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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Starting Monday, January 4, 2016 MossRehab will accept its first residents into the MossRehab Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program.

MossRehab, with its 12 outpatient facilities, has an expansive group of advanced clinicians with years of experience in both the clinic and the classroom. The MossRehab Orthopedic Residency is an intensive, one-year experience combining clinical mentoring and didactic learning. The program is in line with the American Physical Therapy Association's Vision 2020 plan, which stresses the increasing need of residency/fellowship education within a doctoring profession.

The residents work full time at MossRehab alongside advanced clinicians as well as their mentors.  As part of the residency, they will receive an additional 200 hours of 1:1 clinical mentoring completed at several MossRehab facilities.  In addition, each resident will experience more than 150 hours of classroom and lab instruction based on the Orthopedic Description of Specialty Practice.

The mission of MossRehab’s Orthopedic Residency Program is to educate and mentor physical therapists in the field of orthopedics to develop excellent clinicians, educators, and leaders.  Successful graduates will be prepared to sit for the clinical specialist exam in orthopedic physical therapy.

All interested applicants must apply through the RF-PTCAS system.

MossRehab Orthopedic Residency has obtained candidate status from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).  Though achievement of candidate status signifies satisfactory progress towards accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be accredited.

Questions? Please contact Program Director John Morris.

Program Director

John Morris, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Clinical Manager, Moss Rehab Castor Avenue
Board certified in orthopedics
Certified in mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine
Co-manager of the Manual Therapy Special Interest Group at MossRehab
Phone: 215-745-0729
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Justin Budich, PT, DPT, OCS
Level 4 clinician, MossRehab at Tabor Road
Board certified in orthopedics
Graduate of Arcadia University's DPT program 2007
Adjunct professor and lab assistant at Arcadia University
Manages Evidence Based Medicine Special Interest Group for MossRehab

Patricia Crane, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Cert. MDT, CLT
Level 5 clinician, MossRehab at Castor Avenue
Board certified in orthopedics
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists
Certified in mechanical diagnosis and treatment using the McKenzie Method
Certified lymphedema therapist
Adjunct faculty at Harcum College in the PTA program/lab assistant at Temple University in the PT program

Ali El-Kerdi, DPT, PhDc, MS, PT, CAT(C), ATC/L, CSCS, FACSM
Level 4 clinician, MossRehab at Tabor Road
Graduate of University of Maryland Eastern Shore DPT program 2005
Adjunct professor Philadelphia University
Completing last phase of PhD at Seton Hall University

M. Alex Haddad, PT, DPT, MS, PhD
Level 2 clinician, MossRehab at Tabor Road
Graduate of Drexel Univerity's DPT program 2010
Current resident in Arcadia University's Orthopedic Residency Program
Lab instructor, Arcadia University

Michael Parlatore, PT, DPT
Clinical Manager, MossRehab at Norristown
Graduate of Arcadia University's DPT program, 2007
Associate faculty, Arcadia University
Manager of Sports Medicine Special Interest Group at MossRehab
Clinical resource for MossRehab for evaluations and treatment of the shoulder complex across orthopedic and neurologic populations

James Poston, PT, OCS, CFMT
Level 4 clinician, MossRehab at Center City
Certified Functional Manual Physical Therapist
Board certified in orthopedics
Co-manager of the Manual Therapy Special Interest Group at MossRehab


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