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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, is the clinical director at Pima Medical Institute, physical therapist assistant program. She 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," "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.
Vanessa R. Mirabito, PT, DPT, ATC, is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy and an instructor at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, in the departments of Physical Therapy and Exercise and Sport Sciences, where she teaches courses in anatomy and physiology and orthopedic physical therapy. She also conducts clinical research related to the treatment of concussions, the relationship between balance and fear of heights, and the neuromotor response to kinesiotape application. She maintains clinical practice in a variety of settings, including outpatient services at Ithaca College, and home care and skilled nursing services in the Greater Ithaca, New York, community.
Stephanie Paluka, PT, DPT, is certified in mechanical diagnosis and treatment – McKenzie Method, specializing in the treatment of orthopedic injuries, spinal diagnoses, and musculoskeletal dysfunction. She also specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and use of musculoskeletal pain classification to maximize patient outcomes. She is currently part of a clinical research trial in validation of an outcome measure.
Adam Popchak, PT, PhD, is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and physical therapist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Centers for Rehab Services. His academic and research involvements include topics related to musculoskeletal physical therapy, in particular upper extremity rehabilitation, injury prevention/return to sports, and patient reported outcomes. Clinically, he treats a wide range of orthopedic conditions, specializing in rehabilitation of the shoulder and youth/adolescent sports injuries.
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.