sSIG Leadership Team

Meet your 2019 sSIG Leadership Team!


Jessica Garcia is a second-year DPT student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Jessica graduated Texas Lutheran University with a BS in Kinesiology: Exercise Science where she played volleyball and softball. Currently, Jessica is serving as the Vice President of both the AAOMPT Student Local Program and the Interprofessional Sports Medicine Interest Group at TTUHSC representing the Odessa campus. One of her professional goals for the upcoming year is to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Jessica’s goal as AAOMPT sSIG President this year is to continue to increase sSIG involvement throughout DPT programs across the country and have record student attendance at the 2019 AAOMPT Conference in Florida. Please reach out via email with any ideas, questions, or concerns regarding sSIG or the AAOMPT Student Local Programs.

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Vice President

Jeffrey Kurtz is a third-year DPT student at Temple University where he graduated with a 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish. Last year, Jeff served as the Associate Director for Program Development on the AAOMPT sSIG Executive Board and is excited to return as Vice President. Jeff conducted and presented research regarding the impact of having an ASL in a DPT program at the AAOMPT 2017 Conference in Salt Lake City and is continuing similar research on a national level that he hopes to present this year in Orlando.

At Temple, Jeff founded and served as President of the AAOMPT sSIG Local. In addition, Jeff served as the Clinic Coordinator of North Broad Physical Therapy Center, Temple’s Pro Bono clinic. Jeff has an interest in private practice and clinic management. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys cooking, walking his two dogs, dominating fantasy football, and golfing. For any questions or concerns, feel free to contact him or connect on Twitter (@JeffreyKurtzSPT).

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Nicholas Waltz SPT, CSCS, is a second-year physical therapy student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Sacred Heart University (SHU), in Fairfield, CT. Nicholas graduated from Sacred Heart University in 3 years through their accelerated 3+3 program with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science. Nick lives in Trumbull, CT and is originally from Duxbury, Massachusetts.  Nicholas serves, as the co-Marquette Challenge chair at Sacred Heart University on their student Physical Therapy Board (SPTB). He also serves as a peer mentor for first year students. Nick is an avid competitive power lifter, swimmer, mountain biker and golfer.  He currently works as a personal trainer at both the YMCA and for the Sacred Heart University recreation department. Nick desires to treat both the Orthopedic and Neurologic populations. He desires in the future to get his OCS, NCS, and someday become a fellow of AAOMPT and pursue a PhD.

Nicholas is excited to serve as a Member At Large with AAOMPT. He is looking very much toward helping the existing programs flourish and helping aid in the establishment of new ASL’s across the country.  If you have any questions about AAOMPT, Orthopedics or ASL’s please do not hesitate to reach out to him with any questions, comments or concerns.

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Samantha Peter is a second-year student at the University of St. Augustine (USA) in St. Augustine, FL. She has evolved tremendously since her first semester and has since become very passionate about orthopedics and manual therapy. Samantha desires to take her orthopedic and manual therapy skills a step further into a more specialized setting and analyze and treat horseback rider biomechanics as she is an avid rider and competitor. Samantha is the current president of the USA ASL in which my involvement revolves around collaborating with my ASL peers and communicating with AAOMPT fellows at the university. She have also served on the executive board of the Student Physical Therapy Association at USA as advocacy liaison and president. Samantha enjoys communicating with and learning from others about current research, clinical pearls, and techniques patients’ love. With that said, she hopes to achieve collaboration and communication amongst ASLs at various universities while providing and maintaining a link between the ASLs and the sSIG Leadership Team. It is her goal to be at the AAOMPT annual conference in Orlando to better serve the executive committee, to network with fellows, and to increase student involvement in AAOMPT.

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Conference Chair

John McGeorge is a third-year DPT student at Sacred Heart University where he graduated with a 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. John has a passion for leadership and community service being both the Co-Leader for a local clothing distribution organization called The Movement and being the former Student-SIG President of CT. With regards to physical therapy John has a passion for both orthopedics and sports, specifically with treating Olympic and Powerlifting Athletes. John also has experience in community health and wellness program implementation, his most recent being based on the OTAGO exercise program. John is a soon-to-be graduate and has been applying to different orthopedic residencies all around the country and hopes to continue his clinical odyssey with respect to orthopedic-manual physical therapy.

When John is out of the classroom you can usually find him playing pick-up games of basketball with his friends, Olympic weightlifting, or catching up on the latest Marvel comic.

If you’re ever interested in reading the newest posts on research, or techniques you can always follow John on Instagram: john.mickeyg123.

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Director of Communications

Maggie Stratton is a second-year DPT student in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy (KSPT) at the University of Indianapolis. She graduated from UIndy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, a Healthy DiplomaTM, and a Certificate in Aging Studies. Last year, Maggie served at the IU Student Outreach Clinic, a pro bono, student-run clinic, as the UIndy PT Education Chair and is currently serving as the UIndy PT Operations Chair. She is also an elected class representative for the KSPT Class of 2020, and she helps administer school-based sport physicals in her home county. Maggie enjoys working as a professional photographer, spending time with her two dogs and two cats, and traveling.

Maggie’s goal for this year is to increase web traffic to AAOMPT’s blog and social media by distributing content that is relevant and interesting for students. Maggie also hopes to attend and present a session about musculoskeletal DPT education at the AAOMPT conference in Orlando with two of her classmates.

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