• Faculty
    • IHL Role: Continuing Education Course Instructor
    • Employer: Daemen College
    • Email: RSchenk@daemen.edu

    Dr. Ron Schenk is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Daemen College, where he teaches in their DPT program and is Director of the Fellowship program in OMPT.  Dr. Schenk earned his BS and MS degrees at Ithaca College and his PhD from the University at Buffalo.  A Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, he is Diplomaed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the McKenzie Institute, USA and is Director of the McKenzie USA Orthopaedic Residency and OMPT Fellowship programs. He has completed Dr. Shirley Sahrmann’s course sequence in Diagnosis and Treatment of Muscle Imbalances and is active in clinical practice with the Catholic Health System of Buffalo.  He was awarded the AAOMPT “Teach I Must Award” in 2011, the McKenzie Institute International “Extension Award” in 2016, and the “Mike Hage Award” by the Rehab Institute of Chicago in 2017.  Dr. Schenk has published in several peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national and international conferences.

    Doctorate: PhD, University at Buffalo

    Certification: Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist

    Certification: Diplomaed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, McKenzie Institute

    Residency: Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, Gulf Coast Graduate Physical Therapy Institute

    Masters: Sports Medicine, Ithaca College

    Bachelors: Physical Therapy, Ithaca College

    Efficacy of neuromusculoskeletal physical therapy examination and intervention; spinal stabilization. 

    Chair McKenzie Institute USA 2013-present
    AAOMPT Practice Affairs Committee 2007-present
    APTA Manipulation Task Force Committee 2007-present

    Member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopaedic and Education Sections.
    Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
    Member of the McKenzie Institute USA. 


    Stowell T, Schenk R, Hellman M, Ladeira C.  A Preliminary Analysis of Outcomes and End Range Procedures Used to Achieve Centralization in People with Low Back Pain. J Man Manip Ther. 2017;26(1):43-51.

    Rose T, Butler J, Salinas N, Stolzfus R, Wheatly T, Schenk R. Measurement of outcomes in people with centralized vs. non-centralized neck pain. J Man Manip Ther. 2016;24(5):264-268.

    Zhou K, Brogan M, Schenk R The wound healing trajectory and predictors with electric stimulation. European Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2016;46(12):1017-1023.

    Schenk R, Burke S, Lynch K, Moghul Z, Young C, Saviola K. The reliability of the cervical relocation test on people with and without a history of neck pain. J Man Manip Ther. 2016;24(4):210-214.

    Wise C, Schenk R, Lattanzi J. A model for teaching and learning spinal thrust manipulation and its effect on participant confidence in technique performance. J Man Manip Ther. 2016;24(3):141-150.

    Wise C, Schenk R. Therapueutic exercise strategies for disorders of the spine: in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: From Art to Evidence. CW Wise, FA Davis, Philadelphia. 2015.

    Schenk R, Lawrence H, Lorenzetti, J, Marshall, W, Whelan G, Zeiss R. The relationship between Quebec Task Force classification and outcome in patients with low back pain treated through Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. J Man Manip Ther. 2016; 2016;24(1):21-25.

    Hahn T, Kelly C, Murphy E, Whissel P, Brown M, Schenk R.  Clinical decision-making in the management of cervical spine derangement: A case study survey using a patient vignette. J Man Manip Ther. 2014;22(2):115-121.

    Schenk R, Dionne C, Simon C, Johnson R.  Effectiveness of mechanical diagnosis and therapy in patients with back pain who meet a clinical prediction rule for spinal manipulation. J Man Manip Ther. 2011.

    Schenk R, Wise CW. Cervical and Thoracic Spine Postoperative Management.  APTA Home Study Course, 2010.

    Wise C, Schenk R. Clinical Decision Making in the Application of Cervical Spine Manipulation, APTA Home Study Course, 2010.                                                                                                      Chen J, Phillips A, Schenk R.  A case study examining the effectiveness of mechanical diagnosis and therapy in a patient who meets the clinical prediction rule for spinal manipulation. 2009. J Man Manip Ther.17(44):216-221.

    Felege, C, Urbank A, Schenk R. Prognosis of outcome in patients who demonstrate a lumbar direction of preference.  Int J Mech Diag Ther. 2009; 4(1):16-23.

    Schenk R, Bhaidani T, Boswell M, Kelley J, Kruchowsky T.  Inclusion of mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) in the management of cervical radiculopathy: A case report.  J Man Manip Ther. 2008;16(1): E2-E8.

    DiGiovanni V, Parker J, Kelley J, Brown K, Schenk R.  Mechanical diagnosis and therapy compared to other approaches in the management of acute and subacute LBP. Int J Mech Diag Ther. 2007;2(3):17-26.

    Schenk R, Coons L, Bennett S, Hujbrejts P.   A case study illustrating orthopaedic manual and vestibular physical therapy co-management.  J Man Manip Ther. 2006;14(3):E56-E68.

    Miller E, Schenk R, Karnes J, Rousselle J.  A comparison of the McKenzie approach to a specific spine stabilization program for chronic low back pain.  J Man Manip Ther. 2005;13:103-112.                                                                                                    Schenk R, Jozefczyk C, Kopf A. A randomized trial comparing therapeutic interventions in patients with lumbar posterior derangement.  J Man Manip Ther. 2003;11:95-102.

    Schenk R.  An integrated approach to examination of the upper cervical spine.  American Physical Therapy Association Home Study Course.  July 2003;13:3.     

    Bennett S, Schenk R, Simmons E.  Cervical spine range of motion in performing functional tasks.  J Spinal Disord.  2002;15:307-311.

    Lapier T, Schenk R.  Orthopaedic consideratons following open heart surgery.  Cardiopulm Phys Ther J.  2002;13(2).

    Schenk R, MacDiarmid A, Rousselle J.  The effects of muscle energy technique on lumbar range of motion.  J Man Manip Ther. 1997;5(4):179-183.

    Nugent C, Klein P, Schenk R.  Test development and validation of a back education posttest.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1996:24.

    Schenk R.  A combined approach to lumbar examination.  J Man Manip Ther.1996;4:77-80.

    Schenk R, Doran R, Stachura J.  Learning effects of a back education program.  Spine. 1996;21.

    Schenk R, Adelman KA, Rousselle J.  Effects of muscle energy technique on cervical range of motion.  J Man Manip Ther. 1994;2:149-155.