Michael C. Geraci, Jr., MD PT: Course Director
Dr. Geraci received his Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Commerce at Niagara University in 1975 and Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, NY, in 1979. His medical training began at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico receiving his medical degree in 1983 and additional MD degree and residency at the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences from 1984-1988. Currently he is the Owner and Medical Director of his own private practice. He was the Sports Medicine and Fellowship Program Director at Buffalo Spine & Sports Institute, P.C., which he co-founded in 1991. Also, he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SUNY at Buffalo and Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Since June of 2017 he has served as the medical director of the Catholic Health Comprehensive Spine Program
Dr. Geraci, for over 10 years taught, in the CME Program at MSU, College of Osteopathic Medicine with Philip Greenman, DO and developed a course with him on Exercise as an Adjunct to Manual Medicine. He has done research and extensive teaching on functional exercise and this year published his Movement Assessment Tests-7 (MAT-7). This set of 7 functional movement tests helps the clinician enter into the functional assessment of the patient.
Dr. Geraci is board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with sub-specialty board certification in Sports Medicine. Some of the most rewarding experiences has been training 24 fellows in spine care, sports medicine, manual medicine/exercise and fluoroscopically guided injections since 1992-2011. The author of over 20 articles and book chapters, he is currently involved in research and teaching in the field of functional exercise as well as the use of Adipose Derived Stem Cells and Platelet Rich Plasma in peripheral joints and lumbar spine. Dr. Geraci has given more than 130 invited presentations at national scientific meetings, chaired more than 50 courses, and given more than 200 lectures and workshops. Among the research and teaching awards he received are the Prince Visiting Professor Fellowship and Mike Hage Lectureship Award for Passion, Compassion & Willingness to Share, from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, The Avalon Cole Lectureship Award, University of Virginia, and the PASSOR 2006 Distinguished Clinician Award. Receiving the Daemen College 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for Advancement in Career is a special honor. He played two years of professional soccer after playing 4 years of Division I college soccer, and continues to serve as consulting team physician to a number of high schools, colleges and professional sports teams. He was team physician to a National Professional Soccer League team, the Buffalo Blizzard, from 1992-2001
Alanna Pokorski, PT, DPT
>Alanna is the current Director of Physical and Occupational Therapy for Excelsior Orthopaedics, a collaborative healthcare model in Buffalo, NY. She earned her Physical Therapy degree locally in 1999 from Daemen College, and transitional DPT from Arcadia University in 2014. She has been treating patients in the Buffalo region for the past 20 years with a primary focus on outpatient orthopedics for spine and extremity diagnoses. Alanna has attended several functional medicine, manual therapy, and pain management coursework from field experts such as Stuart McGill, Ben Kibler, Gary Grey, Robin McKenzie, Neuro Orthopedic Institute, and Annie O’Connor.
Alanna has a passion for teaching and has taught multiple courses to clinicians in Upstate NY, including academic settings such as University at Buffalo, Nazareth College, and nationally at the APTA Private Practice Conference. Alanna is a strong professional advocate for the Physical Therapy profession, and has been serving the New York Physical Therapy Association over the past decade in leadership roles. Alanna currently serves on the Finance Board as well as the Editorial Committee for the Chapter of the NYPTA, and locally as Secretary for the Western District of the NYPTA.
Alanna has been a leadership role for most her career, and places clinical quality as well as treating patients a top priority to continue to serve the Western NY community.
Rebecca L. Korosi, PT, DPT, ATC
Dr. Korosi graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2003 with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training. She achieved her Athletic Training Certification in 2003 and has maintained this certification throughout her career. Knowing that her passion was in rehabilitation, she furthered her education in the University at Buffalo’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She graduated with her DPT in 2006. She practiced in Tampa, FL for a short period of time before returning home to Buffalo. She currently works at Sports Physical Therapy of NY as the WNY Regional Manager. She continues to treat patients in the WNY community. She has partaken in many continuing education courses taught by leaders in the rehabilitation community. She continues to infuse what he she learns into her daily practice. She is a guest lecturer at Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo and accredited APTA Clinical Instructor to DPT students.
Nicholas Ruschmann, MSPT
Nick graduated from D’Youville College in 2002 with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. He started his career working in a sub-acute care setting, before changing jobs and focusing on Out-Patient Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He currently works at Sports Physical Therapy of NY as a Senior Clinician and Clinical Site Coordinator for PT Students and Volunteers. He has presented to various health care professionals on multiple topics including Ergonomic Training and Spinal Education.
He is also trained in Functional Capacity Evaluations and is a credentialed APTA Clinical Instructor. He enjoys teaching and assisting in the learning of all individuals. In his spare time, he enjoys watching most sporting events, skiing, and playing golf and poker
Julie Wolfley, PT DPT OC
Dr. Wolfley is a co-founder of Natural Physical Therapy of East Amherst. She graduated from Daemen College in 1999 with her Bachelor of Physical Therapy & received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2004 from Daemen College. She has been a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist for 8 years and has been an active member of the NYPTA advocating for the Physical Therapy profession serving as corresponding secretary for 2 years and District Chair of
the Western District for 6 years.
Julie has been treating in outpatient orthopedics for 21 years’ in the Buffalo area and continues to be passionate about her clinical treatment of patients utilizing manual hands on therapy and functional exercise to help patients achieve their personal goals. She is an active learner taking many courses not limited to McGill, Kibler, NOI, Liebenson and Annie O'Connor. Julie is an accredited APTA Clinical Instructor and enjoys educating students, mentoring new grads and
sharing her clinical knowledge.