Daniel W. Higgins, Jr., PT, DPT, OCS, ATC has been practicing in either in the Physical Therapy and/or Athletic Training fields for almost 20 years. He is a licensed PT with a board certification in orthopedics through the APTA’s American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and also a certified athletic trainer. Dan is a 1995 graduate from Duquesne University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training. He then graduated from Chatham University with a Masters in Physical Therapy followed by a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2002.
Dan began his career as a certified athletic trainer in which he worked in multiple settings ranging from college and high school athletic teams to the physical therapy clinical setting. Currently, he works as a staff physical therapist with the private outpatient practice of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. (OSPTA) in western Pennsylvania, where he holds the position of direct access coordinator and continuing education coordinator for the staff of approximately 45 physical therapists.
With his combined specialization in orthopedic physical therapy and athletic training, evaluating and treating musculoskeletal injuries has always been a focus of Dan’s career. This experience has prepared him to present on the topics of differential diagnosis and medical screening.
Mark Kerestan was born in southwestern Pennsylvania and has lived and worked there for most of his life. He attended Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Medical Science in 1984 (Physician Assistant program). Upon successful completion of the National Certification Examination, Mr. Kerestan began his professional career working in correctional medicine and public health.
While working as a Physician Assistant with the Supplemental Security Income-Disabled Children’s Program, Mr. Kerestan decided to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. He entered the University of Pittsburgh and in 1987 was the recipient of the George and Eileen McHenry Scholarship awarded to a physical therapy student showing “a sincere interest and determination to make a significant contribution to the field of physical therapy”. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 with a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy.
After starting his career at Jeannette District Memorial Hospital, Mr. Kerestan has worked for Orthopedic Sports and Physical Therapy Associates (OSPTA), a group of private practices in southwestern, PA for the past 21 years. His practice emphasis has been on Work Injury Management and he has attended courses by Blankenship, Isernhagen, Matheson, and Lechner. He is certified to perform the Ergoscience Physical Work Performance Evaluation (FCE system) and is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist through the Back School of Atlanta. For the past 8 years OSPTA has been contracted as the PT panel provider for United States Steel Corporation, and Mr. Kerestan has been the primary contract consultant to U. S. Steel.
Mr. Kerestan did a research study on “Work Conditioning Return to Work Outcomes at an Outpatient Physical Therapy Office” which was published in the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice journal and as a poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference in 1995. In 2009, Mr.Kerestan, along with Daniel Higgins, developed a continuing education course on Differential Diagnosis and Medical Screening for PTs, OTs and ATCs that has been presented at clinics across the US. Additionally he has made numerous presentations on a variety of injury prevention and health awareness topics to workers in the health care, steel production, utilities, and chemical processing industries.
Dr. Justin C. Deskovich, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, DAC
Dr. Justin C. Deskovich, DPT, MPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, DAC is currently the managing physical therapist for the Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Associates (OSPTA) Farmington and Morgantown offices. He is a 2005 graduate of the West Virginia University Masters Physical Therapy Program. In 2009, he completed his transitional doctorate at Temple University. In 2010, he became an American Physical Therapy Association board certified orthopedic specialist. In 2011, he became a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In 2012, he became an American Physical Therapy Association board certified sports specialist. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the multimodal management for low back pain and hip pain. He is direct access certified (DAC). This means he has the credential to perform a medical screening examination at the systems level before treating a patient autonomously for a musculoskeletal related condition. He is currently a fellow in training at Sports Medicine of Atlanta (SMA) distant leaning fellowship program to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic manual Physical Therapists.
Mary Stout, PT, DPT
Mary Stout, PT, DPT, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut in 1977. She studied Anatomy and Work Physiology at Yale University and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Shenandoah University in 2009.
Mary completed a Case Study on a Rotator Cuff protocol which she developed as a result of her extensive orthopedic and neurologic background. The Case Study received a ”Professional Writing Award” from Shenandoah University School of Physical Therapy in recognition of outstanding initiative and achievement in the development of her individual ability to contribute to the Physical Therapy profession. Mary was recipient of the 2009 Physical Therapy Provider Network “National Ace Award” for her research and development of a post-operative shoulder rehabilitation protocol which has been granted a 2009 copyright.
While being named Clinical Associate to Boston University Sargeant College Physical Therapy Program, Mary Stout has made outstanding contributions towards the education of Physical Therapy students. She has a never-ending desire for educating students in addition to her staff. Her efforts have resulted in the co-development of a standardized student clinical evaluation form in 1982 that was utilized by 12 east coast Physical Therapy schools. Mary has served as guest lecturer for numerous DPT and PTA programs in Pennsylvania and is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor. She currently teaches her protocol and approach to shoulder rehab to numerous PT and PTA programs and most recently presented an abbreviated presentation at the PPTA Northeast District Mini CSM in September 2014. Mary’s Shoulder Rehab combines an eclectic movement pattern evidence-based approach of indirect mobilizations, release techniques and CKC exercises using the scapula as a focal point.
As a member of a research team in 1982, Mary helped develop Physical Therapy scheduling software and in 1999, a therapeutic ultrasound coupling agent known as “T-Prep”, which is used by numerous physical therapy clinics and college athletic departments. Other cutting edge accomplishments include successful development of a T-Roll lumbar spinal cushion which carries its’ own U.S. patent and as part of a team, participated in research of various therapeutic procedures utilized by physical therapists.
Mary set up a 3 office private physical therapy practice in 1989 which specializes as a Shoulder Center and maintains a consistent referral base with local physicians due to the successful outcomes she obtains with her shoulder clients. These accomplishments have prepared Mary to present her information in a two day continuing education seminar to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.