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Michael L. Fink, PT, DSc, SCS, OCS '00

Name: Michael L. Fink, PT, DSc, SCS, OCS
Class Year: 2000
Degree, Major: BSPT/MSPT, Physical Therapy

What is your current professional position?

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
  • Staff Physical Therapist (1 day/week), Madden Physical Therapy, East Shore Office, Harrisburg, PA
  • Founder/Featured Speaker, Pearl Clinical Education, LLC, Lebanon, PA
  • Adjunct Faculty, Program on Education in Human Structure (Anatomy), Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
  • Adjunct Faculty, International Diabetes Center, Park Nicollet Institute, St. Louis Park, MN

In your current position, what are your responsibilities/duties?

As an Assistant Professor, I teach the following courses to DPT students: Differential Diagnosis, Grade V High Velocity Low Amplitude Thrust (HVLAT) Joint Mobilization, Pharmacology, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, and Gross Anatomy. My research interests are in injury prevention, manual therapy (including grade V High Velocity Low Amplitude Thrust Joint Mobilization (HVLAT)), and differential diagnosis.

As a Staff Physical Therapist, I evaluate and treat patients with orthopaedic and sports injuries utilizing manual therapy (including HVLAT) as well as function as a Clinical Instructor to DPT students.

As the Founder/Speaker of Pearl Clinical Education, LLC, I teach continuing education courses to Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, and others in areas of Medical Screening/Differential Diagnosis, Manual Therapy, Diagnostic Imaging, and Pharmacology.

As an Adjunct Faculty member to Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, I function as a part-time lab instructor and teach first year medical students human gross anatomy during their cadaver dissection coursework.

As an Adjunct Faculty member to the International Diabetes Center, I teach staff from multiple disciplines about the benefit of physical therapy and how to tailor it to the population with diabetes which often have other comorbidities.

What are your current accreditations, memberships or affiliations in your field?

Credentials:
Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
American Physical Therapy Association
June 2007 – Present


Sports Certified Specialist (SCS)
American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
American Physical Therapy Association
June 2006 – Present

Memberships:
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Sections: Orthopaedics (Imaging SIG); Sports; Education; Federal
March 1998 – Present

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)
July 2009 – Present

American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)
December 2011 – Present

Consultative and Advisory Positions Held:
Board of Directors Member: American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (2009 – Present)
American Physical Therapy Association

Committee of Content Experts: Sports (January 2009 – Present)
American Physical Therapy Association

Manuscript Reviewer for: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), Sports Health, Physical Therapy in Sport, and Physiotherapy Canada Journal

Abstract Reviewer for World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)

Textbook Reviewer for: Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. & Jones & Bartlett Learning

Are there any publications you have had or other awards/recognitions you would like to share?

Peer Reviewed Publications:
  • Lehr ME, Plisky PJ, Butler RJ, Fink ML, Kiesel KB, Underwood FB. Field-Expedient Screening and Injury Risk Algorithm Categories as Predictors of Noncontact Lower Extremity Injury. Scand J Sports Med. 2013 (Accepted)
  • Seidenburg M, Fink ML. Differential Diagnosis of Medial Groin Pain. Orthop Phys Ther Prac 2012;24(4):191-197.
  • Fink ML, Lehr ME. Lebanon Valley College – Guest Editorial. Orthop Phys Ther Prac 2012;24(3):117.
  • Buck M, Fink ML. Nintendo Wii Fall Reduction Effectiveness in the Elderly and its Ability to Assess Balance using Center of Pressure: A Literature Review. Orthop Phys Ther Prac 2012;24(3):148-153.
  • Mehalko MJ, Fink ML. Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty versus Shoulder Hemiarthoplasty in Patients with Rotator Cuff Arthropathy: A Literature Review. Orthop Phys Ther Prac 2012;24(3):138-141.
  • Thomsen DM, Fink ML. Educational Lifting Techniques for Thoracic Spine Injury Prevention: A Literature Review with Case Study. Orthop Phys Ther Prac 2012;24(3):142-146.
  • Theiss JL, Fink ML, Gerber JP. Deep Vein Thrombosis in a Young Marathon Athlete. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2011;41(12):942-947.
Non Peer Reviewed Publications:
  • Fink ML. (2011, November 7). Mystery Diagnosis: 3 Part Series. www.advanceweb.com/PT; ADVANCE for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine. Retrieved from http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Web-Extras/Online-Extras/Mystery-Diagnoses.aspx
Peer Reviewed Presentations:
  • Fink ML, Butt SL, Fenning SM, Sharkey KM. Practicing What They Preach? Lifestyle Behaviors of Physical Therapists and Student Physical Therapists. Poster presented at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, January 2013; San Diego, CA.
  • Meck B, Fink ML, Louw A. Treatment of Central Pain in a Pediatric Patient with Post-Herpatic Neuralgia. Poster presented at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, January 2013; San Diego, CA.
  • Fink ML. First Rib Grade V Thrust Mobilization for Unilateral Neck Pain in a Female with a Thoracic Spinal Fusion. Poster presented at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, January 2013; San Diego, CA.
  • Fink ML, Akin K, Biggs D, D’Angelo N, Ely E, Eyler S, Fulfer K, Greene K, Humphries R. Collaborative Interdisciplinary Learning Project: Creating an Educational Interactive Children’s Physical Therapy Website. Platform presentation at the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, October 2012; Lancaster, PA.
  • Fink ML. Foot/Ankle Injuries in Sports. Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Quarterly Meeting, Madden Physical Therapy, March 2012; Harrisburg, PA. 
  • Fink ML, Theiss JL, Gerber JP. Deep Vein Thrombosis in a Young Marathon Athlete. Platform presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, February 2012; Chicago, IL.
Awards:
  • Nominated for the Carlin-Michels Achievement Award by the PPTA (2013)
  • Winner of the Best Case Report Award by the PPTA (2012):
    • Meck B, Fink ML, Louw A. Treatment of Central Pain in a Pediatric Patient with Post-Herpatic Neuralgia. Platform presentation at the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, October 2012; Lancaster, PA.
  • Nominated for New Horizon Leadership Award by the Sport PT Section (2012)
  • US Air Force Academy Company Grade Physical Therapist of the Year (2006 and 2007)
  • Air Mobility Command Company Grade Physical Therapist of the Year (2003)

What are your career accomplishments that you would like to highlight?

  • Becoming the first Air Force Physical Therapist in history to be deployed with international Special Forces units into an overseas combat zone (OEF/OIF – 2003).
  • Successfully completing a Sports residency, attaining my Post-Professional Doctorate degree from Baylor University (2005) and becoming dual board certified in both Sports (2006) and Orthopaedics (2007).
  • Elected to significant positions within the American Physical Therapy Association (i.e. Board of Directors for American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (2009) and appointed as 1 of 3 members of the Committee of Content Experts in Sports Specialty Council (2009).
  • Invited to be a reviewer for 4 International PT Journals, 2 textbooks, and the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (abstracts) (2008 – Present).
  • Becoming an Assistant Professor at Lebanon Valley College (2009) and founding the continuing education company: Pearl Clinical Education, LLC (2011).

If you could give any advice to a current student in your program or a recent graduate what would it be?

Have a passion for your work...love what you do and be willing to work hard at it. Take on the jobs that nobody else wants to do and do them well. It is these small, often seemingly insignificant tasks that can lead to the bigger opportunities...then do those well. Ultimately, I believe that if you work only 10% harder than your peers, you have the potential to achieve great things in your professional career.

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