Sports Residency Program
The mission of the Bodycentral Physical Therapy Sports Residency program is to provide professional development opportunities for physical therapists to receive board certification in the area of Sports Physical Therapy. This will be attained through independent study, didactic education, participation in research and mentorship. The program will encourage the development and enhancement of advanced manual therapy skills, evidence based rational for treatments and clinical reasoning to allow the resident to evaluate and treat athletes – both weekend warriors, professional athletes and everything in between. A graduate of the program will be an ongoing resource for the BCPT staff and the Tucson community at large.
- Allow the resident to obtain advanced skills in sports rehabilitation according to the Sports Physical Therapy Description of Advanced Clinical Practice.
- Increase the number of staff at Bodycentral Physical Therapy with advanced specialty certification.
- Allow mentor therapists to enhance their expertise through focused and planned instruction with the resident.
- Improve the quality of patient care provided at BCPT.
- Facilitate clinical research in physical therapy.
- Allow resident the opportunity to develop teaching and mentoring skills
Applications are being accepted now. Please contact Dr. Melissa Buss, Melissa@BodycentralPT.net for an application, or for more information.
Dr. Ethan Paster doing a presentation of his case study at the Combined Sections Meeting of APTA
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Sports Residency Adjunct Faculty Information
Sue Falsone PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT®
- Owner/Founder of Structure and Function Education
- Owner, Falsone Consulting
- Associate Professor, Athletic Training Programs, Arizone School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University
- Previous Head of Athletic Training and Sports Performance, US Soccer Men’s National Team
- Previous Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Previous Vice President of the Performance and Physical Therapy and Team Sports at Athletes’ Performance (now EXOS)
- Master of Science in Human Movement with a concentration in Sports Medicine from UNC-Chapel Hill
- Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Daemen College
- Board Certfied Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy through the APTA
- Certfied Athletc Trainer through the NATBOC
- Certfied Strength and Conditoning Specialist through the NSCA
- Certfied Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist in the Spine through the IAOM-US
- Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, 200- Hour teacher training
Mo Mortazavi, MD
Dr. Mortazavi received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis, where he also completed his pediatrics residency. He then earned a fellowship in pediatric sports medicine at Children’s Colorado in Denver.
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Concussion care
- Pediatric fractures
- Exercise prescriptions for athletes with chronic illness
- Sports nutrition and injury-prevention programs
As an undergraduate student at UC Davis, Dr. Mortazavi played Division IAA football as a wide receiver for four years. He finished his senior football season while in medical school and was the only NCAA Division I athlete enrolled in medical school. While in medical school Dr. Mortazavi worked with teenage athletes with type 1 diabetes and researched the role of athletics in improving their health outcomes. Prior to graduating medical school in 2008, he played in the European Football League for two years as a player-coach, for teams in Austria and Italy.
During his pediatrics residency at UC Davis, Dr. Mortazavi returned to Italy to work as an assistant sports physician, treating his former teammates on the Bergamo Lions, fueling his interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound and ECG screening for prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes. Dr. Mortazavi’s current research interests include injury prevention, concussion prevention and management and prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes.
Dr. Bradley Norris, MD
I feel fortunate to be in the position to help patients on a daily basis to regain their function and return to their lifestyle. I provide a caring and compassionate treatment plan which emphasizes exhausting conservative treatment measures prior to performing surgery.
I treat injuries and arthritis of the shoulder, hip and knee and my goal is a rapid recovery for each patient. I have training in sports medicine and offer minimally invasive treatments including arthroscopic surgery of these joints. I strive to stay on the forefront of medicine and also offer biologic treatments, including PRP and stem cells, to enhance healing when it is appropriate.
I have experience working with athletes of all levels and served as a team physician for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball, Team USA Rugby, Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League, Robert Morris University and multiple high school football teams.
I enjoy spending time with my family and my wife and I have a 2-year old daughter. During free time I enjoy being active with cycling, playing basketball and traveling.
- Fellowship – Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Allegheny General Hospital – Pittsburgh, PA
- Residency – Orthopaedic Surgery. Cleveland Clinic/South Pointe Hospital – Cleveland, OH
- Medical School – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) – Honors. A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine – Kirksville, MO
- Pre-Med – Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) – Honors. St. Louis College of Pharmacy – St. Louis, MO
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
- American Osteopathic Association
- Sigma Phi Osteopathic Medical Honor Society
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
- Arthroscopy Association of North America
Domingo Cheleuitte, MD
Baylor University Medical Center & University of Texas Southwestern Combined Foot & Ankle Fellowship Dallas, Texas
Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program Boston, Massachusetts
Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center – General Surgery, Boston, Massachusetts
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
Specialties and Subspecialties
- General Orthopaedics
- Foot and ankle surgery
- Sports foot and ankle injuries
- Rheumatoid Arthritis of the foot and ankle
- Ankle Arthroplasty and fracture care
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeon
- Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners
- Diplomate Fellowships
Dr. Michael Amini, MD
Though people rarely need an Orthopaedic Surgeon for matters of life-and-death, people need an Orthopaedic Surgeon for matters that affect our quality-of-life. Pain and lack of function in a joint significantly impact a person’s ability to work, do hobbies, play sports, or even sleep without pain. I feel fortunate to have the best job in the world because I get to help people get back to doing what they love to do in life.
I treat people with sprains/strains, tears, breaks, and arthritis of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. I believe in exhausting other treatments before offering surgery. I strive to get to know every patient on a personal level, which helps me individualize my treatment for them. A focused rehab and therapy program that is tailored to each individual’s needs is crucial to the success of any treatment, surgical or not. Regardless if you want to throw a baseball over 90 miles per hour or just raise your arm above your head without pain, every person deserves the same level of care that is custom-fit for his or her needs.
During my training at the Cleveland Clinic, I developed a special interest in Shoulder and Elbow Replacements, and I continue to conduct research to improve the methods and technology of these procedures. I also practice Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery to improve recovery and minimize risk to patients, and I offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell treatments when appropriate, as well.
I have published numerous research studies and book chapters and have presented my research at regional and national meetings. I not only stay up to date with the latest evidence, but I am fortunate to have contributed to it, as well.
I have had experience in caring for athletes throughout my training, including the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team, the University of Memphis Tigers sports teams, the Memphis Redbirds AAA baseball team, and several high school football teams. Having played sports growing up and being active now, I understand every person’s need to get back to being 100% as soon as possible.
Outside of work, I spend as much time as possible with my wife and children, and I enjoy cooking and barbecuing, cycling, snow skiing, and hiking.
- Fellowship – Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. The Cleveland Clinic
- Residency – Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics/University of Tennessee Memphis
- Medical School – University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
- Emerging Leaders Program of the American Orthopaedic Association
- Arthroscopy Association of North America
Kristin Miller, ATC
Chris Murphy, ATC
Chris Murphy, ATC, LAT is originally from Tucson, AZ and earned his Associate’s Degree in Science from Pima. He attended Northern Arizona University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Science.
Murphy has 11 years experience as an Athletic Trainer. He worked at Pima from 2005-2006 and also interned with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005. He went on to work at Arizona Western College from 2006-2011 and came back to Southern Arizona where he worked at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, AZ from 2011-2015.
Murphy received the Vice President’s Award at Arizona Western College in 2011 and was honored with the National Athletic Trainer’s Future Leaders Award in 2009.