Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ron Schenk, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT - Chairman

Daemen College
Amherst, NY
Ron Schenk is Dean of the Division of Health and Human Services and an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Daemen College in Amherst, NY. Dr. Schenk is also Director of the Daemen College Fellowship Program in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy and the Fellowship Program in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, both of which are credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Schenk earned his BS degree in Physical Therapy and MS degree in Sportsmedicine from Ithaca College. He completed a residency program in orthopaedic manual physical therapy through the Gulf Coast Graduate Physical Therapy Institute and earned his PhD from the University at Buffalo. He is Diplomaed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through The McKenzie Institute International (Dip. MDT), and has completed the course sequence in Diagnosis and Treatment of Muscle Imbalances through Dr. Shirley Sahrmann.

Dr. Schenk is an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist with the Catholic Health System of Buffalo, NY. He has published his clinical research in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national and international conferences.

Dr. Schenk is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Chairman of The McKenzie Institute USA Board and is active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, an organization for which he has served as Secretary and Vice-President.

Frank Ward, PT, OCS, CSCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT - Vice Chairman

Memorial Hermann Sports Med & Rehab
Houston, TX
Frank received his degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi in 1991, and attained the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) in 2006. He is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation clinics in Houston, TX and regularly participates in the post graduate education of fellow clinicians in manual therapy and MDT via several study groups. Frank is an active member of the McKenzie Institute, AAOMPT, and the APTA. Frank is a Fellow of the AAOMPT and is currently serving the MIUSA board as Vice Chairman.

Julie Marley, PT, Dip. MDT - Secretary

Spine & Orthopedic Specialists
Newark, DE

Julie graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1989 with a Bachelors of Science and received a Master's of Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 1991. She attained the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1996 and became part of the teaching faculty in 1999. Julie currently resides in Wilmington, Delaware and has a spine practice at the Spine & Orthopedics Specialists in Newark, Delaware. Julie is currently serving on the MIUSA Board as Secretary.

Robert Medcalf, PT, Dip. MDT - Treasurer

Resurgens Rehabilitation Services
Atlanta, GA
Robert is a graduate of the Georgia State University Physical Therapy program. After advanced studies in New Zealand with The McKenzie Institute in 1991, he was granted the McKenzie Institute International Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine. He was subsequently named to the teaching faculty of The McKenzie Institute. He has taught numerous courses on the McKenzie approach to physicians and physical therapists throughout the United States and internationally. He has participated in published research studies on low back pain and cervical pain responses to mechanical interventions and the diagnostic accuracy of McKenzie’s mechanical assessment. Robert is Director of Spine Rehabilitation at Resurgens Spine Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stacey A. Lyon - Executive Director

The McKenzie Institute USA
Syracuse, NY
Stacey joined The McKenzie Institute in 1995 as Administrator of the US Branch. A graduate of Allegheny College (PA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Stacey also minored in Psychology and Sociology. This combination of study provided a diverse foundation of knowledge to apply to her 25 years of varied business experience, primarily in social and medical service organizations. She was formally elected to the Board of Directors in 1998.

Vikas Agarwal, MD, Cert. MDT, FACP

Mosaic Life Care
Saint Joseph, MO
Dr. Agarwal is a 1994 graduate of King George’s Medical College (KGMC) in Lucknow, India. Following four and a half years of medical school, he spent six years as an Internal Medicine Resident, three with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS, New Delhi, 1995-1997), and three with the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC, 1998-2001). Dr. Agarwal is Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (2001/2011) and became Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 2015. A two-time recipient of the Mosaic Life Care Distinguished Physician Recognition Award (2012 & 2014), Vikas presents 16 years of experience in a traditional Internal Medicine private practice with both outpatient (ambulatory) and inpatient (hospital) settings. He is the principal author of the Evidence-Based Practice Newsletter and frequently lectures on the evidence-based clinical approach in presentations on various topics including, but not limited to, heart failure, COPD, back pain, fall prevention, chest pain, upper respiratory tract infection and understanding pain. Vikas specializes in managing patients with acute and chronic pain at Mosaic Life Care in Saint Joseph, MO where he also serves as a Physician Collaborator for Nurse Practitioners.

Paul J. Avery - General Counsel

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Syracuse, NY
Paul is a business law attorney who provides counsel to individuals, businesses in the manufacturing, retail, software, information technology, energy and other sectors and various non-profit institutions such as colleges and universities, hospitals and nursing homes in a broad range of business and transactional matters, including contract drafting, review and negotiation and general corporate counseling. Paul also routinely assists start-ups and small businesses by providing counsel regarding the formation of corporations and limited liability companies and the preparation and negotiation of various agreements, including shareholders' agreements, partnership agreements, operating agreements, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, sales representative agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements and non-compete agreements. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, and is a member in the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.