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 Georgia. 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, and 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 over 30 years of clinical experience in the area of orthopaedics and manual physical therapy. He has been a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy for 25 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings.

Dr. Donnelly’s current teaching responsibilities include Clinical Reasoning, Pain Sciences, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction for both the DPT and Postprofessional Programs. He also teaches orthopaedic and manual therapy examination, evaluation and management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions. He also lectures and teaches the skill of trigger point dry needling.

His scholarship efforts are focused in the area of myofascial pain and dysfunction on movement impairments. He is the Editor of the third edition of the Travell and Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. He has presented nationally integrating clinical reasoning, pain sciences and myofascial pain and dysfunction.

He is active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr Donnelly is currently the President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. He also serves as a member of the manipulation and dry needling work groups for the APTA.

Previous Speakers


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

Rob Landel, PT, DPT, FAPTA


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Dr. Gregory Thielman 


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