Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency

About the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

The Connecticut Orthopaedics Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a year long program beginning in August each year. The program is conducted at state-of-the-art Connecticut Orthopedics Sports Therapy | Rehab locations with highly trained faculty and mentors. The program is currently seeking ABPTRFE accreditation. Click here to apply


Provide an advanced evidence-based curriculum to orthopedic physical therapists along with excellent mentoring to assist residents to develop the knowledge, skills, and affective behaviors of an orthopedic specialist who will contribute to the profession and provide excellent patient care to improve community health. The program is dedicated to continuous improvement and strategic initiatives.

Program Outline

The program averages around 30 hours per week in clinic focused on patient care and 10 hours per week on educational material. The program offers a broad and diverse set of educational opportunities including but not limited to:

  • One on one mentorship with OCS credentialed Physical Therapists including training in hands on manual skills, exercise prescription, communication skills and all aspects of patient care
  • Observation of surgeries ranging from joint replacement to arthroscopy and spine surgeries to better understand post op rehabilitation
  • Opportunities to learn diagnostic imaging from radiology techs and radiologists
  • Regular journal club to stay on top of current evidence with like-minded clinicians
  • Workshop Wednesday to practice manual therapy and hands on skills with experts on the techniques
  • Time set aside to discuss progress, projects, goals, and patient care with feedback to ensure fulfilling and educational experience for each resident
  • Case studies and case reports
  • Many more opportunities!

Application Requirements

  • Completion of RF-PTCAS application to include:
  • CV
  • Essay describing reasons for applying to the residency program
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants must

  • Be a graduate of CAPTE accredited Physical Therapy program
  • Hold a valid Connecticut Physical Therapy license prior to program start date
  • Applicants will be invited to interview with program faculty prior to selection


Outcomes to be published by the program include completion rate, graduation rate, and board pass rate

Program Clinical Faculty/Mentors

Lauren Fior OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Michael Goldsmith PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Alicia Pascale PT, DPT, OCS

Kelly Perez-Creane PT, DPT, OCS

Elizabeth Shea PT, DPT, OCS

Kristin Tusa PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CF-L1

Kelsey Zielinski, BSRS, PT, DPT, OCS, CSC

Program Leadership

Tracey Llewellyn PT, DPT, OCS


Brittany Soda PT, DPT, OCS


Chris Miller PT, DPT, CSCS

Program Director 


Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions about the program to CMiller@ct-ortho.com