Daniel McCutchen


Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Professional Development | Makovicka Physical Therapy

Born and raised In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dan McCutchen, PT, DPT, OCS, attended college and graduate school at Clarke College in Dubuque, IA, where he earned a doctorate in physical therapy. While there, he also competed in intercollegiate baseball and tennis. Since then, he has become a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) and received advanced aquatic therapy training. Dan enjoys working with all types of orthopedic patients, especially runners and triathletes. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association, and a certified clinical instructor. Dan was elected Secretary of the NPTA in 2018, and will serve a two-year term of office in that role.


Friday, September 20, 2019

Draft Pick to Hall of Famer: The Roadmap to Expertise


Instruction Level: Intermediate

Like professional athletes, novice physical therapists have a steep learning curve. Many organizations tout professional development, but do they integrate staff interests, clinical needs, and patient input? At Makovicka Physical Therapy, we’ve tackled all three to create a clinical expertise playbook.

As physical therapy evolves toward a consumer-driven business, it is paramount to be proactive in your staff’s professional development cycle. Makovicka built a multi-faceted, collaborative program, merging traditional and non-traditional continuing education, staged assessment, mentoring, and outcome data to foster growth in all areas. Our goal is to provide the optimal environment to progress clinical and business skills to achieve the best patient outcomes, improve staff career satisfaction, and ensure the continued growth of our business and profession.

During this session, attendees will learn this comprehensive strategy that closes the gap between competence and excellence, ensuring company need and generalizations aren’t the dominating forces at play.


  1. Describe the significance of self-assessment to the individual professional development cycle.
  2. Identify the development needs of a particular clinician.
  3. Develop a process to assess clinical competency.

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