Hands-On Diagnostics advances the field of physical therapy by empowering physical therapists with advanced diagnostic technologies. Part of the success of the organization is based on their top faculty and medical advisory board. These medical advisors contribute to HODs’ ability to stay at the forefront of new research. Each member of this board brings a specific and specialized skill or understanding to this endeavor.
Jeanine R. McLellan
VP of Clinical Education
Jeanine serves as the Vice President of Clinical Education for Hands-On Diagnostics. She brings a unique perspective as she is one of the original HODS members and assists on the Business Advisory Board for this group as well. She is passionate about elevating the physical therapy profession and enabling practitioners to accurately diagnose their patients and provide treatment that will ensure an optimal outcome.
DPT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS
Director of EMG Residency Pathway & Senior Faculty
Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos, DPT, MD, PhD, DSc, ECS, is board certified in clinical electrophysiology with over 35 years of clinical experience. He is the co-founder of Hands-On Companies and a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor for Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. He is a past member of SACE (Specialization Academy of Content Experts) for the ABPTS examination board on electrophysiology, and a past elected member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology of APTA.
He is the editor of the Diagnostic Section of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, and the author or co-author of numerous books, articles, and research papers related to his fields of expertise.
Assistant Director of EMG Residency Pathway & Senior Faculty
Dr. Wheeler currently works full time as the inpatient therapy coordinator in a small critical access hospital in Afton, Wyoming. He also performs electrophysiologic testing at clinics in Afton and Kemmerer, Wyoming. He became board certified in clinical electrophysiology in 2022.
DPT, MS, ECS, OCS, RMSK
Director of MSKUS Studies & Senior Faculty
Dr. Mohini Rawat is co-founder and president of American Academy of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. She is Fellowship director of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound program at Hands-On Diagnostics. She is board certified in Clinical Electrophysiology and Orthopaedics by American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and in Musculoskeletal Sonography by Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement.
She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH institute of Health Professions in Boston and her Masters in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California. She is faculty for courses in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and clinical electrophysiology in PT program and other continuing education courses. She has mentored hundreds of clinicians and has reviewed thousands of ultrasound studies. Dr. Rawat is a contributing author and wrote chapters on imaging in books. She has published articles and presented numerous musculoskeletal ultrasound courses, webinars and lectures in multiple professional conferences and organizations including the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons annual meeting. She is the chair of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Neuromusculoskeletal Ultrasound Special Interest Group and holds other elected positions in American Physical Therapy Association.
She is editor of a textbook in musculoskeletal ultrasound.
DPT, RMSK, APCA
Dr. Rizopoulos, PT, DPT, RMSK, APCA, is board certified in Musculoskeletal Sonography. He has over 35 years of clinical experience and also holds a doctoral degree with a focus on business administration, marketing, PR, and management. He co-founded and successfully established and managed the Hands-On Companies, a consortium of companies in the areas of Physical Therapy, Diagnostic Testing, and Education.
During his extensive experience in diagnostic testing and manual therapy, Dr. Rizopoulos has treated more than 150,000 patients over the last 35 years, and performed thousands of ultrasound diagnostic tests.
He has also co-authored several books with Dr. Kostopoulos, and numerous articles for professional journals.
PT, PhD, ECS
Dr. Greg Ernst, PT, PhD, ECS, is an assistant professor of the Department of Physical Therapy at UT Health San Antonio. Ernst uses case studies to help students put the pieces together stating, “there is something that can be learned from every patient.” Greg received a Presidential Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.
PT, DSc, ECS
Dr. McKibben is a physical therapist and clinical electrophysiologist. He received his DSc in clinical electrophysiology from Rocky Mountain University, and his MS in physical therapy from North Georgia College. He is board certified in clinical electrophysiology by ABPTS.
He has completed thousands of electrophysiologic studies, and has logged thousands of hours in peer review and administration for electrophysiologic testing laboratories.
Ongoing research interests include severity in focal/mononeuropathies, retrograde axonal atrophy, the mixed media forearm nerve conduction study, short-segment median motor studies in CTS, and F-wave nomograms.
Dr. McKibben serves as the chair for the APTA clinical electrophysiology practice group, and helped to establish the accreditation program for PTs.
In addition to being on the HODS advisory board, he is also a member of the HODS faculty.
Dr. Emily Vandervort is a Board certified clinical Electrodiagnostic Specialist by ABPTS.
Emily was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She earned her bachelor of science in biology at the University of California, San Diego. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in New York City. She joined the Hands-On team in September of 2020, where she began her studies in the use of Clinical Electrodiagnostics and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound to evaluate potential neuro musculoskeletal conditions affecting her patients. Dr. Vandervort is currently preparing for her board certification exam in Clinical Electrophysiology. It is her strong belief backed by peer reviewed scientific evidence that the utilization of electro diagnostics and musculoskeletal ultrasound are key tools for optimal patient management.
Dr. Hauskey is a Physical Therapist and is Board Certified in Clinical Electrophysiology. Dr. Hauskey has seen or treated nearly every type of physical therapy needed, ranging from neuromuscular complications to vestibular disorder to orthopedic injuries.
Originally from the Chicago area, Dr. Hauskey received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Central Arkansas in 2013, which is ranked in the top 45 of all 237 DPT programs in the U.S. by US News and World Report for 2020.
Dr. Hauskey started studying health and medicine at Mississippi State University, playing D1 college volleyball for the Bulldogs at the same time. She continued her studies at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), completing undergraduate and graduate studies. While at UCA, she helped lead the 2009 Sugar Bear volleyball team to a 21-3 record and an undefeated season in the Southland Conference, and she completed clinical internships in Arlington Heights, IL; Springdale, AR; and Conway, AR.
After graduating, Dr. Hauskey started practicing physical therapy for two years at Body Owners Physical Therapy in Key West, FL. She moved to One-to-One Physical Therapy and Diagnostics in Delray Beach, FL, eventually becoming the Clinical Director of multiple offices as well as VP of Operations of Diagnostics for the company.
Scott received his BS in Sport Medicine at Colorado State University and from there had attended the University of Southern California. While there Scott was elected to the Student Assembly and became Chairman of the Nominating Committee. He also became the 1 st student to complete a Government Affairs clinical rotation at the APTA. That experience inspired Scott to work on Capitol Hill as a physical therapist. After 3 years of working in Washington, DC he moved back to Los Angeles and worked within the out patient therapy clinic of HealthCare Partners in Torrance, California. This HMO system became the avenue to allow Scott to complete the accredited Electrophysiologic Residency through the American Academy of Clinical Electrodiagnosis, (AACE) which had just started in Los Angeles. Scott graduated from the residency in 2013 and received his ECS in 2014. Scott was able to continue conducting electromyographies (EMG(s)) for HealthCare Partners Neurology Department once a week.
It was shortly thereafter that Scott became faculty for AACE and started teaching and mentoring professionals on clinical EMGs. In 2016, Scott transitioned to performing EMGs exclusively full time in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex. Throughout his career Scott has had the pleasure of teaching PT students, PTs and other health professionals about clinical electromyography and has seen several of his student blossom and grow in the field as well. Scott continues to teach as Senior Faculty within AACE and is performing EMGs in the DFW area.
Director of Research
Dr. Upreti is a Research Associate in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center, where he conducts ongoing research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of attention, learning, and memory processes. He has been conducting research in the field of neuroscience for more than a decade specializing in the field of neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to adjust the changes in environment due to injury or disease. His research has been presented in international conferences, and has been published in prestigious medical and science journals.
As Director of Research, Dr. Upreti’s goal at HODS is to create, support, and conduct research in the areas of electrophysiological, neuromusculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, and vestibular testing technologies. His goal is also to provide evidence of the proper application and utilization of these technologies in the field of diagnostics.
Neurologist - Medical Advisory Board
A distinguished neurologist for over 20 years, Dr. Khan has affiliations with NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, Winthrop University Hospital, and North Shore University Hospital. He also has a thriving private practice.
His extensive knowledge in neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine makes him a valuable contributor to the HODS advisory board.
BAS, R.EEG/EP T., CNIM, RPSGT, RST, FASET
Medical Advisory Board
Larry Head is a distinguished professor of Evoked Potential studies and leads the Evoked Potential training program of HODS.
He is the recipient of ASET’s prestigious Theda Sannit Outstanding Educator Award, Recipient of ASET’s prestigious Maureen Berkeley Award for Outstanding Authorship of a Journal Article and ABRET Board Certified in EEG, Evoked Potentials, and Intraoperative Monitoring (R.EEG/EPT, CNIM).
He has more than 30 years of experience in electroneurodiagnostic testing and he is Past President of the Michigan Society of Electoneurodiagnostic Technologists.