Instructors


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Beverly Bass, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CLT, CHT

Edsel Bittencourt, PT

Tava Buck, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Chad Jasmine, LMT, NMT

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

 

Beverly Bass, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CLT, CHT Beverly Bass graduated with her MOT from the University of St. Augustine in 2006, and completed her OTD in 2010. She earned her Lymphedema Certification in 2010 and her Certification in Hand Therapy in 2016. She has worked in a variety of settings, with a primary concentration in upper extremity orthopedic rehabilitation and has served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of St. Augustine and Concordia University Wisconsin. She has presented both locally and nationally on upper extremity rehabilitation topics. She has been a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists since 2010, volunteering for the Research Division since 2011. She is the current Chair of the Journal Club and serves on the Scientific Review and Mentorship Committee. She was the featured Associate Member in the ASHT Times, fall 2016 edition.


Edsel Bittencourt, PT Edsel is currently the Physical Therapy Supervisor at Mayo Clinic Florida. He received his BSc Physical Therapy from Universidade Estadual de Londrina in 1991. He is a Manual Therapist and Sports/Orthopedic Therapist Specialist. He is a member of Sports Physical Therapy Section (SPTS) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He is currently a faculty member and Clinical Instructor of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Mayo Clinic Florida. He is also a Clinical Instructor to the Family Medicine and Physical Therapy education programs at Mayo Clinic Florida.

Edsel has 25+ years of experience in manual therapy, sports medicine, myofascial and muscular disorders. Lectures include: Summer Medical Olympics – Dry needling to improve sports performance, AAMA (American Academy of Medical Acupuncture) in complex muscular skeletal disorders. The past 20 years Edsel has lectured nationally and internationally on myofascial disorders, muscle skeletal differntial diagnosis. He is the co-author of Myofascial Meridians with Dr. Peter Dorsher and continues to develop studies on animal model to understand chronic pain and collagen disorders.

Edsel's interests are in Sports medicine, Chronic Pain, and Relationship of Nervous and Musculoskeletal Systems to Physical and Mental Health.

 

Tava Buck, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Tava Buck is an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. She completed her orthopaedic residency and manual therapy fellowship training in Jacksonville FL, through the Brooks Rehabilitation Institute of Higher Learning. She currently practices in the outpatient physical therapy practice of Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. She treats patients with orthopaedic and sports medicine conditions, and also serves as the Rehabilitation Services Education Specialist. She has a particular interest in treating patients with cervical conditions, concussion management, and the utilization of cupping for myofascial decompression. In addition to her clinical practice she is an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Florida, and is the program director for the developing Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Program at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

 

Chad Jasmine, LMT, NMT Chad is the owner and operator of the Wright Center and has 20 years of experience. His expertise is extensive in virtually all modalities of massage. Chad worked for 6 years as the massage therapist for the Jacksonville Jaguars and continues to work with professional athletes. Including pro golfers, tennis players and endurance athletes. Chad truly loves helping people get out of pain and helping them heal injuries. His vast training includes Neuromuscular, Structural Integration, Craniosacral, Myofascial Release and Visceral manipulation just to name a few. He still works Monday thru Friday simply because he loves it. Chad is also a Qi Gong instructor and teaches people to breath with a variety of breathing exercises. Truly breathing is an amazing experience and surprisingly has only been experienced by .0001% of people on earth. Completely saturating the brain and body with oxygen is a feeling that must be experienced to believe. Many of Chad's clients book an hour just for breathing. Adding an extra half hour of breathing to the end of a massage is also very popular.

 

Guest Speaker

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT Ann Porretto-Loehrke is a skilled clinician and dynamic instructor. She has been practicing PT for 25 years and has been teaching continuing education courses for the past 13. Ann is the therapy co-manager of a large department of occupational and physical therapists at the Hand to Shoulder Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. She is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) for treatment of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). Ann has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of the upper quadrant and completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Drexel University with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation. She previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Examination Committee for the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). Ann is a lead instructor who co-developed the Hand & Upper Extremity Track through IAOM, a set of 6 manual therapy courses designed specifically for hand and upper extremity specialists. She co-authored Chapter 52 in the 6th edition of Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity: Therapist's Management of Other Nerve Compressions About the Elbow and Wrist, published in February 2011. Ann was also the lead author for the article Clinical Manual Assessment of the Wristin the April-June 2016 issue of the Journal of Hand Therapy's special edition on the wrist. She has presented at American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) annual conferences, Canadian Hand Conferences, Philadelphia meeting, and Teton Hand Conference. She also presents online courses for MedBridge education.