PT Residents and Fellows

Acute Care PT Residency

 

Geriatric PT Residency

Jonathan Zins, PT, DPT – Jonathan was born and raise in the great city of Columbus. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from THE Ohio State University and specialized in research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He enjoyed his time at OSU so much that he stayed for 3 more years and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2021. Both the excellent faculty within the DPT program as well as his experience volunteering at his Grandmother’s nursing home as a child grew his love for providing excellent medical care for older adults. He co-developed a Parkinson’s disease continuing education course for PTs and OTs and has plans to begin teaching the course at rural medical facilities this year. Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys spending intentional time with friends and family, engaging in “heart-level” conversations, and dreaming of starting a homestead with his wife, Allison. He owns goats and chickens at his mother’s home and would love to expand his family’s involvement in all things rural! Jonathan looks most forward to receiving mentorship from expert clinicians and enhancing his skills to provide top-notch care to older adults in Columbus.

 

Neurologic PT Residency

Summer Prevost, PT, DPT – Summer grew up near Columbus, OH and had a desire to become a physical therapist from a young age. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology/biology pre-physical therapy at Walsh University and completed her DPT degree at The Ohio State University. Her passion for neurologic physical therapy was not realized until her original scheduled clinical rotations in Nashville and Charleston were canceled due to COVID and she was placed by chance at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital – it was here that her commitment to neuro PT was made, and her interest in pursuing a residency was sparked. Summer then selected to complete an outpatient neurologic clinical in Phoenix, Arizona, and developed a particular interest in treating patients with brain injuries, leading to a practicum experience at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas within the Disorders of Consciousness program and specifically involving a research study regarding the verticalization with vestibular stimulation via robotic exoskeleton for patients with severe disorders of consciousness. Outside of work, Summer enjoys riding her horse and hiking/camping with her new puppy.

 

 Oncology PT Residency

Abigail Geiger, PT, DPT – Abby was born and raised in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Certificate in Global Health after traveling to Mukono, Uganda to explore the country’s access to healthcare. During her time at UW, Abby became involved in the national organization, Camp Kesem, providing support to children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, IL where she first realized her love for the cancer community could have a place in her future career and found an interest in teaching as an academic tutor. She believes that every physical therapist is an Oncology PT and is passionate about preparing entry-level clinicians to treat this population. Abby completed her final clinical experience in Columbus and is excited to be back! When she’s not at work, you can find her running at the nearest metro park or trying the newest flavor of ice cream at Jeni’s.

 

Orthopaedic PT Residency

Meg Siebert PT, DPT – Megan grew up in Troy, Michigan. In 2013 she received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Miami, Florida. While at Miami she played on the Women’s Division 1 Soccer team and obtained injuries which introduced her to the realm of physical rehabilitation. She worked for several years as a teacher, soccer coach, and personal trainer before returning to the University of Miami and obtaining her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2021. While in physical therapy school Megan participated in research to identify correlation between hip imbalances and injury incidence. She volunteered her time outside of class at the LAGO pro bono clinic providing physical therapy services to underserved patients. She also spent her free time at the DOCS health fairs to provide health screening within the local communities. Megan’s clinical interests include spine, lower extremity, and sports performance. Outside of work she channels her passion for physical well-being through competition in Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit. She enjoys outdoor activities, playing card games, and taking her dog for walks. Megan is thrilled to continue growing professionally as part of the OSU Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program.

 

Cody Ballay PT, DPT – Cody was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania before attending Malone University in Canton, OH for his undergraduate degree. At Malone, he majored in Exercise Science and competed as a member of the Pioneer baseball team. He stayed in Ohio to complete his DPT with the class of 2021 at The Ohio State University where he was able to participate in research projects in the biomechanics lab, serve as a teaching assistant in the DPT program, and attend a few good football games along the way. As a young clinician, Cody enjoys teaching and mentoring opportunities as well as working with upper extremity athletes. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys all things outdoors including running, backpacking, and skiing along with exploring all Columbus has to offer with friends. Cody is excited to embark on the orthopedic residency journey at Ohio State to grow as a clinician and person throughout the next year and a half!

 

Yusra Iftikhar, PT, DPT – Yusra and her family have moved around quite a bit, but North Carolina will always be home. Yusra is the oldest of 4 and the first in her family to pursue physical therapy. Yusra went to UNC Chapel Hill for her BS in Psychology and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University for her Master’s in Physiology, and Duke University for her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree – but she only cheers for light blue on game day. Yusra has a passion for health equity and mental wellness for all people, and she co-led the Humanities, Diversity, and Education Clubs, and co-founded the Mental Wellness Club, at Duke DPT as a 2nd-year student. Yusra is a writer and blogger for her own blog, The DPT Diaries, and enjoys working in communications, having served as Director of Communications for the North Carolina Student Special Interest Group and the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors. Her writing has been featured on sites such as the National Eating Disorders Association, Recovery Warriors, The Financial Diet, and The Mighty, and she enjoys mentoring and editing admissions essays for pre-health professions students in her free time. As a coffee enthusiast and former Zumba instructor, Yusra is loud and loves to dance. When she’s not treating patients in the clinic, you can find her spending time with her family and friends, reading the latest psychological thriller, and laughing much too loudly at one of her own jokes.

 

Sports PT Residency

Ashley Lea, PT, DPT, MS, AT – Ashley grew up Greensboro, North Carolina and completed her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a minor in Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she was also a member of the dance team. She worked as a certified athletic trainer at a high school before going on to work as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for club sports at Florida State University, where she obtained her Master’s in Exercise Physiology.  Afterwards, she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree back home in NC at Duke University where she held leadership positions in the Performing Arts Club and Manual Therapy Student-Special Interest Group. She has participated in and presented research related to os trigonum syndrome in athletes, healthcare seeking behaviors in dancers, and additionally, subsequent/recurrent injury risk in military personnel. In 2021, she received the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy’s Outstanding Student Award. Her clinical interests include foot and ankle rehabilitation, return to sport for athletes of all ages, psychosocial factors associated with care, and she has a special interest in performing arts athletes. Outside of the clinic she enjoys outdoor adventures, exploring new cities, listening to true crime podcasts, and scoping out the best coffee shops.

 

Anushree Dighe, PT DPT –  Anushree is from Chicago, Illinois and completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017. Her passion for physical therapy began here when she worked with the Fighting Illini football team as an athletic training aide. She then completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2021. During her time in PT school she participated in ACL research studying the effects of gait speed on walking biomechanics post-ACL surgery. She also had the opportunity to work with the Michael Jordan Nike Lab- a unique research/practice location where she worked with local and professional athletes during recovery and completed their return to sport testing. Her clinical interests include rehabilitation for shoulder, back, or ankle injuries. She also enjoys working with various sports including football, baseball, and runners, helping optimize the performance and outcomes for these athletes. Outside of the clinic she enjoys running, yoga, wine tastings, and traveling.

 

Women’s Health PT Residency

Cassandra Vietas PT, DPT – Cassie was born in Colorado Springs, CO. As a military “brat” she moved 8 times before she was 18, living in multiple places such as Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Japan, and Florida. She moved to Boston for an accelerated program where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Simmons University in May 2021. During her time at Simmons, she was a collegiate swimmer, a tour guide, and the director of the Simmons University Physical Therapy Association. In graduate school she completed a Level 1 certificate in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy through the APTA to pursue Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. While at Simmons she completed a 12-week clinical experience where she helped many women return to prior level of function and taught a lecture to outpatient physical therapists on how to properly screen for pelvic health disorders. Her clinical interests are pelvic pain, antepartum/postpartum care, and transgender affirmation care. In addition to helping others, you can find her swimming for fun, reading at the nearest body of water or searching for the best food truck in Columbus.

 

Upper Extremity Athlete PT Fellowship

Joseph Hallock PT, DPT – Joe grew up in Fargo North Dakota and graduated from Concordia University in Moorhead Minnesota with his Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2017. During undergrad, he played baseball for Concordia which lead him into the field of sports and rehabilitation. Joe attended Physical Therapy School at The University of Mary in Bismarck from 2017-2020 where a majority of his clinical rotations were with sports medicine facilities. While in Physical Therapy School he was an assistant coach for baseball at Bismarck State College for 2 years and The University of Mary for 1. While coaching his main duties were helping with player arm care routines, pre-season physical screening as well as coaching hitting and catchers. He completed a Sports Residency at The University of North Dakota in 2021, primarily working with UND Football providing sideline coverage at all games during the 2020-2021 season. At UND he worked with quarterbacks specifically to put together pre-season arm strength and in season arm care routines. Joe prioritizes combining his personal experiences with athletes, education in physical therapy and psychology to work with patients to improve clinical care. When he’s not working he is either with his fiancé Lynae and their son Knox or trying to relive the glory days playing in a men’s league baseball game.