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Christopher M. Powers

Dr. Powers is the founder and owner of the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles. In addition, he is a Professor in the Department of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, and Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Southern California. He holds joint appointments in the departments of Radiology and Orthopaedic Surgery within the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Powers received his Bachelors degree in Physical Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984, his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Biokinesiology in 1996 from USC. Dr. Powers did his post-doctoral training at the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Powers is recognized nationally and internationally for his research related to the biomechanical causes of lower extremity injury. More specifically, he is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on knee injuries; in particular patellofemoral joint dysfunction and tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Dr. Powers has published over 150 research articles and has received several awards from the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the Orthopaedic Section, the Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, the Dorothy Briggs Scientific Inquiry Award and the Helen J Hislop Award for contributions to the professional literature.

Dr. Powers is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. He also is a member of the American Society for Biomechanics, American Society for Testing and Measures, and the North American Society for Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis. In addition, Dr. Powers is the current President of the California Physical Therapy Association.

Skulpan Asavasopon

Dr. Asavasopon is the Director of Clinical and Fellowship Education at the Movement Performance Institute. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Director of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at Loma Linda University. He obtained his PhD at Loma Linda University where he currently is studying brain changes associated with chronic pain using functional MRI.

Dr. Asavasopon has been the curriculum co-coordinator of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program since 2006. He currently serves on APTA’s Committee for Residency and Fellowship Program Credentialing as well as APTA’s Program Services Committee under the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. Skulpan has been an instructor and course developer for APTA’s Advanced Clinical Practice Series since 2008. His clinical training includes Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s residency program in orthopaedic physical therapy, post-graduate curriculum in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, and a fellowship in manual therapy. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists.

Jeff Riepe

Dr. Riepe received his Bachleors degree in Athletic Training from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN in 2015, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2018. He currently and holds dual board certifications in both Athletic Training and Physical Therapy. Dr. Riepe has provided care in sports medicine settings ranging from the NFL to the NCAA. Dr Riepe is currently a Clinical Biomechanics Fellow at the Movement Performance Institute and is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the National Athletic Trainers Association.

 

Nisharag Shah

Dr. Shah received his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in 2017. He completed his residency in orthopaedic physical therapy in 2018. Dr. Shah is currently a Biomechanics Fellow at the Movement Performance Institute and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.