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July 13, 2020

Confluent Health Celebrates 49 Physical Therapists in Achieving Specialist Board Certifications

This week, 49 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 2,000 hours of clinical practice, a rigorous application and examination processes. Over 75% of Confluent Health’s physical therapists are board-certified, though only 6.5% of the physical therapists in the United States are Board Certified in a specialty. Of those, 5.7% of therapists in the United States are Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists and fewer than 1% are Sports Clinical Specialists. 

The advanced clinical knowledge and skill 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 get outcomes more quickly for patients in their specialty area. 

“Confluent Health and our private practice partners are proud to have 10 times the number of board-certified specialists than the national average,” said Confluent Health CEO Larry Benz, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP, “which means our patients can be confident they are getting 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. 

“Our SCS trained therapists are right at home in the field of sport,” said Benz. “The Sports Certified Specialist (SCS) certification allows therapists to work with local sports teams, be the primary medical provider at sporting events, and work with high-level professional athletes.” The Confluent Health family of private practices employs therapists with a wealth of experience working with the full spectrum of sports including, professional and NCAA sports teams, provided sports medicine services to local high schools, and even Olympic athletes.”  

Both certifications are training beyond the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degrees these individuals have achieved.  Through hard work and determination of these individuals in their continued pursuit of excellence in care is the caliber of character we expect of Confluent Health physical and occupational therapists. 

Benz further offered his congratulations to all newly certified therapists, “We’re very proud of the commitment they 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.” 

Baton Rouge Physical Therapy – Lake 

Chelsea Chauvin, PTA,   

Ashley Minvielle, PTA 

Landon Crowder, PT, DPT, OCS

BreakThough Physical Therapy 

Seth Barber, PT, DPT, OCS 

Michael Slack, PT, DPT, OCS 

Laura Heinrich, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert-MDT 

Melissa Kuhns, PT, DPT, OCS 

David Harpin, PT, DPT, OCS 


Capitol Physical Therapy 

Dr. Tyler Harrington, OCS 


Pappas Physical Therapy 

Lauren Weil, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS 

Destiny Chearino, PT, DPT, OCS 

Bill Barbieri, PT, DPT, OCS 


Physical Therapy Central 

Briana Hurley, DPT, OCS
Rory Barron, DPT, OCS
Dale Boren, DPT, OCS 


ProRehab Physical Therapy 

AJ Hermann SCS, DPT   

Jay Jolly OCS, DPT  

Hannah Wempe OCS, DPT 


ProRehab Physical Therapy – Louisville 

Dalton O’Brien, PT, DPT, SCS 

Mike Fauser, PT, DPT, SCS 


Redbud Physical Therapy 

John Crank, PT, DPT, OCS
Emily Sweeney, PT, DPT, OCS
Brady Hargis, PT, DPT, OCS 


RET Physical Therapy Group 

Doug Free, DPT, OCS 

Laura Broudy, DPT, OCS 



Lindsay Levine (OCS) 


Texas Physical Therapy Specialists 

Kelsey Birk (OCS)
Tibin Prince (OCS)
Aida Ali (OCS)
Jarrod Spencer (OCS)
Erica Ricchiuti (OCS)
Jill Milke (OCS)
Adam Huynh (OCS)
Matt Hernandez (SCS)
Alyssa Balakso (OCS)
Joe Soojian (OCS)
Kayte Forest, OCS 

Justin Burke (SCS)
Allanna Shay (OCS)
Matt Price (OCS)
Katie Sunderman (OCS)
Sarah Woods (OCS)
Josh Haffner (OCS)
Ellen Jordahl (SCS)
Talia Strahler (OCS)
Zach Kovacevic (OCS)
Tori Haynes (OCS)
Zachary Meineke (OCS)
Ryan Holloway (OCS)

Find a Physical Therapist today!


Columbus, GA
Auburn, AL
Columbia, SC

Evidence in Motion (EIM)

San Antonio TX

Fit for Work

San Antonio TX

Rehab Therapy Works

Spring Hill, FL

Lake Centre for Rehab

The Villages, FL

Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Lexington, KY

Confluent Health

Louisville, KY

Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Tallahasee, FL

ProRehab Inc

Evansville, IN
Bowling Green, KY

ProRehab Physical Therapy

Louisville, KY

Physical Therapy Central

Oklahoma City, OK

El Paso Physical Therapy Services

El Paso, Texas

Baton Rouge Physical Therapy Lake

Baton Rouge, LA


Fort Worth, TX

Redbud Physical Therapy

Tulsa, OK

Capitol Physical Therapy

Madison, Wisc

BreakThrough Physical Therapy

Raleigh, NC

Proactive Physical Therapy Specialists

Portland, Oregon

RET Physical Therapy Group

Seattle, Washington

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists

Austin TX
San Antonio TX

Pappas Physical Therapy | OPT Physical Therapy

Providence, RI


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