Leadership

Planning and Steering Committee

Brian Degenhardt, DO

Co-Chair of Conference Planning Committee for the International Consortium on Manual Therapies

Assistant Vice President for Osteopathic Research at A.T. Still University

Director of the A.T. Still Research Institute

Director of the Practice-Based Research Network DO-Touch.NET

Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Endowed Chair for Research in Osteopathic Diagnostic and Therapeutic Palpation

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E-mail: bdegenhardt@atsu.edu

I have spent my career trying to integrate scientific pursuits into clinical practice. As a specialist in osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine, I am captivated by the diverse ways the neuromusculoskeletal system responds to life’s events. I am also fascinated by the ways it responds to various forms of physical touch. These observations have fueled my passion for the clinical and scientific work I have performed throughout my career, and I have come to appreciate that science should be a communal process, not one performed in isolation. Unfortunately, research in isolation has been common in the manual therapy professions. It is for this reason that the ICMT is important to me as a means of facilitating knowledge and the practice and effectiveness of manual therapies.


Paul Standley, PhD

Co-Chair of Conference Planning Committee for the International Consortium on Manual Therapies

Professor, Basic Medical Sciences and Physiology at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Associate Dean, Curricular Affairs and Program Evaluation at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

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E-mail: pstandley@cox.net

I earned my doctoral degree in medical physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Endocrinology and Hypertension at the same institution. I moved to Arizona to become a founding faculty member at Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
In that new position, I continued NIH-funded and AHA-funded research investigating biomechanical modeling of arterial pressure waveforms and developing in vitro models of myofascial release and other manual therapies.
I have humbly accepted the Irvin Korr Award (American Osteopathic Association), two Northup Awards (Journal of the American Osteopathic Association), and the Academy Award (American Academy of Osteopathy) for my research contributions to the osteopathic profession and other manual medicine professions. I enjoy outdoor recreation of all sorts. I also enjoy bringing educators and researchers together to solve large issues and teaching and mentoring medical students to be their very best.


Jan Baum, MA

CEU/CME Coordinator for the International Consortium on Manual Therapies

Director of Continuing Education, A.T. Still University

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I have been involved in continuing education for physicians and other healthcare providers for over 20 years. I was the Director of the American Urological Association in Linthicum, Maryland, for four years and managed their annual meetings, hands-on cadaver and animal laboratories, and online and other live continuing medical education events. I have been employed at A.T. Still University for over five years and am responsible for all live continuing medical education events. I also assist with internal departmental educational requests. I always enjoyed going to school and have attended and received degrees from Stephens College, Maryville University, Washington University, and the University of Missouri.


Francesco Cerritelli, PhD

Information Technology Coordinator for the International Consortium on Manual Therapies

President, Non-profit Foundation COME Collaboration

Neuroscientist-Osteopath

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Preferred pronouns: Fra
E-mail: fcerritelli@comecollaboration.org
Twitter: @CerritelliF
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I have been the Chair of the Foundation Centre for Osteopathic Medicine (COME) Collaboration, a not-for-profit research institute, for the last five years. I am a neuroscientist and osteopath with broad interests in osteopathic and touch research, neuroscience, and health science focusing on interdisciplinary aspects of evidence-based medicine. I received a Master in Public Health from Imperial College London (UK) and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy). I have published more than 50 scientific papers in the field of osteopathy and neuroscience and recently published a paper in Scientific Reports that focused on fMRI and the interoceptive aspect of osteopathy. I like problem-solving roles that call for creative thought. I also enjoy mapping things out and applying novel, but challenging, ideas to organizational activities.


Jessica Corrick, MHA

Attendee Coordinator for the International Consortium on Manual Therapies

Operations Assistant of the A.T. Still Research Institute

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E-mail: jessicacorrick@atsu.edu
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I am the Operations Assistant for the A.T. Still Research Institute, a position I have held for the last three and a half years. I have a great interest in translational, health policy, and services research to improve mental health equity. I have a BSN from Truman State University and an MHA from A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS); I am also a class of 2021 candidate for a Doctorate of Health Administration degree from ATSU-CGHS. I strive to advocate for diversity in the workplace: I am trained in Mental Health First Aid and serve as a Safe Zone Ally. One career highlight is planning and coordinating the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium, a regional research conference, for the past three years. In my rare spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities with my family and animals.


Geoffroey-Allen Franklin, MBA

Working Groups Deputy Coordinator for the International Consortium on Manual Therapies

Chair of the Business Plan Committee for the International Consortium on Manual Therapies

Data Manager of the A.T. Still Research Institute

Data Manager of the Practice-Based Research Network DO-Touch.NET

Media Coordinator for the International Consortium on Manual Therapies

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Pronouns: fae/faer/faer (they/them/their)
E-mail: gfranklin@atsu.edu
Twitter: @frgeof
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I have been the Data Manager for the A.T. Still Research Institute since 2015. In my vocation, I am an applied data scientist researching ways to provide better access to data for scientific investigators. I have an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Western Governors University and an Associate in Emergency Management from Frederick Community College. One of the highlights of my career was the creation of OPComp, the judging platform used by the American Academy of Osteopathy, A.T. Still Research Institute, and A.T. Still University for their poster sessions. I drive a robot to work.


Sandy Fritz

Massage Therapist

Author

Owner, Health Enrichment Center School of Massage Therapy

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Pronouns: she (they/them/their)

I have been in massage therapy practice for 40+ years including over 25 years of integrating massage therapy into professional athletics. I have a Bachelors of Health Science from Central Michigan University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. Additionally, I have a Board Certification in Massage Therapy. For 35 years I have been the owner and lead instructor at Health Enrichment Center School of Massage Therapy in Lapeer, Michigan. For 25 years I have authored massage therapy textbooks published by Elsevier. With many years of leadership and activity in the massage therapy community, I balance my life as a proud grandma and gardener.


Norman W. Kettner, DC

Dean of Research

Professor Emeritus – Department of Radiology | Logan University

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Dr. Kettner is the Dean of Research, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Radiology at Logan University. He has served on the faculty since 1980 and in 1984 was appointed Chair of the Department of Radiology. Dr. Kettner was elected president of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology in 1991. He has served as a grant reviewer for the NIH/NCCAM Special Emphasis Panel in Basic Science. Dr. Kettner is a reviewer for many journals including the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Pain, Journal of Pain, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, BMC Pediatrics and is an editorial board member in the Musculoskeletal section of Pain Medicine. He has lectured on complementary and alternative health care to audiences including Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine and the Walter Reed Army Hospital.

Dr. Kettner’s current research interests include advanced brain imaging techniques used to explore the neural mechanisms underlying chronic pain and the brain responses to acupuncture and spinal manipulation. To carry out this work, Dr. Kettner developed a research collaboration with the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging of Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Over the course of his career, he has authored numerous publications with national and international conference presentations in the field of chiropractic radiology and functional neuroimaging. His papers are published in prestigious journals such as NeuroImage, Human Brain Mapping, Pain and Brain.


David Lesondak, BCSI

Structural Integrator & Fascia Specialist
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Center for Integrative Medicine

Author: Fascia – What it is and Why it Matters
Editor: Fascia, Function, and Medical Applications

Host of the podcast BodyTalk with David Lesondak

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E-mail: lesondakda@upmc.edu

David Lesondak, BCSI, ATSI, FST, VMT, FFT, IAHE, is a member of the Allied Health Professional Staff in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is a board-certified Structural Integrator, visceral manipulator, fascial stretch therapist, and more. His 1st book, Fascia: What it is and Why it Matters, now available in 9 languages, led to being asked to architect and edit the first-ever textbook on fascia designed for the medical and healthcare field – Fascia, Function, and Medical Applications. His most recent venture is the podcast BodyTalk.

Helping people recover their resilience and live a more pain-free life is at the heart of his clinical work. His personal need to understand why things work and why sometimes they don’t drive his continuing search for the latest scientific knowledge and innovative approaches. These inclinations make him a natural fit for the ICMT. 

Says David: “The ICMT project is an opportunity to increase the recognition of the importance of manual therapy in medicine and increase our own understanding of the science underlying how manual therapies achieve their results. We’re creating an interdisciplinary level playing field, cultivating collaboration, and creating a common language to depict what we do accurately. This will mean better research, better understanding,  and most importantly, better outcomes for our patients and the people we serve. It’s hard but necessary work, and it’s also completely irresistible .”

Previous to entering the healthcare field in 1991, David’s various career incarnations were in television, advertising, and the funeral arts. Including over a decade-long stint as a DJ on WYEP-FM in Pittsburgh. He maintains an avid interest in music and can be often be heard at Pittsburgh’s singer/songwriter Open Mic scene.


Amoreena “Amo” Trigg, MEd

Venue Coordinator for the International Consortium on Manual Therapies

Assistant Director, Research Office for Medical Education at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Manager, Program Evaluation and Education Research at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

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Pronouns: she/her/they
E-mail: Atrigg1@arizona.edu

I have been a Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Research Office for Medical Education (ROME) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix for three years. During that time, I have hosted numerous research forums, curriculum retreats, and special events to engage faculty, staff, and the Phoenix community to advance medical education research. I have a Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Arizona University. A highlight of my career has been systematically developing ROME to promote scholarship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. I am an avid fan of the US Women’s National Soccer Team team and a regular patron of restaurants and breweries in Downtown Phoenix.


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