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Meet the GT Instructors
| ||Shawn Burger, PT |
|Shawn Burger 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.
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| ||Mike Cicero, PT |
|Mike graduated from California State University – Sacramento in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. He opened two private outpatient therapy clinics. In 2005, he merged his business with another private practice group in Folsom, California. He currently is the Director of Acute and Outpatient Operations and treats patients at one of his original clinics. |
Mike volunteered as a physical therapist at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Track and Field Trials and has volunteered for the National Junior Olympics. He is a teaching partner with the CHW Family Practice Residency Program, and has been a GT instructor since 2006.
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| ||Justine DeLuccio, MS, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT |
|Justine DeLuccio 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 |
|Michael 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 United States Olympic Committee as Athletic Trainer for international competitions. Michael has lectured around the country on the benefits of soft tissue mobilization as well as lumbopelvic dysfunction.
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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. She 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 his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California Berkeley, CA, in 1976 and his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West, Sunnyvale, CA, in 1983. |
He is currently a Professor and Chairman of the Chiropractic Procedures Panel at PCCW. DABSCP 1995….. and is also in private practice.
Dr. Feinberg has authored a number of papers that have been published in professional journals. His clinical interest is in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder girdle injuries and is present at many sports venues throughout the San Francisco Bay area as both a supervising and treating physician. Dr. Feinberg is revered as a mentor by his students past and present.
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| ||Christopher Ferry, MA, ATC |
|Chris received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology/Athletic Training from Michigan State University in 1997 and his Master's degree in Athletic Training from San Jose State University in 1999. During his post-graduate work, Chris worked in the athletic department at Stanford University. He also was a full-time member of the athletic training staff at UCLA for five years. |
Chris is currently the Athletic Training Coordinator for St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. This team provides outreach to the Disneyland Resort to incorporate injury-prevention strategies for their employees. He has been a GT instructor since 2004.
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| ||Brad Finer, DC, DACAN |
|Dr. Brad Finer ("Finer") received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Science from Saint John’s University in 1979 and his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1982. He is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology. Finer is a professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in the College of Chiropractic. He currently 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. He has been a GT instructor since 2007. |
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| ||Ted Forcum, DC, DACBSP |
|Dr. Forcum received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Willamette University, Salem, OR, in 1984. His Doctor of Chiropractic Degree is from Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, OR, in 1988. He received his Diplomate from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Dr. Forcum has been in private practice for eighteen years and is Director of Back In Motion Sports Injury clinic. He is a member of the Post Graduate Faculty at Logan Chiropractic College, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Palmer Institute, Western States Chiropractic College and Parker Chiropractic College. |
He was selected by the US Olympic Committee to serve at the 2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ted was also the Medical Director for the 2005 US Figure Skating National Championships in Portland, OR.
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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. She has been involved with Graston Technique® since 2002 and has been a GT instructor since 2003.
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| ||Lori Wilson Hiatt, OTR/L,CHT |
|Lori received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984. She started her career in brain injury rehabilitation where she specialized in neuro-developmental treatment for adults. In 1993, she changed employment 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 where 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 |
|Nate 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, Nate was privileged to be awarded the John Connolly Memorial Award. This is given to the most outstanding graduate from Palmer College. |
Prior to graduation, Nate was chosen to participate in the Department of Defense/Veteran Affairs internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda. Here, Nate 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, Nate 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, Nate was presented with Clinical Excellence Award for his service and dedication to the men and women of the service.
After graduation, Nate 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, Dr. Nate has become a part of the Central Iowa VA Hospital Integrative Pain Management Team. Nate has been teaching for Graston Technique since 2011 and enjoys the progressive view and evidence-based application of GT.
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| ||Craig Kawaoka, DC, DACBSP, CSCS |
|Dr. Kawaoka is the Clinical Director of the Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science program at the University of Western States. He received his Diplomate from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physician. He also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. |
Dr. Kawaoka has served as medical director, team doctor and on the medical staff for various organizations and events in professional, amateur, collegiate and high school athletics. Active in presenting preclinical and post graduate lectures on sports medicine, Craig has been a GT instructor since 2007.
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| ||Ashli Linkhorn, DC, CCSP, CCEP, PES/CES-NASM |
|Dr. Ashli 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. She has been a GT instructor since 2012.
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| ||M. Terry Loghmani, MS, PT, MTC, PhD |
|Ms. Loghmani received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy and Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Indiana University Physical Therapy Program and has been associated with TherapyCare Resources, Inc. since 1994. Beside her teaching experience, she has made many presentations to professional groups as well as television appearances on the Graston Technique®. Her long-standing clinical experience with Graston Technique® has established her as an authority in the GT management of myofascial conditions. |
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| ||Ralph A. Mangels, DC, DABCN |
|Dr. Mangels received his Bachelors of Science in Human Biology from State University of New York, Albany and his DC from New York Chiropractic College in 1990. He received his Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Neurology in 1993. He is a nationally registered Electrodiagnostic Technician. He serves as a chiropractic physician with the Chronic Pain Options of Long Island, a regional multi-disciplinary pain-neurology center. He is responsible for the co-management and rehabilitation of sub-acute and chronic patients. His daily experience in clinical neurology, coupled with his interest in rehabilitation, is a perfect fit for teaching the Graston Technique®. |
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| ||Michael R. (Mike) Ploski, MS, MEd, PT, ATC, OCS |
|Mike Ploski 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. John Schrader received his Bachelors of Science in Health and Physical Education from Purdue University, IN, in 1972. He received his Masters Degree in Physical Education, Sports Medicine Option from the University of Washington in 1995 as well as a Doctor of Health and Safety (HSD) from Indiana University in 1993. |
He is currently Coordinator of Athletic Training Education programs at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, as well as Clinical Professor (CP) for the Department of Kinesiology for the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
John was inducted into the National Athletic Trainer's Association Hall of Fame in 1998.
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| ||Jacqueline J. Shakar, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, LMT |
|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. |
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. She has been a GT instructor since 2007.
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| ||Timothy Stark, DC, DACBSP, ICSSD, CSCS, PhD (Candidate) |
|Dr. Stark assisted Murdoch University in Western Australia with implementing the School of Chiropractic 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 post-graduate programs including the Masters of Sports Science. His recent publications include physical rehabilitation and strength 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 of progressive process for implementing and teaching physical rehabilitation. |
He currently is a full-time lecturer at National University Health Sciences, coordinates the post-graduate educational programs for Northwestern Health Science University for the specialties of Sports Chiropractic and also Physical Rehabilitation. Currently, he is the chair of the education commission for the Federation of International Sports Chiropractic (FICS). Stark has been using GT since 2002 and has been a GT instructor since 2004.
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| ||Christos Vasakiris, DC, DACAN, REDT |
|Dr. Vasakiris received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1984 and his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1989. He is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Academy of Neurology and has obtained status as a Registered Electrodiagnostic Technologist (REDT). He is in private practice in Lindenhurst, NY, and currently performs electrodiagnostic evaluations for two sports medicine clinics. He has been a Teaching Assistant at New York Chiropractic College and was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic. He has a special interest in patient evaluation from a neurological perspective. |
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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, KS, 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, IN. |
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.
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