Did you know that 134 physical therapists have graduated from the NAIOMT Fellowship Program? We are pleased and proud to introduce you to some of our our most recent NAIOMT Fellowship graduates!
Emily Mitiguy Novoa, DPT, OCS, COMT
Graduation Date: 8/15/2019
Emily’s fellowship project is titled “Optimization of Treatment: A Look at a More Efficient Way to Treat the Subtalar Complex.” Emily’s project has been accepted for presentation at the 2019 AAOMPT Conference.
Emily Mitiguy Novoa, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2012. She moved to Eugene, Oregon to work alongside excellent mentors as a part of the Therapeutic Associates Orthopedic Manual Therapy Residency (completed in 2014). During this time, she worked towards and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (completed 2015).
Following graduation from the residency, Emily moved to Olympia, Washington to work in as an integrated-PT in a family medicine residency clinic. While working here, Emily developed a new faculty role for a physical therapist at the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program. During her time at St. Peter Family Medicine, Emily presented at three national conferences for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine regarding the unique role of a PT in a medical residency program. She also traveled to Haiti with a multi-disciplinary team to provide continuity of care to a remote village in the mountains outside Port-au-Prince (this group returns every six months to the same village).
Emily completed the process of becoming a Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist with NAIOMT in 2018 and completed the NAIOMT Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program in 2019.
Currently, Emily works at Providence Tumwater Valley Physical Therapy in Tumwater, Washington as an outpatient therapist. Emily has a passion for individualized patient treatment with emphasis on regional interdependence and assessing the effect of biomechanics on the development of dysfunctional movement patterns and pain. She spends her spare time trail running, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, skiing, biking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband, Blake, her son, Leo, and her dog, Zeila.
Raymond Joseph Arreguin Jr., PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Graduation Date: 8/15/2019
Ray’s fellowship project is titled “Craniovertebral ligamentous stress tests in asymptomatic individuals.”
Ray Arreguin Jr. PT, DPT, OCS, COMT received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Ohio University in 2011. After graduation he moved west in search of mentorship and training in the field of orthopedic manual therapy. In 2014, he was recognized as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Through NAIOMT, Ray became a Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) and completed his fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy in 2019. Ray works for Therapeutic Associates, treating patients at their Downtown Portland clinic and serving as faculty in their orthopedic residency program. Additionally, he is a regional mentor, working with new hires in the Oregon and Washington areas. Outside of TAI, he hosts the monthly Portland Study Group for NAIOMT and occasionally serves as a lab assistant for weekend NAIOMT courses. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife Kana and his dog Rufus. His hobbies include music and spending time outdoors cycling, hiking, skiing and racing triathlons.
Jessica Ann Morss, DPT, OCS, COMT
Graduation Date: 8/15/2019
Jessica’s fellowship project is titled “Thoracic Influence in a Patient with Cervicogenic Dizziness: A Resident’s Case Problem.”
Jessica Morss, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Eastern Washington University, graduating in 2012. She obtained her OCS in 2015 and graduated from NAIOMTs fellowship program in 2019. She lives in Olympia, WA and works in the primary care setting at Providence where she collaborates with a diverse medical team to help direct patient care and provides direct access and early access care to patients. Jessica has a particular interest in working with the dance community and coordinates an annual screening event for local pre-professional dancers. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys family adventures that involve hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiing, and backpacking.
Paul Ochoa, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Graduation Date: 8/26/2019
Paul’s fellowship project is titled “Optimization of Treatment: A Look at a More Efficient Way to Treat the Subtalar Complex.” Paul’s project has
been accepted for presentation at the 2019 AAOMPT Conference.
Paul Ochoa PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Paul’s career in the medical field began as a phlebotomist and EMT in the late 90’s and a Massage therapist in the early 2000’s. He graduated from the Touro College DPT program in 2009 and continued on to pass the OCS exam in 2012. During his manual therapy education with NAIOMT he also had the honor of learning from the great minds of David Butler, Lorimer Mosley, Diane Lee, LJ Lee, Jill Cook, Mark Comerford, Shirley Sarhman and so many more amazing mentors. He has been an active member of the APTA and AAOMPT and runs his physical therapy practice, F Squared PT, in New York City since 2011.
Cara Atwell, PT, DPT, OCS, OMPT, CMTPT, COMT
Graduation Date: 7/23/2019
Cara’s fellowship project is titled “Managing a Patient with Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome Using Regional Interdependence.”
Cara Atwell PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CMTPT studied kinesiology and dance at the University of Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2010. She then earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2013. In 2014, Cara became certified as a myofascial trigger point therapist (CMTPT) and in 2016 she was recognized as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Through NAIOMT, Cara became a Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) and completed her fellowship in orthopaedic manual physical therapy in 2019.
Cara currently works in the Annapolis, Maryland area seeing mostly orthopedic patients in both mobile and outpatient clinical settings. She is married to Kyle Atwell who is also a NAIOMT fellow ship graduate. Cara most enjoys being outside near the water, staying active through strength training, yoga, and cycling, and spending time with family and friends.
Kyle Lee Atwell, PT, DPT, OCS, OMPT, CMTPT, COMT
Graduation Date: 7/23/2019
Kyle’s fellowship project is titled “Trigger point dry needling: a manual therapy approach to long-term management of persistent musculoskeletal pain in a patient with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a case report.”
Kyle Atwell PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CMTPT graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terpsl) In 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He then went on to Physical Therapy school earning his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2013. In 2014 Kyle was certified as a myofascial trigger point therapist (CMTPT). He was recognized as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2016. Kyle both became a Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) and completed his fellowship through NAIOMT in 2019.
Kyle currently lives and works in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Cara (also a NAIOMT fellowship grad). Kyle works in the Annapolis region providing both mobile orthopedic physical therapy as well as orthopedic physical therapy in the clinical setting. When he is not working, Kyle loves staying active through weightlifting, Yoga, paddle boarding, and surfing. He also enjoys spending plenty of time with friends and family.
Chris Thurston received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida in 2012 and completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida. He became recognized as a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2015 and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) through the North American Institute of Manual Physical Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2016. In 2019 became a Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) and a graduate of the NAIOMT fellowship program. He currently works at the University of Miami in the outpatient orthopedic setting treating patients with injuries related to orthopedics, vestibular dysfunction and concussion. He frequently lab assists for NAIOMT courses in Florida.
He has previous experience as a mentor in both sports and orthopedic residency programs and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. He has successfully completed Emory and APTA’s Vestibular Rehabilitation: A competency-based course. He is involved in the University of Miami’s Pro Bono student run clinic. His abstract was selected for poster presentation at the 2018 AAOMPT conference titled, “The Manubrial Test: A Novel Assessment for Regional Interdependence in Adolescent Overhead Athletes: A Case Series.” Chris is an avid sports fan and enjoys having a good laugh with family/friends.