Speakers Archives - Align Conference

Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD

Adriaan earned both an undergraduate as well as a master’s degree in physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University, South College and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 20 years at numerous national and international manual therapy, pain science and medical conferences. He is a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist, Certified Pain Specialist and has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles related to spinal disorders and pain science. Adriaan completed his Ph.D. on pain neuroscience education and is the Director of the Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group – an independent collaborative initiative studying pain neuroscience. Currently he is the Vice-President of Faculty Experience at Evidence In Motion.

David Bruton, Jr, DPT

David Bruton Jr. is a former professional football player in the NFL for 8 years, 7 with the Broncos and 1 with the Washington Football Team, from 2009-2016. He played at the University of Notre Dame where he graduated with two degrees, political science and sociology, in 2009. He is a member of the CU Physical Therapy Scholarship Board, Founder of Bruton’s Books, and an advocate for change. He graduated from the University of Colorado DPT program in December 2021 and owner of Between the Lines Physical Therapy, helping people return to their game!

DeAndre Caldwell, DPT, ATC, MDT, TPS

Dr. DeAndre W. Caldwell, DPT, ATC, Cert. MDT, TPS is the physical therapy program manager at ChristianaCare Rehabilitation Services in Smyrna, DE. He is passionate about treating those with low back pain and chronic pain. He holds dual credentials as a certified therapeutic pain specialist and is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) for treatments of low back pain, neck pain and extremity pain.

DeAndre’s career ranges from working in sports medicine with the New York Giants to working with those with spinal cord injuries at Magee rehabilitation in Philadelphia. DeAndre regularly lectures on treatment of spinal conditions as well as Chronic pain at the Collegiate, local and national level.

While at ChristianaCare, DeAndre developed the Rehabilitation department’s first Chronic Pain Program, and trained several other therapists at 8 other clinics on how to treat chronic pain, fibromyalgia etc in order to provide standardized care. In addition, DeAndre served on an award winning team that developed standardization of care for treatment of lumbar radiculopathy.

Most recently, DeAndre was invited to share the stage with many well-known and respected orthopedic surgeons at the annual Delaware Orthopedic Specialist’s, Orthopedic Symposium as he lectured on treatment of Chronic pain during the Opioid epidemic. DeAndre is the recipient of the excellence in achievement award during the therapeutic pain specialist program which was awarded at the national Align Conference in Denver in 2019.

DeAndre lives at home with his loving wife Valerie and two young boys. He enjoys spending time with family, running, exercising and writing. He is very active at his church and active in the community. DeAndre has a message of hope that the body is extremely adaptable and there is often a chance for positive change.

Edo Zylstra, PT, DPT, OCS

Edo founded KinetaCore (now EIM) in 2006, out of a desire to share his Functional Dry Needling© technique with other therapists who wanted to help their patients return to their daily activities more quickly. He is passionate about teaching dry needling and advocating for its acceptance across the U.S.

Current Roles:

  • Faculty, EIM
  • Founder, KinetaCore (now EIM)
  • Clinician, KinetaCare


  • Evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal chest wall pain in a military athlete
  • Treatment of hamstring strain in a collegiate pole vaulter integrating dry needling with an eccentric training program: A resident’s case report

Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT, CEEAA, GCS

Dr. Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT (they,them) is a physical therapist based in the Chicagoland area. As a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy (GCS) and a Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults (CEEAA), Heidi is the Program Director for the Evidence in Motion Geriatric Certification Program as of August 2021, having spent the past 3 years as faculty for the program. Dr. Moyer is currently an adjunct faculty member at Governors State University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and has previous experience teaching continuing education for Evidence In Motion, Illinois Physical Therapy Association, and for conferences such as National Student Conclave and Combined Sections Meeting. Heidi is an active APTA Geriatrics member, serving as a leader in multiple roles for APTA Geriatrics with the State Advocate Program and Balance and Falls Special Interest Group (BFSIG) as well as for the Illinois Physical Therapy Association, where they are the active chair of the IPTA Geriatric Special Interest Group (GeriSIG). Dr. Moyer currently works in the long-term acute care setting at RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois and has previous clinical experience in the inpatient rehab and home health settings. Heidi was the recipient of the APTA Geriatrics President’s Award in 2020 and the APTA Emerging Leader Award in 2019 and looks forward to continuing to push the boundaries for care for older adults in all settings as a partner in EIM’s educational efforts.

Jennifer Stone, PT, DPT, OCS, PHC

Jennifer Stone, PT, DPT, OCS, PHC, is a clinical manager in a hospital-based outpatient program in Columbia, MO, where she sees a mixture of pelvic health and other outpatient orthopedic diagnoses in addition to functioning as part of the leadership team for her department. Jennifer enjoys teaching pelvic health and orthopedic topics, and especially appreciates opportunities to explore the interplay between the two. She also participates in research and has recently published a randomized controlled trial exploring the role of physical therapists in the care of patients who delivered via cesarean section. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys outdoor activities, gardening, knitting, and spending time with her husband and five children.

Jessie Podolak, PT, DPT, FPS

Jessie Podolak received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis, in 1998. She completed her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University, Denver, in 2011. She has been teaching pain neuroscience education and manual therapy techniques at continuing education courses since 2013 and now serves as the Program Director for Evidence In Motion’s Pain Science Fellowship. The Fellowship is the first of its kind in the United States, providing a multi-disciplinary, post-graduate, advanced certification for health care providers who see patients with complex, chronic pain. She has participated in and lead research exploring the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of middle school students related to pain and healthy options to address pain when it inevitably occurs.

Jessie owns and operates her community’s first direct-pay physical therapy practice, seeing a variety of patients with acute and chronic pain conditions. She has special interests in complex and chronic pain, manual therapy, Pilates, spine and running injuries. She is a certified clinical instructor through the APTA and has completed her Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification and Pain Science Fellowship through Evidence in Motion.

Keith Smart, BSc (Hons) Physio, MSc, PhD

After qualifying as a physiotherapist in 1994 Keith worked clinically as a physiotherapist in several hospitals in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He specialized in the field of ‘musculoskeletal physiotherapy’. He completed his research master’s degree in 2004 and a PhD in 2010, during which he was the primary investigator on a number of research projects that investigated physiotherapists clinical reasoning of pain, and mechanisms-based classifications of low back pain.

He has since acted as a co-supervisor to a number PhD candidates as well as undergraduate and masters-level physiotherapy students. These research projects have variously investigated the nature and prognostic impact of pain sensitization in knee osteoarthritis; the effectiveness of acceptance and commitment therapy combined with exercise in the treatment of chronic pain; and advanced physiotherapy practice. He has also undertaken several systematic reviews related to pain. He is now a full-time academic physiotherapist at University College Dublin but maintains a small clinical caseload as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist within the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and orthopaedic triage at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. He has ongoing research interests related to pain and advanced practice physiotherapy.

Keri Maywhort, PT, DPT

Dr. Keri Maywhort is a physical therapist with 22 years experience. She has a passion for teaching physical therapists and other health care practitioners manual therapy and dry needling. As Director of Education for KinetaCore she worked in curriculum and staff development for dry needling post-professional courses and has been involved in instruction of dry needling for over 12 years.

Currently Dr. Maywhort is part of the EIM faculty in weekend intensive clinical education and hybrid learning courses. She serves as program director of the Functional Dry Needling Specialist Certification. She also serves as adjunct faculty for Regis University Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in Denver, CO and instructs dry needling in the Regis University OMPT Fellowship and Residency Programs. She is an active member of the APTA and AAOMPT and has been involved in advocacy efforts in Colorado.

Current Roles:

  • Lead Instructor, Functional Dry Needling, EIM Program Director, Functional Dry Needling Specialist Certification, EIM

Areas of Interest:

  • Dry Needling
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Manual Therapy

Kory Zimney, PT, DPT, PhD

Kory received a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1994. He completed his transitional DPT from Des Moines University in 2010 and is currently enrolled and in the candidacy phase of the PhD PT program with Nova Southeastern University. His dissertation is focusing on the construct of trust as part of the therapeutic alliance and its relation to outcomes in persistent low back pain.

Currently he works as an Associate Professor with the University of South Dakota in the Department of Physical Therapy. His primary teaching and treatment focus is with evidence-based practice for orthopedic injuries with special focus on the spine and neurodynamics, along with rehabilitation neuroscience, and leadership/management. His research focus is in therapeutic alliance, pain neuroscience education, and measurement with tactile acuity and laterality. Past work experiences have been with various community-based hospitals working in multiple patient care areas of inpatient, skilled rehab, home health, acute rehab, work conditioning/hardening and outpatient. The majority of his practice was directed toward occupational medicine with musculoskeletal management of work related injuries and cost prevention services with ergonomics and wellness programs for businesses. He also served as department manager of rehabilitation services at St. Luke’s Health System in Sioux City for eight years.

He is an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA, Certified Spinal Manual Therapist (CSMT) and Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) through International Spine and Pain Institute and has completed Certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS) through the Gray Institute.