Meet Our Residents

Learn more about our current and past residents in the Sports Physical Therapy Residency program, including testimonials. 

  • Taylor Fitts - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – Physical Therapy Resident
    Clinical Interests: Injury prevention, soccer, return to sport, strength and conditioning
  • Thanh Mai - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – Physical Therapy Resident
    Clinical Interests: Return to sport, injury prevention, performance enhancement, overhead athletes

Past Residents

  • Natalie McNerney - South Florida Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab – Physical Therapist
    Clinical Interests: ACL Rehabilitation, prevention and return to sport; concussion management; basketball athletes
  • Hana Bernhardson - St. Louis Children's Hospital - Young Athlete Center - Physical Therapist
    Clinical Interests: Lower extremity injuries, football, soccer, volleyball players, concussion management, female athlete
  • Jamie Kronenberg – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Physical Therapist (research fellowship)
    Clinical Interests: Biomechanics, ACL prevention
  • Alissa Geipel Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHOW)
    Clinical interests: softball, volleyball, prevention and ACL

Alexa Martinez PT, DPT, CSCS - Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL

Specialty Interests: ACL Injuries, Overhead Athletes

Grant Poston, PT, DPT, SCS: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Physical Therapist I

Specialty Interests: ACL Injuries, Weightlifting Mechanics, Workload Management

Sarah Reinking, PT, DPT, SCS: Children’s Hospital Colorado Sports Medicine Center, Physical Therapist II, Research Team Lead

Specialty interests: Soccer, Female Athlete, ACL Return to Sport, Injury Prevention

Katelyn Flynn, PT, DPT, SCS: Children’s Hospital Colorado Sports Medicine Center, Physical Therapist II

Specialty Interests: ACL Rehabilitation, Impact of Fear During Rehabilitation, Residency Development

  • Jennifer Tarplee, PT, DPT, SCS: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Physical Therapist II, Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE)
    Specialty interests: Softball Pitchers, Quality in Clinical Education

  • Stacey Hujber, PT, DPT, SCS: Performance Center at The TD Bank Ballpark, RWJ Barnabas Health System, Physical Therapist
    Specialty Interests: Overhead athletes
  • Katie Hickey Lucas, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS: Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Kentucky, pursing a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus on Biomechanics; Physically Challenged Athlete SIG Chair
    Specialty interests: Youth Athlete, Runners/Endurance Athletes, Track and Field, Athletes with Disabilities, Motor Control, ACL Surgery and Rehabilitation

  • Barbara (Janiszewski) Lemmel, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC: Select Physical Therapy, Physical Therapist, Work Strategies Coordinator for Alaska
    Specialty Interests: Wellness Programs, Yoga, Injury Prevention, Industrial Rehabilitation

Amber Boyd, PT, DPT, DHSc, SCS, CSCS - University of Cincinnati, Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Physical Therapist II

Specialty Interests: Gymnastics, Dancers, Wellness, Female Athletes, Quality in Clinical Education

Jason Hugentobler, PT, DPT, SCS - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Sports Physical Therapy Resident Director, Physical Therapist III

Specialty Interests: Concussions, Overhead Athletes

Aly Filipa, PT, DPT, SCS – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Physical Therapist II

Specialty Interests:Dance Medicine, Community Outreach and Injury Prevention for Dance Studios, Clinical Research Involving Dancers

Chad Cherny, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS – Mayo Clinic, Lead Physical Therapist (Sports); Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program, Faculty; Mayo Clinic Sports and Orthopedic Residency Programs

Specialty Interests: Overhead Athletes, Overuse Injuries, Golf Performance



Filipa A, Barton K. Physical Therapy Rehabilitation of an Adolescent Preprofessional Dancer Following Os Trigonum Excision: A Case Report. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018;48(3):194-203.

Paterno MV, Flynn K, Thomas S, Schmitt LC. Self-reported fear predicts functional performance and second ACL injury after ACL reconstruction and return to sport: A pilot study. Sports Health. 2018;10(3):228-233.

Lathrop J, Poston G, Reynolds B, Peterson M, Pratt B. Individualized exercise program for lower back pain in a patient with moderately advanced multiple sclerosis: a case study. J Stud Phys Ther Res. 2018;9(5):3.

Lennon A, Hugentobler J, Sroka M, Nissen K, Kurowski B, Gagnon I, Quatman-Yates C. An exploration of the impact of initial timing of physical therapy on safety and outcomes after concussion in adolescents. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2018;42(3):123-131.


Hickey Lucas KC, Kline PW, Ireland ML, Noehren B. Hip and trunk muscle dysfunction: Implications for anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention. Annals of Joint. 2017;2:18.


Hugentobler J, Vegh M, Janiszewski B, Quatman-Yates C. Physical therapy intervention strategies for patients with traumatic brain injury symptoms: a case series. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2015;10(5):676-89. 2015,


Taylor-Haas JA, Hugentober JA, DiCesare CA, Lucas KC, Bates NA, Myer GD, Ford KR. Reduced Hip Strength is Associated with Increased Hip Motion During Running in Young Adult and Adolescent Male Long-Distance Runners. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2014;9(4):456-467.


Filipa AR, Smith TR, Paterno MV, Ford KR, Hewett TE. Performance on the Star Excursion Balance Test predicts functional turnout angle in pre-pubescent female dancers. J Dance Med Sci. 2013;17(4):165-9.


Myer G, Faigenbaum A, Cherny C, Heidt R Jr, Hewett T. Did the NFL Lockout expose the Achilles heel of competitive sports? JOSPT. 2011;41(10):702-5.


Filipa, A, Byrnes R, Paterno MV, Myer GD, Hewett TE. Neuromuscular training improves performance on the star excursion balance test in young female athletes. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2010;40(9):551-8.


Hickey KC, Quatman CE, Myer GD, Ford KR, Brosky JA, Hewett TE. Methodology Reports: Dynamic Field tests used in an NFL combine setting to identify lower extremity functional asymmetries. J Strength and Cond Res. 2009;23(9):2500-6.


Jamie Kronenberg, PT, DPT

After graduating from physical therapy (PT) school I knew I wanted to work with the youth athlete population. I also knew I wanted to continue learning, continue doing research and have support from mentors as I started my clinical career. The sports residency at Cincinnati Children’s provides a broad realm of opportunities with the ability to dive deeper into what you are interested in, to personalize the residency to each resident. From on-field experiences with high school and college athletes, to mentorship with a diverse group of clinicians who specialize in treating dancers, overhead athletes, weightlifters, soccer players and more, I felt like I was able to develop a well-rounded “toolbox” to treat the youth athlete. I have been able to grow so much as a clinician and person throughout this residency and I feel confident that I will be able to continue to do so thanks to all I have learned throughout this year.

Katie Hickey Lucas, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS at the University of Kentucky

Before beginning the Sports Residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, I worked at Cincinnati Children's and saw how much the staff invested in the residents. Each resident is treated as a protégé and is expected to expand not only their knowledge of evidence-based treatments but also their confidence and leadership within sports physical therapy. This residency is well-rounded in the treatment of athletes, covering elementary-middle school soccer tournaments, participating in Girls on the Run and the Flying Pig Marathon Events, and collaborating with the athletic training team in high school as well as Division I and III NCAA teams. Residents lead lunch and learn education sessions, collaborate in research, assist in outreach programs, and attend frequent educational opportunities, including APTA's Combined Sections Meeting. In addition to the scheduled opportunities, residents can also collaborate with adaptive sports athletes in the "Be Well" program, Cincinnati Recreation Commission, and Paralympics Swimming. Upon graduation from the residency, I was well prepared to not just take the Sports Clinical Specialty examination, but also follow best-practice guidelines, take on leadership roles, and pursue additional education through a Ph.D. program. My Cincinnati Children's residency experience expedited my mastery in the field of sports physical therapy and helped me set the trajectory of my physical therapy career.

Grant Poston, PT, DPT, SCS at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

The biggest thing that I was looking for in a residency program and coming straight from PT school was mentorship. I wanted someone there to help me through tough situations and point me different directions if I got stuck in a rut. I wanted to make sure that I started off my career on the right foot and develop good habits from the beginning. I got all of that and more out of my time in the sports residency at Cincinnati Children's with experienced clinical mentors who specialize in a variety of areas of sports PT. Having such high quality clinicians ready to help me grow professionally was extremely beneficial to me as a young therapist. 

Sarah Reinking, PT, DPT, SCS at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Being the sports resident as Cincinnati Children's was one of the best experiences of my career thus far. Pediatric sports physical therapy is a passion of mine, and being able to combine this with learning from some of the best in this field was incredible. I grew not only as a clinician, but a person throughout my year as the resident. I was challenged each day to be the best clinician I could be, all while learning how to best serve and treat the young athletes of today in order to help them grow and develop into the healthy adults of tomorrow.

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