Sports Residency Seminar I: Lower Extremity

Los Angeles, California
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Course Instructor Biographies: 

Max Barosso, PT, DPT, SCS
Dr. Max Barroso is an Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Dr. Barroso provides physical therapy services the University Park Campus and specializes and orthopedic and sports injuries. Dr. Barroso is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Dr. Barroso is a mentor and clinical instructor for entry leve lDPT students and sports physical therapy residents. Additionally,he serves as the coordinator for the Sports Physical Therapy Residency where he provides administrative support, program development, and lectures and leads didactic coursework.

Aimee Diaz, PT, SCS, ATC
Dr. Aimee Diaz is the Director of the Sports Residency at the University of Southern California. She has been a member of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy faculty since 2007.  She treats patients at USC University Hospital, Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, where she has been on staff since 2004.  In addition to her residency and patient care responsibilities, she also teaches in the entry-level DPT program with the 3rd-year students.  Prior to moving to southern California, Dr. Diaz was the Rehabilitation Coordinator and a Staff Certified Athletic Trainer at Northwestern University.  She currently lives in Long Beach with her husband, Paul, and their daughter, Mackenzie.

Paul Diaz, MA, ATC
Paul currently serves as Associate Athletic Trainer for the University of Southern California, with primary sport responsibilities in baseball.  Prior to working with the USC baseball team, he was one of the athletic trainers with USC’s football team for 12 seasons.  He attended Cal Poly Pomona for his Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology and attended both San Jose State and Fresno State University for his Masters of Arts in Kinesiology. Prior to working for USC, Diaz worked at Northwestern University, working primarily with the football program with oversight responsibilities of the men's and women's tennis teams and wrestling team.

Charles W. Flowers, Jr., MD
Dr. Charles W. Flowers Jr., MD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Opthalmology at Keck School of Medicine of USC.  He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1985 and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1989. During his time as a medical student he was honored as a national medical fellowship scholar. Following his ophthalmology residency training at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine in Los Angeles, California, he completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship in the USC Department of Ophthalmology where he was the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Resident Training. Dr. Flowers has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s top eye surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Council for his expertise in cornea and refractive surgery.
Dr. Flowers’ research focuses on identifying best practices for deploying teleophthalmology to screen for diabetic retinopathy in urban medically underserved communities. In addition, he conducts investigations on the use of Anterior Segment OCT as a tool for refractive surgery screening and Posterior Segment OCT of the optic nerve as a tool for assessing post concussion syndrome. In addition, Dr. Flowers is involved in identifying best practices for sports visual enhancement

Ani Khatchadourian, PsyD 
Dr. Ani Khatchadourian is a clinical neuropsychologist licensed in the state of California (PSY 28265). Dr. Khatchadourian specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of children, adolescents, and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, language issues), medical conditions and treatments affecting the central nervous system (e.g., neural tumors, epilepsy, stroke, genetic disorders, late effects of cancer treatments,), traumatic brain injury/sports concussions, emotional and behavioral issues, and other conditions that may impact cognitive, academic, or social functioning. Her evaluations are focused on determining strengths and weaknesses for educational and treatment planning.

In addition to her work in neuropsychological evaluations, Dr. Khatchadourian has a secondary specialization in cognitive training in executive functions, or "executive skills coaching."  Dr. Khatchadourian works with school aged, high school, and college-level students with executive functioning difficulties to help teach them skills related to organization, time management, planning, prioritizing, focusing, and study strategies to optimize their learning. Dr Khatchadourian combines her training and experiences in behavior management and cognitive rehabilitation, along with her knowledge of client-specific neurocognitive profiles, to provide individualized interventions that are generalizable to the student's home, school, and interpersonal life. 

Dr. Khatchadourian earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology in 2012. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior/The Help Group. She has specialized experience evaluating and treatment planning for children, adolescents, and young adults with concussions, and as part of her postdoctoral training, was part of a multi-disciplinary sports concussion clinic at UCLA that helps serve the neurological, cognitive, academic, and psychosocial needs of youth with sports-related injuries. Dr. Khatchadourian has presented at multiple national and international conferences in the areas of clinical psychology and pediatric neuropsychology.  

John Meyer, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Meyer is the rehabilitation and performance consultant for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL, as well as other professional athletes. He was the Director of Rehabilitation for the Department of Athletic Medicine at the University of Southern California from 2005-2010, and still works part time at USC in the Department of Athletic Medicine. As a clinician, Dr Meyer has served the Los Angeles community over the last 13 years specializing in biomechanical movement analysis and its relationship with orthopedic and sports injuries. He utilizes functional exercise and manual physical therapy treatment techniques to rehabilitate a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine injuries.

Lisa Meyer, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Lisa Meyer has been a Physical Therapist in Southern California since May 2001, when she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California. She worked in private practice for eight years specializing in functional and movement based evaluations, manual therapy and activity specific functional exercise and rehabilitation programming. She worked with a variety of clients and diagnoses, but her focus was on getting people back to the activities they enjoy. She is Board Certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. She currently is an Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy at USC, teaching higher level evaluation and treatment skills in the DPT program. She also teaches and mentors in USC’s Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program, and other professional seminars. Lisa is a graduate from the Gray Institute for Functional Transformation (GIFT), where she enhanced her skills in functional rehabilitation. She is now an instructor for the GIFT program.

Susan Sigward, PhD, PT, ATC

Dr. Sigward is an Assistant Professor of Clinical PT. Dr. Sigward is an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist. Dr. Sigward is the Director of the USC Community Health and Wellness Research Center at CATZ. The Center is a collaborative project between the University of Southern California’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and the Competitive Athletic Training Zone, Physical Therapy Institute and Sports Performance Center in Pasadena, California. Dr. Sigward currently serves as a member of the Research Committee in the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Chair of the Biomechanics Special Interest Group, in the Section on Research of the APTA and the Chair of the California Research Special Interest Group in the California Chapter of the APTA. In addition, she is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, American Society of Biomechanics, American College of Sports Medicine, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.


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