General Program Information

1600 Hours of Clinical Practice
200 Hours of Clinical Mentorship
350 Hours of Didactic Education
20 Hours of Specialty Observation

The Balance Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency’s purpose is to advance resident’s orthopedic skills to specialist level in 12 months. Clinical mentorship, didactic education, and clinical practice are intertwined, utilizing an integrative model of education.

Residency Program Overview:

  • Date: August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023
  • 1600 hours of Clinical Practice
    • 32 hours weekly – Independent Patient Caseload
    • 40-minute treatment slots for all visits
  • 200 hours of Clinical Mentorship
    • 4 hours weekly – 1:1 Clinical Mentorship
  • 350 hours of Didactic Education
    • 4 hours weekly – Didactic Education
      • Curricular Instruction (2 hours)
        • Lecture & Lab Education
        • OCS Prep
        • Journal Club
      • Self-Directed Education (2 hours)
        • Professional Development Projects
        • Independent Study Courses
  • 20 hours of Specialty Observation Experiences
    • Vestibular, Lymphedema, Pelvic Floor, Wrist/hand, TMD, Leadership
    • 1 Surgery or Physician Grand Rounds


Located on the picturesque Central Coast of California, Balance Physical Therapy has four locations in Salinas, Monterey (North Fremont St.), Monterey (Ryan Ranch), and Prunedale.

Residents of the program will practice out of our Monterey (Ryan Ranch) location, but will periodically move between locations depending on curriculum schedule.

The Central Coast has so much to offer during your year long residency including outstanding weather, endless outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, surfing, kayaking), wineries, and world renowned golf courses. After one year, you’ll have a hard time leaving and we hope you won’t! 


Clinical Mentors will be in the same facility as residents to support all aspects of patient client management and assist integration of didactic/mentorship material into resident’s independent caseload.

1:1 clinical mentorship will include both resident and mentor led patient visits. Furthermore, there will be weekly 1:1 administrative time blocked to discuss difficult patients and caseload management.

Monthly program mentorship meetings will occur with Residency Director to ensure resident is on pace for all requirements to be successfully completed prior to end of residency.


The in-depth residency curriculum will have an Orthopedic Core Curriculum in addition to vast exposure to Supplemental Topics establishing advanced orthopedic practice upon graduation.

Orthopedic Core Curriculum:

  • Spinal Management – Cervical, Thoracic/Rib, Lumbar, SI/Pelvis
  • Lower Quarter Management – Hip, Knee, Ankle/Foot
  • Upper Quarter Management – Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist/Hand
  • Clinical Neurodynamics – Spine, Upper & Lower Limb
  • Therapeutic Interventions – Core, Upper & Lower Quarter
  • Spinal Manipulative Techniques – Spinal & Peripheral


Didactic Education for the Orthopedic Core Curriculum will include:

  • Lecture
  • White Board Neuroanatomy & Biomechanics Review
  • Manual Therapy Lab
  • Complex Patient Case Examples


Additional Learning Experiences:

  • All Orthopedic Clinical Practice Guidelines per JOSPT will be extensively reviewed with journal club led by clinical faculty.
  • OCS preparation will be integrated into the curriculum through utilization of Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy Independent Study Courses. This will be instilled in the didactic calendar to augment lecture, lab, and clinical practice to ensure high level preparedness for OCS testing with guided group discussions led by clinical faculty.
  • Professional Development Project with focus on establishing and pursuing clinical question for abstract submission to journal and community outreach project.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the Balance Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency, you must be a graduate of an APTA-accredited program in physical therapy and eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in California.

In residency candidates, we are looking for someone that has high emotional intelligence, passion for challenges, and strong communicative skills. We require:

  • Completed Application
  • Transcripts from PT school
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent
  • Formal in-person interview

Application and Selection Process

We have an ongoing admissions process for a start date of August 1st, 2022. See contact section below to request more information.

Financial Information

Residents receive a full benefits package (medical, dental, vision, 401K, PTO) and are paid a competitive annual salary with regional residency programs.

No tuition or residency program fees.

Residents receive residency coursework (4 independent study courses from AOPT) and APTA/orthopedic section membership.


Please contact our Residency Director, Dr. Arash Maslehati PT, DPT, OCS at and/or submit information in section below with any questions or inquiries.