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Program Mission

Performance Physical Therapy understands the value of investing in the growth and development of our clinicians, which is why our team boasts the highest number of Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists in New England. The Performance Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program was developed to empower our clinicians’ pursuit of advanced post-professional growth and development for the benefit of our patients, our practice, and our profession.

What is a Physical Therapy Residency Program?

An Orthopedic Residency consists of advanced post-professional education in the specialty area of orthopedic physical therapy. Residencies utilize a multi-modal teaching approach consisting of 1:1 mentorship, didactic and laboratory education, and clinical experiences. 

Clinicians that​ participate in an orthopedic residency do so for the enhanced clinical knowledge and skills in the examination and treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions. There is also a significant increase in specialty examination pass rates for those who participate in residency versus those who self-study. 

Program Structure

  • A 12-month program providing advanced post-professional clinical and didactic education

  • Structured, faculty-lead online curriculum

  • 1:1 mentorship with a Board-Certified clinician

  • Multiple laboratory intensives on advanced examination and treatment techniques

  • Management seminar with a focus on refining clinical reasoning and decision making

  • Teaching opportunities

  • Post-residency OCS prep course

Program Structure

Did You Know?

  • Our residents earn a full salary and have no tuition costs

  • Fewer than 5% of PTs in the U.S are board-certified in Orthopedics

  • Performance Physical Therapy has the highest number of Board-Certified clinicians in New England

  • We have both teaching and leadership opportunities

  • Residents have access to the OCS prep course to ensure exam success

Did You Know

Important Dates

September 1st            Application deadline (RF-PTCAS)   

Mid-September          In-person interview invites sent 

October                       In-person interviews conducted  

November 1st             Applicants are notified of a decision  

November 10th          Residents submit signed residency contract  

January 3rd                 Program start date 

Important Dates
Bobby Dattilo

“I have experienced firsthand the immense impact that residency education can have on one’s growth as a clinician. For this reason, I wanted to afford our clinicians this same opportunity. With the help of a group of passionate and expert therapists, we developed a highly personalized residency program that is founded in evidence-based clinical education and practice.”

- Bobby Dattilo - Residency Director

Dave Pavao

“At Performance, we believe in providing limitless professional development opportunities to clinicians as they grow throughout their career, whether they seek to grow into leaders as Clinic Directors or as clinical leaders, mentors, and experts. The development of our own Orthopedic Residency was a natural step to continue providing opportunities not only to residents but for our clinician-leaders as mentors and faculty.”  

-Dave Pavao – Clinical Officer.


Please contact Residency Director Bobby Dattilo PT, DPT, OCS with inquiries.

*ABPTRFE has granted the Performance Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program candidacy status. Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program. 


Program Goals

  • Acquire and maintain ABPTRFE accreditation. 

  • Implement practices to promote program sustainability. 

  • Provide and maintain quality didactic, laboratory, mentorship, and clinical learning experiences. 

  • Promote resident proficiency in orthopedic physical therapy clinical practice. 

  • Sufficiently prepare residents to become specialists in the field of orthopedic physical therapy. 

  • Assist residents in becoming leaders in their physical therapy practice. 

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