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What Does it Mean for a Physical Therapist to be a “Board-Certified Clinical Specialist”?

The American Physical Therapy Association established the specialist certification program to formally recognize physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to help consumers/patients and the health care community identify these physical therapists. These physical therapists have become part of an elite community of health care professionals dedicated to exceptional patient care through specialized training and education.

Clinical specialization in physical therapy responds to a specific area of patient need and requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry level into the profession.

A few stated purposes of the APTA Specialist Certification Program are:

  • Promote the highest possible level of care for individuals seeking physical therapist services
  • Provide a reliable and valid method for certification of individuals who have attained an advanced level of knowledge and skill in each specialty area.
  • Assist consumers, the health care community, and others in identifying certified clinical specialists in each specialty area.

Mountain State Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing our patients and their communities with exceptional quality of care and outcomes. We have strongly encouraged our physical therapists to pursue specialist certification and they have responded. We currently boast :

  • 6 Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists (OCS)
  • 1 Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS)
  • 1 Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)

**Quick Facts:

< 5% of all PT’s are Board-Certified Specialists in any area

< 3% of PT’s are OCS and < 1% of PT’s are SCS or AAOMPT                      

Clinical Specialists and Office locations are:

Andrew Barrish, PT, OCS and AAOMPTHarrisville and Fairmont Clinics, MSPT President and CEO

Chris Moore, PT, OCS and SCSMannington Clinic, MSPT Vice President of Marketing/Development

Adam West, PT, OCSShinnston Clinic, MSPT Vice President of Operations

Gabe Wilson, PT, OCS – Fairmont Clinic

Paige Hacker, PT, OCS – Shinnston Clinic

Ben Ray, PT, OCS – Weston Clinic

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💡Employee Spotlight💡

Chris Moore PT,MPT,OCS,SCS,CSCS

Chris works at our Mannington location and he has been working with Mountain State for 20 years! Learn more about Chris below!

1. What is your favorite movie/show?
Justified & Ozark

2. What is your favorite place you have visited or traveled to?
Italy & Hawaii

3. What is your favorite type of music or favorite artist/band?
Chris Stapleton

4. What superpower would you want if you were able to have one?
Invisibility

5. What is your favorite thing about West Virginia?
I love the pride that West Virginians have in our state and the “blue collar” nature of our residents. I also love the mountains and outdoor activities here.

6. What patients do you like to treat and why are they your favorite?
I love to treat athletes because most of them are driven to return to their sport & they are grateful when they return to doing what they love to do.

7. What is a favorite quote that you have?
In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln
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