Sports Residency Program
Integrating scientific principles and evidence based practice
The mission of the Los Gatos Orthopedic Sports Therapy Sports Residency Program is to provide the physical therapist with advanced knowledge in sports physical therapy integrating scientific principles and evidence based practice. The program will systematically advance the residents clinical competence and expertise in the practice of sports physical therapy. The experience provided through the multi-centered environment and structured learning opportunities will prepare the resident for successful completion of the Sports Clinical Specialist certification examination.
We are proud to report all of our graduates have passed the SCS (Sports Certified Specialist) exam for a 100% pass rate.
Our previous residents include: Chase Perez Class of 2017, Daniel Ramirez Class of 2018, Brittany Zbin Class of 2019.
Current Resident's Info
Education: UC San Diego- Physiology & Neuroscience B.S., Minor in Psychology
UC San Francisco/SF State University- DPT
Fun Facts: Born and raised in the East Bay, Jessica showed interest in a variety of sports and activities such as jazz and tap dance, tennis, basketball, and piano. She went on to study Physiology & Neuroscience at UC San Diego, while also traveling with the Club Tennis Team, and eventually decided to learn and play for the school’s taiko (Japanese drumming) group. During her time there, Jessica was one of a few individuals who had the opportunity to study exercise science and performance research at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Australia. This experience inspired her to pursue physical therapy as a career as a way to learn more about human performance and how to improve it for everyone.
Following completion of her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at UCSF/SFSU, she worked in private practice orthopedics with a focus on evidence-based and patient-centered care for a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. She decided to pursue the LGOST Sports Residency program to improve her clinical practice and learn how to recognize and rehab injuries specific to athletes throughout the lifespan.
In her spare time, she loves Zumba, hiking, running, baking (Snickerdoodles are her weakness!), and spending time with family and friends. Fun fact: her family has a big family reunion every other year in Reno that can have as many as 300 people!
LOS GATOS ORTHOPEDIC SPORTS THERAPY POST-PROFESSIONAL RESIDENCY IN SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY
The purpose of the Los Gatos Orthopedic Sports Therapy Residency Program is to provide the physical therapist with advanced knowledge in sports physical therapy integrating scientific principles and evidence based practice. The program will systematically advance the residents clinical competence and expertise in the practice of sports physical therapy. The experience provided through the multi-centered environment and structured learning opportunities will prepare the resident for successful completion of the Sports Clinical Specialist certification examination.
- Prepare physical therapy resident to become advanced sports physical therapy clinician.
- Prepare physical therapy resident to attain Sports Clinical Specialist certification.
- Assist the resident in developing competence in the utilization of research to provide effective care for sports patients/clients.
- Prepare the therapist to effectively communicate with patient/clients, referral sources, payers, clinical faculty, administrators, physicians, athletic trainers, and other members of the sports medicine team.
- Assist head athletic trainer in examination and treatment of athletes
- Become an advanced clinician of sports physical therapy.
- Eligible and prepared to sit for ABPTS Clinical Specialist board certification in sports.
- Critically evaluate current literature in order to integrate evidence based practice to improve patient outcomes.
- Resident will effectively communicate with a multiple members of the sports medicine team and local community.
Teams include: SJSU Spartans, SJ Sharks, West Valley College, Willow Glen High School, Wilcox High School, Santa Clara High School, Almaden and Santa Clara Pop Warner football.
The resident will start the year long program in July.
Applications are due by: December 1
Decision: March 1, with 48 hour hold on the spot
Application fee: $100.00
Resident is considered full time employee and eligible for benefits and 2/3 starting PT salary
Applicants must have PT license, current ATC, EMT, First Responder, BLS/CPR certification.
Ross Nakaji, PT, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Michael Henehan, MD
Chris Fulmer, DO
Jothi Murali, MD
Philip Ting, MS, ATC
Michael Dillingham, MD
Scott Shaw, MA, ATC
Paul Starks, MA, ATC, PTA, NSCA-CPT
Theresa Gethins, MA, ATC, CSCS, CMT
Mike Potenza, CSCS
Laurann Putnam, OTL, CEES, HTC, CMT
Rob Naber, PT, OCS, SCS, ATC
Kris Porter, DPT, OCS
Erik Meira PT, DPT, SCS
Richard Jackson, PT, OCS
Rob Manske, PT, DPT, MPT, MeD, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Lianna Roberts, PT, DPT, OCS
Amy Hockenbrock, MD
Fabrice Rockich, PT, DPT, OCS
Residency Admission Requirements
Enrollment: Selected residents must meet admission criteria set forth by the advisory committee. This includes (but may not be limited to):
- Graduation from a CAPTE (Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education) accredited physical therapy program.
- Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of California and the ability to be licensed by the residency start date.
- Proof of one of the following: a current ATC designation, a current license as an EMT, or certification as an Emergency Medical Responder via an American Red Cross course PRIOR to commencing the program
- Submit a list of physical therapy continuing education courses that they have attended over the last 5 years
- Submit a current resume and curriculum vitae
- A completed application received by published deadline.
- Paid application fee.
- An interview (for selected candidates)
Applications are evaluated based on:
- Academic education background
- Clinical education, internship, and mentoring experiences
- Clinical experience in sports physical therapy
- Professional affiliations and interest
- Applications must be completed as directed by RF-PTCAS application system
- Applications are due by January 1 of each year
- Applications reviewed by program director within 2 weeks of deadline date
- Select candidates for interview
- Interviews will take place between February and March
Residents are selected by the Admissions Committee and their decision is final. Decisions are based on a candidates desire to advance their skills in sports physical therapy. This is based on the review of the application, interview, resume/CV, interests, the desire to contribute and progress the sports physical therapy section.
Transfer credits are not accepted/applicable to the current residency program.
Eligible applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of the deadline regarding their eligibility and interviews will be arranged. Final notification of applicants who are accepted to the program will be made within 60 days of the established deadline.
Applications are being accepted now. Please contact Ross Nakaji at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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