Kevin Brueilly: Enjoying life in Lynchburg, VA with the family. Would enjoy having any “True Blue” 1996 classmates stop by. See y’all in Chicago!
Mike Macko: My wife Brooke and I still live in Arlington, TX and I still manage Ben Hogan Sports Medicine in Fort Worth. I wish everyone in the original blue class a great 2012!
Adetoyeje Oyeyemi: I am currently an Associate Professor at Dominican College of Blauvelt, Adjunct Faculty at Hunter College, City University of New York and Director of Rehabilitation Services at Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Dina (Peterson) Qualter: Rich and I just celebrated the anniversary of our fi rst year in private practice. I am a CHT and have grown a strong hand therapy practice in Cape Cod. Our girls are 9 and 11. They keep us busy with soccer and every other activity under the sun!
Michael Yuengling: I work part-time as a consultant/trainer for electronic Research Technology (eRT). eRT conducts contract cardiac safety studies in the clinical trial phases of pharmaceutical development. In July, I raced with Bob Gillanders (Green ‘97) at the EX2 Exterra Triathlon in Rocky Gap, MD.
Heather (Littler) Bushnell: My husband Dan and I are still enjoying life in St. Augustine. I am an acute care staff therapist at Flagler Hospital. We are raising our wonderful children, Jason, 7, and Mallory, 10. Last year I switched to the education department where I coordinate patient education. I taught anatomy lab at USA after graduation for several semesters and it is nice to get back into teaching.
Marc Dalton: I have relocated to Wellington, FL! I brought my wife, 4 boys, and a rottweiler with me. We escaped the taxes and cold winters of CT. I am working for CORA Rehab in West Palm Beach full time, and at a hospital and nursing home on the weekend. I am running and biking a lot, and training for a half marathon.
Robert Niklewicz: I have left private practice after 27 years and returned part time to a hospital-based practice. I do continue as an ergonomic consultant and educator to both the public, as well as the private sectors. For fun, I have written my second historical novel, “Codename: Flame,” which will be out in April 2012.
Kelly (Reid) Garcia: I manage several on-site programs for Solantic. I have developed educational programs for both the employees and community forums, a new practice area for OT, and teach for Cross Country Continuing Education. And we also welcomed two beautiful twins to our family this year, Audrey and Aiden, born in July.
William Hanney: I recently completed my PhD at Nova Southeastern University and I am a full time faculty member at the University of Central Florida. I have an awesome wife, Lisa, and two amazing kids, Liam and Bella. Life is good.
Amy (Cornell) McBreen: The kids, who were 2 and 4 while I was at USA, are now 16 and 18. Time flies! I closed my clinic after 8 exciting years and took a position as the Chair of a developing PTA program at Hodges University in Naples, FL. It’s exciting to plan and develop a program and seek CAPTE accreditation. Now I know what Dr. Paris went through while we were in school.
Jennifer (Fleming) Pena: I used to work in an outpatient clinic and hated the hours. I now work in home health, and love it! I have more time to hang out with my two kids and husband.
Mark Bresee: Ellen and I just celebrated the birth of our third child, Parks, this past November and continue to stay extremely busy with our other two children. My own private practice is in it’s fourth year and I am having a great time with development of performance-based sport specific and wellness programs.
James Every: I am currently practicing as a school-based pediatric PT for the WCPSS in Raleigh, NC. I am also in my first year of a transitional DPT program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Hopefully, I will be receiving a part-time research opportunity with a faculty member next semester in a neuro-related area.
Ulrike Mitchell: After receiving my PhD in Exercise Science from BYU, I am now an assistant professor teaching in the same department! I teach functional anatomy and orthopaedic impairment. My research focuses on the working mechanisms of near-infrared light in the treatment of RLS and diabetic neuropathy.
Crissy (Ellis) Waters: I am currently working in SC for the Aiken County School District. My husband and I have two children and will be welcoming a son in February.
Judd Gautreaux: I have been working at a private practice since graduation. I have two children, 12 and 9, and I am enjoying coaching them in baseball, football, track and cross-country. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
Senya Speaks: I have just accepted an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy tenured position at Tennessee State University. My position begins June 1, 2012.
Cori Campbell: I’ve been living and working in the Tampa Bay area as the executive director of a home healthcare agency. I recently graduated with my MBA. I’ve been enjoying traveling and new experiences, and look forward to what 2012 will bring.
Robert Schaffer: I am currently the Regional Director for Select Rehabilitation in Maryland, operating seven facilities across the state. I am married to Melissa and have two beautiful daughters: Mallory, 4 and Marin, 1. I hope everyone in the yellow class is happy and healthy.
Kristy (Coleman) Burgess: I am continuing to work in a private outpatient orthopaedics clinic located in Hurricane, WV. I work beside another talented therapist and two PTAs. It is a great practice. I also recently moved into a four bedroom house with my two sons and my fiance. We do not have an official date to marry, but hopefully next summer sometime. Life is good.
Sharon Burgess: After a travel position in home health in San Francisco, I bought a camper van and spent 4 months traveling and photographing Alaska, western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. I am taking a travel PT job in FL this year, then touring Eastern Canada for 2 months.
Beth Garwick: I got married on New Year’s Eve. I have been working in Alabama as Director of Industrial Rehab for a private company for the past two years.
Angela (Fontenot) Cason: I am now the owner of Grace Therapy Services in Brandon, Mississippi. I do FCE’s and PRN outpatient PT clinic work. Colby started pre-K this year and Nick is teaching and coaching at St. Joseph Catholic School. Gage Crawford Cason was born in January of 2011. We have been truly blessed this year.
Phyllis Clapis: I have co-authored a book with Julia Chevan entitled “Physical Therapy Management of Low Back Pain: A Case-Based Approach” (Jones & Bartlett publishers) which was recently published. The book includes a chapter on the Paris approach written by USA’s Drs. Jeffrey Rot and Jim Viti. I am currently employed as an Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at American International College.
Jennifer (Flage) Hobson: This year has been a big year for me. My little son, Clyde Murphy Hobson, was born on Halloween 2010 and his big sister, Isabella Hobson, 2.5 years, is loving him dearly. We are still living in the South Loop of Chicago and enjoy all of the activities that Chicago has to offer. Both of my PT practices have moved to bigger spaces and I have hired two more physical therapists. We still specialize in head, neck, spine and TMJ treatment. I am also now certified through the Myopain Seminars series for trigger point dry needling. Just this year, I started assisting with the head and neck dry needling courses.
Clark Rasberry: After working in Palm Coast for two years after graduation, my wife and I moved back to Mississippi in 2006. I now work for our local hospital in outpatient orthopedics. We have 17 total PT’s, 7 of which are USA grads.
Christopher and Erin (Miller) Roosa: The Roosa’s are doing great! We now have the addition of Carly Joy Roosa born in June. Chris became a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedics and has plans to develop the first APTA certified orthopedic residency program in Maryland. Best wishes in 2012 everyone!
Kathleen Burkland: Married to Robert on September 10, 2011 in beautiful Rosemary Beach, FL.
Niki (Stanzilis) Groves: I have been promoted to Director of Operations for Outpatient Rehab with a major health system and will be running eight outpatient clinics in the metro Atlanta area.
Gerry Catapang: I am still busy with the private practice established in 1999. Just created a phone app and a card game for the family. These projects can be viewed at www.ragpickerpositivecreations.com
Tina (Gubernot) Durando: I am currently working in pediatrics in Brooklyn, NY. In September we welcomed our first child, Jonathan.
Santo Garcia: In October of 2011, I was elected onto the Board of Directors of the GBS-CIDP Foundation International. Also, earlier in the year I co-authored, “Guidelines for Physical and Occupational Therapy,” a booklet to assist clinicians with GBS-CIDP patients.
Harpa Helgadottir: I am an adjunct at the University of Iceland and teacher at International seminars in movement analysis and neuromuscular re-education of the neck, thorax and shoulder girdle. In December 2010, I defended my PhD project at the University of Iceland.
James Pumarada: I have celebrated the first birthday of my twins, Krysta and Kyle. Currently I have 3 children and I am in private practice in New Jersey.
Christopher Wilson: I am currently Education Coordinator at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, MI. I teach in the DPT program at Oakland University and Wayne State University, and I am currently Michigan’s Chief Delegate to the APTA.
Kelly (Kippes) Frustaci: Joe and I are loving life as mommy and daddy to our beautiful baby girl, Nikki. We still reside is St. Augustine, and work for a great company in Clay County, Preferred Physical Therapy.
Karen Hartsell: Owner of Ocala Rehabilitation Associates, since 1991. Our offices are in Ocala and the Villages. We provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and aquatic therapy!
Sue (Tarazi) Machtley: The new PT practice I opened in January 2011 has really taken off and I am ready to hire another therapist. Also, my husband and I are being blessed with our fi rst child, due to arrive in March!
Alexis Megow: As of December, I have successfully passed the CHT exam. I will continue to work as an OTR/L, CHT in outpatient hand therapy for a growing practice in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Tammara Moore: We are opening our 4th location of SOL PT, Inc this year and bringing on partners. This new venture is a Performance Training Facility. I am teaching part time and trying the achieve balance and retool our practice with declining insurance reimbursement. Forever grateful for my education at USA.
Julius Somera: I am a PT in Albuquerque, was one of eight health professionals that just returned from a tuina (pronounced t-way-na) program held October 15 – 28, 2011 in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China at the China National Olympic Training Center. Tuina is an ancient Chinese manual therapeutic medical system which combines aspects of massage, physical therapy and acupuncture.
Brandy (Nelson) Weflen: I am currently the Regional Director of Outpatient Rehab for SunCrest Healthcare and work at Penney Retirement Community. Mike and I are expecting our first baby, Ella, in early January.
Bryan Gee: I have recently transitioned from functioning as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to the Director of the Occupational Therapy Program at Idaho State University. I am in the final semester of a PhD program in Instructional Design and Technology at Idaho State University.
Alexander Luy: It is our pleasure to announce that the clinic in which I am currently employed is in it’s tenth year. The clinic is Physical Therapy of Jackson. Please visit our website at www.ptoj.net. We have available employment opportunity and would like to offer to USA graduates preferably manual therapy background.
Reylito Pumarada: I am still working full time for NYC BOE for eight years now and work part time for NYS DOH Early Intervention Program. I am also a competitive volleyball player and won first place on the men’s doubles B division beach volleyball at Cedar Beach, NY in the summer of 2011.
LeAnn (Barkey) Bailey: I am currently working for HCR Manor Care in Pinehurst, NC as an OT. On March 19, 2011, I married my amazing husband, Ryan Bailey, and we are expecting our first child, a little girl, this coming March.
Christina (Wagner) Broome: I have recently obtained my manual therapy certification and hope to become credentialed by the APTA as a clinical instructor within the next year. My husband and I still reside in GA with our 4 dogs.
Philip Chan: It has been three years since I started my own outpatient physical therapy clinic called Hands On NJ Physical Therapy. I love the techniques I learned from USA. I got most consistent and effective results in upper and mid cervical areas. University of St. Augustine is the top school I recommend to students pursuing their academic studies in the field of PT. I have been looking to connect with alumni in the NY, NJ and PA areas.
Amanda (Tollon) Forsman: After graduation, I moved back to my home town and have been working at All Children’s Hospital, which just merged with John Hopkins Medicine. This past year I got married to my high school sweetheart! I am currently treating in the Therasuit Method Intensive Strengthening Program, an Intensive Feeding Program, Aquatic Therapy, and enjoy doing per diem work at an inpatient rehab unit with adults.
Adam Guilaino: I am currently practicing down in beautiful SW FL where I was just provided the opportunity to start my own practice called InMotion Fitness and Physical Therapy. InMotion was created as a wellness facility to provide patients with a way to recover from injury and stay healthy with the many different services and support we offer. I am looking forward to bringing more well trained manual physical therapists on staff soon, so if this sounds like something you are potentially interested in being a part of please feel free to contact me at Agkelme14@aol.com or call (901) 674- 5309.
Amber Paabo: My husband, Erik, and I continue to live in St. Augustine. I am the Clinical Director at SunCrest Rehab Services and have a fantastic team of co-workers, many of which are USA grads!
Stephan Baber: After graduating and passing my boards, I signed on as a PT with a traveling home health company and have been working all over PA. Currently I’m in Central PA, but I’m looking forward to heading out to Southern CA by spring 2012. I absolutely love my job. Thank you St. Augustine!
Adrian Baker: After graduation, my husband and I moved to middle Georgia. I got a full time job working in a PT owned outpatient orthopaedic clinic. I see all types of patients including pediatrics. I have focused my continuing education on Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). We recently had our first child, a son, on October 26, 2011. He is absolutely perfect and we love him to pieces. In the next couple of years I plan on getting my PRI certification.
Vincent Carmellini: I passed my OCS exam in March. Started an independent software company called Metropolitan Medical Applications, LLC that designs medical related smart phone and tablet applications. Our first product, Lumbar 360, is the #1 customer-rated spine app in the iTunes store.
Akhil Das: I started my new company in Jan 2011 providing home health services. My company name is Focus Rehab, Inc and currently providing PT/OT services in the Tampa Bay area. My family is doing well and life is good.
Jill Murphy: I am excited to announce that I have opened a new private outpatient orthopedic practice in Neenah, WI. My niche practice is manual therapy and sports medicine.
Helga Perez: Happily working in my own clinic in Dallas, TX since December 2010. I am a CranioFacial-Certified clinician and most of my patients require this specialty from which they feel greatly benefited. My working philosophy is a one-on-one, hands-on, high consistency clinician-patient relationship. Currently my patients are highly satisfied with my approaches, as they feel that someone really care about problems.
Mark Scharich: I am currently self-employed and contract with a private practice, out-patient clinic in Grand Rapids, MI. I treat primarily spine related injuries/diagnoses.
Kristina Sealey: After working in Gainesville for a year, I purchased a home in south FL and my 4-yr-old golden lab, Tanner, and I have been enjoying home ownership! I have opened a pediatric outpatient clinic in Cape Coral and will start treating patients in January. When I was in school, I knew my ultimate goal was to own a pediatric clinic, after 2 1/2 years in SNFs, I am the OT and owner of Therapy In Action.
Terry Shepherd: I am president and owner of Aquatic Health and Rehab. We just opened our third office for Sports Medicine in Viera, FL. I have completed training at the University of Tennessee and an externship at Wizard of Paws in Canine Rehabilitation. I am now working on case studies and studying for my exam as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. I am collaborating with local Vets to provide a service in rehab for clients who have canines who have undergone surgery on their hips, knees, spines or just have arthritis. We are using Laser, Manual Therapy, Underwater Treadmills and Therapy Balls for core strengthening.
Rashad Smith: My wife, Dena Benson, and I are expecting our first child, Braylen Rashad Smith, on February 20th 2012. We relocated from Canton, MS to Brandon, MS where we bought our first home. I am currently practicing for Rush Health Systems at Laird Hospital in Union, MS where I manage an PT clinic and a 25 bed program.
Jim Sonnier: Britney and I were blessed with our first child, Sophia, at the beginning of my last trimester. In July 2011, we were also blessed with twin boys: James and Gabriel. Since graduation I have worked in a local hospital splitting time between the acute and outpatient settings with some home health as needed. I am currently enjoying full-time employment in home care with specific emphasis on fall prevention. In 2012, I will begin working toward a geriatric certication through the APTA.
Sara Cates: Since graduating from the San Diego campus, I have been practicing both orthopaedic and developmental pediatric care at Rady Children’s Hospital. I have been exploring the world of myofascial pain in addition to my manual therapy upbringings. I have found success utilizing my certifications in massage therapy and the Graston Technique to develop a unique combination of manual skills to manage soft tissue injury from a holistic perspective. I have been fortunate to stay living in San Diego where I trained for my first full Ironman Triathlon Race in Cozumel, Mexico in November 2011.
Jill (Clark) Crisp: By now, I’m either responsible for another human being or miserable beyond belief. Expecting our first child January 11th. Otherwise, Gussie Bugs is still being pampered and I adopted another pug, Ninja Crisp, but Travis made me give her away :(. I continue to sit in TN waiting on my friends to join me.
Jaime Kemery: After graduation December 2010, I moved home to Baltimore, MD and currently am working in an outpatient facility in White Marsh, MD. My husband Brian and I are expecting our first little boy in February and are excited to start the new year!
Kati LeBouef: Andrew Hutchinson (DPT 2010) and I will be getting married in March 2012. We both work in Birmingham for Champion Sports Medicine with Dr. James R. Andrew’s Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics.
Amy Meehan: I am currently working in Atlanta, GA at Neurosport Physical Therapy. We treat mainly outpatient orthopaedics including the Atlanta Silverbacks soccer team, WNBA Atlanta Dream, and a variety of orthopedic dysfunctions. I recently took my Manual Therapy Certification (MTC), and look forward to further enhancing my manual therapy skills.
Kamal Mody: I am continuing to grow my private physical therapy practice and I am currently recruiting for a PRN physical therapist. At home, my wife and I are running after our 11-month-old son.
Don Reagan: I have been privileged to maintain a full time orthopedic case load while teaching 6 credits in strength and conditioning as an adjunct professor in Lynchburg, VA. I continue to see more collegiate level sports medicine along with fitness clientele. Furthermore, I have pursued more training in movement assessment along with pain science. My family is also growing with two children less than 18 months apart. I am living the dream!
Luke Retherford: I am now the Area Director of Rehabilitation for the Gulf Coast Area of Gentiva Home Health. I am getting married to Megan Galbraith from Nashville, TN in February.
Lori Redner: Since graduating with my OTD, I have been working as a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Consultant for a large urban school district. I maintain contact with the university and hope to offer seminar classes in specialty areas in the near future.
Anne Schefke: In Dec 2010, I graduated from USA with an OTD. In June 2011, brought retirement from Grand Rapids public schools after 35 years as a school system therapist. Fall 2011 witnessed my return to GRPS to continue intervention with secondary special education students, on a limited basis. Additionally, I have continued a 15 year career in home health care, currently working for Gentiva Rehab Without Walls, a community reentry program for TBI and SCI. In May 2011, I accepted an adjunct teaching position in the tOTD program for USA. Life is good!
Lisa M. Smith: Since graduating with my tDPT I have been promoted to Clinic Director, which has presented me with a whole new area of learning opportunities…nice to know the learning never stops.
Kristian (Paridon) Spano: On October 1, 2011, I was lucky enough to marry the love of my life, Ryan Spano (DPT Orange class 2011) in a beautiful ceremony back home in New Orleans. Thanks to all of our St. Augustine friends who made the extra long trip to come and be a part of it! We are now enjoying the holidays in our new home outside of New Orleans in Madisonville, LA.
Emily Vincent: This past April, after what was quite possibly the longest and most mentally trying week of my life, USA granted me with my MTC! In August, I moved home to New Orleans, LA and accepted a job at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine. I recently got engaged to a great guy who I have been friends with since high school and we will be getting married on November 10, 2012 in New Orleans, LA.
Jenna Walters: I am living in IL, working for a hospital system. I work primarily as an occupational therapist with both pediatrics and adults and am looking forward to helping to expand our wheelchair clinic program in the spring as a physical therapist. I am very thankful for the education that I received from USA!
Noelle (Leger) Wiggins: My first year as a PT was very eventful. I spent a year working in Hawaii, got married and I am now in the process of moving to Jacksonville, FL. I’m loving life and having fun!
Adam Groves: I recently got married and moved to Bozeman, MT and am now working in a top-notch outpatient clinic serving the public and specializing in spine patients. We are loving everyday, and working towards starting our own practice in 2-3 years. Get it done 2011 Orange Class!
Irie Yasuo: I finished the Master of Health Science degree in 2011.
Joshua Sindoro: Currently, I am the lead PT in a skilled nursing facility with Hallmark Rehab. Thank you USA San Diego for all the training and preparation so that I can successfully fulfill this position.
Laura Horne: I am working at Elite Sport & Spine, an outpatient clinic in Perry, GA. I love my job and enjoy working with other USA alums!
Sarah Mersch: I live in Jacksonville and currently work at Shands Jacksonville, which was my first 12 weeks internship site. At Shands I work in the outpatient hand clinic and in the acute inpatient overflow floors. I love working in two different settings, it really keeps your mind fresh and flexible.