Meet the Director and Team — Sports Physical Therapy Residency in Cincinnati

Welcome From the Program Director

Dear prospective sports physical therapy resident, 

First off, thank you for your consideration and interest in our 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 one-on-one mentoring from board-certified faculty in combination with a diverse didactic program along with the ability to obtain a certification in manual therapy and dry needling 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 orthopedic and sports physical therapy profession. 

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


Rachel Heyl

Program Director

Rachel Heyl PT, MEd, ATC, SCS, OMT-C

Rachel is the director of the Mercy Health Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program in Cincinnati. She started her education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Ohio University in 1992. From there she worked in the high school and clinical setting while pursuing her Master of Education in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Cincinnati. She then obtained her physical therapy degree from The University of Cincinnati in December of 1999. She acquired her board certification in sports in 2008 and in 2018. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and National Athletic Trainers Association. Outside of work she likes to travel and spend time with her family.


Tiffany Godlove, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS, OMT-C
Tyler Marshall, PT, SCS
Hughston Kirby, PT, DPT, CSCS, SCS, OMT-C

Contact Us

Program Director: Rachel Heyl, PT, MEd, ATC, SCS, OMT-C
Email address:
Phone: 513-233-4360