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Sports Residency

Therapy Partners Group University Sports Physical Therapy Residency (formally Bodycentral) is a 15-month program that includes both didactic and clinical training, as well as extensive mentoring and on-field athletic venue coverage.

Sports Residency participants are provided with additional training, didactic teaching, and coaching in the clinic and on the field to allow them to focus on each resident’s unique requirements. The curriculum is also structured to help therapists pass the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialists Sports Physical Therapy Certification exam.

Therapy Partners Group University Sports Physical Therapy Residency is a 15-month program that includes both didactic and clinical training, as well as extensive mentoring and on-field athletic venue coverage.

Description

The mission of the Therapy Partners Group University (formally Bodycentral Physical Therapy) Sports Residency program is to provide professional development opportunities for physical therapists to receive board certification in the area of Sports Physical Therapy.  This will be attained through independent study, didactic education, participation in research, and mentorship.

The program will encourage the development and enhancement of advanced manual therapy skills, the evidence-based rationale for treatments, and clinical reasoning to allow the resident to evaluate and treat athletes – both weekend warriors and professionals and everything in between.

The graduate of the program will be an ongoing resource for the Bodycentral Physical Therapy staff and the Tucson community at large.

Goals:

  1. Provide residents with advanced training in the area of sports rehabilitation according to the Sports Physical Therapy Description of Advanced Clinical Practice.
  2. Allow mentors to enhance their expertise through focused and planned instruction with the resident.
  3. Facilitate critical appraisal of research in the fields of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.
  4. Produce clinicians, mentors, and educators to assume leadership roles in Sports Physical Therapy.
  5. Foster involvement in community outreach and educational programs.
  6. Produce clinicians that effectively communicate in an interdisciplinary health care team.
  7. Provide opportunities to develop teaching and mentoring skills.

Location

The Sports Residency currently has approved sites in Tucson, Arizona.

Each year the sports physical therapy residency is anticipated to have additional sites. Please make sure to contact us for specific locations.

Faculty

Sports Residency Director

Kristen Waldron, PT, DPT, SCS

Kristen Waldron, PT, DPT, SCS

Kristen Waldron, PT, DPT, SCS – Sports Residency Director and Upper Extremity Athlete Coordinator
    • Education
      • Undergraduate: Bradley University, Bachelor of Science
      • Graduate School: Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine, Doctorate in Physical Therapy
      • Sports Residency Training: Gundersen Health System
    • Certifications
      • Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
      • Emergency Responder for the Athlete
      • ImPACT Certified Physical Therapist
      • Dry Needling Certified – Structure and Function Level 1 and 2
      • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
    • Area(s) of Expertise
      • Upper Extremity Athletes
      • ACL Rehabilitation
    • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
      • Shoulder injuries and post-operative rehab
      • ACL rehab
    • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
      • Softball, volleyball, Latin dancing, playing with her dog, and spending time with friends and family
    • Primary Clinic Location
      • BodyCentral Ultimate Sports Asylum (Ajo)

Residency Coordinator

Melissa Buss, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

Melissa Buss, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

  • Director of Education and Residencies
  • Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with DPT
  • Graduated from Pittsburgh Medical Center Women’s Health Residency
  • APTA Clinical Instructor Level 1&2 Certified
  • I teach the Pelvic Health Foundations, Oncology, Upper Extremity Lymphedema, Lower Extremity Lymphedema, Visceral Mobilizations Modules within the residency.
  • “I love the fact that there is so much variety in patients! My favorite part of my job is teaching other clinicians how to develop critical thinking skills so they will all be better PT’s than I will be!”

Program Faculty

Jennifer Allen, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CHT

Jennifer Allen, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CHT

Jennifer Allen, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CHT
    • Education
      • Undergraduate: Shepherd University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology
      • Graduate School: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Doctorate in Physical Therapy
    • Certifications
      • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
      • Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
      • Certified Hand Therapist
      • Dry needling - SFDN
    • Area(s) of Expertise
      • Upper Extremity
      • Baseball/Softball
      • Lower Chain Biomechanics
      • Foot and Ankle
      • Chronic Pain
    • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
      • Biomechanical overload problems
    • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
      • Guitars
    • Primary Clinic Location
      • Global
Matthew Brown, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Matthew Brown, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Matthew Brown, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS (Former Sports Resident)
    • Education
      • Undergraduate: Arizona State University, Bachelors in Kinesiology
      • Graduate School: Midwestern University, Doctorate in Physical Therapy
      • Sports Residency Training: BodyCentral Sports Residency
    • Certifications
      • Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
      • Dry needling
      • ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist
      • Emergency Responder for the Athlete
      • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
      • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
      • TPI Certified for golf
    • Area(s) of Expertise
      • Golf analysis
      • Throwing analysis
      • Running analysis
      • Basketball, baseball, soccer, and football
      • Adaptive sports
    • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
      • Shoulder
      • Lower extremity
    • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
      • Hiking, playing with his dogs, traveling, playing sports
    • Primary Clinic Location
      • BodyCentral Tempe
Shanon Fronek, PT, DPT, SCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS

Shanon Fronek, PT, DPT, SCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS

Ethan Paster, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Ethan Paster, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Ethan Paster, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS (Former Sports Resident)
    • Education
      • Undergraduate: Saint Louis University
      • Graduate School: Saint Louis University, Doctorate in Physical Therapy
      • Sports Residency Training: BodyCentral Physical Therapy
    • Certifications
      • Sports Clinical Specialist
      • Impact Trained Physical Therapist
      • Structure and Function Certified Dry Needling
      • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
      • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • Area(s) of Expertise
      • Concussion
      • CrossFit
      • Strength and Conditioning
      • Pain Education
    • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
      • ACL repair
      • Concussion
    • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
      • CrossFit
      • Rock Climbing
      • Skiing
      • Soccer
      • Poker
    • Primary Clinic Location
      • BodyCentral Cortaro
Sam Rauchwarter, PT, DPT, SCS

Sam Rauchwarter, PT, DPT, SCS

Sam Rauchwarter, PT, DPT, SCS (Former Sports Resident)
    • Education
      • Graduate School: University of Jamestown
      • Sports Residency Training: BodyCentral Physical Therapy
    • Certifications
      • ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist
      • Dry needling certified
    • Area(s) of Expertise
      • Endurance Athletes
    • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
      • Lower Extremity – Knee/Ankle
    • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
      • Cycling
      • Triathlons
      • Hiking
    • Primary Clinic Location
      • BodyCentral Broadway and Speedway
Mat Wise, PT, MPT, OCS

Mat Wise, PT, MPT, OCS

Mat Wise, PT, MPT, OCS – Regional Director of Operations for BodyCentral Physical Therapy
    • Education
      • Undergraduate: University of Maryland University College
      • Graduate School: University of Pittsburgh
    • Certifications
      • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
      • ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist
      • TPI Certified
      • Dry needling trained in lumbar and lower extremities
    • Area(s) of Expertise
      • Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic Injuries
      • Post-Operative Care
      • Sports Injuries
    • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
      • Shoulder/Upper Extremity
      • Knee/Lower Extremity
    • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
      • Golf
    • Primary Clinic Location
      • BodyCentral Harrison

Secondary Mentors and Module Presenters

Madeleine Beiser, PT, DPT, WCS

Madeleine Beiser, PT, DPT, WCS

  • Graduated from Clarke University in Dubuque IA with DPT
  • Certified Life Coach
  • I teach the Bowel, Male Pelvic Health, and Pelvic Pain Modules within the residency.
  • “My favorite population to treat is dyspareunia/ sexual dysfunction. We get to solve it through the physical as well as other aspects such as emotional, environmental factors, etc.”
Tonya Bunner, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, BCD-PMD

Tonya Bunner, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, BCD-PMD

  • Graduated from Old Dominion University with PT
  • Graduated from AT Stills University with DPT
  • I teach the Lumbar/ Sacroiliac and Biofeedback Foundations Modules within the residency.
  • "Pelvic Health has given me the greatest sorrow and joy over the past 22 years. I have cried, laughed, and celebrated milestones in my patients' lives. It has been a true honor to serve this population. It is about my patient and their needs and working with them to accomplish their goals."
  • Outside of the Residency Tonya is a Senior Diplomat and Mentor/ Instructor for Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, Instructor and Creator of Advanced Concepts Pelvic Floor and Lumbopelvic Health Complex, Instructor and Creator of Foundations of Pelvic Health for Therapy Partners Group, and is the co-founder.

Residents

Current Residents

Xavier Holt, PT, DPT

Xavier Holt, PT, DPT

  • Education
    • Undergraduate: Eastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science
    • Graduate School: Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine
    • Sports Residency Training: Current Sports Resident at BodyCentral Physical Therapy
  • Certifications
    • NASM CPT
    • EMT-B
    • ERA
    • AHA BLS Provider
  • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
    • Lower Extremity Rehabilitation
  • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
    • Football, Basketball, Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Hiking, Traveling, Watching Chicago Bears Football
  • Primary Clinic Location
    • BodyCentral Ultimate Sports Asylum (Ajo)
Sarah Gamillo, PT, DPT

Sarah Gamillo, PT, DPT

  • Education
    • Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Steven’s Point; Bachelor of Science
    • Graduate School: University of Wisconsin – Madison; Doctorate in Physical Therapy
    • Sports Residency Training: Current Sports Resident at BodyCentral Physical Therapy
  • Certifications
    • Emergency Responder for the Athlete Certified
    • BLS Certified
  • Area(s) of Expertise
    • Basketball
    • ACL Rehabilitation
    • Gait/Running Analysis
  • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
    • Knee (ACL reconstruction, patellar tendinopathies, total knees)
    • Shoulder (Rotator cuff repair, instability, impingement, throwing/overuse injuries)
  • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
    • Hiking
    • Boxing
    • Sand volleyball
    • Basketball
  • Primary Clinic Location
    • BodyCentral Ultimate Sports Asylum (Ajo)

Sports Residency Graduates (2021)

Tyler Gregory, PT, DPT

Tyler Gregory, PT, DPT

  • Sports Physical Therapist BodyCentral Broadway/Speedway
  • BodyCentral Sports Residency Secondary Mentor
  • Clinical Instructor
Ariana Calderon, PT, DPT

Ariana Calderon, PT, DPT

  • Education
    • Undergraduate: University of Texas-San Antonio, Bachelor of Science
    • Graduate School: University of St. Augustine Austin, Doctorate in Physical Therapy
    • Sports Residency Training: BodyCentral Physical Therapy
    • Current Upper Extremity Athlete Fellow at BodyCentral Physical Therapy
  • Certifications
    • ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist
    • Dry needling certified – Structure and Function Level 1 and Upper Extremity
    • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
  • Area(s) of Expertise
    • Manual therapy (pursing MTC)
    • Sports: specialty soccer, baseball
    • Throwing analysis
    • Running analysis
  • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
    • Upper extremity
    • Muscle strain, knee injury
  • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
    • Spin, hiking, lifting
  • Primary Clinic Location
    • BodyCentral Ultimate Sports Asylum (Ajo)

Sports Residency Graduates (2020)

Alyssa Nocella, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Alyssa Nocella, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

  • Sports Physical Therapist at Mayo Clinic
  • Clinical Instructor
Matthew Brown, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Matthew Brown, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

  • Sports Physical Therapist and Clinic Manager BodyCentral Mesa
  • BodyCentral Sports Residency Faculty
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified

Sports Residency Graduate (2019)

Sam Rauchwarter, PT, DPT, SCS

Sam Rauchwarter, PT, DPT, SCS

  • Sports Physical Therapist and Clinic Manager BodyCentral Broadway/Speedway
  • BodyCentral Sports Residency Faculty
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Poster Presenter at Team Concept Conference 2019

Sports Residency Graduates (2018)

Kelsey Majerus, PT, DPT, SCS

Kelsey Majerus, PT, DPT, SCS

  • Sports Physical Therapist at the Training HAUS
Jonathan McPeters, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Jonathan McPeters, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

  • Sports Physical Therapist at EmergeOrtho
  • Clinical Instructor

Program Outline

Sports Residents are in the clinic approximately 30 hours per week. Mentoring is included in those 30 hours (about 4 hours per week).  Each resident will also have didactic time built into the schedule to work on article review, MedBridge courses, research, clinic shadowing with MDs, surgery observation, or be in the training room.  One morning per week and one afternoon per week are allotted for this.  The weekly schedule typically changes a couple of times throughout the 15 months to allow residents to attend different things.

 

Program Overview

Residents are provided with additional training, didactic teaching, coaching in the clinic and on the field to allow them to focus on each resident’s unique requirements. The curriculum is also structured to help therapists pass the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialists Sports Physical Therapy Certification exam.

  • SCS Exam Pass Rate: 100% (as of June 2021)

Mentoring Model: 

Each resident mentors a minimum of 150 hours 1:1 with a member of our Sports Residency Faculty for a 2-3 month period. Mentoring time is typically in the afternoon one day a week for 4-5 hours at a time.  Primary mentors are SCS and OCS therapists, but we also have additional mentoring time with some of our faculty with NCS and WCS for a very well-rounded experience.

Sports Resident Caseload:

Our residents see a minimum of 40% sports cases. This includes a majority of middle school, high school, and adult recreational athletes.  The remainder of the caseload will be general orthopedic cases.  We encourage our residents to reach out to community organizations in their area of interest to build a bigger sports caseload in that area.

For more information please contact Kristen Waldron, PT, DPT – kristenwaldron@bodycentralpt.net

Program Description

Residents will typically have two early mornings, starting at 7 AM and two later mornings starting at 8:30 AM. There will also be two afternoons residents see their last patient at 5 PM, and two earlier afternoons with the last patient at 2 PM and Friday with the last patient at 12 PM.

A majority of the 200 required hours come from time spent at local high schools.  However, many of our brands participate in many community events throughout the year in which our residents are involved.

Some events/organizations our residents work with include: Tucson Rodeo, Lute Olson Fantasy Basketball Camp, Mexican Professional Baseball Fiesta, Ballet Tucson, Old Pueblo Rugby, Tucson Roller Derby, and shadowing with Cincinnati Reds Baseball

FAQs

What is a Payback Period?

This is a 15-month employment commitment following the residency program. Residents are required to work for 15 months as a staff clinician at one of our locations and a staff PT salary.  There is no cost for the Payback Period unless you choose to buy yourself out of it at the end of the residency period.

What are you looking for in a Sports Resident?

We are looking for someone that is passionate about Sports PT and clinical education. We want someone who is a “go-getter” on our team.  Residents need to be driven and motivated to make their residency experience the best 15 months possible.  It is also very important that our Sports Residents are a good personality fit with our Residency Faculty and our treating staff at our Ultimate Sports Asylum.

When is your application deadline?

Sports Residency follows the universal application deadline and decision date for Sports Residencies, which is typically a 12/1 deadline and decisions announced the week of 3/1

What is the program start date?

August 1

Can I apply if I’m taking July boards?

We would strongly encourage you to take boards in April if you are applying to this residency program, as your licensure may be delayed otherwise.  However, you can still be considered for a position if you take boards in July.

How many residents do you accept each cycle?

2

Do I need to be EMR/ERA certified to apply?

You do not need to be certified to apply, but if accepted you must have this certification or be a licensed ATC prior to starting the program per ABPTRFE requirements.

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