Meet the MMIM Instructors!

Rick Daigle, PT, DPT, SFMA, is the Founder and President of Medical Minds In Motion, LLC™.  Dr. Daigle is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston and had the opportunity to do an extended externship at Cincinnati Sports Medicine. Dr. Daigle is an active member of the APTA and is a Credentialed APTA Clinical Instructor. His clinical expertise/philosophy is focused around a manual and movement based model. He utilizes assessment tools and techniques such as the SFMA, Trigger Point Dry Needling, Kinesiology Taping and many more.

Dr. Daigle has worked with a variety of types of patients and has consulted with numerous collegiate and professional athletes. He has a special interest in Baseball Players and has studied the mechanics of pitching and how dysfunctional movement causes breakdown, leading to severe injuries.

Dr. Daigle is the creator of “Kinesiology Taping: Movement Assessments & Corrective Exercise Strategies”, seminar series which is meant to expose clinicians to various taping techniques, movement assessments and corrective exercise strategies used to determine what taping techniques are appropriate. He created MMIM with the sole purpose of developing high quality continuing education courses for the allied health field.

Meryl Sullivan, PT, DPT, is a skilled physical therapist, a certified fitter of semi-custom orthotics and a nationally registered EMT specializing in sports medicine, outpatient orthopedics and chronic pain. Dr. Sullivan practices in the Bond Wellness Center at Monadnock Community Hospital and was previously coordinating therapist at Salem Sports and Rehab. She is a national seminar instructor and her clinical expertise includes kinesiology taping, work as a Graston provider, trigger point dry needling, pain management and acute-care cases. Her passion however is to work with athletes and sports programs to ensure safe sporting events through community outreach and trainings.

Dr. Sullivan worked for the Boston Red Sox organization for almost a decade and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Simmons College.

Erson Religioso, III, DPT, MS, MTC, Cert MDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FAAOMPT, is the founder of Religioso Physical Therapy services and an Associate at Rose Physical Therapy in Buffalo, NY. He is also the owner of CT-Tool, LLC which designs stainless steel therapy tools for use by health care professionals. Dr. Religioso received his Masters from D’Youville College and his DPT from the University of St. Augustine. His clinical expertise/philosophy is focused on orthopedic manual therapy and has taught multiple seminars on Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Neurodynamics, Soft Tissue Manipulation, Spinal Manipulation, TMD/Headaches, Upper and Lower Quarter Assessment and Treatment. Dr. Religioso works with many different patient populations and has consulted with athletes of all levels. He is a member of the APTA, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has his certification in MDT. He is the creator of the EDGE Tool™, which is an innovative, and cost effective soft tissue manipulation tool that allows the practitioner to reduce stress on their hands and increase results with their patients. The EDGE is used internationally by professionals and organizations including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and Division 1 Schools.

Stephen Mikita, PT, DPT, is a skilled orthopedic Physical Therapist and the owner & director of SG Mikita Physical Therapy. He specializes in Hands-on Manual therapy and Light therapy. He has extensive experience in the Strain-Counterstrain Technique, Evidence in Motion-manipulation, and Myofascial Release which are manual therapy techniques used to ease pain and improve mobility amongst patients. Dr. Mikita works extensively with athletes, outpatient clients and geriatric patients, improving rehabilitation development by educating clients with long-term solutions for dysfunctions. He has taught multiple workshops on Kinesiology Taping and Corrective Movement Strategies across the country. He received his Masters in Physical Therapy and his Bachelors in Health Science from Mercy College. He is a member of the APTA as well as the Private Practice Section.

You can also find Dr. Mikita at SG Mikita Physical Therapy

Dr. Emily Splichal is a nationally recognized Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, lecturer and author extensively trained in lower extremity biomechanics, sports medicine & movement dysfunction. She is the owner of Evidence Based Fitness Academy, a continuing education organization specializing in research-based and scientific education for health professionals. Skilled in barefoot training, foot health and postural alignment, Dr. Splichal has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Doctors, Fox News, The Today Show, and the Dr. Steve Show. Her research has been published in several publications, including Lower Extremity Review, and she has presented lectures internationally on Implementation of Fall Reduction Programs, The Functional Foot & Ankle, and Improving Balance, Posture, and Gait. She is an active member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine, International Association for Gait and Posture Research, and American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Splichal, also a NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, received her Masters in Human Movement from A.T. Still University and her DPM from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

AshleyRose Costello, PT, DPT, is an APTA credentialed physical therapist specializing in pediatrics and orthopedic based overuse and post-operative injuries. A movement specialist working with several patient populations, Dr. Costello’s clinical philosophy is focused around a manual and movement based model. With extensive history from pediatric to geriatric acute care, sports & spine physical therapy and orthopedics, she has been published in the APTA Journal of Orthopedics and has assisted patients in Victoria, Australia and Dholahiti, Nepal. She has taught kinesiology, biomechanics & athletic ACL laxity, and has volunteered extensively, serving children and adults with disabilities. Dr. Costello received her Double Bachelor of Science in Education and Combined Science at St. John’s University, Queens, NY and her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. She lives in San Francisco, CA and enjoys traveling, Broadway shows and basketball.

Mitch Hauschildt, MA, ATC, CSCS, is the founder and president of Maximum Training Solutions, LLC. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Certified Club Coach by USA Weightlifting. Over the years, MTS has worked with variety of clients including Division I Universities, private physical therapy clinics, large market health systems, personal training studios, and high schools. As a Sports Medicine Instructor for TRX™ and a Master Instructor for Innovative Fitness Solutions, Mitch has trained professional athletes in MLB, the NFL, MLS as well as numerous Olympic Athletes. He works with all populations and currently serves as the Prevention, Rehab, and Physical Performance Coordinator for 16 sports, as well as the strength and conditioning coach for Women’s basketball and Volleyball at Missouri State University. At MSU, he utilizes his knowledge of performance enhancement and sports medicine to coordinate the rehab and injury prevention programs for all varsity sports while also improving the athletic performance for the Lady Bears teams. His areas of interest include functional movement and biomechanics, high-speed treadmill training, and metabolics. Mitch is a noted national speaker and has co-presented with Dr. James Andrews numerous times at the prestigious Andrews Institute of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He has also been published in numerous professional journals as well as online publications.

Alyssa Weber, DPT, CKTP, is a skilled orthopedic physical therapist with strong manual based orthopedic practice skills. Dr. Weber practices at the prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA where she specializes in evaluation and rehabilitation for post-surgical shoulder, knee, ankle, spine and other orthopedic dysfunction. Dr. Weber’s broad clinical experience spans all patient populations and has practiced in multiple settings. She has given presentations on ACL reconstruction, Sports-Related Hip Rehab, Shoulder, Knee and Spine pathologies, Sports Medicine and multiple Kinesiotaping courses including having the opportunity to teach at the first European Kinesiotape Symposium. Dr. Weber has been published in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice and has extensive experience in Functional Outcome Measure for both lower and upper extremities. She earned her BS and Masters in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University and her Doctorate from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is an active member of the APTA and is a Credentialed APTA Clinical Instructor.

Perry Nickelston, DC, NKT, FMS, SFMA, is an innovative Chiropractic Sports Physician with primary focus on Performance Enhancement and Corrective Exercise as well as Metabolic Fitness Nutrition. His areas of expertise include myofascial, orthopedic, medical and trigger point soft tissue therapy. Dr. Perry is a certified Functional Movement Specialist (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment Specialist (SFMA). As a member of the Board of Directors and Medical Staff Advisor for AIMLA (American Institute for Medical Laser Application), Dr. Perry teaches healthcare professionals all over the world how to successfully use Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy in alleviating pain. He is a regular columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic, Practice Insights, Chiropractic Economics, To Your Health Magazine, Advance Physical Therapy, PT on the Net, LiveStrong, StrengthCoach, and other industry publications for health and fitness. He is currently publishing several books on health, fitness and laser therapy. Dr. Perry is a 1997 graduate from Palmer Chiropractic University and a Master Fitness Trainer with over 2 decades of experience in the health industry. Dr. Perry is highly regarded in the medical and fitness industries and is known for his Stop Chasing Pain™ movement and is the creator of the Core 4 RRTT Recovery and Regeneration Program.

“I drop knowledge bombs because I like to blow up neurons!” -Dr. P 

John K. Koniuto, PT, MSPT, DPT, FMT-C, is a skilled Physical Therapist and the owner of Oakdale Physical Therapy & Fitness based out of New York, which specializes in out-patient, sports injuries, orthopedic and general rehab, and prehab services. Dr. Koniuto’s primary clinical specialty is sports and orthopedic rehab, focusing on strength, balance, posture, and functional assessment while incorporating fitness strategies and their positive impact on the aging process. As a Certified Strength Training Specialist and FMT Certified Level 1 & 2 RockDoc, he also has a special interest in injury prevention, wellness, and rehab using individualized kinesiology taping techniques and movement strategies. Dr. Koniuto earned his BS and Master’s in Physical Therapy at Springfield College and his Doctorate from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He has worked with semi-pro sports teams and has extensive experience in various clinical settings such as private practice, hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes, scholastic and industrial companies. Dr. Koniuto values the professional relationships he has with his clients and the positive impacts he has on their quality of life. When he is not working, John enjoys rock/ice climbing, CrossFit, mountain biking, trail running, playing volleyball with the local men’s USVBA club team, and golfing

David A. Doyle, MS, PT, is a skilled orthopedic physical therapist and the owner & director of Spectrum Physical Therapy based out of southern Connecticut which specializes in sports medicine, spine and other orthopedic specialties. David’s specialized training includes advanced shoulder complex assessment and treatment techniques and strategies, kinesiology taping and orthopedic soft tissue manipulative therapy.

Mr. Doyle’s clinical experience includes assessment of spinal and peripheral joint disorders blending a movement based and biomechanical approach, post-operative rehabilitation, and a wide array of manual techniques, modalities, and movement strategies used in acute upper and lower quadrant therapy.

The US Olympic Women’s Rowing Team is lucky to have him as a physical therapy consultant where his focus is in sports performance enhancement and endurance training. Mr. Doyle earned a BS and Masters in Physical Therapy from Springfield College and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

You can also find Mr. Doyle at Spectrum Physical Therapy

Joseph LaVacca, PT, DPT, FMT-C, is a skilled orthopedic physical therapist and the managing therapist at Sports Physical Therapy of New York whose clinical experience spans outpatient, intensive care, cardiac, and level 1 trauma center settings. Dr. LaVacca specializes in sports injuries, kinesiology taping, musculoskeletal and spine disorders, repetitive stress injuries, and pre & post-surgical injuries. An FMT Certified RockDoc, he has instructed seminars across the country on Kinesiology Taping and Corrective Exercise Techniques as well as other orthopedic topics. Joe earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from sacred Heart University where he also obtained his Bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

You can also find Dr. LaVacca at Sports Physical Therapy of New York

Mindy Manganello, PT, DPT, is a skilled orthopedic physical therapist whose clinical experience includes outpatient, acute and sub-acute rehab, long-term, among other settings. Dr. Manganello works with all populations and as the Director of Physical Therapy at the New Jersey Sport and Spine Physical Therapy Center she specializes in orthopedics, therapeutic taping, assessment and evaluation and kinetic rehab. She also served as a Senior Therapist at Kinetic Physical Therapy in New Jersey and proudly provided an injury prevention protocol and test for a USA Swim Program. Dr. Manganello’s expertise includes exercise and movement therapy and manual techniques with a special focus on modalities for restoring function and mitigating disability for injured clients. She has received specialized training in upper and lower extremity rehabilitation using functional biomechanics treatment techniques and kinesiology taping. When not running her clinic, Dr. Manganello teaches continuing education seminars across the country. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Simmons College.

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