Annual Conference NOW VIRTUAL - Speakers

Due to rising COVID transmissions in our state we will be holding the 2021 APTA-KY Annual Conference virtually on October 1 & 2. This year we will offer our Friday evening research forum live on a virtual platform with Q & A. Saturday sessions will include 4 concurrent virtual sessions focused on specialty specific clinical practice guidelines with topics including orthopedic conditions such as neck pain, geriatric hip replacement, and knee replacements; lymphedema assessment and management; and vestibular rehabilitation. Late afternoon sessions will be used to create an infographic on the topics above. An infographic is a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data. Eight CEU’s are available. You will be able to access the sessions and receive CEU’s for 30 days after the conference.

David A. Boyce PT, EdD, OCS, ECS

David Boyce PT, EdD, OCS, ECS | Hanover College

Dr. Boyce is a Professor of Physical Therapy and the Director of Student Affairs at Hanover College within the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Oakland University, a Master's degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Electrophysiology from the University of Kentucky, and a Doctorate Degree in Leadership Education from Spalding University. He is dual board-certified in Orthopedics and Clinical Electrophysiologic physical therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Boyce has numerous scientific publications and published the book "Orthopedic Physical Therapy Secrets.

Laura Carter

Laura Carter, PT, DPT | Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

Laura Carter, PT, DPT has been a physical therapist in the outpatient therapy department at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital for 25 years. She has 21 years of clinical experience in evaluating and treating vestibular and balance disorders. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1996, then received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2007. Receiving her certificate of competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Susan Herdman’s competency based vestibular course in 1999, Laura continued her education in this area, receiving certificates of clinical competency in Vestibular Function-Test Interpretation and Application to Rehabilitation in 2001, Cervicogenic Dizziness in 2008, and Competency Renewal-Advances in Vestibular Rehabilitation in 2009. Most recently, she and her colleagues have developed a Concussion Management Program. Since 2005, Laura has been teaching the vestibular elective at University of Kentucky’s Physical Therapy School and has coordinated the course since 2016. She has also provided lectures and training in vestibular rehabilitation for Norton’s Neuroresidency Program in Louisville, Ky., along with educating and training colleagues in her workplace.

Tegan Cooper

Tegan Cooper | University of Kentucky

Tegan Cooper is a third-year Doctor of Physical Therapy Student in the 2022 graduating class at the University of Kentucky. Tegan lives in Lewis County, Kentucky with her husband. She is also a certified athletic trainer. She has interest in sports medicine, pelvic health, and pediatric physical therapy. She looks forward to her career and is excited for opportunities to serve her rural community.

Dr. Claire Davies, PT, PhD

Dr. Claire Davies, PT, PhD | Baptist Health Lexington

Dr. Claire Davies is a research consultant at Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington Kentucky. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with her Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree, England; T-DPT from Simmons College, Boston and earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Kentucky. She has over 26 years of clinical practice experience in manual therapy, orthopedics, and oncology rehabilitation. Additionally, she is a certified lymphedema therapist. Dr. Davies current research interest is primarily in clinical applications in oncology, clinical practice guidelines and outcome measures. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Physical Therapy Journal, Journal of Supportive Cancer Care, Rehabilitation Oncology, Cancer Nursing, Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy, Physical Therapy Reviews, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, Journal of Nursing Administration, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, among others.

Michael DesMadryl

Michael DesMadryl | Bellarmine University

Michael is a 3rd year DPT student at Bellarmine University with a strong interest in the areas of orthopedics and pediatrics.

Nathan Johnson, PT, DPT

Nathan Johnson, PT, Ph.D., DPT | University of Kentucky

Dr. Johnson received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Bellarmine University in 2004. After practicing as a staff physical therapist at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, he returned to school and completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Kentucky in 2012. Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology. Dr. Johnson enjoys cycling, camping, hiking and just about any outdoor pursuit when he is not engaged in research and teaching (which is 99.999999999% of the time).

Morgan Habermel, PT, DPT

Morgan Habermel, PT, DPT | Norton Healthcare

Morgan Habermel is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Education and Allied Health Sciences from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH and went on to earn her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. She then went on to complete a Neurologic Residency through Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY. Morgan is an employee of Norton Healthcare and works in various clinical settings including Cressman Neurological Rehabilitation, Norton Children’s Hospital, Norton Neuroscience and Spine Rehabilitation, and additional healthcare settings in Louisville, KY. Morgan is also currently assisting as an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University mentoring students seeking their Physical Therapy degree. She is eager to continue learning, honing her skills with the neurologic and pediatric populations, and aims to combine her pillars of service, friendship, and community into her career.

Jessica Hetzer

Jessica Hetzer, PT, DPT, OCS | ProRehab Physical Therapy

Jessica is a Louisville, Kentucky native and attended the University of Louisville for her undergraduate studies. After discovering her desire to help people with chronic pain, she set her sights on a career in physical therapy. She attended the University of Bellarmine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program graduating in 2018. Since then, Jessica has worked at ProRehab Louisville, an outpatient orthopedic clinic, and has become a board-certified orthopedic specialist. She has a special interest in treating SIJ dysfunction. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their four dogs, trying new recipes, playing guitar, and reading.

Allison Hoey

Allison Hoey | University of Kentucky

Allison Hoey is originally from Southern California but has lived in Kentucky for the last 14 years. She has developed an interest in physical therapy by going to numerous physical therapy appointments herself from prior sports injuries. She is wanting to encourage people along the way of their rehabilitation journey. She will complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2022 and has an interest in working with individuals with neurological deficits in any given setting.

Matt Janes, PT, DPT, MHS

Matt Janes, PT, DPT, MHS | Kindred at Home, a division of Humana

Matt Janes, PT, DPT, MHS is a graduate from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Physical Therapy and Master of Health Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy Degrees from the University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy. He is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. Janes has been in practice nearly 25 years serving patients in a variety of settings. He has served the past 10 years in varying roles for APTA Home Health, An Academy of the American Physical Therapy Association and continues to serve as a member of the APTA Post-Acute Care Task Force. Over the years he has served the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and Kentucky Physical Therapy Association in varying leadership roles, committee’s and task forces and is also a member APTA Geriatrics. He lectures and presents on a national level and is currently employed by Humana’s Kindred at Home as Division AVP of Therapy Practice and Quality as part of the Clinical Practice and Quality Team.

Leann Kerr, PT, DPT, DHS, CBIS

Leann Kerr, PT, DPT, DHS, CBIS | Bellarmine University

Dr. Leann Kerr is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist from the Brain Injury Association of American. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in Pediatrics, Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disability, Research II, Service Learning Clinic, Neuroscience, and Neurological Rehabilitation for the Adult Patient. Her research interests are in fall prevention, technology utilization, and functional gait applications post neurological insult across the life span.

Patrick Kitzman, Ph.D. PT

Patrick Kitzman, Ph.D. PT | University of Kentucky

Patrick Kitzman is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky with over 20 years of clinical and teaching experience in the treatment of individuals affected by neurological conditions. For the past 21 years he has conducted both basic science and community-based research. Since 2008 he has worked with multiple state and community-based partners to establish the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN), which is collaborative community-based network comprised of individuals with spinal cord injury. Traumatic brain injury, and stroke, their caregivers, the healthcare providers that serve them, university educators and researchers, and state and local organizations that support them. The mission of KARRN is focused on combining community-based research, education and service to reduce healthcare disparities for individuals with disabilities, especially those living in rural communities.

Kara Lee, PT, DPT

Kara Lee, PT, DPT | University of Kentucky

Kara graduated from the University of Kentucky’s Physical Therapy program in 1997 with a Master’s in Physical Therapy and 2008 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In 2015, she became a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. Between 1997 and 2014, she worked in home care, center based pediatrics, school-based PT, acute rehab, and outpatient neuro settings, with occasional pulmonary and orthopedics caseloads. Since 2014, she has been with the University of Kentucky Physical Therapy program, working with clinical education and neurologic courses. She continues to practice in an interprofessional clinic for persons with Normal Pressure Hydrocephaly at the Kentucky Neurology Institute.

Dana Lykins

Dana Lykins, PT, DPT | University of Kentucky

Dana Lykins is a Neuro Physical Therapist at the University of Kentucky outpatient therapy clinic, where she treats people with Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders. She is an LSVT BIG®and PWR!Moves® Certified Therapist. Dana received her Master of Physical Therapy degree and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kentucky in 1999 and 2008 respectively. She developed her love of neuro rehab shortly after finishing PT school while working at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, and has continued to practice in the outpatient neuro therapy setting for much of her 22 year career. Dana is passionate about sharing her love of neuro with other therapists, serving as adjunct faculty for UK’s Physical Therapy program, participating in community presentations, clinical research and helping teach PWR! Continuing Education courses.

Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, PT, DPT | University of Kentucky

Valerie Martin earned a Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky Physical Therapy Program in 2001 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 2009. Dr. Martin has been treating patients with neurological diagnoses for the past 20 years and has been treating patients with vestibular and balance dysfunction since 2004. She completed the Vestibular Competency Course at Emory University in 2006. She worked at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital from 2001 until joining University of Kentucky Sports Rehabilitation in April 2020. Her fields of interest include management of vestibular disorders and dynamic balance/agility progression for return to sport after concussion.

Nolan May

Nolan May | Bellarmine University

Nolan is a third year DPT student at Bellarmine University from Louisville, KY. His clinical interests in orthopedic physical therapy, sport rehabilitation, post-op rehab, and manual therapy. Nolan is a former pitcher on the baseball team at Bellarmine University. His hobbies include: running, weight training, and spending time with friends and family.

Candace Morton PT, DPT

Candace Morton, PT, DPT | ProRehab Physical Therapy

Candace received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, where she also was a collegiate athlete, playing for the women’s basketball team for 4-years. She then continued her education to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018 from the University of Kentucky. Currently she is a physical therapist for ProRehab Louisville, which is an outpatient orthopedic based physical therapy company. She currently is in the process of obtaining a manual therapy certification with plans to obtain her OCS soon thereafter.


Nathan Nevin, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT | Bellarmine University

Nate is currently an assistant professor at Bellarmine University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He began working there full-time in 2020. He maintains clinical practice at MVMT Institute, a private practice orthopedic facility in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. Nate graduated from Bellarmine University Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2009. He completed his Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine in 2015. Nate is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists as he completed fellowship training with the University of St. Augustine in 2016. Nate is an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. He is currently the vice president of the Indiana Chapter.

Zohaib Qureshi

Zohaib Qureshi | Bellarmine University

Zohaib Qureshi is a 3rd year DPT student at Bellarmine University with an interest in Geriatrics, Adult Neurology, and Pain Neuroscience. After graduation, I would like to spend some time as a travel PT, eventually practicing out of Dallas, Texas near my family. I am beyond excited to be participating in this year’s conference.

Lori Stolz

Lori Stolz | University of Kentucky

Lori Stolz is from Troy, Michigan and developed an interest in physical therapy through her love of sports and helping people return to their optimal life. She will complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2022 and has an interest in orthopedics and sports medicine. She can relate to her patients because she had multiple injuries while playing soccer and utilizes those experiences to empathize with her patients. One thing she loves telling her patients is that she had to wear a helmet to play soccer due to concussions throughout her senior year.

Mary Kathryn Whitworth

Mary Kathryn Whitworth | University of Kentucky

Mary Kathryn Whitworth, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, recently earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in August 2021. She developed an interest in physical therapy by working as a hospital PT Tech after earning a B.S. in exercise science from Asbury University. Whitworth will begin her career in Ocala, Florida, later this fall working in acute care and outpatient pediatrics with AdventHealth.

Heather Witt, PT, DPT

Heather Witt, PT, DPT | University of Kentucky

Heather Witt received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. She practiced as a physical therapist for 6 years at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, primarily working on the brain injury unit and has been a staff physical therapist as well as a therapy team leader. She has recently joined the University of Kentucky Physical Therapy program as the Associate Director of Clinical Education. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences program at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Witt enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two sons. Most free time is spent taking them to school activities and soccer games.