Chatham University

Physical Therapy Program Alumni

Chatham DPT students and graduates enjoy the benefits of our expansive alumni network. Below is a small sampling of our esteemed alumni.

Pan Zhang, DPT ’09

Pan Zhang, DPT ’09

Pan is a 2009 Graduate from Chatham’s DPT program. Upon graduation, she started her clinical practice at an outpatient facility that specialized in workers compensation. During that time, she became a certified manual therapist through the Manual Therapy Institute, and went on to obtain her FAAOMPT in 2013. She now works as a clinic director at Keystone Physical Therapy at the Waterfront clinic. Her treatment focuses on orthopedic outpatient physical therapy, emphasizing individualized treatment programs to target the “cause of the cause” of patient’s dysfunctions. She also is the CCCE for the North and South Pittsburgh markets for Keystone Physical therapy, and is an adjunct faculty at the University of Pittsburgh for the Musculoskeletal course.

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Pittsburgh and spending time with family, friends, and her new puppy. She also teaches and performs aerial silks with the Pittsburgh Dance Center in Bloomfield.

Michael Ricchiuto, MPT ’01, EMT-P

Michael Ricchiuto, MPT ’01, EMT-P Since 2007 Michael Ricchiuto, MPT EMT-P (Chatham University 2001) has owned Physical Therapy Now LLC, an outpatient physical therapy clinic. The focus of his practice is on providing one-on-one individualized and specialized physical therapy care to those who are injured and ill. Michael has embraced wellness as a focal point for integrating physical therapy services to meet the physical and mental demands of the injured patient in today’s healthcare environment. In his practice, Michael has emphasized the importance of a comprehensive analysis of a patient’s life, along with direct time spent with the patient, to help these individuals to achieve their goals. Michael continues to achieve excellence in rehabilitation while implementing the latest and most effective physical therapy techniques.

Jeffrey S. Rothman, DPT ’02, OCS

Jeffrey S. Rothman, DPT ’02, OCS

Jeffrey S. Rothman graduated from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV with a BS in Exercise Physiology from the WVU School of Medicine in 1999. He then returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to complete a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Chatham University. Jeffrey was board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2008.

 

Clinically, Jeffrey remains active within the inpatient acute care/intensive care, hospital outpatient and orthopedic rehabilitation as a staff physical therapist at UPMC Shadyside, and currently as a facility director of a corporate/university outpatient Centers for Rehab Services office in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Jeffrey is currently an adjunct faculty member at Chatham University School of Physical Therapy as a Laboratory Assistant in the Musculoskeletal Curriculum and applicant interviewer for prospective graduate student. He has received certification through the American Physical Therapy Association as an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor of students. He also regularly provides community outreach for local community centers and public libraries on health care and physical therapy topics of health and wellness. Moreover, he remains a steadfast member and leader within the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association at the District and Chapter level in various capacities since 2002, serving multiple terms as Director of the Southwest District of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association and currently as Nominating Committee Chair and Webmaster.

In his free time, Jeffrey is an avid traveler, runner, big band jazz musician, and enthusiastic lover of food, craft beer, and cheering on his alma mater!

Jessica Zink, DPT ’07

Jessica Zink, DPT ’07 Jessica Zink earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2007. After graduation she worked at UPMC Southside Hospital as a Float PT, primarily covering inpatient rehab and acute care. After Southside merged with UPMC Mercy Jessica became a Staff Physical Therapist in the General Rehabilitation unit of UPMC Mercy Hospital. In 2010 she moved to Gifhorn, Germany with her husband and infant daughter, where she was made to jump through an unforeseen amount of hoops to have her education recognized, a process prolonged by the birth of her second child. She has worked in Acute Care as well as a Geriatric rehabilitation unit in the local regional hospital in Gifhorn, and has recently transitioned to outpatient practice. In Germany Physical Therapists are not able to diagnose, have to treat according to MD instruction, and direct access is a far off dream. In outpatient practice new grads are only allowed to bill for therapeutic exercise, and any other billable services require extra continuing education, many being in excess of two weeks, and a certificate of completion. Jessica recently completed her certification in Manual Lymph Drainage and is currently working on her certificate for treatment of CNS dysfunction. Jessica credits Chatham for teaching her professionalism and adaptability and for giving her the tools to succeed in any setting, in any country.