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COMPTSIG Leadership

Chair: Justin Lantz, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Justin M. Lantz is an Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC) Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. He is recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). Dr. Lantz specializes in treating orthopedic and sports medicine populations of all ages with an interest in spine pain. He is a member of the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as a member of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA and the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).   He is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor for physical therapy clinical education and currently functions as a clinical mentor for the USC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program.  Academically, he teaches Clinical Imaging in the USC DPT curriculum as well as in multiple musculoskeletal classes.  Along with his clinical and academic pursuits, Dr. Lantz has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals and presented at the AAOMPT national conference. He has been involved with clinical trials and research concerning variables affecting failure of physical therapy and manual therapy treatment of shoulder and knee pain.

Vice-chair: Swathi Ramani, PT, MPT


Swathi Ramani is currently a senior physical therapist in outpatient rehabilitation at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, CA. She was awarded a Specialized Honors Bachelors of Arts degree in Kinesiology and Health Science in 2008 from York University in Toronto, ON and a Masters degree in Physical Therapy in 2010 from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. Swathi is recognized by the APTA as a Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CCI), and her professional interests include; Orthopedics, Manual Therapy, Education and Sports Medicine in populations of all ages. She has been active with COMPTSIG for three years and formerly served as Associate Director prior to her current position as Vice-Chair. She has acted as clinical instructor for physical therapy students and with participated in clinical research. Swathi currently holds membership with COMPTSIG, APTA and CPTA. 

Secretary: Kathryn "KC" Caucci Gates, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, CIMT


Dr. Caucci Gates graduated from Thomas Jefferson University College of Allied Health Professions (CAHP) in Philadelphia with a BS/MS in Physical Therapy in 1998. After interning with Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, she stayed in CA to work in hospital-based OP Orthopedics with strong mentoring. She obtained certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in Orthopedics in 2001 (re-certified 2010), Sports in 2015. & from Great Lakes Seminars as a Certified Integrative Manual Therapist (CIMT) in 2005. She has been an APTA Member for 20 years, serving as the Northeast District (NED) Secretary 2006-2008.  KC completed her transitional DPT from Thomas Jefferson University in 2007. Her PT career has focused on Orthopedics, Manual Therapy, Education, & more recently, Sports. She has instructed ConEd classes in various Ortho & Sports topics for the past 10 years, & has served in the Sacramento Rehab Education Council since 2008.


Treasurer: Nhi Dang, PT, DPT

Dr. Nhi Dang received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Science from University of California, Los Angeles, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Southern California. She has experience in various physical therapy settings, including orthopedics, acute care, neurology, and oncology, and found her passion in outpatient orthopedics. Nhi is currently splitting her time between Sundance Physical Therapy in Santa Monica and the Kaiser Permanente Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency to further her training in orthopedics. 

Nominating Committee Chair: Kimi Yamada, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CLT, CSCS

Dr. Kimiko Yamada is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC).  She has been active with COMPTSIG for three years and was formerly the Secretary, chair of the Communications Committee, and Website manager.  She has been an APTA member since 2003.  She is a board certified orthopedic specialist, a certified athletic trainer, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  She works primarily in the faculty practice, USC Physical Therapy Associates, and teaches within the oncology and modalities curriculum throughout the DPT program at USC.  She is a mentor in the Orthpaedic Physical Therapy Residency program at USC and she is also a certified clinical instructor for DPT students.  She is also the Healthcare Compliance Liaison for the Division of Physical Therapy.  

Continuing Education Chair: Peter H. Muhn, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Peter Muhn is an Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, CA. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience and Behavior in 2011 from Vassar College and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015 with high honors from the University of Southern California. Dr. Muhn completed his orthopedic residency training in 2016 at the University of Southern California’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. His career has focused on Orthopedics, Male Pelvic Floor Health and more recently has started to treat patients with Headaches and Temporomandibular Dysfunction. He has been active with the COMPTSIG for three years and formerly server as the Newsletter Editor. Dr. Muhn has been active academically as a clinical instructor, an instructor in the University of Southern California Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Year- I Therapeutic Exercise Class and practical examiner for the third year physical therapy students. He currently holds membership with multiple organizations including COMPTSIG, APTA and CPTA.


Student Representative:  Marland Browning, SPT


Marland Browning is a second year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA. Marland was awarded a Bachelors of Art degree in Physical Education with the Pre-Physical Therapy Option in 2015 graduating Cum Laude and with honors in his major. His primary interests are orthopedics, sports and manual physical therapy. In the future, Marland plans on completing an orthopedic residency, obtaining his certification in strength and conditioning through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and becoming a certified clinical instructor. He has been active with COMPTSIG since January of 2018 and currently holds membership with COMPTSIG, CPTA, APTA (Sports and Research Sections) and PTMLA (Physical Therapy Multicultural Leadership Alliance).

Social Media Chair:  Nathan Kindstrand, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS 

Dr. Nathan Kindstrand graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training in 2013 and received his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2016. He continued advanced training at the University of Southern California completing the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2017 and additionally holds certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Dr. Kindstrand primarily works with sports medicine and orthopedic populations currently working at California Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy in Yorba Linda, CA. He is a member of multiple organizations including the APTA, CPTA, NATA, CATA and NSCA and has been involved with COMPTSIG since 2017. 

CPTA Board Liaison: Sean Johnson PT DPT OCS

Government Affairs Representative and Liaison: Chris Reed PT MPT OCS ATC

Political Action Committee Liaison: Chris Reed PT MPT OCS ATC

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