Modern Pain Care Faculty


Mark Kargela, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Founder, Online and Live Course Instructor

Mark Kargela is a graduate of Grand Valley State University in 2003 where he received his masters degree. He later received his transitional DPT along with a manual therapy certification (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Kargela is credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (cert-MDT) and is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy.  Dr. Kargela has also been involved in the Michigan Physical Therapy Association in delegate and district treasurer roles along with serving as adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University. He is a graduate of the Evidence in Motion’s (EIM) Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy fellowship program in 2012. He has served as faculty in Evidence In Motion’s Fellowship teaching pain science and clinical reasoning curriculum.  Currently, Dr. Kargela serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.    Dr. Kargela also is adjunct faculty at Franklin Pierce University and regularly lectures to Phoenix area physical therapy programs.

Dr. Kargela practices in Phoenix, Arizona in an outpatient orthopedic setting where he specializes in spinal and persistent pain conditions.


Cory Blickenstaff, PT, OCS

Cory owns and operates Forward Motion Physical Therapy (http://blog.forwardmotionpt.com), which provides on the job site physical therapy clinics in the Vancouver, WA area utilizing various movement and manual therapy approaches to empower people toward an autonomous state of health as it relates to movement.

Cory also co-hosts, along with Sandy Hilton, of the popular Pain Science and Sensibility Podcast (http://ptpodcast.com/podcasts/pain-science-and-sensibility/) on the PTPodcast Network (http://ptpodcast.com).

Cory works with individuals who are dealing with movement related problems such as pain or orthopedic injury as well as employers who are struggling with the consequences of pain and injury on their workforce.  Services are also provided to individuals hoping to improve performance at work/play/fitness and who are looking for guidance on maintaining healthy movement through the life span.

He has presented nationally on topics including application of graded exposure, graded activity, novel movements, movement variability, as well as application of care to the work place. He also authored a mono-graph on prevention strategies in the workplace through American Physical Therapy Association (https://www.orthopt.org/content/c/24_1_the_injured_worker).

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