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Nicole Miller PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Miller is the owner of Movement Performance San Diego, which is affiliated with the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Miller received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2002, and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Chapman University in 2007. Since obtaining her doctorate, she completed an Orthopedic Clinical Residency Program at Rancho Physical Therapy and became Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2008. Dr. Miller is also credentialed as a Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.

In 2011 Dr. Miller completed postgraduate course work in Advanced Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter at the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles taught by Dr. Christopher Powers.

Christopher M. Powers, PhD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA

Dr. Powers is the founder and owner of the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles. In addition, he is an Associate 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 120 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 Editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.