Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
We have the best residents! Learn a little bit about each here. Residents welcome your questions about their experience with the program. Please be respectful of their busy schedules and send general program inquiries to the Program Director.
Timothy M. Golder, PT, DPT
Tim is from southeastern Pennsylvania, from the small town of West Grove. He attended Penn State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and played men’s lacrosse for 4 years. Upon graduation, he attended Widener University to pursue his doctorate in physical therapy. While at Widener, he served as the Clinic Coordinator for the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic – a student-run pro bono clinic that serves the community of Chester, PA. Through serving in this position, he had the opportunity to present at the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Conference, and at Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio regarding the development of student-run pro bono clinics. Tim graduated from Widener in May 2018 and accepted a position as a staff physical therapist at Excel Physical Therapy in Glen Mills, PA.
After working for a short time as a new graduate physical therapist, he decided that he wanted to further his education through a physical therapy residency program. He accepted a position in the University of Utah’s Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency due to its emphasis on clinical education, the opportunity to work at two diverse medical centers, the numerous mentorship experiences, the various teaching opportunities, and the opportunities to give back through community service. He enjoys working with patients of all ages and backgrounds and has a strong desire to give back to the profession through teaching and student mentorship. In his free time, he enjoys lifting weights, snowboarding, climbing and hiking.
Stephanie Hayes, PT, DPT
Stephanie grew up in Newport Beach, CA. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergrad and earned a degree in Spanish. After college, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as an aide in a PT clinic for three years and took night classes in order to apply to physical therapy school. Stephanie then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Utah from 2016-2019.
Stephanie was drawn to the Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Utah because she liked the access to two prominent healthcare systems within the Salt Lake Valley and she was already familiar with the level of excellence carried out by the University of Utah Healthcare system. Stephanie wants to eventually focus on orthopedic management of the spine, including treating patients who have sustained a concussion.
Rebecca Palmer, PT, DPTBecky is a San Diego, California native who completed her undergraduate BFA Ballet Performance degree at the University of Utah. After undergraduate studies, Becky returned to California to dance as a company member with California Ballet Company for 4 years. Her dance background led her to dance medicine physical therapy as an aide and office manager of a local sports medicine clinic. She returned to the University of Utah to attend the DPT program and graduated in 2019. She is very excited for this experience and the opportunity to pursue her orthopedic specialty in the hopes of becoming an influential and beneficial part of the dance medicine community. She continues to stay involved in the performing arts by performing with Hale Center Theater and other local companies when able. She also enjoys all of the outdoor activities offered by Utah including hiking, rock climbing, camping, and backpacking.
Katie Scaff, PT, DPT
Katie earned her Bachelor of Science degree with double minors in Fitness Training and Health Services Administration in 2016 from the University of Central Florida. She went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University in 2019. While at Duke, Katie served as the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors Core Ambassador of North Carolina, NCPTA Student Advocacy Project Committee Chair, PT-Political Action Committee Chair, APTA House of Delegates Usher and student advocate at APTA Federal Advocacy Forum on Capitol Hill. Katie is a National Veterans Affairs Health Professions Scholarship Program recipient with a passion for providing clinically excellent care to our Veterans. She was also selected for the APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy’s Mentorship Program and was the inaugural recipient of the APTA Section on Research Student Scholarship Award. Katie also went on a service-learning trip to St. Elizabeth Parrish, Jamaica where she treated patients with multiple neurological disorders, including stroke and Parkinson’s Disease.
Upon graduating with her DPT, Katie received the Helen Kaiser Alumni Award for her commitment to the profession of physical therapy and continued involvement in APTA activities. Her capstone research project titled "Harms and Benefits of Opioids for Management of Non-Surgical Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review" was recently published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) and presented nationally at CSM. Katie currently serves on the Academy of Orthopedics’ Student and Early Career Recruitment Workgroup.
Katie chose the Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program for the structured mentorship, invaluable teaching opportunities, exposure to specialty clinics, and best preparation for the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist exam. After completing the residency program, she hopes to begin her career working for a VA health system that values compassion and commitment to serving those who served us.
In her free time, Katie enjoys any outdoor adventures with her dog Koda and all things Duke Basketball. Katie is excited to continue to expand and refine her clinical orthopaedic skills at the UOC and Salt Lake City VA.