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30 Physical Therapists Achieve Specialist Board Certifications 

Confluent Health Celebrates Most Board-Certified Specialists of any US Company 

This week, 30 physical therapists from the Confluent Health family of private practices have added three additional letters to their long list of decorated qualifications. Achieving a board certification places these dedicated therapists at the top of their field in physical therapy. 

Board certifications are granted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), requiring a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice, a rigorous application and examination process. Over 40% of Confluent Health’s physical therapists are board-certified, though only 11% of the physical therapists in the United States are board certified in a specialty. Of those, 7% of therapists in the United States are Orthopedic Clinical Specialists and fewer than 1% are Sports Clinical Specialists.  

The advanced clinical knowledge and skill set in a special area of practice that comes with a board certification allows therapists to better treat the patients in their specialty and keeps them up to date with cutting edge research and technology. Studies have shown that board-certified physical therapists provide outcomes more quickly for patients in their specialty area.  

“Every Physical Therapist that is welcomed into our organization agrees that they will become a board-certified specialist during their time within the Confluent Health family,” said Confluent Health CEO Larry Benz, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP, “This agreement is a bilateral commitment, however, as it takes significant effort and grit by each therapist to not only complete the rigorous training, but to also prepare for this distinction. We are proud to have 4 times the national average of board-certified specialists and to offer our patients leading-edge therapy from the most highly trained therapists across the nation.” 

Because the OCS certification denotes the therapist is an orthopedic clinical specialist, with an exceptional level of training and expertise, they are highly qualified through evidence-based practice, orthopedic injury examination, treatment, and medical interventions. The SCS certification concentrates on acute and critical sports injury treatment and sports injury prevention and wellness. Both certifications require training beyond the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degrees that these individuals have achieved.  

Benz further offered his congratulations to all newly board-certified therapists, “We are very proud of the commitment that these Physical Therapists have made to becoming board-certified specialists, and the hard work they put in to flourish in their careers. It’s a true testament to their passion for the field of Physical Therapy and to their patients.”  

Both Benz and Confluent Health celebrate these members from across the family in their achievement, including:  

Advanced Physical Therapy 

  • Jared Gerstenkorn, OCS

Capitol Physical Therapy  

  • Julie Lombardo, OCS, WCS (10 yr. retest for recertification) 

Elite Physical Therapy 

  • Juliana Meeker, OCS 

Foothills Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy  

  • Jack Dylan Webster, OCS 
  • Meryl Cripe, OCS 
  • Andre Colbert, OCS 

Pappas | OPT Physical and Hand Therapy 

  • Matt Medeiros, SCS 
  • Molly Douglas, SCS 

Physical Therapy Central 

  • Janie Taylor, OCS (10 yr. retest for recertification) 
  • Kendall Welch, OCS 
  • Andrea Allison, OCS 
  • Marilyn Kozlowski, OCS
  • Jessica Kuwitzky, SCS 
  • Kayla Smith, OCS 

ProRehab Physical Therapy (Louisville) 

  • Greg McCullough, OCS  
  • Morgan Longnaker, OCS 
  • Riley Sturzbacher, OCS 

ProRehab Physical Therapy (Evansville) 

  • Reece Rounder, CHT 

Strive Physical Therapy & Sport Rehabilitation 

  • Justin Bernardo, OCS 

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists 

  • Justin Tanton, OCS 
  • Christine Brown, OCS 
  • Andrew Pepin, OCS 
  • Holly Hambacher, OCS 
  • Julia Harrison, OCS 
  • Laura Midura, OCS 
  • Devin Freda, OCS 
  • Beth DeVos, SCS 
  • Laura Contreras, OCS 
  • Tarra Sahim, OCS 

Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy 

  • Marcus Owens, SCS 

Find a Physical Therapist today!

Progressive Physical Therapy

Phone: (818) 996-1725

Peak Physical Therapy

Phone: 208-587-1777

All Star Physical Therapy

Murrieta, CA Phone: (951) 304‑7273

Orthosport Physical Therapy

Culver City, CA Phone: (310) 837-9700

Physical Therapy Care

Fort Bend County, TX Phone:

Physical Therapy Specialists

Beverly Hills, CA Phone: (310) 273-7800

Precise Physical Therapy

Kansas City, KS Phone: (855) 745-0278

Manual Edge Physical Therapy

Colorado Springs, CO Phone: (719) 694-8342

TLC Rehab

The Villages, FL Phone:

Northwest Physical Therapy

Sedro-Wooley, WA Phone: (360) 428-2700

Shea Physical Therapy

Corpus Christi Phone: 361-992-1933

Advanced Physical Therapy

Wichita, KS Phone: (866) 412-5554

Strive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation

Moorestown, NJ Phone: (800) 903-4142

Elite Physical Therapy

Alexandria, LA Phone: 318-443-3111

Xcel Sports Medicine

Vandalia, OH Phone: 937-890-9235

Colorado in Motion

Fort Collins, CO Phone: (970) 475-8651

PTPN

Calabasas, CA Phone: (800) 766-7876

Mountain River Physical Therapy

Parkersburg, WV Phone: (304) 865-6778

Preferred Physical Therapy

Kansas City, MO Phone: (866) 412-5554

HPRC

Columbus, GA
Auburn, AL
Columbia, SC
Phone: (706) 322-7762

Evidence in Motion (EIM)

San Antonio TX Phone: 888-709-7096

Fit for Work

San Antonio, TX Phone: 877-348-4975

Rehab Therapy Works

Spring Hill, FL Phone: (352) 597-8996

Lake Centre for Rehab

The Villages, FL Phone: (352) 728-6636

Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Lexington, KY Phone: (859) 264-0512

Confluent Health

Louisville, KY Phone: (502) 442-7697

Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Tallahasee, FL Phone: (850) 877-8855

ProRehab

Louisville, KY & Evansville, IN Phone: (888) 591-8280

Physical Therapy Central

Oklahoma City, OK Phone: (866) 866-3893

El Paso Physical Therapy Services

El Paso, Texas Phone: (915) 581-9606

Baton Rouge Physical Therapy

Baton Rouge, LA Phone: (225) 206-5292

SporTherapy

Fort Worth, TX Phone: 888-658-8483

Redbud Physical Therapy

Tulsa, OK Phone: (866) 866-3893

Capitol Physical Therapy

Madison, WI Phone: (608) 527-0602

BreakThrough Physical Therapy

Raleigh, NC Phone: (866) 922-0012

Proactive Physical Therapy Specialists

Portland, OR Phone: 866-922-1175

RET Physical Therapy Group

Seattle, Washington Phone: 844-708-7982

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists

Austin TX
San Antonio TX
Phone: 888-658-8483

Pappas OPT Physical, Sports and Hand Therapy

Providence, RI Phone: (401) 205-3423

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