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PRT-i Teaching and Clinical Faculty are both practicing clinicians and seasoned educators

Dr. Timothy Speicher, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PRT-c® (President)

Dr. Speicher is an Athletic Trainer (AT), Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Positional Release Therapist (PRT). He completed his B.S. at Towson University in 1995 and received his graduate training from Marshall University in 1998, where he served as Clinical Supervisor and AT to the undergraduate Athletic Training Program and Strength and Conditioning Coach to the Men's Soccer team. He completed his doctoral degree in Adult Learning from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Speicher is currently an Assistant Professor and Research Fellow in the DSc Health Sciences Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, teaching evidence-based medicine and Affiliate Faculty for the Athletic Training Programs (DAT, MSAT) at the University of Idaho, where he teaches Neuroscience. Dr. Speicher has also taught positional release therapy (PRT) within the Advanced Athletic Training Master’s Program at the University of Utah. Previously, he served the undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs at Weber State University as Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Research as well as Clinical Coordinator. Dr. Speicher also served the Neuroscience Program at Weber in the capacity of Executive Committee member and guest lecturer. Dr. Speicher was also previously employed at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut where he served as Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Human Movement and Sports Science Program for athletic training and exercise science as well as Associate Researcher and Director for the Life and Sport Analysis Clinic, a biomechanical analysis laboratory and clinic serving the general and university populations. During his first two years at Sacred Heart, he also served as the AT for their Division I track and field team. Dr. Speicher also served as Program Director of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Dr. Speicher has provided service to his profession as a State President, Board of Director for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation and currently serves as a journal reviewer for the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Human Resource Development Review. Locally, Dr. Speicher serves as an Expert Panel Member for Utah Running.com.

Dr. Speicher’s clinical expertise and research is in positional release therapy (PRT), case-based analogical reasoning, transfer of learning, therapeutic modalities, biomechanical analysis, orthotic prescription and fabrication. Dr. Speicher’s research has been presented and published nationally and internationally. In 2013 and 2014 the Athletic Training Educator’s Journal awarded Dr. Speicher their first place award for Outstanding Perspectives Manuscript. Human Kinetics, an international publisher, is expected to publish Dr. Speicher's upcoming text: Clinical Guide to Positional Release Therapy, Spring/Summer 2016.

Dr. Speicher's teaching assignments have included, neuroscience, evidence-based preventative measures in athletic training, problem-based learning, emergency medicine, orthopedic assessment, prevention of injury and illness, therapeutic modalities, general medicine, and rehabilitation. Dr. Speicher has worked in a variety of clinical environments with various populations and age groups. These have included the collegiate, high school, in and outpatient rehabilitation, industrial and Olympic settings. Most notably, he served as a Medical Supervisor for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games for Long Track Speed Skating. He is founder and President of the Positional Release Therapy Institute, a company that provides PRT and physical medicine and rehabilitation for patients and for clinicians; instruction, training and certification in PRT.

Dr. Timothy Speicher, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PRT-c® (President)

Dr. Sam Chen, PT, DPT, ATC, PRT-c®, FMS, SFMA, PES, CDNI (Director of Clinical Education)

Dr. Chen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training in 2008 from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. During his undergraduate experience, Dr. Chen has studied PRT and manual therapy under Dr. Speicher and since has continued to develop his manual therapy skills. As an athletic trainer he has worked with athletes at the collegiate and professional level. Most notable, he trained and worked with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League and with the New York Jets of the NFL.

In 2011, he went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. Currently, Dr. Chen practices out of Champion Sports Medicine at the University of Alabama’s Recreation Center. There he specializes and integrates manual therapy, the study of chronic pain, and functional movement screenings to restore a pain-free lifestyle to his patients and athletes. Dr. Chen is a Certified Positional Release Therapist (PRT-c®) and is Director of Clinical Education for the Positional Release Therapy Institute.

Dr. Sam Chen, PT, DPT, ATC, PRT-c®, FMS, SFMA, PES, CDNI (Director of Clinical Education)

Michael Buonopane, M.S. ATC, LAT, SFMAC, PRT-c®

Michael Buonopane is an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Tufts University. His primary clinical responsibilities are with Men’s soccer, Men’s rugby, Men’s indoor track and field, Women’s lacrosse and Women’s ultimate Frisbee. He also serves as a clinical instructor for athletic training students for Boston University.
Michael is a 2011 graduate of Canisius College, where he earned a B.S. in Athletic Training with a minor in Health and Human Performance. After his professional training, he attained a M.S. in Sports Injury Management in 2012 from Life University. He served there as a graduate assistant Athletic Trainer with the Men’s Super League Rugby team. After completing his graduate degree, Michael spent two years at Boston College as a resident Athletic Trainer working with the football and Men’s and Women’s swimming and diving teams. Michael is also a Certified Positional Release Therapist (PRT-c®).

Michael Buonopane, M.S. ATC, LAT, SFMAC, PRT-c®

Dr. Russell Baker, DAT, AT, PRT-c®

Dr. Rusty Baker earned Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences and Master of Science in Physical Education degrees from Florida State University, a Master of Science in Kinesiology degree from California State University-Fullerton, and his Doctor of Athletic Training degree from the University of Idaho. Currently, he is a clinical assistant professor and the Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC) for Athletic Training Education at the University of Idaho (UI). Dr. Baker joined the faculty at UI in May of 2013 and teaches in the professional Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) and post-professional Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) programs. Prior to arriving at UI, Dr. Baker spent 6 years as an assistant professor and the CEC for the professional MAST program at California Baptist University. His primary research interests are the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies and effectiveness of manual therapies. Over the past few years, he has co/authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and 50 conference presentations. As a clinician, Dr. Baker has provided athletic training services at the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NAIA, high school, and professional levels.

Dr. Russell Baker, DAT, AT, PRT-c®

Dr. David Draper, EdD, ATC, LAT, PRT-c®

Dr. Draper is a certified and licensed athletic trainer and has been an educator for 25 years. Additionally, he is a Certified Positional Release Therapist (PRT-c). He is currently a professor of sports medicine/athletic training at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He has 12 years of “hands on” experience working in a sports or clinical setting including, Illinois Wesleyan University (Head athletic trainer); Brigham Young University (Clinical staff); and Performance Physical Therapy (Clinical staff). In 2000, he spent his sabbatical working as an Athletic Trainer for the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. Additionally, he has volunteered for many events, including the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He continues to rehabilitate injured students and patients that regularly come to his campus lab. Dr.Draper received his Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Utah State University in 1982, his Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Brigham Young University in 1984, and his Doctorate in Education from Northern Illinois University in 1988. He was also presented the Eddie Wojecki Award for receiving the highest score in the nation on the 1984 National Athletic Trainer’s Association Certification Examination.

An avid researcher, Dr. Draper has published over 100 articles in scientific journals, such as the Journal of Athletic Training (JAT) and Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy. Seven of these articles were awarded the Outstanding Research Manuscript or runner-up, from JAT. He has written chapters on ultrasound and diathermy for two textbooks and recently co-authored a textbook with Dr. Ken Knight, entitled, Therapeutic Modalities: The Art and the Science. In 1997, he was judged the top researcher in the College of Health and Human Performance at BYU. On the national level, in 2001, he was awarded the William G. Clancy, Jr., M.D. medal for distinguished athletic training research (the 5th person to receive this honor). His most recent research includes measuring drug delivery via phonophoresis and iontophoresis, and using ultrasound or pulsed short-wave diathermy and joint mobilizations to restore range of motion in patients who lack joint mobility due to injury. His methods have restored full ROM to patients who have had frozen joints for up to 27 years. He is a consultant on therapeutic modalities for Accelerated Care Plus and Procter & Gamble. He has over 300 presentations and has been a speaker at many seminars in the United States, and internationally.

Dr. David Draper, EdD, ATC, LAT, PRT-c®

Pricilla Hart, OT, MS, PRT-c®

Priscilla Hart, OT, MS, possesses over 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist with a background in outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation with varied patient populations. Pricilla earned a B.S., in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington and a M.S., in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at El Paso. She earned her certification as a Positional Release Therapist in 2016. Pricilla specializes in spinal rehabilitation, including functional assessment and strengthening, structural integration techniques, positional release therapy and disk decompression. She avidly loves the outdoors and can be seen running trails, biking, climbing as well as enjoying other activities with her family.

Pricilla Hart, OT, MS, PRT-c®

Jeff Hurst, MS, ATC, LAT, LRT, EMT, PRT-c®

Jeff Hurst is beginning his 9th year as an athletic trainer at Brigham Young University. He is currently the Head Athletic Trainer for the Football team. Prior to moving to football, he was the Assistant Athletic Trainer for football and Head Athletic Trainer for BYU Baseball for 6 years. He was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Track and Cross Country teams for 2 years.

He graduated with his undergraduate degree in from BYU in 2000. After working in an unrelated field for a year, he returned to BYU for his graduate degree. He graduated with a master’s degree in Athletic Training in 2004. Between his first and second years of graduate school, he was hired by the Anaheim angels to be the Head Athletic Trainer of their Pioneer League team, the Provo Angels. Jeff is also a Certified Positional Release Therapist (PRT-c).

After BYU, he was hired by IHC to be the Clinic Coordinator/Athletic Trainer for Utah Valley Sports Medicine and Orthopedics at Utah Valley Hospital.Hurst and his family currently reside in Lehi, Utah. He and his wife Kim have four children; daughter’s Kennedy(13), Zoe(6), and son’s Will(10), Isaac(8).

Jeff Hurst, MS, ATC, LAT, LRT, EMT, PRT-c®

Colleen Neider, LMT, LPN,PRT-c®

Colleen Neider, LMT, LPN, is a licensed massage therapist with 20 years of experience in the nursing field and during this time has also been a yoga and cycling instructor. She has worked in various medical settings including cardiology and family practice. She graduated from Myotherapy College of Utah and specializes in Positional Release Therapy, Medical-Therapeutic Massage and Thai Massage. Colleen has worked both as an administrative and clinical assistant at the Positional Release Therapy Institute and teaches various strength and conditioning classes at PRT-I, including the Run Strong Core ProgramTM. She is a competitive cyclist and triathlete, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Colleen Neider, LMT, LPN,PRT-c®

Dr. Regis Turocy, DHCE, MPT, PRT-c®

Dr. Turocy received his bachelor of science degree from West Virginia University in 1970, his certificate in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971, a Master of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983, a Master of Arts in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University in 1996, and his Doctorate in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University in 2000. Dr. Turocy is also a Certified Positional Release Therapist (PRT-c). Dr. Turocy also has extensive experience in orthopedic physical therapy and alternative care approaches to physical therapy. Upon graduating from physical therapy school, Dr. Turocy was commissioned as a naval officer in the United States Navy Medical Service Corps., and after 21 years of distinguished service he retired in 1991. After retirement he served as a full time faculty member at Duquesne University School of Health Related Professions and the Graduate School of Physical Therapy Slippery Rock University. He taught extensively in the areas of orthopedic manual therapy, electrotherapeutic modalities, health care ethics, and complementary approaches to health care. Dr. Turocy has provided numerous educational presentations to certified athletic trainers at the local, regional, state, district and national levels emphasizing the clinical use of Positional Release, Neural Tension, and Muscle Energy Techniqiues. Dr. Turocy is presently evaluating and treating patients at Catholic Charities Free Health Care Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA., and he was recently ordained as a Deacon in the Anglican Church and will be investigating the relationship between spirituality and health care.

Dr. Regis Turocy, DHCE, MPT, PRT-c®

Joshua K. Underwood, LAT, PRT-c®, SFMAC, ITAT

Joshua Underwood earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at Lyndon State College and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Athletic Training program at the University of Idaho. Currently; Josh is the head athletic trainer at Vermont Academy, a preparatory boarding secondary school in southern Vermont, and serves as an adjunct clinical instructor for Keene State College in southern New Hampshire. Prior to working at Vermont Academy, he has worked in a variety of settings over the last 12 years including semi-professional football, summer collegiate baseball, adventure camps, secondary schools, and orthopedic clinics. When not engaged in athletics or the outdoors he is researching the use of Positional Release Therapy (PRT) in reducing somatic concussion symptoms or regional interdependent-based treatments on chronic and acute pathologies. He would like to eventually research the energetic elements of PRT interventions. Josh is a Certified Positional Release Therapist (PRT-c) in addition to being certified as an ImPact Trained Athletic Trainer and Selective Functional Movement Assessment clinician. Mr. Underwood resides in Saxtons River, Vermont with his wife Leslie and two children: Theresa and Kaleb.

Joshua K. Underwood, LAT, PRT-c®, SFMAC, ITAT

Nina Walker, MA, LAT, ATC, CSCS, PRT-c®

Nina Walker has been an Athletic Trainer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2006. Her Primary clinical responsibilities are with the men's lacrosse and men's and women's cross country/distance teams She also serves as a clinical instructor for the UNC graduate and undergraduate athletic training programs. She is the staff liaison to the undergraduate observer program and currently lectures on topics related to manual therapy, electronic medical records and biofeedback. Walker is a 1999 graduate of Boston University, where she earned a B.S. in Athletic Training. Following her Undergraduate training, Walker attained a M.A. in Exercise and Sports Science with a specialization Athletic Training in 2001 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served there as graduate Athletic Trainer, working mainly with the Tar Heel volleyball and rowing programs. Nina is also a Certified Positional Release Therapist (PRT-c).

Nina returned to UNC after working at Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut. She served as the head athletic trainer for the men's lacrosse and field hockey teams as well as an assistant adjunct professor in the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine program, teaching both Nutrition and Clinical Evaluation Lab. She also volunteers for committees designed to promote the field of athletic training, such as the BOC Role Delineation Study Committee and CATA public relations committee. Her research interests include emergency management, lacrosse helmet removal and spineboarding. She has a strong interest in manual therapy and has lectured nationally on Positional Release Therapy. She has also obtained Graston Technique M1 training. She has been an BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) since 1999 and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2004.

Nina Walker, MA, LAT, ATC, CSCS, PRT-c®

Dr. Catherine Varney, DO, PT, ATC , PRT-c®

Before joining PRT-i as their Medical Advisor, Dr. Varney earned her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at the University of Alabama in 1999. There she trained and worked with the Alabama Crimson Tide football team as part of the athletic training staff. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern Alabama. She specialized in manual therapy and performed her graduate research in Post Polio Syndrome.

She went on to practice as a manual physical therapist for the next five years in Arizona and Hawaii before returning to medical school. She earned her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia on the campus of Virginia Tech.

She currently works for Intermountain Health Care as a Board certified family medicine physician in Layton, UT. OMT (osteopathic manipulative therapy) makes up about 50% of her current practice. Her special interest is hip/pelvis somatic dysfunction.

Dr. Catherine Varney, DO, PT, ATC , PRT-c®
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