Board Certifications and Fellowships

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Specialized Therapists - Better Outcomes
Physical Therapy at St. Luke's proudly supports our therapists in advancing their specialty training. 

The American Physical Therapy Association established the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) to formally recognize physical therapists who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in specialty areas, and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.

To obtain board certification, candidates must:
  • Submit evidence of advanced competence in a specialty or sub-specialty area
  • Successfully complete a rigorous examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty or sub-specialty area of physical therapist practice
Board certified clinical specialists have shown greater efficiency and effectiveness in the treatment of individuals within their specialty.  

Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s has Board-Certified Specialists through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in:

  • Orthopaedics (OCS) - provides the highest possible level of care for orthopaedic (musculoskeletal) injuries of the spine, head, and extremities
  • Sports (SCS) - provides the highest possible level of care for athletic injuries
  • Geriatric (GCS) - focuses on the needs of the older adult (50+) and their special needs from an orthopedic and neurologic perspective
  • Neurologic (NCS) - focuses on improving the nervous system and the brain from injuries like Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Women's Health (WCS) - provides the highest possible level of care for women's health and pelvic related injuries and issues

Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s has Board-Certified Clinicians through the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABCOP).

  • Board Certified Pedorthist (C.Ped.)- specifically educated and trained to manage the design, manufacture, modification and fit of footwear, shoes and foot orthoses to alleviate problems caused by disease, overuse, congenital condition or injury

Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s has Fellowship-Trained Physical Therapists through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).

  • Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT) - trained through an extensive post-doctoral fellowship program in advanced manual and manipulative therapy for musculoskeletal conditions

Physical Therapy at St. Luke’s is also proud to have Physical Therapists who hold credentials through other national organizations:

  • Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT) - trained in The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) for the spine and the extremities
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) - trained in the management of individuals with lymphedema and/or related disorders
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) – board-certified clinicians trained in preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions in active individuals
  • Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP) – trained in the Mulligan Concept of mobilization/manipulation to decrease pain and improve movement
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance