Instructors

Clinical Advisor

Jackie Shakar

DPT, MS, OCS, LAT, LMT, GTS

Jackie is the clinical adviser 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.  

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Mike Ploski

MS, MEd, PT, ATC, OCS, GTS

Mike received a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Wabash College in 1984 and a master of education degree with a major in exercise physiology from Temple University in 1986. He also received a master of science degree from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis in 1988. He has been a certified athletic trainer since 1985 and board certified in orthopedics since 1998. 

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Lori Hiatt

OTR/L, CHT, GTS

Lori received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the 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.

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Terri Angelo

ATC, GTS

Terri Angelo received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, in 1978 and her Masters of Arts in PE with Specialization in Athletic Training from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1979. 

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Jason Bennett

PT, PhD, SCS, ATC, GTS

Dr. Bennett studied athletic training at the University of Wisconsin, and went on to receive a master of science in physical therapy from Clarke University and a PhD in orthopaedic and sports science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Bennett has been a licensed athletic trainer and physical therapist for over 15 years and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training at Saint Louis University. Dr. Bennett continues to provide physical therapy and athletic training services as part of the sports medicine staff at Saint Louis University, and is actively involved in research involving risk assessment in sports and overuse running injuries. Dr. Bennett is apast member of the USOC Sports Medicine Staff and has worked with NCAA Div I, Div III, Olympic, and professional athletes.

John Dang

DC, GTS

John graduated from the University of Alberta with a specialization in Pharmacology in 1998 and went onto pursue his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West in California. He has practiced as an associate doctor in several multidisciplinary clinics in both Calgary and Vancouver, but now brings his experience and expertise to Columbia Integrated Health Centre as the Clinical Director. He currently works alongside a team of highly skilled clinicians including physiotherapists, Registered Massage Therapists, other Chiropractors, Kinesiologists, Acupuncturists, and Personal Trainers. 

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Justine DeLuccio

PT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT, SFMA1, CKTP, GTS

Justine DeLuccio PT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT, SFMA1, CKTP is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, a manual therapy fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and a Graston Technique® Instructor and Graston Technique® Certified Clinician. She holds a number of movement and assessment based credentials including certificates in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA1-Certified), CAFS - Certification in Applied Functional Science®, Functional Movement Screen and Y-Balance Test, 3D Maps, Spinal and Movement Breathing Assessment 1, and Kinesio® Taping (KT), Fascial Movement Taping (FMT I-II), TRX Qualified Sports Medicine Suspension Training and Rip Training.

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Tim Demchak

PhD, ATC, GTS

Dr. Tim Demchak earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Manchester College, a Master of Science in Biomechanics from Ball State University and completed his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology at Ohio State University.

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Michael Dillon

ATC, GTS

Mike received a bachelor of arts degree in athletic training from the University of the Pacific in 1999 and a master of science degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in 2001. He is an associate athletic trainer at the University of Washington. 

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Joanne J. Fava

DC, CCSP, GTS

Dr. Fava is a sports medicine chiropractic physician and a 1994 graduate of New York Chiropractic College. She has practiced in Venice, Florida, 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. 

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Brad Finer

DC, GTS

Dr. Brad 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 practices in The Bloomington Natural Care Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. He has a diverse chiropractic practice that focuses on pain syndromes and dysfunctional disorders of the articular, peripheral nerve and myofascial systems. Dr. Finer began incorporating Graston Technique® in his practice and has served as a GT instructor since 2007. 

Valli M. Gambina

DC, GTS

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. 

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Hyun-Gu Han

DC, MS, ATC, GTS

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 Sports Injury Management from Life University, Atlanta, Georgia, in 2008. 

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Joe Heiler

MSPT, CSCS, GTS

Joe Heiler, MSPT, CSCS, has been practicing physical therapy since 1998 and has been specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine since 2005. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has been training athletes and consulting with athletic programs since 2003. Joe was also one of the first in the country to become certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and has hosted and assisted in teaching these courses in the Midwest.

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Nate Hinkeldey

DC, GTS

Dr. Hinkeldey is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. As a student, he was active with several groups on campus including serving as president of the Motion Palpation Club and as a member of the Vogt Leadership Society and Functional Anatomy Club. He received the John Connolly Memorial Award, given annually to the most outstanding graduate of Palmer College. 

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Greg Kelley

PT, ATC, GTS

Gregory Kelley received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 1986 and holds his certificate in Athletic Training.

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Randall Lazicki

PT, DPT, ATC, OCS, SCS, CSCS, TSAC-F, GTS

Dr. Randall Lazicki graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy through Elon University. He continued his post-professional education and completed his Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship at Duke University providing care and management of the defined sub-specialty, Intercollegiate Division I Athletics. Currently, he is a contracted clinician and Lead Physical Therapist at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg, NC.

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Ashli Linkhorn

BS, DC CCSP, CCEP, PES/CES—NASM, RKC, GTS

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.

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Ryan Lystad

DC, GTS

While attending Life University for his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Dr. Ryan Lystad took an internship at First Choice Health Care. On top of that he was an understudy at Sports Chiropractic Institute. Ryan moved to Denver, CO and opened his own chiropractic practice Limitless Chiropractic. Dr. Lystad then moved to the Red Wing, MN area where he and his wife could be close to family and be a part of a small town. They have since opened their own chiropractic practice there and run it together, called Innovative Chiropractic Center.

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Dave Mansfield

MA, MSPT, CHFS, CSCS, GTS

David Mansfield earned his bachelor's degree from Northeastern University, master's from Emerson College and a master's degree in physical therapy from Simmons College in Boston. He currently is a senior physical therapist at Blue Hills Physical Therapy in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

A physical therapist since 1993, he has established himself clinically as a functional capacity, evaluation resource clinician with a focus on sports medicine, orthopedics, functional restoration and industrial rehabilitation.

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Larry Munger

Ph.D., ATC, LAT, GTS

Currently Dr. Munger works at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as an assistant professor in the Masters of Athletic Training program. He continues his clinical work by spending time at Lubbock Christian University, covering specific rehabilitation needs and game coverage when needed. Dr. Munger has worked in a variety athletic training settings ranging from collegiate and professional sports, to rehabilitation clinics, and as an educator in both undergrad and graduate programs for athletic training and physical therapy. Assignments have included the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe, Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer, Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University, William Jewell College, and multiple Sports Medicine clinics. Dr. Munger graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in Human Movement/Higher Education from Texas Tech University in 2010. He earned his Masters of Science in Sports Health Care from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 1997 and undergraduate degree in Sports Science from the University of Kansas in 1995.

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Reena Pathak

DC, GTS

Dr. Reena Pathak graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education, and from St. Clair College with a Medical Technology Diploma in Health Sciences. She is a medical laboratory technologist recognized by the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and a medical technologist recognized by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), in addition to being a licensed chiropractor in Ontario, Canada and in Michigan, USA. Prior to pursuing chiropractic, Dr. Pathak was a high school teacher and she had worked in Cancer Research at the University of Michigan.

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Michael Racette

DPT, OMT, GTS

Mike is a licensed Physical Therapist and VP of clinical operations at Central Mass Physical Therapy and Wellness. Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College and then his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Sacred Heart University. After graduating, Mike enrolled in a two year fellowship with the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Through continued training Mike has become specialized in the evaluation and treatment of the spine as well as other orthopedic conditions. In addition to his job duties in Central Massachusetts, Mike also performs weekly consultation services with a regional energy company. These services include daily mobility work outs, injury prevention, work style analysis, and triage. Mike is certified in Dry Needling and has taken additional coursework in SFMA and PRI. Mike enjoys playing golf, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

Trevor Roberts

MPT, GTS

Trevor received his bachelor's degree in physiology, with a minor in exercise physiology, from University of California Davis in 1997. He went on to receive his Masters in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California in 2002.

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John W. Schrader

HSD, ATC/L, GTS

Dr. Schrader has been a leader in professional education and the athletic training profession for many years. He earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue University, a master's degree from the University of Washington and a doctorate from Indiana University in 1993. Dr. Schrader was 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.

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Timothy Stark

MPhil, DC, DACBSP, ICCSP, CSCS, EMT, FICC, GTS

Dr. Stark received his bachelors of science degree in exercise physiology from North Dakota State University and doctor of chiropractic degree from the Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU). 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, physiotherapeutic and applied clinical nutrition courses. He also was chair of the postgraduate program, including the master of sports science. He has published on physical rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. His current research efforts are focused on human performance and rehabilitation, soft-tissue injury management, and establishing a standard progressive process for implementing and teaching physical rehabilitation.

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Robert Stow

Ph.D., ATC, GTS

Robert Stow has served as the Director of Athletic Training Education (ATEP) at UW Eau Claire since 2006 and is a member of the faculty for the Department of Kinesiology. Robert teaches a variety of classes within the ATEP, involving evaluation/assessment techniques, soft tissue manipulation, therapeutic modalities, anatomy, and applied nutrition. His current research interests have been influenced by the use of technology in the educational setting, with an interest in how technology could be used to assist the transfer of learning. Robert also has a strong research interest in the use of manual therapy as part of the rehabilitation process and Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI). He is active with the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association as co-chair of the education committee as well as a member of the research and outcomes committee.

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Kristin White

DC, CCSP, GTS

Dr. White earned her bachelor of science degree and doctor of chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic. She also received a certified chiropractic sports physician degree from National University of Health Sciences and is working toward her Diplomat.

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Sheila Wilson

DC, CCSP, ICSSD, GTS

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. 

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