PT, DPT, MS, CSCS, CFMT, is the owner and director of Rehab and Revive Physical Therapy it is ranked by the people and users of as the #1 practice for the past 3 years in a row. He is author of Amazon's Hot New Releases,  Rehab the Mind, Revive the Body: Foundations for Healing. Dr. Lin grew up in Irvine and attended Boston University where he earned his Masters of Science and DPT at Marymount. He is an adjunct professor at Chapman University's Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Crean Graduate School. In the community, he's involved with his alma-mater University HS (Irvine), he organizes reunions, conducts motivational speeches about integrity and character, and is Scholarship Chair for a service scholarship at UHS. He hosts a free Youtube called "Our Health Channel" to talk about latest and trending information as well as interviews the best providers about what they do well.
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Sponsored by Bradley Grohovsky, DPT, CFMT

Bradley Grohovsky, DPT, CFMT

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Brad attended Simmons College in Boston, MA - where he graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. During his time in New England he served on the American Physical Therapy Association Student Assembly Board of Directors where he represented nearly 20,000 other PT students across the country. Following graduation, Brad enrolled in the Institute of Physical Art’s APTA Credentialed Orthopedic Residency where he spent three years studying in Annapolis, Maryland and was mentored by several of the most advanced manual physical therapist clinicians in the country - eventually gaining his Certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT).  Brad recently returned closer to home and has ventured into the entrepreneurial world as the co-developer and partner of the innovative business model IPA Physio Nashville; where he is bringing the FMT treatment/lifestyle approach to Tennessee and beyond. Brad's inspiration for molding his passion for his patients and profession with disruptive innovation: To improve the quality of life for all individuals and to empower his PT colleagues through inspired action. Check out Brad at LinkedIn and Twitter.

Sponsored by Peter Leininger, PT, PhD, OCS

Peter Leininger, PT, PhD, OCS

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Dr. Peter M. Leininger, PT, PhD, OCS - Graduated in 1987 with a Masters in Physical Therapy from Boston University and in 2006 with a PhD in Physical Therapy from Temple University. Dr. Leininger received his Orthopaedic Specialist Board Certification in 1998 (re - certified in 2008). He has taught in several Physical Therapy programs since 1994 and has presented research at National and International settings. Presently he is the Program Director in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Scranton. He continues to actively treat in the outpatient orthopaedic setting. 

Sponsored by Lacey Welch, DPT

Lacey Welch, DPT

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Lacey graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2010 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She then moved back to her roots in Texas to practice in outpatient physical therapy. In 2011, she accepted a position to facilitate the development of a women's health program, which is where her passion lies. She seeks opportunities to educate the community and other healthcare providers on the availability and importance of pelvic rehabilitation and women's health physical therapy. Check her out at: LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Sponsored by Ryan Johnson, DPT, CFMT, FAAOMPT

Ryan Johnson, DPT, CFMT, FAAOMPT

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he served two years on the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors, graduated with his doctorate in physical therapy from UCSF/SFUS, completed an APTA credentialed orthopedic residency program, and instructed a residency program in Functional Manual Therapy in India. He recently completed an APTA/AAOMPT credentialed fellowship program through the Institute of Physical Art, and is a continuing education instructor for the Institute of Physical Art teaching 10-12 courses each year around the country. He currently practices as a cash-based outpatient clinic in New York City

Sponsored by Amy Arundale, DPT

Amy Arundale, DPT

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Amy attended Duke University for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She worked for Proaxis Therapy as well as the Capital Area Soccer League and the Carolina Railhawks, before beginning a PhD in Biomechanics at the University of Delaware under the advisement of Dr. Lynn Snyder-Mackler. Amy is passionate about soccer and has a particular interest in injury prevention and the treatment of high level adolescent athletes. 

Sponsored by Mark Shepherd, DPT, FAAOMPT

Mark Shepherd, DPT, FAAOMPT

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Dr. Shepherd is a clinician and clinical educator.  He practices in the outpatient orthopedic patient population at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he also serves as clinical faculty for the Johns Hopkins/George Washington University Orthopedic Residency Program.  He also is adjunct faculty for Evidence in Motion’s Residency and Fellowship programs where he leads regional management courses as well as mentors fellows in training.  Dr. Shepherd is also faculty for EIM's new DPT program. His clinical and research interests include chronic and persistent pain disorders, spinal and extremity manual therapies, clinical outcomes assessment and clinical reasoning in physical therapy.

Sponsored by Christine Licata, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Christine Licata, DPT, SCS, CSCS

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Christine recieved her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Widener University in 2005. She is also a board certified clinical specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association in Sports Physical Therapy and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. 

Sponsored by Ryan Balmes, DPT

Ryan Balmes, DPT

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Ryan Balmes is a physical therapist practicing orthopaedic and sports physical therapy with performance always in mind. He is a board certified clinical specialist in Orthopaedics and Sports physical therapy and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. With his specializations, Ryan is passionate about giving back to the profession by teaching and mentoring to elevate clinical practice. Ryan's personal blog page can be found at his Haven Profile. 

Sponsored by Shane Irgens, DPT

Shane Irgens, DPT

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Shane is a Physical Therapist who lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas, which has a population of about 90,000, making it the 2nd largest city in the state. Shane graduated with his DPT in 2010 from the University of Central Arkansas and promplty moved to Chicago, IL. While there he worked in the outpatient Orthopedic and Long-term care settings. Now, in Arkansas, he enjoys the challenge of working in a 160 bed hospital and strives to improve outcomes in this acute setting. Shane loves the time he can spend with his wife and son as they positively impact the community. 

Sponsored by Leiselle Pilgrim, DPT, MPH

Leiselle Pilgrim, DPT, MPH

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Leiselle served as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Student Assembly Secretary and then Vice President before graduating with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UMDNJ-SHRP & Rutgers Camden in 2013. Leiselle currently practices as a travel therapist and is licensed in 6 states. She continues to serve the profession a a member for the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) Membership Committee and an Alternate Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates. She was recently appointed as the Early Professional Special Interest Group Chair for Florida. Leiselle is passionate about membership and advocacy to Move the Profession Forward as well as increased cultural competence within or profession. 

Sponsored by Samantha Letizio, DPT

Samantha Letizio, DPT

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LT Samantha Letizio, DPT is a New Hampshire native and graduate from Simmons College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She has practiced in inpatient and outpatient settings, and is currently stationed at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, working with Active Duty Sailors and Marines in an outpatient setting. She was a member of APTA's Student Assembly Board of Directors, and has stayed involved both with the California Chapter of APTA as well as with the Federal Section. 

Lindsey Plass

Lindsey is currently an Orthopedic Physical Therapist Resident in The Johns Hopkins Hospital and George Washington University Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency.  Lindsey received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 2012.  Lindsey worked at the University of Chicago Medicine for two years before moving to Baltimore in 2014 to begin the orthopedic residency.  Recently, Lindsey was selected to be a member of the Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences Alumni Association Board of Directors and received the 2015 Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. Her clinical and research interests include treating patients with running injuries, chronic and persistent pain, and femoroacetabular impingement/acetabular labral tears.  

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