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Brandon Lorenz

Brandon Lorenz

PT, MPT, CIMT

Courses: Foot & Ankle

Brandon graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a master’s degree in physical therapy and was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for the highest scholastic achievement in his class. For over a decade, Brandon has taught manual therapy courses to thousands of physical therapists across the country and educated them on physical therapy techniques with a focus on manual therapy. Additionally, Brandon has pursued extensive continuing education in order to provide patients with advanced manual therapy techniques for the treatment of neck, back and peripheral joint dysfunctions. In addition to holding a master’s degree in physical therapy, Brandon is a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT). Brandon’s expertise is in using a holistic approach when treating patients, with an emphasis on manual therapy techniques such as muscle energy, myofascial release, and low and high amplitude mobilizations. He enjoys working with all types of injuries, but specializes in the evaluation and treatment of all runner-related injuries. He also specializes in foot therapy, including fabrication of orthotics.

Brian Owens

Brian Owens

PT, DPT, CIMT

Courses: Balance

Brian earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science at Ithaca College in 2002 and later received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007 at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. He began his career within the Acute Care setting, but has dedicated several years to clinical practice within an outpatient orthopedics environment. In 2011, Brian earned distinction as a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) with Great Lakes Seminars. His treatment strategy employs a diverse approach to manual therapy and therapeutic exercise in patients of all ages. He enjoys linking the rehabilitation efforts of his patients to functional performance and is passionate about providing exceptional clinical care. Brian joined Great Lakes Seminars in 2012 to assist with the Advanced Dynamic Anatomy, Sacroiliac, Lumbar, Cervical-Thoracic and Functional Strength courses. He currently resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife and children.

Cheryl Hancock

Cheryl Hancock

PT, DPT, MSPT, CSCS, AT, PTA

Courses: Sacroiliac, Lumbar

Cheryl earned a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University and a Masters Degree at Neumann College, a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Athletic Training at Moravian College, and an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy at Lehigh County Community College. In addition to being a physical therapist, Cheryl is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist, an Ergonomic Specialist and has an extensive background in athletic training. Cheryl treats using manual therapy and dry needling techniques with emphasis on the body as a whole. Her treatment approach offers a comprehensive treatment to patients of all disciplines and moves beyond the symptoms to identify the barrier that limits motion and causes dysfunction. Ms. Hancock works with the design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs as well as core stabilization and activation. She has designed training videos that focus on proper mechanics and muscle activation utilized by the uprising athlete to the professional. Cheryl a is the owner of Core Physical Therapy, an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Danville, Va.

Greg Kopp

Greg Kopp

PT, MPT, OCS, CIMT

Courses: Anatomy, MFR FI

Greg graduated with his MPT from Oakland University in 1995. He has guest lectured at Oakland University on ACL/PCL surgeries and rehab, and served as a teaching assistant at Oakland for examination procedures and therapeutic exercise. Greg is currently appointed as a clinical instructor for Oakland University. His treatment approach is eclectic, utilizing Kaltenborn and Paris manual techniques, and muscle energy techniques learned at Great Lakes Seminars. He has used this approach since 1995 working in outpatient orthopedic settings with a very diverse patient population, including sports medicine. Greg’s treatment philosophy is to treat the driver of the patient’s condition/pathology, and to teach the patient to manage their own condition. He also has an extensive background in weight training and exercise.

James Herman

James Herman

PT, MPT, MS, CIMT

Courses: Lumbar

Jim received his Masters degrees in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1997 and 2000 respectively. As a graduate assistant at UNLV, he instructed anatomy and physiology lab sections as well as courses in fitness walking and aquatics. Since graduating, Jim spent two years teaching spinal orthopaedics and pathological conditions as an adjunct instructor in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Henry Ford Community College. Clinically, Jim has worked primarily in outpatient orthopaedics, including five years with Patrick Hoban at Probility Physical Therapy. Recently, Jim relocated to South Carolina and is supervisor of Blythewood Physical Therapy. He joined Great Lakes Seminars in 2003 to assist with instruction of the Lumbar Complex, Sacroiliac, and Cervical Thoracic courses and has been a primary instructor for the past five years.

Jason Hepworth

Jason Hepworth

PT, DPT, CIMT

Courses: Sacroiliac, Taping-Upper, Taping-Lower

Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Fitness in Preventative and Rehabilitative Programs from Central Michigan University. He also holds a doctorate in physical therapy from Grand Valley State University and is a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) through Great Lakes Seminars. Jason’s approach to therapy encompasses the use of joint and soft tissue mobilization, functional therapeutic exercise and patient education to return his patients to their highest functional level. Jason is always looking for opportunities to learn new things and improve himself as a clinician. Jason, his wife, and two children live in Southeast Michigan.

Jeff Garbacz

Jeff Garbacz

PT, DPT, CIMT

Courses: Extremity Mobilization

Jeff began his education as a physical therapist at Albion College where he received a B.A. in Sports Medicine with an emphasis on Biomechanics. He went onto the University of Michigan to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Jeff has extensive clinical experience working with the orthopedic population. He utilizes manual therapy in combination with a functionally based exercise to allow his patients to return to their prior functional level. Jeff's philosophy in treating patients involves finding the origin of the problem versus treating the symptoms, allowing problems to go away and stay away. Jeff has trained the primary instructors for the Knee and Shoulder courses and is the primary instructor for the Extremity Mobilization course for Great Lakes Seminars. Jeff is the Director of Operations for Advanced Physical Therapy in Southfield, MI.

Jessica Wyen

Jessica Wyen

PT, DPT, ATC, CIMT

Courses: Pelvic Health

Jessica received a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Dayton. She also has a Bachelor of Science with a focus on Athletic Training from the University of Toledo and is a certified athletic trainer (ATC). Jessica lives an active lifestyle, participating in sports and running. Jessica is a clinic director for Probility Physical Therapy in Plymouth, MI and offers a specialized Women's Health treatment program.

John Duncombe

John Duncombe

PT, DPT, OCS, MSPT, CIMT, CSCS, GCS

Courses: CT

John received his Master’s of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2001. He obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions (EIM) while simultaneously finishing a 2 year Orthopedic Residency program with EIM. He is board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association. While at the University of Wisconsin he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Golf Conditioning Specialist. John treats a vast array of outpatient orthopedic dysfunctions, looking at a wide variety of structures, tissues, and systems that may be contributing to the source of symptoms. His special interests are in post-surgical shoulder and knee patients, cervical-thoracic injuries, and runners with varying types of lower extremity dysfunctions. John currently works for Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy and is the clinic director and owner of an outpatient orthopedic clinic in the northern suburbs of Chicago. When any free time presents itself, you can find him running the trails training for his next Ultra Marathon or spending time with his wife and 2 children.

Katherine Tan

Katherine Tan

PT, MS, OCS, CCTT

Courses: TMD Treatment

Katherine graduated with a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1999. She practices physical therapy in the areas of orthopedics and manual therapy and is certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2008, she became a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT). By earning this advanced specialty certification, Katherine has been recognized by the American Academy of Orofacial Pain for her dedication to the treatment of neck, jaw, and head pain. She currently works for Fishbein Physical Therapy in New York City and is enrolled in a residency program in Functional Manual Therapy.

Kelly Poppaw

Kelly Poppaw

PT, DPT, CIMT

Courses: Finding Dysfunction

Kelly holds a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University. Kelly received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University where she was a NCAA Division One athlete and Captain of the Women’s Soccer Team. As a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist, Kelly is credentialed through Great Lakes Seminars to assess mechanical dysfunction from a holistic perspective, andshe is very comprehensive in her treatment approach. She uses a wide variety of manual therapy techniques, functional exercise, and patient education to provide people with an exceptionally high quality of care. She treats orthopedically across the entire age spectrum from birth to adult to geriatrics. Kelly created this course after working under Patrick Hoban for a number of years. She has a passion to teach clinicians how to think systematically; find the root of the patient’s problem on day-one, and eliminate the potential for misdiagnosis. Kelly is a Physical Therapist and Clinic Director at Probility Physical Therapy, a Trained Steward of the leadership methodology Intentional Energetic Presence (IEP) and uses her experience in these areas to create and sustain thriving businesses andcultures.

Kevin Decker

Kevin Decker

PT, DPT, CIMT

Courses: Self Treatment

Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Sciences from Grand Valley State University and went on to earn his doctorate in physical therapy from GVSU in 2014. Kevin has been working for Probility Physical Therapy since graduating treating a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. Kevin has also achieved his Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) certification through Great Lakes Seminars and consistent with GLS philosophy, he uses a “test, treat, re-test” focus to determine the driver of the patient’s condition/ pathology allowing the patient to return to peak function and quality of life.

Laurie Swan

Laurie Swan

PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA

Courses: Vestibular

Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, CEEAA, is a physical therapist with expertise in neurologic therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, and fall prevention in the elderly. Laurie graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1991. She practiced neurologic physical therapy in a variety of settings for five years, and then taught neurologic and geriatric physical therapy courses for ten years in Michigan and California. She completed a PhD in Applied Experimental Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2004, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 2006. More recently, Laurie has gained expertise in marketing and management in the corporate sector by establishing and managing a fall prevention program for the elderly in Pierce County, Washington. In addition, she has worked closely with the Department of Health, State of Washington to disseminate a fall prevention program in the public health sector. Laurie has several publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has presented at national and international conferences, and teaches continuing education courses in fall prevention, balance, and vestibular rehabilitation. Laurie is recognized as a "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" through the Geriatrics Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She received the Award for Clinical Excellence from the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA) in 2014.

Martin J. Sytsema

Martin J. Sytsema

PT, MSPT, OMPT, FAAOMPT, CIMT

Courses: Ortho MFR

Martin completed his Masters in PT from Central Michigan University. Immediately following, he completed a two year residency in orthopedic manual therapy and was awarded a fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2001. He emphasizes treatment of the whole person, looking at a variety of structures and systems that may contribute to the patient’s complaints and the abnormal biomechanics that are seen. Treatments include muscle energy, myofascial release, and a variety of other manual therapy techniques and exercises based on Applied Functional Science. Marty was named 2012 Outstanding Alumni for the Central Michigan University PT program, and he was elected by his state peers to be the chairperson of the MPTA Reimbursement and Professional Standards committees starting in 2013. Martin is an owner of i'move which has multiple clinics in West Michigan.

Michele Nippes

Michele Nippes

PT, DPT, CIMT

Courses: Anatomy

Michele received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Oakland University. Michele has participated in a variety of continuing education courses, achieving the specialty of Certified Integrated Manual Therapist. Michele’s approach to therapy includes a focus on manual treatment in conjunction with sport/ function specific strengthening. She enjoys working with a variety of patients to help them reach their highest potential, from the high-level athlete to the recreational enthusiast.

Mike Antal

Mike Antal

MPT, CIMT, CSCS

Courses: Shoulder

Mike received his Masters in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan in 1997. He has also received his CIMT through Great Lakes Seminars and his CSCS through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mike is currently the director of an outpatient orthopedic clinic treating a variety of orthopedic dysfunctions with specialization in post-surgical orthopedic rehabilitation. Mike employs a diverse treatment approach utilizing a combination of joint mobilization techniques, muscle energy and myofascial release. He joined the Great Lakes Seminars team in 2006 after taking a number of the GLS courses and experiencing the effectiveness of these techniques with his patients. He continues to expand his knowledge in manual therapy through teaching and continuing education courses.

Nathan Whitney

Nathan Whitney

PT, DPT, OCS

Courses: Overhead Athlete

Nate graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2010 and became a certified specialist in orthopedics (OCS) in 2016. He has worked in the outpatient setting for the past 6 years with ATI physical therapy with an informal specialization in overhead athletes and is a consulting physical therapist for the Chicago Cubs as of the 2016 season. Prior to his career as a physical therapist, he was a 2-time All-Missouri Conference centerfielder for the Illinois State Redbirds in 2003 and 2004. He then signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres organization and played minor league baseball before retiring in 2006. Nate prioritizes the application of evidence in his physical therapy practice and also enjoys working with high school and junior college baseball programs on injury awareness and prevention.

Patrick Hoban

Patrick Hoban

PT, MS, ATC, FF-CIMT

Courses: Synthesis

Patrick has been a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer since 1994. He graduated from Grand Valley State University and started Great Lakes Seminars in 1996. He is the co-owner and Clinical Director for Great Lakes Seminars and is also the president of Probility Physical Therapy. Probility is a company which has 13 clinics in the Southeast, MI area. He has created the manual therapy courses for Great Lakes Seminars and has trained the instructors to ensure high quality courses and effective, consistent delivery. He has also taught manual therapy courses around the country for 20 years, has taught in PT and PTA programs since 1994, was the head athletic trainer at a high school for 5 years and he has performed both independent medical exams and peer reviews for Physical Therapy. He has an eclectic background in biomechanics, anatomy, and manual therapy.

Scott W. Braje

Scott W. Braje

PT, MPT, CIMT

Courses: Knee, Ortho MFR

Scott graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, a Minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology, a concentration in Wellness Program Management, and an emphasis in Cardiac Rehabilitation. He then moved out to San Francisco and obtained his CSCS while interning under the (former) president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association while engaging in high level athletic performance training. He obtained his Masters in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Dayton, OH in 2000 and has worked in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinics ever since. He began working with Great Lakes in 2004, and, as consistent with Great Lakes philosophy, he uses a “test, treat, re-test” focus on each treatment to determine the proper course of action in achieving maximal results with each patient. Scott is presently the Clinic Director of the Physical Therapy Department at a multi-disciplinary Pain and Wellness Center in the North Shore of Boston.

Stacy Wozniak

Stacy Wozniak

PT, DPT, CIMT

Courses: Headache

Stacy received her doctorate of physical therapy degree from Grand Valley State University. Participating in lifelong learning, Stacy has become a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) and continues her education throughout different areas of manual therapy. Stacy uses a variety of techniques such as manual therapy, joint and soft tissue mobilization, muscle energy and functional exercise to help return her patients to the highest level of function. Stacy is also the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for Probility. Stacy also has assisted with teaching continuing education classes across the nation. She enjoys working with a variety of patients including athletes and children. Stacy’s interests include spending time with family and friends, playing tennis and volleyball, and traveling.

Steve Baynai

Steve Baynai

PT, DPT, OCS, CIMT

Courses: Functional Strength

Steve earned a doctorate degree from Northwestern University’s Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science in 2010 and has practiced in outpatient orthopedics since that time. In addition, he became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and attained his CIMT certification from Great Lakes Seminars in 2013. Steve currently works for Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy and is the clinic director and owner of an outpatient orthopedic clinic in the suburbs of Chicago. He treats a vast array of orthopedic conditions with special interest in athletic and post-operative shoulder, knee and ankle rehabilitation. Steve utilizes the principles learned through Great Lakes Seminars on a daily basis and is a strong proponent of a comprehensive approach to patient care that is rooted in manual therapy and reinforced through a functional approach to therapeutic exercise. He currently lives in western Chicago suburbs with his wife Katie and their 4 children.

Steven Sanders

Steven Sanders

PT, MSPT, DPT, CIMT

Courses: CT, Hip

Steven graduated with a B.S. in Health Science, Minor in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training at Northern Illinois University in 1992. While representing his school on a swimming scholarship he gained experience working with high school, college and professional athletes. Upon graduation he transferred into and completed his M.S. in Physical Therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. Graduating in 1996, he then worked as a travel therapist while attending higher education with emphasis on becoming a foot and ankle clinical specialist. He eventually settled into Tucson AZ. where he continued his pursuit for higher education; ultimately graduating from the University of St. Augustine with a D.P.T. (manual therapy tract) degree in 2006. He then began the certification process through GLS, completed Synthesis, and became a Certified Integrative Manual Therapist in 2009. During this process, Steve developed an appreciation and passion for treating cervical-thoracic dysfunctions. Steve has had a range of field and clinical experience specializing in orthopedic injuries and post surgical conditions. Steve treats all regions of the body in his practice and emphasizes the principles of restoring and re-educating normal myofascial and musculoskeletal balance. He currently works at the Progressive Physical Therapy and Wellness Center Green Valley, Arizona; of which he is part owner.

Stuart W. Orr

Stuart W. Orr

BS, PTA, NSCA-CPT, CWcHP

Courses: Functional Strength

Stuart Orr graduated from Pennsylvania State University earning his AS in Applied Sciences with a concentration in Physical Therapy Assistant in 1999. In 2006 he earned his BS in Marketing and Management from Pennsylvania State University. Stuart holds certifications as an exercise specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT), Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluator and Workers Compensation Healthcare Provider. Stuart is ongoing in post graduate continuing education to develop his clinical and manual skills, yet also has found a passion for teaching other healthcare professionals as an assistant instructor with Great Lakes Seminars since 2003. Stuart has more than 12 years of orthopedic and sports medicine experience & has worked extensively within the worker’s compensation field assisting the injured worker in getting back to the labor force. Stuart is currently a regional director of Work Hardening/ Conditioning for ATI Physical Therapy for PA/ Northern DE.

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