Residency Corner: Coury & Buehler Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency


Coury & Buehler Physical Therapy is a thriving private practice with multiple locations throughout Orange County, CA.  We are a team of caring individuals who are absolutely passionate about patient care and learning!


The majority of our faculty are board certified orthopedic specialists with at least 12 years of clinical experience!   We have a diverse group of mentors with advanced training and certifications such as Functional Manual Therapy, Applied Functional Science, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Spinal Manipulative Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Sports Certified Specialist.


We teach a systematic approach to patient care integrating several well-respected and proven methodologies.  Our main areas of specialization are spine, orthopedics, and sport medicine, with emphasis on treating both the mechanical and neuromuscular systems.  Mentorship is structured around evidence-informed practice, communication, movement science, local to global manual therapy, and exercise prescription.

Residents – Faith Crary (above) & Libbie Chen (below)

What makes your residency program unique compared to other programs?

Besides our board certified orthopedic and sports specialists, our team has a tremendous amount of clinical experience as well as continuing education.  Residents will benefit from learning “clinical pearls” from a variety of experienced mentors.

Another unique aspect is that both our didactic and clinical curriculum are taught by CBPT staff.  This allows a more cohesive learning experience as each mentor knows what is learned during classroom work.

Lastly our courses have a small number of participants (usually around 8-10), so there is a lot of one-on-one attention and feedback during lab sessions.

What would you consider the strengths of your program to be?

(Libbie Chen – Resident) The strengths of the program include exposure to multiple faculty, interactive and thorough weekend courses with instructor and other residents/colleagues, 1:1 lab time that emphasizes effective manual techniques, and 1:1 discussion for both patient-care and allow time for self-reflection – all of which are all essential for professional and individual growth.

What makes focused learning within a residency worth pursuing?

Heard of “Practice Makes Perfect?”  Well, there’s something even better = “Perfect Practice Makes Permanent!”  Bottom line is that intentional practice with a mentor in a structured curriculum is what facilitates true learning.

What advice would you give to students that are seriously interested in pursuing residency training?

(Libbie Chen – Resident) Determine the true reason for applying for residency. The process of any residency for any specialty will be challenging, time-consuming, and discouraging at times, but it’s about the journey and not the destination. I believe the time that you spend with your mentors is what will be most valuable and memorable at the end. That being said, be open-minded, open to constructive criticism, and frequently self-reflect in order to absorb every little trick your mentor passes on.

(Faith Crary – Resident) Seriously consider your motives and reasons for participating in a residency program.  You should only consider residency if you are emotionally prepared and can invest the time and energy it requires.  If you want to accelerate the development of your clinical skills and are ready and willing to be under a high level of scrutiny and feedback by a mentor, a residency program may be right for you.    However, reconsider or apply at a later time if you are interested in pursuing residency training because it is merely “the next step” in your career.

One of the most difficult aspects of participating in a residency is managing your time.  There are mentoring sessions and material to study and review while you are managing a case load of patients at the same time.  Get into good habits now and keep in mind that you have to make time for friends, family, and fun.

What do you look for in a quality candidate for your residency program?

In general, we look for the following qualities:

  • Positive
  • Hard-working
  • Able to multi-task
  • Communicates well
  • Coachable
  • Good character
  • Team player
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