Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency
Neurologic Physical Therapy
Kristina (Tina) Bova, PT, DPT (OSU Dodd and OP Rehab) Kristina received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Human Development from The Ohio State University in 2014. Afterwards, she continued on to attend Emory University earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in May, 2017. Kristina successfully completed adult neurologic clinical rotations in inpatient settings at Candler Hospital in Savannah, GA and Emory Rehabilitation Hospital in Atlanta, GA where she gained experience treating a variety of patient populations. She also served as a teaching assistant for the Neurologic Rehabilitation course in which she taught clinical skills to second year physical therapy students in the program. Kristina participated in Emory’s international service trip to rural Jamaica in which she provided physical therapy services to stroke survivors in a week long intensive Stroke Camp geared towards improving functional ability and quality of life for those individuals. Additionally, Kristina was actively involved in research and served as a graduate assistant for an NIH funded research study investigating the effects of constraint-induced therapy on outcomes for stroke survivors and also worked with the INSPIRE Laboratory examining the effects of split-belt treadmill locomotor training in persons with incomplete spinal cord injuries Outside of work, Kristina loves to try new recipes in the kitchen, explore coffee shops in the Columbus area, take a run outside, and hang out with friends. She is excited to begin this new chapter of her life as physical therapy resident at OSU and she looks forward to the valuable experiences she will gain through patient care, teaching, research involvement, and community service in the upcoming year.
Joshua LaPorte, PT, DPT (OSU Dodd and OP Rehab) Joshua LaPorte was raised in Dayton, Ohio, where he also attended Wright State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (2014). Joshua attended graduate school at The Ohio State University, earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in 2017. During PT school, he was a student liaison for the OPTA Central District board and was the secretary and treasurer of OSU’s graduating class of 2017. Joshua was involved in research throughout PT school, as he explored post-stroke neurorecovery treatments for the hemiparetic upper extremity, and became a published author for work related to a novel outcome measure assessing changes in haptic performance post-stroke. Additionally, Joshua completed both inpatient and outpatient neurologic rotations at The Ohio State University and OhioHealth, respectively. Here, he gained valuable experience in working with individuals with various traumatic, non-traumatic, and degenerative neurologic disorders. Following graduation, Joshua accepted a contingent position at Riverside Methodist Hospital as an acute care physical therapist. Outside of the profession, Joshua enjoys running and playing numerous outdoor sports, and is an avid fan of European football.
Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship
Zaki Afal, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS. (OSU Sports Medicine) Zaki grew up in Windsor, Canada and moved to Detroit, MI for his undergraduate studies where he attended Wayne State University and obtained his BS in Psychology in 2012. He then headed out west and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Touro University Nevada just outside of Las Vegas in 2015. Zaki completed an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency through the University of Michigan Health Systems in 2016. He has presented at state conferences and lectured at his physical therapy alma mater on various physical therapy topics. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified and board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy. His interests include working with athletes of all ages with an emphasis on barbell sports and basketball. He likes to merge the worlds of strength and conditioning and physical therapy in order to help his patients achieve their goals. Outside of work Zaki likes to read, lift weights, and try out new restaurants in the area.
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency
Morgan Alexander, PT, DPT (OSU Sports Med) Morgan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2014 from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2017 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. During her time at the University of Texas Medical Branch Morgan enjoyed volunteering to train disabled athletes to sail at the local sailing center and participate in adaptive drum fishing tournaments. Morgan also spent her time volunteering at the University of Texas Medical Branch pro bono clinic serving the uninsured population of Galveston, Texas and traveled to Laredo, Texas on a medical mission to serve the Spanish speaking homeless and uninsured population. Upon graduating from University of Texas Medical Branch, Morgan was awarded by faculty the “Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award” and named “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” for being in the top 8% of school of health professions, clinical excellence, and outstanding participation in extracurricular activities and community service. Morgan enjoys facilitating patient’s healing and helping them return to their life and activities they’re passionate about. She is ecstatic to have come from Texas to The Ohio State University to expand her clinical expertise to create better outcomes for patients from all walks of life.
Laura Iglar, PT, DPT (OSU Sports Medicine) Laura earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2015 and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Marquette University in 2017. While at Marquette University Laura was a gross anatomy teaching assistant for graduate students and worked as a rehabilitation aide at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. Upon graduating Magnum Cum Laude with her DPT, Laura received the “Research Award” for her work with Sprague Dawley rats studying local forebrain afferents to the Hypothalamic Paraventricular Nucleus. Prior to starting at OSU, Laura worked in inpatient rehab at the University of Wisconsin Rehabilitation Hospital in Madison, WI. There she treated patients with multiple neurological disorders, including stroke, Guillian-Barré Syndrome, and traumatic brain injury. In her free time Laura enjoys teaching spin class, downhill skiing, and participating in non-traditional sports such as obstacle course racing. Laura is excited to continue to expand and refine her clinical orthopedic skills at The Ohio State University.
Matt Pomeroy, PT, DPT (OSU Sports Medicine) Matt is joining The Ohio State University as an orthopedic resident. After completing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado, he moved to Vail, CO where he worked in a clinic to progress and return active people and professional athletes to their desired lifestyles. Matt has interests in travel and sports and enjoys combining these with physical therapy. He has traveled to Nicaragua to volunteer as a physical therapist and enjoys finding engaging ways to challenge his patients throughout their rehabilitation.
Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency
Nicholas Kelly, PT, DPT (OSU Nisonger Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital). Nick graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in 2013 with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, and he later earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2016 from the University of Miami in Florida. Nick is a pediatric section member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has presented research at national conferences regarding serial casting for a child with hemiplegia. Nick also has previous pediatric clinic experiences in outpatient care, early intervention, school-based therapy, and even hippotherapy and community-based sports in Costa Rica helping children with diagnoses including Down Syndrome, motor developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and autism. He is very excited to continue his training as a pediatric resident here at OSU to provide holistic therapy approaches and maximize functional outcomes for children and their families.
Performing Arts Physical Therapy Fellowship
Sports Physical Therapy Residency
Thomas Joyce, PT, DPT, CSCS (OSU Sports Med) Thomas (TJ) is a Georgia native who earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and religious studies from Rhodes College in 2011. During his time at Rhodes, Thomas ran the 800m in track and played middle infield for the baseball team. Before attending graduate school, he helped coach varsity baseball at his high school in Atlanta, Georgia and assisted the athletic trainers at Agnes Scott College. Thomas received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University in 2017, where he served as the community service chair and leader of the sports special interest group. He received the Helen Kaiser Scholarship for his commitment and dedication to education, community service, and patient care. Thomas also spent time working with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in a variety of settings. Thomas is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and enjoys working with athletes of all ages. His interests include post-concussion syndrome management and injuries associated with overhead athletes. In his free time, Thomas enjoys lifting weights, playing sports, and cheering on his Georgia Bulldogs.
Michael Turnwald, PT, DPT, CSCS (OSU Sports Med) Mike grew up farming in Kalida, OH. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and Exercise Science from Ohio State University in 2014 where he assisted in teaching advanced anatomy for undergraduates. Mike then went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh in the Spring of 2017. Along with his traditional education, Mike has spent time with the strength and conditioning programs of both The Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh working with swimming, diving, volleyball, basketball, golf, hockey, track and field, and soccer as well as becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Outside of school, he has worked with adaptive sports including ice hockey, wheelchair basketball, and instructional running clinics. He also has experience with the CDC and NIOSH testing personal protective equipment (PPE) and environmental testing of firefighter gear. Mike’s interests include rehab and preventative measures for hockey and gymnastics, the management of chronic pain and scoliosis, as well as adaptive and Paralympic sports. Outside of work, Mike enjoys travelling, hiking state and national parks, and running with his soon-to-be wife Sue.
Christine Ulses, PT, DPT, CSCS (OSU Sports Med) Christine grew up just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Truman State University. While at Truman State, Christine competed in Division II softball. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Duke University in May of 2016. Christine then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she was employed as a physical therapist and gained experience working with the United States Speed Skating rehabilitation team. Christine is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her clinical interests include injury prevention and the treatment of the overhead athlete.
Upper Extremity Fellowship
Keith Levinson, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS (OSU Sports Medicine) Keith earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Exercise Science from SUNY Cortland. Following this, he went on to obtain his graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Touro College in Bay Shore, NY. Keith has gained experiences working in a high volume strength and conditioning facility, specializing in baseball athletes. Here, he grew an interest in upper extremity and overhead throwing injuries. He has treated at multiple outpatient physical therapy clinics, dedicating a majority of his time with St. Charles Sports Medicine on Long Island, NY. Keith has earned American Board Certified Specialization in Orthopedics during 2015 and American Board Certified Specialization in Sports during 2016. Keith has also assisted teaching classes at Stony Brook’s Physical Therapy department, located on LI. Prior to his arrival at OSU, Keith provided physical therapy to local athletes throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties, providing sideline care for high school sporting events alongside athletic trainers and sports medicine physicians. At St Charles, as the lead Sports Physical Therapist, he worked closely with physicians, assisting with post-surgical rehabilitation, orthopedic/sport injuries and acute sports screens. Keith has future interests in researching the effects of biologics on sport performance and rehabilitation after injury
Women's Health Residency
Rachel Shepherd, PT, DPT (OSU OP Rehabilitation) Rachel grew up in a military family and lived all over the Gulf Coast and East Coast before coming to the Midwest for school. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University in 2011. While at OSU, Rachel was involved in philanthropic work through Dance Marathon, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals initiative. Following graduation, she accepted a full-time position with CMN Hospitals. In the fall of 2014, Rachel moved to Durham, North Carolina where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Duke University in May of 2017. During her time at Duke, Rachel co-founded and co-led the program’s Student Special Interest Group in Women’s Health, allowing her and her classmates to explore and gain more experience in this area of Physical Therapy. Rachel’s interests include abdominopelvic health, sexual health, holistic wellness, and empowering patients through education. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and her dog (Carmen), yoga, reading, and cooking.