Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

Ricketts Hall 305, Troy
518-244-4603
vittod@sage.edu

Education

Doctor of Science, Orthopedics, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, 2004

Dissertation: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Investigation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Acute Injury in an Outpatient Orthopedic Population.

M.S., Public Administration, Sage Graduate School, 1981
Thesis: Development of a Physical Therapy Private Practice

B.S., Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston Bouvé College, 1978
Thesis: Physical Therapists’ Knowledge of National Health Care

Certifications

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist June 2003-2013, 2013-2023

Clinical Practice

Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Courses Taught

  • PTY 612: Patient/Client Management: Musculoskeletal System II
  • PTY 613: Patient/Client Management: Musculoskeletal System III
  • PTY 769: Capstone Experience: Faculty Mentored Research Project

Research

The Effect of Static Stretching versus Isometric Contraction on Hamstring Flexibility

Does a line dancing program effect measures of balance, strength, endurance and quality of life in community dwelling well elders?

Interests

health and wellness, orthopedics, aquatic physical therapy 

Publications

Hakey-Brusgul J, Vittone D, Balzer K, Haulzman Z, Mol K, Shiels K. Do the Scores of Functional Movement ScreenTM Correlate to Performance in Female Collegiate Level Soccer Players? APTA of MA Annual Conference October 2013

O’Neill-Warner L, Vittone D, Hakey-Brusgul J, Haskvitz Er. Use of the Hypothesis-Oriented Algorithm for Clinicians II in Evaluating a 14 Year-Old Female with Elbow Pain from Playing Volleyball. APTA CSM January 2013

Sleeman K, Hakey-Brusgul J, Vittone D. Using the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice in the Management of a Patient with Secondary Lymphedema of the Lower Extremity: A Case Report. APTA CSM February 2012 Chicago IL

Vittone D, Hakey-Brusgul J. Exercise for Reducing Neck Pain and Enhancing Dynamic Stability. Eastern District of NYPTA and The Sage Colleges. The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY Sept 10, 2011 4 hour presentation

Kenny C, Vittone D, Hakey-Brusgul J. The Effect of Static Stretching versus Isometric Contraction on Hamstring Flexibility: a Pilot Study. American College of Sports Medicine. June 2011 Denver, CO.

Jarosz W, Vittone  D, Hakey-Brusgul J, Haskvitz E. The Physical Therapist Management of Posterior Cervical Pain with a Core Muscle Strengthening Exercise Program: a Case Report APTA of Massachusetts Physical Therapy Conference and Exposition. November 2010; Marlboro, MA.

Mott G, Hakey-Brusgul J, Vittone  D. The Use of Manual Physical Therapy in the Treatment of Sacroiliitis: A Case Report. APTA of Massachusetts Physical Therapy Conference and Exposition. November 2010; Marlboro, MA.

Nicholson S, Bonk E, Brox N, Welk P, Ickes D, Loughran M, Swanick K, Whitney S, Vittone D. You’re on trial for malpractice: Will you lose your license? Panel discussion PT 2009: APTA’s Annual Conference June 2009 Baltimore, Maryland

Swanick K, van Duijn, A Vittone D. Perceptions of Clinical Instructors on the Use of Spinal Manipulation Following a One Day Training Course Platform presentation APTA June 2008 San Antonio TX

Swanick K, van Duijn, A Vittone D. Perceptions of Clinical Instructors on the Use of Spinal Manipulation Following a One Day Training Course Poster presentation IFOMT June 2008 Netherlands

Darroch M, Vittone D. Physical Therapy Management for a Latissimus Dorsi Tendon Transfer after an Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tear: A Case Report. APTA of Massachusetts Physical Therapy Conference and Exposition. November 2006; Marlboro, MA.

Vittone D, Gras L, Keating E, Fergus A. Investigation of Teaching Domestic Violence Education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum.  APTA of Masschusetts, Physical Therapy Conference and Exposition. October 2005; Norwood, MA.

Vittone D, Gras L, Dewhirst J, Hickling E. An Investigation of Physical Therapy Outcomes in Victims of Physical Injury with Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. APTA of Masschusetts, Physical Therapy Conference and Exposition. October 2005; Norwood, MA.

Vittone D, Hickling E, Blanchard E, Mitnick N, Taylor A. PTSD: An Investigation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Acute Injury in an Outpatient Orthopedic Population. American Physical Therapy Association of MA. October 2004; Worcester, MA.

Vittone D, Brown L, Mousaw J. Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant Knowledge Base Regarding Domestic Violence. American Physical Therapy Association Scientific Meeting and Exposition. June 2004; Chicago, IL.

Accomplishments

APTA Service Award Ethics and Judicial Committee 1999
APTA of MA Service Award Ethics Committee 1994

Professional Organizations

American Physical Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association Section on Aquatic Physical Therapy
American Physical Therapy Association Section on Orthopedics
American Physical Therapy Association Section on Private Practice
American Physical Therapy Association Section on Sports Physical Therapy
American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health

Service

National:
American Physical Therapy Association Ethics and Judicial Committee (chair/member)American Physical Therapy Association Massachusetts Delegate (13 years)
American Physical Therapy Association Task Force on Physician Owned Physical Therapy Practice
American Physical Therapy Association Aquatic Section Specialty Practice Analysis Task Force (member)

State:
Physical Therapy Provider Network of New England (president)
American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts Ethics and Bylaw Committee (chair/member)

Sage:
The Sage Graduate Schools Curriculum Committee
Russell Sage College Curriculum Review Committee
Russell Sage College Academic Standards Committee
Physical Therapy Policies and Procedures Committee, (chair)

Partnerships

AARMS
Advanced Accounts Receivable Management Services
290 First Street Second floor
Pittsfield, MA 01201
http://www.aarms.com/

Western Massachusetts Physical Therapy PC
290 First Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-443-4246
413-443-0737 (fax)
http://www.wmpt.com/

PTPN of NE
Physical Therapy Provider Network of New England
36 Burbank Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
http://www.ptpn.com/

http://www.physiquality.com/

Personal Interests

Family activities, hiking, kayaking, quilting