Wayne A. MacMasters, PT, MSPT, President
Wayne A. MacMasters, PT, MSPT, is the president and founder of Tidewater Physical Therapy, Inc. Mr. MacMasters, a practicing physical therapist, received an undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary and his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University. In 1986, he opened the first Tidewater Physical Therapy location.
Mr. MacMasters is recognized by both the medical community and employers for his expertise in work injury rehabilitation and management. He has developed several proprietary systems used by local employers to help ‘win the battle’ for a healthy, productive workforce and reduce the impact of work injuries on an organizations economic well-being. In addition, MacMasters is a work rehabilitation consultant to local, regional and nationwide employers.
Mr. MacMasters leads Tidewater Physical Therapy strategic planning and development initiatives, with Tidewater Performance serving as his most recent addition to the Tidewater Physical Therapy brand. MacMasters is actively involved in service to several local area charitable organizations including St. Andrews School and The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula.
Steve Howell, M.Ed, PT Vice President
Steven J. Howell, PT, M.Ed has served in leading roles and as a care provider at Tidewater Physical Therapy since 1990, but his aspirations of becoming a physical therapist have even deeper roots. A 1977 football injury led to shoulder surgery, an experience that Howell says gave him a deeper understanding of patients’ pain and discomfort. A total knee replacement in the late 1990s provided additional empathy for PT patients and galvanized Howell’s belief in the power of healing through manual therapy. This is a philosophy that continues to guide his patient care principles.
“I believe in the power of the human touch,” he says. “Manual therapy techniques allow me to make the human connection and gain patients’ confidence throughout the recovery process.”
Howell completed his undergraduate work at Washington State University in 1982, where he majored in education, and honed his growing affinities by minoring in health, coaching and athletic training. While completing post-graduate work at UVA he became a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and began working at Virginia Military Institute in 1983. It was there that Howell met friends and future partners John Mitrovic and Wayne MacMasters. The three colleagues often discussed building a private practice together in the future, which underscored Howell’s eventual work as an athletic trainer at Roanoke Orthopedic and Athletic Rehabilitation.
After completing PT school at the Medical College of Virginia in 1990, Howell joined his friends in making this vision a reality at Tidewater Physical Therapy. Today, Howell serves as Vice President of the organization and Regional Director for clinical operations and performance services associated to the Tidewater Performance Center in Newport News. In addition to his duties at Tidewater, Howell has been a football team physical therapist for Christopher Newport University since 2000, and performs PT work for the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins, South Eastern Virginia Aquatics, and Poquoson High School Athletics. Beyond his avid and ongoing support for local and collegiate athletes and mentoring PT and high school students, Howell has a special interest in shoulder, knee, foot and ankle rehabilitation and has been fabricating custom orthotics for more than two decades.
Howell devotes quality time to his wife Samantha and their five children. In his spare time he pursues hobbies including fishing, golf, walking and working out with Tidewater Performance trainers.
John Mitrovic, PT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, Vice President
John Mitrovic serves as Vice President and Williamsburg Regional Director of Tidewater Physical Therapy. He joined TPTI in 1988, and has since been dedicated to the success of an organization he says was built on the pillars of trust, respect, loyalty and integrity.
Integrity, respect and compassion are paramount to John’s care philosophy and the foundational tenets upon which he interact with his patients.
As an undergrad at the College of William and Mary, John played football with Wayne MacMasters, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. His initial collegiate plan was to become a doctor like his father, but another career path materialized when an athletic trainer/Physical Therapist taped up his ankle. That trainer, who was also a professor of anatomy, became the mentor who led John to become a Physical Therapist himself.
After graduation, John served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Virginia Military Institute. Three years later, he was accepted into the graduate program at Thomas Jefferson University School of Allied Professions in Philadelphia, PA. Once he earned his Physical Therapy degree John moved back to Virginia to join his friend and old teammate Wayne MacMasters’ fledgling physical therapy practice as an intern.
By 1994, John’s hard work in helping to build TPTI led him to the role of Vice President. Through the early years, he maintained his connection with patients and tireless work ethic. He and MacMasters lugged ice-filled coolers to the Newport News location to make icepacks in the morning and then off to Williamsburg in the afternoon. In time he started to work full time at the clinic in Williamsburg.
John’s philosophy regarding patient care also drives his involvement in the community, where he has served as president of the athletic booster club board at Walsingham Academy, volunteer to the Tribe Sports Medicine Staff and Physical Therapy consultant to the College of William and Mary. John also serves on the TRIBE CLUB Board, tirelessly raising money for athletic scholarships at the College.
John is a devoted husband and father of three girls. He enjoys fishing, cooking and working out and can be seen on the sidelines of William and Mary football games every fall.
Jeffrey C. Verhoef, PT, MBA, CEO
Jeff Verhoef has been the Chief Executive Officer of Tidewater Physical Therapy since 1995, and a partner since 1998. His passion for his profession, however, had been long-since inspired by his father, also a physical therapist. As his father observed changes in the industry, he transitioned from hospital physical therapy to his own private practice. This experience also provided Verhoef with insight that would foster his eventual dedication to Tidewater Physical Therapy.
A native of Iowa, Verhoef obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Central College in Pella, Iowa where he also played basketball. He earned a Certificate in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa, and practiced in Kansas, Texas and Missouri before moving to Newport News, Virginia in 1983. There he began working for Sentara. While living in Virginia, Verhoef first met his friend and future colleague, Wayne MacMasters. In 1993, a calling to lead rehabilitation and tertiary care services took Verhoef to Mercy Health Systems in Janesville, Wisconsin, where he served in Administration. Just 2 years later, Verhoef had the opportunity to join Tidewater and assumed the role of CEO.
Over the ensuing 18 years, Verhoef along with his partners stewarded the organization’s impressive growth. He has also balanced his duties at Tidewater, with an ardent commitment to his community. He has belonged to several boards, including the Peninsula YMCA, the James River Association, and the Newport News Employee Retirement Board of Trustees, and he is board president of the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula and a 20 year member of the Oyster Point Rotary Club. Although Verhoef functions successfully within the business component of healthcare, he remains devoted to patient care and its human impact, and retains his physical therapy licensure in Virginia.
In addition to his other credentials, Verhoef holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary. He is the father of three and has one grandchild. He spends considerable time with his family, and enjoys fishing, outdoor activities and working out at Tidewater Performance Center.
Kevin Dintino, PT, DPT, Chief Clinical Operations Officer
Kevin Dintino serves as Chief Clinical Operations Officer and the Richmond Regional Director of Tidewater Physical Therapy. He joined Tidewater in 2005, and has played an integral role.
Dintino is a 1989 graduate of the University of Toledo in Ohio, where he received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy. He has called the Richmond area home since the early 1990s.
After more than two decades working as a practicing physical therapist, Dintino decided to bring his education to “current standards.” To achieve that goal, he embarked on a doctoral program through the Evidence in Motion Institute for Health Professions, receiving his doctorate of physical therapy in 2014.
Driven by a desire to help people get back to living full and complete lives, Dintino takes a holistic approach to treating patients, blending manual techniques and functional therapeutic exercises. A former high school wrestler and football player, Dintino has a special interest in treating sports injuries. His goal is to assist people in returning to their activities and passions, while keeping them as active as possible during their recovery.
Since joining the Tidewater team, Dintino has led the way to developing the practice’s presence in the greater Richmond area. As the Regional Director for the Richmond area, he oversees 13 clinics, including a staff of more than 100 clinical directors, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, certified hand therapists, physical therapy technicians and office staff.
As Chief Clinical Operations Officer, Dintino works to blend smart business practices with clinical excellence. His mission is to help Tidewater grow in a way that continues to put patient care and access first.
Dintino is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. When he’s not in the clinic, he can be found spending time with his family, cycling and hiking.