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 30 years of clinical experience. There are fewer than 200 electrophysiology specialists worldwide who have achieved a Doctorate of Science Degree (DSc) in clinical electrophysiology testing. Dr. Kostopoulos is one of them.

The doctor is 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, an elected member of the Nominating Committee of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology of APTA, and an adjunct member of Springfield College.

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 is a PT, a DPT, MCMT, and RMSK. He also holds a doctoral degree with a focus on business administration, marketing, PR and management. With Dr. Kostopoulos, he 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 100,000 patients over the last 30 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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Dr. Mark Brooks, DSC, PT, ECS, OCS

Vice President of Clinical Education of HODS

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

Director of MSKUS Studies

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 Orthopaedic 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. Chirag Upreti

Director of Research

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.

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.

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John Lugo, PT, MS, ECS

Partner Mentor

John is a licensed physical therapist with seventeen years of experience performing electrodiagnostic studies. He achieved board certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2010 as an Electrophysiological Clinical Specialist and has performed thousands of studies on patients with diverse neuromuscular pathologies in a variety of clinical settings.

He has produced thirteen peer-reviewed scholarly articles and conference presentations related to his experience in clinical electrodiagnosis. He has held elected positions in the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management and was appointed to the Specialization Academy of Content Experts. In addition, he has eleven years of experience as a faculty member in an entry-level physical therapy program and has served as a faculty member and mentor in an American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education postgraduate program for seven years. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with this family, bowling, and is an avid sports fan.

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Dr. Alexios Apazidis, MD, Spine Surgeon

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. Rick McKibben, PT, DSc, ECS

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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Randy E. Moore, DC, RDMS, RMSK

Dr. Moore is a HODS faculty and a Doctor of Chiropractic who has devoted the last 25 years of his career exclusively to musculoskeletal sonography. During this time, he has provided interpretation of over 20,000 ultrasound examinations, worked as a consultant for many ultrasound manufacturers utilizing his teaching method to help all practitioners become proficient in MSK ultrasound in as little time as possible.

Dr. Moore has published two books designed to be convenient, easy to understand and implement for MSK sonography. One for developing scan protocol skills, and another for the most common ultrasound guided injections.

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Jun Kimura, MD

Emeritus Professor of Neurology University of Iowa

Dr. Kimura is regarded as the pioneer of Clinical Electrophysiology Testing with more than 700 articles, books, and chapter publications in the field over 50 years of clinical and academic work.

His best-selling book, “Electrodiagnosis in Diseases of Nerve and Muscle: Principles and Practice” is considered as the bible of electrophysiology testing. Dr. Kimura is an associate faculty for HODS teaching advanced techniques during the HODS symposiums.

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

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.

Nancy-Mansell

Nancy Mansell, PT, DPT, ECS, OCS, FAFS

Partner Mentor

Nancy Mansell completed her undergraduate education at Penn State in 2001 and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the Army/Baylor program in 2007. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 and ended her military career in 2011. She received her OCS in 2010 and began pursuing the long road of ENMG training in 2013. With the help of the Rocky Mountain ENMG program and dedicated mentors, Nancy earned her ECS in 2016.

Currently, she is taking a break from orthopedic physical therapy and focusing primarily on ENMG. She teaches Doctorate of Physical Therapy candidates at the University of Puget Sounds in addition to mentoring at the Hands-On Diagnostics Residency Program. When she isn’t doing EMGs, Nancy can be found in the Pilates studio or running in the streets of Seattle (rain or shine).

James Savas

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!”

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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Neli Abdelnour

Dirc. of Marketing & Comm.

With a career selling, managing and coaching others, Neli brings a history of utilizing behavioral management strategies, advanced organizational planning, and creativity that produce value-added, client-centric results. A positive, ‘strengths’ focused, team builder, able to engage quickly, assess need, and offer integrated solutions.

Most importantly… Neli brings FIRE, a sincere desire to impact others in a positive way!

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Tim Morrison

Sales Director

Prior to joining Hands-On Diagnostics, Tim worked in strategic business development, company operations and marketing at several Fortune 500 companies and growing startups. His greatest strengths are his business development acumen, drive and leadership and he thrives on the challenges of expanding the company’s reach while supporting business partner relationships to maximize growth and opportunity.

Tim is the Committee Chairman in AZ for Project C.U.R.E a nonprofit delivering life-saving medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics throughout the under-resourced world — touching the lives of children and families in more than 130 countries.

Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and lives in Scottsdale AZ with his wife, their three children and two yellow labs. In his free time, Tim likes to hike, ride dirt bikes and spend time with his family.

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Meaghan Alexander

Executive Committee

Meaghan has spent the better part of a decade in the Physical Therapy industry specializing in billing and insurance compliance. She has worked with over 100 clinicians, 25 clinics in four states. Born and raised in Montana, Meaghan enjoys spending her free time with her family enjoying the outdoors in her northwestern home.

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Perla Holguin

Sales Assistant

Perla has 10+ years of experience in Employee training and development, which she got into after doing a training course to 45 people on Risk and Audit at a major nationwide internet/satellite company. She had never trained a group in her life, she did such a great job that the GM of the Employee Training and Development Department, offered her a position on their team within 2 days. She has extensive experience in Customer Service and partner relationships and retention. She was able to move up the corporate ladder and started off as a phone agent and moved through various departments and positions within the organization. She is from Denver, CO but she hates the cold so she moved to Florida. She has a passion for photography. She loves to dance and paint. She is definitely an artist and really enjoys creating.

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John Lugo

Senior VP Clinical Education

John is a licensed physical therapist with seventeen years of experience performing electrodiagnostic studies. He achieved board certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2010 as an Electrophysiological Clinical Specialist and has performed thousands of studies on patients with diverse neuromuscular pathologies in a variety of clinical settings.

He has produced thirteen peer-reviewed scholarly articles and conference presentations related to his experience in clinical electrodiagnosis. He has held elected positions in the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management and was appointed to the Specialization Academy of Content Experts. In addition, he has eleven years of experience as a faculty member in an entry-level physical therapy program and has served as a faculty member and mentor in an American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education postgraduate program for seven years. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with this family, bowling, and is an avid sports fan.

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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.