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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

12400833_10102862037206780_7824804374825913931_n.jpgSwathi graduated with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University (Canada) in 2010 and has primarily practiced in outpatient orthopedics and sports rehabilitation. She is a current member of APTA and has taken on the role of the associate director to assist the executive committee as of the year 2016. She is the COMPTSIG advocacy chair on the CAL-PT-PAC. She has been a clinical instructor for physical therapy students and hopes to teach at an institution in the future. 

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

KC 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, shestayed 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 Commitee 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.  

Associate Director: Peter H. Muhn PT DPT OCS CSCS

Peter Muhn was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavior (’11) from Vassar College and a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy (’15) with high honors from the University of Southern California. He continued advanced training at the University of Southern California Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program (’16) to hone his skills as an orthopedic specialist. He also received training to treat the male pelvic floor population. Peter is also involved in his profession as the Vice Chair of the San Gabriel Valley District Chapter of the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA).

Student Representative:  John Schott SPT

I am a second year student in the UCSF/SFSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. I have completed a 10 week outpatient clinical rotation and will complete a second 12 week outpatient clinical rotation next year from January to March. It was during my first clinical rotation that I develope an interest and passion for manual therapy. My CI emphasized taking time to educate me on manual therapy techniques outside of treatment hours. This allowed me to become more confident in my manual therapy skills as a student physical therapist. I also realized how much I benefitted from having a mentor to provide me with one on one education compared to learning in my program. I have now tried to utilize this as much as possible in my program by practicing with clasmmates and asking professors for feedback as much as possible. I have also started looking into continuing education courses where I will learn techniques not taught by my program. I plan to enroll in such courses in my third year in order for me to be more confident in my abilities after I graduate. I believe my passion for manual therapy stems from being a hands on learner my whole life. My goal is to learn as much as possible before I graduate and to continue my education after graduating so I can provide my patients with the best manual therapy possible.

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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