Peter R. Kovacek, PT, DPT, MSA

President, KovacekManagementServices, Inc.

Peter Kovacek is one of the foremost rehabilitation management leaders and experts in the country. As an author, speaker, practice owner, administrator, educator and consultant, Peter has been actively involved in some of the most significant organizations in rehabilitation over the past 30+ years.

Peter has vast experience in many areas of rehabilitation practice and management.  As a clinician, Peter has been a skilled geriatric and cardiopulmonary physical therapist for over 30 years.  Peter has spoken and consulted extensively on managerial and leadership topics for over 15 years and is a frequent keynote and featured speaker for American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Chapters and often has been an invited speaker for APTA national conferences and symposia.  Peter has participated in a large number of professional task forces and summits on topics ranging from coding, billing and financial management to legislation and regulatory issues.  Peter is a popular writer and lecturer on a wide variety of topics ranging from basic rehabilitation management skills for new or potential managers to advanced leadership and entrepreneurial skills for veteran managers, administrators and owners.

Peter has been the President of the Section on Administration of APTA and was elected to the APTA Nominating Committee in 2001. Previously, Peter has also been Vice President of the Acute Care/Hospital Clinical Practice Section of APTA and a member of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association Board of Directors - most recently serving as Vice President of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association.

Peter is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of and frequent contributor to PT - The Magazine of Physical Therapy and Briefings on Outpatient Rehabilitation Reimbursement and Regulations. Peter has also been a monthly columnist for Advance for Physical Therapists for over 10 years.

Peter is the co-author with his wife, Jake, of Managing Physical Rehabilitation in a Managed Care Environment, co-author of the leading rehab management textbook for student therapists, Management and Supervisory Principles for Physical Therapists, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

He is the President of Kovacek Management Services, Inc. a company that specializes in management development and consulting in Rehabilitation Services. Peter is also the founder and owner of – the largest and most comprehensive rehabilitation management and administration web site on the internet – serving over  40,000 rehab administrators and owners with the latest regulatory and leadership information daily.

Peter received his undergraduate degree (cum Laude) in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1977 and his Masters of Science in Administration (with an emphasis on health care marketing) from Central Michigan University in 1984. He has also been adjunct or part time faculty at Wayne State University and Oakland University since 1979. Peter earned his DPT from EIM Institute of Health Sciences in 2010.

His peers have recognized Peter by electing him to the APTA Section on Administration Hall of Fame in 2002 and  awarding him the APTA Section on Administration Leadership Award in 2000, APTA Acute Care Section Jim Dunleavy Outstanding Service Award in 1999 and the American Cancer Society of Michigan Distinguished Volunteer Award in 1992 – all the highest honors of each of the respective organizations.