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Program Faculty and Residency Participants

Program Leadership 

Jennifer Backs, PT, DPT, SCS
Director SLSM PT Residency Program
Physical Therapist - Ventana Clinic
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Residency Faculty

Heather Lopez, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS
Manager SLSM Rehab Program
Physical Therapist - Myrtle Clinic
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Residency Faculty

Joel Vanderlugt, PT, DPT, SCS
Site Manager - Myrtle Clinic
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Residency Faculty

Mary Hughes, PT, SCS, OCS, ATC
Physical Therapist - Ventana Clinic
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Residency Faculty

Emily Ohlin, PT, SCS
Physical Therapist - Myrtle Clinic
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Residency Faculty

Alex Maffuccio, PT, SCS
Physical Therapist - Eagle Clinic
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Residency Faculty

Sydney Schoensee, PT, MS, DPT, SCS, OCS, FAAOMPT
Physical Therapist - McCall
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Residency Faculty

David Fleckenstein, DPT, OCS
Senior Director - Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
St. Luke's Ortho/Neuro Service Line

Forest Pecha, MS, ATC, LAT, OTC, CSCS
Manager SLSM ATC Residency Program
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Sports Residency Adjunct Faculty

Opal Griffin, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer - Middleton High School
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Sports Residency Adjunct Faculty

Nate Sturlin, ATC
Athletic Trainer - Bishop Kelly High School
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Sports Residency Adjunct Faculty

Ken Becker, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer - Northwest Nazarene University
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Sports Residency Adjunct Faculty

Jamie May, ATC
Athletic Trainer - Northwest Nazarene University
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Sports Residency Adjunct Faculty

Thomas Gillespie, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer - Idaho Steelheads
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Sports Residency Adjunct Faculty

Kyle M. Sela, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS
St. Luke's Sports Medicine Residency Adjunct Faculty

Brett Burton, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS
St. Luke's Sports Medicine PT Residency Adjunct Faculty

2019 Resident, James Liaw

James Liaw, PT, DPT, CSCS is a doctor of physical therapy licensed in the state of Idaho. He is currently participating in the sports residency program with St. Luke's Sports Medicine.

James earned his bachelor's degree in exercise biology from the University of California, Davis and his doctorate of physical therapy from Regis University. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. James enjoys working with athletes at all levels, helping them return to sport safely and preventing re-injury. He also has a special interest in assisting and educating climbers on injury prevention, performance enhancement, and reaching their climbing goals, indoors and out.

Past Residents

2018 - Bryanne Gribble, PT, DPT, Boise, ID
2018 - Jamie Palmer, PT, DPT, ATC
2017 - Zach Braddock, PT, DPT, Meridian, ID
2016 - Alex Maffuccio, PT, DPT, SCS, Eagle, ID
2015 - Brett Burton, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, Phoenix, AZ
2014 - Chantel Gorton, PT, DPT, SCS, Portland, OR
2013 - Tony Day, DPT, SCS, CSCS, Glennwood Springs, CO
2012 - Tim Williams, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, Boise, ID
2011 - Erin Cubick, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, St. Petersburg, FL
2010 - Ryan Leaver, DPT, SCS, CSCS, Vancouver, BC
2009 - Brett Walker, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, Billings, MT