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Movement is Medicine™ Summit

Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center ~ Phoenix, AZ

November 8th – 9th, 2019

Mike Studer, PT

Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991. He received his post-professional MHS degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis. He has been
board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995 and has been designated a Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) by the Academy of Geriatric PT since 2011. Mike has served as the Vice-president of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the APTA and has been the chair and vice-chair of several special interest groups at the national level in each of the Academies of Neurologic and Geriatric PT, including Balance and Falls, Stroke, and the Practice Committee in neurology.

He is a full-time treating therapist at and founder of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates, in Oregon. Mr.Studer has presented courses and published articles on neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation since 1995 and has authored and co-authored over 30 articles on topics of neurology and geriatrics, as well as several book chapters on stroke, cognition, PD, and preventative care as well. Mike is now regularly a guest lecturer on a national and international basis at several universities and national meetings on the topics of dual task rehabilitation, concussion, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, balance, motor control, motor learning in rehabilitation and sport performance, cognitive impairment and case management. He was awarded the 2011 Clinician of the Year by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy – a section of the American Physical Therapy Association – and in 2014 the same award by the Academy of Geriatric PT – the first to receive
this national distinction from each entity.

Christopher Dito

Christopher Dito is a Health and Wellness coach, Performance Trainer and the President/Founder of 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Made for Mótus.

At the age of 13, Christopher was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A and by the age of 25 he was wheelchair bound. After 2 operations consisting of 26 procedures and relearning how to walk, Christopher began further pursuing his interest in human biomechanics and health and wellness. This journey lead to a passion and determination to help others around the world suffering from disabilities and physiological limitations.

Christopher has traveled to places such as South Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, The Netherlands, and London advocating his work and helping others suffering from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and other disabilities. In addition to his support and speaking to the community, Christopher has also started a program called “Go Global” a Made for Mótus mission in which participants are put through a 6-8 week program and taught the necessary tools to improve their quality of life.

His approach to health education and physical training tends to fall outside of the box and stray from the standard course of action. Christopher states, “My willingness to keep an open mind and my understanding that scientific truths are not always final allow me to abandon yesterday’s beliefs, continue my growth, and help others on a greater level.”

Jamal Hill

At a young age, Jamal Hill found his love for swimming through a local YMCA “Mommy & Me” swim class. The Los Angeles native was a natural born swimmer, and has continued his aquatics career throughout his life.

In elementary school, Hill began to swim competitively until he suffered a shoulder injury in 5th grade. Once his shoulder healed, Jamal began training with Conrad Cooper, a local community swim instructor who encouraged his talent. At 10 years old, Jamal was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth after falling victim to a bout with paralysis. After Hill’s recovery, his parent’s encouraged him to never be discouraged by his impairment, and instead to use it as an opportunity to overcome challenges and inspire others


Hill attended Junipero Serra Catholic High School in Gardena, California. During his high school career, he swam on the varsity swim team while being an honors student. He developed an interest in medicine which influenced his decision to major in Physics and minor in French at a college in Ohio. After three years of enhancing his craft, Hill left Ohio for the University of Southern California (USC) under the tutelage of Coach Dave Salo, to continue working out with the elite Trojan swim team, which he did through May 2017.

The discipline and determination of Hill helped him maximize the opportunity Coach Salo offered him. He used the training ground to challenge himself, enhance his skills, self-reflect, and network with other swimmers. While attending a UCLA swim meet, Hill noticed one person consistently swam better than him; that person was Luke Pechmann. The two swimmers became fast friends and, Pechmann introduced Hill to his coach, Wilma Wong, who subsequently agreed to take him under her wing. Under the coaching of Wong, Hill has concentrated tremendously on his technique while improving his ranking over a one-year period form unranked-amateur, to Ranked #1 in the Entire Nation.

Current Journey

Since 2014, Hill has worked as a lifeguard for the County of Los Angeles. He recently began an initiative to teach One-Million people to swim through private lessons, ad partnerships with swim schools worldwide, in an attempt to lower the global drowning rate. This fall, he will test for certification as a Los Angeles County Fire Department Ocean Lifeguard. The certification also carries a credential as a licensed paramedic.

These licenses and certifications are all part of his preparation for the 2020 Paralympics in Japan, where he will compete in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay, the 4×100-meter medley relay, the mixed 4×50 meter relay, the men’s 50-meter freestyle race, and the men’s 100-meter backstroke race. His success in Japan will move him closer to his ultimate goal — the 2024 Paralympics in Paris, France.

Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD

Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD is Director of the Foot and Ankle Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Co-Director of the Cedars-Sinai/USC Dramatic Arts Dance Medicine Center. Dr. Pfeffer’s primary clinical interests involve reconstruction of the foot and ankle. His current research focuses on the three-dimensional imaging of complex deformity in patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease.

He is a past president of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the American Association of Foot and Ankle surgeons, and the California Orthopaedic Association. He served on the national board of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Pfeffer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He has written articles for numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and edited seven books on the foot and ankle, including Advanced Reconstruction of the Foot and Ankle; Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Foot and Ankle; Current Practice in Foot and Ankle Surgery; Chronic Ankle Pain in the Athlete; Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care; and the Annotated Bibliography of the Foot and Ankle. Dr. Pfeffer is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Orthopaedics, serves on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel for Devices and Radiological health, and reviews for multiple orthopaedic Journals. He lectures internationally, most recently with a focus on total ankle replacement and Charcot-Marie-Tooth reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Pfeffer received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a surgical internship and orthopedic residency. Dr. Pfeffer completed fellowships in both foot and ankle surgery at the University of Texas, Houston and hand and microvascular surgery at the University of California, San Diego. After completion of his training, he served for six months with Project Hope as a volunteer orthopedic surgeon overseas.

Dr. Pfeffer has shared his expertise through many media outlets, including ABC News, the Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Dateline NBC, the Los Angeles Times, Good Morning America, the New York Times, People magazine, Readers’ Digest, Runner’s World magazine, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Brielle Carter

Brielle is an accomplished fitness trainer, educator, instructor and supervisor, with diverse experience in fitness, exercise and training programs and recreation facilities. At the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Strength & Conditioning and Wellness Promotion. She earned a Master of Science in Sport Management (CAAHEP Accredited) from East Stroudsburg University, PA. Brielle is an adjunct faculty member for Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, teaching courses such as Healthful Living and Introduction to Strength & Conditioning.

Brielle holds certifications in Personal Training, Group Fitness, Indoor Cycling, Insanity, Level 1 Yoga Fit, and is a certified American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor. Brielle is a member and Arizona state director elect of the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association. Brielle began her journey with SpoFit as a group fitness instructor and later joined our team as a Program Coordinator before being promoted to Manager. She has a personal love for fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Brielle resides in the valley with her husband Phillip and their son, Jaxton, who is 1 ½ years old.

Tara Emerson
Tara is a fitness influencer, certified trainer, and group fitness instructor, who was named one of Los Angeles’ best instructors by Class Pass. She has been in athletics her whole life. In fact, her father is a professional tennis coach, so you could say coaching runs in her DNA. 
Movement is so important to Tara because she lives with CMT2A. By maintaining her physical and spiritual strength, she has been able to defy many challenges associated CMT. She plays to her strengths, focuses on her abilities (not her disability), and owns her own unique journey as an athlete. As a coach, she is able to connect with people on a different level because she understands individual obstacles, how some days it is frustrating to even stand on your own two feet, but she motivates and inspires with her infectious energy and smile.
Tara has been featured on Popsugar Fitness, FabFitFun TV, MoveWith app and has her own online training program.
Eric Kaye

Eric is the founder and CEO of KayeZen. Before founding KayeZen, Eric was a Vice Chairman of UBS Investment. Prior to UBS – Eric ran the Mergers & Acquisitions Department for Robertson Stephens where he advised the firm’s semiconductor and networking equipment clients. He is currently a director of Owl Rock Capital – a New York Stock Exchange Listed company.

Eric is relatively new to the physical therapy and fitness world. As you will learn from his presentation – Eric’s foray into physical therapy and functional training started when he broke piece a piece disc off in his back while working out a number of years ago.

The VECTOR has come a long way over the last 5 years and was first launched commercially in early 2019 – Eric will take you through the evolution of the technology and the applications it has for CMT, physical therapy and sports performance.

We are excited about the partnership we have established with KayeZen and look forward to sharing exercises developed by our keynote speaker Mike Studer – we hope you will have a chance to try some of these during the conference.