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Performance Health Scientific Advisory Committee

The Academy's Scientific Advisory Committee is an international group representing multiple clinical and research disciplines. The SAC meets once a year at the annual TRAC meeting to present their research on Thera-Band® and Biofreeze® products.

Lacy Alexander, PhD
Assistant Professor
Penn State University
State College, PA 
Lacy Alexander PhD Headshot
Dr. Alexander is an assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State University.  Her research is in the area of human thermoregulation and the neurovascular control mechanisms regulating skin blood flow with primary human aging, essential hypertension, and atherosclerotic vascular disease.  In her current studies Dr. Alexander uses in vivo and in vitro approaches to study the effects of vascular pathology on microvascular function in humans.  She has contributed to the literature in this area with recent publications in The Journal of Physiology, The American Journal of Physiology, The Journal of Applied Physiology, and Hypertension.


Lars Andersen, PhD
Senior Researcher
National Research Centre for the Working Environment
Copenhagen, Denmark
Dr. Lars Andersen Dr. Andersen is a senior researcher for the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark. His main research area is workplace health promotion with physical exercise. His latest research has focused on rehabilitation of neck pain using high-intensity strength training. He has lead several research projects and published articles in high-ranked international journals. He has also worked as a strength training coach of elite athletes for the Danish Elite Sports Organization.

David Behm, PhD
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. Johns, Canada
Dr. David Behm Dr. David Behm is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. David has an extensive research portfolio with over 100 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has collaborations with researchers on five continents and presents internationally on a regular basis. His research focus has been to investigate neuromuscular responses and adaptations to resistance training, instability, stretching and other activities. David integrates his theoretical work with a background as a competitive athlete and coach in a variety of sport such as football (drafted in Canadian Football League), hockey (Canadian junior hockey), baseball, tennis (provincial champion), squash (provincial champion) and others.

Barton N. Bishop, DPT, SCS, CKTI, TPI CGFI-MP2, CSCS
Chief Clinical Officer
Sport and Spine Rehab
Washington DC
Bart graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in May of 2003. While at Creighton, Dr. Bishop played Division-I collegiate golf and has done further study in the biomechanics of the golf swing and sports physical therapy including being a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor-Medical Professional Level 2 by the Titleist Performance Institute. In 2007, Dr. Bishop successfully passed the exam to become a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (SCS - ABPTS). He is currently the Chief Clinical Officer of Sport and Spine Rehab in the Washington, DC area.

Tony Brosky, PT, DHS, SCS
Professor - Physical Therapy
Bellarmine University
Louisville, Kentucky
Dr. Tony Brosky is a Professor in the Bellarmine University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Louisville, Kentucky. He received an entry-level Bachelor’s of Health Science (’87) and a post-professional Masters in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (’96) from the University of Kentucky. He was recognized as an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities (ABPTS) Sports Certified Specialist in 1994, and recertified in 2004. He received his Doctor of Health Science (’10) from the University of Indianapolis where his research investigated the effects of prehabilitation on selected pre and post operative outcome measures in patients with knee osteoarthritis and total knee arthroplasty.  His teaching, clinical and research interests are in the examination and rehabilitation of lower extremity musculoskeletal conditions.



Bryan Bond, DC
Professor/Director of Research
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Saint Mary

Dr. Bond received his B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He earned his B.S. in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees from the National University of Health Sciences, and spent several years in private practice before joining Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCC) in 2002. While employed at CCC, Dr. Bond taught a variety of courses including biomechanics, geriatrics, and management of musculoskeletal conditions and served as a Research Fellow at the Cleveland Research Center from 2007-2008. After ten years as teaching faculty at CCC, he accepted a full-time faculty position at the University of Saint Mary (USM) in Leavenworth, Kansas. Dr. Bond currently holds the rank of Professor and is also the Director of Research in the Department of Physical Therapy at USM. Currently, he instructs biomechanics and musculoskeletal assessment courses at USM. Dr. Bond holds a M.S. Degree in Biomechanics from the University of Kansas and currently seeks a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Duane Button, PhD
Assistant Professor
Memorial University
St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Duane Button PhD Headshot Dr. Button completed his bachelor and master degrees from the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). Following his masters, Dr. Button received a Ph.D. in 2008 from the Spinal Cord Research center, Department of Physiology, University of Manitoba. Currently Dr. Button is an assistant professor at the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University. Dr. Button has over 16 peer-reviewed publications on how the nervous system responds to acute and chronic activity or lack thereof. He also has extensive experience in personal training and fitness testing. He is a course facilitator for the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Certified Exercise Physiologist and Certified Personal Trainer certification programs.


Juan Carlos Colado, PhD
Professor and Degree Coordinator
Department of Physical Education and Sports
University of Valencia
Valencia, Spain
Dr. Juan Colado Dr. Colado received his PhD in Physical Education and Sport. He has been given a professional award by the Spanish Fitness Industry. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Physical Education and Sport, Degree Coordinator of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and Laboratory Coordinator of Physical Activity and Health at the University of Valencia (Spain). Dr. Colado is an international presenter and master trainer of teachers and professionals since 1998. He has authored several books and scientific articles about physical conditioning and is a scientific reviewer of international journals. He continues to be a scientific and technical advisor in leading companies in the field of physical conditioning equipment for fitness and wellness.  

Jeff Forman, PhD, NCTMB
Professor of Physical Education and Massage Therapy and Program Coordinator
De Anza College
Cupertino, California
Dr. Jeff Forman Dr. Forman has been a professor of Physical Education at De Anza College in Cupertino, Ca. for 34 years and Massage Therapy Program Coordinator for the past 20 years. He received his B.S. in Physical Education and M.Ed. in Adapted Physical Education/Corrective Therapy from Springfield College Springfield Massachusetts. His Ph.D. in Human Behavior was from USIU San Diego. He is a popular speaker and an author, his most recent book "Managing Physical Stress with Therapeutic Massage" Cengage 2007. He is currently researching one aspect of Active Muscle Therapy- the effects on strength and flexibility achieved when light eccentric resistance is combined with deep stripping massage.

Jay Greenstein, DC
Sport & Spine Rehab
Fort Washington, Maryland
Dr. Jay Greenstein Dr. Greenstein is the CEO of the Sport and Spine Companies, a multi-location, multi-disciplinary, evidenced-based practice in the Washington DC Metro region. He is also the President and Founder of the Sport and Spine Rehab Clinical Research Foundation, a 501-c3 dedicated to high quality, clinical research. He serves on the CCGPP as the Vice Chair and represents CCGPP on the Chiropractic Summit and the Government Relations Committee. He is also the past Public Relations Chairman for the Virginia Chiropractic Association, and is the past Insurance Chairman for the Maryland and Virginia Chiropractic Associations. He was Chiropractor of the Year in 2010 for both state associations. His experience provides him with unique insight as he consults on the importance of evidenced-based care, presenting the right message to the public and ensuring optimal and efficient operations to effect expedient payment for services. In addition to taking post graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business Schools, he is trained as a Green Belt in Six Sigma Quality Assurance Management. Dr. Greenstein sits on multiple community and business advisory boards in healthcare, banking and information technology.

Andre Labbe, PT, MOMT
Director of Clinical Services
A&K Physical Therapy
New Orleans, Louisiana
Andre Labbe Andre is a owner & physical therapist at A&K Physical Therapy. He is active in clinical practice and research. His current research interests include elastic resistance dosing and surface electromyography. He is an instructor for the Thera-Band Academy, and has lectured around the world.

Michael Rogers, PhD, CSCS, FASCM
Department Chair and Professor
Dept. of Human Performance Studies
Wichita State University, Kansas
Dr. Michael Rogers Dr. Rogers is a professor of exercise science, the chair of the department of human performance studies, and research director for the Center for Physical Activity and Aging at Wichita State University. His research focuses on developing evidence-based programs to improve balance, strength, and function in older adults. He is regularly invited to present on these programs in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is a fellow of the ACSM and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  

Robert Topp, PhD, RN
Professor & Assistant Dean for Research
College of Nursing, Marquette University
Milwaulkee, WI
Dr. Robert Topp Dr. Topp is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Marquette University College of Nursing. Dr Topp has conducted extramurally funded research for the past 25 years which has examined the impact of various forms of exercise including resistance training on the health and functioning of older adults. His findings are widely published, presented and include over 90 papers published in scientific journals and over 200 presentations presented at regional, national and international conferences. His current programs of research involve examining the effect of prehabilitation before surgery on rehabilitation among total knee replacement patients. Another ongoing research project involves comparing cryotherapy (application of ice) with menthol gel on blood flow, pain and muscle performance among healthy young adults. A final ongoing project Dr Topp in conducting involves improving the nutrition and physical activity habits of incoming college freshman through peer-based interventions.

Timothy Tyler, MS, PT, ATC
Clinical Research Associate
Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine & Athletic Trauma
New York, NY
Tim Tyler Tim is physical therapist in private practice in New York. He is also a Research Associate at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital. His research interests include developing new objective measurements and evidence based rehabilitation guidelines. He has been published in several journals and texts.

Leo Y.L. Wang, PT, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, Associate Director
Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine of First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University
Guangzhou, China
Dr. Leo Wang Leo obtained his undergraduate degree in sports rehabilitation from Shanghai Sports University and master degree of public health from Sun Yat-sen University, and completed his PhD in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has more than 16 years’ clinical experience in the management of musculoskeletal disorders and accomplish in traditional Chinese massage and exercises. His research interests include sports physiotherapy, QOL and, epidemiological study in MSD. His PhD project is focused on the mechanisms of pain and mental stress among sedentary individuals using computer. He is currently on the Director of Physical Therapy Branch of Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Director of Executive Committee of the Physical Therapy of Guangdong Provincial Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. 

Kathleen Wolin, ScD
Associate Professor
Department of Public Health Sciences
Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois
Kate Wolin PhD Headshot Dr. Wolin's research focuses on translation of epidemiology and behavioral science into clinical care, specifically the implementation of interventions in cancer prevention and oncology care. Her research program is focused in three primary areas: 1) the role of physical activity and obesity in cancer etiology and post-treatment outcomes, 2) the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions in cancer survivorship care, and 3) the association of lifestyle with post-treatment health outcomes in cancer survivors. Dr. Wolin's research lab employs observational and intervention study designs to examine these questions. Dr. Wolin completed her doctorate in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health with minors in biostatistics and health behavior. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in cancer epidemiology at Northwestern University.