Faculty

Dr. Arvie Vitente

Arvie Vitente, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH, GCS, FNAP

Program Director and Professor
Email: avitente@lewisu.edu

Dr. Vitente serves as a Program Director and Professor at Lewis University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He is responsible for overseeing the program's development and ensuring its success. Dr. Vitente believes that providing a sense of belonging to everyone is a key factor in achieving success and understands the criticality of meaningful collaboration in attaining personal and professional goals.

Dr. Vitente has received accolades throughout his career, including recognition as Faculty of the Year at Angeles University Foundation in the Philippines in 2007 and the Therapist of the Year Award at the national level from Amedisys Home Health in 2016. He has also been honored with the Fred Rutan Excellence in Service Award in 2022 and recognized as an Outstanding Neurologic Physical Therapist in Education in 2023 by the Florida Physical Therapy Association. These awards highlight his dedication and expertise in the field.

He is a Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy and has completed the APTA Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership, emphasizing his commitment to academia and higher education leadership.

With extensive experience in physical therapy, Dr. Vitente has held positions such as Campus Director, Program Director, Director of Admissions, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, and Core Faculty at PT and PTA programs. These experiences enable him to effectively educate and mentor future physical therapists.

Dr. Vitente actively participates in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and served as a Florida and New Mexico State Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates in the past years, contributing to shaping the future of the profession. His appointment to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) Examination Development Committee further demonstrates his commitment to service and upholding high standards in the field. Additionally, Dr. Vitente chairs the APTA Geriatrics Evidence-based Documents Committee and holds the position of Commission Secretary of the Clinical Education Commission of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT).

Recognized for his knowledge and contributions to interprofessional collaboration, Dr. Vitente serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, the official journal of the National Academies of Practice. He is also a co-founder of the Philippine Journal of Physical Therapy, showcasing his ability to contribute valuable insights to the field through research and publications.


Michael Maninang

Michael Maninang, PT, DScPT, DPT, MHS, MBA, MOMT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Email: mmaninang@lewisu.edu

Dr. Maninang serves as Associate Professor and Director of Student Affairs at Lewis University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He is dedicated to nurturing a sense of community among students, understanding that their success in this program is deeply connected to feeling valued and included. He has been a practicing physical therapist for 35 years working mainly in the orthopedic physical therapy setting.  He obtained his entry-level physical therapy degree from Cebu Doctors’ University in the Philippines.  His post-professional education started with the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) based out of San Diego, California where he spent four years of manual therapy training doing Part I manual therapy residency program from 1995 to 1996 and Part II manual therapy fellowship program from 1998 to 1999.  He obtained a Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy degree when he finished the Part I program with the OGI.  He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2001 and became board-certified in Orthopedic Physical therapy with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1999. In addition to his manual therapy education, he also pursued a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis, which he obtained in 1998.  His quest for continued learning led him to study at Boston University where he graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2008.  He also obtained a Master of Business Administration from Walden University in 2011 and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in 2020.

Dr. Maninang has worked in various positions in the physical therapy field having work experience in both the clinical and administrative arenas.  He was also active in teaching Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) courses for the Ola Grimsby Institute from 2000 to 2009. He developed, implemented and oversaw the accreditation and re-accreditation of the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program at the University of Chicago Medicine.  He served as the Program Director and faculty member of the OMPT Fellowship and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency programs for the University of Chicago Medicine.


Dr. Robert Sweet

Robert Sweet, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor
Email: rsweet@lewisu.edu

Dr. Sweet serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education at Lewis University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He is committed to fostering an environment that prepares students to be proficient clinicians and lifelong learners.

After completing his clinical residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy at St. Ambrose University in 2018, he became a Board-certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. He then pursued and completed the Northwestern University Fellowship in Advanced Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, Research, and Education in 2021.

Dr. Sweet's clinical expertise is centered in the outpatient orthopaedic setting, where he has extensive experience in treating patients across a broad age spectrum, ranging from 8 to 100 years old, with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. His teaching experience encompasses both entry-level DPT program and post-professional fellowship level, with a focus on cultivating strong clinical reasoning skills at various stages of a learner's development.

His professional affiliations include memberships in the American Physical Therapy Association (Illinois Chapter, Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and Academy of Education), American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and International Association for the Study of Pain.


TO BECOME A CLINICAL SITE FOR THE LEWIS UNIVERSITY DPT PROGRAM

Contact the Director of Clinical Education:

Robert Sweet, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Email: rsweet@lewisu.edu


Accreditation

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Lewis University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on May 1, 2024. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

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