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Meet the GT Instructors
| ||Shawn Burger, PT |
|Shawn completed undergraduate studies at Pacific Union College, CA in 1995 and received his Bachelor of Science degree and Masters in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University, CA, in 1998. |
He is currently the Vice President of Burger Physical Therapy, Inc and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of 14 outpatient clinic sites that provide physical, occupational and speech therapy to the greater Sacramento area. He is also the Outpatient Clinic Director for the Folsom site.
Shawn has particular experience and clinical interest in ACL, rotator cuff repairs, hamstring grafts and rehabilitation of total hip replacements. He has worked with many baseball pitchers using high level throwing rehabilitation techniques. He also specializes in post-operative and acute injury management. Shawn has been a GT instructor since 2006.
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| ||Justine DeLuccio, MS, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT |
|Justine received an associate degree in physical therapy from Pennsylvania State University in 1984 and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical therapy from Long Island University in 1992. She has had faculty appointments at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the graduate program in physical therapy at Long Island University, and she has been a guest lecturer at several other schools, including Seton Hall University and Dominican College. She has lectured to peers, ATCs, MDs, dancers, athletes and the public. |
Justine provides care, performs injury prevention screenings and offers strength and conditioning consulting for The College of New Jersey. To support her vision of professional autonomy, in 2009 she opened Movement Logic orthopaedic manual & sports physical therapy P.A. in Lambertville, N.J. The practice emphasizes manual therapy, functional restoration and corrective exercise prescription. She brings a skill set to the GT instructional team that includes a multimodal and eclectic approach based on best evidence and sound principles of orthopedic, manual and sports physical therapy. Justine has been instrumental in the 2012 revision of the M2 training and is credited with being one of the primary authors of the M2 curriculum and treatment techniques. Justine has been a GT instructor since 2005.
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| ||Michael L. Dillon, MS, ATC |
|Mike received his bachelor of arts in athletic training from University of the Pacific in 1999 and master of science in kinesiology from Indiana University in 2001. He currently is an associate athletic trainer in the University of Washington Athletic Department. |
Prior to moving to the Seattle area, he served as an athletic trainer for the entertainment department at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. Michael has also worked for University of California, Los Angeles, working specifically with women’s volleyball and track and field. Following graduate school, he completed a one year fellowship as an athletic trainer at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.
In addition to his service at Washington, he volunteers for the U.S. Olympic Committee as Athletic Trainer for international competitions. Mike has lectured around the country on the benefits of soft tissue mobilization as well as lumbopelvic dysfunction. Mike has been a GT instructor since 2003.
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| ||Joanne J. Fava, DC, CCSP |
|Dr. Fava is a sports medicine chiropractic physician and a 1994 graduate of New York Chiropractic College. She has practiced in Venice, Fla., for 17 years. She is vice chair of the Florida Sports Foundation, medical adviser to the International Softball Federation and past president of the United States Sports Chiropractic Federation and the Florida Chiropractic Association Sports Injury Council. She is medical coordinator for the Florida International Triathlon, Venice YMCA Triathlon, Englewood YMCA Triathlon and Sarasota Sharks Triathlon. She is a contributing author of the “Trunk and Viscera” chapter in “Conservative Management of Sports Injuries,” second edition, Hyde and Gengenbach, 2009. |
Dr. Fava’s practice is predominantly sports rehabilitation and sport-specific conditioning, and she treats patients in the Sarasota County professional, elite, college, recreational, high school and youth forums. She currently is enrolled in the board certification diplomate program in sports medicine. Dr. Fava has been involved with Graston Technique® since 2002 and has been a GT instructor since 2003.
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| ||Edward Feinberg, DC, DABCSP |
|Dr. Feinberg received a bachelor of science degree from the University of California at in 1976 and a doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West, Sunnyvale, Calif., in 1983. |
He is a professor and chairman of the Chiropractic Procedures Panel at PCCW. Dr. Feinberg has taught sports chiropractic seminars on three continents, has written two book chapters and serves as faculty adviser liaison for the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council. He also is a member of the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic Education Commission and was named 2011 ACA Sports Council Chiropractor of the Year.
Dr. Feinberg has been in private chiropractic practice for 28 years. His clinical interest is in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder girdle injuries, and he is present at many sports venues throughout the San Francisco Bay area as both a supervising and treating physician. Dr. Feinberg has been a GT instructor since 2007.
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| ||Brad Finer, DC, DACAN |
|Dr. Finer a bachelor of arts degree in natural science from St. John’s University in 1979 and a doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1982. He is a diplomate of the American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology. He is a professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in the College of Chiropractic. |
He currently practices in The Bloomington Natural Care Center in Bloomington, Minn. He has a diverse chiropractic practice that focuses on pain syndromes and dysfunctional disorders of the articular, peripheral nerve and myofascial systems. Dr. Finer has been a GT instructor since 2007.
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| ||Ted Forcum, DC, DACBSP |
|Dr. Forcum is a graduate of Willamette University, where he served as a student athletic trainer, and Western States Chiropractic College, where he was president of the Sports Medicine Club. During that time, he became a licensed massage therapist and an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Forcum is a diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. The American Chiropractic Association Council on Sports and Physical Fitness voted him Sports Chiropractor of the Year for 1994, 1995 and 2004. |
He has worked as an event physician for the U.S Track and Field Championships, U.S. Taekwondo Championships, World Veterans Games, World Masters Games and U.S. Soccer Festival. He lectures nationally and internationally on sports injuries and athletic footwear biomechanics, functional evaluation and training, and soft tissue therapy. He was the medical director for the Adidas Oregon Track Classic, Columbia Gorge Marathon and the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Dr. Forcum has worked as a staff chiropractor for the PGA Tour and Champions PGA Tours. He was a medical staff member for the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2007 Pan American Games and 2008 Summer Olympics. He is the team chiropractic for the Portland Timbers Soccer Club (MLS) and the Portland Winterhawks Hockey Team (WHL). He is currently in private practice at Back In Motion Sports Injuries Clinic LLC in Beaverton, Ore., and has been a GT instructor since 2003.
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| ||Valli M. Gambina, DC |
|Dr. Gambina is a sports medicine and forensic chiropractic physician. She is a 1987 graduate of the University of Bridgeport and a 1992 graduate of New York Chiropractic College. Her focus is on sports rehabilitation and the medical-legal realm of chiropractic and litigation. She is in private practice in Venice, Fla., and is medical director of Chiropractic Sports Medicine. Dr. Gambina has served the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine as a board examiner and in testing development. She also serves as a monitor for the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine. She is a contributing author of the “Trunk and Viscera” and “The Female Athlete” chapters in “Conservative Management of Sports Injuries,” second edition, Hyde and Gengenbach, 2009. |
Dr. Gambina is the medical co-coordinator for the Florida International Triathlon, Venice YMCA Triathlon, Englewood YMCA Triathlon and Sarasota Sharks Triathlon. She is currently enrolled in the board certification diplomate program in sports medicine. Dr. Gambina has been involved with Graston Technique® since 2002 and has been a GT instructor since 2003.
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| ||Hyun-Gu Han, DC, MS, ATC |
|Dr. Han received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea, in 1999. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 2006 and Master’s in Sport Injury Management from Life University, Atlanta, Ga., U.S., in 2008. |
Dr. Han has been the owner of 365 Chiropractic Clinic in Pyeon-teak, South Korea since 2009. He has served as a part-time Professor of Chiropractic at Sun Moon Graduate School, Cheon-an, South Korea, and worked at Yonsei University Rehabilitation Hospital in Seoul South Korea and at the Richard P. Schuyler, DC, Rehabilitation Clinic in Atlanta, Ga., U.S.
Dr. Han is a Certified Athletic Trainer (BOC in the U.S. and South Korea) and served as head athletic trainer of the basketball team for Kyung Hee University. He also served as an athletic trainer for six months for the South Korean National Archery Team in the 1998 Asian Games held in Bangkok, Thailand. He also served as the athlectic trainer for for the South Korean National Basketball Team in 1998.
Bilingual in Korean and English, Dr. Han has been a GT instructor since 2012.
| ||Lori Wilson Hiatt, OTR/L,CHT |
|Lori received a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984. She began her career in the area of brain-injury rehabilitation, specializing in neuro-developmental treatment for adults. In 1993, she changed her focus to outpatient orthopedics and became a certified hand therapist in 1994. Her interest in soft-tissue mobilization continued, leading her to the Graston Technique® in 2004. She currently has a private practice in which she blends normal movement patterns and postural restoration to improve functional performance. Lori has been a GT instructor since 2006. |
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| ||Nate Andrew Hinkeldey, DC |
|Dr. Hinkeldey is a Graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. During his time there, he was active in several groups on campus including: Motion Palpation club president, Vogt Leadership Society, and Functional Anatomy Club. At graduation, Dr. Hinkeldey was privileged to be awarded the John Connolly Memorial Award. This is given to the most outstanding graduate from Palmer College. |
Prior to graduation, Dr. Hinkeldey was chosen to participate in the Department of Defense/Veteran Affairs internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda. Here, he worked within an active military hospital and received a unique education. He delivered care to our nation's heroes in many different capacities. First, he provided chiropractic care at the hospital-based chiropractic clinic under the direction of Dr. William Morgan. Second, he was allowed to perform weekly rotations with other departments including: Pain Management, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, Urology, Diabetes Clinic, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Oral Facial Pain Clinic. Third, Dr. Hinkeldey also had the opportunity to be a part of the U.S. Naval Academy's Sports Medicine Team. He delivered care to the football, wrestling, diving, and volleyball teams in coordination with the Athletic Trainers and Orthopedic Surgeons. At the end of the internship, Dr. Hinkeldey was presented with Clinical Excellence Award for his service and dedication to the men and women of the service.
After graduation, Dr. Hinkeldey opened Team Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Johnston, Iowa. He serves as a part of the Grand View University's Sports Medicine Team. In addition, he is an adjunct professor for Des Moines Area Community College in the Biology Department. Recently, he has become a part of the Central Iowa VA Hospital Integrative Pain Management Team. Dr. Hinkeldey enjoys the progressive view and evidence-based application of GT and has been a GT instructor since 2011.
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| ||Ashli Linkhorn, DC, CCSP, CCEP, PES/CES-NASM |
|Dr. Linkhorn received her Bachelor of Science in genetics from Wright State University and her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University. |
Dr. Linkhorn returned to Life University as a faculty member in 2007 and currently instructs courses in orthopedic diagnosis, physical therapy, extremity adjusting, functional restoration and active care in the Doctorate Program. Dr. Linkhorn also teaches functional assessment and rehab of the kinetic chain in the Master’s Program. In addition, she owns and practices at the Sports Chiropractic Institute near Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Linkhorn has had the opportunity to work with USA Rugby, the International Rugby Board and the NCAA Gymnastic Championships and presently serves as head chiropractor on the medical staff for the NCAA Women’s College World Series. In her free time, she is an endurance athlete, and has participated in and completed an Ironman, numerous half Ironman events and a 50k run. Ashli has been a GT instructor since 2012.
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| ||M. Terry Loghmani, MS, PT, MTC, PhD |
|Dr. Loghmani received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from Indiana University, a master of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis and a doctoral degree in anatomy and cell biology from Indiana University. She is an associate clinical professor in the Indiana University physical therapy program and has been associated with TherapyCare Resources Inc. since 1994 as the first physical therapist to work in the technique’s development clinic. She has been primary author of all three editions of the “Graston Technique® Training Manual” and was the initial “trainer of the trainers.” In addition to her teaching experience, she has made many presentations to professional groups, as well as television appearances on behalf of the Graston Technique®. Her long-standing clinical experience with Graston Technique® has established her as an authority in the GT management of myofascial conditions. She has been a GT instructor since 1998. |
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| ||Michael R. (Mike) Ploski, MS, MEd, PT, ATC, OCS |
|Mike received his AB in Chemistry from Wabash College, Indiana, in 1984 as well as a Master's of Education with a major in Exercise Physiology from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, in 1986. He received a Master's of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1988. He has been a certified athletic trainer since 1985 and board-certified in orthopedics since 1998. |
Mike joined Graston Technique in 2013 as Director of Strategic Planning-PT. In this role, Mike assists the management team and leads the strategic direction targeting physical therapists, hospitals and rehabilitation company owners. He works closely with the faculty members who teach Graston Technique® in the curriculum of advanced degree programs for physical therapy and athletic training and represents GT at national conferences and exhibits.
Currently, he also maintains a clinical practice at a local rehabilitation company with four sites in the greater Indianapolis area and is guest instructor in orthopedic manual therapy at the University of Indianapolis. He was a clinic director in Indianapolis for 12 years for a national rehabilitation company. Prior to that, he was a physical therapist/athletic trainer for the PGA Tour and the CART racing league.
Mike has been a GT-trained clinician since 1996 and GT instructor since 1998.
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| ||John W. Schrader, HSD, ATC/L |
|Dr. Schrader has been a leader in professional education and the athletic training profession for many years. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Purdue University, a master’s degree at the University of Washington and a doctorate from Indiana University in 1993. Dr. Schrader is a clinical professor and associate chair for academic affairs, as well as graduate program coordinator for Indiana’s PPEC-accredited master’s degree program. He also has served in a volunteer capacity providing athletic health care services to the Indiana University ballet and contemporary dance programs. |
He has chaired many professional education workshops and co-chaired the task force on educational reform for the National Athletic Trainers Association. Dr. Schrader has served as vice president of NATA, president of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, Indiana state adviser for District 4 and is a former member of the NATA board of directors.
During his many years as a GT instructor, he has been actively involved in conducting clinical research projects related to GT: the effects of GT on pain reduction, contrasting GT protocol with Gua Sha protocols, impact of GT when treating acute ankle injury, and the effects of GT on patellofemoral force production. Dr. Schrader has been a GT instructor since 1998.
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| ||Jacqueline J. Shakar, DPT, MS, OCS, LAT, LMT |
|Jackie is the clinical advisor for the Graston Technique®. She completed a transitional doctoral degree at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2010. Jackie became board-certified as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in June 2011. She earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from Boston University in 1983. She has been an athletic trainer since 1984. She received a certificate in massage therapy from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in 2001. |
Jackie has maintained a clinical practice in musculoskeletal physical therapy for more than 27 years, specializing in manual therapy and lower extremity biomechanics, including custom foot orthotics. She is a full-time professor at Mount Wachusett Community College, where she has taught anatomy, kinesiology, clinical orthopedics and evidence-based practice/clinical research for more than 20 years.
Jackie is an avid runner and works with a number of elite and recreational runners and triathletes. She also works with high school and college athletes. Jackie has been a GT instructor since 2007.
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| ||Timothy Stark, DC, DACBSP, ICSSD, CSCS, PhD (Candidate) |
|Dr. Stark received bachelor of science in exercise physiology and doctor of chiropractic degrees from National University of Health Sciences. From 2005 to 2008, he assisted Murdoch University in Western Australia with implementing the School of Chiropractic and Sports Science. Dr. Stark drafted and instructed the physical rehabilitation course within this new program (including the Japan program) as well as the clinical orthopedics, clinical neurology, physiotherapeutics and applied clinical nutrition courses. He was also chair of the postgraduate program, including the master of sports science. He has published recently on physical rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. His current research efforts are focused on human performance and rehabilitation (PhD research via Murdoch University), soft-tissue injury management, and establishing a standard progressive process for implementing and teaching physical rehabilitation. |
He is a full-time lecturer at National University of Health Sciences, coordinates the postgraduate educational programs for Northwestern Health Science University for the specialties of sports chiropractic and physical rehabilitation and is chair of the education commission for the Federation of International Sports Chiropractic. Dr. Stark has been using GT since 2002 and has been a GT instructor since 2004.
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| ||Sheila Wilson, DC, CCSP, ICSSD |
|Dr. Wilson received her bachelor of science degree in biology/chemistry from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan., in 1991 and her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City, Mo., in 1995. She received her International Chiropractic Sports Science Diploma in 2001. She is a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and the owner of Georgetown Chiropractic Clinic in Indianapolis, Ind. |
Dr. Wilson is presently a team physician for Indiana Invaders Track and Field and has served as president and secretary of the ACA Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness, sports committee chair for the Indiana State Chiropractic Association and editor of Sports Talk Newsletter. She treats professional, amateur and weekend athletes with GT at her clinic and is a perfect coach for clinicians interested in IASTM. Shelia has been a GT instructor since 2006.
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