You may have seen some posts earlier on our site about OPTIM Physical Therapy. Several months ago, Chris and Jim joined OPTIM Physical Therapy to create a COMT program based out of Scottsdale, AZ. The mission of the program is to create a residency-like experience for those who are unable to make the financial and location commitment. The program consists of 6 weekend-long courses on-site, in addition to Medbridge courses and online mentoring between classes. Throughout the year, the class as a whole will improve their clinical skills and reasoning while working as a team. Additionally, with regular discussion of recent literature, you will be prepared to sit for the OCS. Below you will find a video of a google hangout where the three faculty members of the OPTIM COMT program discuss the formatting. What is not discussed in the video is how the mentoring will occur. Between each course, all participants will complete 2 mentoring forms where they summarize a patient case they are working on currently. In a google hangout, all program participants and the faculty will discuss the cases to provide guidance and alternative perspectives. For more information, check out the website at www.optimfellowship.com.
James Heafner PT, DPT, OCS:
Owner and lead physical therapist at Heafner Health, cash-based physical therapy in Boulder, CO. Areas of expertise include orthopedic and manual therapy, functional movement, pain science, and movement science.
In May 2013, I earned my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. After graduating from the Harris Health Systems Orthopedic Residency in October 2014, I moved to Boulder, CO. Since living in Boulder, I have started my own cash-based PT practice, earned my OCS certification, and teach for the OPTIM Fellowship and COMT program in Houston TX and Scottsdale, AZ.
Chris Fox PT, DPT, OCS: Physical therapist at Foothills Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ and regularly lectures at the Phoenix Campus for NAU's DPT program and for Optim Manual Therapy's COMT program. Completed multiple advanced manual therapy courses implementing aspects of biomechanical analysis. He received his DPT from Saint Louis University in 2013. Completed Scottsdale Healthcare's Orthopaedic Residency (now Honor Health) in July 2014. He became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist in 2015. Level I Expert in FMS and SFMA , Kinetacore FDN Level 1 certification, and IASTM Technique course completion. He would like to pursue further education in McKenzie Technique, Dry Needling, Strength & Conditioning, Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy.
Brian Schwabe PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS:
- Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist (SCS) at Elite OrthoSport in Santa Monica, CA which specializes in treating collegiate/professional athletes and clientele from the Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica areas.
- USC Sports Residency Trained Physical Therapist (<1% of all PT's residency trained)
- DPT from Saint Louis University
- Future plans/interest include:
1. USAW, SFMA & Catapult Systems technology for NBA teams
2. Pursuing a position as a sports physical therapist &/or Strength coach for a Division 1 athletic medicine department or professional sport team.
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