Geriatric Physical Therapy ResidencyMonica Leach, PT, DPT – Monica grew up in a suburb outside of Akron, OH. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Gerontology from Kent State University in 2017. Monica then received my Doctor of Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University in 2020. During her time in PT school, she volunteered at a local assisted living facility in wellness classes for the residents, and completed and presented research at CSM 2020 analyzing fall risk and barriers to prevention in the elderly community surrounding Columbus. She mentored second-year students at a pro-bono physical therapy clinic as a third-year PT student. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors (hiking, exploring), spending time with friends and family, and being a foodie! She has also spent quite a bit of time with her 6 month old rescue pup, Winnie. Specific clinical interests include movement disorders, lifelong wellness, and reducing fall risk all within the geriatric population. Dr. Leach is excited to continue her professional development with Ohio State and can't wait to learn from all of my amazing colleagues at this institution! Go Bucks!
Neurologic Physical Therapy
Julia Goodwin, PT, DPT: Julia grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2017, she received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with minors in Biological Sciences and Psychology from Ohio University and began the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at OSU. It was during clinical rotations at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and Parkinson Wellness Recovery in Tucson, Arizona that Julia built upon her passion for neurologic physical therapy. She has a particular interest in inpatient rehabilitation and neurodegenerative conditions. She worked as a student assistant in the neuro/geriatric lab course, which fueled a passion for teaching as well. Outside of work, Julia enjoys frequenting local coffee shops and breweries, reading, cooking, hiking, and spending time with her cat, Moe. She’s excited to continue practicing and learning at Ohio State!
Kara Gillum, PT, DPT, AT - Kara grew up in Marietta, Ohio. She attended Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training and Pre-Physical therapy in 2017. Kara developed a passion for adaptive sports and concussion through her classes and time spent working with the clinical staff and teams at BWU. Kara pursued her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at The Ohio State University, completing this degree in May of 2020. Kara completed a research specialization in the area of Pediatric ACLR, on which she presented posters at CSM in 2019 and 2020. Kara also contributed to OSU's DPT program's service committee while in this program and continued to serve the community outside of the physical therapy realm. Throughout her clinical experiences, Kara developed a passion for amputee, vestibular, MS, stroke and overall neuro-rehab. Kara served as a Neuro-Lab assistant which helped spark her desire to pursue a Residency program. Outside of work, Kara enjoys hiking, camping, taking on new DIY projects and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.
Oncologic Physical Therapy ResidencyKayla Gault, PT, DPT - Kayla was raised in Mount Vernon, OH, and graduated from Bellarmine University in 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science. It was there where she discovered her first passion, addressing social determinants of health through exercise and healthcare access. During her senior year, she worked with Louisville’s Re:Center Ministries, assisting with the exercise component of their addiction recovery program. She also spent time in the Dominican Republic with fellow classmates, running a youth sports injury prevention camp. She then returned to her Ohio roots to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy at The Ohio State University. While in Columbus, she continued providing pro bono services at the Faith Mission Health Center and the Ohio State Student Therapy Clinic. After completing two clinical rotations in oncology rehabilitation and oncology rehabilitation program development, Kayla is excited to return to The Ohio State University as a resident and is grateful for the opportunity to pursue her passions for oncology rehabilitation and community health promotion in tandem at The OSUCCC-James. Her professional interests include advocacy for early intervention and improving the survivorship experience. Outside of the clinic, Kayla enjoys hiking, baking, and finding the best local cup of coffee.
Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy FellowshipNina Kelly, PT, DPT Kelly was raised in North Carolina, where she also attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a double major in in Exercise Science and Psychology (2014). Nina attended graduate school at The University of Miami, earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in 2018. During PT school, she was a co-chair for the Marquette challenge winning honorable mention and raising nearly 30,000 dollars for physical therapy research. Nina was heavily involved in research throughout PT school, presenting three posters at CSM in two years. She compared the effect of foam rolling to static stretching on Hip Adduction Range of Motion, and explored the uses for iPhone applications as a replacement for goniometric measurement in all three planes of motion. Additionally, Nina worked closely with the director of her program with various projects including CAPTE accreditation, while also managing all web content for Symmetry Physical Therapy, and writing Handstand and Pull-up programming for Hybrid Performance Method. Nina completed two sports rotations at both the University of Miami, and FAU’s training rooms, as well as completing outpatient orthopedic rotations at Broward Health North and Gloria Drummond Rehabilitation Institute. Here, she gained valuable experience working with individuals with various traumatic, non-traumatic, and degenerative orthopedic injuries taking them from post-op through return to work/sport protocols. Outside of the profession, Nina enjoys acroyoga, gymnastics, barbell sports and pretty much any outdoor adventures.
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency
Elizabeth Arnold, PT, DPT, CSCS - Liz is a Cincinnati native who attended Emory University and earned a degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology while competing on the Division III women’s soccer team. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Duke University in 2019. While at Duke, Liz was involved in assistant teaching in anatomy, research on the impact of timing of physical therapy for low back pain on heath services utilization, and in volunteering for A Helping Hand, where she was a companion to a low-income senior citizen with limited social support. Liz’s clinical interests include working with athletes of all ages and psychologically-informed physical therapy. Outside of the clinic, Liz enjoys strength training, rock climbing, pickleball, and alpine skiing. She is looking forward to improving her clinical orthopedic skills as part of the Ohio State Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program.
Nicholas Gulla, PT, DPT - Nick is joining The Ohio State University from his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was a Pro Bono clinic manager and co-founder of their AAOMPT student special interest group. Prior to graduate school, Nick studied biology and played baseball at Elizabethtown College. Outside of the clinic you can find him participating in various recreational sports, playing music, traveling, and training for his next marathon. Nick ultimately wishes to further injury prevention and community wellness throughout his professional career as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist.
Heidi Howald, PT, DPT – Heidi grew up in Reno, Nevada. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Minor in French from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014. She worked as an aide for 3 years in an outpatient clinic in Reno before applying to physical therapy school. Heidi received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 2020, where she was the president of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists-Student Special Interest Group and completed clinical research on movement augmentation to develop balance strategies in patients with incomplete spinal cord injury. While in Chicago, Heidi also enjoyed volunteering with the Chicago Marathon Paralympic athletes and the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. Her clinical interest include the spine, shoulder, and helping patients return to their favorite activities. Outside of the clinic, Heidi enjoys anything outdoors, trying different exercise classes, and catching up on the latest Netfilx craze. Heidi is excited to be in Columbus and continue to grow professionally in the Ohio State Orthopedic Residency.
Shelby York, PT, DPT – Shelby grew up throughout the east coast and midwest as a result of her father’s job in the Army. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Minor in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2017 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University in 2020. While at The Ohio State University, she served as class president and participated in clinical research involving the psychosocial factors and biomechanics in those with Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome. Her clinical interests include psychosocial factors associated with care, concussions and the lower extremity. Outside work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and hiking. She is extremely excited to improve her clinical skills as a part of the OSU Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program.
Lucas Zastrow, PT, DPT - Luke attended The University of Toledo for his undergraduate and graduate studies. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2016 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2019. During physical therapy school, he served as a graduate assistant in his program as well as an academic tutor for undergraduate student athletes. Luke has also been active in community service, including volunteering at his local community healthcare clinic and serving as a student representative on The University of Toledo’s Board of Trustees. In his free time, Luke enjoys rock climbing, skiing and other adventure sport activities. He is excited and grateful to be a part of the OSU Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency, where he will combine his clinical interest in orthopaedics with the opportunity to engage in patient care, research, teaching and continued didactic study.
Lei Zhang, PT, DPT, MS – Lei calls Fairfax, VA home. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he double majored in Chemistry and Forensic Science. He then went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry from St. John’s University in NYC. Lei worked as a Forensic Toxicologist for a number of years before switching careers and attended Physical Therapy School at the University of Miami. While in Physical Therapy school Lei was involved extensively in research projects ranging from knee pain in sailors, the effects of laser light on tattoos, and exercise effects on improving cognitive function. Lei has a passion for teaching and was a teaching assistant in many classes, with a particular love for teaching anatomy. During his free time, Lei volunteered at Sabrina’s Beach day which gave people with disabilities an opportunity to experience the ocean in a safe environment. Lei is interested in pain neuroscience and has a special interest in working with tactical athletes. Outside of work, he is an avid cycler and completed the Washington D.C to Pittsburgh round trip ride in 6 days! Lei also enjoys weightlifting and competing in kettlebell sport. He held a US national record in kettlebell sport for most snatches with a 28kg kettlebell in 10 minutes. Lei had the opportunity to compete in the Arnold Classic and is looking forward to more adventures here in Columbus, Ohio.
Pediatric Physical Therapy ResidencyCurrent Resident Biographies under development.
Performing Arts Physical Therapy Fellowship
Amanda Edwards PT, DPT, OCS – Amanda is originally from Port Jefferson, NY where she began developing her interest in dance and physical therapy. She attended James Madison University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She was awarded a Graduate Assistant position of Fitness and Nutrition through James Madison University’s recreation center, which she completed while studying for her Master of Science in Kinesiology. She then graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in 2014. Since graduating with her DPT, she has worked at BSR Physical Therapy in Manahawkin, New Jersey and became board certified in orthopedics following her studies through Temple University orthopedic residency program. Her personal interest in ballet has expanded to her clinical interest in treatment of the dancer population. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking, exercising, going to the beach, cooking vegan food, and spending all her time with her husband, 2 year-old daughter, and dog.
Sports Physical Therapy Residency
David Bennion, PT, DPT - David was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and completed both his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah. David’s interest in sports physical therapy originated in his childhood dream of becoming a paleontologist. He loved learning how dinosaurs lived through studying their fossil records. Through his own participation in sports he learned how a similar understanding of human anatomy and physiology could be utilized to enhance athletic performance and rehabilitation from injury. During his time in practice David participated on clinical teams implementing blood flow restriction training and updating return to sport testing protocols following ACL reconstruction. His clinical interests include rehabilitation from knee, ankle, and foot injuries. Outside the clinic David enjoys spending time with his wife and son, biking, and supporting Liverpool F.C ‘
Dominic Ilardi, PT, DPT - Dominic grew up in Arizona and in 2007 enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Over the course of his enlistment he obtained the rank of Sergeant and a first-degree black belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). After honorably discharging in 2012, he found that his own injuries and military experiences sparked an interest in healthcare. He then attended Arizona State University, graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a business minor. Dominic then made the move to Omaha, Nebraska to attend Creighton University for his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. While at Creighton he worked with athletes from youth sports, D1 colleges, adaptive athletes, and even professionals. He also conducted research on ACL rehab and return to sport protocols with presentations at national and regional conferences. His clinical interests include optimizing performance, injury prevention, the treatment of traditional and tactical athletes (military, police, fire, first responders), and return to sport/duty.
Erin Krogh, PT, DPT, AT - Erin is originally from West Fargo, North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 2016 and a Masters of Athletic Training degree in 2017. Afterward, she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at The Ohio State University in 2020, while also working as needed as an Athletic Trainer for Nationwide Children's Hospital covering pediatric community events around Columbus. During PT school, Erin participated in clinical research on the landing mechanics of the knee post ACL reconstruction and was a finalist for the Excellence in Research award for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy. Erin solidified her passion for outpatient orthopedics/sports through her AT and PT experiences as a student and professional working with patients of all ages and activity levels, including collegiate sports teams, high school athletes, and active older adults. Her clinical interests include injury prevention, on-field injury management, return to sport/activity, and optimizing biomechanical performance of activities.
Ryan Johnson, PT, DPT, CSCS – Ryan was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2016. Afterward, he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Iowa in 2018. While at UI, he was elected to the class executive board and participated in clinical research involving individuals with spinal cord injuries. He solidified a passion for outpatient orthopedics/sports during his clinical internships, notably one with the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, AZ where he assisted with the rehabilitation of athletes from all levels within the organization. While in school, he also studied and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). His clinical interests include injury prevention as well as knee and shoulder rehabilitation.
Danny McAndrew, PT, DPT - Danny was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. Due to various sports injuries in high school, he spent a large amount of time in a physical therapy clinic. When it came time to decide on a profession, he wanted to be able to give future athletes the same chance to continue doing what they love the same way his physical therapists did for him. After graduating from Truman State University in 2016 with his B.S. in Exercise Science, Danny continued his education at Creighton University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. While at Creighton, he worked with athletes of all ages, sports, and experience. In addition to his participation in various research projects pertaining to ACL rehab and return to sport protocols, Danny led and presented his own running-based research project at national and international conferences. His clinical interests include running biomechanics, return to sport/throwing criteria, ACL rehabilitation, and UCL rehabilitation. Danny and his wife, Katelyn, got married in May 2020, and love exploring parks with their dog, Nettle.
Upper Extremity Fellowship
Marcin Szczyglowski PT, DPT, MS, CSCS - Marcin grew up in London, Ontario, Canada and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2014 with a BSc in Kinesiology. During undergrad, he began competitively powerlifting which lead him into the field of strength & conditioning and working as the strength coach for a local sports performance facility and the collegiate women’s field hockey team. He went on to obtain an MSc in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma with concentration in muscle function and metabolism, and authored several posters which were presented at ACSM Annual Meetings. He also participated in blood flow restriction research during this time due to ongoing studies at OU. Marcin attended Physical Therapy School at The University of Pittsburgh, where the majority of his clinical rotations were in sport medicine facilities. He completed his Sport Residency at the University of Miami, primarily working with the Miami Hurricanes Track & Field Team. Marcin prioritizes combining his experiences in physiology research and strength & conditioning with physical therapy to improve clinical care. When he’s not at work, you can find him at the nearest barbell or donut shop.
Johnny Passarelli, MPT, SCS – Originally from Kenosha, WI, attended and played Collegiate Baseball in Missouri, transferred to Marquette University to receive a BS in Human Biology and MS in Physical Therapy. Johnny has been practicing for 21 years and in that time has seen many changes in the profession. He began his career in outpatient orthopedics working in the private practice setting in Kenosha WI. He developed a collaborative sports medicine team at two local colleges working along with a team physician and athletic trainer. He was the team Physical Therapist for the Kenosha Kingfish Northwoods league baseball team and fostered many partnerships with local youth club sport teams providing injury screens, game coverage and injury prevention seminars. Prior to moving to Ohio, he owned and operated private outpatient orthopedic clinics in southeastern Wisconsin. A desire to shift his focus from business/management to education, patient care and professional growth led him to OSU. Johnny is married with 3 children, 2 boys and a girl ages 16, 4 and 2. Outside of work, Johnny enjoys time with his family doing various outdoor activities and sports. He obtained his board certification in sports physical therapy in 2015.
Pelvic Health Residency
Jennifer Goss, PT, DPT - Jennifer was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but spent most her life in Wisconsin where she received a degree in Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Later she moved to North Chicago, Illinois where she completed her degree in Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2020. During her time in graduate school she gained a Level 1 certification in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy in order to pursue her interest in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. While at Rosalind Franklin she completed a 10 week clinical rotation at a pelvic floor specialty outpatient clinic in the Chicagoland suburbs, helped many women return to their prior level of function in this specialty clinic and taught a lecture to inpatient care physical therapists on how to identify people with pelvic health dysfunctions. Her clinical interests include pelvic pain, chronic pelvic pain and antepartum/post-partum care. She believes in educating her health care teams and local community about the importance of providing care for people with pelvic floor dysfunctions. Other than helping people, she enjoys the outdoors where you can find her camping or swimming in a nearby lake and spending quality time with family and friends.
Maria Kapral, PT, DPT – Maria grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, though moved to Florida and throughout the Tidewater region due to her father’s job in the Navy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Sciences and Minor in Psychology from The College of William and Mary in 2016 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in 2019. She worked as a Physical Therapy Tutor during her time at Creighton, assisting for Skills Labs, Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Cardiopulmonary, Biomechanics, and Neuroscience. She also assisted with leading DPT students in their skills lab and curricular experience with Juvenile Arthritis. She received her Level 1 certification in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy while in her DPT curriculum and spent 16 weeks in a specific Pelvic Floor and Cancer Rehabilitation facility during clinical experiences. Outside work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking with her dog, Heidi, who unfortunately is staying with her parents in San Diego, baking, and watching movies. Her specific clinical interests include cancer-related pelvic floor concerns and pelvic pain. She is excited to begin a new experience in Columbus and to continue to grow as a young professional through the Ohio State Women’s Health Residency.