Dr. Lynn Rivers


Topic: Keynote (w/ Dr. McPhearson)

Dr. Lynn Rivers has 25 years experience as a clinician and 20 years as an educator in higher education. Her clinical experience has focused on adults with neurological disorders and traumatic injuries such as head injury and spinal cord injury while working in a Level I Trauma Center. Before becoming chairperson of the department in 2001, Dr. Rivers was Director of Clinical Education for the physical therapy program. Dr. Rivers is currently the Speaker of the Assembly for the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) and sits on the Board of Directors for the NYPTA.
She strives to facilitate the active engagement of the students in becoming advocates for the patients/clients they will serve and their profession.


Topic: Keynote (w/ Dr. Rivers)

Dr. McPherson has served as a member of the New York Physical Therapy Association’s (NYPTA) board of directors since 2014 and also serves as the chairperson of NYPTA’s Public Policy where he assists in coordinating advocacy activities related to payment and legislation in NYS. An active PT advocate, Jake has been active in NYPTA’s annual Lobby Day for 10 years and has also participated in APTA’s Federal Advocacy Forum as a Federal Affairs Liaison promoting key federal legislation to members of Congress.
In his clinical practice, he is a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist providing comprehensive post-concussion management, vestibular/balance rehabilitation, as well as general neurologic rehab.

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Dr. Ronald White


Topic: Performing Arts

Dr. White graduated from D'Youville College in 1992 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from D'Youville College in 2011. Ron had worked at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Athleticare until 1997. Prior to leaving Athleticare, he was director of the department. Ron then become part owner of Metro Physical Therapy from 1997-2004. Ron became part owner of Buffalo PT in October 2004. Ron has taken numerous continuing education courses in orthopedics.
He is currently a full time professor at D'Youville College in the physical therapy department. Ron has received his certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, designated by the APTA in July 2007.


Topic: Pain Science

Joe graduated from D’Youville College in 2004 with his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. In 2010, he completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida. Joe holds certifications in both Manual Therapy (MTC) and Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). In 2014 he finished the Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship offered by Daemen College. Most recently he completed the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) examination through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Joe serves as a Fellowship mentor for the McKenzie Institute and Daemen College and is also a clinical mentor for the McKenzie Institute USA orthopedic residency program. He is also an adjunct instructor for both the Daemen College Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy program and the Bryant & Stratton College Physical Therapy Assistant program. Joe serves on NYPTA Opioid Task-force. Currently, he is the Clinical Specialist for the Spine Program at Catholic Health System in Buffalo, NY.

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Dr. Penelope Klein


Topic: Tai Chi/Qigong

Penelope J. Klein, PT, EdD is Professor Emeritus in the Physical Therapy Department, D’Youville College. She is a master-level Qigong instructor with the International Medical Tai chi/Qigong Association and considered an international expert in the field of Tai chi/Qigong as a therapeutic exercise.


Topic: Red Flags

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.

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Dr. Amanda Homen


Topic: Womens Health

Since completing my Doctor of Physical Therapy at D’Youville College (2016), I have had a special interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy. You may be wondering, what is pelvic floor physiotherapy? Simply put, it's deciding to kegel or not to kegel. Dysfunctions of the pelvic floor can be caused by hypotonicity (weak pelvic floor muscles) or hypertonicity (tight pelvic floor muscles). Either of these scenarios can contribute to issues of incontinence, pelvic pain, urgency/frequency, low back, and hip pain, and pelvic organ prolapse. It is important to determine what is contributing to your symptoms so that an effective, evidence-based approach can be taken to achieve your pelvic health goals. Currently, pelvic floor physiotherapy is being supported in the literature as the first line of defense for incontinence.
People often ask me how I ended up having such a passion for pelvic floor health. My answer: because these are things that affect the quality of life and it’s time women knew that there is something that can be done about it! It is time to start a conversation and tear down the myths that have left women, of all ages, uncomfortable for so long. Although common, it is not normal to leak urine just because you are aging or because you have had children, and there is definitely something we can do about it!
I first came across pelvic floor physiotherapy working as a kinesiologist after graduating from York University with a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Kinesiology and Health Science (2012). I have furthered my education in both manual therapy and pelvic floor therapy by taking courses in these specialized fields. I treat everything from athletic injuries, back pain, pre/post-surgical rehabilitation, to pre/postnatal care, pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and prolapse.
One of my favorite aspects of this career is that learning is a lifelong process. I am a strong advocate for continuing education and participate in courses throughout the year. I have the privilege of educating health professionals as they embark on their journey of learning. As an adjunct faculty member at D’Youville College, I present material related to pelvic floor dysfunction to physiotherapy students. I am a teaching assistant on pelvic floor rehabilitation continuing education courses, with Pelvic Health Solutions.
I am a promoter of community education and love bringing information to people on pelvic floor dysfunction and how they can start their journey to better pelvic health.
In my presentation for the student conclave 2019 at D’Youville college, I will present an introduction into pelvic floor physiotherapy. We will discuss the functions of the pelvic floor and what a dysfunctional pelvic floor can present like. This is applicable to people who want to practice in women’s health orthopedics. The lecture will teach how to screen for pelvic floor dysfunction effectively and efficiently.

Dr. Cheryl Aaron

Topic: Wound Care

Dr. Aaron has over 40 years hands-on wound care experience in multiple clinical settings including private practice, acute, sub acute, skilled nursing, outpatient, and homecare venues. She is presently an adjunct professor at D’Youville College and the owner of Advanced Wound Care Consultants, providing consultation, teaching, program development, survey readiness, and clinical competencies to the multidisciplinary wound care teams of Homecare agencies, Hospitals, Nursing, and Physical Therapy Schools both locally and nationally.
Dr. Aaron is known for her lively, passionate delivery of her presentations with the latest evidence-based research and clinical guidelines. As a doctoral prepared Physical Therapist and nationally board Certified Wound Specialist with the American Academy of Wound Management, she has a wealth of educational and work-related experience to draw from. Expect to take away valuable insight and information to optimize your clinical outcomes

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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. She is an AHCB Hippotherapy Certified Therapist. 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 served on the Board of Directors for the American Hippotherapy Association, (AHA). She has been a research poster and course presenter at AHA International conferences. D’Youville DPT students have conducted research studies focused on the effects of PT utilizing hippotherapy on gait parameters in children with developmental disabilities. One of these studies won the AHA Research Award at the International Conference in Colorado, 2017. In 2007 through D’Youville College, Sarah established Lost Elms Therapy Services providing therapy which incorporated hippotherapy. She was the Director of this clinic for 6 years. She is a full time Clinical Associate Professor at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, teaching since 1998


Topic: Mental Health

Dr. Joanne Cannavo has been a Clinical Social Worker serving Western New York in both clinical practice as well as in higher education at various colleges and universities for over twenty years. She has been as a tenured Associate Professor for the Masters in Social Work program at a local college in Western New York teaching the advanced clinical practice courses, psychopathology, as well as research methods and theory. Dr. Cannavo earned her PhD in Social Welfare from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She earned her Masters in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She also earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R), Dr. Cannavo has worked with countless children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through her Clinical Social Work counseling practice of over 20 years in the Western New York area. Her specialty in practice has been human attachment and family and couple relationships with a focus on development across the lifespan. She has also conducted clinical and custodial evaluations for several years with Family Court as part of her private practice work. She is certified in Family and Divorce Mediation through the Center for Resolution and Justice, Child and Family Services in Buffalo, NY. Prior to her private practice, her clinical practice training included Social Work specializing with children and adolescents in both a residential treatment facility (RTF) and also the child and psychiatric unit of a local psychiatric hospital.

Dr. Cannavo has conducted research on Family Treatment Courts and International Adoption, where human attachment and relationships are a common thread in her research. She has presented her research at conferences nationally and internationally as well as published scholarly work from book chapters to peer-reviewed journal articles. She is also an article reviewer for the peer-reviewed journal, Adoption Quarterly.
Dr. Cannavo has created the Relationship Renewal Center of New York and presents therapeutic couples retreats with the aim of helping people better know themselves individually as well as a couple. She believes in therapeutic intervention, experiential learning, and teaching the foundation and various core concepts and methods of how to build and enhance the couple’s attachment and bond in their relationship. Dr. Cannavo’s therapeutic couples retreats are designed to contribute to the growth and development of the individual and couple towards moving forward down an emotionally healthy path and continuing to write their story.

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Topic: Rehab of the Athlete
  • 1987 Graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS)
  • Certified Sportsmetrics Trainer providing ACL Injury Prevention programs to numerous high schools across a wide range of sports. Is a leading expert in the field of speed, agility, and quickness training.
  • Co-Director of Summit Physical and Occupational Therapy Center specializing pre and postsurgical rehabilitation of ACL and shoulder injuries. Summit is a 9000 square foot out-patient orthopedic clinic that also includes 2 state of the art HydroWorx pools.
  • Has been involved in coaching youth and high school sports for over 30 years.


Topic: Oncology

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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