Beth Suppok, OTR/CHT began her career in 1996 by working in the specialized occupational therapy field of upper extremity rehabilitation (as a COTA). Then, while still continuing to work in the field of hand therapy full-time, she returned to school and earned her Master's Degree in 2006 from West Virginia University, graduating with several Presidential Awards for Excellence in Scholarship for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. After classes, she continued to seek experience and specialized skills in the hand and upper extremity treatment and became a Certified Hand Therapist, CHT, in 2011.
A CHT is an occupational or physical therapist that has been allowed to use the designation of Certified Hand Therapist after practicing within the field for at least 5 years, has accumulated a minimum of 4000 direct hours of treating hand and upper extremity disorders and then passes a rigorous certification exam of their competency. To continue to use the designation of CHT, a therapist must also continue to take specialized continued education courses in the field. A CHT is a therapist that has also has extensive and specialized experience fabricating custom splinting options to meet the unique needs of each patient.
In addition to her experience working in hand therapy clinics she has also served as guest lecturer at splinting labs for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and has taught a graduate level course in the treatment of the upper extremity and hand therapy splint fabrication at West Virginia University.
Beth joined the Hand Center @ OSPTA in 2008 and has shared her time working between a hand therapy clinic within a hand surgeon's practice in Somerset, PA and other OSPTA hand clinics in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA. She has now joined the OSPTA Morgantown office and will be seeing patients that require the specialized care of a CHT at The Hand Center @ OSPTA .
Our team of experienced physical therapists, occupational therapist, and support staff is dedicated to providing excellent individualized care to our patients. We take the time to discuss your situation completely and bring about the most effective treatment options to ensure you get the successful outcome you deserve. We're proud that so many of our patients have successfully rehabilitated their injuries with us. We are determined to work hard to earn our patients' trust and loyalty every day. We're here to help you get back to your pain-free life.
We pride ourselves in maintaining a small-clinic feel by treating each patient with individualized care and consideration. We’ve hand-picked a high-quality team of health professionals qualified to successfully resolve many injuries. No issue is too big or too small. If you have an injury, our experts of movement can help you find a solution!
Dr. Justin Deskovich (aka Dr. J) manages the Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Associates offices in Farmington, PA and Morgantown, WV. Dr. Deskovich is a 2005 graduate of the West Virginia University Masters Physical Therapy Program and in 2009 he completed his transitional doctorate at Temple University. He became an American Physical Therapy Association board certified orthopedic specialist in 2010 and in 2011 he became a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In 2012 he became an American Physical Therapy Association board certified sports specialist. In 2014, Dr. Deskovich became a certified orthopedic manual therapist. Dr. Deskovich has had the opportunity to lecture both nationally and internationally on the multimodal management of neck, lower back and hip pain. Direct access certified, Dr. J has the ability to treat musculoskeletal conditions without a medical doctor’s referral which several insurance companies will cover while others require a medical referral. Most recently, Dr. J has completed his fellowship at Sports Medicine of Atlanta Distant Learning Fellowship Program to become a Fellow of The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. His passion and enthusiasm for learning and treating patients continues with his personal and professional growth.
Kim attended school at WV career college, now WV junior college, and has been employed in the healthcare industry since 1987. She has an extensive background and knowledge in health care and excels in making your experience at OSPTA Morgantown as pleasant as possible. She assists each patient in scheduling appointments, verifying insurance coverage, and answers any questions you might have regarding your healthcare management. Kim grew up in tunnelton WV in Preston County and has been a resident of Morgantown since 1979. She has been employed with OSPTA since 2010.
Emily has been with us since July 2015. She graduated from California University of PA in 2015 with an associates of applied science in physical therapy assistance. She received her functional movement screen certification and also personal training certification at the end of 2015. Emily is very passionate about working with athletes with orthopedic problems, specifically the hip joint. She enjoys working with her personal training clients, running 5ks in the summer, and practicing her yoga poses. Emily is super motivated about progressing her skills with manual therapy and exercise correction to help the Morgantown community become a healthier place.
Prior to returning to West Virginia University for Physical Therapy school, Dr. Nicholas Kyle worked as a welder and metal fabricator. Dr. Kyle graduated from West Virginia University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014. He was the recipient of the Health Sciences Rural Health Scholarship and was honored with the award for the Outstanding Student Clinician for the class of 2014. Dr. Kyle has served in regions of rural West Virginia including Preston County where he was from. As a West Virginia native, Dr. Kyle is very passionate about the health and wellness of his community. Dr. Kyle is deeply dedicated to progressing his knowledge and skills in Physical Therapy and advancement of manual interventions. Dr. Kyle has completed the FMS level 1 certification and the Certification in Temporomandibular Management. Dr. Kyle is in the process of completing the Orthopedic Certified Specialist certification through the APTA. Dr. Kyle has a deep interest in treatment of the spine and hip as well as a fascination for the movement of the central and peripheral nervous system.
Dr. Amber Smith is a 2014 graduate of the West Virginia University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in biology from WVU in 2010 and was a University Honor's Scholar. Her passion includes orthopedics and sports physical therapy, focusing on rehab and injury prevention in athletes by utilizing the Functional Movement Screen. In her free time, Dr. Smith enjoys fitness and outdoor activities such as mountain biking, snowboarding, cycling, triathlon, paddle boarding, and hiking with her black lab, Remmy. She resides in Morgantown, WV.
Jarrett is currently in his second year as a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the School of Medicine at West Virginia University. Jarrett completed his Exercise Physiology bachelor's degree at WVU in 2014, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 career GPA. In 2015, Jarrett became a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In July 2017, Jarrett completed a Level 1 Functional Movement Screening certification. Jarrett has worked with OSPTA since 2012 and will become employed by us as a Doctor of Physical Therapy upon completion of his schooling in May of 2018. He actively participates in intramural sporting events at WVU and enjoys serving others through physical therapy.