About the Speaker

Joe DonnellyJoseph M. Donnelly, PT, DHS, OCS

Clinical Professor and Director, Postprofessional Programs
Mercer University

Dr. Joe Donnelly is a Clinical Professor and Director of Postprofessional Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Donnelly is a founding member of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Director of the Orthopaedic, Neurologic, and Cardiovascular/ Pulmonary Residency programs and the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. He received his Doctor of Health Science Degree in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, his Master of Science in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY. He has 35 years of clinical experience in the area of orthopaedics and manual physical therapy. He has been a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy for 27 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings. Dr. Donnelly serves as the current President, of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA.

Dr. Donnelly’s current teaching responsibilities include Clinical Reasoning, Pain Sciences, and Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction for both the DPT and postprofessional programs. He also teaches orthopaedic and manual therapy examination, and evaluation and management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions. His scholarship efforts are focused in the area of myofascial pain and dysfunction and their role in movement impairments. He is the Editor and contributing author of the third edition of the Travell, Simons, and Simons’ book, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual that was published in August 2018. He has presented nationally integrating clinical reasoning, pain sciences, myofascial pain and dysfunction, and trigger point dry needling into clinical practice.

Previous Speakers

2018

"Managing Post-Concussion Syndrome: The Diagnostic Dilemma, and Where Does Manual Therapy Fit In?"

Rob Landel, PT, DPT, FAPTA

2017

"Harnessing Brain Plasticity Using Typical PT Equipment to Stimulate the Brain and Improve Motor Outcomes"
Shailesh Kantak PhD, PT

2016
FUNctional Fashion & Wearable Technology:  How Clothing & Soft/DIY Devices Can Improve Function, Independence, and Quality of Life for Individuals With Physical Disabilities
Michele Lobo, PT, PhD

2015
New Advances in the Management of Persons with Balance and Vestibular Disorders.
Susan L. Whitney, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

2014
New and Innovative Evidence Based Treatment for Parkinson's Disease
Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS

2013
Shoulder Dysfunction Post-Breast Cancer
Pamela K. Levangie, DPT, DSc, FAPTA

2012
Management of Concussion/Mild TBI and the Emerging Role of the Physical Therapist
Anne Mucha PT, DPT, MS, NCS

2011
CNS Adaptations During Locomotor Training
Amy J. Bastian, PhD, PT

2010
Optimizing Participation of Individuals with Movement Disorders
Robert J. Palisano, PT, ScD

2009
Gaming and Virtual Reality in Physical Therapy (to improve balance and mobility)
Judith Deutsch, PT, PhD

2008
Failure of Voluntary Muscle Activation: Coming Out of Our Orthopedic Silo to Treat a Neurologic Impairment
Scott Stackhouse, PT, PhD

2007
Exploration of Methods to Enhance Reach, Grasp and Manipulation Across the Lifespan.
Susan V. Duff, EdD, PT, OT, CHT

2006
III Step (Special Therapeutic Exercise Project): Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow
Susan P. Barker, PT, PhD

 

Contact:

Dr. Gregory Thielman 

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8680

Email:

g.thielm@usciences.edu