Fellowship Training

 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.

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Introduction to our Current Fellows in training

Addison Lerner

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 Addison Lerner-Lentz, DPT, COMT, 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 is currently working towards becoming a fellow in manual therapy through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars Fellowship Program. She is currently involved research for cervicogenic headaches disorders and shoulder impingement dysfunction.   Dr Lerner-Lentz is also the assistant basketball coach at Haverford College and participates and competes year round in triathlons, 5Ks and half marathons and is a National Qualifier for her age group. 

Caleb Knippenberg

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 Caleb Knippenberg, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, Cert. MDT,  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.

Bernie Povanda

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Bernard J. Povanda, PT, COMT, 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.

Rob Price

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Robert Price, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FIT 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.