CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Physiotherapist receives orthopedic specialist certification – The Gilmer Mirror

Longview, August 22, 2022 – Kevin Johns, PT, ScD, OCS, COMT, ATC/L of Longview has been awarded the professional designation of Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA ).

Johns specializes in the identification and rehabilitation of various nonoperative and postoperative orthopedic conditions. He is particularly interested in using orthopedic manual therapy techniques to facilitate patient outcomes. With a background in athletic training, he is interested in the safe return to sport for athletes recovering from injury.

“Becoming a Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy demonstrates a commitment to learning and pursuing the highest level of skill with which to best serve my patients,” Johns said.

Kevin graduated in 1990 from Texas Woman’s University at Denton, with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. In May 2019, he graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock with a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy. Kevin Johns is a physical therapist at the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Institute of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation Services. This fall semester he will also be an Adjunct Professor in the Physiotherapy Assistant Program at Kilgore College in Kilgore.

“Kevin certainly represents our core values ​​of Excellence and CHRISTUS Stewardship,” said Gene Constantine OTR, MHS, CHT, Director – Rehabilitation Services. Good Shepherd CHRISTUS Health System. “He consistently provides exceptional care to his patients and is always ready to share his vast knowledge with his colleagues and students. Kevin’s recent certification as an orthopedic specialist further strengthens our rehabilitation program with the continued expansion of orthopedic and sports medicine services offered at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd.

To obtain board certification, candidates must show evidence of required clinical practice in one of nine specialty areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports and Physiotherapy for women’s health. In addition, candidates must pass a rigorous examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical skills in a specialized area of ​​physical therapist practice.

Certifications are valid for 10 years. For recertification, ABPTS has developed a maintenance model that emphasizes the continuing competence of the physiotherapy specialist. This new model of “maintenance of specialist certification” includes the following elements: professional status and direct patient care hours, commitment to lifelong learning through professional development, practice performance through examples of patient care and clinical reasoning, and cognitive expertise through a knowledge of the profession test. To date, more than 16,000 physiotherapists are board-certified clinical specialists.

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About the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

ABPTS was established by APTA as the governing body that awards certification to physiotherapists who meet approved requirements. ABPTS oversees the certification of clinical specialists in physiotherapy and the maintenance of specialist certification programs and awards certificates to physiotherapists who meet approved requirements.

The CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System includes: CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview (425 beds); CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall (149 beds); stand-alone emergency services, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd NorthPark and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Emergency Center – Kilgore; medically integrated wellness centers, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd LifeCenter; and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the multi-specialty medical group of CHRISTUS Health, with more than 1,300 clinicians representing more than 300 sites serving Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. For more information on the services available through the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System, visit

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