PT Residents and Fellows

Acute Care PT Residency

Nick Colby, PT, DPT –  Nick was born and raised on a dairy farm in Russia, OH and was inspired to pursue a career in health care from an early age. In 2019, Nick graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH with an undergraduate degree in exercise science. While at John Carroll, Nick was a four year varsity track and field athlete where he currently holds three school records and two NCAA All-American accolades. Nick moved down to Columbus right after graduation to attend DPT school at The Ohio State University and completed the program in 2022. During his time at OSU, Nick served as the class service chair and worked as a teachers assistant in first-year labs. Nick developed his passion for acute care physical therapy throughout the DPT curriculum and during his three acute care rotations at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and the Ross Heart Hospital. Outside of PT, Nick enjoys staying active through rec sports, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new places to enjoy in Columbus. Nick looks forward to exploring his many interests and developing his practical and clinical skills over the course of the acute care residency. 

Geriatric PT Residency

Katie Krile, PT, DPT – Katie is from a small, rural town in southeastern Ohio called Amanda. She is a first- generation college student that attended THE Ohio State University where she majored in Health Sciences and minored in Human Development and Family Science. She continued her education at OSU and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2022. Katie is from a large extended family and enjoys interacting with those of all ages. Her awareness of the aging demographic shift and need for providers in rural areas influenced her to pursue the Geriatric PT Residency at OSU to receive mentorship and additional learning opportunities to continue to build her clinical skills to best serve these populations. Her practicum project in the DPT program centered around telehealth fitness classes for geriatric veterans and their spouses. Katie also loves volunteering and has volunteered with Delay the Disease in the past and recently become involved with TAASC and their adaptive kayaking program. Outside of work, Katie can be found kayaking, hiking, throwing frisbees, playing basketball or pickleball, and looking forward to new music releases on Spotify each Friday!  

 

Neurologic PT Residency

Lindsay Heffron, PT, DPT – Lindsay grew up in Gilbert, Arizona and has an incredible passion for neurological physical therapy that stems from her parents’ experience caring for her grandfather with Multiple Sclerosis. A graduate of Arizona State University with her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Lindsay moved to the east coast to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Duke University’s School of Medicine. Lindsay has experience working with individuals with a variety of neurological conditions throughout the continuum of care and is a certified Parkinson’s Wellness and Recovery Physical Therapist. While at Duke University, Lindsay spent time in the Multiple Sclerosis and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis multidisciplinary clinics where she gained appreciation for the value of comprehensive care for her patients. Alongside her passion for clinical work, Lindsay was involved in the Neuromodulation and Stroke Recovery Research Lab and the Cellular and Molecular Responses after Spinal Cord Injury Lab at Duke and now serves on the ANPT Spinal Cord Injury EDGE Task Force. As the Neurological PT Resident at OSU, Lindsay looks forward to strengthening her skills as a clinician and researcher through excellent mentorship and challenging learning experiences.  When not in the clinic, Lindsay can be found practicing/teaching yoga or with her boyfriend and their two black labs hiking and exploring local breweries.  

Katie Jira, PT, DPT – Katie and her family have moved around the entire state of Ohio, but now consider Cincinnati home. Through high school anatomy class, Katie discovered her passion for the human body and movement. After her softball injury in high school, Katie’s attraction to physical therapy and anatomy grew even stronger.  She completed her Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science and DPT degrees at The Ohio State University. During her time in the DPT program, her passion for neurologic physical therapy was discovered through her clinical rotation at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital. Katie’s love for neurologic rehab continued during her final clinical at Cleveland Clinic/Akron General Outpatient Neuro where she enjoyed treating patients with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, vestibular impairments, and functional neurologic disorders. As a part of her practicum project, Katie focused on brain injury and worked with clinicians at Martha Morehouse Outpatient Neuro to develop yoga-based home programming and session flows to improve impaired-extremity participation, static and dynamic balance, overall strength, and emotional wellbeing. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys rock climbing, running, skim boarding, baseball, riding roller coasters, or basically anything that gets her adrenaline pumping! 

 

Oncology PT Residency

Morgan Zaranec, PT, DPTMorgan attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, with a minor in Disability Studies. During her time at OSU, Morgan was involved with Camp Kesem, serving on their leadership board and acting as a camp counselor for children impacted by a parent’s cancer. Morgan then moved to Chicago to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Morgan was introduced to oncology and lymphedema rehabilitation during her clinical rotations, and went on to work for UIC as a physical therapist with a focus in orthopaedics, breast cancer rehab, and lymphedema. Morgan also has a passion for teaching and worked closely with the DPT program at UIC as a lecturer and lab assistant. As an oncologic physical therapy resident, Morgan is looking forward to furthering her knowledge of oncology rehabilitation and making a larger impact through treatment, research, and education. Morgan is an avid swimmer and cyclist, and loves spending as much time as possible outside with her dog.

Orthopaedic PT Residency

Jenny Black PT, DPT–  Jenny was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH.  In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. While at OSU, she was part of the Communication Technology Scholars program, played intramural soccer and flag football, and made sure to attend every home football game.  After working for 8 years in the engineering field, Jenny realized that passion was missing from her job and decided to change careers to become a physical therapist.  She obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2022 from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  While in physical therapy school, Jenny was the Health & Wellness Co-Leader of the PT Student Organization, volunteered at the local Pro Bono clinic and the Northern Virginia Wheelchair Rugby team, and was a second-grade mathematics tutor for a local non-profit organization.  During her clinical rotations, Jenny spent time with local football and rugby teams to provide baseline wellness and concussion screenings.  Jenny’s clinical interests include lower extremity, teaching & mentorship, and prehabilitation exercises to reduce the likelihood of injury.  Outside of the clinic, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, CrossFit, ice cream, and exploring the city of Columbus.  Jenny is looking forward to continuing to grow her clinical expertise as part of The Ohio State Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. 

Chase Kuhn, PT, DPT – Chase has spent the better part of his life in and around the greater Columbus area. Prior to pursuing a career in physical therapy, he worked many jobs including banking, murder-mystery dinner theater acting, retail, food service, massage therapy, and sales for a cemetery. Raised in Galloway, OH, The Ohio State University was a natural choice, and he completed both his Bachelor of Science in Health Science and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees as a Buckeye. While pursuing his DPT, Chase completed a research specialization focusing on pain patterns in individuals with femoroacetabular impingement syndrome. He served two terms on the national APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors, first as Delegate and then as President. In his final year of school, he completed the Harker internship at APTA with the governmental affairs team, learning and practicing professional advocacy at the federal level. His clinical interests include performing arts athletes, spine rehabilitation, and pain science. When he’s not in the clinic, Chase enjoys attempting TikTok dances, encouraging his mother to upgrade her 13-year-old Nokia Flip phone, and hosting solo karaoke parties in his living room. He hopes one day to be the proud father of a Sphynx hairless cat. 

Emily Rosati, PT, DPT–  Emily grew up in Downers Grove, IL, a northwestern suburb of Chicago. Her love for movement started at the young age of two when she began dance lessons, which led to studying with a company and competing nationally until she was 18. Emily attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology and a Certificate in Dance. Emily was a very involved student while at Wisconsin. Activities varied from completing observation hours at multiple hospitals and clinics, becoming an active member and leader in UW’s adaptive fitness program, and choreographing and producing original musicals while raising money for an annually-selected local non-profit. Emily attended Northwestern University to complete her doctorate in physical therapy. While at Northwestern, Emily was a student ambassador for the admissions department, president of the orthopedic and manual therapy student special interest group, co-founder of a student journal club, a teaching assistant for first-year students, and a student physical therapist at various clinics and hospitals throughout the duration of the program. During PT school, Emily presented a poster titled “Translating Research Outcome Measures from in Person to Virtual Administration” at APTA’s 2022 Combined Sections Meeting. Her clinical interests include rehabilitation for the knee and foot/ankle. She enjoys working with patient’s of all ages, physical fitness backgrounds, and injury timelines as providing individualized care is of high priority. She could not be more excited to be a part of OSU’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency. Outside of the clinic, Emily enjoys spending time with her family, checking out new coffee shops in the city, finding new ways to stay active, and spending time outdoors. 

Sports PT Residency

 Marino Bucci, PT, DPT  – Marino was born and raised in a small town north of Columbus, OH. In 2016, He obtained his Bachelor’s in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences from The Ohio State University. Following his undergraduate education, Marino moved to south Florida where he co-founded a performance training and health education business. He worked as a performance trainer, corporate wellness coach, and hosted multiple health information workshops prior to obtaining his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Central Florida in 2022. While in physical therapy school, Marino published research focusing on the underlying characteristics of a successful therapeutic alliance in physical therapy and is also an article reviewer for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Marino has served as President of the Florida Physical Therapy Association Student Special Interest Group, hosted two National Advocacy Dinners, and has been involved with numerous state and national advocacy initiatives. In 2020, he was the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy scholarship award recipient to attend the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC. His pro bono efforts have encompassed Special Olympics events, clinic service for individuals in underserved areas of Florida, and on-campus student screening events. Marino’s clinical interests include rehabilitation for shoulder, back, and knee injuries. He also enjoys working with various sports including wrestling, football, baseball, golf, and gymnastics. Outside of the clinic, Marino enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and boating.  

Dominic Caruso, PT, DPT –  Dominic was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania prior to attending Bloomsburg University for his undergraduate studies where he received a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. During this time, he was a member of the Huskies football team and received the Bill Sproule award for graduating top of his class. Prior to attending The University of Miami to complete his DPT, he interned at The Lab Performance Training of Harrisburg and was a Parisi Speed and Conditioning Coach where he helped coordinate injury prevention clinics for youth athletes. In Miami, Dominic worked part time as a personal trainer at the campus gym while also training clients independently through the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, he aided in both on-field and training room operations for the Hurricane baseball team during the 2021-22 preseason. Dominic conducted research on the prevention of knee injury risk in Olympic-class sailing athletes which was presented at the 2022 APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Some of his current clinical interests include rehabilitation of the upper extremity athlete, knee biomechanics, and return to sport testing. Outside of treating patients, Dominic is an avid gym rat and enjoys outdoor recreational activities such as paddleboarding and tennis. 

Nicholas Miller PT, DPT, MS – Nick grew up in Boone, North Carolina and completed his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a double minor in chemistry and biology at Appalachian State University. After graduation, he completed a D1 strength & conditioning internship at ASU before moving to Tampa, Florida, where he completed his Masters of Science in Exercise & Nutrition Science at the University of Tampa. While in Tampa, Nick had the opportunity to present research conducted in the UTampa Human Performance Lab at the National NSCA Conference and had to the privilege to work for the likes of the New York Yankees and EXOS Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine. Next, Nick moved on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. During PT school, he served on a leadership board emphasizing the importance of healthcare inter-professional collaboration and community outreach. He also established a connection between the DPT program and the Washington University Bears D3 sports performance staff, where completed a sports performance internship. Nick’s clinical interest involve the regional interdependence of the lower extremity, UE & LE return to sports testing, and injury risk reduction strategies for the athlete. He enjoys working with all types and ages of athletes, and enjoys all sports. Outside of physical therapy, Nick enjoys resistance training, exploring new cities, hiking, and philosophical studies.  

Women’s Health PT Residency

Jessica Edwards, PT, DPT Jessie grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio in 2019. While at Baldwin Wallace, Jessie competed in Division III athletics as a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team. She also studied abroad in Paris, France in pursuit of a French minor. Jessie stayed in Ohio to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at The Ohio State University. Entering graduate school with interest in pelvic health, Jessie continued to develop her passion through involvement in OSU’s Pelvic Health Special Interest Group, APTA pelvic health coursework, and Academy of Pelvic Health membership. She also developed an education program to teach collegiate athletes about pelvic and menstrual health, allowing her to combine her love of athletics with her passion for pelvic health. Jessie’s clinical interests include pelvic health for athletes, pelvic pain, and bowel dysfunction. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys hiking, cycling, and spending time with her toy poodle, Julian. 

 

Upper Extremity Athlete PT Fellowship

Alex Grogh, PT, DPT, SCSAlex grew up in Libertyville, Illinois and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science in 2016. During undergrad, Alex worked with the University of Oklahoma Sports Medicine Department as a student athletic trainer, primarily with the football, baseball, and track and field teams. He attended Midwestern University-Downers Grove and graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019. Following PT school, he worked for Athletico Physical Therapy in Lake Forest, Illinois for two years, treating athletes from the local college and high school and vestibular conditions. Alex completed a Sports Residency at Texas Health Sports Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas in 2022. In Fort Worth, Alex worked with the athletes at Texas Christian University, primarily with the baseball team. He provided on-field and off-field coverage for the players during the fall and spring. Outside of work, he enjoys watching college and professional sports with friends, biking, running, camping, and hiking.