Chris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a physical therapist for 20 years and an Orthopedic Certified Specialist since 2011. He completed his undergraduate and graduate physical therapy training at Boston University in 1994 (BS) and 1996 (MSPT) respectively. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2009 at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Besides the education of the next generation of physical therapists, Chris’s expertise is the management of patients with low back pain and implementation of innovative models of care that provide the right care, from the right practitioner, at the right time. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science with a focus on the use of PT’s as “First Contact Practitioners” for patients seeking care for musculoskeletal disorders. Of particular interest is the use of physical therapists in the emergency department and urgent care settings.
Chris has spoken at national and international conferences about the treatment of low back pain and the impact it has on the US Public Health system. He’s consulted with tech companies, done webinars for Intel and assisted in the integration of the Treatment Based Classification for wellness apps. Chris is one of the current thought leaders seeking to change the paradigm from which clinicians treat low back pain.
Chris claims native status in New Hampshire but has lived in Pittsburgh for 18 years. His wife and children tolerate his late night hockey, poor guitar playing, and constant outdoor activity.