Board Certified Clinical Specialists by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTSA)
At Sports Medicine, we provide the highest level of professional care to our patients.
The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) awards certifications to physical therapists meeting approved requirements. To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in a specialty area, and successfully complete a rigorous written examination, which demonstrates specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapy practice.
Sports Physical Therapy Specialist
Chuck Smith, PT, CSC, has been certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist since 1997. He is one of 640 physical therapists certified in sports physical therapy in the United States, and one of only 11 in Michigan. He is the only sports certified specialist in northern Michigan.
Chuck’s specialty recognizes not only expertise in identification, treatment, and return-to-play decisions regarding sports related injuries, but reflects experience in administration, education and professional development in the area of Sports Medicine. He continues to practice in both the Petoskey and Harbor Springs clinics with special interest in sports rehabilitation, shoulder injuries, joint replacement care, and utilizing his expertise in treatment of TMJ Dysfunction.
“Our Staff of Board Certified Specialists reinforces our mission to provide high quality rehabilitative and preventative services to enhance the active lifestyles of the people of Northern Michigan. It remains our vision to be the exemplary provider of physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training services in northern Michigan,” comments Chuck.
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Specialists
|Jeff Smith, PT, OCS, CSCS||Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS|
|Jeff and Jeff have earned their certifications as specialists in |
orthopaedic physical therapy
Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice. Smith and Samyn are two of only 104 physical therapists certified in orthopaedics in the state of Michigan.
Jeff Smith specializes in the identification and treatment of most orthopaedic injuries. His expertise is in the rehabilitation of foot / ankle dysfunction, orthotic fabrication, shoulder and rotator cuff injuries, ACL reconstruction, sports specific rehabilitation, neck & back rehabilitation, and joint replacement. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
“The certification process has reaffirmed my enthusiasm and dedication to continue pursuing the highest level of skill with which to best treat my patients,” Jeff Smith said.
Jeff Samyn’s areas of special interest include treatment and rehabilitation of the spine, injury prevention for athletes, and workplace ergonomic assessment and modification. Jeff is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Strength & Conditioning Association, and the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.