Joe Tatta, PT, DPT, CNS
Dr. Joe Tatta 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 health behavior change, integrative and lifestyle medicine, and methods that empower physical therapists to serve at the top of their scope of practice as primary providers of healthcare. He is a speaker, author, podcast host, adjunct professor, and guest lecturer in many DPT programs.
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
Dr. Jeremy Fletcher 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 professor, clinician, and researcher. She earned her certificate in mindfulness at the University of California, School of Medicine, in 2012. She has designed and delivered workshops and courses in mindful clinical practice at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Ithaca College, her Master of Education at New York University, and her Doctor of Education at Northcentral University. She holds additional certifications as a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), a qualitative researcher (Nova Southeastern University), a trauma-informed care provider (Temple University), a clinical educator (American Physical Therapy Association), and a clinical specialist (ABPTS). She is a pediatric practitioner of over 30 years and continues to practice at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Research interests include pediatric interventions and using mindfulness-based approaches to address student stress, burnout, and practitioner self-care.
Kerstin Palombaro, PT, PhD
Dr. Kerstin Palombaro, PT, PhD has been practicing as a physical therapist and educator for 25 years, primarily in older adult and community health populations. She believes in the power of evidence-based, holistic practice to promote patients’ well-being through a range of interventions including exercise, nutrition, sleep, and stress reduction. Her vision for the physical therapy profession is one in which clinicians develop and share innovative frameworks for the treatment of chronic pain to both improve patient outcomes and reduce clinician burnout. One of her biggest strengths is her mentorship skills – allow her to guide you to the next stage of your career path. Kerstin received a BS in psychology from St. Joseph’s University, a Master’s of Science in physical therapy from Columbia University, and a PhD in physical therapy from Temple University.