Kevin T. Murray, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Murray is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland School of Medicine-Department of Physical Therapy, and the E.I.M. Institute of Health Professions. Kevin has over 20 years of experience practicing physical therapy and sports medicine, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS). He has extensive experience working with professional and Division I collegiate athletes, and has a passion to bring that level of excellence for Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement to the High School and Youth Athletic Programs locally. His clinical specialties include Differential Diagnosis, Biomechanics, Osteopathic Spinal Manipulative Therapies, and Sports Medicine with a focus on the spine, shoulder, and foot/ankle pathologies. Kevin is also Nationally Certified as a Specialist in Aquatic Therapy.
Consistent with a lifelong commitment to learning and personal & professional growth, Kevin recently completed several years of additional education to achieve his post-professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT), as well as an MBA based Certificate in Executive Management. His principal role now focuses on developing others to be their personal best, with a goal of modeling the primary directive for all Gold Medal Team Members: "Be a Blessing".
Kevin enjoys being involved with his three children's sports teams, spending time outdoors with his family kayaking, biking and walking and volunteering at his church and in community ministries. He lives in Bel Air with his wife and children, ages 17, 14 and 10.
Jeremy S. Stiffler,
PT, DPT, OCS, MTC
Dr. Stiffler serves as the Director of Clinical Development at Gold Medal Physical Therapy. Jeremy also acts as the Resident Supervisor/Mentor for Orthopedic Residents in partnership with Evidence in Motion (EIM) for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has been a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics since 2007 and has been Manual Therapy trained and certified through the
University of St. Augustine, Florida since 2009. He also has training and certification in
Functional Dry Needling - Level 1 through Kinetacore. Jeremy is currently seeking his second Board Certification in Sports Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and is an expert on Golf Fitness Training. Jeremy loves to cook (and grill), and enjoys coaching and training his son and daughter's soccer and lacrosse teams.
Jill A. Katulka, PT
Jill received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA in 1988. Upon graduation, Jill worked at the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, an inpatient rehabilitation facility, in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Since moving to Maryland in 1989, Jill has been working in Harford County in an outpatient setting. Her experiences/interests include treatment of patients with varying diagnosis including orthopedics (general, pre, and post surgical), sports medicine, spinal, and neurological for all age groups. Jill joined Gold Medal Physical Therapy in 2007.
Jill enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She loves exercising and sports of all kinds, as well as being outside, gardening, walking/hiking, skiing, and participating in water sports.
Jennifer Brilliant, PTA
Ms. Brilliant is a 1988 graduate with her A.A. degree in Physical Therapy, from the Central Pennsylvania Business School. She has 23 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics with a special interest in manual therapy. Jennifer spent 8 years studying classical ballet at the world renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has been teaching for over 25 years, most recently at Dancemoves Studio of Dance for the past 11 years. Jennifer's personal and professional passion is to be a valuable resource to dancers in the areas of proper injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Tracey Burns PT, DPT, SCS, ATC
Dr. Burns graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Minor in Biology. Tracey completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2000 at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS). She is a NATABOC certified Athletic Trainer and has experience working with collegiate-level athletes, and is Certified in Level 1 Functional Dry Needling. Tracey has over 10 years Physical Therapy experience working private practice, and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her special interests include general orthopedics and post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as sports conditioning and performance. Tracey enjoys spending time outside golfing, running, biking and skiing, as well as traveling.
Timothy T. Russell, PTA, CSCS, CSST
Mr. Russell is a 2012 graduate of Baltimore City Community College, earning his Associate of Science with highest honors in the Physical Therapy Assistant program. In 2009, Tim graduated from Towson University's Exercise Science program. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Certified Senior Strength Trainer, (CSST) and holds a certification for Functional Movement Systems (FMS) screenings.
A top prospect PTA who was highly sought after by Gold Medal, Tim hopes to continue his education and advance his skills and practice through close contact and mentoring from the Gold Medal residency faculty, with a focus of specializing in biomechanical dysfunctions of the foot/ankle and shoulder pathologies. Current areas of special interest for Tim are sports conditioning/performance through functional screenings and injury prevention programs, geriatrics, neurological conditions, and vestibular rehabilitation. Tim passionately promotes lifetime wellness, and enjoys spending time in the sports community, officiating as an umpire in youth baseball.
Tim plays ultimate frisbee, golf and tennis, and is a Ravens and Orioles fan. Tim enjoys movies, hiking, road trips, the beach, and spending time with his new bride, Whitney, and Zoe, their black lab.
Sarah Groschan, PT, DPT, Orthopedic Specialist Resident (EIM/GMPT)
Dr. Groschan is a graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in January 2013. Sarah received her Bachelor's degree in Health & Science Studies in December 2009 from Quinnipiac University. Sarah is a passionate and skillful therapist, dedicated to the continual pursuit of personal and professional growth. Her areas of interest include the management of postural dysfunctions and balance disorders, as well as spine, shoulder, and knee rehabilitation.
Sarah is currently enrolled in an intensive Orthopedic Residency Program here at Gold Medal Physical Therapy in Partnership with Evidence in Motion (EIM Institute of Health Professions). Through this Accredited Specialist training program, she will obtain her Orthopedic Specialist Board Certification (OCS) - less than 5% of all currently employed Physical Therapists in the United States attain the distinction of Orthopedic Certified Specialist. This is a two-year program involving rigorous academic studies combined with 1-on-1 Mentorship time from the three Board Certified Orthopedic Specialists who are already part of the Team here at Gold Medal. In addition, Sarah will be taking courses and training to sit for her Manual Therapy Certification, to add to her already exceptional level of skill, expertise and specialization. Sarah loves baking, playing golf, and painting pottery. She enjoys hanging out with her family and her significant other, Ricky, on weekend's playing cards, watching movies, and cooking dinner. Sarah also likes to travel to the beach and to Connecticut to visit family & friends.
Erin E. Derenick, PT, DPT, CSST
Dr. Derenick received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania in 2006. She returned to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Misericordia University in 2009. After graduation in 2006, Erin moved to Harford County Maryland, where she has worked in a variety of Physical Therapy settings to gain a broad experience level. Her diverse experience includes Outpatient Orthopedics, Geriatrics and Home Health settings. Over the past 8 years of practice, Erin has gained expertise in multiple areas, including Orthopedics (surgical and non-surgical), Sports Medicine, Aquatics, Spine Care, Neurological Rehabilitation, Vestibular and Balance Dysfunctions, Body Mechanics, and Work Hardening. She enjoys working with patients of all ages from pediatric to adolescent, adult, and geriatric. Erin's special interests include Patient Education, Injury Prevention and Developing Individualized Wellness Programs, which she tailors to benefit all age groups and body types in the community.
Erin enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, especially chasing after her 2-year-old son and yellow lab at the playground and beach, or running on the Ma & Pa Trail. She loves being a part of her community, especially volunteering at her church and participating in charity events.
"Erin and Tim were a God-send! They really helped me get my broken foot and sprained ankle back into good working order. I am very thankful for all their knowledge and expertise! The whole staff was wonderful! Gold Medal PT is a great place to come for PT! Thank you, everyone, for your help. I really appreciate it. Hope you all have a great summer. I know I will!"
"Excellent as always, highly recommend. Love how you treat the problem and think of ways to do it and not just go through the motions."
"Gold Medal Physical Therapy stood by me every step of the way from surgery to rehab to half marathon training. Thank you."
"My care at Gold Medal was wonderful! I am out of pain and know how to prevent further injury. Thank you."
"My running is becoming pain free. :) The staff is awesome!"
"I have to tell you that I am learning new and better ways of preventing my back pain."
"My experience here has been wonderful. Everyone I had contact with has been great. I would recommend anyone to come here."
"Gold Medal has been helping me tremendously. I have suffered for 23 years and finally feel some relief. I would recommend highly."
"Sarah is awesome! A + + + all the way! Thank you for a positive and successful experience."
"Gold Medal is awesome! They took super care of me and my foot!"
"The staff has been great. I especially appreciate the flexibility in rescheduling an appointment with little lead time."
"My back has lost the pain that sent me here and I appreciate all that you did for me."
"Gold Medal is great. Everyone from the front desk, insurance, techs and therapists are great and always very helpful."
"The staff is awesome. Friendly and courteous everytime I come in. Schedule times are always flexible."
"This was my first therapy experience. You all set the 'bar' so high! What a great experience. Everyone was so nice & friendly! Thank you for making therapy a great experience!"
"I was very pleased with my whole experience with Gold Medal. All the therapists and staff were wonderful. I would highly recommend Gold Medal to anyone who needs therapy. Thanks."
"I love coming here when I have back problems. The staff is very friendly and lovely. You feel great and special when you come here. Tracey is great. She does magic."
"It helped a lot for me to understand why I was doing the exercises I was doing. Dave was GREAT at explaining the exercises and re-assessing me doing them. The office staff was great. They were always friendly and knowledgeable. I will recommend Gold Medal to anyone! Thank you!!"
"I am very pleased with my physical therapy. I love all the therapists (especially Al). I feel like I made a lot of progress. Thanks to all of you."
"I was very pleased with my whole experience with Gold Medal. All the therapists and staff were wonderful. I would highly recommend Gold Medal to anyone who needs therapy. Thanks."
"This was my first therapy experience. You all set the "bar" so high! What a great experience. Everyone was so nice & friendly. Thank you for making therapy a great experience!"
"I am pleased with the professional operation - reminder calls, flexibility when I have run late. "No problem" & "No worries" are very reassuring as a patient & reduces stress. Thanks very much for everything!"
"The entire staff worked so great with me. The experience was beyond just therapy. If anyone asked I would tell them to run to Gold Medal Physical Therapy. Thank you and God bless."
"You guys have been amazing. The staff is fantastic, helpful, knowledgeable and took great care of me. Thanks to all of you."
"Very knowledgeable, and very skilled in their craft. They always help me, and I feel better. I have great confidence in Kevin and his team at Gold Medal Physical Therapy. They are in a class by themselves."
"I got surgery on my ankle and once it was time for PT, you guys took great care of me. Thank you all!"
"I came to you with very little movement in my arm. I'm back to moving my arm and working with children without pain and the fear that I could be hurt by a simple pull from a little hand. The entire staff has been fantastic!"
"I've been to many physical therapy offices, your office is the best by FAR. More hands on by the therapist."
"Keep up the good work! Everything was very prompt, friendly, and smooth!"
"Thank you to all your wonderful staff for the help in achieving my goal of healing and getting better. Great therapists and staff! Thanks and good luck to everyone."
"I came in with a problem and it was quickly diagnosed & therapy prescribed. I am 100% cured."
"You did GREAT!!! Tracey and Al are both wonderful. They have given me my independence back. Their expertise, kindness and caring are so "over the top" that it is difficult to explain. Thanks."
"I truly enjoyed everyone who has taken care of me. You guys are awesome!!"
"Problems with pain, movement and strength due to carpal tunnel in both wrists. I now have "happy" hands that work."
"Thank you for making me feel better. The staff at Bel Air are wonderful. They are all very nice, patient, kind and professional."
"Jill was awesome! The receptionist was super friendly and organized. The entire staff was highly professional & always had a smile on their face.... a totally caring environment. The facilities were beautifully decorated, seems silly, but a real plus. Made you feel like you were in a Spa - not PT. Love Gold Medal!! I would recommend you guys to anyone without reservations."
"I came to GMPT after I realized I couldn't zip up my dress. Yeeks!!!! The improvement in my ROM and strength is significant. Thanks to everyone's effort, I was able to rappel down a 17 story building with my frozen shoulder."
"I came in with a lower back injury that was preventing me from running. Thanks to Tracey, I was able to finish my 34th half marathon."
"Both Jeremy and Jill have been extremely helpful and very very pleasant! I would NOT hesitate to tell everyone to come to Gold Medal. My treatments have been outstanding."
"I've been very pleased all the way around - with both the professional knowledge & physical treatment as well as the personal friendliness of all the staff. I felt personally very well cared for. Many thanks."
"Staff was exceptional. Always a pleasure to deal with!!"
"I had knee replacement surgery this year and had a great experience at Gold Medal. I worked with Bryan the most, and I think he is excellent!! Thank you all so much."
"The care I received from Dave was excellent. My arm is 100% better. The staff was also excellent."
"I was able to regain my ankle strength to the same level as my good ankle. This is the third joint issue you have treated me for and all 3 times I have been ver pleased with the results. Thank you."
"I have received great care from Dave. He is most knowledgable in his field of therapy. I will definitely recommend all who have a need to call Gold Medal."
"Terrific! I learned a lot and you helped me recover from sciatic problems. Plus, everyone is so nice."
"It took a year and a half, but I am much stronger, with less pain and some good habits. Great people."
"You were all so incredibly kind to me when I struggled through my pain. As I moved on to different treatment and several second opinions, I learned that not everyone shares their knowledge as you did nor do they share their support & kindness as everyone did in Perry Hall and at the Brick Bodies site."
"This has been the best PT experience. The best staff, the best service, and the very best care. Thank you!"
"The staff members are attentive, diligent and so very friendly. My therapist, Bryan, listened to my concerns, was sympathetic, and focused on the therapy needed on that day. He also helped me understand exercises were important to do at home."
"I can not believe the care I have received. Everyone has been kind, thoughtful and professional. You can be sure that I will recommend friends to Gold Medal. Thank you for your care."
"I usually saw Jill for my herniated disc in my lower back, and also saw Jennifer several times. Both are exceptional therapists, always mindful of my pain level, and never pushed too far. Thank you so much."
"I came to GMPT because of pain in my back and down my right arm. Jill put me on a plan that really improved my back, neck and arm. It makes it easy to come when you are treated as a person and not just an appointment."
"I'm always raving about the staff at Gold Medal and everything they've done for me. I had been dealing with back pain for years, and finally sought treatment. After a few weeks at Gold Medal, I was walking pain free and standing up straight, which made my mother very happy! I recommend GMPT to all of my friends!"
Play Action Sports/
Top of the Bay Sports/ iLAX
"Everyone at GMPT has been absolutely great. I was more than pleased with the care, patience, knowledge and encouragement from the staff. Thanks to Jennifer and Jeremy for all their help. I appreciate it so much!"
"Everyone was attentive and professional. My questions were taken seriously and answered sincerely. I would definitely recommend GMPT to my family & friends."
"The staff did great, very professional and courteous. Therapy was very good. I'm leaving feeling much better and greatly improved with my movement and overall feeling. Great Job. I'll recommend your staff any time."
"Outstanding care & customer service. Continue with the course you are on!"
"I felt the office was very nice and helpful. Therapy staff very good, explains everything and listens to patient. Great with children."
"Great! Everyone very friendly. Impressed with level of expertise & knowledge."
"Fabulous! Always a nice welcome and great people, and a lot of physical improvement. Thanks for everything!"