Our Instructional Team

Bob Helfst, PT, MS, ATC/L, CSCS, Astym Cert

Bob earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Sports Medicine from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis.  He has lectured at the University of Cincinnati's Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Ivy Tech State College's Physical Therapy Assistant Program, Indiana Wesleyan's Athletic Training Curriculum and serves as an adjunct faculty member to the Ball State Athletic Training Curriculum.
Bob has over 20 years of experience in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation and has managed clinics in Ohio and Michigan.  His primary patient population is sports and orthopedics, but he also sees some neurologic patients and has been involved in sports biomechanical analysis, and pediatric and adult gait analysis in conjunction with Ball State University's biomechanics lab.  In addition to his patient care responsibilities, Bob provides performance enhancement training to teams and individuals, and has been involved in the development, education, and research of the Astym® program.

John Zanas, PT, CSCS, PES, Astym Cert

John earned his Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Physical Therapy from the University of Washington in 1991. He currently owns and operates a private practice in Snoqualmie, Washington, where he primarily treats orthopedic and sports related injuries, and develops sports performance enhancement programs for athletes and teams of all ages.

John has been certified in Astym® treatment since 1997 and has a special interest in working with young athletes. In addition, he serves as the strength and conditioning coach for Mount Si High School and a consulting therapist at Snoqualmie Ridge TPC Golf Club. He has advanced certifications in strength and conditioning through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the International Youth Conditioning Association. John has lectured for the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association, the Washington State Hand Study Group and numerous youth sports organizations throughout Washington State.

Gus Gutierrez, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Astym Cert

Gus graduated from the Louisiana State University, School of Allied Health, in 1986.  Eight years later, he completed the Gulf Coast Graduate Institute of Manual Therapy Residency Program, focusing on advanced evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions with the use of mobilization and manipulative techniques.  After completing the 18-month program, Gus received certification as a Level 2 Manual Therapist.  He has earned the prestigious Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and received his Orthopedic Certified Specialization distinction in 1994, and then again in 2004.  In 2010, Gus received his DPT from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions.

Since graduation in 1986, Gus has been working at BRPT-Lake, a multi-clinic private practice that specializes in the treatment of orthopedic patients and sports-related injuries.  He has over 25 years of clinical experience, has worked with athletes on all levels, and has used Astym® treatment since 2001 on a wide variety of orthopedic patients.  Gus is certified in Dry Needling, Kinesiology Taping and is an Active Release Technique practitioner for the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine. 

Scott Larson, PT, MS, OCS, Astym Cert

Scott is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he received a Master in Physical Therapy. His clinical expertise is in the treatment of orthopedic patients, particularly sports medicine and work-related injuries. He is a manual therapist and is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Scott has over 15 years of clinical experience and has been certified in the Astym® treatment since 2001. He has lectured on workman's compensation management nationally and locally for the last 12 years. Scott lectured in the past for Southeastern School of Nursing and has co-authored a clinical guidelines book for nursing students. He owns and operates a private practice specializing in orthopaedics and industrial medicine.

Sue Creel, PT, ATC, Astym Cert

Sue has expertise in the areas of orthopedic sports rehabilitation, neurology, back and neck injuries, hand injuries, women’s health, and golf performance enhancement and rehabilitation.  She received her undergraduate training at the University of Wyoming and received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota. She has worked in both hospital and private settings, and has lectured extensively on Women’s Health, making her a leader in the field.  In February of 1990, Sue opened Acucare Physcial Therapy, Ltd. and in 2001, the company/clinic became a licensed BACKtoGOLF facility. 

Sue has been certified in Astym® treatment since 2001, and has used it on a variety of patients including athletes, orthopedic patients, and women’s health patients.  She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers Association, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Sue is also certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and is working towards becoming certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as a Biofeedback Specialist. 

Amy Goddard, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Astym Cert

Amy graduated from Texas Women's University, School of Physical Therapy, with a Master of Science degree in 1995.  Since 2000, she has owned her own private practice in Coppell, Texas, where she specializes in treating orthopedic and sports-related injuries, and especially enjoys working with endurance athletes.  Amy is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has been using Astym® treatment in her clinic on a wide variety of patients since 2001.

Amy completed the Executive Program in Practice Management, in 2011, earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, through Evidence In Motion Institute of Health Professions.  She also became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2011 and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. 

David Rubsam, PT, OCS, Astym Cert

Dave received his MPT degree from the University of Iowa in 1989, and has practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient orthopedics, and, as a contracted provider for a small hospital, doing all phases of PT (inpatient, outpatient, care center, and home health). Dave worked for a large hospital-affiliated clinic from 1996 to 2010, seeing a full range of orthopedic clients, including a large percentage of work injury patients — treated both in-clinic and on-site.

Currently, Dave works for a private practice group operating 3 clinics in Marion, Mount Vernon, and Center Point, Iowa. He received his Orthopedic Certified Specialist designation in 2001, has lectured at the Kirkwood Community College PTA program, and has taught in the Case Based Learning module at the University of Iowa. Dave has been certified in Astym® treatment since 2003, and uses it extensively in his practice; particularly in the UE work injury population, but also for all areas of general orthopedics.

Noel Tenoso, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, cert. MDT, Astym Cert

Noel earned his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, in 1988. He currently owns Advance Sports & Spine Therapy, LLC in Wilsonville and West Linn, Oregon, and his patient load is primarily general orthopedics that comprises mostly of spine patients and sports related injuries.

Noel earned his certified orthopedic manipulative therapist (COMT) degree through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 1997, Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) in 1998, and certification in mechanical diagnostic therapy (MDT) through the McKenzie Institute in 2006. He earned his transitional DPT in January 2008 also through Pacific University and has been certified in Astym® treatment since 2005.

Suzie Freeman, MPT, OCS, Astym Cert

Suzie has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC).  Before continuing on with graduate school at USC, she worked at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic where she performed research activities for physicians.  Today, Suzie works as a Senior Physical Therapist at California Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy in Huntington Beach, California where she treats patients and is responsible for marketing the practice to local physicians. 

In addition to her daily activities, Suzie is also the Center Coordinator for Clinical Education and runs a competitive internship program on a year-round basis.  She was awarded “Clinical Teacher of the Year” by USC in 2004 and received her OCS in 1994, and again in 2004.  Suzie has lectured at the Certritos College PTA program, as well as various Occupational Medicine conferences.  She was certified in Astym® treatment in 2005, and since then, she has been using the technique extensively in her practice. 

Abby Smith, PT, MSPT, Astym Cert

Abby earned her Bachelor of Arts from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and then went on to get her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2003. Today, Abby works as facility manager for Athletico Physical Therapy in the Chicagoland area. In this role, she is responsible for managing a large facility as well as marketing to local physicians.

In addition to her daily activities, she also is the head of the Astym program within Atheltico, which has 400+ Astym-certified clinicians with mentorship, direction and significant interaction with the Astym Clinical and Practice Support Teams at Performance Dynamics. Abby is passionate about treating a dynamic orthopedic population, has been certified in Astym therapy since 2006 and utilizes it extensively. She is also passionate about treating runners and Sacro-iliac dysfunction patients. She also incorporates dry needling in her treatment plans.

Scott Tilson, PT, DPT, Astym Cert

Scott earned his DPT from Duke University in 2004 and has practiced in both private and hospital based settings. He has been able to treat a wide spectrum of clientele from collegiate and high level recreational athletes to inpatient rehabilitation and acute care patients.

Since 2008 Scott has worked for Sutter Medical Foundation in Sacramento, CA in their outpatient clinic working with a general orthopedic population. He has taken several long term manual therapy courses with Norwegian and Australian philosophies. He has developed a strong interest in the foot and ankle, and has given many community lectures for injury prevention and shoe selection for runners and the general population. Scott has been successfully using Astym® treatment since 2006 for a wide variety of pathologies, particularly with lower extremity overuse conditions.

Megan Cox, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS, Astym Cert

Megan graduated with a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Health Sciences from Colorado State University in 2000, and then completed her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, in 2003. She has spent her whole career working in private, outpatient clinics, and is currently working in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Her clinical focus has been primarily on diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries, using the MDT approach (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy). She became MDT certified in 2009, through the McKenzie Institute, and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2010. Megan has been certified in Astym therapy since 2007, and has found it to be of great value in the treatment of both chronic and acute injuries. Megan joined the Astym Instructional Team as a lab assistant in 2015.

In addition to treating orthopedic injuries, Megan also treats vestibular and post concussive disorders.

Keisuke "K2" Kanno, PT, DPT, CSCS, Astym Cert

Keisuke is a senior physical therapist and a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) at Fischer Sports Physical Therapy in Phoenix, AZ, where he is known by staff and clients as "K2." He has been a physical therapist since 1999, and works with the wide range of patients with orthopedic pathology and many professional athletes, including MLB and NFL players and professional baseball players from his home country, Japan. K2 practices functional physical therapy with an emphasis of manual treatments, and strives to make patient rehabilitation sessions as personalized, effective, and fun as possible.

K2 graduated from Keio University in Japan with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry. After his arrival in the United States, he earned his Masters of Science and Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University. K2 has also worked as a personal therapist for Indy Car drivers, traveling with racing teams to major cities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Japan. K2 has hosted many seminars for therapists, trainers, and university students visiting from Japan, educating them about physical therapy, sports medicine, and his own career pathway.

Shayna Slater, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Astym Cert

Shayna earned her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology (with an emphasis in Biokinesiology) from Chapman University, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She currently works as a Physical Therapist at Huntington Beach Physical Therapy Specialists in Huntington Beach, California, where her primary patient population is general orthopedics and sports related injuries.

Shayna has a passion, in particular, for treating dance-related injuries and foot/ankle injuries. In 2010, she became certified in Astym therapy and has been utilizing it extensively, with impressive results. In addition to practicing physical therapy on a daily basis, Shayna is a Clinical Instructor for PT students. She is also a NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Ben Kivlan, PhD, PT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, Astym Cert

Ben is the director of rehabilitation for Tri-State Physical Therapy, an outpatient sports medicine facility in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his clinical interests and expertise are in pediatric sports medicine, hip, shoulder, and knee rehabilitation, and injury prevention.  Since 2011, Ben has been certified in Astym® therapy, and is currently utilizing the treatment to enhance his clinical practice.  In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Ben has taught in accredited physical therapy programs, lectured nationally, and been published in the field of Sports Physical Therapy on topics related to injury and rehabilitation of the hip joint and the pediatric athlete.

Ben is a graduate of Elon College’s Exercise/Sport Science Program and the University of Pittsburgh’s Physical Therapy Program.  He is recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  Currently, Ben is in pursuit of his PhD in Orthopaedics in Biomechanics at Duquesne University, with concentration in the study of the hip pathology and rehabilitation. 

Elzbieta (Ela) Bule, PT, Astym Cert

Ela received her MPT degree from the UNC Chapel Hill in 2002. She practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics, wound care and general acute care. Ela worked for 3 years as a travelling therapist seeing patients in hospital base clinics, acute care, skilled nursing facilities and home health.

Currently, Ela works for a private orthopedic and sports medicine practice in Gastonia, NC. Ela has been certified in Astym® treatment since 2011, and uses it extensively in her practice. She is also certified Kinesio taping practitioner.

Alicia Kaiser, PT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, Astym Cert

Alicia earned her baccalaureate degree in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University in 1988, and upon completion, she pursued an additional Baccalaureate degree in Physical Therapy from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Services at the University of Pittsburgh. She started to pursue certifications shortly after to further her technical skills and clinical assessments. As a result, Alicia received board certification in the area of Sports Physical Therapy (SCS) in 2003, and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) in 2006.

Alicia has 22 years of experience in working in outpatient private practice and her areas of clinical interest consist of the athletic knee and shoulder as well as a specialty focus on the treatment of the spine. Her extensive expertise has allowed her to work with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Passion professional sports teams. She is an active member and fellow in the American Association of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). She also serves as an adjunct teacher at both Slippery Rock and Duquesne Universities, teaching manual spine courses. Alicia has been certified in Astym® treatment since 2012.

Leah Harris, PT, DPT, CSCS, CLT, Astym Cert

Leah received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Stanford University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Duke University, choosing Duke's program due to its emphasis on critical thinking and evidence based practice. She was a Division I NCAA athlete for Stanford and continues to remain active and participate in athletic events, including Ironman Competitions.

Leah is a NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Lymphology Association of North America, Certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling (both Levels I and II) Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified, and is completing a Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy through North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, swimming, running, cooking, reading, and rock climbing.

Nikki Bradley, PT, MPT, OCS, Cert MDT, Astym Cert

Nikki is a graduate of St. Louis University, where she earned her Master's degree in Physical Therapy and Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology. She worked as a traveling physical therapist throughout the United States for several years, which afforded her a wide scope of practice in various clinical settings including outpatient orthopedic, work related injury, return to sport, inpatient, home health, and chronic pain rehab.

Her clinical expertise is in treatment of orthopedic and spine conditions, sports medicine rehab, and pelvic floor dysfunction. She is Board Certified as an Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of PT Specialties, is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) by the McKenzie Institute, and has achieved certification in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-1) through the APTA.

Currently, Nikki works in outpatient rehabilitation with Meriter Unity Point Health in Madison, Wisconsin. She has been utilizing Astym therapy in her practice since 2014, with a special interest in conservative management of foot and ankle conditions.

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