Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency
Sarah Kidd, PT, DPT - Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She completed her education in May 2016. During her final year of graduate school, Sarah was also an Albert Schweitzer Fellow; she designed and implemented a “Dance for Health” exercise program at a local nursing and retirement home. Sarah presented at the 2016 Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) annual conference on the topic of community-based fitness programs for older adults after being inspired by her Fellowship experience to research and present on the topic. That same year, Sarah served as the Website Coordinator on the Board for the Student Special Interest Group of the OPTA, she went on a service learning trip to Merida, Mexico where she provided physical therapy to underserved populations with classmates and faculty, and she was awarded the Lynn Allen Colby Service and Leadership award by the OSU DPT Department. During her second year of graduate school, Sarah worked as a teaching assistant in the Principles and Procedures courses taught to first-year DPT students and served as a Physical Therapy Delegate on the OSU Council of Graduate Students. Rounding out her life, Sarah is also a small group and covenant group leader at her church, Vineyard Columbus, she is married, and she is excited about her pursuit to become a geriatric certified specialist in the field of PT. Undoubtedly, she believes OSU’s geriatric residency will equip her to be the best practitioner she can be through working, teaching, researching, and being mentored.
Neurologic Physical Therapy
Douglas Eck PT, DPT (OSU Dodd and OP Rehab) Douglas graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. During his time at VCU, he served many leadership roles both inside and outside of the classroom including president of VCU's graduating class of 2016. Additionally, he was the sole recipient of VCU's Terry Wise Award, given each year to a graduate who demonstrates outstanding professional and personal capabilities in the clinical and classroom settings. During his final year at VCU, Douglas was selected to participate in an intensive vestibular rehabilitation module comprised of clinical-based mentoring and small group learning. During this time he also participated in research culminating in a systematic review on the use of tactile neurofeedback in individuals with peripheral vestibulopothies. Douglas completed adult neurologic rotations in inpatient hospital settings in Winchester, VA and Greensboro, NC as well as a pediatric rotation in Grand Rapids, MI. These experiences allowed him to utilize state-of-the-art assistive technology and evidence-based techniques with a variety of neurological patients. Douglas is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a proud alumnus of Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) in Saginaw, Michigan, where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in exercise science (2013). Outside of physical therapy Douglas enjoys traveling, outdoor adventure sports and exploring new places with friends.
Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency
Tessa Kasmar, PT, DPT (OSU Sports Med) Tessa completed a six-year entry-level DPT program at Marquette University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Exercise Physiology and Spanish for the Health Professions and graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2016. While at Marquette University, Tessa fostered her interest in working with performing artists by becoming a Sports Medicine Intern with the Milwaukee Ballet and founding the Dance Medicine Clinic and Journal Club through Marquette’s on-campus physical therapy clinic. Attaining a competitive internship as a PT student with the Washington Ballet in D.C. allowed her to gain more experience working with this specialized population. She worked as the lead rehab aide at Marquette’s Sport Rehab Clinic throughout PT school, taking on a leadership and management role at the clinic. Tessa has had the opportunity to teach within Marquette’s PT program as a faculty assistant for a class on culture and disability and their impacts on physical therapy, piquing her interest in teaching. Upon graduating, Tessa received Magna Cum Laude, the “Research Award”, and the “Daniel Strelnick Award for Clinical Excellence”. Tessa is excited to progress her orthopedic clinical practice as well as pursue additional interests in teaching and research as an orthopedic resident at the Ohio State University.
Rachel King, PT, DPT (OSU Sports Med) Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; completing her education in May 2016. During her time at Marquette Rachel enjoyed working as a teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology courses as well as working for Youth Empowered to Succeed, a fitness and mentoring program for at-risk middle schoolers. Rachel also served as co-director of Marquette University’s pro bono physical therapy clinic, which united volunteer students and alumni to meet the needs of the uninsured in the Milwaukee community. Under her leadership the clinic grew from six to forty volunteers, serving dozens of patients in multiple languages every week. Rachel was honored to receive Marquette’s research award for her gait analysis research presented to the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA). In her free time she enjoys biking, camping, rock climbing, and cooking.
Rachel is thrilled to begin her orthopedic residency at OSU to pursue further opportunities in learning, teaching, research, and service in order to become a better provider for her patients.
Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency
Sports Physical Therapy Residency
Jennifer Fath, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS Jennifer completed her Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Sports Medicine at University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA) in 2011. While at Pacific, she competed as a Division I athlete on the women’s basketball team. Prior to completing her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, Jennifer served as a Graduate Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at The University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg, TX) during the 2011-2012 season while completing her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology. She earned her DPT degree from Angelo State University in 2016 and was awarded the “Outstanding Service” Award upon graduation. During her time in PT school, Jennifer served as Class President, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Student Assembly Texas Core Ambassador as well as President of the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Student Special Interest Group. Additionally, Jennifer worked as a Teaching Assistant, mentoring and assisting first year students throughout her time in PT school. Jennifer immediately pursued further education following her completion of PT school and is certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, the Functional Movement Screen, and Y-Balance testing. A native of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Fath enjoys spending her spare time with friends and family, trying food from various cultures, traveling, watching sports, and exercising.
Kaitlyn Schlueter, PT, DPT, CSCS (OSU Sports Med) Kaitlyn (Katie) grew up just outside of San Francisco in Mill Valley, CA. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Biology from the University of California, Davis in 2012. While at UC Davis, Katie competed in four years of Division I Women’s Water Polo. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she took a year off and became heavily involved as a coach of both youth swimming and water polo in Northern California. In the fall of 2013, Katie moved to Durham, North Carolina where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Duke University in May of 2016. Beyond her entry-level education, Katie has pursued two additional certifications, and is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and as a Level I Certified Disability Sport Specialist. After graduation from Duke’s program, Katie coordinated a two-week service trip of Duke DPT alumni to Rwanda, where the DPT team implemented training, injury prevention and return to sport protocols, as well as general functional movement screening and corrective exercise prescription. Katie’s interests include manual therapy, injury prevention, return to sport and performance enhancement across the lifespan, with a special interest in adaptive athletes. Outside of work, Katie loves to travel, and locally enjoys hiking, exploring new restaurants and seeing live music.
Mitch Therriault, PT, DPT, CSCS (OSU Sports Med) Mitch completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Duke University in May of 2016. During his time at Duke, Mitch gained great experience in sports physical therapy with a clinical rotation at Duke Sports Medicine, as well as through internships with the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL and Team USA at the World University Games. Mitch completed his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Dayton in 2013 where he was awarded the James M. Landis Memorial Award of Excellence. In addition to his physical therapy experience, Mitch has also completed internships with University of Dayton Strength and Conditioning and Donskov Strength and Conditioning in Columbus, Ohio. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Emergency Medical Responder. Outside of physical therapy, Mitch enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and watching/playing sports.
Upper Extremity Fellowship
Jeremy Harris, PT, DPT, ATC - Jeremy enjoys working with overhead athletes of all ages and skill levels. Jeremy earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Baldwin Wallace College In Berea, OH, and went on to obtain his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. Jeremy gained experience working with professional athletes as an intern with the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns. Prior to his arrival at OSU, Jeremy worked as an Intern Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer at the Cleveland Indians Player Development Complex in Goodyear, AZ. There, he assisted with post-surgical rehabilitating athletes from the major and minor leagues. Jeremy is currently working on research looking at a new return to sport test after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, and plans to pursue research interests in treatment of the overhead athlete.