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2023 Disruptive Innovation in Physical Therapist Education Virtual Summit:

The Physical Therapy Learning Institute is proud to host the

“Curricular Bloat and Unwarranted Variability: Now is the Time for Curricular Reform"

April 14-15, 2023

Keynote Speaker: Eric S. Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP

Friday, April 14, 2023 4:15p-4:45p ET

Dr. Holmboe is the Chief Research, Milestone Development, and Evaluation Officer of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He is also Professor Adjunct of Medicine at Yale University, Adjunct Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


He served as the Associate Program Director, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, and as the Director of Student Clinical Assessment, Yale School of Medicine. Before joining Yale in 2000, he served as Division

Chief of General Internal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center. He also previously served as a medical student clerkship director and residency training officer at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. Dr. Holmboe retired from the US Naval Reserves in 2005.

His research interests include interventions to improve quality of care and methods in the evaluation of clinical competence. His professional memberships include the American College of Physicians, where he is a Fellow, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the Association of Medical Education in Europe. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators.


Dr. Holmboe is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University.

- Keynote Presentation Slides: Improving Outcomes: The Critical Role of Health Professions Education

- Keynote Recording:

Summit Session Recordings, Moderators, & Panelists

Gail Jensen

Panel 1: Academic Perspective - DPT Program Directors/Faculty/Accreditors

Saturday, April 15, 2023 11:00a-12:30p ET

Panel 1 Recording:


Gail Jensen  PT, PhD, FAPTA, FNAP, Panel Facilitator

Dr. Jensen is Vice Provost for Learning and Assessment, Dean Emerita, and Professor of Physical Therapy at Creighton University.  She is known nationally and internationally for scholarly contributions in expert practice, clinical reasoning, professional ethics, and interprofessional education.  Dr. Jensen is author or coauthor of more than 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has coauthored 14 books, including Educating Physical Therapists,  Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making in Physical Therapy and in 2023, the fifth edition of Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions (Higgs, Jensen, Loftus, Trede).  She serves on a number of editorial boards and currently serves as the associate editor for The Clinical Teacher.  In 2022 she gave the 24th Annual Cerasoli Lecture for the Education Academy focused on developing master adaptive learners.  Dr. Jensen received her PhD in educational evaluation with a minor in sociology from Stanford University. She holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota.



Ellen Wruble, PT, DScPT

Dr. Wruble is Director of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program and Associate Professor at the University of Delaware. She also serves as Academic Co-Director in the joint acute care and cardiovascular and pulmonary residencies between Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Delaware. Dr. Wruble currently serves on the Facilitation Standards Sub-Committee for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and on the Systemic Discrimination and Racism Mitigation Task Force for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapists. She has provided lectures both nationally and internationally on academic and student affairs as well as on best practices in the use of simulation.


Robert M. Frampton, PT, DHCE, MPT

Assistant Dean, School of Health Professions; Founding Program Director, Physical Therapy Professor, Physical Therapy, Concordia University Ann Arbor

Dr. Frampton is a Professor and Program Director for Physical Therapy at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI.  He has been a licensed physical therapist for over 30 years. He also serves as the Assistant Dean for the School of Health Professions for Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Frampton was Chairperson, Founding Physical Therapy Program Director, and faculty at the University of Mount Union from 2014 to 2020. He was Chairperson, Director and Faculty at the University of Findlay Physical Therapy program from 2003 to 2013. He served the College of Health Professions at Findlay as the Interim Dean from 2007 to 2008.  Dr. Frampton was a founding faculty member of the Physical Therapy Program at Youngstown State University and was employed there from 1996 to 2002. Robert received his Bachelor of Health Sciences in 1991 and his Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree in 1993 from Duquesne University.   He obtained a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics from Youngstown State University in 1998 and in 2002 he received the Doctorate of Healthcare Ethics (DHCE) from Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost in Pittsburgh, PA.  He attended the Intensive Bioethics Course XXVI at Georgetown University in 2001 and served as a member of the faculty for the Consortium Ethics Program (CEP) at the University of Pittsburgh from 2000-2002.  Dr. Frampton was a member of the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board from 2003-2009. He has served the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) from 2004 to present on several committees and task forces, including the Ohio JAM. His scholarship interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, ethics in clinical practice, and end of life issues including hospice and palliative care. He has publications and presentations in these areas within different professional settings.



Peggy Gleeson, PT, PhD

Dr. Gleeson is a Professor Emeritus at Texas Woman's University in Houston.  She was the Associate Director of the School of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education for over 30 years. She is the current Chair of CAPTE. and is the Chair of the Standards and Elements Revisions task force.


Kim Nixon-Cave, PT, Ph.D., MS, FAPTA 

Dr. Nixon-Cave is a professor and program director for the hybrid DPT program at the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience as a program director and educator and has held several faculty appointments. She has participated in the development of entry-level, PhD, residency, and fellowship PT programs. She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA. She is a board-certified pediatric specialist. Her expertise includes bridging the academic and clinical environments to improve health outcomes for patients and to develop clinicians and educators in the physical therapy profession.  

Jean Timmerberg, PT, PhD, MHS

Dr. Jean Fitzpatrick Timmerberg is the Director of the Programs in Physical Therapy, Vice Chair of the Department of Rehabilitative & Regenerative Medicine, and Assistant Dean in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York. Her

prominent role in the educational research community is evident in numerous service projects and collaborations resulting in more than 20 invited and/or peer-selected presentations at regional, national or international levels. She served as the Co-Chair of the National Outcome Strategy Committee for the Education Leadership Partnership, Chair of the Entrustable Professional Activity Working Panel, the Co-Editor and Chief of the Journal of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy and is currently the Co-Director of a competency-based educational program for licensed physical therapists working with patients with spinal muscular atrophy. Her research has focused on student readiness and competency-based education frameworks for physical therapist education. The sum of her scholarly work has

had a substantive impact in the field of physical therapist education. She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in health education research and competency.

Ellen Wruble Hakim
Robert Frampton
Peggy Gleeson
Kim Nixon-Cave
Jean Timmerberg

Panel 2: Clinicians/Employers/Students/Early Professionals

Saturday, April 15, 2023 1:45p-3:15p ET

Panel 2 Recording:



Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD, FNAP, Panel Facilitator

Dr. Abbruzzese (she/her) currently serves as the Director of the Performing Arts Fellowship Program, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine in the Programs in Physical Therapy at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S), Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Abbruzzese has over twenty-five years of clinical experience in physical therapy and over 15 years as an educator. Dr. Abbruzzese is a fellow in the APTA Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership and is a member of the Board of the Physical Therapy Learning Institute (PTLI). She serves as the President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Academy of Orthopedics and serves on the faculty for the APTA Geriatrics Certified Exercise Experts in Aging Adults course series. Dr. Abbruzzese serves on the Systemic Discrimination and Racism Mitigation Task Force, an American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) National Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Commission (NEDIC) post-summit initiative, and was recently elected Vice President of Membership in the National Academies of Practice. In 2022, Dr. Abbruzzese was selected as a Columbia University Provost Senior Faculty Teaching Scholar, accepted into the VP&S Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators, and awarded the Emerging Interprofessional National Academies of Practice Member of the Year.


Karen J. Bock, PT, MPT

Karen Bock has practice for over 20 years in acute care and outpatient physical therapy at an urban Level One Trauma Center. She is a Clinical Instructor and was an SCCE for 15 years. She is currently the Clinical Co-Chair for the Clinical Education Special Interest Group for the APTA Academy of Education and a member of the task force exploring Competency Based Education in physical therapy education.  She is board certified in wound care and lymphedema and is finishing her PhD at the University of Kansas Medical Center, investigating sleep in breast cancer survivors with lymphedema.

Brian Goodwin, PT, DPT

Brian Goodwin is a Physical Therapist at Inova Sports Medicine in Fairfax, Virginia. He recently graduated from Shenandoah University in 2022.

Chase Kuhn, PT, DPT 

Dr. Chase Kuhn is a current orthopaedic physical therapy resident at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. As a DPT student, he served two consecutive terms on the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors: Student Delegate (2021) and President (2022). He was the 2022 APTA Harker Intern, where he worked with the APTA's governmental affairs team on legislative advocacy initiatives.


Christin Lynch, SPT, LMT, CLWT 

Christin Lynch is a 4th year DPT student at Nova Southeastern University’s Tampa hybrid program. She is finishing her final clinical rotation which is in pelvic health. During her 4 years of PT school, she has held numerous leadership roles within her program’s student government consisting of class representative during her 1st and 4th years, treasurer during her 2nd year, and president during her 3rd year. Prior to beginning PT school, while obtaining her undergraduate degree at University Nevada, Las Vegas, she was working at a lymphatic therapy clinic as a licensed massage therapist certified in lymphedema and wound therapy. When not studying/working, she enjoys watching her 11-year-old daughter play volleyball on an elite travel team and her 8-year-old son play basketball, baseball, and flag football. Her goal after graduation is to eventually open her own clinic specializing in lymphedema and pelvic floor therapy, as those are two very underserved populations with limited certified therapists available. Her goal for the future of PT education is to have more women and men, that are non-traditional students like her, be able to achieve their goals and aspirations of becoming Doctors of Physical Therapy.  



Dr. Bob Rowe is the Executive Director of Brooks Institute of Higher Learning (Brooks IHL) within the Brooks Health System located in Jacksonville, FL. The IHL is the academic division of Brooks Rehabilitation and is responsible for the professional development for all clinical disciplines within the Brooks Rehab System of Care. Dr. Rowe received his PT degree at LSUHSC in 1985 and completed his Master of Health Science in PT in 1994 at LSUHSC.  He completed an Orthopaedic Manual PT Fellowship through the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) in 1999 and in 2001 completed his Doctor of Manual Therapy degree through the OGI.  In May 2007, Dr. Rowe completed his t-DPT through MGH IHP. Dr. Rowe was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) in 2001. Dr. Rowe is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of musculoskeletal patient management, advocacy, and professional issues/leadership.  He served as the President of the AAOMPT for 6 years (2009-2014) and served on the APTA Board of Directors as a Director from 2015 to 2021. He entered into the role of President of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in 2022 and currently continues to serve in that role. Dr. Rowe is a recipient of the APTA Lucy Blair Distinguished Service Award (American Physical Therapy Association award); the Dave Warner Distinguished Service Award (Louisiana Physical Therapy Association);  the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Award for Excellence in Research, Education, Patient Care, and Community Outreach; and the Arcadia University Charles Magistro Award.


Theresa (Tracy) M. Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS 

Dr. Spitznagle (she/her/hers) is currently a Professor of Physical Therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  Dr. Spitznagle also serves as the Coordinator of Clinical Residency in Women's Health in Physical Therapy and holds an appointment as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.   Dr. Spitznagle is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy by the American Board for Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) and is a past Chair of the ABPTS.  Dr. Spitznagle is an avid advocate for the health of women across the globe.  She serves as a Board Director and Chair of the Physical Therapy Advisory Council for the World Wide Fistula Fund and travels frequently to the African continent to provide education to professionals regarding fistula repair and care.  She also is a Founding Board Director for the Global Women’s Health Initiative.  She recently published a Clinical Practice Guideline on Pelvic Pain in the Postpartum Period and serves as the Chair of the Academy of Pelvic Health’s Clinical Practice Guideline Steering Committee. 



Robert Tillman, PT, MOMT, FAAPT, FAAOMPT

Rob Tillman is the president of Ortho Rehab and Specialty Centers.  In 1986, he received his degree in physical therapy from the University of Missouri.  Rob immediately saw the need to attain a level of clinical competence that would allow him to effectively address the complex needs of his patient population.  With this in mind, he enrolled in a post graduate residency training program with theSorlandets Institute which later became known as the Ola Grimsby Institute. Rob attained the highest level of clinical certification available in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation.  Since then, he has received international recognition for his research on the lumbo-pelvic system and has written benchmark works on the thoracic and cervical regions.  Rob has presented at several national and international conferences in the arena of sports medicine, having been credited with the rehabilitation design and training programs for many professional athletes and organizations including professional baseball, a Super Bowl MVP quarterback,an NBA championship winning power forward and four-time golf world long drive champion.  He has mentored/professored several minority students to their clinical competency in orthopedic manual therapy. His accomplishments include President and Director of the American Academy of Physical Therapy Association(AAPT), Founder and Director of the Navigation Program for the AAPT, Arkansas State Physical Therapy Board (Appointed by the Governor), Arkansas State Prostate Cancer Board, Board of Trustees, Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Former Vice President of the Arkansas State Physical Therapy Association, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Co­author of two text books in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Board Member, University of Missouri Strategic Development Committee.

Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese
Karen Bock
Brian Goodwin
Chase Kuhn
Christin Lynch
Bob Rowe
Robert Tillman
Tracy Spitznagle

Questions? Please contact Summit Organizers Karen Abraham at or Greg Hartley at 

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