Who is ForwardThinkingPT?

As we tirelessly write posts to challenge and improve the critical thinking amongst Physical Therapists, we thought it might be a good opportunity to introduce some of those who contribute to the site…

Joseph Brence

Joseph Brence, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist and clinical researcher from Pittsburgh, Pa.  He is also a fellowship candidate with Sports Medicine of Atlanta.  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

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.


Sigurd Mikkelsen

Sigurd Mikkelsen, PT, MSc is a Physical Therapist and educator from Fredrikstad, Norway. His primary interests are the effects of manual therapy on the neuromusculoskeletal system and its consequences for clinical reasoning in acute and chronic pain conditions. He is also concerned with the value of epistemology and ontology in the application of research into clinical practice. Sigurd is a strong advocate of patient empowerment and promotes manual therapy as an active learning process. Besides being a practice owner, he teaches personal trainers in biomechanics, anatomy, pain physiology and sensorimotor principles of exercise-based rehabilitation. His spare time is spent with his girlfriend, with his guitar and his fly fishing rod.
We are always looking for additional ForwardThinkingPTs to join our team and mission.  If you believe you have what it takes, leave us a comment and tell us why.  

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  • Keep up the good work! and Go Steelers!

    Ron March 15, 2013 7:58 am Reply
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    Erson Religioso March 15, 2013 8:20 am Reply
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