Program Mentors

Patty Trela, PT, DPT, Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy

Dr. Patty Trela is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a focus in Sports Medicine physical therapy and rehabilitation. She graduated from Temple University with a B.S in Physical therapy (1986) and then Creighton University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (2005). Additionally, Dr. Trela is Certified in Orthopedic Manual Therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Dr. Trela is an ABPTS board-certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS). She is also certified in trigger point dry needling. Awards include 2008 Utah Physical Therapist of the Year and the Orthopedic Center Bone award. 

Dr. Trela's clinical practice includes musculoskeletal and sports-related injury management in the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center Physical Therapy clinic and the Orthopedic Center Injury Clinic, where she works as part of a multidisciplinary acute injury team. Dr. Trela was instrumental in developing the Sports Residency Program and is the Program Coordinator as well as one of the clinical mentors.

Dr. Trela is an adjunct instructor in the University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic training and also serves as a Commissioner for CAPTE.

Email: patty.trela@hsc.utah.edu

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Josh Fuhriman, PT, DPT, ATC, Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Dr. Josh Fuhriman is employed by the University Orthopaedic Center to work in the Beadles Athletic Training Room with the University of Utah athletics teams. He is a clinical mentor and serves on the residency Leadership Committee, representing the resources and interests of University of Utah Athletics.

Dr. Fuhriman earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University and his undergraduate degree and Athletic Training certification from the University of Utah. He spent the first 14 years of his career in private practice PT clinics in both Las Vegas and the Salt Lake area. During his years practicing private physical therapy, Dr. Fuhriman focused on orthopedics, enjoyed working with athletes of all ages, developed expertise in vestibular rehab, and certified in ASTYM, Dry Needling, and various manual techniques. He is enjoying the shift in his career to focus on college athletes.

Dr. Fuhriman and his wife have four children. He enjoys boating and outdoor activities as well as watching his children participate in sports.

Email: josh.fuhriman@hsc.utah.edu

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Alison Stocking, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy

Dr. Alison Stocking earned her BS in Athletic Training from Brigham Young University in 2006 and her DPT from the University of Utah in 2009. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in Sports PT, a licensed and certified Athletic Trainer, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and is certified in functional dry needling (Utah). Earlier in her career, Alison worked in Arizona both in outpatient and rehab settings. She also spent 3 years as PT/ATC with a club Rugby team. Upon moving back to Utah, she split her time between acute, rehab, and orthopedics as a per diem therapist with Intermountain Health, the University of Utah, and Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. She fully joined the University of Utah in 2016 as an orthopedic and sports physical therapist at the Orthopeadic Center.

Alison has been involved with creating and implementing a concussion patient referral network within the University of Utah healthcare system, mentoring graduate assistant athletic trainers in the high school setting, and is currently working with multiple fire departments throughout the Salt Lake Valley to create rehab programs for those tactical operators. She also has been invited to be a part of the Team USA Medical Staff for US Figure Skating.

Alison is married and has one son with another little boy on the way. She enjoys running, playing basketball and volleyball, going to amusement parks, and traveling.

Email: alison.stocking@hsc.utah.edu

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Katey Blumenthal, PT, DPT, Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

After receiving graduate degrees in physical therapy and anthropology, Katey completed her residency in orthopaedic physical therapy in 2017 at the University of Utah. Her primary focus is rehabilitation for pediatric orthopedic and sports injuries, especially among rock climbers. She has collaborated with numerous clinicians in the University of Utah hospital system to create a comprehensive concussion management clinic, and with clinicians at the University Orthopaedic Center to pioneer the Climber's Clinic, which is devoted to evidence-based treatment and research of rock climbing-related injuries. Katey has worked with the US Olympic and Paraolympic Committee, and USA Climbing in offering sideline care for elite climbers. Katey also specializes in treating pediatric pelvic floor and voiding dysfunction, treating a spectrum of pediatric voiding abnormalities, from functional constipation to sports-related stress incontinence.

Email: katey.blumenthal@hsc.utah.edu

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Preston Ward, PT, DPT, Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Dr. Preston Ward has a background in kinesiology and spanish language studies. After completing his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Univeristy of Utah, he participated in the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residents at the University of Utah (class of 2017). He grew up in Salt Lake City spending his time playing sports including baseball, lacrosse, snowboarding, skateboarding, and archery. He enjoys working with active mountain athletes including trail runners, hikers, bikers, skiers, snowboarders, archers and hunters. He is particularly interested in rehab after ACLr and helping people get back to sport quickly. Given his background in archery, he enjoys helping others train and prevent injury regarding the upper body and shoulder girdle.

Dr. Ward believes the key to a good learning environment is open communication and a downright passion for learning and improving. He is always seeking to learn new skills and to develop as a mentor, teacher, therapist, and friend. Outside the clinic you will see him hiking the hills with a bow in hand spending time with his wife, daughter, dog, and mule.

Email: preston.ward@hsc.utah.edu

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Trina Bellindir, PT, DPT, Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Dr. Trina Bellindir is a board-certified specialist in Orthopaedic PT who specializes in dance and dance wellness and is a provider of choice in the local dance community. She has worked with local dancers, several professional dance companies, and the University of Utah dance majors for the past 15+ years. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association (PASIG of APTA).

Originally from Colorado, Dr. Bellindir received her Master's of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She believes in jumping in with both feet, looking at each patien from head to toe, and developing a program that works with their lifestyle. She uses manual therapy and exercise to address imbalances and is careful to look above and below the area of dysfunction for other contributors.

Outside of work, Dr. Bellindir enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, camping, hiking, and reading.

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Jessica Tidswell, PT, DPT, ATC, Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy

Dr. Jessica Tidswell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at the University of Utah, where she is also a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer for Utah Athletics. She is both a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer and is a Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Postural Restoration Trained clinician. Dr. Tidswell has been involved with Paralympic sports since 2002 and has been an International Classifier since 2009 for skiing and snowboard. She currently serves on the Classification Advisory Panel for Para Alpine Skiing and Para Snowboard for the International Paralympic Committee.

Dr. Tidswell is an avid skier, photographer, cyclist, outdoor enthusiast and animal lover. She and her husband live in Summit Park.

Email: jess.tidswell@hsc.utah.edu

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Leadership

Misha Bradford, PT, DPT, Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Program Director, 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."

Email: misha.bradford@hsc.utah.edu

Phone: 801-585-1620

Lee Dibble, PT, PhD, ATC

Dr. Lee Dibble, PT, PhD, ATC, is a member of the residency program leadership committee. He is currently Associate Department Chair and a Professor within the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at the University of Utah. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Animal Physiology from UC Davis, he attended Duke University for his MS in Physical Therapy. He earned a PhD from the University of Utah with a focus on Motor Learning and Motor Control. For the past 20 years, Dr. Dibble has co-directed the Balance and Mobility Clinic and the Motion Capture Core Facility. His research has examined skeletal muscle and functional responses to eccentric muscle training, as well and postural and gaze stability in persons with neurologic conditions such as Parkinson Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, vestibular hypofunction, and concussion. Current funding for this research comes from the NIH, the Department of Defense, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the PAC-12, the Michael J Fox Foundation, the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, and the University of Utah. 

Email: lee.dibble@hsc.utah.edu

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Kim Cohee, PT, 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.

Email: kim.cohee@hsc.utah.edu

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Contact Us

Misha Bradford

Residency Program Director

Email: misha.bradford@hsc.utah.edu

Accreditation

ABPTRFE Accredited Program