Jonathan Sylvain, PT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Jonathan Sylvain, PT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Clinical Physical Therapist

Professional Interests:

  • Orthopedic and sports rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Spine care

Jonathan joined Sacred Heart University in August 2013 as a clinical physical therapist and clinical instructor in PT 631 - Evaluation and Intervention I. Prior to joining Sacred Heart, Jonathan was at Duke University where he completed the Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship.  The fellowship program provided Jonathan with invaluable mentorship by expert clinicians in the area of orthopedic manual physical therapy.  Upon completion of the program Jonathan assumed a clinical faculty position within the fellowship program as well as continuing his roles as a clinician and teacher assistant in Musculoskeletal Practice Management and Manual Therapy Elective lectures within the Duke DPT program.

He is board certified as an orthopedic physical therapy specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and a fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. His area of specialty care is with patients that have spinal pathology. While at Duke Jonathan provided point of care physical therapy services in Duke’s Spine Clinic working closely with the orthopedic spine surgeons.

Jonathan is an active member with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and the American Physical Therapy Association where he serves as a volunteer for the program services committee and participates in the hip special interest group.

Degrees and Certifications

    • Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
      • Masters of Physical Therapy - January 2008
    • Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
      • Bachelor of Science in Health and Science Studies - May 2006

    Specialty or Specialist Certification/Training

    • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist
      • Orthopedic Certified Specialist - June 2013
    • Duke University Health System, Durham, NC
      • Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy - January 2013

Teaching Responsibilities

    • PT 631 - Evaluation and Intervention I

Research Interests & Grants

    • Manual Therapy
    • Conservative treatment of spinal conditions
    • Development of clinician to patient communication skills
    • Clinical reasoning in the acquisition of expertise in physical therapy

Publications and Presentations

    Loudon JK, Reiman MP, Sylvain J. The Efficacy of Manual Joint Mobilisation/Manipulation in Treatment of Lateral Ankle Sprains: A Systematic Review. Br J Sports Med. Published Online First: (26-8-2013) doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092763.

    Garet M, Reiman M, Mathers J, Sylvain J. Conservative Treatment in Lumbar Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis: A Systematic Review, Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 2013; 5(3), 225-232.


    North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference: 

               Evidence Based Application of Manual Therapy Techniques for the Spine, May 2013.

    Poster presentation at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego:

    Conservative Treatment in Lumbar Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis: A Systematic Review, January 2013.

    North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference:

                Manual Therapy Techniques for Common Running Injuries, October 2012.

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
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    Wm H. Pitt Ctr
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