Photo: Andrew Bartlett


Topic: Amputees (w/ Dr. Linda Riek)

Andrew S. Bartlett graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University in Physical Therapy in 1997. Prior to achieving his Physical Therapy degree Dr. Bartlett obtained a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and a Masters in Public Administration, and PhD in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to teaching full time within Nazareth's Physical Therapy Department, Andrew practices part time at Visiting Nurse Services, a home health agency.

Current interests are in the areas of management of diabetes, prevention, and telehealth. Dr. Bartlett is current District Chair of the Finger Lakes District of the NYPTA and has been a delegate to the Delegate Assembly on several occasions. He is also Physical Therapy Club Advisor, and in this role has facilitated student involvement in many local service activities, such as the Rochester River Challenge and the Nazareth PT 5K for the American Diabetes Association.


Topic: Concussion

Susan E. Bennett, PT, DPT, Ed.D, NCS, MSCS is a clinical professor in the departments of Rehabilitation Science, Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

Dr. Bennett earned her undergraduate in physical therapy from Daemen College in Buffalo, N.Y. She received her masters in science in Health Science Education and doctor of education degree in Health Behavioral Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo, followed by her doctor of physical therapy degree from Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

Dr. Bennett has been a principal investigator or co-investigator in several key clinical trials, as well as an invited presenter or lecturer at numerous medical conferences, both nationally and internationally.

As author or co-author, Dr. Bennett’s work has been published in many leading medical journals, including Multiple Sclerosis, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation, International Journal of Multiple Sclerosis Care and the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Dr. Bennett is currently Past President of the Consortium of MS Centers [CMSC]. In addition to serving as President of the CMSC, Dr. Bennett served as Treasure, Chair of the Rehabilitation Research Interest Group and Project Director of the International Organization of MS Rehabilitation Therapists. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Academy of Neurology.

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Photo: Wendy Featherstone


Topic: Women's Health

Wendy M. Featherstone PT is a graduate of Russell Sage College and has been practicing physical therapy for over 25 years. During the late 1980’s she developed an interest in treatment of pregnancy-related pain, and became a member of the Women’s Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. That interest in women’s health led her to additional training in the evaluation and treatment of incontinence, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis. She opened her private practice, Specialty Physical Therapy, in 2004.

Her areas of expertise focus on postural and core muscle function which encompasses osteoporosis and pelvic muscle function, bowel and bladder control, obstetric pain, and the treatment of pelvic pain in men and women. Wendy is currently the President of the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a member of the National Association for Continence, the International Pelvic Pain Society, the American Urogynecologic Society, and the National Vulvodynia Association. Wendy is also active in the Rochester Physical Therapy Alliance and the Finger Lakes district of the APTA.


Topic: Private Practice

Dr. Huson is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at Nazareth College. He is also the owner of Huson Physical Therapy and has 15 years of experience concentrated in outpatient orthopedics.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Science and Master of Science in Physical Therapy degrees from Ithaca College. He completed his transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy at A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ. He is a board certified Orthopedic Clinic Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. His prior academic experience includes adjunct work in the Ithaca College Physical Therapy department where his concentration was in orthopedics and evidence-based practice.

Dr. Huson's past and current research interests include lower extremity movement analysis during running and functional tasks. He has previously presented at the American Society of Biomechanics, NYPTA Finger Lakes District meetings, and The International Seminar in Kerala, India.

He is currently the treasurer of the Finger Lakes District of the NYPTA and the Physical Therapy Alliance of Upstate New York (PTAUNY).

Photo: Michael Huson
Photo: Matt Hyland


Topic: Keynote

Matthew Hyland is a physical therapist with more than 24 years of experience as a clinician, private practice owner, educator and advocate. He began his clinical career at White Plains Hospital, a community-based acute care hospital in White Plains, New York where he had a diverse exposure to a wide spectrum of patients on an inpatient basis.

With a vision of providing high quality health care with a personal touch, he went on to found Rye Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, an independent outpatient physical therapy practice in 1995. In this role, Dr. Hyland has also learned first-hand the intricacies of running a private practice in today’s ever evolving and complex healthcare delivery system.

Dr. Hyland is committed to helping to educate the next generation of physical therapists and is Visiting Faculty at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry. He has also been an adjunct professor or lecturer at Nazareth, Stonybrook University, New York Medical College, Touro and Ithaca College, speaking frequently on topics ranging from health care administration & management, and Health policy to current issues in health care, ethics and orthopedics.

His own research on teaching methodologies, clinical taping techniques for individuals suffering from plantar faciitis, and Health Policy Research have been presented at CSM as well as NEXT and published in peer-reviewed physical therapy and educational journals, including JOSPT, Physical Therapy, Journal Geriatric Physical Therapy and the Journal of Teaching & Learning.

Dr. Hyland is the immediate Past- President of the New York Physical Therapy Association and during his tenure the NYPTA received the APTA Outstanding Component Award for 2012-1013. In June of 2014 he was elected to the American Physical Therapy Board of Directors where he is currently serving in his first term and of note chaired the Recruitment and Retention of Early Career Professionals known as ReTEAM

Dr. Hyland received his Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Pace University, and earned a Ph.D. in Health Sciences, with a concentration in leadership, from Seton Hall University.


Topic: ACL Repair

Jim Kelley has been practicing physical therapy since 1978. He was the owner of Buffalo Physical Therapy SportsCare Services for 16 years. Over that time he managed 5 offices throughout Western New York. During that time he was also the Buffalo Sabres' team therapist.

After selling his practice to Millard Fillmore Hospital in 1998, Mr. Kelley became and still is the director of Villa Maria College's Physical Therapist Assistant program.

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Topic: Home Health

Ken Lukasiewicz PT, DPT, MS has been a physical therapist for 32 years and has been employed at McAuley Seton Home Care for 20 years. Over his years of service, he has served as a staff physical therapist, Senior PT, Rehab Clinical Manager, and Regional Director. Ken is an active member of the APTA and has previously served as a clinical instructor for Daemen College, D’Youville College, and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.

Ken has participated with the Community Health Foundation of Western/Central New York Falls Prevention Collaborative. Ken holds a BS in Physical Therapy from Daemen College, MS in Health Behavioral Science from SUNY at Buffalo, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Daemen College.


Topic: Keynote

A graduate of University at Buffalo's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Dr. McPherson has practiced with the Bennett Rehab Institute since 2011 where he currently serves as CFO. He earned his Neurologic Clinical Specialist credential though APTA in 2014 and is also certified in vestibular rehabilitation.

In his clinical practice he specializes in comprehensive post-concussion management, vestibular/balance rehabilitation, as well as general neurologic rehab. Jake is the Legislative Chairperson for the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) and currently sits on their Board of Directors where he strives to advance and protect the profession of physical therapy across New York State.

Photo: Jacob McPherson
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Topic: Aquatic/Pediatric

Dr. Brett Morgan is the owner of Advanced Care PT of WNY located in Alden, NY., as well as Adjunct Faculty in the DYC PT program since 2001 and developer and instructor of DYC Aquatic Therapy course.

Other notable accomplishments:
1999 graduate with BSMS from DYC.
2000 certified through DYC and NYS DEPT of Ed in Advanced Orthopedics PT.
2004 graduate DPT program from DYC.
Certified in MDT from the Mckenzie Institute in 2005.
Certified in the Delta Method of performance of FCE


Topic: The Medical View of Standing

Michael Nadeau, ATP/SMS, CRTS has specialized in the field of seating and mobility for over 30 years. He has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Hartford State Technical College in 1979. Mike is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional and a Seating and Mobility Specialist.

Mike has lectured throughout New England on various rehab equipment topics including manual and power wheelchairs, standing frames and pediatric equipment. He has been a guest lecturer at numerous New England Colleges and Universities for students of both physical and occupational therapy. Mike is a NRRTS Executive Board Director and holds the position of Clinical Educator for National Seating & Mobility.

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Topic: Hippotherapy

Sarah is a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of New York, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont in 1981. She obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005. Sarah is an APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatrics and certified in hippotherapy.

Over the past 35 years of clinical practice, her professional interests are in the areas of pediatric and adult neurodevelopmental disabilities and hippotherapy. Sarah has been involved with Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center, an adapted riding program in East Aurora, since 1986, serving on the Board of Directors and as a volunteer consultant. Nationally, she has served on the Board of Directors for the American Hippotherapy Association, (AHA) as Chair of Education and Standards and Practice. Internationally, Sarah has been a research poster and course presenter at PATH International and AHA International conferences. In 2007 through D’Youville College, Sarah established the LET’S GO hippotherapy program and was the Director for 6 years. She is a full time Clinical Associate Professor at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, teaching since 1998.


Topic: Falls

Dr. Frederick Pordum has over 14 years of diverse leadership experience in healthcare management. He has held senior management positions in Buffalo, NY and on a national level in rehabilitation, telehealth, marketing and operations in both hospital and privately held companies. His breadth of experience, natural strength as an innovator, research-based problem solving style, success at building key relationships and focus on results, give him the unique ability to think strategically and create value for his clients and employers.

His business knowledge, clinical experience, ability to be creative and influence change has led to many accomplishments including:

As a member of the senior management team at the VNA, set the strategic direction of a $85 million home care agency with average daily census of 3200 patients with identifying innovative opportunities to collaborate with payers and other providers. He implemented changes that improved patient outcomes throughout the agency. He is currently leading a team to implement Medicare health care reform initiatives, including Bundled Payment, throughout Kaleida Health and with other community partners.

Established a grant funded physical therapy based wound care center for Daemen College. This facility was the first academic owned and operated PT clinic in New York State. Over one hundred fifty patients were treated with better than national healing rates at no cost to the patients. The clinic conducted multiple studies and authored a number of publications on contemporary wound care treatment.

As a Project Consultant for Fazzi Associates, a national home care consulting firm, lead a statewide initiative focused on reducing hospitalizations from home. He has presented findings and developed strategies to assist 80 agencies reduce their hospitalization rates on average of 16% to better position themselves for healthcare reform. This program was subsequently expanded to a national level.

As a consultant, conducts operational reviews for home care agencies nationally to improve quality, financial performance, profitability, and staff and patient satisfaction. Assist agencies in identifying their strategic direction. Provides interim executive management for agencies in need of strategic, financial, and operational direction. His most recent client received a deficiency free national quality survey. He is an invited national speaker on various topics related to home health operations, quality, and management.

Has participated and received more than $50,000 in funding for various community based fall prevention initiatives and studies targeted at the frail elderly in the community.

Designed a progressive telemonitoring program from its infancy from the creation of the business plan to the management of daily operations and marketing. Invited speaker and resource for agencies nationally on implementation of telehealth programs.

Developed a disease management program and assisted in the development of a Patient Centered Medical Home with a 900 member Independent Practice Association to assist in providing practices with a resource to deliver proactive evidence based care.

Photo: Frederick Pordum
Photo: Linda Riek


Topic: Amputees (w/ Dr. Andrew Bartlett)

Dr. Riek received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and her clinical doctorate from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ. She has over 20 years of clinical experience with a focus in neurological rehabilitation and geriatrics.

A former adjunct faculty member at Ithaca College, Dr. Riek worked as a co-investigator and research associate on several federally funded projects in the Movement Analysis Laboratory from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life, Spinal Cord Research Foundation, and National Institute of Health. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY in 2011 in the Health Practice Research Program. Her dissertation work focused on a biomechanical analysis of shoulder health during circuit resistance training for individuals with paraplegia. Beginning in 2012, Dr. Riek joined Nazareth College as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Riek has published in peer-reviewed journals including Spinal Cord, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy. She has presented at national conferences including the American Society of Biomechanics and APTA Combined Sections meetings.


Topic: Pain

Michael D. Ross, PT, DHSc is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Daemen College in Amherst NY and a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Prior to his appointment at Daemen College, Dr. Ross served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years where he was credentialed as a direct access provider with diagnostic imaging and pharmacological privileges. He completed his Bachelor's of Science in Physical Therapy from Daemen College, his Doctorate of Health Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and a Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy and Musculoskeletal Primary Care from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo, CA. He has made numerous scientific presentations and has lectured extensively at the entry-level, graduate, and postgraduate levels on medical screening and differential diagnosis in physical therapist practice.

Dr. Ross maintains a pro bono practice for community residents and has published over 140 manuscripts and abstracts related to orthopedic physical therapist practice. He served as the Editor for the Musculoskeletal Imaging feature of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy from 2008 to 2015 and is a manuscript reviewer for several medical and rehabilitation journals.

Photo: Dr. Michael Ross
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Topic: Oncology

John graduated from The University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in 2007. John has been working in outpatient PT at Kaleida Health for 9 years with a focus in neuromuscular and oncology Physical Therapy.

John received certification in Oncology Rehabilitation in 2014 from STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehab) and has been a member of Survivor Steps Oncology Rehab program for the past 2 years along with being a member of the Steering Committee for Survivor Steps. John is a member of the APTA and belongs to the Oncology and Neurology sections and is a member of the stroke and TBI Special Interest Group. John currently sits on The Strategic Communication Team at Kaleida health.


Topic: ACL Repair

Dr. Keith Stube has been practicing as an orthopedic surgeon since 1995 at the Knee Center in Amherst, New York. He earned his medical degree from the SUNY at Syracuse. He did a Fellowship with one of the country's leading authorities on ACL injuries, Dr. Donald Shelbourne, at the Methodist Sports Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Dr. Stube is the team orthopedist for several local colleges as well as for Buffalo's professional soccer team. He has performed several lectures on ACL injuries throughout his career.

Photo: Keith Stube