Sports Residency Program
We are looking forward to finding the perfect person to join our team at BodyCentral Physical Therapy. We have achieved candidacy status for the Sports Residency program and have our site visit for accreditation scheduled in March. We are looking for motivated, hardworking individuals to partner with us to help our program flourish.
The residency will provide you with opportunities clinically and didactically in the arena of Sports PT. Some of our special opportunities will include: Shadowing at U of A Biomechanics Labs, Major League Baseball spring training, Major League Soccer spring training, FC Tucson Soccer (Premier Development League), Mexican Professional Baseball, Tucson Rodeo, Ballet Tucson, event coverage at local high schools, surgery observation with local sports medicine doctors, and post-concussion management
If you would like additional information on the residency please look at our website: www.bodycentralpt.net/sports or contact:
Program Director, Kristen Waldron – firstname.lastname@example.org , (520) 325-4002 x *307
We are looking forward to having you join our team!
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- 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 now being accepted. Please contact Dr. Kristen Waldron, KWaldron@bodycentralpt.net , for more information.
Application deadline: March 15, 2019
Interviews: April 2019
Decision Date: May 1, 2019
Program Start Date: August 1, 2019
Dr. Ethan Paster doing a presentation of his case study at the Combined Sections Meeting of APTA
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Kristen Waldron, PT,DPT,SCS Sports Residency Director
Melissa Buss, PT,DPT,WCS, CLT
Mark Lawhon, PT,DPT,SCS (former Sports Resident)
Stephanie Pantaleo, PT,DPT,SCS
Ethan Paster,PT,DPT,SCS,CSCS (former Sports Resident)
Stephanie Popelka, PT,DPT
Rob Strachan, PT,DPT
Mat Wise, PT, OCS
Add Jesse Ellwein,PT,DPT,OCS,CSCS
Sports Residency Adjunct Faculty Information
Current Sports Residents
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.