3 Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Graduates Recognized as AAOMPT Fellows

Conference presentations include research on yoga, competitive cyclists and taping techniques

San Marcos, California—October 21, 2014—Three graduates of the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USA) are  being recognized as fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) at the academy’s annual conference in San Antonio Oct. 22-26. Several clinical mentors, fellows in training and faculty members are also presenting at the conference on a range of topics from taping techniques for wrist laxity to yoga as a treatment for low back pain.

Being recognized as a fellow of the AAOMPT are Christian Bourgeois, PT, DPT, MTC, FAAOMPTGregory Jefferson, DPT, MTC, ATC, FAAOMPT, and William Taylor, PT, DPT, MSc, MBA, MTC, FAAOMPT. USA’s Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program—consisting of clinical mentoring and online and seminar-based programming—is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education and recognized by the AAOMPT.

“We are very proud of our fellowship graduates and students who are enhancing their manual physical therapy skills and advancing the knowledge in our field through original research,” said Erin Conrad, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT, director of the fellowship and residency at USA.

At the AAOMPT conference, USA Fellow in Training Kelly Bernard, PT, DPT, MTC, is making a platform presentation, “Alternative Approaches in Orthopedic Manual Therapy: A Critical Review of Literature on Yoga as an Intervention for Chronic Low Back Pain.”

USA faculty members, mentors and fellows in training presenting posters are:

  • Fellow in Training Robert Blake, PT, DPT, MTC: “Management of a Posterior Capsule Extension Lag and Flexion Limitation Following a Total Knee Arthoplasty”
  • Fellow in Training Christopher Ingstad, PT, DPT, MTC, ATC, and Fellowship Mentor Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc, MMSc, MTC, FAAOMPT: “A Taping Technique Used for Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex and Lunate Laxity with Adjacent Hypomobilities Following a 5th Metacarpal Surgical Fixation: A Case Report”
  • Fellow in Training Maria Ijomanta, PT, DPT, MTC, and Fellowship Mentor Libby Bergman, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT: “Physical Therapy Management Post Ankle Arthrodiastasis for Osteochondral Defect”
  • Fellowship mentors Libby Bergman, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT, and Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc, MMSc, MTC, FAAOMPT: “Exertional Saphenous Nerve Entrapment in a Competitive Cyclist”
  • Fellow Mentor Jeffrey Rot, PT, DHSc: “Management of a 46-year-old High-Level Athlete with Pre-Post Physical Therapy for Hip Resurfacing Surgery: A Case Report”

USA is a member of Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 75 institutions in 29 countries and one of the most significant global higher education providers for health sciences.

About Us

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USA) is a graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative quality classroom and distance education, and is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. Founded in 1979, USA has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Austin, Texas. The university is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). USA’s physical therapy programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and its occupational therapy programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Degree offerings include the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), the Dual Degree Option (MOT/DPT), the Master of Health Sciences in Athletic Training, the Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and the Flexible Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT). USA also offers the Transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy, the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, the Doctor of Education (EdD), the Doctor of Health Science (DHSc), the Clinical Orthopaedic Residency, the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program, and continuing education seminars and certifications for currently licensed therapists. For more information, visit

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