Dear prospective Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy Resident- 

First off, thank you for your consideration and interest in our Orthopaedic or Sports Physical Therapy Residency at Mercy Health.  Our vision is to assist motivated individuals that are looking to improve their physical therapy clinical decision making with a multimodal program that is designed to improve patient outcomes .  This program includes structured 1:1 mentoring from board certified faculty in combination with a diverse didactic program along with the ability to obtain a certification in manual therapy at the culmination of the residency. Our goal is not only to prepare the resident for passing their specialist exam, but also to become a lifelong learner and a leader in the orthopaedic and sports physical therapy profession. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me us with any further questions about our program.  


Jamie Schwartz, Director of Orthopedic Residency
Rachel Heyl, Director of Sports Residency

Program Directors

Jamie Schwartz PT, DPT, OCS

Jamie is the director of the Mercy Health- Cincinnati Orthopaedic Residency and he has a passion for “life-long learning” and mentoring.  He obtained his physical therapy degree from The University of Cincinnati in December 2004.  He sat and obtained Board Certification in Orthopedics in 2007.  In 2012, he completed a transitional doctorate program from Regis University in Denver Colorado.  After obtaining his clinical doctorate, he became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Findlay and teaches a manual therapy elective in their PT program. Currently he is enrolled in an Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program and is scheduled to graduate in the fall of 2019.  He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and American Academy for Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.  Outside of work he likes to camp, hike, golf, and spend time with his family.

Rachel Heyl PT, MEd, SCS, ATC

Rachel is the director of the Sports Physical Therapy residency program at Mercy Health – Cincinnati.  She graduated from Ohio University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.  Upon graduation, she was employed in the clinic and high school settings while pursuing her Master of Education in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Cincinnati.  She returned to the University of Cincinnati for Physical Therapy and graduated in 1999.  She has over 25 years’ experience in orthopedic and sports medicine rehabilitation, and is an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy.   Rachel has published articles in orthopedic and sports medicine journals.  She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and American Academy for Sports Physical Therapists and Academy of Physical Therapy Education, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Rachel enjoys traveling in her spare time.


Jamie Schwartz PT, DPT, OCS 
Rachel Heyl PT, MEd, SCS, ATC
Tom Long PT, DPT, OCS
Mark Cristell PT, DPT, OCS, cert DN
Amanda Van Winkle PT, DPT, ATC, OCS, C-OMT
Marseille Mosher MS, AT
Tyler Hopper AT
Tim Heckmann PT, ATC
Jay Bowers ATC
Dr. Stephen Feagins MD, MBA, FACP
Dr. Amelia Wiggins DO