Rob Burger, PT, DPT
As a physical therapist I aim to bring together a combination of faith, science, and the art of physical therapy. We have all been blessed with certain gifts, talents, and skills. I have received a thorough education in the body's systems and their interactions. Current research coupled with the God-given gifts for healing creates a dynamic combination we use to help you get better!
After office hours are done I enjoy spending time with my family the other #1 priority (beyond church - you know God and country are first, family and friends second and I am third). We coach our children's soccer teams and play an active role in their academics or other sports teams. We are either doing homework in the gym or in cars on the way to various events - the emphasis being that we are doing these things together. In our spare time, Patti sings in several church choirs and praise bands while I teach Sunday school and serve on several committees. Ashley is our oldest followed by Alyssa and Josh - all are wonderful children with bright futures. We have been truly blessed in all aspects of our lives and pray that you to will receive similar blessings.
"While in Physical Therapy School I felt the little voice inside calling me to private practice. After 5 years in a hospital setting, my wife and I took a leap of faith to open a private practice in physical therapy. The experience I gained working with sports medicine doctors and patients as well as work related injuries, wound care, and neurologic patients provided me a wide base of experiences from which to draw. Our core values have not changed: excellent clinical skills, personal attention, faith, teamwork, continuity of care. Once you are evaluated by a licensed physical therapist the treatment is carried out by that therapist and their team. Communication and teamwork become a paramount factor in your care. We strive to maintain personal attention and highly effective results. By getting to know our patients we can treat their person not just their ailments."
Since 1987 many factors have influenced the physical therapy care that we provide. Insurance coverage and legal issues have been influential. We now can treat a patient without a physician referral - most insurance plans recognize the advances in the profession. Limitations in insurance benefits also can limit our care - at least the number of visits and reimbursement - not the quality of services you receive. We continue to base our treatments on clinically effective, research-supported treatments. Having limited benefits forces a provider to be extremely effective - we must provide the best treatment for our patients.
Combining Art, Faith, Science
Physical Therapy is both an art and science. There are manual skills that we perform to relieve pain, restore joint motion, and relieve muscle tension. These skills are combined with a complete exercise program to restore strength and mobility to restore maximal function and limit disability. All treatment is based on scientific evidence to support treatment. "When we add faith to the mix - faith in God, in each other and in ourselves- we can get even better results."
- Member, American Physical Therapy Association (1985-present)
- Private Practice, Aquatics, Cardiopulmonary, Health Admin Sections
Member, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (1985-present)
- Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
- Nominating Committee 2001-2009, Chair (2002-2009)
- PAC Treasurer (1999-2005)
- Legislative Ambassador (1987-present)
- APTA Key Contact: Sen. Sherwood, Sen. Specter, Sen. Chair Task Force of Delegate Assembly (1997-1999)
- North Central District Director (1993-1999)
- Member-at-Large, Executive Committee (1997-1999)
- Delegate APTA House of Delegates (1993-1994)
- District Treasurer (1989-1991)
- District Vice Chair (1991-1993)
- University of Scranton, Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2008)
- Arcadia University, Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Magna Cum Laude (1987)
- Lycoming College, Bachelor of Science, Biology/Pre-Med, Magna Cum Laude (1985)
- Evidence In Motion, Executive Management Course (2009)
- Doctoral Degree, University of Scranton: Imaging, Pharmaceuticals, Differential Diagnosis, Case Management (2007-2008)
- PPTA Annual Conference (1988-present)
- McKenzie Treatment for Lumbar and Cervical Dysfunction, Parts A-D
- Management of TMJ Disorders
- University of Virginia, Sports Medicine Updates
- Cincinnati Sports Medicine Update
- Surgical and Non-surgical Management of Back Pain
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Dizziness and Vestibular Disorders - APTA Clinical Certification
- APTA Orthopedic Section Home Study Courses: Wrist/Hand, Shoulder, Knee, Hip, Back/Lumbar Spine, Neck/Cervical Spine
- Updates on Sports Injuries and Treatments - Baseball Injuries
- Maitland Approach Upper and Lower Extremity Dysfunction
- Wound Care Updates - Electric Stimulation
- AYSO Soccer Coach (1993-2009)
- ASA, Silver Bullets Volunteer Coach
- Pine Street U.M. Church
- Sunday School Teacher, Education Committee (1991-present)
- Stewardship Chair (2003-present)
- Finance Committee (2003-present)
- Church Council (1993-1998, 2003-present)
- Staff-Parish Chair (1993-1998)
- Lay Speaker (2004-2007)
- Mission Team (2008-present)
- YoungLife Committee, Treasurer 2007-present
Christine Tilburg, Physical Therapist
I have been a physical therapist for almost 24 years. I graduated from Beaver College (now known as Arcadia University) in 1986. I joined the Lycoming Physical Therapy team in October 2005 and truly enjoy working in this home-like, family oriented atmosphere. I feel blessed to work with such a great group of therapists and office staff who share similar values to my own. I also feel very fortunate to be able to my focus my therapy interest in the neurologic, balance, and vestibular areas.
- Beaver College (Arcadia University), BS in Physical Therapy (1986)
- Focused much of continuing education in area of Neurologic Dysfunction, balance, and vestibular disorders
- NDT- Neuro Developmental Training Certification
- Vestibular Disorders Association
Having grown up in this community, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to use my gift to give back to the community. I approach each individual I work with from a holistic perspective not only treating the body part with dysfunction, but the whole body, spirit, and mind. I attempt to give each person the individual attention he or she deserves.
- Children's extracurricular school and sport activities/ clubs
- Active in church activities and multiple committees:
- Youth Group Leader
- Family Promise
- Pastor Parish Relations
Vicki Shimko, Physical Therapist
I have been a physical therapist for 16 years, and have worked in various settings around the country throughout my career. As a pastor's wife, I have lived and worked in Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, New York, and now Pennsylvania. I have worked primarily in the inpatient acute rehabilitation setting, but have also worked with children in the pre-school and school systems, as well as outpatient clinics, acute care and subacute rehabilitation.
- 1994 Bachelors in Health Science, Physical Therapy, from University of Kentucky
I am passionate about neuroplasticity...the idea that we can affect how the brain tells the body to move. Many in the medical field are quick to say what you cannot do after a neurological injury, but I want to be the one to figure out with you what you can do. I consider it my calling to challenge others to push themselves to live out their full potential.
I have a special interest in seating and mobility, using wheelchairs and assistive technology to provide ability where there is disability. This has led me to being involved in wheelchair collection for the underprivileged as well as attending equipment expos to learn about the latest in medical equipment technology.
I am certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, a certified Brain Injury Specialist, as well as having specialized training in wheelchair evaluation and kinesiotaping.
Most of my community activities center around serving in the local church, or serving the local community through the church. As a mother of three young children, I am also involved in my children's school and extracurricular activities.
Donald Shipe ("Don"), Physical Therapist, DPT
Married in June 2010 to my fellow Physical Therapist wife and we moved to Milton after. I love to play and watch sports of any kind (when my new wife lets me), hunt, fish, worship, and watch funny movies at any time.
- Selinsgrove Area High School (2002)
- BS in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University (2006)
- DPT from University of Scranton (2010)
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
- Orthopedic and Cardiopulmonary Sections
- Active participant in District and State level professional conferences and meeting.
- Submitted professional case report for presentation at PPTA 2010 and APTA CSM 2011.
- Differential Diagnosis for Low Back Pain by Mike Timko
- Cardiopulmonary Boot Camp presented by Daniel Malone
- Active attendee of local Lutheran Church
Tom Janca, Physical Therapist
Having been born in the Chiagoland area back in 1967, I vowed from a very early age to grow up and move away to a "big City" area of the country without sub-zero freezing weather and ice storms in the winter. So how did I end up moving to the little hamlet of Arnot, PA (pop. 350) and working in Montoursville? Earning my BS degree in Exercise Science at Southern Illinois University seemed to be my ticket to independence.
Unfortunately, I found personal fitness training less fulfilling than I thought it would be. Years later, after I completed pre-requisite coursework in the mid-west, I moved to Philadelphia to attend Arcadia University and earn Master's degree in physical therapy by 2000. Wouldn't you know it…my first physical therapy job offer was in a little town called Wellsboro, PA. From Chicago to…little town Wellsboro? Since I was a "big city kind of guy", small town charm didn't seem too charming. But I took the job anyway (determined to move back to a big city the next year).
As fate would have it, two months after moving to Wellsboro, I met my "wife to be" in November 2000. We married in November 2001 and moved to Arnot, PA in 2003. Since then we've had three kids - Joshua, Abigail, and Josiah. In time, I learned that many of the "perks" of city life (crowded streets, pollution, traffic congestion and high taxes) weren't as attractive as hunting, hiking, trees, wide-open spaces, and wildlife. We still reside in Arnot but now work at Lycoming Physical Therapy in Montoursville and very much appreciate rural life and small town charm.
- MSPT, Arcadia University 2000
- "A Symposium of Strategies for Management of Low Back Pain" Sponsored by Arcadia Univ. Therapy Alumni Assoc and PT Dept. 3/11/00.
- "Orthopedics of the Aging Adult" (acute to long term care) 10/5/2001-10/6/2001.
- "Management of Lumbar Spine Dysfunction" (home study course) APTA 1/03.
- "Functional Rehabilitation of the Cervical Spine" (Sandy Burkhart) 5/04.
- "S1 Introduction to Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation" (Univ. St. Augustine) 8/04.
- "Comprehensive Treatment of the Shoulder" Great Lakes Seminars 1/06.
- "E1 Extremity Evaluation and Treatment" (Univ. St. Augustine) 2/06.
- "MT2--Basic Spinal" Maitland/Australian Physiotherapy Seminars 3/06.
- "S3 Cervical Spine" (Univ. St. Augustine) 7/06.
- "When the Foot Hits the Ground" American Physical Rehab Network (Philadelphia, PA) 3/2/07-3/4/07.
- "ERGO Science--Physical Work Performance Evaluation" 8/07.
- "Take the Next Step" American Physical Rehab Network (Philadelphia, PA) 3/7/08-3/9/08.
- Advanced Pain Assessment, Medical Screening and Biomechanical Differential Diagnosis for PT's (Sports Med of Atlanta) Mansfield, PA 10/25/08-10/26/08.
- "S2 Advanced Evaluation and Manipulation of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine and Pelvis" Scranton, PA, 12/19/08-12/21/08.
- "Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment; McKenzie A Lumbar Spine" with Dana Greene. Harrisburg, PA. 1/22/09-1/25/09.
- "Demystifying the Autistic Experience" Seminar by William Stillman Wellsboro, PA, 4/2009.
- "Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment; McKenzie B Cervical and Thoracic Spine" with Greg Silva. Mechanicsburg, PA, 9/11/09-9/13/09.
- Webinar: "Lumbar Stabilization Using Evidence to Link Land and Pool; Exercise" Beth Scalone PT DPT OCS, 11/19/2009.
- "Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment; McKenzie C Advanced Problem Solving" with Beata Smeala. Mechanicsburg, PA, 3./12/2010-3/14/2010.
- "DIR/FLOORTIME: Developmental relational Treatment of Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder" (Harrisburg).Esther B. Hess PhD 6/4/2010.
- "TMJ Diagnosis and treatment" Seminar by John Foster, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association 9/15/2010
- "Clinical Biomechanics and Manual Therapy For All Practice Environments: Lower Extremity and Lumbar Spine" by SportsMedicine of Atlanta, Inc. Robert DuVall PT SHS, MMSc, ATC, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, DAC, CSCS 11/13/2010-11/14/2010.
- "Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment; McKenzie D Advanced Problem Solving" with Mark Miller. Syracuse, NY, 3/3/2011- 3/6/2011
- "The McKenzie Case Manager" online course in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy 9/23/2011.
- McKenzie Certification Examination for Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment. October 1, 2011. Cleveland, Ohio.
- "Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment; McKenzie E, MDT of Advanced Extremities" with Gary Dykes Somerville, NJ, 2/11/2012, 2/12/2012.
Mark E. Tilburg, Business Administrator
I have worked in the business sector for almost 22 years. The last 14 years I was employed by Lycoming Engines as a Senior Production Planner and other positions held were Master Production Scheduler, and Warehouse Supervisor. My hobbies are water sports, biking and snow skiing.
- Active in Church activities
- Youth Group Leader
- Chairperson of Mission and evangelism
- Coordinator of Family Promise
Sherry Weaver, Office Manger
Bonnie Lee, Secretary
- Montoursville Area High School
Missy Weaver, Receptionist/Secretary
- Montoursville Area High School
- Pennsylvania College of Technology, Associate's Degree in General Studies
Holly Irion, Transcriptionist/ Medical Secretary
- Montoursville High School
- Pennsylvania College of Technology, Business Management
Sue Metzger, Aquatic Instructor
I have worked over 10 years in aquatics. I have done everything from teaching swim lessons, aquatic classes, lifeguarding to coaching. I've loved every minute of it and I'm very proud to be a part of Lycoming Physical Therapy.
- Penn College - Physical Fitness Specialist, Associate Degree
- American Red Cross
- Sara City Workout CEC
- Arthritis Foundation
- Attend a local church