Faculty/Mentors & Guest Speakers

Dr. Mohini Rawat


President, AAMU

Dr. Mohini Rawat, DPT, MS, ECS, OCS, RMSK is co-founder and president of American Academy of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. She is Fellowship director of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound program at Hands-On Diagnostics. She is board certified in Clinical Electrophysiology and Orthopaedics by American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and in Musculoskeletal Sonography by Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement.

She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH institute of Health Professions in Boston and her Masters in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California. She is faculty for courses in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and clinical electrophysiology in PT program and other continuing education courses. She has mentored hundreds of clinicians and has reviewed thousands of ultrasound studies. Dr. Rawat is a contributing author and wrote chapters on imaging in books. She has published articles and presented numerous musculoskeletal ultrasound courses, webinars and lectures in multiple professional conferences and organizations including the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting. She is the chair of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Neuromusculoskeletal Ultrasound Special Interest Group and holds other elected positions in American Physical Therapy Association.

She is Editor-in-chief of Journal of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management.

She is editor of a textbook in musculoskeletal ultrasound called Atlas of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound of the Extremities.

Dr. Kostas Rizopoulos


Vice President, AAMU

Dr. Kostas Rizopoulos, PT, DPT, MCMT, RMSK. He also holds a doctoral degree with a focus on business administration, marketing, PR and management. With Dr. Kostopoulos, he successfully established and managed the Hands-On Companies, a consortium of companies in the areas of Physical Therapy, Diagnostic Testing, and Education.

During his extensive experience in diagnostic testing and manual therapy, Dr. Rizopoulos has treated more than 100,000 patients over the last 30 years, and performed thousands of ultrasound diagnostic tests.

He has also co-authored several books with Dr. Kostopoulos, and numerous articles for professional journals.

Dr. Jon Jacobson


Jon A. Jacobson, MD is a Professor of Radiology and Director of the Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology in the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Jacobson is a board-certified musculoskeletal radiologist whose research interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI. His academic achievements include over 250 peer-reviewed publications and many invited national and international lectures or workshops. Dr. Jacobson has been a visiting professor on 43 occasions, is active in various medical societies, reviews for several journals, and has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards. Dr. Jacobson is the author of the textbook “Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound,” which is now in its third edition. Dr. Jacobson’s curriculum vitae and information about his musculoskeletal ultrasound global outreach efforts in Uganda can be found at www.jacobsonmskus.com.

Dr. Minna Kohler


Minna Kohler, MD, RhMSUS is the founder and Director of the Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, Immunology. Prior training includes a clinical/research rheumatology fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, a NIH-sponsored fellowship in Image-Guided Therapy in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and internal medicine residency at Lahey Clinic Medical Center. Dr. Kohler serves as key faculty for the MGH rheumatology fellowship and Spaulding PM&R residency programs (rotation director for rheumatology and ultrasound), and adjunct faculty to the MGH CURE (Center for Ultrasound Research Education) in the Department of Emergency Medicine, where she actively teaches MSKUS and ultrasound-guided procedures to physicians at all levels and Harvard medical students. She is the lead co-director for the annual Harvard MSKUS CME course and has been an invited speaker and instructor for numerous ultrasound courses nationally and internationally. Dr. Kohler has been a pioneer in promoting ultrasound training through the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) (MSKUS Education and RhMSUS certification exam subcommittees) and is a USSONAR (Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists) board member and faculty mentor. Dr. Kohler has educational/research interests in point-of-care ultrasound related to arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, vasculitis, and other rheumatic diseases. Clinical interests include: crystal arthritis (gout, pseudogout), osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis/ seronegative spondyloarthropathies, immunotherapy related or cancer-related inflammatory arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Her book: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatology Review is rated among one of the top rheumatology books per Book Authority.

Dr. Gina Ciavarra


Dr. Gina Ciavarra, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at NYU Langone Health, specializing in musculoskeletal radiology. She holds a medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2000) and a Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (2021). She completed her radiology residency at New York Presbyterian-Cornell and a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at the Hospital for Special Surgery. She is board certified in radiology through the American Board of Radiology as well as in clinical informatics through the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Ciavarra has performed numerous musculoskeletal ultrasound studies and ultrasound guided procedures. She has published articles and book chapters on the subject and lectured on the topic at various radiology and orthopedic conferences.

Dr. William R. Walter


Dr. William R. Walter, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology in the Musculoskeletal Division of the NYU Langone Health Department of Radiology where he also serves as the Program Director for the musculoskeletal radiology fellowship. Dr. Walter has a strong interest in multidisciplinary medical education and his clinical and research interests include outcomes of US-guided MSK interventions and image-guided peripheral nerve injections.

Dr. Phillip M. Steele


Dr. Phillip M. Steele, MD is Board Certified in Family Practice and completed an extra year of fellowship training to compete and become certified in sports medicine. In addition, he credentialed in RMSK (Registered Musculoskeletal Ultrasound) and is one of the top musculoskeletal ultrasound experts in the country. He has spoken at numerous medical conferences and is considered as one of the leading national and international experts on the evaluation and treatment of the brachial and cervical plexus using high-resolution ultrasound. He has chosen to specialize in non-operative sports medicine and IROM (interventional regenerative orthopedic medicine) to provide many regenerative techniques to help heal you.

Since his Sports Medicine fellowship, Dr. Steele has worked with the U.S, Ski team, traveling overseas for event coverage for the Nordic Combined and Cross Country Ski Teams. He was an athlete physician at Soldier Hollow Nordic venue during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and has worked as a Team Physician for University of Wyoming athletics.

During his eight years in Wyoming, Dr. Steele was integral in developing coaches’ sports medicine education programs for high school athletes and developed a special passion for the education and management of concussion in sports. Since moving to Montana, Dr. Steele has served on the High School Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and is actively promoting athletic safety for kids in Montana. Dr. Steele has also served on the Governor’s “Montana Youth Concussion Advisory Panel” task force.


Dr. Steele also specializes in diagnostic ultrasound for musculoskeletal injuries and nerve entrapment syndrome. By using ultrasound, he can look functionally at many joints, tendons, and nerves, allowing him to make a more accurate diagnosis. For diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Steele uses the combination of his years of experience in sports medicine, ultrasound diagnostics, and the newer therapy options of “regenerative medicine” to help heal chronic injuries. This comprehensive approach provides a functional perspective that not only looks to accurately diagnose injuries, but to also look for factors that may have contributed to the injury so we can provide the most effective treatment.

Dr. Steele also works as a faculty instructor for ultrasound procedural and diagnostic courses throughout the United States. He is an exam writer for the national board exam for Registered Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and is a frequent lecturer on the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosing and treatment of nerve entrapment syndromes.

With more than 10 years of experience using regenerative medicine treatments including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and adipose-derived stem cells, Dr. Steele is Montana’s most experienced practitioner regarding the use of biologics in healing musculoskeletal injuries. With his passion for treatment for sports injury, ultrasound diagnostics and expertise in nerve entrapment syndromes, Dr. Steele brings a unique perspective on healing injuries for all ages.

When Dr. Steele is not working, you will most likely find him mountain running with his wife and two golden retrievers in the hiking trails near his home, or coaching his Master’s cross country skiing group on the trails of MacDonald Pass.

  • Fellowship: MacNeal Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Illinois, 2000
  • Residency: Family Practice, University of Utah, Chief Resident, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1999
  • Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1996

Dr. Carles Pedret


Dr. Carles Pedret, MD is PhD in Medicine and Surgery from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Sports Medicine specialist from the Universitat de Barcelona. My main activity is the diagnosis, treatment and RTP process of muscle and tendon injuries, especially the ultrasound diagnosis and ultrasound guided procedures. Researching about the diagnosis and topography of muscle injuries and the pathophysiology of the tendon. I collaborate as external advisor to multiple professional teams of the English Premier League and Championship, Italian Serie A, Spanish Liga Santander and Liga 1 2 3 , China SuperLeague, Belgium Pro League and German Bundesliga (football), Spanish ACB basketball teams and NBA teams and advisor to the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation.

Dr. Vanessa M. Reddin


Vanessa M. Reddin, MD, PhD: Earned a B.A. in Biology with a minor in chemistry from University of Delaware in Newark, DE. She pursued a Ph.D. in Anatomy at Howard University and completed her dissertation research on immune-related molecules in the eye at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, MD. Following the completion of her Ph.D. she did a post-doctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai School of
Medicine in New York City. She has since been teaching anatomy to health science students, first at Touro College School of Health Sciences in Islip, NY and is currently an Associate Professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead, NY. She teaches in all parts of the anatomy/structure curriculum as part of the Department of Science Education.

Dr. Andie Cahoon


Dr. Andie Cahoon DPT, FMSK, RMSK hails from North Carolina where she earned her Biology and Physical Therapy degrees from Campbell University and Western Carolina University, respectively. Remaining in her home state of North Carolina, Dr. Cahoon is also the owner of Total Body Therapy and Wellness as well as Total Body Diagnostics. Her passion in revolutionizing the Physical Therapy field has led her to achieve proficiency and acknowledgement as a Registered Musculoskeletal Sonographer through the Alliance for Physician Certification and Achievement. Dr. Cahoon’s continued desire to better serve her community as well as bolster her repertoire of clinical skills, has led her to become a specialist in Lymphatic Therapy as well as a gamut of other specialties. Dr. Cahoon’s commitment to her patients is the main driving force in her ongoing pursuit and mastery of clinical knowledge and advancement.

Dr. Wayne Stokes


Dr. Wayne Stokes, MD has been in practice as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician, with a focus on the musculoskeletal system, for over twenty-five years. He has taught and trained medical students, Residents, and Fellows at Penn State, University of Utah, and New York University Rusk Rehabilitation. He holds current state medical licenses in New York and Utah. Dr. Stokes is dual board certified in PM&R and Sports Medicine. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Stokes is the former Director of Sports Medicine, Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship, and Director of Ultrasound and Musculoskeletal Education for Rusk Rehab. He currently is an independent medical provider at Utah Orthopedic Spine and Injury Center focusing on injuries to the peripheral joints, lumbar and cervical spine, and regenerative medicine injection treatments.

Dr. Joanne B. Stein


Dr. Joanne Borg Stein, MD is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in sports medicine. Dr Borg Stein grew up in a New York City suburb and completed undergraduate education at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Columbia University in NYC, where she was chief resident. She was a member of the faculty at Columbia for four years, then moved to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she has practiced for 30 years.

Dr Borg Stein is associate professor of PM&R at Harvard Medical School. She is the associate director of the Spaulding/Harvard Sports Medicine Fellowship. She is the director of Regenerative Medicine for Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine. She is also Associate Chair and Chief of Sports/Musculoskeletal Medicine for the Harvard Department of PM&R. Her research is focused on regenerative injection treatment for sports injury. She has authored many articles on treatment of musculoskeletal and sports injuries with regenerative injections and sports ultrasound and is chair of the Regenerative Medicine council of the American Academy of PM&R.

Dr Borg Stein lives in Sharon, Mass. She has three grown children and three grandchildren.

Dr. Elizabeth Bondi


Dr. Elizabeth Bondi, DPM is a Podiatrist and Instructor of Podiatric Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology: Sports Medicine. At DePauw, she was a member of the tennis and basketball teams. In 2007, she won a NCAA Singles National Championship in tennis and was a member of the NCAA National Championship basketball team. In addition, she received the Honda Award for Division III Female Athlete of the Year.

After graduation, she played on the ITF tennis circuit. She then earned a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a certificate in Healthcare Administration and Management from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She received a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 2015 and was recognized as a Swanson Scholar and additionally received The Orthotics Group Award for academic excellence. Thereafter, she completed her residency at the Yale Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program, serving as chiefresident during her final year. During her time at Yale, she also completed the Bako Podiatric Dermatology Mini Fellowship in Georgia. Since residency, she has become Board Certified by the ABPM with a CAQ in Sports Medicine. She is on the Board of Directors for the ASFP, a Fellow of the AAPSM, and a Diplomate of the ACPM. Additionally, she holds a certificate in musculoskeletal ultrasound of the lower extremity as well as the foot and ankle from AAMU. She is also currently working on completing her Master of Science in Forensic Sciences from National University.