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Orthopedic Residency Program

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Enhance Your Career With the Highbar Orthopedic Residency Program

The Highbar Orthopedic Residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopedics.

Did you know?


Our residents earn a full salary and have no tuition costs

Get Ahead

Fewer than 5% of PTs in the U.S are Board-certified in Orthopedics


Highbar has the highest number of Board-certified clinicians in New England


We have both teaching and leadership opportunities


Residents have access to the OCS prep course to ensure exam success

About the program

What is a physical therapy residency program?

An Orthopedic Residency consists of advanced post-professional education in the specialty area of orthopedic physical therapy. Residencies utilize a multi-modal teaching approach consisting of 1:1 mentorship, didactic and laboratory education, and clinical experiences.

Clinicians that​ participate in an orthopedic residency do so for enhanced clinical knowledge and skills in the examination and treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions. There is also a significant increase in specialty examination pass rates for those who participate in residency versus those who self-study. Residents have access to the OCS prep course to ensure exam success.

Our program structure

A 12-month program providing advanced post-professional clinical and didactic education
Structured, faculty-led online curriculum
1:1 mentorship with a Board-certified clinician
Multiple laboratory intensives on advanced examination and treatment techniques
Management seminar with a focus on refining clinical reasoning and decision making
Teaching opportunities and post-residency OCS prep course


What can I expect to gain from this program?

• Earn quality didactic, laboratory, mentorship, and clinical learning experiences

• You will be prepared for board certification in orthopedics

• A direct path to becoming a clinical leader, resident mentor, or faculty member

Meet the Instructors

Dr. Bobby Dattilo PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist, Residency Director
Dr. Brendan Boyle DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist
Dr. Kayleigh Melroy PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist
Dr. Kevin Alexander PT, DPT, OCS
Clinic Director
Dr. Mara Hochman PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist
Dr. Mike Glassman DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist
Dr. Molly Douglass PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
Physical Therapist

Course timeline

Important Dates

January 2023              
Program start date

February 25-26                      
Lumbopelvic Lab

April 22-23                      
Cervicothoracic Lab

July 29-30                      
Upper Extremity Lab

September 1st - *Deadline has been extended to September 15th!*  
2024 Application deadline (RF-PTCAS)  

September 23-24                      
Lower Extremity Lab


Designed for ambitious leaders

Highbar’s Orthopedic Residency was designed by clinicians for clinicians. More specifically, the program is for physical therapists who are ambitious, driven to practice at the top of their license, and aim to be a leader in the field.

  • Pursuing clinical excellence and board certification
  • Seeking to practice at the top of the license
  • Ready to be challenged to grow through one-on-one mentorship
  • Wanting to advance their clinical skills exponentially in 12 months
  • Looking for a springboard to teaching and clinical leadership opportunities