Keynote Speaker

DR. KEVIN D. PLANCHER earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He then went on to earn his Master’s in Science in Physiology and Doctorate in Medicine from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dr. Plancher completed his residency at Harvard University’s Combined Orthopaedic program. He then went on to complete two post-graduate fellowships, the first at The Indiana Hand Center focusing on hand and microvascular surgery. The second was at the world-renowned Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, focusing on sports medicine and reconstruction of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Plancher is a Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and is a member of many prestigious national and international societies and associations, and is a founding member for the Educational Enhancement Fund of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Dr. Plancher is a leading orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert with extensive knowledge in knee, shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries. He specializes in treating anterior cruciate ligament tears and shoulder injuries, which he sees frequently as a physician for the U.S. Ski Team and former Head Team Physician for Manhattanville College and League Physician for Major League Lacrosse. His minimally invasive procedures include: partial knee replacements, arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, arthroscopic Bankart repairs, and endoscopic elbow release for severe tennis elbow. He also specializes in total and reverse shoulder, and knee replacements. Dr. Plancher developed the arthroscopic technique for releasing a nerve for posterior shoulder pain. He has a keen interest in adolescent sports injuries and injury prevention for young female athletes.

In addition, Dr. Plancher is the Fellowship Director of an ACGME accredited sports medicine program in NYC and CT. In 2001, he founded “The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles,” a non-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation focused on maintaining and enhancing the physical well-being of active individuals through the development and promotion of research and supporting technologies. OFALS runs health-education seminars for individuals with arthritis; sports injury prevention; and rehabilitation for “weekend warriors.” His campaign, “Educating our Kids for a Pain Free Tomorrow” brings young scholars to the Foundation’s BioSkills lab for the “Doctor for the Day” program where they operate on synthetic limbs and use simulated surgical techniques. The foundation also participates in clinical trials, and Dr. Plancher serves as principal investigator in a five-year study involving cartilage replacement.


Lindsay Becker, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, CGFI-M3 is the Owner and Director of Performance at Buckeye Performance Golf in Columbus, Ohio. Lindsay graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University after completing her undergraduate work in Medical Dietetics at The Ohio State University. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy specializing in movement evaluation and correction. Lindsay is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Titleist Performance Institute certified medical practitioner and instructor.

Lindsay works extensively with golfers, utilizing 3D motion analysis and movement evaluation to address physical and swing limitations. Lindsay works with the prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club to provide rehabilitation and performance services to the membership. Her work with Muirfield’s junior golf program was awarded the 2012 Golf Digest Junior Program of Year Award. Lindsay has several peer-reviewed publications and has presented extensively both nationally and internationally in the areas of movement evaluation and correction and treatment of golfers. Lindsay has worked with athletes across the lifespan including juniors, weekend warriors, collegiate and Olympic athletes, and professional athletes from PGA & LPGA Tours, NFL, NBA, and NHL.

Barton Bishop, DPT, SCS graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2003. His undergraduate work was also at Creighton, where he majored in Chemistry. While at Creighton, Dr. Bishop played Division I collegiate golf, and he has further studied the biomechanics of the golf swing and sports physical therapy. He has experience treating professional golfers, baseball players, soccer players, and elite college and high school athletes of all types.

In 2007, Dr. Bishop successfully passed the exam to become a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (SCS – ABPTS).  Dr. Bishop has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA – CSCS) since 2003. He has been a Certified Thera-Band Instructor since 2009 and recently became a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor. Dr. Bishop focuses his care on the rehabilitation of extremity and spine injuries and pain using activity and sport-specific techniques.

Dr. Bishop is also a Certified Clinical Instructor from the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as a Clinical Instructor to students from the University of Maryland, Shenandoah University, and the University of South Carolina. Recently, Dr. Bishop was named the Clinical Instructor of the Year for Shenandoah University.

Gary Calabrese, PT Senior Director, Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.  Graduated from the University of Montana with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Earned his Physical therapy undergraduate degree at Cleveland State University in 1986 and earned his BS from Mercyhurst College in 1979.  Gary has been the Director of Sports and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic for 20 years.  He is the Senior Physical Therapist for the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers and a member of the Cavaliers Athletic Performance Team. Gary regularly presents lectures regionally, nationally, and internationally on orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation topics with a specialty area in the overhead athlete, hip and knee pathology and the functional return of the athlete to sports.  Gary has published numerous articles on sports physical therapy related topics and has been featured on Good Morning America and in the The New York Times speaking to new trends in rehabilitation.


Teresa Chiaia, PT, DPT

Theresa Chiaia, PT, DPT is the Section Manager of the Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). She has 25 years of experience at HSS treating a broad spectrum of orthopedic injuries. Theresa has been an integral part of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center since its inception in 1996.

Theresa serves on the faculty of New York University’s Doctoral Level Physical Therapy Program as a clinical instructor and as a Master Clinician.

Theresa has lectured extensively on various rehabilitation topics in the field of Sports Rehabilitation. She also developed and ran an ACL Injury Prevention Workshop at NCAA Hoop City Basketball 2000 Final Four in Philadelphia. She played collegiate basketball and maintains a keen interest in basketball.

More recently, Theresa’s focus is on quality of movement, factors that contribute to movement patterns and their contribution to risk of injury. Theresa and her colleague, Polly de Mille RN, MA, RCEP, USAT have developed the lower extremity Quality of Movement Assessment (QMA) for Return to Play and Injury Prevention at HSS.

Theresa has consulted with and performed Pre-Season screening examinations of the New York Power women’s professional soccer team, the NY/NJ Metrostars of the MLS, the New York Liberty women’s professional basketball team, and local college soccer programs.

Theresa is published on topics such as Return to Play following ACL reconstruction, Adhesive Capsulitis, Musculoskeletal Profile of Soccer Players, Rehabilitation following Proximal and Distal Realignment, Patellofemoral Pain, and Osteoporosis.

Mark De Carlo, PT, DPT, MHA, SCS, ATC, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education/Athletic Training from West Virginia University. He then received a Master of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy. He is certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and has completed a Master of Science degree in Health Administration at Indiana University. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky.

Mark has over 35 published articles and book chapters in the area of sports physical therapy. He has presented many lectures nationally and internationally including over 70 lectures over the past 4 years alone on topics related to orthopaedic and sports physical therapy. Mark is currently serving as executive director of the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and served as president for six years. He has served as treasurer of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Inc. Board of Directors and member-at-large and treasuer of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy.

Mark De Carlo served as the Chief Operating Officer at Methodist Sports Medicine Center in Indianapolis, before taking the position as Director of Research and Outcomes at Accelerated Rehabilitation, now a part of Athletico. Mark is a dedicated clinician, with strong, long-term ties to the NFL Indianapolis Colts. Mark has won numerous awards from the SPTS, including Outstanding Service, The Ronald G. Peyton Award and the Turner A. Blackburn Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award. He was presented Marilyn Moffat Award by the APTA, and is a popular speaker, both nationally and internationally.

Heidi Edwards, PT, MPT, OCS, SCS, COMT, CSCS has worked as a physical therapist since 2004. In that time she has become a board certified specialist in both orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Additionally, Heidi is certified in orthopedic manual therapy and  strength and conditioning. She is an emergency medical responder; and assists in instructing this certification for Evidence in Motion. Her career has taken her to China where she worked with the Chinese Olympic and Nationally ranked athletes in Shanghai. Heidi learned that she would achieve her lifelong goal of working with USA Olympic athletes while breakfasting in a Beijing hotel. That was a great day! Upon return from China, she completed a medical rotation at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; and is on their provider call list for local event coverage. She currently resides in Colorado Springs where she works primarily with the Army at Fort Carson. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, playing the cello, learning French and lots of reading. 

Sue Falsone, PT, ATC, SCS received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She continued her education by earning a master's degree in human movement science, with a concentration in sports medicine, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sue has presented at state, national and international level conferences in areas focusing on pillar strength, integration of physical therapy and performance training, and comprehensive kinetic chain assessment and rehabilitation. She's a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), a certified athletic trainer (ATC), certified orthopedic manual therapist for the spine (COMT) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Sue worked at Athletes' Performance for 13 years, last serving as the Vice President of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sport. She worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6 years, last serving as head athletic trainer and physical therapist. She holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA).

Sue is currently the Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with US Soccer's Men's National Team. She was named a Distinguished Alumni at Daemen College and has been inducted into her high school's Athletic Hall of Fame (Kenmore West).

Bryan C. Heiderscheit, PT, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin(UW)-Madison.  He is the Director of the Runners’ Clinic through the UW Sports Medicine Center; Director of Sports Performance Research for UW Athletics; and Co-director of the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Heiderscheit’s research is aimed at understanding and enhancing the clinical management of orthopedic conditions, with particular focus on running-related injuries. Support for his work includes the National Institutes of Health and NFL Medical Charities. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and the Treasurer for the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Bryan is also one of the faculty for The Science of Running, a resource for health care professionals and the running community with evidenced-based strategies to advance running injury management.


Walter Jenkins, PT, DHS, L-ATC, ATC received his Bachelors of Physical Education, Physical Education and Health, from Purdue University and his Master of Science, Physical Education,  from West Virginia University, Morgantown, W. VA. He completed his Master of Science, Physical Therapy,  at Indiana Central University, in Indianapolis, IN and his Doctor of Health Science, from the University of Indianapolis. Walt is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and has been with ECU since 1995. Prior to ECU he was an assistant professor at Kansas University and instructor at the Krannert School of Physical Therapy in Indianapolis, Indiana. His Professional Interests include
Rehabilitation and treatment of orthopaedic and sport injuries to the foot and ankle, knee, and shoulder.

Walt is the president-elect of the Sports Physical Therapy Section, APTA, and has received numerous awards from the organization for his service.


Andre' Labbe' PT,MOMT, is a Physical Therapist in the New Orleans area that has been performing research on motor learning and injury prevention/ treatment throughout the United States and Europe. He has developed and teaches a number of different educational courses for PT's, Athletic Trainers, Chiropractors, and Exercise Physiologists.

Andre has worked with numerous college and professional porgrams for the development and maintenance of their athletes. He has been a treating PT on the PGA tour and recently was the PT for the New Orleans Saints. He has worked with a number of strength coaches and researchers at LSU, Florida State, Witchita State, Australian Chiropractic Association and many others. He is also an instructor for a number of different companies that develop and produce tools for injury prevention and treatment. He is president of Total Package.


Dan Lorenz, DPT, PT, LAT, CSCS is a well-recognized and respected clinician, educator and author in sports and orthopedic physical therapy.  Dan Lorenz is Kansas City’s only sports medicine fellowship trained physical therapist.  Dr. Lorenz’s professional interests include sports injuries of the knee and shoulder and performance enhancement in the terminal phases of rehabilitation.  He is also keenly interested in the biomechanics of injury and discovering the root cause of his patient’s condition.

He earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy with an Emphasis in Manual Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, FL.  and has a Master of Science in Physical Therapy fromGrand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.  In addition to being a licensed physical therapist (PT) and licensed athletic trainer (LAT), he is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as a USA Weightlifting Level I Sports Performance Coach.

Physician Speakers

Dr. Eric McCarty is an orthopedic surgeon in Boulder, Colorado and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Boulder Community Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, after receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He served as an intern and resident at Vanderbilt University, and a fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery Orthopedic Program. He participates in a wide variety of clinical research studying areas including but not limited to: function and health related quality of life after treatment of skeletal disorders, limb preservation surgical techniques, and oncology. The group also performs outcome analysis for different surgical devices and techniques in order to provide our patients with the most innovative orthopaedic treatments available.


Dr. Matt Provencher

Dr. Matthew Provencher is the Chief of Sports Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also the Medical Director for the New England Patriots and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. He received his MD from Dartmouth Medical School, and served his residency at the Naval Medical Center and fellowship at Rush Universoty Medical Center. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Provencher specializes in complex shoulder and knee sports medicine injuries. He develops specialized treatment programs for patients using cutting edge joint resurfacing, to get them back doing the things they love.





Robert C. Manske PT, DPT, MPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS, is an Associate Professor in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.  Rob graduated from WSU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1994, and further earned a Master of Education degree in Physical Education in 2000. He received his DPT from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions in 2006.  Rob has been an APTA Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist since 2002.  Rob is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Rob has been nominated for and received numerous awards for excellence in teaching at the local, state and national level's receiving the APTA Sports Section's Excellence in Education Award in 2007. He recently left his position as the Vice President of the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section after six years of service, and is the editor of the Sports Section’s home study courses.  To date, Rob has published multiple articles, chapters, and home study courses related to orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. 


Phil Page PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM, LAT is a licensed physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength & conditioning specialist. He graduated from LSU in physical therapy and received his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Mississippi State University, as well as a doctorate in Kinesiology from LSU. He has been involved in rehabilitation and sports medicine for over 25 years. Dr. Page was recently named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is currently the Global Director of Clinical Education and Research for Performance Health, manufacturer of TheraBand, Biofreeze & Cramer products. Dr. Page is also an instructor in the Athletic Training curriculum at Louisiana State University and a Clinical Instructor of Orthopedics for Tulane Medical School in New Orleans.

Dr. Page’s clinical and research interests include the role of muscle imbalance in musculoskeletal pain, and promoting physical activity for health-related physical fitness, particularly for chronic disease management. He is a member of educational committee for the “Exercise is Medicine” initiative for the ACSM. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and serves as a member of several national advisory boards. Dr. Page is on the scientific review committees for the APTA and ACSM. He regularly reviews grants and article submissions for several professional journals.

Dr. Page lectures extensively and provides workshops on a variety of topics around the world, including the Janda Approach to Muscle Imbalance. He was awarded the Lifetime Excellence in Education Award by the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the APTA. He has worked with the athletic programs at LSU, Tulane, the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, as well as the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Russ Paine, PT received his undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University, 1981 and his PT degree from Texas Women’s University School of Physical Therapy, 1983.

Russ has been involved in sports medicine his entire career. He began to develop his expertise by working and training with David Drez, M.D. of Lake Charles Louisiana from 1985 – 1991. Russ has worked in conjunction with sports medicine physicians in the Houston area from 1991 to present. He has served as a rehabilitation consultant to the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and NASA.  He continues to be a rehabilitation consultant to the Houston Rockets.  Currently a director of the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute, Russ continues to devote his time to research and education while maintaining a busy sports medicine clinical practice.   

Serving on the planning committee of the Sports Physical Therapy Section Team Concept Meeting, Russ is involved on a national level with sports medicine education.  Russ is also a founding member of the ICCUS society and a member of the AOSSM.  Paine received the Career Service Award from the American Sports Medicine Institute in 2009 from Dr. James Andrews. As a well established author and lecturer on topics related to sports medicine, he has lectured at over 500 meetings in the United States and abroad. He has published 25 chapters in textbooks and over 30 research articles in peer review journals.

Russ is known for his experience in sports medicine and has special interests that include injuries to the knee and shoulder, as well as golfing injuries and conditioning.  

Robert Panariello, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS has Bachelor Degrees in Physical Therapy and Physical Education/Athletic Training from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Queens College in Queens, NY.

Rob has more than 30 years of experience in the related fields of Sports Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, and the Performance Training of Athletes. His experience includes the study of the Science of Strength and Conditioning of weightlifters and various sport athletes in Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union, and former East Germany. He previously held the positions of Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at St. John’s University of New York (1986-1995), the World League of American Football NY/NJ Knights (1991), and the WUSA NY POWER Women’s Professional Soccer League (2001-2002). He continues to rehabilitate, athletic performance train, as well as serve as a consultant to many NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Collegiate and University teams, coaches, and players.

Rob has more than 60 peer-reviewed Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Research, Sports Physical Therapy Research, and Strength & Conditioning Journal Articles and Book Chapter publications. He has also presented his research at the International World Confederation of Physical Therapy in Washington, D.C. He is nationally renowned and lectures throughout the country with regard to the related fields of Sports Physical Therapy and the Performance Training of Athletes. Rob received the prestigious National Strength & Conditioning Association’s Presidents Award in 1998 and was elected to the USA Strength & Conditioning Hall of Fame in 2003.

Mark Reinking, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC is dean of the Regis University School of Physical Therapy. Formerly the chairman of Saint Louis University’s Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training for over fifteen years, Reinking brings to Regis more than 25 years of higher education experience.

Reinking earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Saint Louis University, a master of physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis and a master’s in biology from The Ohio State University. Before joining the faculty at Saint Louis University in 1999, he held positions at Clark College and the University of Indianapolis. In 2014 the American Physical Therapy Association Sports Physical Therapy Section awarded Reinking the Lifetime Excellence in Education Award.



Teresa L. Schuemann, 
PT, DPT, SCS, ATC is a board certified Sports Physical Therapy Specialist. She attained her Physical Therapy degree from University of Missouri: Columbia, and completed a Sports Physical Therapy Residency at Berkshire Institute in Pennsylvania. She has continued her career in Sports Medicine attaining her certification in Athletic Training and Performance Enhancement in 1996. Teresa is the sport physical therapist for the International Triathlon Union's (ITU) Sports Development team and remains a member of the U.S. Olympic Sports Medicine team.  She has worked and traveled with elite athletic teams both in the United States and abroad including Brazil, Argentina, Hungary, the Netherlands and China. Teresa developed one of the nation’s first credentialed Sports Physical Therapy Residency Programs and remains active in the education of future sports physical therapy specialists. A published author, Teresa remains a frequent lecturer at state and national conferences with topics ranging from sports injury prevention, female athlete triad, emergency management of athletic injury and comprehensive evaluation & treatment of the injured shoulder.



Timothy F. Tyler MS, PT, ATC has been working in sports medicine for the last 20 years. In 1989 he graduated from Southern Connecticut State University and started working as an athletic trainer. After receiving a Masters in physical therapy from Long Island University, he started as a staff physical therapist at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital shortly thereafter he was promoted to Clinical Research Associate where he remains on staff as a consultant.

In 2001 he started a private practice in Scarsdale, NY named PRO Sports Physical Therapy of Westchester. In addition, he works as the head athletic trainer at Scarsdale High School. He is a member of the APTA, AOSSM, NATA, ICCUS, ASSET and serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and The North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. He has published over 30 articles in peer review sports medicine journals along with writing 20 book chapters.

He is currently the president of the Sport Physical Therapy Section and the former president of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.


Kevin E. Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA has lead a distinguished career as a clinical physical therapist for the past 31 years, as a leading authority in rehabilitation of sports injuries and orthopaedic lesions. He has made significant contributions to laboratory research, biomechanical research and clinical outcome studies. 

Kevin is currently Associate Clinical Director for Champion Sports Medicine (a Physiotherapy Facility) in Birmingham, AL. In addition, he is the Director of Rehabilitative Research at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Kevin is also the Rehabilitation Consultant for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Baseball Team, and has worked with the Rays for 16 years.

Dr Wilk received his physical therapy from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL., and his DPT from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of HealthCare Professions in Boston, MA.

Dr. Wilk has published over 165 journal articles, over 105 book chapters and has lectured at over 750 professional and scientific meetings. Kevin is on the review boards of 9 journals. Dr Wilk has received numerous professional awards, and twice served as president of the SPTS.

Blaise Williams, PT, PhD

Blaise Williams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Director of the VCU RUN LAB housed in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science.  Dr. Williams’ main teaching responsibilities are within the orthopedic and sports curriculum. He continues to treat athletes of all levels at the VCU Sports Medicine Clinic. His research interests are in the areas of biomechanics and pathomechanics of running injuries, dynamic balance after injury and limb coordination during functional tasks. Blaise is the Vice President of SPTS and the former chair of the SPTS Running Special Interest Group.