Therapists

Jeremy S. Stiffler, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, MTC

Dr. Stiffler is the Director of Clinical Development at Gold Medal Physical Therapy, and is a Board Certified Specialist in both Orthopedic (2007) and Sports (2015) Physical Therapy, through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Jeremy is Manual Therapy trained and Certified (2009) through the University of St. Augustine, Florida. As a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Certified Professional, Jeremy runs the golf fitness and training program at the Gold Medal Sports Training facility. He is also one of a few physical therapists in Maryland who is certified to perform Dry Needling for pain and injury. In partnership with Evidence in Motion for the mid-Atlantic region, he also serves as the Resident Mentor for physical therapists who are seeking Board Certification Specialization. Jeremy enjoys cooking/grilling and helping coach his son's and daughter's soccer and lacrosse teams.

Jill A. Katulka, PT

Jill received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA in 1988. Upon graduation, Jill worked at the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, an inpatient rehabilitation facility, in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Since moving to Maryland in 1989, Jill has been working in Harford County in an outpatient setting. Her experiences/interests include treatment of patients with varying diagnosis including orthopedics (general, pre, and post surgical), sports medicine, spinal, and neurological for all age groups. Jill joined Gold Medal Physical Therapy in 2007.

Jill enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She loves exercising and sports of all kinds, as well as being outside, gardening, walking/hiking, skiing, and participating in water sports.

Chad Blomquist, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Blomquist earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed a rigorous post-professional Orthopaedic Residency Program with the Evidence In Motion organization that culminated in passing a board examination to become a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS). This means that he has advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills specific to the orthopaedic realm of care. Only 6% of practicing therapists in the United States have achieved Board-Certification in Orthopaedics. Chad is also certified to perform trigger point dry needling in the state of Maryland.

Chad believes that everyone is capable of improving their quality of life, and is committed to helping people work toward their personal goals using patient education, exercise, and hands-on care. He is convinced that lifestyle choices play a large role in overcoming pain and increasing function and integrates that understanding into his practice. Ultimately, his goal is to foster independence by teaching people how to care for themselves to become better, stronger, faster, and less stressed.

Chad has a special interest in working with folks involved in Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and/or those with a general interest in strength training.

Richard Lawrence, PT, DPT

Dr. Lawrence earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Towson University, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from South College. Richard is currently pursuing his Orthopedic Specialist Residency training with Gold Medal. Less than 5% of currently employed Physical Therapists in the United States have attained Board Certification (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. An active member in the Maryland Chapter of the APTA, Richard is passionate about current best evidence, and has also achieved certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling through Myopain.

Professional interests include the orthopedic populations, sports and injury prevention, manual therapy as well as mentoring current physical therapy students and becoming a Clinical Instructor. Through ongoing personal clinical education, Richard strives to achieve optimal outcomes through current best evidence.

Part of the GMPT team since 2014, Richard is also Maryland native who is passionate about cooking, hiking and anything involving the great outdoors!

Kyle L. Jones, DPT

Kyle graduated from Mt. St. Mary's University in 2008 with a B.S. in Biology and then went on to attend Carroll Community College and graduated magna cum laude in 2011 with his A.A.S. for Physical Therapist Assistant. Kyle was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award, as well as being inducted into the Thi Kappa Honors Society. Kyle worked as a physical therapist assistant for 5 years before deciding to return to school to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Kyle graduated summa cum laude from Neumann University in May 2020 with his DPT. Kyle was the recipient of the Edward Brock Price '99 Award for Excellence in Physical Therapy as well as being inducted to the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy Honor Society. Kyle brings an individualized, evidence-based treatment approach to patient care. He has a strong passion for treating disorders of the spine and other sports related and orthopedic injuries.

Kyle's professional interests include pursuing a Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine Florida, as well as the Orthopedic Specialist Residency training. In his free time, Kyle enjoys weight training, spending time with his family, and watching Orioles and Ravens games.

Jennifer Brilliant, PTA

Ms. Brilliant is a 1988 graduate with her A.A. degree in Physical Therapy, from the Central Pennsylvania Business School. She has 23 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics with a special interest in manual therapy. Jennifer spent 8 years studying classical ballet at the world renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has been teaching for over 25 years, most recently at Dancemoves Studio of Dance for the past 11 years. Jennifer's personal and professional passion is to be a valuable resource to dancers in the areas of proper injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Timothy T. Russell, PTA, CSCS, CSST

Tim has been an integral part of the Gold Medal team for 12 years, and is now Director of Operations. Tim is also a graduate of Towson University's Exercise Science program. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Certified Senior Strength Trainer, (CSST) and is Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified. He also holds a certification for Functional Movement Systems (FMS) screenings.

Tim has been an integral part of the Gold Medal team for nine years, and Site Director of our Perry Hall location since 2015. His areas of special interest include sports conditioning/performance through functional screenings and injury prevention programs, geriatrics, neurological conditions, and vestibular rehabilitation. Tim passionately promotes lifetime wellness, and enjoys spending time in the sports community, officiating as an umpire in youth baseball. He enjoys golf, running, hiking and baseball, and is a huge Ravens and Orioles fan. Tim spends his free time with his wife, Whitney, their two daughters, and dog, Alfred.

Earl C. Hedgmon, PTA

Earl attended Stevenson University, Harford and Carroll Community Colleges, through his schooling he became a Physical Therapy Assistant and a Certified Financial Planner. While treating patients Earl likes to take a holistic approach and cater each treatment to the specific needs of the patient. Earl has a passion for helping people, and he is lucky enough to help people reach both their health and financial goals! In his free time he loves being outdoors and enjoying all that life has to offer!