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MoveForwardPT.com Editorial Board
The MoveForwardPT.com Editorial Board is comprised of physical therapist members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Board members review and/or author resources for the site while striving to provide the most current, relevant, evidence-based information about the physical therapist's role in the treatment of various conditions in language that's easy to understand. Board members are selected based on a national call for applicants.
Andrea Avruskin, PT, DPT, ATC, LAT, CKTP, CWP, CCWC, specializes in sports and performing arts therapy. She has provided backstage physical therapy services for Las Vegas shows, including Cirque du Soleil's "O" and "Mystere," Disney's "The Lion King," "Le Reve," as well as national tours of "So You Think You Can Dance," Kellog's "Tour of Olympic Champions," national tours of "Memphis," "Anything Goes", "Nunsense", and "Book of Mormon" at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Andrea holds a doctor of physical therapy degree from Creighton University.
Joseph Brence, PT, DPT, COMT, DAC, is a physical therapist and clinical researcher who treats a wide range of painful conditions, including complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. He is currently involved in a wide range of clinical research projects involving understanding the neuromatrix, and determining how it applies to physical therapy. Joseph is the vice president of operations for NxtGen Institute of Physical Therapy, manages the blog Forward Thinking PT, and writes monthly research reviews for SportEx Medicine.
Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD, PCS, is a board-certified pediatric physical therapist specialist and has more than 40 years of experience in pediatrics. She is a professor in the department of physical therapy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). Venita has served in numerous elected leadership positions with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and teaches advanced clinical practice courses for APTA, and has authored articles and book chapters on pediatrics.
Jennifer Miller, PT, MPT, SCS, is a physical therapist on staff with the University of Toledo's Athletic Training Department, where she provides physical therapy evaluation, treatment, and consultation for the 15 sports teams of the University's NCAA D-1 programs. She frequently is a guest instructor at the University of Toledo's athletic training, kinesiology, and doctor of physical therapy programs. Jennifer is an advanced credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association, and was a recipient of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association's Outstanding Clinical Educator Award in 2010.
Julie Mulcahy, PT,MPT, is a physical therapist with 22 years of experience in orthopedics, sports medicine, and women’s health. She is additionally trained in treating the spine and pelvic areas, and functional strength, core stability, yoga, and kinesiotaping. Other areas of expertise include balance training and fall safety education in the geriatric population. A lifelong athlete, marathoner, and triathlete, Julie has a special interest in evaluation and treatment of running-related injuries.
Chuck Thigpen, PT, PhD, ATC, is a clinical research scientist with Proaxis Physical Therapy in South Carolina. He also holds adjunct appointments with Duke University's Division of Physical Therapy, University of South Carolina's Department of Physical Therapy, and Clemson University's Bioengineering Department. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to prevention and treatment of shoulder pain. Chick is currently the research chair for the American Physical Therapy Association's Sports Physical Therapy Section.
Mary Kay Zane, PT, MEd, OCS, is a board-certified orthopedic physical therapist at MetroHealth Medical Center, a level I trauma center and teaching hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She has spent most of her 32 years as a physical therapist working with surgical orthopedic, trauma, and complex pain patients. Mary Kay is also a guest instructor at the Cleveland State University DPT program, sharing her knowledge of chronic pain management and current treatments.
Physical therapists interested in assisting the board in its work or becoming a member of the board should contact Katie Kissal, senior web content specialist for MoveForwardPT.com.