Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
Barbara Fink, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT
Dr. Barbara Fink earned her BS in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 1988 and her DPT from Creighton University in 2003. In her early career, she worked in Pennsylvania in acute care, rehab, home health, and did a little consulting in pediatrics and in group homes for adults with cognitive disability. The remainder of her professional life has been in Outpatient orthopedics in both Oregon and Utah. Dr. Fink has been practicing in the University Orthopaedic Center since 1997. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in Orthopaedic PT, is certified in dry needling, and is a certified manual physical therapist. Her clinical interests span the orthopaedic spectrum including all body regions (except hand therapy, since the UOC has designated hand therapists), manual therapy, and injury prevention.
"I love being a mentor in our residency program. I enjoy accompanying our residents on the journey from being high performing new (or fairly new) grads to top quality orthopedic clinical specialists. I appreciate the rigor of our program and the intensity of effort our residents invest."
Dr. Fink is married; their daughter is a student at the University of Utah. She enjoy hiking, biking, camping, skiing, and cats.
Zane Gertsch, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT
Alex Gribbin, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT
Dr. Alexandra (Alex) Gribbin earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015 and graduated from the Utah Orthopaedic PT Residency Program in 2016. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in Orthopaedic PT and is certified in functional dry needling (Utah). She joined the University of Utah residency faculty in 2018 and mentors residents at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the outpatient physical therapy clinic. Her special interests and specialties include analyzing movement system impairments and treatment of lumbopelvic and sacroiliac joint dysfunctions. Additionally, she is on a multidisciplinary team responsible for developing and implementing a national training program to improve the ability of primary care providers within the VA health care system to properly diagnose, treat, and manage musculoskeletal pain and conditions in female Veterans and service members. Personal interests include mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, and backpacking, among other outdoor activities, as well as her dogs, Callie and Leo.
"I strive to serve as a mentor and role model for developing professionals, facilitate an interactive learning environment to increase confidence and competence, and to help residents develop higher level critical thinking skills to provide the highest level of care for patients. I most enjoy the collaboration between the University of Utah Orthopedic Center and the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Hospital that allows for residents to experience, evaluate, and treat a diverse patient population.
Scott Hickenlooper, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT
Dr. Scott Hickenlooper earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Idaho State University in 2013. He then completed the University of Utah Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program in 2014. He is a Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. He joined the University of Utah residency faculty in 2016 and mentors residents at the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the outpatient physical therapy clinic. His special interests include incorporating manual therapy into a comprehensive treatment approach. He has taken all the Level 1 and most of the Level 2 NAIOMT courses and has interest in pursuing a fellowship in manual therapy. As a mentor, Dr. Hickenlooper tries to facilitate learning by encouraging self-reflection and goal setting, and strives to help residents fine tune their clinical reasoning. As a former resident of this program and current mentor, Scott appreciates the many different learning and teaching opportunities provided in the program. He also values the diversity in mentors that residents are exposed to that allows them to develop their skills and knowledge and become their own PT. He also really appreciates the time and care dedicated to developing the skills of the mentors. His personal interests include running, soccer, hiking and camping.
Lloyd Mayer, PT, DPT
Dr. Lloyd Mayer earned his physical therapy degree from the University of Utah. He has over 31 years of experience in orthopedic physical therapy. He is a past Vice President and treasurer of the Utah Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Mayer has completed a two-year post-graduate program through the Kelsey Institute in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and is a past Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. He is adjunct faculty with the University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy teaching clinical orthopedics and therapeutic exercise. Dr. Mayer is also the program coordinator of the Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy residency and an APTA credentialed mentor for fellowship and residency education.
"I enjoy developing the clinical reasoning and reflective thinking that leads to expertise in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy."
Whitney Meier, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT
Dr. Whitney Meier graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1994. She has been a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT since 2001. D.r Meier completed her post-professional DPT at the University of Utah in 2007. In 2011, she became a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist through the Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. She is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Utah Physical Therapy Department and faculty/mentor for the University of Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency. She has been practicing at the University Orthopaedic Center since 2004.
"I like to take a fun, practical approach to physical therapy. I think it’s very important to listen to the patient and take a team approach to their care. My Maitland-Australian training validates the importance of a test-retest team approach for valued care. The residency program continues to challenge me as a physical therapist to bring the best care to a patient."
Jackie Waring, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT
Dr. Jackie Waring earned her DPT from the University of Utah in 2008 and joined the Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program as a resident with the first cohort in 2012-13. She has since joined the residency faculty as a mentor. Dr. Waring believes that one of the most valuable aspects of participating in the residency is learning to pragmatically utilize scientifically-supported therapy. “The didactic and mentorship portions of the residency merge the theoretical with the functional, bridging limitations and gaps in the evidence with what is practically and effectively applied in the clinic. Furthermore, the residency program forces us all – residents and mentors – to reflect on our practice approaches. There is tremendous value in having to articulate one’s treatment rational; this ultimately helps us systematize our processes for decision making. Physical therapy practice entails continuous evolution, and this residency is a fantastic way to launch that process.”
Jake Magel, PT, PhD, DSc, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT
Dr. Jake Magel completed his manual therapy fellowship training and received his Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the US Army-Baylor University Postprofessional Doctoral Program in Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy in 2001 and his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Utah in 2015. He is board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and Chair of the AAOMPT Practice Affairs Committee. Dr. Magel's research focuses on the management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions and he has presented original research nationally and internationally. His awards include The Stephen J. Rose Excellence in Research Award and The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists Excellence in Research Award. He is a faculty fellow of the Centers for Health Services Training and Research and is experienced in providing academic and clinical mentorship across the physical therapy education continuum from the first-professional student to the advanced orthopedic and manual therapy fellow-in-training.
Dr. Magel coordinates resident participation in ongoing clinical research and meets monthly with residents to advise residents on research efforts and also to assist residents with submission of a case-related abstract for CSM.
Misha Bradford, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT
Dr. Misha Bradford is a Utah native who earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Utah in 1998 and then returned in the first cohort of PTs to earn the post-professional DPT degree in 2006. She began teaching in the University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training in 1998 and joined the core faculty in 2001. Dr. Bradford is a board-certified clinical specialist in Orthopaedic PT (since 2006) and her clinical practice has primarily been at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center.
Over the past several years, Dr. Bradford's professional activity has transitioned away from direct patient care into more teaching and administration. She is the program director for the three PT residency programs affiliated with the University of Utah, enjoys working with the board members of the student-run pro bono clinic to provide low cost physical therapy to under/uninsured members of our community, and is a volunteer trainer with LDS Charities, teaching basic wheelchair assessment skills to clinicians in low resource countries.
"I love collaborating with dedicated and enthusiastic mentors, instructors, program leadership, and residents to deliver an exceptional resident experience."
Kim Cohee, BS, MS, DPT, MBA, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT
Dr. Kim Cohee earned her BS in Physical Therapy at the University of Utah in 1984. Since then, she has earned several additional degrees: MS, Exercise Science, University of Utah (1994); DPT (Post-professional), University of Utah (2006), and MBA, Western Governor’s University (2009). Kim is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic PT (since 2006).
Dr. Cohee is the Outpatient Therapy Services Director for University of Utah Health, which includes management of the UOC PT clinic. She has served the local and national PT community in many ways over the course of her career: as Utah APTA Chapter president, delegate, and chief delegate; CAPTE on-site reviewer and commissioner; and as member and Chair of the Utah PT licensing board. She was Co-director of the Polyclinic for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2002. Kim is adjunct faculty at the University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.
Dr. Cohee is a member of the residency leadership committee and the UOC clinic director. She does all she can to make sure residents have the tools and feedback they need to be successful employees.
Curtis Ivins, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT