Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Residency Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to provide physical therapists with advanced knowledge and skills to enhance patient care in the specialty of orthopedic physical therapy. The program promotes professionalism and leadership along with evidence-based practice to enhance the therapeutic alliance and quality of life in the communities we serve.

Program Description 

The Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a one-year, full-time, clinically based program created to excel the professional development of clinicians in the field of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Expert clinicians will serve as faculty to guide, instruct and mentor each resident in the development of advanced knowledge and clinical expertise throughout the course of the residency program.  Additionally, the residency program is designed to prepare residents to successfully complete the ABPTS Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) examination. Each resident is expected to complete all assigned didactic material as well as written and practical examinations. 

Application deadline for the participants: TBD


The Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency provides structured and robust didactic curriculum that is designed to enhance clinical reasoning and advance skills while incorporating the most recent evidence-based practices.  This program utilizes a blended model of delivery for our didactic curriculum that includes online self-study modules, live online learning, virtual grand rounds, journal club and case review, independent study, and live in-person weekend courses that are to be completed over the course of this comprehensive 12-month residency program.   

Admissions Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited Physical Therapy Program
  • Active PT licensure in the current state of practice
  • Employed as a full-time Physical Therapist by Ivy Rehab Network at the time of the program start date.
  • Required membership in the APTA and APTA Orthopaedic Section
  • Commitment to successfully completing all program requirements
  • Commitment to taking the OCS exam at the earliest eligibility

Delanie Fekert Memorial Scholarship Fund

Each program applicant will be considered for the Delanie Fekert Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was created to pay tribute to and always remember the exemplary life of Delanie Fekert.  

On October 8, 2022 the Ivy Rehab community lost one of our brightest teammates.   Delanie Fekert lit up every room she walked into with her infectious smile and distinctive laugh. She was passionate about Irish Step Dancing, rooting for her beloved Yankees, and spending time outdoors. Delanie had a profound impact on every life she touched. She brought out the absolute best in both her patients and colleagues alike. She cared wholeheartedly for her patients and truly loved being a Physical Therapist while serving the Long Island Community. She truly exemplified all the Ivy values.  She had a long successful career ahead of her and valued continued education and was ecstatic to begin the Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Residency Program as an accepted clinician in the class of 2023.  She was excited to have the opportunity to tie together her passion for excelling in orthopedics with her love of dance and performing arts.

We at Ivy Rehab wish to continue Delanie’s passion and love of learning by creating a Scholarship in her honor. Ivy Rehab will cover the annual out of pockets costs for an Ivy Teammate to participate inthe Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Residency Program. This legacy will continue annually for years to come.     

Selection Criteria

  • A currently, full time, employee of Ivy Rehab Network as a licensed Physical Therapist 
  • Applicant of the Ivy Rehab HSS Orthopedic Residency Program 
  • Preferred graduate of Quinnipiac University 
  • Preferred interest in performing arts 
  • A candidate who has passion for being a lifelong learner 
  • A candidate who exemplifies the core values of Ivy Rehab 
    • One Ivy, Love What you Do, Do the Right Thing, I Belong, GSD, Grow, Serve Others 

Start Date

  • February 13, 2023


Program Director

Program Coordinators

  •  Jason Mayerhofer PT, DPT | Email: mayerhoferj@hss.edu 
  •  Akil Piggott PT, DPT, OCS | Email: Akil.piggott@ivyrehab.com 

Additional Information

  • Jason Mayerhofer PT, DPT  | Email: mayerhoferj@hss.edu
  • Christina Bentrewicz PT, DPT, OCS | Email: Cbentrewicz@ivyrehab.com
  • Akil Piggott PT, DPT, OCS | Email: Akil.piggott@ivyrehab.com 



  • Anakaren Lopez

    “The Residency gave me elevated clinical skills and confidence to open my own clinic.” – Anakaren Lopez, PT, DPT, CSCS, Edison, NJ

  • Zachary Coleman

    “Being a part of the Orthopedic Residency Program has been one of the most beneficial things I’ve done in my PT career. After our first Orthopedic Residency year, I feel like I became more confident in my evaluations and now have a deeper clinical toolbox to tap into daily.” – Zachary Coleman, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN, Blakeney – Charlotte, NC

  • Nicole Sorrentino

    “The Residency is not only a good way to boost your knowledge but allows you to set yourself apart and then hopefully become a mentor in the future.” – Nicole Sorrentino, PT, DPT, OCS, Syosset, NY