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AQx Advisory Board

Advisory Board Mission

"The mission of the AQx Sports Advisory Board is to engage in positive discourse about research, ideas, concepts, innovations, etc. relative to aquatic training, conditioning, and rehabilitation with other committed professionals. We will also look at this opportunity as a way to further explore how we can bridge the gap between land and aquatic-based activities to enhance the quality of life for people of all populations."

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Member Biographies



Garry Killgore Ph.D.

Dr. Garry Killgore is the President and one of the founding partners of AQx. He oversees all business operations including management of the AQx Corporate Headquarters, product development, authoring research articles, and leading training clinics. Killgore is a Full Professor and Academic Chair of Human Performance at Linfield College and earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics in 2003. He has published and presented on the biomechanics of running both on land and in water, prevention of running-related injuries and scientific concepts applied to coaching. His specialty is alternative training and rehabilitation for athletes. He was first certified as an American Red Cross lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor in 1980 and has held several aquatic-related positions with a variety of organizations, most notably, Oregon State University’s Summer Youth programs, 4-H Camps, and the Boy Scouts of America where he served as the Aquatics Director. He was recently named the Linfield College “Edith Green Distinguished Professor” for 2010 and the 2008 College/University Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the State of Oregon. Killgore has delivered presentations on water training and conditioning to a variety of audiences all over the U.S., most notably at the International Aquatic Fitness/AEA Conference, World Aquatic Health Conference, USA Track and Field Association’s national conference (Podium Project), and the NW Associations of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Training Association, as well as in England, Ireland, and Spain.

Killgore just completed his 21st year as Linfield College’s (NCAA III) Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Coach. Killgore was named NCAA III Indoor and Outdoor T&F Men’s Coach of the Year and Women’s Coach of the Year for the West Region in 2007 and 2006 respectively, and the Indoor Track and Field Coach of the year in 2009 and 2010. He was also named the Northwest Conference Men’s T&F Coach of the Year in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2007. In addition, he was named Women’s T&F Coach of the Year in 1993 and in 1996. Lastly, Killgore’s athletes have earned nine national titles, sixteen national runners-up, and over 96 all-american and 87 academic all-american honors, a “National Field Event Athlete of the year for NCAA III T&F”, a NCAA Woman of the year award, as well as competed in the 1992 and 1996 Canadian Olympic Trials (PV) and the 1996 and 2000 US Olympic Trials (1500/800).



Bruce Becker M.D.

A graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Becker completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington. Prior to moving to Spokane, Dr. Becker was an Associate Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine as well as Residency Program Director for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Wayne State University School of Medicine. He served as Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan from January, 1992 until June, 1998. He moved to Spokane to serve as Medical Director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute from June 1998 until January 2006. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and also holds the title of Research Professor at Washington State University, where he is Director of the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute.

Prior to assuming those roles, he was in private practice with Rehabilitation Medicine Associates in Eugene, Oregon, where he founded the Oregon Rehabilitation Center, and served as its Medical Director for many years. He has been interested in fitness, conditioning and the medical problems of the performing athlete throughout his career. He has a major interest in aquatic rehabilitation, and is President of the American Society of Medical Hydrology. In 1997, Dr. Becker and Andrew Cole, MD co-authored the textbook Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy published by Butterworth-Heinemann, which is also published in Portuguese and German. The second edition of the textbook was published in 2002 by Elsevier, and a third edition is in progress. He has published chapters on aquatic therapy in most of the leading textbooks in rehabilitation, and lectured nationally and internationally in the area of aquatics. In 1996, Dr. Becker was chosen for listing in Best Doctors in America, Midwest Edition by Woodward and White, and was honored by his peers every year from 1998 to the present through his selection to the Best Doctors in America: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation listings. In 1999, Dr. Becker was named Aquatic Professional of the Year by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute at their annual meeting in San Diego. He was named to the Power 25 in Aquatics by Aquatics Magazine in 2006.



John Andrew DPT, CSCS

John was born in Portland, OR in 1972 and has lived in the Willamette Valley ever since. He resides in McMinnville, OR with his wife and two daughters. John feels that "simple pleasures" are the best and enjoys nothing more than a hike with the family or a day at the Park. His hobbies typically revolve around activities that he can do with the family but he also enjoys mountain biking, surfing and weight training. John believes in healthy living and tries to make it a lifestyle which includes a healthy diet, exercise and a balance between work and play with time with the family being a high priority. John has also competed as an all natural bodybuilder (no steroids) and has won 1st place in the Oregon Iron Man Naturally Competition for two consecutive years before starting his family.

John Andrew, DPT received his undergraduate Pre-Physical Therapy degree from Northwest Nazarene University located in Nampa, ID in 1995 and then went on to complete his Master's degree in Physical Therapy (MPT) from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND in 1998. John also attained his Certified Specialist in Conditioning & Strengthening (CSCS) certification in 1997 from the National Strength & Conditioning Association. This makes him an expert in the field of designing strength & conditioning programs for athletes and non-athletes alike. Most recently, in December of 2007 Mr. Andrew received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. These studies emphasized orthopedic injuries so he is an expert in his field when it comes to orthopedic rehab of neck, back, shoulder, knee and ankle/foot injuries. In addition to his advanced degrees, John has over 11 years of full-time clinical experience which has always been in the field of orthopedics.

However, perhaps just as important of any of the above credentials, John is at heart a caring person and enjoys nothing more than helping patients feel better in any way that he can. He is happiest when he is serving others and encouraging them towards reaching their goals.


Mike Allen PT, ATC, CSCS

After graduating with a Masters in physical therapy from Wichita state university in 1994, Mike began working with athletes at all level both from a rehabilitation and performance perspective. In 1995, Mike joined the Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver as director of rehabilitation services and has continued to develop progressive, evidence based treatment protocols. Mike has worked with the Broncos and remains on the Colorado Rockies medical staff. Exposure to these professional teams strongly influenced the multidisciplinary design to the rehabilitation department at Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver. Mike has authored/co-authored two chapters and has presented at many professional meetings on a number of topics related to shoulder and knee rehabilitation. He resides in Colorado with his wife and three kids.



Timothy DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, AQx CMT

Tim graduated from Endicott College in 2003 with his Bachelor’s degree in science/athletic training. While at Endicott Tim was a four year member of the varsity men’s basketball team. Tim immediately went on to the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006. Upon graduation from Umass Lowell he began working as a physical therapist at Peak Performance Physical Therapy in Swampscott, MA. Peak Performance offers/specializes in orthopedic, sports, and aquatic physical therapy. In addition to general population surgical/non-surgical based patients, Peak Performance works directly with a number of collegiate and amateur level athletes from the Greater-Boston area to rehabilitate address competition limiting injury.

Outside of his role as a full-time physical therapist Tim is an adjunct faculty member at Salem State College and founded/owns TD Athletes Edge, LLC. TD Athletes Edge brings a results-driven and fresh approach to performance training and rehabilitation in both land and aquatic settings. TDAE has worked with a number of D1/professional level teams (including the Cleveland Cavaliers, University of Kentucky, University of Oregon, and two-time ABA Champion Vermont Frostheaves). Tim has a passion for working with athletes and patients of all levels to help them achieve their goals and reach their performance potential.



Pauline Ivens, MS

Pauline Ivens has 37 years of knowledge and experience in movement education. She continues to travel nationally and internationally teaching and training water exercise professionals, as well as writing and designing new materials for water exercise education. Pauline earned a Masters in Adapted Physical Education at the University of Oregon. She is certified by AEA and ACE, and is a Training Specialist for AEA. Pauline is also a Watsu Practitioner and White Belt Nia Teacher. Pauline is frequently published in AKWA and OnSite Fitness. In 1997 Pauline was awarded the Aquatic Fitness Professional Global Award for excellence in aquatic fitness leadership and education.


Matt Silvers Ph.D., CSCS

Matt Silvers is an assistant professor of exercise science in his third year at Eastern Washington University. He received his B.S. (Kinesiology) from Washington State University and his M.S. (Sport Science) and Ph.D. (Exercise Physiology) degrees from the University of Idaho. While on the Palouse, Matt volunteered with the Cougar Athletics and Vandal Athletics Strength and Conditioning programs, served as the Head Cross Country Coach for Pullman High School, and taught several strength and conditioning courses for both universities. At EWU, Matt teaches undergraduate courses in anatomy, nutrition, fitness concepts, strength and conditioning, and exercise science. His personal and professional interests include running and triathlon training, coaching endurance athletes, circuit training, and researching cross training methods for runners (strength and conditioning, aquatic running, etc.).



Guido Van Ryssegem MS, ATC, CSCS, NBFE, RN

Mr. Guido Van Ryssegem is co-owner and co-founder of Safe Recovery, LLC a well as the Director of the Oregon National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been in clinical practice for 26 years and has been working in the strength and conditioning arena for 23 years. Guido has a wide range of expertise including the shoulder girdle, adverse neural tension and corrective exercises. He is an Adjunct Professor at Oregon State University in the Athletic Training program and has published in the Asian Journal of Martial Arts. He has practiced for the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles. His expertise extends to Kinetic Integrations Exercise Specialists. He is a board certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Registered Nurse (RN) and Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) while also certified by the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE).

Guido also serves as the Oregon committee chair for emerging practices and reimbursement for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and Committee Chair of the Oregon CEPAT committee (Clinical and Emerging Practices in Athletic Training). Guido developed the Kinetic Integrations Exercise certification program that includes the Kinetic Integrations Exercise Professional (KIEP) certification, a corrective exercise approach to resolve movement dysfunctions.



Mary O. Wykle, Ph.D.

Mary O. Wykle, Ph.D. offers consulting workshops in aquatics and wellness through her company, MW Associates. Dr. Wykle is the contractor for development and implementation of the Army’s Aquatic Rehabilitation Program for the Office of the Surgeon General and specifically the Proponency Office for Rehabilitation and Reintegration. She holds multiple certifications in aquatics and fitness. Mary is a senior instructor and serves on various committees for ATRI and presenter and Advisory Board Member for AEA/IAFC. Her Aquatic Pi-Yo-Chi™ course is a specialty certificate for AEA. Dr. Wykle is Chair of the Visiting Committee for the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences at West Virginia University. She is the recipient of numerous national and international awards.


Chris Angel

Nike/SPARQ, AQx, Personal Trainer


Robyn Dreibelbis

Physiology before deciding to attend medical school. After graduating from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the in 1995, she decided to relocate to the Northwest to complete her residency in Family Medicine at Eastmoreland Hospital, Portland, OR. Upon completion of her residency in 1998, she began her private practice in McMinnville, OR where she specializes in Family Medicine with a special interest in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Dreibelbis has been involved with the Linfield College Athletic Training program since 2000. She has served as a Team Physician since that time, staffing both injury clinics for the athletes, as well as sporting events. She is the Medical Director for Linfield College Athletic Training Department and hosts Athletic Training students, Physician Assistant students, and Osteopathic Medical students in her office for clinical rotations. She is an Associate Clinical Professor for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Currently, she is the President-Elect of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO). She has also served as a Delegate to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), representing the state of Oregon. Giving back to people and the community is very important to her. She continues to be involved in her local community by serving on the Board of Trustees for the local hospital, serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for 2009, and being involved in Physician Leadership through both the Physician Leadership Group, as well as, the Credentials Committee.

Dr. Dreibelbis currently lives in McMinnville, OR with her husband and 2 boys. She enjoys cycling, general fitness activities, and any activity that she can do with her family.


Ken Schmidt

Internal Medicine, Physician's Medical Center


Gary Gutierrez B.S.

Aquatics Director/Swimming Coach/Instructional Associate, Linfield College


Tim Flora D.C.

Owner, Flora Chiropractic


Ted Forcum D.C., DACBSP, CSCS

Chiropractor/Owner, Back in Motion Sports Injuries Clinic


Greg Hill ATC, CSCS

Athletic Director/Assistant Professor, Linfield College


Laura Kenow ATC

Program Director/Athletic Trainer/Associate Professor, Linfield College


Heike McNeil Ph.D.

Specialist/Head Cross Country&Track and Field Coach, NW Christian University



Physical Therapist/Certified Athletic Trainer/Board Certified Orthopedics/Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy/Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, EUGENE PHYSICAL THERAPY, LLC


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List of Members:

Garry Killgore


McMinnville, OR

Bruce Becker


Spokane, WA

Chris Angel


Beaverton, OR

Robyn Dreibelbis


McMinnville, OR

Ken Schmidt


McMinnville, OR

John Andrew


McMinnville, OR

Mike Allen


Denver, CO

Tim Difrancesco


Salem, MA

Pauline Ivens


Eureka, CA

Gary Gutierrez


Portland, OR

Matt Silvers


Spokane, WA

Tim Flora


McMinnville, OR

Ted Forcum


Beaverton, OR

Greg Hill


McMinnville, OR

Laura Kenow


McMinnville, OR

Heike McNeil


Eugene, OR

Guido Van Ryssegem


Corvallis, OR

Mary Wykle


Morgantown, WV

Jeff Giulietti


Eugene, OR



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