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Research Physical Therapy Specialists

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Raymond Butts, PT, DPT, PhD(C), MS, Cert.SMT, Cert.DN

BS, Engineering Psychology and Systems Engineering, United States Military Academy at West Point
Captain, US Army serving in Bosnia/Kosovo and Iraq
MS, Brain and Neuroscience Research, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat, Tubingen (Germany)
PhD, Physical Therapy University of South Carolina, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health
Currently pursuing a PhD in Motor Rehabilitation, University of South Carolina
  •    Certified in spinal manipulation
  •    Certified in the technique of dry needling
  •    Certified investigator to operate and perform MRI Research

 Extensive experience in the treatment of back and neck pain with associated radiculopathies

 Research includes:

  • the potential of transcranial magnetic stimulation and  transcranial direct current stimulation to maximize rehabilitation potential by altering inhibition in the brain
  • incorporating intervention on central mediated sensory disorders and balance training using vibrotactile biofeedback during balance training

  Dr. Butts is also an instructor at the University of South Carolina School of Public Health and Midlands Technical College.

Jonathan Donley, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, Cert. DN, MEd, ATC

 BS, Kinesiology and Sports Medicine (Certified Athletic Trainer), Shenandoah University
 MEd, Pennsylvania State University
 PhD, Physical Therapy University of South Carolina
  • Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (One of six in South Carolina)
  • Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult
  • Certified investigator to operate and perform MRI Research
  • Certified in the technique of dry needling
  • Certification eligible (2013) for spinal manipulation

  Research includes:

  • the effectiveness of balance and intervention strategies for muscle recruitment activation in patients with sensory impairments including the use of whole body vibration and electromyography
  • the effectiveness of interventions for Central Sensitivity Syndromes including fibromyalgia, tempromandibular disorders, idiopathic low back pain, headaches, and myofascial pain syndromes 

Dr. Donley is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and an instructor at the University of South Carolina Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Courtney Kelso, PT, DPT, GCS(C)

BS, History and Biochemistry, Clemson University
PhD, Physical Therapy University of South Carolina, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health
  • Board eligible (2013) - American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Specialty in geriatric physical therapy focusing on balance and vestibular disorders.

 Research includes:

  • identifying optimal training for rapid increases in balance

Dr. Kelso is an instructor at the University of South Carolina Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Kevin Tyer, PT, DPT, GCS(C), Cert.DN

BA, Christian Education, Presbyterian College
PhD, Physical Therapy University of South Carolina, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health
  • Board eligible (2013) American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist
  • Certified in the technique of dry needling
  • Specialty in geriatric physical therapy focusing on foot pathomechanics, orthotics, and pain interventions.
  • Advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation, including peripheral vestibular disorders and positional vertigo. 

 Research includes:

  • hypomobility of the 1st ray, manual therapy and orthotic interventions effects on balance 
  • effects of optimal intervention for increasing gait speed
  • effects of dry needling and spinal manipulation for chronic headaches

 Dr. Tyer is an instructor at the University of South Carolina Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Amanda Arnold, PT, DPT, OCS

BS, Kinesiology, Texas Woman’s University
MA, Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
Residency - Sports Physical Therapy, Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, Ft. Worth, TX
Physical Therapy doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina
  • Board Certified - Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • She is enrolled in a fellowship program through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy 2014 certification

Research Includes:

  • shoulder and elbow rehabilitation

Cathy Arnot, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS, MT

BS, Virginia Tech
MA, Physical Therapy, Baylor, University PhD, Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine
  • Certified - Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • Board Fellow - American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

 Research includes:

  • shoulder injuries - manual therapy and real-time ultrasound
  • mechanical neck pain - thrust versus non-thrust mobilization and manipulation
 Dr. Arnot is a Professor at the University of South Carolina Physical Therapy program.
 Arnot is currently the physical therapist for the United States Olympic Shooting Team.

Paul Beattie, PT, PhD, OCS

BS, Quinnipac College
MA, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Medical College of Virginia
Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Dr. Beattie’s research is internationally recognized for patients who are experiencing back pain and the bio-psychosocial factors associated with activity-limiting low back pain.

 Research includes:

  • identifying the association between positive response to decreasing pain and anatomical changes that occur in the intervertebral disc using MRI
  • focusing on the systemic effects of patient’s pain perception after receiving manual therapy interventions

Dr. Beattie is a Professor at the University of South Carolina Physical Therapy program.