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, Jessica Endo Class of 2020.
Current Resident's Info
Abdul Banafa, DPT, PT
Education: Mount Saint Mary’s University, DPT
Specialty: Sports Physical Therapy Resident
Fun Facts: Abdul is a physical therapist with a particular interest in youth sports medicine and public health. He’s been involved in coaching middle and high school sports along with teaching at the high school and college level. On his days off he enjoys spending time with one of his many siblings, or watching his Philadelphia 76ers!
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, and Santa Clara Pop Warner football.
The resident will start the year long program in July.
Applications are due by: January 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
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
Dan Lorenz DPT, PT, ATC, LAT, CSCS
George Davies, DPT, Med, PT, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PES, CSMS, FAPTA
Daniel Ramirez, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS
Jessica Endo, PT, DPT
Gillian Kenna, ATC, LAT
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 email@example.com for more information.
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