Pain Relief and Physical Therapy is partnered with Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) as a Fellowship mentoring site for our advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship. The Fellowship is accredited by and meets the rigorous standards of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. The mentorship component of the Fellowship at PRPT is conducted by Bryan O’Halloran who is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Noel Lozares, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, COMT graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors in Molecular & Cell Biology. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Columbia University, New York. Noel is dual Board Certified as both a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS) and as a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He became a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist (COMT) in 2010. Dr. Lozares is a Sports Physiotherapist who works with elite athletes. He is the Head Physiotherapist and Sports Medicine Coordinator for the US Paralympic Snowboard and Alpine Ski Teams. Noel is the personal Physio for several Team USA athletes (Track & Field, Fencing, Wrestling, BMX, Gymnastics and more) as well as NFL athletes, US & international halfpipe snowboarders, and professional performing artists. Additionally, Noel is a USATF (USA Track & Field) Certified Level 2 Coach (Sprints/Hurdles/Relays). He is a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Medical 3 Certified Professional and Fitness 2 Certified Professional.
Dr. Binh Nguyen, DPT, COMT was a High School teacher, personal trainer, and kickboxing instructor in New York City prior to become a physical therapist. He has been a practicing physical therapist since 2006. He has worked in outpatient orthopedic setting for 3 years in New York City after his graduation from Hunter College Master’s Physical Therapy Program, then he decided to move to Philadelphia to start a family in 2009. He worked primarily in acute/sub-acute rehabilitation from 2009-2011 and enjoyed the creative and rehabilitative aspects in this setting for neurological and post-op patients. However, he missed the problem-solving and diagnostic nature of outpatient orthopedic of physical therapy. In 2011, he decided to get back into outpatient orthopedic and opened Optimal Physical Therapy Gym
with the intent to bridge the gap between physical therapy and fitness. Dr. Binh Nguyen is a huge proponent of lifelong learning and giving back! He obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Evidence In Motion Institute of Health Science in 2015, then he serves as a clinical instructor for Temple University and Drexel University Physical Therapy students. He took many continued education courses from various school of thoughts. However, Dr. Binh Nguyen sees the values of the Maitland Concept, and its principles of permeable brick wall, test and retest, and patient-center approach resonate well with his personality. He decided to focus his energy to hone his clinical skills under the Maitland Concept, and he successfully completed Maitland course works and a rigorous examination process to become a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) in September 2017. Dr. Binh Nguyen is a Fellow In Training under MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship since 2017 and will complete his Fellowship in December 2020. Dr. Binh Nguyen, DPT, COMT utilizes a holistic approach for patient care. However, he uses Maitland Concept, Functional Movement System, Vladimir Janda Approach, Stuart McGill, and the Movement System Impairment by Shirley Sahrmann as the pillar of his assessment and diagnostic tools.
Addison Lerner-Lentz, DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT graduated from Utica College in May 2010 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and in May 2008 with a B.S. in Health Studies and is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Lerner-Lentz works at Pain Relief and Physical Therapy as a physical therapist and is also the CCCE for physical therapy students and clinical rotations. She has been a member of the staff since June 2010, completed her COMT certification in 2013 through Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars and is now a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT). She just completed her fellowship in manual therapy through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars Program in February of 2020 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT). She is currently involved research for cervicogenic headaches disorders and shoulder impingement dysfunction. Dr. Lerner-Lentz is also an assistant basketball coach at Haverford College for the past 9 years, in which the team just won back to back Centennial Conference Championships and were NCAA qualifiers 3 years in a row. She is also very active and participates and competes year round in triathlons, 5Ks and half marathons and is a National Qualifier for her age group. Dr. Lerner completed her fellowship in 2019.
Caleb Knippenberg, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, Cert. MDT, FAAOMPT graduated from the University of Scranton in 2008 with his Master’s in physical therapy. Since that time he has maintained a strong interest in orthopedic physical therapy. Caleb was a high school and collegiate athlete and performed clinical training with the San Francisco Giants. In 2014 Caleb obtained his Orthopedic Clinical Specialty designation recognizing his advanced knowledge in the field of Orthopedics. Caleb continued his pursuit of education by obtaining his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2016. In 2017 he earned his Certificate of Orthopedic Manual Therapy after taking numerous courses related to mobilization and manipulation of the spine and peripheral joints. The following year he earned yet another certification becoming credentialed as a McKenzie therapist which involves training in mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine. Currently he is working on a Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy with Bryan O’Halloran as his Senior Faculty Advisor. Caleb owns and operates a private outpatient physical therapy clinic with his wife who is also a physical therapist specializing in the field of women’s health. He has two young daughters and plays racquetball in his spare time. Dr. Knippenberg completed his fellowship in 2019.
Bernard J. Povanda, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT is the owner and director of Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. of NEPA. He has been in business for over 30 years and has three outpatient clinics that treat orthopedic and sports related conditions. He graduated from East Stroudsburg University, Stroudsburg, PA and earned his physical therapy degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, and Private Practice Section. Bernie completed his COMT certification in 2013 through Maitland Physiotherapy Seminars series and is now a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT). He is currently working towards becoming a fellow in Manual Therapy through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars Fellowship Program. He has worked for several years with professional golfers on the Nationwide & Buy.com tournaments. Mr. Povanda has an interest in pursuing research where he’s been involved in the collection of data for several studies. He is currently submitting a case report to the Journal Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy involving the treatment of bilateral chronic hamstring tendinopathy with Percutaneous Needle Tenotomy (PNT) and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections in conjunction with eccentric exercises. He completed his fellowship in 2019.
Robert Price, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FIT, FAAOMPT is a graduate from Utica College of Syracuse. He graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy cum laude in 2009 and has been a member of the Dover community since that time. Dr. Price quickly established firm footing marrying manual therapy and a biomechanical treatment approach. He spent his first five years practicing under expert clinicians exploring a multitude of approaches which led to an eclectic treatment model. He now holds an advanced certification as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and is a fellow in training via MAPS Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program. Rob’s area of specialty is in spinal rehabilitation offering services including mobilization and manipulation in addition to various soft tissue techniques. Other areas of specialty include rehabilitation of the running athlete with use of video analysis, post-surgical shoulder management, and the rehabilitation of dancer’s. Rob’s wife, Kimberly Price, owns and operates En Pointe Studio and is an asset as a consultant with a bachelor’s degree in dance from Towson University. Dr. Price completed his fellowship in 2019.
Damon Daura, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT. Dr. Daura graduated from Gettysburg College in 1990 with a degree in Pre-Physical therapy matriculating to UMDNJ/Rutgers to attain his Master of Physical Therapy in 1992. He has been practicing in the outpatient orthopedic setting for 27 years and has been in private practice for the last 16 years. Dr. Daura is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist and is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2010 and is currently pursuing his fellowship through MAPS. Dr. Daura completed his fellowship in 2020.
Dhaval C. Talati, PT, MS, DPT,COMT, FAAOMPT. Dr. Dhaval Talati is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) with Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars(MAPS). He graduated in 2008 with Bachelors of Physiotherapy from Mumbai, India; earned his Master's degree in Physical Therapy from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2010. He also, holds a Post Professional Doctorate in Physical therapy from Utica College, New York; is a certified workers compensation healthcare provider (CWcHP). He is currently, a Fellow in training (FIT) with the MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program. He is a member of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Dr. Dhaval is a dedicated practitioner who takes a holistic approach to his practice. He sees patients at Holsman Physical Therapy; Rehabilitation in Clifton, New Jersey where he is also the Clinic Supervisor. He is a Clinical Instructor (CI) for physical therapy students from Rutgers University, New Jersey; actively networks with a team of physicians, chiropractors and occupational therapists. Dr. Talati completed his fellowship in 2020.