Graduate Student Affiliations
In our commitment to education, we have developed a student program to foster the growth of our profession and future clinicians. This is a program for students who are enrolled in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program and are looking for a serious orthopedic clinical affiliation site for their course of study with attentive, challenging, evidence-based practice clinical instructors. We are active in entry-level education as well as continuing education and keep up to date on the most current practice and manual skills. We emphasize regional interdependence and treat the whole person at Rezac PT which requires a strong foundation knowledge of basic orthopedic skills in order to grasp the interplay between multiple areas of the body. At Rezac PT, we provide one-on-one supervision with emphasis on supervised clinical skill development vs. what you may find at other facilities where students are used as “free help” with minimal supervision. Contact us if you are interested in setting up an affiliation. Keep in mind allowing enough time for a contract to be established with your school if there is not one in place. Affiliations are granted by interview only.
Graduate Student Testimonials
“I completed a three-month clinical rotation at Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy, LLC and could not have asked for a better clinical rotation. I was at Rezac for my last clinical experience and I wanted to learn how to be a good team member, how to provide the most evidence-based care, and how to balance life as a soon to be Physical Therapist. Dr. Megan Berg was my clinical instructor and I always felt like my learning came first and she helped me reach all of my goals. No matter how busy we were, Megan showed me how to provide the highest quality care while still focusing on my needs as a student. At the end of each week Megan took the time to discuss my experience and how it could be improved.
Being at Rezac & Associates for my fourth and last clinical rotation, I was expected to not only apply my knowledge, but also be able to explain my thought process, my reasoning, and was then providing with alternative treatments. I was exposed to a variety of evidence-based treatments that I had never heard of before but helped me improve my patient care.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, my in-person clinical rotation was ended four weeks early. However, because Rezac & Associates always places their patient and student needs first, they were able to begin providing care via telehealth visits. I was one of the first students to treat patient’s via telehealth and was thankful that I was given this opportunity.
One of the most valuable things I learned while being a student at Rezac & Associates was how to be a true team member. I knew that if I had any questions, I could ask any member of the Rezac team for help. The physical therapists were always willing to take time outside of work to help me on my manual therapy skills or help me with other things that I felt like were weaknesses. Everyone at Rezac & Associates are focused on providing the best possible care but are also committed to helping students learn. I highly recommend Rezac & Associates for patient’s and for physical therapy students who are looking for a challenge.
I loved my experience at Rezac & Associates and was very excited to accept a position at Rezac after graduating from Regis University. I have already had the opportunity of helping to write a case report, participating in APTA meetings and helping to write Covid-19 guidelines for Physical Therapist’s and making a continuing education course on how to provide manual therapy via telehealth. These are opportunities that I am so thankful for and would not have at other clinics.”
Rachael Terbush, DPT Class of 2020
“I had the pleasure of completing a 3-month clinical rotation at Rezac & Associates. While While interning at Rezac and Associates Physical Therapy during my undergraduate academic career I learned an extensive amount of information. I have shadowed nearly every therapist on staff and can say without a doubt that every provider is extremely knowledgeable and driven to continue pushing the field of physical therapy forward. As I interned my intense curiosity was welcomed and fostered as I learned about every facet of physical therapy. Looking back, I was rather ignorant to the responsibilities and deeper nuances of an outpatient private practice clinician. As I continued through my internship that ignorance was quelled, and in its place a complete understanding of physical therapy and new critical thinking skills were nurtured. Of course I was challenged at every corner, and the process to get to where I am today was difficult, but I was never left to drown as there was always a hand to grab should I have decided it was needed. After my internship I was able to secure a position as a Rehabilitation Technician where I was able to continue to learn. As I near the end of my chapter with Rezac and start my chapter in DPT school I truly realize how much I have learned in such a short period of time. I now head towards the rest of my career confidently and equipped with tools that will help me excel in the future. at clinic, Doctor Scott Rezac was my main clinical instructor. My clinical experience had a heavy manual therapy intervention focus. I left feeling confident in incorporating manual therapy with exercise prescription to patient care. Doctor Scott Rezac was very flexible in adapting his teaching and listening style to fit my learning needs. His open and candid feedback were key in learning and timely integration of said feedback into patient care. While he was my main instructor, I was encouraged to seek and collaborate with all other clinicians in the clinic to further expand my knowledge base and treatment skills. During my time at Rezac’s I felt supported in my learning experience while being challenged in developing and articulating my clinical reasoning.
Outside of my clinical development, I was able to work closely with Doctor Scott Rezac in his role as Colorado APTA Chief Delegate. This gave me an insight into the inner workings of the APTA and advocacy in our profession.
I recommend this clinical experience to any student that is driven, motivated, and ready to be challenged in all components of our profession: from clinical work to professionalism and advocacy for our profession and patients.”
Pamela Soto, PT, DPT, Class of 2019
“If you are looking to challenge and expand your clinical reasoning skills in an outpatient setting I highly recommend a clinical experience with the Rezac team. I had the opportunity to complete a 6 month rotation with Scott, Dyanna, and a variety of other DPTs and SPTs at Rezac and Associates Physical Therapy. Dr. Scott Rezac was my primary CI and under his guidance I learned principals of manual therapy and gained a new appreciation for individualized patient care. Since Dr. Scott Rezac is a fellow of manual therapy as well as an adjunct professor at Regis University, I had the chance to learn and collaborate with other PTs who where completing their fellowship in manual therapy.
As I was a student no so long ago, I can still appreciate the value of lists! So here is a list of my most valued take aways from my time with the Rezacs:
- Increased confidence with manual mobilization skills including HVLA (cervical, thoracic, lumber, extremities)
- Exposure to TrP dry needling.
- Exposure and practice reading imaging studies as well ordering images when indicated (x-ray, CT, MRI, etc.)
- Practice and guidance developing patient specific and individualized exercise programs as well as appropriate progression of therapeutic exercise.
- Fair and appropriate guidance throughout the clinical experience.
- Becoming more comfortable with direct access and differential diagnosis.
- Opportunities to engage with APTA members and representatives and get involved in advocacy if desired.
- Overall a greater focus on the patient as a whole person; integration of mind and body wellness into practice.
You will be challenged and made to step outside your comfort zone with the Rezacs! At the same time you will have the opportunity to begin building a strong network as well as friendships. 10/10 recommend!”
Lindsey Grove, DPT, Class of 2018
“I completed a 3 month clinical rotation at Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy with Dyanna Haley-Rezac and Valerie Morse as my clinical instructors for my final clinical rotation prior to graduation. Dyanna and Valerie both shaped me into the clinician I am today by identifying my learning styles with a progressive increase in both academic and clinical responsibilities that met my needs as a student in order to prepare me for all responsibilities as my own clinician. Throughout the entirety of the affiliation I was challenged in clinical reasoning, utilization of best available evidence and with an emphasis on individual treatments that were specifically tailored to each patient’s needs.
This clinical rotation simulated what it would be like for me to go into the field as my own autonomous clinician, with a caseload responsible for a variety of patient diagnoses ranging from neuromuscular, visuovestibular, and orthopedic domains across the lifespan. My experiences as a student at Rezac & Associates have demonstrated what exceptional patient care looks like, and how to provide a comprehensive yet individual treatment protocol for those of complex medical diagnosis. Insights into patient care, professional advocacy, continuing education, utilization of best evidence and patient values will be emphasized throughout your time at this facility. You will be challenged, however you will look back at your rotation with an entirely new perspective on quality patient care and the profession of physical therapy.”
Nicholas Szczepanik PT,DPT, CSCS, Class of 2018
“I completed my final six-month clinical rotation at Rezac and Associates and had a life and career changing experience. Scott was my primary CI, but I had the opportunity to work closely with all 5 physical therapists during my time there. Each has their own approach to patient management, manual therapy, documentation and advocacy. Each had valuable lessons to teach and offered a unique perspective and amazing feedback. I’d highly recommend a rotation long enough to be able to spend time with each therapist.”
“Be ready for a challenge, though, this clinical rotation is designed to push your clinical decision making, manual skills, professionalism and teaching skills. Scott pushes your limits starting on day one, making you justify your every thought and action, giving you research to hunt through often. He isn’t trying to break you, but ensuring you know why you are taking each action, and that you truly understand all the pieces at play. He teaches you to prioritize and be efficient, and how to apply what you’re reading and what you’ve learned in school. Both Scott and Dyanna challenge your thoughts about physical therapy as a profession and make you develop your own opinions about current practice, future development, and your own involvement. Its hugely valuable and has made me a better physical therapist not just in the clinic but as a part of the larger profession.”
K. Mikayla George, DPT Class of 2016
“I completed a three-month clinical rotation at Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy, LLC and had a phenomenal experience. Dyanna Haley-Rezac was my primary clinical instructor and starting my first day she took time to get to know me personally and as a clinician, including my learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. She tailored her teaching to my preferred learning style while simultaneously challenging me to tap into other learning styles and encouraging me to improve areas of weakness. This individualized mentorship was exactly what I needed to take my clinical skills to the next level.
Throughout my clinical rotation I was expected to justify my thought process which ensured that I was using sound clinical decision making skills. I was also encouraged to ask the most relevant history questions, prioritize tests and measures, and implement the most effective therapeutic exercises. All of these skills have greatly improved my time management, ensured that I was using evidence-based practice, and prepared me to be successful as an entry-level practitioner.
While at Rezac, I also had the opportunity to further develop my manual therapy skills. All staff members were very willing to help me practice my techniques, provided concise and critical feedback, and performed the techniques on me which I felt was an invaluable learning experience. For students interested in additional learning opportunities, the staff utilizes therapeutic taping and trigger point dry needling, and incorporates Pilates into many rehabilitation programs.
For motivated students seeking a strong neuromusculoskeletal rotation, I would strongly recommended Rezac & Associates, LLC. The staff and patients are dedicated to educating future healthcare professionals and have created a superb learning environment. You will be challenged and come away with invaluable professional growth!”
Melissa D. Burgemeister, DPT Class of 2014
“I had the pleasure of spending 3 months of my last orthopedic affiliation at Rezac and Associates Physical Therapy as I had Dr. Dyanna Haley-Rezac as my primary clinical instructor. Dyanna set high expectations right off the bat to ensure that I had the tools and confidence necessary to work as an entry-level physical therapist. As the first few weeks past, I quickly realized that this was the clinical experience I was hoping for; a clinician rooted in evidenced based clinical practice, emphasizing manual techniques, patient education, as well as implementing comprehensive individualized exercise programs for each patient. But more importantly, someone willing to take the time to mentor, guide and teach me how to become a well-rounded physical therapist. From the start, Dyanna pushed me to break out of my shell so that I could connect with my patients and allow me to bridge the gap between my academic knowledge and my clinical skill set.
I strongly recommend considering Rezac and Associates Physical Therapy as a clinical affiliation as Dr. Dyanna Haley-Rezac, Dr. Scott Rezac, and Dr. Valerie Menendez, as well as their support staff, serve as positive role models for both the physical therapy profession and the entire health care community. Their dedication to higher-level education and lifelong learning is extremely contagious, as they have influenced me to seek out an accredited APTA clinical residency upon graduation. Since completing my clinical affiliation, I feel confident and comfortable in my abilities within the orthopedic setting, as I owe my maturity as a novice physical therapist to my direct experiences working with the staff at Rezac and Associates Physical Therapy. If you truly desire to be challenged in the orthopedic setting, Dyanna, Scott, Valerie and their support staff, will facilitate your growth and development while ensuring that you have the best clinical experience possible.”
Brian Briggs, DPT Class of 2011
Junior Resident in Sports Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University
“I was blessed with the wonderful opportunity to spend my time at Rezac and Associates during my final DPT rotation. Dr. Scott Rezac was my primary clinical instructor and I could not have asked for a more knowledgeable instructor and mentor! I was hoping for an instructor who was involved and passionate about the profession; what I encountered was so much more. The entire staff’s professional involvement is contagious and the passion for forwarding physical therapy is not one which can easily be matched.
Be ready to be challenged! Starting my first day I was challenged and questioned, ensuring I was not only utilizing evidence based practice and what I had learned, but could explain in both medical and layman’s terms my reasoning and my thought process for my actions. Scott was not solely focused on making sure I was following all of the “steps” I learned in school; he also cared about whether I knew why I was doing something. This is the type of mentorship you need and will want as a new graduate. I had the opportunity to learn, question, discuss, debate, develop skills, and practice every single day.
This is a phenomenal experience which will not only challenged my musculoskeletal and orthopedic skills, but also engaged my mindset to neuromuscular involvement with every patient. I gained a true perspective and appreciation for the wide variety of individuals I will see and work with as a physical therapist. I was encouraged to reach outside of the box for interventions, treatments, and my plan of care for each patient. In fact, I do not know if I ever saw a patient who actually fit the “mold” of what you are prepared for during didactic coursework. However, following this experience, I was able to graduate confident in not only my knowledge, but also my manual skills as a novice physical therapist. I am now looking forward to continuing to enhance the profession of physical therapy alongside Scott, Dyanna and Valerie.”
Megan Fitzsimmons, DPT Class of 2012
“Stepping into a first clinical affiliation as a student with no prior hands-on experience can be a very intimidating feeling. A great deal of luck landed me with Dyanna as my clinical instructor for my first orthopedic affiliation. My intimidation quickly went by the wayside as Dyanna was very direct with me right off the bat about what she expected from me and how she would always be there to help. The extra time she worked with me outside of the hours we were seeing patients was a great benefit to my summer experience, and I know that I will use many of the methods she taught me in my clinical practice in the future. Speaking with other classmates about their affiliations, I feel that I had the best clinical instructor I could have possibly had in Dyanna. She constantly challenged me to go beyond what I was most comfortable with, and she demanded an excellence that was second to none.
Dyanna cares deeply about the physical therapy profession, which is very evident by the hard work she puts in to making sure students have the best learning experience possible. The great part about working with Dyanna was the independence she allowed me to have while working with patients. She was always in close proximity with suggestions as to how I could improve my treatments and interventions; however, she encouraged me to treat using my own style and ideas. She is a wonderful teacher and a wonderful person, and I know that I will be using her as a mentor throughout my entire practice as a clinician in the future. I would highly recommend this learning experience to any student looking to be challenged in many ways and looking to practice in a demanding environment that will transform him or her into a much better clinician!”
Corey Southers, DPT Class of 2010
University of Evansville
“I feel extremely fortunate to have had Scott as a clinical instructor. Not once was I left to treat patients without supervision. This was not due to a lack of confidence in me. No, Scott’s attentiveness maximized learning opportunities, drawing from his clinical experience, which I quickly realized would teach me more than I could ever expect from a textbook There is no question that he is a highly skilled manual therapist, exposing me to a plethora of effective techniques which were not discussed in my DPT curriculum. He went above and beyond the call of duty to improve upon these skills by staying after hours on several occasions, and, considering the work day typically ended no sooner than 7pm, this was especially meaningful to me. Manual skill aside, he was considerate enough to tailor his communication and teaching style to match my learning style. His timely feedback was integral to improving my care delivery without overwhelming me in the process. More importantly, Scott instilled in me his passion for constantly improving oneself through continued education and advancing the profession by becoming active in local and state APTA leadership through the incorporation of Colorado APTA district meetings into his clinical education program.”
Erin Fonseca, DPT Class of 2013
Texas Women’s University
“I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU for being such a great CI on my last clinical. Everything I learned has definitely helped.”
Maura R., DPT Student
“Thank you so much for having me this summer. I really had a wonderful time and learned so much from you.”
Leslie A., MPT student
“Thanks so much for everything. Ya’ll have really helped to make this a great experience for me. I will never forget y’all.”
Casey H., MPT student