PTCS is currently hiring instructors to teach for PTCS in 2021 with our advanced training certifications
Master's degree in exercise science, exercise physiology or equivalent
Earned the prestigious certified strength & conditioning specialist.(C.S.C.S.) credential
Possess an advanced personal training certification, such as ACSM-HFS, CES, or equivalent
Have completed our rigorous comprehensive training program and earned CPRS certification
Have a minimum of 5 years personal training experience
Have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience
Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sports Physio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM, CPC
Chris received his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from SUNY Plattsburgh, his Master's Degree(MPT) in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University and he received his advanced Master's Degree in Musculoskeletal & Sports physiotherapy from the University of South Australia(equivalent to a U.S. Residency). Uniquely, Chris has been a personal trainer since 1996, changed careers in 1997 from Marketing to Physical Therapy.
His passion for learning is evident and contagious. He loves to present at conferences, private seminars and fitness venues. Chris has earned the prestigious C.S.C.S. credential through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2002. Chris has been a practicing physical therapist for 20 years with a strong clinical background in orthopedics, sports injuries and spinal dysfunctions and a personal trainer for 20 years. He has worked in hospital, industrial rehabilitation, outpatient, and private practice settings and has also been a fitness presenter for the past 15 years. He has created five dynamic live seminars for personal trainers, physical therapists and massage therapists, five home study and five Elearning courses on human movement. He is presently working as a physical therapist, presents at fitness conferences, teaches live seminars for PTCS and other continuing education companies while consulting on various fitness and health-related projects.
Elise Munn, MS, ATC, CPRS, CSCS, CAFS
Robert Ruffalo, PT, DC, CCSP, TPI, CGFI-MP3, CPRS
Irfan Ishani, PT, MPT, CPRS(Edmonton Canada)
Paolo Flocco (Italy)
DO, PT, CPRS
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Stephen Sefchick, MSA, MS, ACSM-CEP, NASM-CES/GFS, TPI
Stephen Sefchick lives in Hilton Head, SC with his wife April and Son Leo.
Stephen received his Bachelors of Science with focus in Exercise and Sports
Science from Bluefield College. He went onto complete his first Masters in
Science Administration with a focus on Leadership from West Florida
University. He then completed his second Master’s Degree, earning
Master's Degree of Science with a focus of Exercise and Sport Science.
He completed the well respected Clinical Exercise Physiologist through
A.C.S.M., he completed both NASM's Corrective Exercise Specialist
certification, is a golf exercise specialist and is TPI Certified.
Robert Ruffalo, PT, DC, CCSP, TPI, CGFI-MP3
Dr. Ruffalo is uniquely both an experienced physical therapist and
John Mennell, an orthopedist, and the late Dr. Janet Travell, who
Elise Munn, MS, ATC, CSCS, CPRS, CAFS
Elise graduated from The George Washington University magna cum laude with a degree in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. She is a board-certified Athletic Trainer and licensed in Colorado. Her other certifications and licenses include:
Certified Post-Rehabilitation Specialist
NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM)
Applied Functional Science (Gray Institute)
Irfan Ishani, PT, Master's in Physiotherapy, CPRS
Irfan's expertise has led him to work with a diverse population including the elderly, youth, athletes, and orthopaedic patients. With sports being a huge passion, his most memorable experiences have involved training teams and being the physiotherapist for the South Australia's Fitzroy Lions Aussie Rules Footy team, The Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League Championships as well as the Canadian Ismaili Games. He has also worked with some of the top level junior tennis players in the province and country and also has experience with treating Muay Thai fighters.
Having worked in a variety of settings, his breadth of knowledge in the field allows him to work with all types of patients and in all areas of the body, including the jaw, vestibular rehabilitation, and concussion management. Additionally, he is certified in dry needling
Paolo, Flocco DO, PT, CPRS
Paolo Flocco graduated in Physiotherapy from Sapienza University in 2006, completed the Diploma in Osteopathy in 2013 and the MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences of Health Professions in 2020. He has worked in international contexts and a lot in sports, with the Italian National Rowing Team, with Serie A players and the Italian National Rugby Team, with boxing athletes at European and world level.
Since 2014, he has been teaching advanced techniques to Physiotherapists in post-graduate courses. In addition to the professional activity in the studio, he is involved in dissemination as International Speaker at conferences, and teaching and research with the University "La Sapienza" of Rome. He always continues to update himself by attending courses, to offer the best solutions to his patients and the latest techniques to his students.