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Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship Information

The BodyCentral Physical Therapy Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship Program is a 14-month program that provides professional development opportunities for physical therapists to receive specialist training in upper extremity athletes

 

The BodyCentral Physical Therapy Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship Program provides the development and enhancement of advanced manual therapy skills, evidence-based rationale for treatments, and clinical reasoning to allow the fellow to evaluate and treat upper extremity athletes across the entire spectrum.  The graduate of the program will be an ongoing resource for the BCPT staff, Cincinnati Reds, and the Tucson and Phoenix communities at large.

Description

The mission of BodyCentral Physical Therapy Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship Program is to provide professional development opportunities for physical therapists to receive specialist training in upper extremity athletes.

This will be attained through independent study, didactic education, participation in research and mentorship both within BodyCentral and through our partnership with the Cincinnati Reds.

The program will encourage the development and enhancement of advanced manual therapy skills, evidence-based rationale for treatments, and clinical reasoning to allow the fellow to evaluate and treat upper extremity athletes across the entire spectrum.  The graduate of the program will be an ongoing resource for the BCPT staff, Cincinnati Reds, and the Tucson and Phoenix communities at large.

Location

The BodyCentral Physical Therapy Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship Program currently has an approved site in Tucson/Phoenix, Arizona.

Faculty

Program Director

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 Coordinator

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)

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
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
Elaina Stover, PT, DPT, WCS

Elaina Stover, PT, DPT, WCS

  • Graduated from Washington University in St. Louis DPT
  • Owens blood flow restriction, dry needling, and RYT-500 Yoga certification
  • I teach the Climbing Rehabilitation and Masters Athlete courses for Therapy Partners Group University.
  • “My favorite population to treat within pelvic health is prenatal and postpartum: I like the way this population requires knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and the neuroendocrine system. I also enjoy educating women on the physiological changes associated with 1st through 4th trimester. I also enjoy treating lumbopelvic and hip pain. I like this population because I can use my orthopedic skills and postural restoration principles to create quick changes in the neuromuscular system.”

Cincinnati Reds Faculty

Brad Epstein

Brad Epstein

  • Brad Epstein, PT, DPT, ATC – Director of Physical Therapy and Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer, Cincinnati Reds
    • Education
      • Undergraduate: Baldwin-Wallace University
      • Graduate School: Columbia University
    • Certifications
      • Emergency Response for the Athlete
      • Dry Needling Certified – Structure and Function Level 1 and 2
    • Area(s) of Expertise
      • Upper Extremity Athletes
      • Professional Sports
      • Blood Flow Restriction Training
    • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
      • Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in the Throwing Athlete
    • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
      • Spending time with family; Hockey and Baseball with son; Traveling
    • Primary Clinic Location
      • Great American Ballpark and the Goodyear Reds Player Development Complex
Eric Gonzalez

Eric Gonzalez

  • Eric González, PT, DPT – Assistant Rehab Coordinator, Cincinnati Reds
    • Education
      • Undergraduate: University of South Alabama
      • Graduate School: Samford University
    • Certifications
      • Emergency Response for the Athlete
      • Dry Needling Certified – Upstream Rehabilitation Level 1 and 2
    • Area(s) of Expertise
      • Upper Extremity Athletes
      • Professional Sports
    • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
      • Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in the Throwing Athlete
    • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
      • Spending time with family; Hiking, Gardening, Sports with daughters.
    • Primary Clinic Location
      • Goodyear Reds Player Development Complex
Alex Plum

Alex Plum

  • Alex Plum PT, DPT, CSCS – Major League Physical Therapist and Rehabilitation Coordinator, Cincinnati Reds
    • Education
      • Undergraduate: Northeastern University
      • Graduate School: Northeastern University
    • Certifications
      • Emergency Response for the Athlete
      • Dry Needling Certified – Structure and Function Level 1
    • Area(s) of Expertise
      • Upper Extremity Athletes
      • Professional Sports
      • Blood Flow Restriction Training
    • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
      • Shoulder and Elbow injuries in overhead athletes, return to play progressions
    • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
      • Spending time with friends and family, golfing, reading
    • Primary Clinic Location
      • Great American Ballpark and the Goodyear Reds Player Development Complex
Garrett Valls

Garrett Valls

  • Garrett Valls PT, DPT, SCS, Cert DN. – Minor League Physical Therapist, Cincinnati Reds
    • Education
      • Undergraduate: Northeastern University, 2015, Bachelors of Science – Rehabilitation Science
      • Graduate School: Northeastern University, 2016, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
      • Sports Residency Training: ATI Physical Therapy Sports Residency
      • Fellowship Training: ATI Physical Therapy/Kansas City Royals Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship
    • Certifications
      • Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
      • Certified Emergency Medical Responder
      • Certified Dry Needling – AAMT
      • FRC Certified
      • SFMA Level 1
    • Area(s) of Expertise
      • Upper Extremity Athletes
      • Manual Therapy
      • Sports Injuries
      • Return to play programming
    • Favorite area of the body or diagnosis to treat
      • Injuries in the throwing athlete
      • Athletic spine injuries
    • Hobbies outside of the Clinic
      • Hiking
      • Golfing
      • Working out
      • Skiing
      • Spending time with friends and family
      • Traveling and trying new things
    • Primary Clinic Location
      • Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex, Goodyear, AZ

Fellow

Current Fellow

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)

Program Outline

Fellows will be at BodyCentral from November 1 through early to mid-January, at which point they will transition to the Cincinnati Reds Training Facility for the duration of the season.  The Fellow will transition back to BodyCentral in approximately September pending playoffs for the remainder of the Fellowship period.

The Fellow will work 40 hours in-clinic per week while at BodyCentral and follow the Reds Training schedule while at the complex.  1:1 mentoring time is incorporated into clinic time at both facilities.

 

Program Overview

The program will encourage the development and enhancement of advanced manual therapy skills, evidence-based rationale for treatments, and clinical reasoning to allow the fellow to evaluate and treat upper extremity athletes across the entire spectrum

The program will begin in November and complete the following December.

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

FAQs

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria: Must be able to obtain AZ PT license by start of the program and must be either Board Certified Sports or Orthopedic Clinical Specialist OR have completed an accredited Sports Residency Program

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