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What makes Learn Movement System the best place to "learn about the movement system"?  Meet your world-class instructors!

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Whether you're joining us in-person in St. Louis, or from anywhere in the world virtually, you will get to learn from these fabulous instructors.

Shirley Sahrmann


Dr. Sahrmann is professor emerita of physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her BS degree in physical therapy, masters and PhD in neurobiology from Washington University, where she was a clinician and faculty member for 56 years. Her research interests were in disordered motor control and classification of musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Sahrmann with her colleagues at Washington University has been a major promotor of the movement system and the development of movement related diagnostic categories to direct physical therapy treatment which formed the basis of her published books. She has lectured extensively nationally and internationally.

Nancy Bloom


Dr. Bloom is a professor of physical therapy and orthopaedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.  She received both her master’s degree in occupational therapy and her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University. She teaches in a wide variety of courses and treats multiple types of musculoskeletal problems. Nancy has taught numerous continuing education courses on the topic of Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement System Impairment Syndromes and has made several national and international presentations.

Cheryl Caldwell


Dr. Caldwell spent over 30 years as a key faculty member, alongside Dr. Shirley Sahrmann & Associates, to develop the Movement System Impairment concepts and syndromes. Her expertise in the upper quarter is reflected in a published case report related to the shoulder, co-authoring chapters on the Hand, Wrist, and Elbow in the Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spines textbook, and serving as a mentor for students, fellows, and experienced clinicians.  Recently, she retired from teaching at Washington University in St. Louis and is excited to be continuing to share her wealth of knowledge.

Jesse Civello


Jesse Civello has always been the intrepid student. Since high school she has dreamed of a career that utilized her intellect to solve complicated puzzles and allowed her to engage with people on a daily basis. Unlike most people, Jesse knew she wanted to be a physical therapist from a young age. She earned her way into one of the top physical therapy programs in the world and is now an orthopedic clinical specialist. She is the owner of Precision Physical Therapy in St. Louis, Missouri.

Suzy Cornbleet


Dr. Cornbleet is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Medicine in the Program in Physical Therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In 2015, Suzy received both the Missouri Physical Therapy Association “Outstanding Service Award for Education” and the Colorado University Physical Therapy “Alumni Achievement Award”. Her current clinical interests are in pediatric and adolescent hip and low back pain and general outpatient orthopedics.  She now serves as a mentor in the clinical practice at the Washington University School of Medicine PT Clinic. She was instrumental in the development of Washington University’s Fellowship in the Diagnosis and Management of Movement Impairment Syndromes and served as a primary mentor.

Jennifer Dubbert


Jen Dubbert has over 23 years of experience as a physical therapist.  She is fellowship trained in Movement System Impairments and is the current Clinical Manager of the Washington University Physical Therapy Clinic in O'Fallon MO.  Her clinical practice includes patients with running injuries, golf related pain, and patients with TMJ.  Jen has been a mentor to students, residents, fellows, and clinicians as well as lab assistant for the Washington University in St. Louis Physical Therapy Program curriculum and Movement System courses.

Gregory Holtzman


Dr. Holtzman is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Washington University in St Louis.  He maintains a clinical practice with an emphasis on the evaluation and treatment of lower back and lower extremity pain/injury, and specializes in the treatment of both recreational and competitive runners.  Greg is also heavily involved in instructing entry level physical therapy students in courses related to outpatient musculoskeletal care. Personally, Greg enjoys trail running, hiking, tennis and traveling with his family.

Renee Ivens


Dr. Ivens is an associate professor of physical therapy and orthopedic surgery at Washington University. In addition to her involvement in the didactic entry level DPT curriculum, Renee serves as a mentor in the clinical practice at the School of Medicine. Her clinical interests are movement dysfunctions involving the spine, shoulder girdle and upper extremity peripheral nerve dysfunction. She is happy to share her knowledge and experience gained while working alongside Dr Shirley Sahrmann & Associates for over 25 years.  

Jill Johnson


Dr. Johnson is an assistant professor of physical therapy at Washington University in St Louis. She is an alumnus of the program and a recent faculty member. Although her role as a faculty member is recent, she has been teaching in the program for several years and received the Patty K. Scheets Award for Excellence in Physical Therapy Education. Over the years, Jill developed a passion for teaching and mentoring students. She has a varied clinical background, working in both the outpatient orthopedic as well as the outpatient neurological setting.

Lynnette Khoo-Summers


Dr. Khoo-Summers is an associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy and Department of Orthopedics. Lynnette's expertise is in the Movement System Impairment concept where she utilizes it for injury prevention and rehabilitation of all musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions. She was a co-author for 2 chapters for elbow, wrist and hand in Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spines textbook. Her specialty is treating all performing artists in the faculty practice clinic as well as performance day coverage at theaters in St Louis.

Catherine Lang


Dr. Lang is a Professor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Neurology at Washington University.  She runs an active research program focused on stroke recovery, stroke rehabilitation, and exploiting wearable sensing to improve movement and health.  Her accomplishments have earned her the title of fellow for both the American Society for NeuroRehabilitaiton (ASNR) and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Bob Lind


Dr. Lind is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis Program in Physical Therapy. Prior to graduate school he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma. Since graduating Robert has helped to establish and maintain the golf clinic while working as a full-time clinical associate in the outpatient orthopedic department of Washington University in St. Louis.

Mary Kate McDonnell


Dr. McDonnell is currently an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Surgery. She is a board certified orthopedic specialist since 1996 and a Fellow of the Education Leadership Institute. Most of her career she had been actively involved with colleagues at Washington University in developing diagnoses and treatment strategies related to Movement System Impairment Syndromes with a focus on the upper quarter. Her clinical and research focus are patients with upper quarter impairments.

Jennifer Miller


Dr. Miller is an assistant professor of physical therapy, obstetrics & gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis Program in Physical Therapy. Jen is a board certified specialist in women's health physical therapy, as well as a certified lymphedema therapist.  She teaches the MSI concept to the DPT students at Washington University.  She is an avid CrossFit coach and is excited to share her knowledge in training high level athletes using the MSI concept.

Maiko Morotani


Dr. Morotani is the president of Nexus Motion and staff physical therapist at Pete Health.  She treats patients with musculoskeletal pain conditions.  Maiko is one of the translators for the Japanese version of Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spine textbook.  She teaches MSI concept to the Japanese community on a monthly basis and served as a regional mentor for Washington University's movement system clinical fellowship.


Robbie Ohashi


Dr. Ohashi is a clinician, educator, author, and the President/Founder of Performance in Motion. He is the originator of the Movement Spectrum concept.  Robbie has successfully treated and traveled with elite / pro athletes from Olympic sports (figure skating, tennis, table tennis, tae kwon do, track & field).  He has developed and taught the Performance In Motion methodology seminars in Japan and the US.

Cheryl Smith


Dr. Smith completed a Movement System Fellowship in 2009 and continued to work as a lab instructor in multiple orthopedic courses and then as a faculty member at Washington University. She is now the Orthopedic Residency Coordinator at Body Central Physical Therapy in Tucson, Arizona. She has worked alongside Dr. Nancy Bloom to continue to develop her expertise in young adult hip pain with a specific interest in hip dysplasia. Her passion lies in mentoring DPT students, residents and fellows, as well as experienced clinicians.


Theresa M. Spitznagle


Dr. Spitznagle is a professor in physical therapy and OB-GYN at Washington University in St Louis. Her educational mission is to provide physical therapists around the world with the knowledge needed to help others move better. Her expertise spans the thoracic spine to the pelvic girdle. Tracy firmly believes that all people benefit when we understand how pregnancy affects the movement system.


Joan Vicente


Dr. Vicente is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. She was a regional mentor for Washington University’s Clinical Fellowship in Movement System after completing the training herself. She is currently working at UCLA Health as a Rehab Clinical Educator while completing her Ph.D. at Rocky Mountain University.