Orthopedic physical therapy residency

Our mission

The mission of the Spectrum Health Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to train advanced practitioners of orthopedic physical therapy, via didactic and clinical education, enabling them to be leaders in the profession for clinical practice, research, and education.

Program description
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The orthopedic residency is designed to train physical therapists in advanced concepts of orthopedic physical therapy. The residency is a multi-facility program in which participants will receive in person mentoring from orthopedic clinical specialists, while maintaining a part time caseload in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. The resident will also be exposed to a variety of patient populations via clinical practice, and both medical clinical and surgical observation. The final goal of the residency is to prepare the participant to sit for the ABPTS Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Examination. 

The duration of the physical therapy residency is approximately 12 months in length, and residents are expected to spend at least 40 hours each week completing residency tasks such as clinical observation, surgical observation, teaching assistance, in partnership with Grand Valley State University, and clinical practice. 

The program begins in September of each year and the resident will progress through four three-month rotations of system clinical sites.

Program outcomes
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The program is preparing to apply for candidacy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. Upon graduation of participants, the program will track future resident performance on the OCS examination, and employment after graduation.

Curriculum
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The curriculum will be based on the most recent Description of Residency Practice from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. Didactic Education will include sections on:

  • Integration and Application of the Scientific Method
  • The Cervical Spine
  • The Temporomandibular Joint
  • The Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage
  • The Shoulder
  • The Elbow
  • The Wrist & Hand
  • The Lumbar Spine
  • The Pelvic Girdle
  • The Hip
  • The Knee
  • The Foot & Ankle
Faculty
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Nate Twietmeyer PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
  • Program Director 
  • 10 years of orthopedic physical therapy experience 
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics 
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports 
  • DPT, Concordia University Wisconsin

Daren Johnson MS PT, OCS
  • Mentor 
  • 25+ years of orthopedic physical therapy experience and mentoring physical therapy students 
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics 
  • MS PT, Grand Valley State University

Jason Mottes PT, DPT, OCS
  • Mentor 
  • 6 years of orthopedic physical therapy experience 
  • Graduate of Michigan Medicine Orthopedic Residency 
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics 
  • DPT, Central Michigan University

Casey Stokes PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
  • Mentor 
  • 9 Years of orthopedic physical therapy experience 
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics 
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 
  • USATF level 2 Certified Coach 
  • DPT, Central Michigan University

Gina Terhune PT, DPT, OCS
  • Mentor 
  • 12 years of orthopedic physical therapy experience 
  • Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics 
  • DPT, Grand Valley State University
Minimum requirements
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  1. Licensed or eligible to be licensed to practice physical therapy in the State of Michigan by the start of the residency
  2. APTA and Orthopedic Section Membership prior to start of the residency
  3. Eligible for employment by BHSH System
Admissions process
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All applications are processed through the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS) and must include:

  1. Completion of application form and essay
  2. 3 professional letters of recommendation (1 academic, 1 professional, 1 applicant’s choice between academic and professional)
  3. Professional Resume 

Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

  1. Clinical and Mentorship Experience
  2. Clinical Orthopedics Experience
  3. Quality of Application Essay
  4. Letters of Recommendation
  5. Applicant’s Career Development Plan

Application criteria

Learn more about how to apply and what you need to include in your application.