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HANDS-ON DIAGNOSTICS FOUNDERS
Created by PTs and Business Entrepreneurs for PTs
Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos
Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos, DPT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS is board certified in Clinical Electrophysiology with over 30 years of clinical experience. He has also MD, DPT, PhD and DSc degrees. There are fewer than 200 electrophysiology specialists worldwide who have achieved a Doctorate of Science Degree (DSc) in Clinical Electrophysiology Testing. Dr. Kostopoulos is one of them.
The doctor is a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor for Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. He is a past member of SACE (Specialization Academy of Content Experts) for the ABPTS examination board on electrophysiology, an elected member of the Nominating Committee of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology of APTA, and an adjunct faculty member of Springfield College.
He is the editor of the Diagnostic Section of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, and the author or co-author of numerous books, articles and research papers related to his fields of expertise.
Mr. Craig Ferreira
Mr. Ferreira is Chairman and CEO of Survival Strategies International, Inc. Survival Strategies is a top consulting and training company in the field of physical therapy and health care.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Ferreira and his team of consultants have worked with health care professionals, particularly physical therapists, to help them expand their practices and stabilize them financially.
Survival Strategies has worked with over 4500 professionals over time, training them in all aspects of the physical therapy business, from how to deal with cash flow problems from slow-paying insurance companies, to how to dramatically increase referrals. All of their training is customized to meet the client’s specific needs.
HODS FACULTY & MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD
Part of the success of Hands-on Diagnostics is based on their top faculty and medical advisory board. These medical advisors contribute to HODS’ ability to stay at the front of new research. Each member of this board brings a specific and specialized skill or understanding to this endeavor.
Dr. Mark Brooks, DSC, PT, ECS, OCS
Vice President of Clinical Education of HODS
Dr. Brooks has over 25 years of experience as a clinician, administrator and educator in the field of physical therapy. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Kentucky, and completed his doctorate in clinical electrophysiology at Rocky Mountain University in 2005. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in both Clinical Electrophysiology and Orthopedics.
Dr. Brooks has worked as a physical therapist in many settings, including outpatient, acute care, home health and long-term care.
His teaching experience includes the University of Kentucky, University of Indianapolis, Midway College and Somerset Community College. He was one of the first instructors in Rocky Mountain University’s transitional DPT program, and has also taught numerous continuing medical education courses.
Dr. Brooks is responsible for all clinical education at HODS.
Dr. Mohini Rawat DPT, MS, CMP, RMSK, ECS
Director of MSKUS Studies
Dr. Rawat is an ABPTS Board-Certified in Clinical Electrophysiology; ABPTS Board-Certified in Orthopedics; registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography, APCA; and has an added Point-of-Care MSK Soft Tissue Clinical Certificate. She is program director of Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography at Hands-On Diagnostics and owner of Acumen Diagnostics. Her teaching appointments extend to Chief ElectroNeuroMyography faculty of Hands-On Seminars as well as guest lecturer for various PT university programs. She is active member of AIUM and presenter for them.
She has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from MGH institute of health professions in Boston and an Advanced Masters in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. As part of her thesis, she studied human tendons, especially Achilles tendon, using Ultrasonography to investigate the effects of overuse, disuse and tendinopathy on the tendon morphology. She is an APTA-credentialed Clinical Instructor and a Certified Mulligan Practitioner. She is also a member of the NYPTA (New York Physical Therapy Association) and the ACE (American Congress of Electroneuromyography), AAHS (American association of hand surgery).
Dr. Chirag Upreti
Director of Research
As Director of Research, Dr. Upreti’s goal at HODs is to create, support and conduct research in the areas of electrophysiological, neuro-musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, and vestibular testing technologies, and to provide evidence of the proper application and utilization of these technologies in the field of diagnostics.
Dr. Upreti is a Research Associate in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center, where he conducts ongoing research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of attention, learning and memory processes. He has been conducting research in the field of neuroscience for more than a decade specializing in the field of neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to adjust to changes in environment due to injury or disease). His research has been presented in international conferences, and has been published in prestigious medical and science journals.
John Lugo, PT, MS, ECS
John is a licensed physical therapist with seventeen years experience performing electrodiagnostic studies. He achieved board certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2010 as an Electrophysiological Clinical Specialist and has performed thousands of studies on patients with diverse neuromuscular pathologies in a variety of clinical settings.
He has produced thirteen peer-reviewed scholarly articles and conference presentations related to his experience in clinical electrodiagnosis. He has held elected positions in the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management and was appointed to the Specialization Academy of Content Experts. In addition, he has eleven years experience as a faculty member in an entry-level physical therapy program and has served as a faculty member and mentor in an American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education postgraduate program for seven years. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, bowling, and is an avid sports fan.
Dr Alexios Apazidis, MD, Spine Surgeon
Dr. Apazidis graduated from Harvard University with an AB Degree in Biology while simultaneously attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied military science and received his officer’s commission in the United States Army. He obtained his MD and MBA from the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Apazidis has completed his Orthopedic fellowship training at New York University and the Hospital for Joint Diseases.
Throughout college and medical school, Dr. Apazidis was involved in molecular biology and clinical outcomes research. His research papers have been published in numerous prestigious journals.
Dr. Rick McKibben, PT, DSc, ECS
Dr. McKibben is a physical therapist and clinical electrophysiologist. He received his DSc in Clinical Electrophysiology from Rocky Mountain University, and his MS in Physical Therapy from North Georgia College. He is board certified in Clinical Electrophysiology by ABPTS.
He has completed thousands of electrophysiologic studies, and has logged thousands of hours in peer review and administration for electrophysiologic testing laboratories.
Ongoing research interests include severity in focal/mononeuropathies, retrograde axonal atrophy, the mixed median forearm nerve conduction study, short-segment median motor studies in CTS, and F-wave nomograms.
Dr. McKibben serves as the chair for the APTA clinical electrophysiology practice group, and helped to establish the accreditation program for PTs.
In addition to being on the HODS advisory board, he is also a member of the HODS faculty.
Randy E. Moore DC, RDMS, RMSK
Dr. Moore is a HODS faculty and a doctor of chiropractic who has devoted the last 25 years of his career exclusively to Musculoskeletal Sonography. During this time he has provided interpretation of over 20,000 ultrasound examinations, worked as a consultant for many ultrasound manufacturers utilizing his teaching method to help all practitioners become proficient in MSK ultrasound in as little time as possible.
Dr. Moore has published two books designed to be convenient, easy to understand and implement for MSK sonography. One for developing scan protocol skills, and another for the most common ultrasound guided injections.
Larry Head, BAS, R. EEG/EP T., CNIM, RPSGT, RST, FASET
Larry Head is a distinguished professor of Evoked Potential studies and leads the Evoked Potential training program of HODS.
He is the recipient of ASET’s prestigious Theda Sannit Outstanding Educator Award, Recipient of ASET’s prestigious Maureen Berkeley Award for Outstanding Authorship of a Journal Article and ABRET Board Certified in EEG, Evoked Potentials, and Intraoperative Monitoring (R.EEG/EPT, CNIM).
He has 30+ years of experience in electroneurodiagnostic testing and he is Past President Michigan Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists.
Nancy Mansell, , PT, DPT, ECS, OCS, FAFS
Nancy Mansell completed her undergraduate education at Penn State in 2001 and received her Doctorate of Physical therapy degree from the Army/Baylor program in 2007. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 and ended her military career in 2011. She received her OCS in 2010 and began pursuing the long road of ENMG training in 2013. With the help of the Rocky Mountain ENMG program and dedicated mentors, Nancy earned her ECS in 2016.
Currently, she is taking a break from orthopedic physical therapy and focusing primarily on ENMG. She teaches doctorate of Physical Therapy candidates at the University of Puget Sound in addition to mentoring at the Hands-on Diagnostics Residency Program. When she isn’t doing EMGs, Nancy can found in the Pilates studio or running in the streets of Seattle (rain or shine).
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