Meet the Team

The Top of the Field

At Hands-on Diagnostics, our goal is to provide the most innovative testing technologies available to Physical Therapists, with the best training possible. To do this, we have assembled a team that represents top talents and achievers in their respective areas.

The result is a program where our franchise partners routinely double their income almost immediately, with the ability to support sustainable, expanding growth.

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Hands-On Diagnostics Founders

Created by PTs and Business Entrepreneurs for PTs

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Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos

Founder

Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos, DPT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS, is board certified in clinical electrophysiology with over 35 years of clinical experience. He is the co-founder of Hands-On Companies and a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor for Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. He is a past member of SACE (Specialization Academy of Content Experts) for the ABPTS examination board on electrophysiology, and a past elected member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology of APTA.

He is the editor of the Diagnostic Section of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, and the author or co-author of numerous books, articles, and research papers related to his fields of expertise.

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Dr. Kostas Rizopoulos

Co-Founder

Dr. Rizopoulos, PT, DPT, RMSK, APCA, is board certified in Musculoskeletal Sonography. He has over 35 years of clinical experience and also holds a doctoral degree with a focus on business administration, marketing, PR, and management. He co-founded and successfully established and managed the Hands-On Companies, a consortium of companies in the areas of Physical Therapy, Diagnostic Testing, and Education.

During his extensive experience in diagnostic testing and manual therapy, Dr. Rizopoulos has treated more than 150,000 patients over the last 35 years, and performed thousands of ultrasound diagnostic tests.

He has also co-authored several books with Dr. Kostopoulos, and numerous articles for professional journals.

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Mr. Craig Ferreira

Co-Founder

Mr. Ferreira is Chairman and CEO of Survival Strategies International, INC. Survival Strategies is a top consulting and training company in the field of physical therapy and health care.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Ferreira and his team of consultants have worked with health care professionals, particularly physical therapists, to help them expand their practices and stabilize them financially.

Survival Strategies has worked with over 4500 professionals over time, training them in all aspects of the physical therapy business, from how to deal with cash flow problems from slow-paying insurance companies, to how to dramatically increase referrals. All of their training is customized to meet the client’s specific needs.

HODS Faculty & Medical Advisory Board

Part of the success of Hands-on Diagnostics is based on their top faculty and medical advisory board. These medical advisors contribute to HODS’ ability to stay at the front of new research. Each member of this board brings a specific and specialized skill or understanding to this endeavor.

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Jeanine McLellan, PT

VP of Clinical Education

Jeanine earned her B.S. degree in physical therapy from Russell Sage College in 1989 and has dedicated her career to providing the highest quality physical therapy care to help her patients improve their health. Jeanine has furthered her education as a spinal specialist through the McKenzie Institute and is a certified Blankenship FCE Evaluator as well as a certified Professional Trainer. Jeanine is working to advance the field of physical therapy as a specialist in Electrodiagnostic testing. Jeanine and her husband TJ, have a daughter Emily, who is also a physical therapist, and two sons, Timmy and Gunnar, who keep the family busy on the hockey circuit.

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Dr. Mark Brooks, PT, DSc, ECS, OCS

Director of EMG Original Pathway & Senior Faculty

Dr. Brooks has over 25 years of experience as a clinician, administrator, and educator in the field of physical therapy. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky, and completed his doctorate in clinical electrophysiology at Rocky Mountain University in 2005. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in both clinical electrophysiology and orthopedics.

Dr. Brooks has worked as a physical therapist in many settings, including outpatient, acute care, home health, and long-term care.

His teaching experience includes the University of Kentucky, University of Indianapolis, Midway College, and Somerset Community College. He was one of the first instructors in Rocky Mountain University’s transitional DPT program, and has also taught numerous continuing medical education courses.

Dr. Brooks is responsible for all clinical education at HODS.

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Dr. Greg Ernst, PT, PhD, ECS

Director of EMG Residency Pathway & Senior Faculty

Dr. Greg Ernst, PT, PhD, ECS, is an assistant professor of the Department of Physical Therapy at UT Health San Antonio. Ernst uses case studies to help students put the pieces together stating, “there is something that can be learned from every patient.” Greg received a Presidential Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.

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Dr. Mohini Rawat, DPT, MS, ECS, OCS, RMSK

Director of MSKUS Studies & Senior Faculty

Dr. Mohini Rawat is co-founder and president of American Academy of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. She is Fellowship director of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound program at Hands-On Diagnostics. She is board certified in Clinical Electrophysiology and Orthopaedics by American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and in Musculoskeletal Sonography by Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement.

She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH institute of Health Professions in Boston and her Masters in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California. She is faculty for courses in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and clinical electrophysiology in PT program and other continuing education courses. She has mentored hundreds of clinicians and has reviewed thousands of ultrasound studies. Dr. Rawat is a contributing author and wrote chapters on imaging in books. She has published articles and presented numerous musculoskeletal ultrasound courses, webinars and lectures in multiple professional conferences and organizations including the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons annual meeting. She is the chair of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Neuromusculoskeletal Ultrasound Special Interest Group and holds other elected positions in American Physical Therapy Association.

She is editor of a textbook in musculoskeletal ultrasound.

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Dr. Konstantine Rizopoulos, PT, DPT, RMSK, APCA

Senior Faculty

Dr. Rizopoulos, PT, DPT, RMSK, APCA, is board certified in Musculoskeletal Sonography. He has over 35 years of clinical experience and also holds a doctoral degree with a focus on business administration, marketing, PR, and management. He co-founded and successfully established and managed the Hands-On Companies, a consortium of companies in the areas of Physical Therapy, Diagnostic Testing, and Education.

During his extensive experience in diagnostic testing and manual therapy, Dr. Rizopoulos has treated more than 150,000 patients over the last 35 years, and performed thousands of ultrasound diagnostic tests.

He has also co-authored several books with Dr. Kostopoulos, and numerous articles for professional journals.

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Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos, DPT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS

Senior Faculty

Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos, DPT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS, is board certified in clinical electrophysiology with over 35 years of clinical experience. He is the co-founder of Hands-On Companies and a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor for Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. He is a past member of SACE (Specialization Academy of Content Experts) for the ABPTS examination board on electrophysiology, and a past elected member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology of APTA.

He is the editor of the Diagnostic Section of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, and the author or co-author of numerous books, articles, and research papers related to his fields of expertise.

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Dr. Rick McKibben, PT, DSc, ECS

Senior Faculty

Dr. McKibben is a physical therapist and clinical electrophysiologist. He received his DSc in clinical electrophysiology from Rocky Mountain University, and his MS in physical therapy from North Georgia College. He is board certified in clinical electrophysiology by ABPTS.

He has completed thousands of electrophysiologic studies, and has logged thousands of hours in peer review and administration for electrophysiologic testing laboratories.

Ongoing research interests include severity in focal/mononeuropathies, retrograde axonal atrophy, the mixed media forearm nerve conduction study, short-segment median motor studies in CTS, and F-wave nomograms.

Dr. McKibben serves as the chair for the APTA clinical electrophysiology practice group, and helped to establish the accreditation program for PTs.

In addition to being on the HODS advisory board, he is also a member of the HODS faculty.

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Dr. Chirag Upreti

Director of Research

Dr. Upreti is a Research Associate in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center, where he conducts ongoing research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of attention, learning, and memory processes. He has been conducting research in the field of neuroscience for more than a decade specializing in the field of neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to adjust the changes in environment due to injury or disease. His research has been presented in international conferences, and has been published in prestigious medical and science journals.

As Director of Research, Dr. Upreti’s goal at HODS is to create, support, and conduct research in the areas of electrophysiological, neuromusculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, and vestibular testing technologies. His goal is also to provide evidence of the proper application and utilization of these technologies in the field of diagnostics.

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Dr. Alexios Apazidis, MD

Spine Surgeon - Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Alexios Apazidis graduated from Harvard University with an AB Degree in Biology while simultaneously attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied military science and receive his officer’s commission in the United States Army. He obtained his MD and MBA from the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Apazidis has completed his orthopedic fellowship training at New York University and the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Throughout college and medical school, Dr. Apazidis was involved in molecular biology and clinical outcomes research. His research papers have been published in numerous prestigious journals.

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Dr. Intazam Khan, MD

Neurologist - Medical Advisory Board

A distinguished neurologist for over 20 years, Dr. Khan has affiliations with NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, Winthrop University Hospital, and North Shore University Hospital. He also has a thriving private practice.

His extensive knowledge in neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine makes him a valuable contributor to the HODS advisory board.

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Dr. Roger Nelson, PT, PhD, ECS, FAPTA

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Nelson is a professor emeritus at Lebanon Valley College. He is a retired officer (06) in the United States Public Health Service. He has more than 40 manuscripts published in the peer reviewed journals. Additionally, he has authored or co-authored. More than 39 presentations at professional organizations. Most of his work was in the Electrodiagnostic areas of practice and education. He has been in the area of physical therapy for more than 57 years. He is a life member of the APTA. He won the 44th Mary McMillan lecture.

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Larry Head, BAS, R.EEG/EP T., CNIM, RPSGT, RST, FASET

Medical Advisory Board

Larry Head is a distinguished professor of Evoked Potential studies and leads the Evoked Potential training program of HODS.

He is the recipient of ASET’s prestigious Theda Sannit Outstanding Educator Award, Recipient of ASET’s prestigious Maureen Berkeley Award for Outstanding Authorship of a Journal Article and ABRET Board Certified in EEG, Evoked Potentials, and Intraoperative Monitoring (R.EEG/EPT, CNIM).

He has more than 30 years of experience in electroneurodiagnostic testing and he is Past President of the Michigan Society of Electoneurodiagnostic Technologists.

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Jun Kimura, MD (1935-2022)

Emeritus Professor of Neurology University of Iowa - Honorary HODS Faculty

Dr. Kimura was born on February 25, 1935, in Kyoto, Japan. After graduating from Kyoto University (Bachelor of Technology, 1957; M.D., 1961), he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship (1962-1967), and began his career at the University of Iowa School of Medicine as a medical resident and fellow (1962-1968), Associate Professor (1972-1977), and Professor (1977-1998). Dr. Kimura returned to his alma mater, to serve as Professor and Chairman of the Kyoto University Department of Neurology (1988-1998) before returning back to the University of Iowa as Professor Emeritus (1998-2022).

Dr. Kimura was internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of Electrophysiology. He authored Electrodiagnosis in Diseases of Nerve and Muscle, considered the standard textbook in the field. In addition, he served on the editorial boards of many publications including Muscle and Nerve (Editor-in-Chief, 1988-1997). He served as President of the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (1985-1986), President of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (1990-1993), Director of the Japanese Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (1992-2001), President of the Japanese Neurological Society (1997-1998), and President of the World Federation of Neurology (2002-2005).

Dr. Kimura received the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award (1999) and the International Congress of Neuromuscular Diseases Lifetime Achievement Award (2006). The Jun Kimura Outstanding Lectureship was established in his honor in 2019.

Dr. Kimura frequently lectured for HODS and received the HODS Honorary Faculty Award in 2015.

Despite his impressive academic accomplishments, Dr. Kimura will be best remembered for his kindness, generosity, and humility. He was a brilliant and caring mentor and treated everyone with respect.

HODS Mentors

Listed in alphabetical order

  • Anthony Esposito
  • Brittany McCright, PT, DPT, ECS
  • Cory Taglianetti
  • Dimitrios Kostopoulos, DPT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS
  • Greg Ernst, PT, PhD, ECS
  • Jennifer Hauskey, PT, DPT, ECS
  • Jennifer Kast, PT, DPT, ECS
  • Mark Brooks, PT, DSc, ECS, OCS
  • Michael Lescallette
  • Nancy Mansell, PT, DPT, OCS, FAFS
  • Oluwaseun (Sean) Ajifowobaje, PT, DPT, ECS
  • Rick McKibben, PT, DSc, ECS
  • Rinku Kuril, DPT, ECS, RMSK
  • Scott McCauley, Neurodiagnostic Specialist
  • Tracy Norvell, ECS
  • Andy Cahoon, DPT, FMSK, RMSK
  • Bart McDonald, PT, FMSK
  • Konstantine Rizopoulos, PT, DPT, RMSK
  • Mohini Rawat, DPT, MS, ECS, OCS, RMSK
  • Vicky Buchanan, PT, FMSK

HODS Business Advisory Board

Executive Committee

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Nathan Shields - President

Owner and CEO, Rise Diagnostics
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Jeanine R. McLellan - VP

CEO, Northern Physical Therapy and Diagnostics
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Harry Koster - Secretary

Owner, Spine & Rehab Specialists

Advocacy Committee

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Bart McDonald - Director

Founder, Superior Physical Therapy and Diagnostics
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Christina Panetta - Member

Founder, Panetta Physical Therapy and Diagnostics

Reimbursement Committee

Debra Fragala-Pories

Debra Fragala-Pories - Director

Managing Director, Active Fitness & Physical Therapy
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Roy Adams - Member

Owner, Adams Physical Therapy and Diagnostics

HODS Corporate Staff

The stability and success of any business are built on the shoulders and with the hands of its staff. Hands-On Diagnostics has pulled together a team of dedicated, business-savvy administrators to keep our partners serviced and keep the HODS machine running smoothly. Each member of our corporate team brings to the table their own unique skillset in customer relations, sales, management, and/or mentorship; and we couldn’t do what we do without each of them.

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James Savas

Deputy CEO

James brings his over 20 years of experience as a senior-level HR/Recruiter and business development specialist to Hands-On Diagnostics. Most of his professional career has been in the Physical Therapy private practice sector working with ambitious, driven owners and executives who have dreams of going big(ger) and just need the right support, backup, and capacity to see it accomplished.

He has strategically planned and executed programs for clinics that have seen expansion from as few as 4 offices to up to 16 offices across 3 states. Working directly with various owners and their staff throughout the boroughs of NYC and down the Rocky Mountains, he's hired hundreds of effective and productive therapists, managers and staff, as well as created the training regimens for those people and their staff.

In addition to business expansion acumen, he's a world-traveler, successful soccer director and a very proud father of 3 amazing beings. His Mantra is "Keep the constant create in life and be surprised by nothing!"

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Nicole Rivera

VP of New Business

Nicole has 10+ years of experience handling and working with customers. Fluent in English and Spanish. Proficient at problem solving and execution. Experienced in administrative work and management positions.

She helps non-profit organizations in her free time and goes to her church. Loves Spanish food, especially Costa Rican food, she skis in the winter, she paints and loves art. She also loves cats.

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Jeanine McLellan

VP Clinical Services

Jeanine earned her B.S. degree in physical therapy from Russell Sage College in 1989 and has dedicated her career to providing the highest quality physical therapy care to help her patients improve their health. Jeanine has furthered her education as a spinal specialist through the McKenzie Institute and is a certified Blankenship FCE Evaluator as well as a certified Professional Trainer. Jeanine is working to advance the field of physical therapy as a specialist in Electrodiagnostic testing. Jeanine and her husband TJ, have a daughter Emily, who is also a physical therapist, and two sons, Timmy and Gunnar, who keep the family busy on the hockey circuit.

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Amanda Foley

VP Marketing & Advertising

Amanda is a Marketing expert with over 10 years of experience in both digital and traditional marketing. She graduated from the University of Montana with high honors, completing a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Minor in Digital Media.

She is from the beautiful state of Montana, and currently resides in Hawaii (another beautiful state). Needless to say, Amanda loves the outdoors and can usually be found there in her free time.

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Jose Marrero

Accounting and HR

Jose A. Marrero is a Professional Bookkeeper and Human Resource Manager with a Master’s Degree in Business Management obtained in 2016. Having almost 30 years of experience with various areas of accounting and business communications, he has found his place with Hands-On Companies as a strong team player demonstrating his organizational and communication skillset with our staff. His constant professionalism with customers and vendors, auditing skills and an aptitude with bookkeeping while continuously following, adapting and implementing policies to our staff makes Jose an essential asset to our team.

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Jim Sarra

Student Service Sales

Jim has worked as a Sales and Marketing professional for the past 30 years in the practice management, insurance, fundraising, and self-betterment industries and enjoys working with other professionals. One of his greatest pleasures is when he can help another reach their personal and professional goals in life.