NGPT has a fantastic team of contributors! Experts in their specialties, these folks are here to help new grads on the journey to professional excellence!
Ademola “Demo” Giwa, PT, DPT
Ademola Giwa, known to many as “Demo” (like a demo tape), was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Demo earned his undergraduate degree in exercise science and his DPT at the University of Scranton. Demo graduated from PT school in May, 2015, and took the NPTE at the end of June. His very first job is a contract assignment in a home health setting in Yuma, AZ, setup through a travel agencies. Demo works with three different companies, so ask him any travel physical therapy questions you may have!
Dalin Hanson, SPT
Born and raised in Utah, Dalin grew up loving sports. He began his path to PT school at Dixie State College, and then he transferred to Utah Valley University. He graduated Cum Laude in the spring of 2013. While in my undergrad he got married and had two children. He had his third child during PT school. His physical therapy website currently consumes much of his time, when he’s not studying. As of June, 2015, he is 14 months away from graduating with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine.
Mark Daitol, SPT
Mark Daitol, better known as “Mark Kev”, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a third year physical therapy student at Stockton University, formerly Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is also one of the student moderators for the #DPTstudent chat on Twitter which is a bi-weekly chat geared towards physical therapy students. Mark has a deep passion for sports medicine and sports performance enhancement. Mark runs a strength and conditioning blog and is currently interested in pursuing a sports physical therapy residency after graduation. You can follow him on Twitter at @MarkyKev and join the DPT student discussion.
Melinda Koblosh, DPT, ART
Dr. Koblosh graduated from Springfield College in 2013. She has been practicing in a private, outpatient setting for the past two years and currently works in both inpatient and outpatient for Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center. She is an active recreational runner, snowboarder and loves yoga. Using her personal athletic experience and advanced soft tissue certifications (Active Release Techniques) she has become adept at treating orthopedic issues including: sports injuries, low back pain, neck pain and shoulder dysfunction. She also has an insider’s perspective on working for a small business as well as a large hospital system as an orthopedic therapist.
Keith Mahler, PT, MPT, CEAS, CCI
Keith graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University in 1997, with a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. In 2001, Keith earned his Master’s degree in physical therapy from Chapman University, and has been practicing outpatient orthopedics in the San Diego area ever since. Keith is certified in ergonomics and manual therapy, and is highly experienced in the areas of peripheral nerve dysfunction, cervical and lumbar spine dysfunctions. Keith opened his clinic in 2007, where he has worked with professional and student athletes, helping to restore their functional and athletic capabilities. Outside of his professional life, he has competed in water-skiing, volleyball, and baseball, and enjoys cycling and backpacking.
Jeanene “Jen” Salas, PT, MSPT, CIMI
Jen is a pediatric physical therapist, certified infant massage instructor, and certified foundation training instructor. She has over a decade of clinical experience working with infants and children in various types of “medical model” rehab settings in her home state of sunny FL. In 2014, Jen moved to California, where she began working directly with families, within their homes and communities, teaching parents how to help their children to move well and, therefore, GROW well. She derives great joy from educating and empowering parents to challenge their children early so that their little developing bodies grow into bodies that are not predisposed to pain.She now resides in Colorado, but is spending 2015 partnered with Foundation Training, traveling the US in “the Wellnesswagon” teaching FT certifications, pop-up FT classes, & working directly with forward-thinking practitioners, parents and their babies, & kids. Jen enjoys traveling, outdoor exercise adventures & exploring nature.
Richard Severin, PT, DPT, CCS
Cardiopulmonary and Social Media Expert
Dr. Severin is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago in rehab science. He is an expert in the subject and treatment of cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions related to physical therapy. His website Physical Therapy Reviewer contains outstanding content relating to the interactions between Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physiology and orthopedic populations. His website is also an INCREDIBLE resource for lab values, medications, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, early mobility guidelines, medical screenings for physical therapists across all settings.
Anna Sternin, PT, DPT
Anna received her DPT from Columbia University in May, 2010. Since then, she has primarily worked in outpatient orthopedics and occupational health. She has a strong interest in the robotics industry and runs a blog about advancements in therapeutic robotics. Anna also owns a clinical consulting business, PhysioRobotics Consulting, which offers clinical guidance, problem solving, clinical training, writing, and other services for biotech companies to help make the best possible products for their clients.