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"My experience at Riverside Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency was exceptional!  My goals upon completion of the program were to not only significantly improve my manual therapy skills, but also my understanding and clinical decision making as an orthopedic clinician.  Through this residency which includes many educational and learning opportunities in addition to weekly one-on-one mentorship time, I have met my goals.  I feel as if I have accelerated my career development by several years and am now on my way to becoming not only a master clinician in my own right, but also a mentor and leader within the field of orthopedic physical therapy."

Update:  Dr. Wetzell took the orthopedic specialty board examination in March of 2013 and passed with flying colors!  He is now officially a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS).  Congratulations Dr. Wetzell for a well-deserved achievement!

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"Reflecting on the time I spent here at Riverside, I look at where I started and where I am now.  I am a much more skillful, knowledgeable, and confident practitioner than when I began my residency.  My main goal in this residency was to increase my hands on manual techniques.  This experience has accelerated my clinical reasoning and I loved the classroom and lab courses I took with residents from other programs taught by Joe Godges, DPT, MA, OCS, at USC.  Those two weeks greatly improved my manual techniques, which was my main goal over the year.  I am excited to start the beginning of the rest of my career and going through a residency has been a wonderful facilitator."

Update:  Dr. Schumann took the orthopedic specialty board examination in March of 2014 and passed.  He is now officially a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS).  Congratulations Dr. Schumann for a well-deserved achievement!

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"One of my initial attractions to your residency program was the organization and information laid out on the website.  By far, this website was most engaging and well-presented and this drew me in very quickly.  To have you sit with me and discuss the points previously discussed in my reflection on the year showed such a commitment towards achieving high quality in your program; I appreciated this tremendously and felt my words were recoginzed and more importantly attended to."

Update:  Asani took the orthopedic specialty board examination in March of 2016 and passed with flying colors.  She is now officially a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS).  Congratulations Asani for a well-deserved achievement!

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"When I first started the orthopedic residency at Riverside PT, I had an idea of what I wanted to get out of it.  I wanted to improve my clinical reasoning, diagnostic, manual, and patient management skills.  I wanted to obtain experience and learn from an expert in the field.  I have achieved these goals and feel that I have obtained knowledge and skills that would have otherwise taken years to obtain.  I think the mentoring helped to fine tune my clinical reasoning, and the 16-day course at USC helped to fine tune my manual skills.  I am very happy with my decision to go through this residency and am looking forward to continuing my career in this field."

Update:  Dr. Potts took the orthopedic specialty board examination in March of 2015 and passed.  He is now officially a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS).  Congratulations Dr. Potts for a well-deserved achievement!

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“I knew after graduation that I wanted to complete an orthopedic residency to enhance my confidence as a clinician, my clinical reasoning skills, manual therapy, evidenced based interventions and, more importantly, to spend time learning from some of the best experts in the field.  Completing this residency was one of the best decisions that I have made in my early career as a DPT.  The mentoring with Dr. Edsen Donato and the 16-day course at USC taught by a pioneer in the field, Dr. Joe Godges, were invaluable experiences and some of the best continuing education courses any PT could attend.  I will be forever grateful for what I have gained, not only from my experience in this residency and the clinician I have become, but also for the time that my wife and I spent in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.”

Update:  Dr. Hansen took the orthopedic specialty board examination in March of 2016 and passed.  He is now officially a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS).  Congratulations Dr. Hansen for a well-deserved achievement!

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"The Riverside Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency program has allowed me to grow as a clinician in many ways.  My clinical reasoning, communicative, teaching, and my hands on skills have dramatically improved thus increasing my patient outcomes.  The residency staff was instrumental in nurturing my growth throughout the program.  First and foremost Dr. Donato has helped me greatly with my evaluative skills and has strengthened my areas of weaknesses that were first discussed on day one.  The two modules at USC taught primarily by Dr. Godges was an incredible experience.  The 2 USC modules have increased my hands on skills and body mechanics during manual therapy interventions.  I have seen and have taken part in several changes within the residency program, which will allow for an even better experience for future residents."

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