Media Corps

APTA's Media Corps is a group of professionally media-trained physical therapists, representing various specialties and geographic locations who serve as primary spokespersons for APTA. The purpose of the APTA Media Corps is to serve as a resource for journalists who are working on stories that involve physical therapy practice, research, policy, and the critical role that physical therapists play on our nation's health care team.

Physical therapists are uniquely qualified to help consumers reduce pain, restore function, prevent disability, and improve mobility in order to Move Forward with life.

For more information about the APTA Media Corps or to speak to a Corps member, please contact Erin Wendel, senior media relations specialist, at 703/706-3397 or by e-mail

Meet the Media Corps

Balmes, Ryan

Atlanta, GA

Areas of Expertise: Motion Analysis, Orthopedics, Overhead Athlete Rehabilitation, Post-Operative Rehabilitation, Social Media, Sports

Alice Bell

Alice Bell, PT, DPT, GCS
Shallotte, NC

Areas of Expertise: Acute Rehab, Long-Term Care, Subacute Care

Stephania Bell

Stephania Bell, PT, OCS, CSCS
Bristol, CT

Areas of Expertise: Adolescent Athletes, Back/Neck Pain, Medicine, Orthopedics, Performing Arts, Sports

Janet Bezner

Janet Bezner, PT, PhD
Austin, TX

Areas of Expertise: Behavior Change, Community Programs, Higher Education, Physical Activity, Role of PTs in Health Promotion, Wellness

Jill Boissonnault

Jill Boissonnault, PT, PhD, WCS
Middleton, WI

Areas of Expertise: Ethics, Professional Issues, Spine, Women's Health

Susan Cecere, PT, MHS
Annapolis, MD

Areas of Expertise: Administration, Early Intervention, Pediatrics, School-Based Physical Therapy

James Dunleavy

James Dunleavy, PT, MS
Teaneck, NJ

Areas of Expertise: Acute Care, Administration, Orthopedics, Reimbursement

Ethel Frese

Ethel Frese, PT, DPT, CCS
Saint Louis, MO

Areas of Expertise: Acute Care, Cardiopulmonary, Exercise Physiology, Strength/Endurance Training

Robert Gillanders

Robert Gillanders, PT, DPT, OCS
Washington, DC

Areas of Expertise: Back Pain, Bike Fitting, Dry Needling, Ergonomics, Neck Pain, Sports Medicine, Running Medicine

Meredith Harris

Meredith Harris, PT, EdD
Mashpee, MA

Areas of Expertise: Balance, Education, Fall Prevention, Geriatrics, HIV/AIDS, Pediatrics,

Heiderscheit, Bryan

Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD
Madison, WI

Areas of Expertise: Biomechanics, Lower Extremity, Muscle Strain Injuries, Running-Related Injuries

Klein, Aimee 75x110

Aimee Klein, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS
Tampa, FL

Areas of Expertise: Biomechanics, Foot/Ankle Pain, Gait, Lower Extremity, Running Injuries

Alison Lichy

Alison Lichy, PT, DPT, NCS
Arlington, VA

Areas of Expertise: Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Post-polio Syndrome, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury

Karen Litzy

Karen Litzy, PT, DPT, MS
Manhattan, NY

Areas of Expertise: Adolescent Athletes, Back/Neck Pain, Chronic Pain, Health and Wellness Promotion, Orthopedics

Miller, Margot

Margot Miller, PT
Cloquet, MN

Areas of Expertise: Overuse Syndromes, Repetitive Strain/Stress Injuries, Technology and Physical Therapy

Francie Mitchell

Francie Mitchell, PT, MS, PCS
Herndon, VA

Areas of Expertise: Cerebral Palsy/Movement Disorders, Chromosomal Abnormalities, Developmental Delay, Genetic/Mitochondrial Disorders, Premature Infants

Eric Robertson

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Union City, CA

Areas of Expertise: Diagnostic Imaging, Evidence-Based Practice, Health Care Technology, Hip and Low Back Conditions, Instructional Technology, Low Back Pain, Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, Pharmacology, Social Media

 Marianne Ryan

Marianne Ryan, PT, BS, OCS
New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Back/Neck Pain, Headaches, Manual Therapy, Pregnancy and Postpartum, Pelvic Physical Therapy, TMJ, Women's Health

Schwartz, Jessica

Jessica Schwartz, PT, DPT, CSCS
New York, NY

Areas of Expertise: Academic Medicine and Knowledge Translation, Concussion, Female Athletes, Geriatric Movement Education, Orthopedics, Prosthetics, Social Media

Nicole Stout

Nicole Stout, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA
Bethesda, MD

Areas of Expertise: APTA Leadership, Cancer, Clinical Research, Lymphedema, Wound Care

Wendel Ann

Ann Wendel, PT, ATC, CMTPT
Alexandria, VA

Areas of Expertise: Autoimmune Illness, Back Pain, Cash-Based Physical Therapy, Chronic Pain, Dry Needling, Exercise and Lifestyle Modifications, Health Promotion/Wellness, Neck Pain, Orthopedics, Pilates and Yoga, Social Media, Weight Lifting and Kettlebells, Women's Health

Mary Ann Wilmarth

Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, Certified MDT, CIDN
Andover, MA

Areas of Expertise: Backpack Research, Dry Needling, Manual Therapy, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Online Education, Repetitive Stress Injuries, Spine Care, Temporomandibular Dysfunction