Each member of The McKenzie Institute faculty brings a unique set of experience and expertise. From physical therapy to orthopaedics, to sport therapy, to extremities all have a common and in-depth understanding of what their patients need and how they can benefit from the McKenzie Method®. All instructors have successfully completed their Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® and are active in clinical practice as required by educational policies of The McKenzie Institute International.
DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT
910-738-4554 / Fax: 910-739-4027
Cora Aytona, DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT graduated from the University of the Philippines with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1993 and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Saint Augustine in Florida in 2008. She has been utilizing the principles of MDT evaluation and treatment since 1998, becoming Certified in 2000 and Diplomaed in 2002. She successfully achieved Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2015. Cora was appointed Teaching Faculty for The McKenzie Institute in 2006 and promoted to Senior Faculty in 2015.
Cora is a Clinical Mentor for DPT students in her area as well as an active contributor to MDT research. Her article, Rapid Resolution of Chronic Shoulder Pain: A Case Series, was published in The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (JMMT) in 2013. (Aytona M. (2013). Rapid Resolution of Chronic Shoulder Pain: A Case Series. JMMT; 21(4):207-212.) She also serves as an author and developer of several of the case studies used in the online McKenzie Case Manager course. She has presented at both Americas Region and McKenzie International Conferences.
Cora is currently in active practice as a Clinical Specialist at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, NC. She is an airplane enthusiast and has been a licensed pilot since 2004. Cora has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2010.
PT, MHSc, Dip. MDT
San Diego, CA
Yvonne Body, PT, Dip. MDT is a 1990 graduate of Mount Saint Mary University with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Physical Therapy. She obtained her MHSc/DHSc with a Higher Education concentration at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Yvonne attained her Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in September 1999. The McKenzie Institute appointed her to Probationary Teaching Faculty in October 2001, Junior Instructor in October 2003, Teaching Faculty in October 2009 and Senior Instructor in October 2016. Yvonne was also appointed to Faculty for the distance learning component of the Institute's Diploma Program in August 2015.
Yvonne served as a Clinical Instructor and Clinical Education Coordinator early in her career. Once she was appointed to Teaching Faculty with the Institute she relinquished those responsibilities and began mentoring fellow staff and local colleagues. As Contributing Faculty, Yvonne is closely affiliated with the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences where she instructs students in the areas of gross anatomy wet lab, pathophysiology and physical agents. She also holds an affiliation with the University of Dundee in Scotland. In addition to her teaching responsibilities for the Institute, Yvonne has also serves on the McKenzie Institute International's Faculty Review Committee.
In addition to serving as a Contributing Faculty member for the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA, she remains active in private practice in San Diego, CA. Living in sunny San Diego allows her to enjoy all types of outdoor activities, including running, cycling, studying at the beach, walking her dogs and gardening. Yvonne is an advocate for senior dog adoptions who utilizes social media outlets, such as Facebook, to assist local senior dog rescue agencies with spreading the word! She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1989.
PT, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT
630-522-4060 / Fax: 630-522-4061
Originally from the Philippines, Jane Borgehammar, PT, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT, graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in 1994 with a BS in Physical Therapy. Interested in furthering her clinical skillset, she underwent her first MDT course in July 2003, became Certified in October 2006 and achieved Diploma status in 2009. She successfully completed the Daemen College OMPT Fellowship program in 2018. She was appointed to Teaching Faculty in 2016 and actively instructs courses for both MIUSA and The McKenzie Institute Chiropractic Branch. In addition to her MDT teaching duties, Jane sits on the MDT Diplomate Steering Committee and has volunteered to represent MDT at APTA trade shows alongside MIUSA administrative staff.
Jane presents MDT workshops for the students at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. She has lectured on topics including the shoulder, hip and aging spine at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago conferences. In July 2017 she served as a Keynote Speaker for the Philippine Association of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (PAOMPT) Conference. Jane also spreads the word of MDT by hosting community outreach seminars and lecturing to other professional organizations in the Chicago, IL area.
Jane currently owns and practices at Synergy PT, LLC in Westmont, IL. She also fulfills part-time duties as a Physical Therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where she is currently collecting data related to Yellow Flags Risk Forms. Jane works diligently to facilitate the growth of the Philippine Association of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (PAOMPT). In her spare time, she volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 107, serves in the role of Soccer Mom and is an active parishioner at Woodridge United Methodist Church. Jane has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2007.
PT, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT
512-544-5092 / Fax: 512-544-5096
A Missouri native, Chris Chase, PT, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT, graduated from Saint Louis University with both a BS in Exercise Science (1998) and a Masters in Physical Therapy (1999). Following graduation, Chris began working in private practice at a Certified McKenzie Clinic. He took his first course in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy four months after graduating, became Certified in 2003, successfully obtained his Diploma in September of 2009 and, in June 2012, was granted Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Chris was appointed to Teaching Faculty with The McKenzie Institute in October of 2011 and four years later, in October 2015, was promoted to teach the full curriculum of courses.
Chris actively mentors both Diploma and Fellowship candidates and has done so since 2009 and 2014, respectively. He currently serves as MDT Fellowship Curriculum Coordinator. In addition to his teaching and mentoring responsibilities, he also acts as Co-Editor for The McKenzie Institute International's official newsletter, the MDT World Press and served on the planning committee for the 2013 MDT Conference of the Americas in Denver, CO. Chris presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists conferences in both 2013 and 2015 and is an annual presenter for the Kaiser Northern California Fellowship Program.
Chris is currently in practice full time with Saint David's Spine and Sports Therapy in Austin, TX serving as Supervisor and Diploma Physical Therapist. In his free time, he volunteers as a Coach for youth sport teams and enjoys traveling, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities with his family. Chris has been member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1997.
PT, OCS, Dip. MDT
Gary Dykes, PT, OCS, Dip. MDT is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. He became Certified in MDT in 2001 and attained Diploma status in September 2003. Gary was appointed to Probationary Teaching Faculty for The McKenzie Institute in 2005 and promoted to Senior Faculty in 2014.
From Probationary Faculty status to present day, Gary has assisted with or completed over 75 MDT courses. He currently teaches the full series of MDT courses and has assisted with the development of MDT Conferences in Montreal, Baltimore, Denver and Miami. Gary co-developed a presentation for the 2017 MDT Clinical Integration Webinar Series entitled, Clinical Conversations: Differentiating Between the Lumbar Spine, SIJ and the Hip. He also spends time monitoring and contributing to conversations on the MDT LinkedIn discussion group.
Gary is currently in active practice with Athens Bone and Joint in Athens, GA. He is married with three young boys. Gary tries to stay active by running and playing golf. He volunteers his time coaching youth baseball, including local travel and Little League teams. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1996.
PT, OCS, Dip. MDT
315-422-2912 / Fax: 315-422-3538
Dana T. Green, PT, OCS, Dip. MDT received his BS in Physical Therapy from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986. He became Diplomaed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1990. In 1992, Dana was appointed to Teaching Faculty for The McKenzie Institute.
In 1998, Dana presented both Part A and Part C in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In 2000, he collaborated with Robin McKenzie to present the inaugural Part A course in Beijing, China. He has served on and been Chairman of the McKenzie Institute USA Board of Directors. He has also served as the Chairman of the Americas Region MDT Conferences held in Orlando, FL and Tucson, AZ. Dana has served in a mentorship role for other McKenzie Institute Faculty and currently mentors Probationary Faculty.
Dana owns and practices at Summit Physical Therapy in Syracuse, NY. He is married with two children, Dana III and Alison. He is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
PT, OCS, Dip. MDT
(512) 792-4041 / Fax: (512) 532-6701
Scott Herbowy, PT, OCS, Dip. MDT earned his BSC in Physical Therapy from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 1982. He successfully attained Diploma status in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in September 1992. In October 1993, Scott was appointed Junior Teaching Faculty by The McKenzie Institute. He was subsequently promoted to full Teaching Faculty in 1996 and Senior Faculty in 2001. Scott currently sits on the McKenzie Institute USA Credentialing Examination Review Committee (2013-Present) and has served on both the McKenzie Institute International's Appointments & Promotion Committee (2008-2015) and the McKenzie Institute USA Board of Directors (2010-2014).
Scott has presented an extensive number of courses in the USA and beyond throughout his lengthy tenure. In addition to his teaching obligations, Scott served as a MDT Diploma Tutor from 2001-2016.
Scott is currently in private practice with Tillman Physical Therapy in Austin, TX. He has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1982.
PT, Dip. MDT
864-458-1874 / Fax: 864-458-1382
Kristi Maguire, PT, Dip. MDT graduated from Bowling Green State University and the Medical College of Ohio with a BS in Physical Therapy in December 1997. She began her journey towards MDT Certification in 2000 and became Certified in 2001. In September 2003 she was Diplomaed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Kristi was appointed to Teaching Faculty for The McKenzie Institute in January 2005. She began teaching the Parts A and B courses in December 2009 and was promoted to teaching all four core MDT courses in December 2015.
Kristi is proud to serve as an on-site Clinical Mentor for her co-workers. She also presents MDT to fellow employees several times per year and hosts monthly presentations specialized for Physicians and Nurse Practitioners. Kristi has actively served on the MDT World Press Editorial Committee since its inception in 2012. In addition to her teaching and mentoring duties, Kristi has assisted in data collection for studies completed by some of the foremost MDT researchers, including, but not limited to, Audrey Long, Stephen May, Richard Rosedale and Carol Dionne.
Kristi is currently in active practice with Integrated Mechanical Care of South Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching her daughter's gymnastics team and spending time with family. Kristi has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2013.
PT, MS, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT
717-866-2700 / Fax: 717-509-6503
Brian McClenahan, PT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT is a graduate of Ithaca College with a BS in Clinical Science (2003) and a MS in Physical Therapy (2004). He became Credentialed in MDT in 2007 and achieved Diploma status in 2010. Additionally, Brian received his OCS in 2009 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2013. He was appointed to Teaching Faculty for The McKenzie Institute in 2016.
Outside of his MDT teaching obligations, Brian is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at DeSales University. He also serves as an Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Mentor for Regis University, is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor (2006), and is an active Conference Committee Member for the annual American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) meeting. He has presented at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2016 Annual Conference) as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (2013-2015 Annual Conferences) and several MDT Conferences of the Americas. Brian also co-presented "Classification: Its Importance" as part of the 2016 MDT Clinical Integration Webinar Series. He is a member of the MIUSA Clinical Mentoring Advisory Committee.
Brian actively contributes to MDT research and was an author of the recently published "Effect of Adding McKenzie Syndrome, Centralization, Directional Preference and Psychosocial Classification Variables to a Risk-Adjusted Model Predicting Functional Status Outcomes for Patients with Lumbar Impairments" (JOSPT 2016).
Brian currently serves as a Team Leader for WellSpan Rehabilitation in Myerstown, PA. During his down time, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2004.
PT, OCS, Dip. MDT
Robert Medcalf, PT, OCS, Dip. MDT is a 1986 graduate of Georgia State University with a BS in Physical Therapy. After advanced studies in New Zealand, he became Diplomaed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1991 and was subsequently appointed to Teaching Faculty for The McKenzie Institute in August 1991. Robert was promoted to Senior Faculty in 1998.
In addition to his regular teaching responsibilities, Robert serves as a Clinical Mentor for other Teaching Faculty. He has taught numerous courses on the McKenzie approach to physicians and physical therapists throughout the United States and internationally, including courses in Argentina, Brazil and Japan. He also acts as a Guest Lecturer at both Georgia State University and Emory University. He has served as a workshop facilitator for MDT Conferences of the Americas and presented several times at McKenzie Institute International conferences. Robert currently performs duties as the Treasurer of the McKenzie Institute USA Board of Directors and also serves on the Executive Committee.
Robert is the Director of Spine Rehabilitation with Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta, GA. In his spare time, he enjoys running, golf and trips to the beach and mountains with his family. Robert has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1984.
PT, Dip. MDT
J. Mark Miller, PT. Dip. MDT received his Honours Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor in 1984 and graduated from the University of Toronto with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1987. He became Diplomaed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in August 1991 and in October 1992 was appointed to Teaching Faculty for The McKenzie Institute. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Faculty in 1993, International Faculty in 1994 and Diploma Tutor in 1996. Since then, Mark has taught over 300 courses on MDT to Physicians, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and others in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Norway.
Mark co-developed the McKenzie Institute Internationals Diploma Clinical Training Program. He has served as a Clinical Mentor for several other Institute Faculty members. He also actively participates in MDT research, the most recent of which being The Impact of Precise Mechanical Diagnosis for Low Back Pain: A Cost Comparison with Standard Community Care (Abstract): The Spine Journal; 16(10):301, Supplement. With extensive expertise in the assessment, treatment and resolution of musculoskeletal disorders, he has been productizing and syndicating musculoskeletal care strategies with the goal of maximizing the health and socioeconomic improvements of individuals, organizations, and communities in the USA and abroad. Mark is a trusted consultant to group health, worker's compensation and disability insurers and program directors and he regularly keynotes and speaks at major conferences in the USA and abroad.
Mark currently serves as the President and Chief Clinical Officer for Integrated Mechanical Care based in Tallahassee, FL. He spends a great deal of time focusing efforts on MDT standardization and quality assurance, aiming to place MDT at the forefront of the transformation of the Health Care Industry. In his spare time, Mark and his family enjoy skiing and traveling to, his native, Canada and to New Jersey to visit family.
PT, Dip. MDT
304-746-9200 / Fax: 304-746-9202
Hugh C. Murray, PT, Dip. MDT is a graduate of West Virginia University with a BS in Physical Therapy. He successfully attained Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1991. In 2006 he was appointed to Teaching Faculty for The McKenzie Institute. Hugh is a graduate of the Kaiser Permanente Orthopaedic Residency (1979).
Hugh serves as a Guest Lecturer for both Marshall University and his alma matter, West Virginia University. He continues to mentor clinicians and teach MDT courses throughout the United States and Canada. Hugh sits on the MIUSA Exam Review Committee and is the President of the Robin McKenzie Institute Canada Board of Directors.
Hugh is in private practice with his own Charleston Physical Therapy Specialists, Inc., a McKenzie Certified Clinic, in Charleston, WV. He actively evaluates and treats patients, consults with industry, performs Functional Capacity Evaluations and consults with Work Hardening. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his four children and eight grandchildren. Hugh has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1974.
PT, OCS, Dip. MDT
734-975-9100 / Fax: 734-975-9101
David Oliver, PT, OCS, Dip. MDT received his BSc from the University of Bradford, School of Physiotherapy in the United Kingdom in 1993. After working for several years in the United Kingdom, he relocated to the United States. He attained his Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 2003 and was appointed Teaching Faculty by The McKenzie Institute in 2005. In 2008 he was promoted to teach the full roster of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy courses and in 2013 he became Senior Faculty for the Institute.
In addition to his Institute teaching responsibilities, Dave sits on The McKenzie Institute's Exam Review Committee and also serves as a moderator for the McKenzie Institute USA's LinkedIN MDT Forum. He has also presented at several MDT Conferences of the Americas (2010-2016) and International Conferences in MDT (2009 & 2012) and continues to serve as a mentor for other Institute Faculty.
Dave is currently in active practice as the Director/Partner for Physical Therapy in Motion, with clinics in both Ann Arbor and Saline, MI. He's an avid golfer who enjoys spending family time with his wife and two daughters. Dave has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2004.
PT, Dip. MDT
630-282-5588 / Fax: 630-282-5587
David J. Pleva, PT, Dip. MDT graduated from Concordia University with a BS in Exercise Science in 1989 and a Masters in Human Sciences in 1990. He earned a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1992. Dave attained his Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in December 1998 and was appointed to Teaching Faculty by The McKenzie Institute in 2004.
Outside of his Institute teaching responsibilities, Dave has worked closely with the American Dental Association since 2006 identifying ways to both manage and prevent musculoskeletal pain in dental professionals using Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. He has presented his findings at the Association's Annual Conference since 2011 and continues to educate the dental profession how to best integrate Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy into their daily practices. In addition to his work with the American Dental Association, Dave has also presented Treating Back Pain for the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (2015, 2016) and a PT Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain for the Wisconsin PT Association (2016). He is currently collaborating with Helen Clare, PhD (USyd), FACP, Dip. MDT to develop a post-op master class to be presented by the Institute.
Dave currently serves as Outpatient Clinic Manager for Community Physical Therapy and Associates, Ltd. in Addison, IL. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1990.
PT, DPT, Dip. MDT, CEAS
Fort Worth, TX
Beata Smela, PT,MPT, Dip. MDT graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from the Faculty of Motor Rehabilitation, Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland in 1989. She held a teaching position in the Physical Therapy Department for her alma matter and worked as an Injury Treatment and Prevention Specialist for a professional handball team. In 1992, she obtained a Texas physical therapy license. She attained her Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1996. Beata completed a training in electrodiagnosis EMG/ NCV in 2001 at Rocky Mountain University in Utah. In 2015, Beata became a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS). She completed her DPT through Utica College. Beata was appointed to Teaching Faculty by The McKenzie Institute in 2003 and promoted again in 2005.
In addition to teaching courses in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in both the USA and previously in Poland, Beata has also mentored Probationary Faculty for both Institutes and is a Clinical Instructor for Weatherford College in Mineral Wells, TX.
Beata has been a Chronic Pain Consultant, with a focus on overlapping and/or neuropathic patterns, for The SMART Institute in Fort Worth, TX since 2012. She also serves as an Injury Prevention and Ergonomic Consultant for various companies (2008-present). In her spare time, she volunteers her skills to treat others at a Mission medical clinic in Arlington, TX. She enjoys playing tennis, chess, dancing and skiing with her husband, Greg, and her two sons. Beata has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2014.
DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, CSCS
Miami Beach, FL
Originally from Israel, Yoav Suprun, DPT, OCS, Dip. MDT, CSCS came to the United States in 1995 after having served in the Israeli Air Force (1990-1994). He earned his BA in Psychology and Biology from the City University of New York - Hunter College in 1998, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and his clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University in 2003. Dr. Suprun then continued his post-graduate education, earning his Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in July of 2008. He was appointed to Teaching Faculty for The McKenzie Institute in October of 2013 and was recently promoted to teach the full curriculum of courses in January 2017. In addition to his MDT teaching responsibilities, Yoav currently fulfills his duties as Business Editor for the MDT World Press, the McKenzie Institute International's official newsletter. He also serves as a moderator for The McKenzie Institute USA's LinkedIN MDT Forum as well as an active member of the McKenzie Institute International's Social Media Committee.
Dr. Suprun currently mentors students and serves as Adjunct Faculty at Florida International University. He recently presented "Become a Diagnostic Detective: Be Ready as a Primary Care Provider" to record crowds at the 2016 APTA National Student Conclave in Miami, FL. He continually presents lectures both nationally and internationally within YPO/WPO networks discussing the fields of self-care and prevention of neck, back and extremity problems. Yoav has been featured in multiple media outlets discussing Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy including CBS, NBC, Huffington Post, Dr. OZ and Shape magazine.
Dr. Suprun currently maintains private practice with his own practice South Beach Spine Physical Therapy in Miami Beach, FL. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2003.
PT, Dip. MDT
919-388-0408 / Fax: 844-270-2097
Jon Weinberg, PT, Dip. MDT earned his BSc(Hons) from the Royal London School of Physiothearpy (UEL) in 1994. After successfully attaining his Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 2005, he entered the McKenzie Institute Faculty Training Program and was appointed to Teaching Faculty for both the USA and Israel in 2008. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in the USA, Jon has taught over 20 courses in Israel. Jon is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP).
Jon has served as a Clinical Mentor for students at Ithaca College in Upstate New York. He is also an active contributor to MDT research, having co-authored studies in seven peer review publications. Additionally, Jon has served as the Treasurer of the International Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Research Foundation (IMDTRF) since 2014.
Jon is currently in active practice in Cary, NC, serving as CEO and Head Physical Therapist for his own Team Care Physical Therapy. He also spends time working as the Clinical Director of 4D Healthcare Science. Jon has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1996.