Dr. Joseph Tatta, PT, DPT, CNS is a global leader in integrative pain care and an advocate for the safe and effective treatment of chronic pain.
He is the Founder of the Integrative Pain Science Institute, a cutting-edge health company reinventing pain care through evidence-based treatment, research, and professional development.
For 25 years, he has supported people living with pain and helped practitioners deliver more effective pain management. His research and career achievements include scalable practice models centered on lifestyle medicine, health behavior change, and digital therapeutics.
He is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trainer. Dr. Tatta is the author of two bestselling books, Radical Relief and Heal Your Pain Now, and host of The Healing Pain Podcast. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at both Arcadia University and St. John’s University where he teaches a variety of pain-related content and skills to entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students.
Rose M. Pignataro, PT, PhD, DPT
Dr. Rose M. Pignataro, PT, PhD, DPT leads the Institute course on Motivational Interviewing for Chronic Pain. She is a doctor of physical therapy with more than 30 years of direct patient care experience, including the treatment of chronic pain and associated conditions. In addition to her clinical background, Dr. Pignataro has a PhD in public health, with a strong focus on social and behavioral theory, health promotion and wellness. She is a certified health education specialist (CHES) and certified wound management specialist (CWS). Rose is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Physical Therapy at Emory & Henry College in Marion, Virginia.
Carey E. Rothschild, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS
Dr. Carey Rothschild is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Rothschild earned a Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy in 1999 from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2005. She became board-certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in 2006 (recertified 2016) and in Sports Physical Therapy in 2012. She completed the course work in pelvic physical therapy and earned a Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy in 2020. Her 20 years of clinical practice has been in the areas of orthopedics and sports medicine. Her research interests include management of running injuries, conditions of the female athlete, and pain neuroscience education.
Jeremy Fletcher, PT, DPT, OCS
Jeremy Fletcher, PT, DPT, OCS, currently serves as the Director of Community Integration for Veterans Recovery Resources, a by-Veteran for Veteran non-profit mental health organization located in Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Fletcher recently served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy where he also earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2010. He has presented at state, national, and international levels on the topics of chronic pain, health behavior, and community/population health. He is Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, a Major in the US Army Reserve, and holds several leadership positions for non-profit organizations in Mobile, AL. His service in the War in Afghanistan earned him the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in a combat zone. He is a Veteran, father, coach, and husband.
Annette M. Willgens, PT, MA, EdD
Dr. Annette Willgens is a clinical associate professor in the department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences and Program in Physical Therapy at Temple University. She earned her Physical Therapy degree at Ithaca College, her Master of Education at New York University, and her Doctor of Education at Northcentral University. She is a pediatric practitioner of over 30 years and continues to practice clinically at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As director of admissions, her scholarly agenda includes student success, resilience to stress, and affective domain skills across the curriculum.