Joseph Brence, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, DAC is a Physical Therapist and clinical researcher from Pittsburgh, Pa. He is also a graduate of Sports Medicine of Atlanta fellowship-credentialed program (AAOMPT) and is a certified orthopedic manual therapist through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. Joseph’s primary clinical interests involve a better understanding of the neuromatrix and determining how it applies to Physical Therapy practice. He is currently involved in a wide range of clinical research projects investigating topics such as the effects of verbalizing of pain, the effects of mobilizing vs. manipulating the spine on body image perception and validation of a instrument which will assess medical practitioners understanding of pain. Clinically, Joseph treats a wide range of painful conditions in an outpatient setting including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, etc. He is married to his wife, Kristen, and enjoys spending Sunday’s watching the Steelers.
Adam Rufa, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist and educator from Syracuse, NY. He is a specialist in orthopedics with a particular interest in chronic pain conditions. Currently Adam teaches entry level physical therapy students in biomechanics, spine, orthopedics, clinical decision making and practice management. He continues to treat patients with a variety of musculoskeletal and pain conditions. His research interests include simulation tools in education, manual therapy and clinical reasoning. Outside of work he spends his time with his wife and three young children.
Alan Petrazzi, MPT, MPM, VHA-CM is a is a licensed physical therapist who has worked across the continuum of care in private practice, state and federal agencies. He has 12+ years of rehab management in large healthcare systems. Concurrent responsibilities include rehab utilization review of hundreds documents from tri-state therapy practices. He is a Certified Mentor and originated the nation’s first Management-Track student affiliation. He significantly contributed to multiple award-winning teams for healthcare process redesign. Currently, he is the Program Manager for a Primary Care practice overseeing staff and contracted services for over 35,000 unique patients. He has an insatiable desire to improve systems and create amazing customer experiences. To do this we must listen to our customers and forever push forward.
Eric Kruger, DPT, CSCS is a physical therapist in Denver, Colorado. He has seven years’ experience in orthopedics and strives to integrate his traditional training as a physical therapist with the latest science in psychology, pain, and neuroscience—amongst a few other subjects. Eric is interested in pushing the field of physical therapy forward beyond diagnosis and intervention by asking: “What can we be as physical therapists?” which inevitably is followed by a cascade of questions that he hopes to probe within this blog.
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Karen Litzy, MS, PT is a physical therapist with 15 years of clinical experience. She currently owns a home health physical therapy practice in New York City. Her approach to treatment is based on the biopsychosocial model of care and she incorporates neuroscience pain education with all of her patients. Karen is also the host of the podcast Healthy Wealthy & Smart, which is dedicated to promoting the profession of physical therapy and educating health care professionals in the latest clinical research. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Misericordia University.