sSIG Leadership Team

Meet your 2018 sSIG Leadership Team!


Stephen Ford is a 3rd year DPT student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Spending all his life in the Lone Star State, Stephen played football at Texas A&M University-Commerce where he graduated with a BS in Human Performance. In 2017, Stephen served as the Member-at-Large alongside Paige Williams in which they expanded the ASL program from 5 to 19 universities. he is the past President of the AAOMPT Student Local Program at TTUHSC. Additionally, he has served as an ambassador for the TTUHSC President’s Office. Stephen is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength & Conditioning Association. 

Stephen looks forward to further expanding the reach of AAOMPT and the sSIG with his position. His focus will continue to be on promoting orthopaedic manual physical therapy across the nation with the advancement of the AAOMPT Student Local (ASL) Program. He is looking forward to meeting everyone at CSM 2018 in New Orleans and AAOMPT 2018 in Reno. Please do not hesitate to reach out and contact Stephen regarding the sSIG or AAOMPT Student Local Program.

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Vice President

Ryan Campanella is a 3rd year DPT student at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is pleased and honored to be nominated by fellow student colleagues to become the newest AAOMPT sSIG Vice President. Prior to attending TJU, Ryan was a STEM scholar with a background in both psychology and biology. He recently passed the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam to enhance his professional growth. He is also recently MDT Part A certified through the McKenzie Institute. Ryan serves as Treasurer for TJU’s pro-bono clinic, Hands of Hope, which has recently expanded to two separate clinical sites. Ryan also works in a private outpatient orthopaedic and sports practice 2-3 times per week. He wants to pursue an orthopaedic residency followed by Fellowship after graduation. His eventual goal is to become a travel physical therapist. 

As Vice President, Ryan wants to continue raising awareness about AAOMPT membership to students including more workshops whether in-person or online. Ryan is available by e-mail to hear thoughts or entertain any questions you may have about AAOMPT or the sSIG.

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Director of Communications

Matt McClanahan is a 2nd year DPT student at Missouri State University. He is currently the VP of Programming for the Association of Student Physical Therapists at MSU, as well as the Financial Chair for the MSU sSIG. He is the former president of MSU’s AAOMPT Student Local (ASL) Program, and was directly involved in its founding. He has since taken on another role as a journal club chair within the ASL. Matt firmly believes that being involved in different avenues within our profession is the best way to excel as a clinician. In his free time, Matt likes to workout, play with his dog, watch sports, and listen to podcasts.

Matt is excited to be the Web Admin of the AAOMPT Blog. He plans to continue to put out relevant content, and hopes to expand the sSIG’s social media presences through different platforms. If there are certain topics you would like covered, or if you would like to contribute to the blog, please feel free to reach out to him.

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Chelsea Petska is a 3rd year DPT student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She earned her Bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Centenary College of Louisiana where she also played volleyball. While at Texas Tech, she has served as the Historian of the AAOMPT Student Local (ASL) Program at TTUHSC, assisted the Office of Admissions as a Student Interview Leader, and worked as a volunteer with the Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Center. Chelsea is also Level 1 certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling through Therapy Concepts Inc. After graduation, she plans to pursue an orthopaedic residency followed by manual therapy Fellowship. 

Chelsea is passionate about developing new ASL Programs across the country as well as serving as a helpful resource to existing programs. She hopes to foster relationships between current Fellows and ASLs to allow DPT students the opportunity to advance their orthopaedic manual therapy knowledge and skill. Please reach out with any questions regarding the AAOMPT sSIG or AAOMPT Student Local Programs!

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Matthew Miraglia is a 2nd year DPT student at Temple University. He grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania before moving to Philadelphia for school. Matt currently serves as the educational chair for Temple’s AAOMPT Student Local (ASL) program where he assists with scheduling meetings, session planning, and facilitating student-run lectures. Additionally, he has a strong interest in sports performance and in the future, would like to specialize in sports. Matt works as a certified personal trainer on Temple’s campus at the Temple Campus Recreation Center. In his free time, he enjoys working out, golfing, playing video games, hanging out with friends, and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles!

Matt is excited to continue ASL development across the country via a greater social media presence, live chat Q&A’s, and hopefully meetings at local DPT programs to spread the word! Feel free to reach out with any questions you have about organizing an ASL at your university!

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Conference Chair

Dylan Roman is currently a 2nd year DPT student at the University of Connecticut. As a lifelong Connecticut native, he graduated from UConn with a B.S. in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology. Dylan is the current president of UConn’s student physical therapy association and enjoys playing tennis, as well as walking his dogs in his free time.

Dylan’s main goal for 2017 is to increase student interest and attendance at the annual AAOMPT conference. Through increased fundraising efforts, the AAOMPT sSIG hopes to send more students to the 2018 conference in Reno than ever before. Dylan wants to meet YOU at CSM 2019 in New Orleans and at AAOMPT 2018 in Reno. He is available through e-mail and excited to answer any questions that you may have.

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Special Appointments

Associate Director for External Relations

Madison Woody is a 1st year DPT student at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. She graduated with her B.S. in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness from Tennessee Technological University in 2016. Madison is currently a member of ETSU’s AAOMPT Student Local (ASL) Program, pursuing greater involvement and leadership. In the past, Madison has participated in the TPTA Day on the Hill to increase her awareness of the Tennessee legislature, and she also attended the TPTA Fall Meeting where she engaged in a wide variety of lectures and student activities. Madison has also helped with the Annual ETSU DPT Zombie Run to benefit the Mercer-Marquette Challenge. In her free time, she enjoys being at the lake, as well as travelling with family and friends. 

Madison looks forward to serving the AAOMPT sSIG by initiating philanthropic activities and community outreach. Her desire is to increase awareness and participation within the sSIG at both a local and national level. Madison hopes to engage students and promote involvement. Please reach out to her with any ideas that you may have!

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Associate Director for Program Development

Jeff Kurtz is currently a 2nd year DPT student at Temple University. Originally from Allentown, PA, Jeff was an accelerated 3+3 student at Temple while majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Spanish. Jeff also serves as the Clinical Coordinator of Temple’s pro bono health center, a member of the Professional Development Committee, and founded Temple’s AAOMPT Student Local (ASL) Program. Jeff was the primary investigator of a retrospective study on the challenges, student perspectives, and outcomes of a university’s ASL Program, and presented at the 2017 AAOMPT Conference. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys golfing, walking his dogs, watching the Flyers, and cooking.

Jeff believes passionately in expanding the AAOMPT sSIG regionally, and presenting the student perspective through the sSIG’s currently ASL Programs to other universities. Jeff is excited to begin contacting current and prospective students to help improve the outreach of the sSIG.

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