PT Seminars was founded in 2008 by Karl Nelson, a veteran Physical Therapist, as an online education provider for the Physical Therapist community. Our faculty and guest speakers are some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the Physical Therapy community and have backgrounds in clinical work, education and research. We strive to provide low-cost, quality education in the most efficient manner possible and will work to make our courses and webinars the best in the industry.


I founded PT Seminars in 2008. During my first 9 years as a physical therapist, I was fortunate to be able to travel regionally, and across the country, to attend continuing education courses. At the time, travel and on-site attendance was the only option for gaining live instructional information. But as the years passed, and my family grew to have two young children, those options became limited to shorter local courses and fewer weekend conferences.

Due to my change in life’s priorities, finances and time became more of a constraint. Learning from home had to be the next best option, so I sponsored my first teleconference with 25 attendees. This allowed me to learn without being away from my new growing family, and avoid additional expenses. With new advances in technology in recent years, the Webinar “virtual realm” has become the easiest way to have a knowledgeable presenter provide valuable material and allow interaction between the speaker and attendees from all over the country.

My goal is to provide quality education, at a low cost, in an efficient manner. I try to pick topics and speakers that I myself as a practicing clinician would be interested in hearing. I hope you agree!


Dr. William J. Hanney DPT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

A clinician, researcher and educator who currently serves as an instructor at the University of Central Florida School of Physical Therapy where he teaches and conducts clinical research. Additionally, he maintains a clinical practice at Brooks Rehabilitation. Dr. Hanney earned his undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida for studies in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and his Master and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He earned a PhD. at Nova Southeastern University having conducted research in the treatment of cervicogenic pain. His clinical practice focuses on the treatment of orthopedic conditions with a special interest in core stabilization and muscular control. He is an experienced educator, clinician and author having presented/published nationally in the areas of biomechanics, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Dr Hanney maintains involvement in the APTA, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and the National Athletic Trainers Association.


A clinician, educator and researcher. He completed his PhD in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and has been presenting nationally on shoulder dysfunction and rehabilitation in both the academic and continuing education arenas. He is an assistant consulting professor at Duke University Schools of Physical Therapy and Medicine. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to prevention and treatment of shoulder pain.

He is currently on the NATA Free Communications Research and Pronouncements Committees.  He is also serving on the writing panel for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Appropriate Use Criteria for the treatment of rotator cuff tears.  He is currently the research chair for the Sports Section. He was the 2011 President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and in 2012, he was awarded the APTA Sports Section’s “Lynn Wallace Award for Clinical Education and Mentoring” in recognition of his contributions to sports physical therapy in the areas of teaching and mentoring.  Thigpen was a co-author for the 2013 APTA Sports Sections Excellence in Research Award for “Preseason Shoulder Rom Screening As A Predictor Of Injury Among Youth, Adolescent, And Professional Baseball Pitchers”.


The Director of Research and Post-Professional Residencies at Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine also holding an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Physical Therapy. He completed his PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications related to the prevention and treatment of knee and elbow injuries in addition to ongoing research involving clinical outcomes in the rehabilitation and return to sports after ACL and UCL reconstruction. He continues to treat high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in a variety of different sports and lectures on sports medicine topics both nationally and internationally. He is a NATA-BOC certified athletic trainer and on the Board of Directors for the NATA Foundation, as well as serving as Vice-Chair for the Sports Physical Therapy Residency SIG.

Dr. Barton N. Bishop DPT, SCS, CKTI, CSCS

Dr. Bishop graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2003. In 2007, Dr. Bishop successfully passed the exam to become a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (SCS – ABPTS). He is one of the few in the region to earn this distinction, which demonstrates superior knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of athletes.

Dr. Bishop has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA – CSCS) since 2003. He has been a Certified Thera-Band Instructor since 2009 and recently became a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor. Both of these certifications make him a sought after instructor for international physical therapy conferences and continuing education seminars.

Dr. Bishop focuses his care on the rehabilitation of extremity and spine injuries and pain using activity and sport-specific techniques. Partially because of this, Dr. Bishop has been recognized by his peers as a Top Sports Medicine Expert in the Washingtonian Magazine.

In addition, Dr. Bishop has extensive experience lecturing being an invited presenter in international physical therapy conferences in the United States as well as many foreign countries including Russia, India, Germany, and Italy.

Further, research produced by the Sport and Spine Rehab Clinical Research Foundation, under the supervision of Dr. Bishop, has been published in multiple Peer Reviewed Journals including The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Clinical Chiropractic, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Topics in Integrated Health Care.

Dr. Bishop is also a Certified Clinical Instructor from the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as a Clinical Instructor to students from the University of Maryland, Shenandoah University, and the University of South Carolina. Recently, Dr. Bishop was named the Clinical Instructor of the Year for Shenandoah University.

John Dean MPT, SCS, ATC

beginning his eighth year as the Director of Rehabilitation with the University of Tennessee Sports Medicine staff. Dean is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy and provides rehabilitation services for UT student athletes. He has more than a decade of experience working in college football.  Dean helped to develop and implement comprehensive concussion management plans at three Division I programs including Southern California, Florida, and Tennessee.  Last year Dean was selected by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association to assist in providing sports medicine coverage for the U.S. men’s alpine ski team.

Prior to coming to Tennessee, Dean worked as an athletic trainer with the Gators’ football team at the University of Florida. At UF he was also an instructor in the Applied Physiology and Kinesiology Department, teaching a course in rehabilitation. He previously was a staff athletic trainer at Southern California, working with the football and baseball programs, including the Trojans’ 2003 and 2004 national champion football teams.

Dean graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a degree in kinesiology in 2000. He completed his Master’s degree in physical therapy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dean is an experienced clinician and educator who is active in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Physical Therapy Association and has been an invited speaker at numerous regional and national conferences.  He has served on the professional education committee of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society for the past three years. John and his wife, Kris, live in Knoxville, TN, with their daughters, Addison and Tyler.


Dr. Hyde was a certified instructor with the Graston Technique for 10 years and is the co-developer of Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation (FAKTR); which is a concept that can be used with instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Dr. Hyde teaches these concepts domestically and internationally. FAKTR embodies the use of IASTM in conjunction with resistance, balance & proprioception, and vibration & oscillation tools. Dr. Hyde will discuss treatment techniques bringing IASTM and exercise rehabilitation together, and will also address why treatment with dynamic activities during IASTM through the kinetic chain can be beneficial to your patient population.

meeksSara Meeks PT, MS, GCS, KYT

Ms Meeks, a physical therapist with nearly 50 years clinical experience and a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher since 1984, has spent the past 28 years specializing in the unique management implications of persons with low bone mass. She is an international presenter and the owner of SARA MEEKS SEMINARS which is dedicated to the education of health professionals on the management of bone health. Sara is the author of two books on bone health management, has presented at many State APTA Conferences, and has been a presenter at both Annual Conference and CSM. She is the founder of the Special Interest Group on Bone Health and the recipient of the APTA Section on Geriatrics Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice (2001). With her stated mission of creating safety in movement for persons with low bone mass and diagnosed with osteoporosis herself, she brings energy, enthusiasm, and humor into her highly interactive seminars.

BeattyBrian Beatty PT, CFP, CSCS

Mr. Beatty received his physical therapy degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been working in private, orthopedic based practice for his entire career, and founded Balanced Physical Therapy in 1999. In early 2012 Balanced Physical Therapy merged with Proaxis Therapy. Proaxis Therapy was founded 30 years ago by John Atkins and Topper Hagerman, who were part of the sports medicine team that partnered with the U.S. Ski Team in the 1984 Olympics and embraces the philosophy that all patients should receive the same world-class treatment of elite athletes. Brian is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. He has been involved in developing and teaching the following courses: Core Stability for Runners; Endurance Athletes Workshop; Working With Runners : A Functional Progression; Yoga for Runners; Running Biomechanics & Injury Prevention; Running Form Workshop; Yoga for Runners Workshop; Cycling Efficiency: Articulating Through each Joint; Breathing for Endurance Athletes; and Finding Your Own Running Form.
Brian has a particular focus on endurance athletics, spinal issues and ‘hard to solve’ movement problems. An avid cyclist and runner, he enjoys almost any outdoor activity. Clinically he strives to combine physical therapy expertise with his interests in motor learning, movement arts, and healing techniques so that his clients not only resolve their discomforts, but become smarter and more efficient in everything they do.

KimbergIris Kimberg MS, PT, OTR

CEO of NYTHERAPYGUIDE and is no stranger to the business world. She started her first company, HTA of New York, Inc., 27 years ago, at a time when contract agencies as we know them today did not exist. When she sold the company in 1996, it had three branch offices, 700 affiliated therapists and was generating $14 million in revenue. Iris now enjoys sharing her expertise with others in the field through workshops, webinars and private consultations. She is a Professor at Columbia University  DPT program, teaching marketing and business entrepreneurship, and has also guest lectured at both Touro College and Long Island University. Since 2004, she has been Merion Publication’s (parent company of Advance Magazine) business columnist, writing over 70 columns on business practice and management. Iris regularly participates as a speaker in both NYSOTA and NYPTA conferences.
To date Iris has consulted with over 700 PT, OT, and ST practices, both big and small throughout the United States in various stages of starting, growing, and selling their practice. Nothing makes her happier than to see other therapists become successful in their own right. You may visit her website by clicking here.

BurnsThomas Burns MPT, OCS, CSCS

The Clinic Director of physical therapy for Carolina West Sports Medicine on the campus of Western Carolina University where he provides comprehensive biomechanical evaluations for runners.  He received his B.S. from the University of Georgia, and his Master’s in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University where as a graduate assistant, he was able to work with 3 dimensional gait analysis in WCU’s Human Movement Science Lab. He is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and has extensive experience with running, cycling, and mountain biking and is a licensed cycling coach with USA Cycling. Thomas enjoys working with students and is also a credentialed clinical instructor with WCUs Physical Therapy and Athletic Training programs.

BarnettT. Marc Barnett MD

Graduated Summa cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemistry from East Tennessee State University, and elected a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society at the University of Virginia where Dr. Barnett graduated from medical school in 2004. He was awarded the Resident Teaching Award as a senior resident in 2008 and won 2nd prize for clinical research at Wake Forest University Resident Research Day in 2008. Dr. Barnett presented one of his research projects at the 2008 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Francisco. In addition to his residency he has obtained additional training/certifications in computer assisted knee arthroplasty, hip resurfacing, partial knee replacement, and direct anterior total hip replacement. Dr. Barnett is currently practicing at Asheville Orthopedic Associates, located in Asheville, NC.

WestJesse (Jay) L. West IV, MD

Received his B.S. in Biology at UNC Chapel Hill and his M.D. at Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at Duke and his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. He then completed an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama with Drs. James Andrews, William Clancy, Lyle Cain and Jeff Dugas. His additional training focused on the latest arthroscopic treatment of shoulder instability, rotator cuff tears, cartilage injuries and knee ligament injuries. He also specializes in arthroscopic and open treatment of the elbow including the “Tommy John” procedure. Please visit for more information about Dr. West and various sports medicine injuries/treatments.

FieldsDr. Robert Fields

Dr. Fields practices family medicine in Arden, NC, which is just south of Asheville, NC, at Vista Family Health, PA. He graduated with a BA from the University of Florida in ’95 and earned his medical degree from the University of Florida, College of Medicine in 2000. He did his residency from 2000-2003 at MAHEC in Asheville, NC where he was the Chief Resident, for the MAHEC Family Practice Residency Program. Currently he serves as the Vice President of the Buncombe County Medical Society. Dr. Fields is fluent in Spanish and one of his passions is providing care to the local Latino population, which comprises about 50% of his daily caseload.

JonesDr. Richard B. Jones

A board-certified in orthopedic surgery. He has an undergraduate degree and was a four-year letterman in football at Lenoir Rhyne College. Dr. Jones received his medical degree from East Carolina University, and completed his orthopedic surgery training at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tenn., which is the oldest orthopedic training programs in the country. Dr. Jones completed a one-year sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, where he participated in research involving posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction of the knee. During that time, Dr. Jones was the team physician for Baldwin Wallace College and an assistant with the Cleveland Browns NFL team, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team, the Cleveland Indians MLB team, the Cleveland Rockers WNBA team, and the Barons NHL team. Dr. Jones served as a team physician for Western Carolina University for two years and is now a consultant for the team. He specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive knee surgery and shoulder surgery, general orthopedics, as well as specializing in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement. He has shared his expertise in reverse shoulder replacement in educational settings with other orthopedic surgeons on a national and international level.