Physical Therapists Using Clinical Analysis To Discuss The Art And Science Behind Running and The Stuff We Put On Our Feet

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The Doctors of Running Team

Doctors of Running (formerly Kleinruns DPT) began as a way for me (Matt Klein) to share my thoughts and learn more about my major interests: footwear, biomechanics, physical therapy, rehabilitation, running and performance.  It continues to evolve to this day to meet the needs of those who contribute, those who read/visit and those looking for assistance.

Meet the Team

Matthew Klein, PT DPT PhD(c) OCS GCS FAAOMPT
Chief Editor and Founder of Doctors of Running

Assistant Professor - Core Faculty - West Coast University Department of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapist - Kaiser Permanente Spine Center

Dr. Matthew Klein is a professor of Physical Therapy at West Coast University Center for Graduate Studies who began this blog as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student attempting to make sense of the world and share it with others.  He is a residency and fellowship-trained clinician and professor specializing in orthopedic, geriatric, and sports rehabilitation.  He is further specialized in running sports and treating runners of all ages and abilities.  Dr. Klein has been running for almost 10 years, was an accomplished DIII runner including being the 2012 NWC 10,000m Champion and continues to compete at a moderate to high level. He graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2016 with his doctorate, passed boards the same year.
He completed his orthopedic residency at Casa Colina in 2018 and completed a Manual Therapy and Sport Fellowship at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center in Southern California in 2019.  He achieved Fellow status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in April of 2019. He is a double board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedics and geriatrics. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Rehabilitation and Movement Science at Azusa Pacific University, where he studies Achilles Tendinopathy in masters runners. He has an extensive history in the footwear world, working in the running industry for years prior to becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  He has participated in and written research on footwear and running and continues to discuss and learn about those and more.  He currently consults for several footwear companies helping with the development of shoes with appropriate biomechanics in mind. 

Newlyweds Matt and Regina, 2021!
Matt's Current PRs 
3K: 8:53 (2013)
5K: 14:45 (2013)
8K: 24:51 (2012)
10K: 31:36 (2012)
Half Marathon: 1:11:09 (2019)
Marathon: 2:32:43 (2019)

Nathan Brown, PT DPT OCS
Senior Contributor, Global Brand Manager

Point Forward Physical Therapy

Nathan Brown is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who practices in Amherst, WI at the Pineries Running Lab. He specializes in orthopedic and sport rehabilitation with a special interest in runners and running injuries. He obtained his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He then obtained his masters in anatomy and clinical health sciences and doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Brown is also a Clinical Assistant at the University of Wisconsin -Stevens Point within their Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, assisting with the musculoskeletal and movement system tracks.

He is also a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. In addition, he has advanced training and certification from the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles specializing in biomechanics (which is where he and Dr. Klein met).

Dr. Brown's interest in running did not spark until he entered college when he began running casually to remain healthy. Running quickly became his favorite way to be active and connect with others. He is now a locally competitive runner who enjoys the challenges of everything from the 5K to the marathon.

He now is regularly competing in everything from a 5K to Marathons as well as delving into trail running. Depending on his training cycle he is running anywhere from 20-45 miles/week. Dr. Brown is excited to represent the recreationally competitive (non-elite) running community while applying advanced knowledge in running mechanics, biomechanics, and shoe technology.

Nathan is married to his wife Jana and they have two sons, Henry and Raymond. Being from Wisconsin, their family loves to play outside, eat good cheese, and cheer on all our local sports teams (let's go Badgers, Packers, Bucks, and Brewers!). 

Nathan's Current PRs
5K: 18:18 (2020); 2020 5k Time Trial
10K: 39:30 (2019); Rosholt Labor Day Run
Half Marathon: 1:29:01 (2020); Tobacco Road Half Marathon, NC (virtual)
Marathon: 3:29:44 (2021); Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

David Salas, PT DPT CSCS
Senior Contributor/Taco Legend

Alta Orthopaedics - Physical Therapist

David is a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences and practices in Santa Barbara, CA.  He became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in March of 2019 and is currently a Cupping and IASTM Certified Practitioner.  Prior to his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, David participated in an exercise physiology study looking at ventilatory threshold in elite athletes as the lead author and presented before the Southwest Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine (SWACSM).

He began running in high school and furthered his running career at the NCAA Division I level for Saint Mary's College. David is racing again now that he has finished the doctorate program with Western University of Health Sciences.

Notable performances since beginning serious training and racing again would be winning the Revel Big Bear half marathon in 1:08:36, placing 55th at the USATF Cross Country Championships, and winning the Two Cities Half Marathon in 1:10:02. Just running a fresh PR in 2022 in the 5k David is gearing up for some fast road races in the second half of the year. 

David is based out of Santa Barbara County and is more than happy to do evaluations for runners in Southern California. Please contact him through DOR's email or through social media for details on pricing and options.

David's Current PR's:
1500m: 3:54 (2016)
5000m: 14:46.4 (2022)
8000m XC: 25:00.1 (2012)
Half Marathon: 1:08:36 (2019)
Marathon: 2:25:07 (2023)

Bach Pham, MS
Content Manager

Communications Associate at SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center

Bach Pham is a cultural anthropologists living in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University with a Masters of Science in Anthropology. By day he has worked as a research associate for child welfare and now does communications for SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, where he helps fight for low income communities. By night he has worked as a freelance food writer, sharing stories about his surrounding South Carolina community and helping to discuss the diversity of culture in the South.

Bach started running seriously in 2019 and became interested in the culture around running shoes. He joined Doctors of Running in late 2020 with the hope to help share about the science of running with the broader community and forward how we think about shoes through the use of social media. He enjoys running slow and easy days, enjoying the sounds of nature and his next podcast. He lives in Columbia, South Carolina with his fiance Rebecca and their two cats, Clementine and Mei.

Andrea Myers, PT, DPT, OCS
Senior Contributor

Founder of BiciVita LLC  

Dr. Andrea Myers is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. She owns BiciVita LLC, which provides sports performance and bike fitting services in Westport and Ridgefield, CT. Andrea completed her undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated from St. Ambrose University in 2006 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Andrea has a strong background in treating patients with a variety of orthopedic diagnoses, including sports injuries, back and neck pain, and patients who have undergone orthopedic surgery. She has extensive training in manual therapy, including myofascial release, Integrative Manual Therapy, craniosacral therapy, and Kinesiotaping. She is also certified in vestibular rehabilitation for the treatment of vertigo and balance disorders.

She is well known for her knowledge and experience in treating runners, cyclists, and multi-sport athletes of all levels.

Andrea started running with her parents at the age of 4 and competed in both track and cross country from a young age through high school.. She ran a disastrous Chicago Marathon in 2003, learning important lessons about fueling in the process.
Not long after Chicago, Andrea was forced to stop running due to persistent patellofemoral pain. She turned to spin class for a physical outlet, where she met a cycling coach who encouraged her to take up road cycling. Her running fitness helped her take to the bike quickly, and she went from a novice to a professional racer in the span of 2 years. She has multiple top-ten placings in international level (UCI) competitions, and has numerous championship titles at the state and regional level.

The time off from running in addition to comprehensive physical therapy treatment allowed her to gradually re-introduce running in the off season. She has shifted focus from cycling back to running over the past few years, and is now primarily focusing on running to see what is possible.

Andrea lives in Danbury, CT with her husband, Drew, and their dachshund, Peanut.

Andrea's Current PR's
1 mile: 5:32 (2022) 
5k: 18:41 (2020) 
10k: 38:02 (2023) 
Half Marathon: 1:24:34 (2023) 
Marathon: 3:04:48 (2021) 

Megan Flynn PT, DPT, MS

Custom Performance Physical Therapy

Megan Flynn is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Custom Performance PT, located in New York City. While she treats various orthopedic injuries, she primarily specializes in treating injured runners. At Custom Performance, Megan has the unique opportunity to continue working with and coaching runners after they successfully return to pain-free running.

Megan graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 2014 with a bachelor's of science degree and went on to the University of Delaware (UD) for her doctorate of physical therapy degree.While at UD, Megan also earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Anatomy & Biomechanics.

Megan began running competitively as a freshman in high school (2006) and it has been a major component of her life since then. She was a member of the cross country and indoor/outdoor track & field teams for TCNJ and one season for UD while a first-year PT student. In college, she focused on the 3k/5k for TCNJ and the 10k at UD. Megan continues to train at a competitive level putting in ~70 miles/week and is a member of Leonia Track Club based in Leonia, NJ. She recently completed a track season in spring 2021 and will be transitioning to marathon training for the fall with California International Marathon being the goal race. Outside of running, Megan enjoys hiking, traveling, going to the beach, reading, and playing with her two adorable cats!

Megan's Current PR's

PRs: 1600m = 4:56 (2021)
3000m = 9:47 (2021)
5000m = 16:57 (2021)
Half marathon = 1:18:53 (2021)
Marathon = 2:53:53 (2020)

Ryan Flugaur, PT, DPT, TPI Certified
Point Forward Physical Therapy

Ryan Flugaur is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Point Forward Physical Therapy in Stevens Point, WI. He works with variety of orthopedic conditions but specializes in treating injured athletes including runners, throwers, and swimmers.

Dr. Flugaur graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He attained his doctorate from Concordia University Wisconsin. Since becoming a physical therapist, Dr Flugaur has completed advanced training through the Movement Performance Institute in advanced biomechanics of running, Washington University (St. Louis) in movement system impairment syndromes, and the Titleist Performance Institute in golfing biomechanics.

Dr. Flugaur began running four years ago when he was looking for a change to his current exercise program of body building. He continues to do some light strength training but running has become his true form of exercise to stay healthy.

He has met some great friends through running and loves the camaraderie that the running community brings. He typically runs 20-40 miles a week depending on his training schedule. Dr. Flugaur lives in Wisconsin with his wife Olivia and 2 kids, Lucy and Jack. When not running he enjoys mountain biking, fat biking in the snow, camping, and cheering on the badgers, brewers, and bucks.

5K:20:05 (2021)
10K: 43:36 (2021)
Half-Marathon 1:42:22 (2021)

BJ McGeever

Audio Engineer

BJ McGeever is an audio engineer living in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Spanish. He’s spent his professional career as an audio/video producer for churches, specializing in live music engineering. BJ picked up running at the beginning of 2019 and was quickly hooked, soon finding himself with far too many shoes. He joined Doctors of Running in early 2022 with the goal of taking the podcast to new heights. He’s finding his way back to full fitness after an injury-plagued 2021, with a half marathon coming up in March. He lives in The Woodlands, TX with his wife Allison, two kids, Penelope and Benjamin, and dog (and faithful running partner) Koda.

5K: 19:30
10K: 39:27
Half Marathon: 1:29:22

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