Advisors & Lead Instructors

GT's trusted advisors, lead and assistant instructors and university faculty members are dedicated to teaching clinicians and students with the best evidence-based information and research available. We're proud of our 50+ professionals and we offer their expertise to all GT Providers. Click on a lead instructors' name to view their bio.

Clinical Advisor Jacqueline J. Shakar, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, LMT  

Clinical Advisor, Graston Technique, LLC
Jackie Shakar, DPT, MS, OCS, LAT, LMT

Jackie is the clinical advisor for Graston Technique, LLC. 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.

Director of Strategic Planning-PT Mike Ploski, MS, MEd, PT, ATC, OCS  

Director of Strategic Planning-PT, Graston Technique, LLC
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.