Physical Therapy Residency Program

Why choose a residency program?

In addition to structured 1:1 mentorship from board-certified, fellowship-trained and experienced clinicians, the residency will also prepare participants to earn American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) certification as an orthopaedic clinical specialist following completion of the program. The board has published and shown higher board certification passage rates for residency graduates versus non-residency graduates. 

Program Mission

The mission of the Holy Cross Hospital Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is to provide the foundation for clinicians to become leaders who contribute to orthopaedic physical therapy as lifelong learners and educators. The program will develop clinicians who provide compassionate, patient-centered and evidence-based care.

Program Goals 

1.Support the mission, vision and core values of Holy Cross Hospital and its Orthopaedic Rehabilitation department 

2.Provide advanced and innovative didactic and clinical instruction to residents to become board-certified orthopaedic clinicians

3.Facilitate the development of lifelong learners and educators

4.Develop residents into professionals who can adequately analyze and contribute to literature and evidence-based practice

5.Obtain and maintain ABPTRFE accreditation as an orthopaedic physical therapy residency


Residency Program Information

Accreditation: The residency program is currently in the candidacy status of accreditation. The program is seeking to earn ABPTRFE accreditation for the 2019-2020 cycle. Potential program candidates are encouraged to apply and will be updated on accreditation status once a ABPTRFE decision has been made.

Program Length: 13 months 

Tuition: There are no tuition costs for the residency program.

Employment: Residents are full-time, exempt employees of Holy Cross throughout the duration of the program. Residents will earn a salary of ~75% of an entry-level staff physical therapist and are eligible for benefits including health and dental insurance, paid time off and potential travel reimbursement for presentation at a national or state conference.  Residents may be eligible for student loan deferment during their time in the program. Please check with your lender to confirm deferment eligibility. 

Curriculum: Residents will partake in weekly didactic and clinical education activities in accordance with the most current edition of the ABPTRFE Description of Residency Practice: Orthopaedics. The curriculum will be separated into learning units including, but not limited to, exercise prescription, differential diagnosis, evidence-based practice, upper extremity, lower extremity, lumbosacral, cervicothoracic and musculoskeletal imaging. In addition to educational activities, residents will also have weekly structured 1:1 mentorship from residency faculty to improve clinical reasoning, manual interventions and patient outcomes. 

Admission Requirements 

1.Obtain state of Florida physical therapy licensure prior to the beginning of the program 

2.Graduate from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program

3.Complete the online application form 

4.Three letters of recommendation (two clinical, one academic)

5.On-site panel interview 


Program Faculty 

Alex Bonhomme, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT 

Matthew Waggoner, PT, DPT, MTC, KTCC, FAAOMPT 

Robert Blake, PT, DPT, MTC, FAAOMPT

Michael Swaby, PT, DPT, CMPT

Sarah Maceda, OTR/L, CHT 

Learn more about physical therapy clinical residency and fellowship programs:

For additional information, please contact: 

Alex Bonhomme, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT