Physical Therapy CEU Faculty
Meet our Team
Meet the esteemed, world-renowned physical therapy CEU faculty at Hands-On Companies. Our team of doctors and physical therapy experts have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the training you need to empower your practice.
Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos, DPT, MD, PHD, DSc, ECSFounder
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.
Dr. Kostas Rizopoulos, PT, DPT, MCMT, RMSKFounder
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.
Randy E. Moore, DC, RDMS, RMSK
Randy Moore is a doctor of chiropractic, but has devoted the last 23 years of his career exclusively to Musculoskeletal Sonography. During this time he has provided interpretation of over 10,000 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.
He travels extensively lecturing throughout America and internationally in a variety of venues. Universities, Nationally ranked hospitals, military hospitals, residency programs, NP and PA, PT and sonography programs.
Currently, his work and interest are growing in the use of ultrasound in the exciting area of regenerative medicine. He believes ultrasound is indispensable in the continued progress of this much needed and beneficial treatment regimen.
Antonio Stecco, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Stecco is a graduate in Medicine and Surgery, and specialized in Physics Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Padua, Italy. His areas of prevalent scientific and clinical interest are anatomy of the fascia corporis via dissections and histological studies, including immunohistochemical and molecular biology; study and clinical application of hyaluronic acid; and myofascial syndrome. Following the techniques developed by his father, Luigi Stecco, PT, Dr. Stecco co-authored with his sister, Carla Stecco, MD Fascial Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Pain (Piccin, 2004). He is the author of more than twelve articles published in international journals. Dr. Stecco was recently elected Assistant-President in the Cabinet of the International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also the author of 20 articles in journals, all relating to the category of disciplinary scientific sector MED/34, presentation at international conferences, including one Best Poster Award and three chapters in English text.
Warren Hammer, DC, M.S., DABCO
Dr. Warren Hammer introduced Fascial Manipulation® into the U.S. with Antonio Stecco, MD, PhD in 2011 and became a certified instructor in 2013.
Dr. Hammer DC, MS, DABCO has been in practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA for the past 60 years. He has studied numerous soft-tissue methods and applies them to the practice of chiropractic. He has lectured nationally and internationally and completed his third edition of Functional Soft-Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods available from Jones & Bartlett publishers. He writes a column often for Dynamic Chiropractic and has written articles for prominent journals such as Chiropractic Sports Medicine, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Chiropractic Technique and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Dr. Hammer was also a consultant and instructor for Graston Technique®.
Leon Chaitow, ND, DO (UK)
Dr. Chaitow is a world-renowned practicing naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist in the United Kingdom, with over forty years clinical experience. Dr. Chaitow was Editor-in-Chief, of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
He regularly lectured in the United States as well as Europe where he instructed physiotherapists (Holland and USA), osteopaths (Spain and UK), chiropractors (Denmark, USA and UK) as well as massage therapists (Ireland, Sweden, USA). He was a senior lecturer by London’s University of Westminster on under and postgraduate courses in therapeutic bodywork and naturopathy.
In 1993, he became the first naturopath/osteopath to be appointed as consultant to a UK government-funded conventional medical practice. A prolific author, Chaitow wrote over 60 books on natural health and alternative medicine.
Mohini Rawat, DPT, MS, CMPS, RMSK, ECS
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.
Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS
Jeff Walter, PT, DPT, NCS, is the Director of the Otolaryngology Vestibular and Balance Center at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA and an associate faculty member at Misericordia University, Department of Physical Therapy. Jeff graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and from the University of Scranton, with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has attained competency certification in “Vestibular Rehabilitation” and “Vestibular Function Test Interpretation.” Since 1999, Jeff has lectured at professional conferences, universities and continuing education courses for audiologists, physicians and therapists involved in managing patients with dizziness and imbalance.
Fredric (Rick) Schwartz, PT, MBA, MCMT, CAMT
Rick has over 44 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. He has been a Certified Instructor for Hands-On Seminars for over eight years. His varied work experiences include being a private practice owner of Old Brookville Physical Therapy and Sports rehabilitation for over 25 years until they were flooded out. He also worked at; the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine where he worked with their out-patient department, and treated the NYIT student athletes, NYU Medical Center, Rusk Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Emory University Hospital, nursing homes, and home care. He is currently a student at St. Scholastica College where he is pursuing his transitional DPT.
Rick has taken numerous manual therapy courses including some of those taught by Stanley Paris, Leon Chaitow, Mulligan, McConnell, Barnes, Welfish-Giamateo, Grodin, Roccobado, and was able to audit Osteopathic Practices & Principle Classes with Stanley Schiowitz, and Dennis Dowling. He has had experience treating patients from age 4 to over 100. He believes that less is more and teaches how to flow from one technique to others in order to meet the patient’s needs. His philosophy is that you need to keep learning. When you think you know it all it is time to retire! He likes to share his experiences and “pearls of wisdom” with his Hands-on Seminar Students, and has also presented for the Long Island District New York Physical Therapy Association (and he currently serves as their treasurer).
Stephen Oswald, DC
Dr. Oswald: I began my career in an antique bookshop on the edge of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. I had come under the tutelage of a remarkable man who was a master with his hands and with his herbs and with his words. At some point during this period, a young chiropractic physician from America appeared on the scene. He deeply impressed my teacher in a treatment session and after a time, my teacher sent me off to my homeland to “…learn everything that young man knows”. Thus followed almost six years of intensive post-graduate work, including frequent encounters with the man from Istanbul to add to the mix. I established my first practice in New York City in 1986 then quickly added a second in Chestnut Ridge, NY, across the way from the first Rudolf Steiner Waldorf School in the United States. I then opened a small free clinic in Istanbul that gave me an excuse to be with my original teacher and, eventually, his successors. Over the decades of treating patients, I have encountered many interesting, difficult and complex clinical cases and in recent years I’ve learned (and I teach) an interesting, difficult and complex soft tissue technique called Fascial Manipulation. Because of Fascial Manipulation’s strong science base (go to PubMed then type “Stecco” into the search bar) and because of the ability of this technique to help solve these complex cases, it makes for an ideal complement to the chiropractic (very gentle) adjustment, be it a back, extremity or organic problem. I have treated so many interesting patients throughout my years including World Cup, Junior Olympic and Olympic athletes, professional dancers (post modern and ballet), musicians, actors and directors (three who won an Academy Award in the same year while they were my patients—a nice coincidence to be sure), an entire collection of medical doctors, many as heads of departments in NYC’s major hospitals and one as a long-term president of same (let it be noted that they chose the chiropractic physician over surgery). But most of my patients are just regular people like you and me; some are complex cases, some are not. Though my main work is clinical, I am now teaching nationally and internationally. My domestic teaching includes multiple stints with the full training staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks, (Major League Baseball team) and right here in NYC. Internationally, I teach in China (Shanghai), South Korea (Seoul), and Bahrain, to name a few.
Melanie Burns, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTI
Melanie J. Burns has been a Physical Therapist since 1998 and specializes in pediatrics in her practice. She received her Doctorate at Daemen College in 2006. Since becoming a CKTP she has been using Kinesio Taping on a daily basis with the children she treats.
Melanie became a CKTI in 2014 after assisting for several years in Kinesio Taping Seminars. She has teaching and workshop experience in Kinesio Taping and numerous other areas such as Pediatric Outcome Measures, Torticollis, Adaptive Equipment and NDT. Melanie feels that the main basis for her treatment intervention has been the Neuro Developmental Treatment approach: using her hands to guide children’s bodies into proper positions in order for the child to progress through typical developmental movement patterns.
“My hands have been my best therapeutic tool as a therapist, and after having learned the Kinesio Taping Methods, I have used the Kinesio Tape as a second set of hands.” As a pediatric physical therapist, she takes to heart her responsibility to provide the best possible treatment interventions to meet each patient’s and each family’s needs. Kinesio Taping is one way she fulfills that responsibility.
Randolph McKenzie, M.D., PH.D., FACS
Originally from Memphis, TN, Dr. McKenzie completed medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Health Science Center, Memphis in 1983. He then completed a residency in Otolaryngology & Maxillofacial Surgery, also at UT Memphis. Subsequently, he was accepted to a Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery fellowship at the Pappas Ear Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with further fellowship training at the House Ear Clinic, Los Angeles, CA during 1988-90. Dr. McKenzie then entered the private practice of Neurotology in the Greater Kansas City metroplex for more than 20 years, where he was involved with training of medical students and residents at all three of the medical schools located there. In 1997, he was named a fellow of the American College of Surgeons; in 1998, the International College of Surgeons conveyed fellowship status on Dr. McKenzie. In 2004, he left his private practice to pursue academic practice joining the faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology at UT, Memphis initially as Assistant Clinical Professor, later advancing to Associate Clinical Professor. In 2007, he completed a PhD, Summa Cum Laude, in Neurophysiology. Subsequently, he developed a complete vestibular training program, Neurovestibular Sciences – The Study of Balance Medicine. Dr. McKenzie became involved full-time with patients with balance and movement disorders, engaging in teaching AMA certified continuing education courses in balance medicine and helping develop a significant number of balance centers from coast to coast across the United States. He also helped pioneer vestibular rehabilitation programs allowing for nearly immediate progression from balance testing to treatment for balance disordered patients.
Dr. McKenzie is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and books. He maintains active research interests in the vestibular system, ongoing continuing medical education activities for physicians, residents in training, medical students, as well as physical and occupational therapists. In 2012 and 2013, he was recognized as one of the America’s Top Physicians award by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, Washington, DC. This organization designates the best doctors in America.
Kevin Okamura, PT, FCAMPT, MCMT
Kevin graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Distinction before completing his physiotherapy degree (BScPT) with Distinction at the University of Alberta in 2001. He has since practiced physiotherapy in Edmonton, New York City, and Toronto.
Kevin is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). Fellows have completed extensive post-graduate education and have attained internationally recognized qualifications in hands-on manipulative therapy. Fellows provide focused treatment based on research-guided techniques that speed up patient recovery while educating them about their condition to reduce the risk of relapse.
Kevin is currently an instructor with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and has taught for Hands-On Seminars since 2007. He has enjoyed the opportunity to teach manual therapy skills to other physiotherapists in Canada, the United States, Turkey, and South Africa.
Kevin currently works in private practice in Toronto, Canada with a variety of clientele, from elite athletes to seniors with hip and knee replacements. He is passionate about the benefits of manual therapy and the necessity of appropriate strengthening for everyone, and looks at not only strength imbalances, but also movement patterning, in his rehabilitation approach.
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Richard Finn, PTS, CA, CMTPT, CMT, CAAAPM, MCMT
Richard is a graduate of the Academy of Myotherapy and Physical Fitness. He is Board Certified by the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists and served as president from 1992-94.
He is the Director of Pittsburgh School of Pain Management and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Fibromyalgia Research Foundation, and on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists.
Ron Meador, PT, DPT, MC, MCMT
Ron Meador has been specializing in manual physical therapy for over 25 years. He is particularly familiar with the philosophies and techniques of noted practitioners such as Paris, Maitland, Cyriax, Butler and Evjenth. He has a particular passion for staying current in the field, disseminating that knowledge with fellow physical therapists, and has been published in The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy.
Ron holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine For Health Sciences, and received his undergraduate training at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
He has been the owner of Ron Meador Physical Therapy in New York City for over 10 years where he enjoys providing high-quality individual care, and has a strong relationship with many of his referring physicians.
Leonardo Tendrih, DPT, MCMT
Leonardo Tendrih has a Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy from Universidade Estacio de Sa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has received his MCMT in 2009, and finished his DPT at A. T. Still University in 2012. He has practiced physical therapy since 2002. Shortly after becoming a physical therapist he served as a clinical instructor at a public neurologic institute in Brazil for 18 months. He has a broad background in all areas of PT, and his specialty is sports medicine and orthopedics. He has done different manual courses through his career such as: Maitland approach, Mobilization of the Nervous System, Mulligan, and PNF. He currently works at InterFysio as a Rehab Staff Coordinator in NYC, and at Best Care Home Health in California.
Leo served as volunteer for a year, treating patients in a low-income neighborhood in Brazil, and was a medical volunteer at the NYC marathon. In his spare time Leo enjoys kayaking, hiking and spending time with his son and wife.
K. Zafer Aksungur, PT, MCMT
K. Zafer Aksungur, PT, MCMT is a Physical Therapist in private practice and a Certified Pilates instructor. His interest and expertise extend from the areas of manual therapy to reflexology and especially Pilates. As a Certified Pilates instructor, he has taught courses on Clinical Pilates, Pilates in pregnancy, and classic Pilates. He has trained over 500-course participants in the Pilates concept and methodology. In 2010 he established Fizyoform Health and Wellness Centre where he established, taught and practices a new concept combining manual therapy, Pilates and fitness.
Zafer has given several international lectures and taught courses around the world. He publishes an e-magazine, has produced a short film, acted in theaters, and hosts and presents TV programs for the purposes of disseminating his concept.
Paul Silovsky, PT
Paul Silovsky is an international consultant for physical therapy and other healthcare small businesses and a faculty of Hands-On Seminars and Survival Strategies International. Paul was a graduate of Washburn University in 1985 and received his Physical Therapy Degree from the Kansas University Medical Center in 1987. He is the founder and owner of Rebound Physical Therapy in Topeka Kansas and has both operated and consulted PT and Sports Performance businesses across Kansas and in New Mexico since 1994.
Paul is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Kansas Physical Therapy Association (KPTA). He was active on the KPTA Board of Directors from 1997 to 2010 and was the Legislative Chairman for the last 11 of those years. He is now currently involved in the Legislative Committee and KPTA PAC
For the past 10 years, while functioning as the Executive Director of Rebound Physical, Paul has professionally presented to and consulted with healthcare practitioners and small business owners in helping them to ethically manage and expand their businesses.
He now teaches the management and marketing courses offered by Hands-On Seminars and Platinum partner Survival Strategies International.
Tom Ambury, PT, CHC
Tom Ambury, a graduate of Ithaca College, has been a physical therapist for over 25 years. His extensive experiences as a therapist, which include hospital-based care, Rehab Management for a Critical Access Hospital, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, and Private Practice, makes Tom an invaluable resource for equipping and enabling therapists and healthcare professionals to be confidently compliant. Since 2011, when Tom joined the PTGC team, he has been helping therapists and various healthcare professionals navigate the ever-changing, and all-too-often utterly complex, world of compliance. As a credentialed healthcare compliance professional, Tom applies his expertise towards the creation and successful utilization of compliance products such as Compliance in a Box® and ChartSafe®. Tom is a renowned consultant that applies his skills purposefully and collaboratively. As a compliance specialist, Tom frequently presents for the PPS/APTA and CPTA, as well as through PTCG’s webinar series. When not working, Tom enjoys his time at home with his wife, Becky, and likes to hike with his two dogs, Virginia and Bentley.
Mr. Craig Ferreira
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.