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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

About the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

The Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a 54-week program beginning the 3rd week in July and concluding July 31 the following year. The residency is conducted at prominent locations within the Twin Cities Orthopedics organization.

Current Residents

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Shania Gonzales, PT, DPT
Shania Gonzales was born in Boise, Idaho but moved to Waconia, Minnesota at the age of 12 and has stayed in Minnesota ever since. She then attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for her undergraduate degree, receiving a B.S. in Kinesiology. Following undergraduate, Shania completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. In her free time, Shania enjoys playing with her dog Finn, working out and watching sports (especially hockey).



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Aubrey Krahn, PT, DPT
Aubrey Krahn was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she graduated in 2018 with a bachelors in health science, majoring in kinesiology and minoring in psychology. Aubrey was a member of the Division 1 Women’s soccer team throughout her undergraduate degree. From there, she completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, graduating in 2022. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, spending time outdoors and watching Wisconsin sports teams.




At Twin Cities Orthopedics, we are dedicated to developing physical therapists who will become leaders in orthopedic rehabilitation. Our mission is to train physical therapists of diverse experiences and talents to become ambassadors of change, enabling our graduates to transform the field of physical therapy by providing compassionate, science-based physical therapy for patients of all needs and backgrounds. Our clinical training is built upon a challenging curriculum, dedicated mentorship, and institutional support to provide individualized experiences to facilitate the professional goals of each physical therapy resident.


About TCO
Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) is committed to providing world-class service. TCO’s dedicated teams of independent physicians, specialty providers, and care coordinators serve patients in clinic locations, walk-in orthopedic urgent care locations, and numerous other therapy and specialty care settings across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Regardless of the location, TCO delivers an exceptional patient experience, backed by decades of trusted orthopedic and sports medicine care.

Educational Experience

Our residency values and supports professional development by ensuring our residents participate in:

In summary, the residency will help align your ambitions within our organization of highly engaged orthopedic medicine providers, our culture of excellence, and our state-of-the art facilities.

Detailed Information

For additional information on the Twin Cities Orthopedics Orthopedic Physical Therapy program, including salary and benefits, please review the link below or reach out to [email protected] if your questions are not answered.

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Faculty, mentors, and residents work collaboratively to encompass all areas of the current Orthopedic Physical Therapy Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) throughout the duration of the residency. Direct one-on-one clinical and professional practice mentorship is built into the resident’s weekly schedule and curriculum. The clinical mentorship is an essential and highly valuable component of our residency. The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residents will benefit from having dedicated time with several formal clinical mentors during their residency. Each resident will spend 1:1 clinic time directly with each mentor listed below, along with interactions amongst other clinics and professionals. Thus, in addition to planned weekly mentorship, our residents will have many opportunities throughout the planned residency curriculum and schedule to spend time with an array of clinical specialists, benefiting from these educational and professional practice interactions that will enhance their specialty orthopedic physical therapy practice. By completing the residency, the residency can sit for the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification examination by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

Mentor time will include enriched activities such as:


Orthopedic Therapy Residency Director: JW Matheson, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, CSCS

2022-2023 Clinical Mentors

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Application Process

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by December 31.

***For our first cohort of 2022 residents, since our residency application process is listed as a developing program, the timing with access to RF-PTCAS will not align during the 2022 application process. Thus, please apply to the Orthopedic Therapy Residency program by emailing the Orthopedic Residency Director directly at the email at the bottom, including all information listed below in a word or PDF format. Please send all information attached in one email with the subject title: LastName_Orthopedic PT Residency Application

2023 Online Application: Complete entirety of application at RF-PTCAS

Please follow the detailed instructions and complete all information through the RF-PTCAS website, including;

1. Application Review: The selection committee will review each application. Applicants are evaluated by the team based on these criteria:

Applicants must be licensed to practice in Physical Therapy in Minnesota prior to the start of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency.

Applicants must be an active APTA member and Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy (AOPT) member.

2. Interviews: Select candidates will be invited for in-person and/or virtual interviews in February.

3. Orthopedic Residency Acceptance: Selected candidates will receive notification in early March. Acceptance into the program is provisional pending the candidates meeting all conditions of employment with Twin Cities Orthopedics.


For questions not addressed above or in the detailed information section, please send an email to the Orthopedic Therapy Residency Director at [email protected].