The Management & Faculty of Myopain Seminars


Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM Jan smallis a Dutch-trained physical therapist who holds a Master of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in biomechanical trauma and healthcare administration, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.  Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Aalborg University in Denmark.   Dr. Dommerholt has taught many courses and lectured at conferences throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Middle East while maintaining an active clinical practice. He is an Associate Editor of the  Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies and on the editorial board of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and Cuestiones de Fisioterapia.

He has edited four books on myofascial trigger points and manual physical therapy, authored nearly 60 book chapters and over 80 articles on myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and performing arts physical therapy. He prepares a quarterly literature review column on myofascial pain for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Dr. Dommerholt is president/CEO of Myopain Seminars, Bethesda Physiocare®, and CEO of PhysioFitness.

Click Here for a list of Book Chapters by Dr. Jan Dommerholt
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is Vice-President and Director of Program Development of Myopain Seminars. Ms. Mendelson received her Master in Social Work from the University of Maryland. As a licensed clinical social worker, she has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings, including her own private practice in Bethesda, MD. Ms. Mendelson joined Myopain Seminars in 2015 and she is primarily responsible for program development, course accreditation, and outreach.



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Avelene Mahan joined Myopain Seminars in 2004 even before the company existed! As Course Administrator, Ms. Mahan is responsible for all logistics associated with the course programs, including course registrations, customer service, bookkeeping, packaging and shipping course supplies, and everything else that comes across her desk. Avelene is, without any doubt, the busiest person at Myopain Seminars. Keeping track of all activities is a challenge that few people can handle. Yet, Avelene is always in a good mood and loves to hear from course participants!

Emeritus Instructor and Co-Founder

Robert Gerwin, MD, FAANRobert Gerwin, MD, FAAN is a co-founder of Myopain Seminars. He is a Board Certified Neurologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Gerwin graduated from the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He had a two-year special fellowship at NIH in neurology and immunology. He has been in private practice in the Washington DC area, and has been working in the area of Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia for many years. Dr. Janet G. Travell was his mentor while she lived in Washington DC.

He is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, book chapters and consensus statements. He reviews articles for over a dozen medical journals. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain. He is co-editor of the books Tension-Type and Cervicogenic Headache: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management and Clinical Mastery in the Treatment of Myofascial Pain (see Books). He has been teaching courses and seminars worldwide in the field of neuromuscular and myofascial pain for many years. He founded the Focus on Pain series of neuromuscular and myofascial pain conferences in 1990. His interests lie in the area of Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia, and in the related issues of chronic headache, low back pain, and pelvic region pain, in addition to practicing neurological medicine. He is particularly concerned with the problem of persistent or chronic pain, and why some persons do not recover as expected. Dr. Gerwin is the Medical Director of Pain and Rehabilitation Medicine in Bethesda, MD and is an associate professor in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

In 2013, Dr. Gerwin stepped down as co-owner and director of Myopain Seminars.

Dry Needling (DN) Series—Senior Instructors

Tracey Adler, DPT, OCS, CMTPTTracey Adler, DPT, OCS, CMTPT received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University in 1979. While enrolled in the program, she received extensive training in manual therapy from Gordon Cummings, who trained directly with Geoffrey Maitland. In 1984, after conducting research on women with undiagnosed pelvic and abdominal pain, she received a Master’s of Science Degree, specializing in orthopedic physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia. She was board certified as an Orthopedic Specialist on 1993 and recertified in 2003. Dr. Adler completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2007. Since 2003, she has performed trigger point dry needling and was internationally certified in dry needling by Myopain Seminars and Janet G. Travell, MD Seminar Series in June 2007.

Dr. Adler specializes in treating patients with spinal, TMD, pelvic pain and acute/chronic musculoskeletal dysfunctions. She is on the adjunct faculty at MCV/VCU. She started a private practice, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc in 1984. Dr. Adler is a member of the VPTA, APTA, International Myopain Society, IPPS, and AAOMPT.

Dr. Adler co-authored a chapter in Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction; Practical Physical Medicine, with Dr. Dommerholt.

Michelle Layton, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT

Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CCTT, CMTPT, FAAOMPT received her Master of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2001. Since then she has continued to advance her training through with several renowned physical therapists. In 2005, she received her Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Shortly after this she went on to complete advanced training in manual therapy by completing a fellowship program through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). In 2007, she became a distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Finnegan has completed the course program of Myopain Seminars and in 2009, she became certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. Since 2006 she has been involved in with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) for various activities related to the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and the Orthopedic Practice Review Tool. In 2010 she met the requirements to become inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers and in 2011 received an Outstanding Service Award.

Dr. Finnegan is a member of several professional associations related to physical therapy and pain. She has presented on the topic of dry needling to the FSBPT, the AAOMPT, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP), the American Physical Therapy Association of Maryland, the District of Columbia chapter Ehlers-Danlos Support Group, and the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Board.

Michelle has also been involved as a co-author of several publications on the topic of dry needling. This includes a 2-part email blast for the Performing Arts Special Interest Group, a chapter on Deep Dry Needling of the Trunk in Trigger point Dry Needling-an evidence-based approach, the dry needling supplementary workbook for Myopain Seminars, a poster on deep dry needling of the tibialis posterior, and an article on dry needling for the management of thoracic spine pain in a special edition of the Journal of Manual Manipulative Therapy. She also is a part of a quarterly review of the literature on myofascial pain, trigger points and dry needling for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies and is involved in updating the head and neck section of the Travell and Simons Trigger Point Manual Books.

Michelle works at Bethesda Physiocare and has a particular interest in the treatment of the cervical spine, cranium, temporomandibular joint and shoulder girdle. She has received additional training in this region with Dr. Mariano Rocabado and through the Craniofacial Therapy Academy (CRAFTA). In 2014, she became a board-certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) through the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics

Johnson McEvoy, PT, MSc, DPT, MISCP, MCSPJohnson McEvoy, PT, MSc, DPT, CMTPT, MISCP, MCSP is a Chartered Physiotherapist in private practice in Ireland (United Physiotherapy Clinic). He earned his bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin (Dublin University) in 1993 and the masters in sports physiotherapy at University College Dublin in 2004. He completed his doctorate in physical therapy at the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences in 2008.

Dr. McEvoy is lead physiotherapist with the national Irish Boxing team since 2003 and has worked with the team for three Olympic cycles. He was an accredited Physiotherapist for the Athens Olympics in 2004. He teaches on various university programmes including the MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at University College Dublin, BSc (Sports Science) at University of Limerick and BSc (Athletic Therapy) at Dublin City University.

Dr. McEvoy teaches trigger point and trigger point dry needling courses in Ireland since 2004. He is project manager for a working party on drafting guidelines for trigger point dry needling for the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. He has several publications related to myofascial pain including Reliability of Myofascial Trigger Point Palpation: A Systematic Review (McEvoy & Huijbregts 2011), Myofascial Trigger Points of the Shoulder in Donatelli Physical Therapy of the Shoulder (McEvoy & Dommerholt 2011); Trigger Point Dry Needling for Migraine (Dommerholt, McEvoy & Grobli 2012); Therapeutic exercises for the shoulder region (McEvoy, O’Sullivan & Bron 2011); Trigger Point Dry Needling—Safety Guidelines (McEvoy in press). He was a co-author of a statement paper for the Irish Institute of Sport entitled “Massage in High-Performance Sport—A Review” (Glasgow, McEvoy & Conway 2011).

Dr. McEvoy has an interest in multimodal care including trigger point therapy, trigger point dry needling, rehabilitation and strengthening, rehabilitative ultrasound imaging and electrotherapy including shockwave therapy.

Rob Stanborough, PT, DPT, MHSc, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPTRob Stanborough, PT, DPT, MHSc, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT is a Dutch-trained physical therapist. He received his degree in Physiotherapie from the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, and his Master of Health Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Dr. Stanborough is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and has earned several certifications related to soft tissue manipulation including manual therapy, dry needling and ASTYM.

Dr. Stanborough is an assistant instructor at the University of St. Augustine. He teaches continuing education courses on the subject of Myofascial Manipulation through the University of St. Augustine throughout the United States, South America and the Orient. He is the co-editor of the 3rd edition of Myofascial Manipulation: Theory and Application (Pro-Ed, Inc.).

He has a varied clinical background with experience in neurology, pediatrics, and orthopedics. He is the founding partner and President of First Coast Rehabilitation, in St. Augustine, Florida, where he practices regularly.

Erik Wijtmans, PT, MTC, CMTPT, CGIMSErik Wijtmans, PT, MTC, CMTPT, CGIMS is a native of The Netherlands and completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy at the Academy for Physiotherapy, SUPA/PADU, Utrecht, in 1986. At that time he also became certified by the Royal Dutch Soccer Association as a Sports Therapist. After moving to the United States in 1987, he received his Manual Therapy Certification through the Institute of Graduate Physical Therapy in St. Augustine, FL, under Stanley Paris, PT, PhD in 1989. Since 1995, he is teaching manual therapy in the Masters and Doctorate Physical Therapy program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Erik is an APTA certified clinical instructor. He completed the needling certification programs of both The Myopain Seminars in 2006 and of Dr. Chan Gunn’s IMS needling courses in 2006. He was one of the first three therapists in the United States to complete the Janet G. Travell, MD Seminar Series, and has served as an examiner in the certification examinations.

As a promoter of the art and science of manual therapy as a specialty within physical therapy, he is passionate about teaching and presenting a variety of topics to his patients, the medical community and the public. He devotes much time and effort to continuing education, and takes several courses each year in the USA and abroad. Because Erik is always looking for new and better ways to treat patients, he remains on the forefront of utilizing new treatment approaches and techniques. He is active in national and international organizations of manual therapy. Erik’s subspecialties within physical therapy are manual therapy, the treatment of pain and dysfunction of myofascial origin, and sports medicine. He is particularly interested in the many and diverse head and neck manifestations of myofascial dysfunctions of the head, neck, and shoulder musculature.

Erik has been in private practice since 1991 and is co-founder and clinic director of The Therapy Network, a PT owned and operated network of physical therapy clinics in Virginia Beach, VA. He continues to see patients on a full time basis.

Dry Needling (DN) Series—Series Instructors

Andrew M. Ball, PT, DPT, Ph.D, OCS, CMTPT, PESAndrew M. Ball, PT, DPT, Ph.D, OCS, CMTPT, PES is clinical and research faculty in the Carolinas Rehabilitation Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Ball has been a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy since 2012 and Certified in Dry Needling by Myopain Seminars in 2012. Dr. Ball graduated from Ithaca College in 1995 and has earned an MBA/PhD, and post-professional DPT from MGH Institute of Health Professions. He has completed a post-graduate fellowship in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) at University of Rochester, and a post-doctoral clinical residency in Orthopaedic physical therapy at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Ball serves on the Specialist Academy of Content Experts (SACE) writing clinical questions for OCS exam, as well as research and evidence-based-practice questions for of the physical therapist board certification exams. His publication record is diverse, spanning subjects ranging from conducting meta-analysis, to models of physical therapist graduate education, to political empowerment of patients with physical and intellectual disability.

Amanda (Mandy) M. Blackmon, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPTAmanda (Mandy) M. Blackmon, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sports Medicine and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Georgia. She graduated from Emory University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005 and received her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2009.

Mandy practices at Motion Stability PT in Atlanta, Georgia, where she specializes in treating performing artists and dancers, as well as patients with myofascial pain, headache, and TMJ dysfunction. Mandy is the head PT for the Atlanta Ballet’s Company dancers. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Mercer University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, teaching in the Musculoskeletal curriculum.

Mandy’s manual therapy and specialty training include coursework through the University of St. Augustine, the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University, the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in New York City, the Mulligan Concept and courses with Mark Bookhout, PT, MS, FAAOMPT. Dr. Blackmon completed the dry needling course program of Myopain Seminars and in 2009, she became certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. Mandy is an active member of the APTA’s Orthopaedic Section and the Performing Arts Special Interest Group, as well as the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

Joseph M Donnelly, PT, DHS, OCSJoseph M Donnelly, PT, DHS, OCS is Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Post-Professional Education in the Physical Therapy Program at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. He is also the coordinator of the Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Donnelly has been a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy since 1992 and Certified in Intramuscular Manual Therapy in 2004. Joe serves as the Practice Committee Chair for the Orthopaedic Section and as a core member of the Manipulation Task Force of the APTA. Dr Donnelly’s research focus is on movement impairment secondary to myofascial pain and dysfunction.


Savas Koutsantonis, PT, DPT, CMTPTSavas Koutsantonis, PT, DPT, CMTPT graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine in 1985 with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy, and received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in 2004.

Dr. Koutsantonis was the Founder, Director, and Co-owner of Spine and SportsRehabilitation Center in Timonium Maryland, and Associate Director, Co-owner of Maryland Center for Physical Therapy, and the Physical Performance Institute. He served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland Physical Therapy Department, physical therapy and ergonomic consultant for the McCormick Spice Company and consultant for the Baltimore School of Arts, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.He has been inspired and instructed by industry leaders such as Florence Kendall, Dr. Shirley Sahrman, Dr. Staley Paris, Dr. Ola Grimsby, Jenny McConnell, Brian Mulligan, Dr. Phillip Greenman, and Dr. Jan Dommerholt. The bulk of his career has focused on private practice management, program development and implementation, continuing education and full time patient care.

Savas has advanced training in osteopathic manual therapy, is a Polestar trained Pilates instructor. He was certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars in 2009. Through his extensive experience, Savas has gained a reputation for the successful treatment of the chronic pain population. He currently works at One-on-One Physical Therapy in Atlanta Georgia, the area’s premier specialty clinic with a focus on manual therapy, integration of Pilates and Redcord methods, and has an interest in chronic or complex pain as well as spine, headache and TMD management.

Ralph SimpsonRalph Simpson PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT, CMTPT, LATC PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT, CMTPT, LATC graduated from the University of Montana with High Honor Bachelor of Science degrees in Physical Therapy as well as Health and Physial Education in 1983. He achieved his High Honor doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Montana in 2011. Dr. Simpson was certified as a strength and conditioning specialist in 1987 and holds current certifications in dry needling and golf fitness (Titleist) and is a board certified specialist in orthopaedics, manual therapy, and athletic training. In 2008 he was named to the Titleist Performance Institute Board of Medical Advisors and has been a Professional Advisor for Golf Digest since 1998.

Dr. Simpson has published in the US Physical Therapy Journal, written numerous articles for various publications, and owns a patent on The Instant Replay motor training tool and protocols. He has provided event physical therapy and athletic training coverage to the Pan American Games, the Goodwill Games, the Coors Classic Bike Race, the Los Angeles Olympic Festival, and multiple venues at the USOC training facility in Colorado Springs. The US Luge team employed Dr. Simpson for two World Cup and World Championship seasons as they traveled throughout Europe.

Between 1984 and 1993, Ralph worked at Seattle Sports Medicine treating professional and recreational athletes as well as providing coverage backstage for the Pacific Northwest Ballet. For 10 seasons, Ralph was a physical therapist/athletic trainer on the PGA Tour fitness van and provided coverage at over 350 Tour events including the Masters, PGA Championships, US Open, Ryder Cup and President’s Cup. He was the invited physical therapist for The Shark Shootout from 1997–2011. In 2007 he co-authored Complete Conditioning for Golf, 2nd edition.

Dr. Simpson has been an invited speaker at various national conferences and has appeared on ESPN, the Golf Channel, CBS sports, BBC sports talk, CNBC, and numerous local network affiliates across the country; he has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the LA Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, Golf World, and Golf Digest. Currently, Ralph is owner of Manual Orthopedic & Sports Therapy (MOST), a direct access physical therapy clinic in Whitefish, MT.

Dry Needling (DN) Series—Lab Instructors

Yazan Alkhatib PT, CMP, CKTI, CMTPT, MFDc graduated from the Physical Therapy Program at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2007.  As a Jordanian physical therapist, Yazan manages his own clinic in Qatar with a focus on musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Prior to starting his own practice, he worked at the  Hamad Medical Cooperation,  the Qatar Ministry of Defense, and several sport clubs.  He is a member of the Jordan Physical Therapy Association (JPTA) and registered as a licensed physical therapist with the  Qatar Council of Health Practitioners (QCHP).  Yazan received his Dry Needling Certification in Dubai, UAE through Myopain Seminars. He is the owner of Qatar Physiotherapy Seminars. He is a Certified Kinesio Tape Instructor, an  IASTM (Instrument Assistant Soft Tissue Mobilization) instructor, a Certified Mulligan Practitioner, and Myofascial Decompression Certified. Yazan is  interested in restoring function  in patients with  persistent pain and musculoskeletal disorders and one of  his goals is to see a smile on his patients’ face  especially after a long period of suffering. He is possibly the first physical therapist to elicit a local twitch respond in a camel!


Erin Ball, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT, COMT, CMTPT graduated from Duke University School of Medicine with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2003. While at Duke, she was a recipient of the Helen Kaiser scholarship in recognition of a commitment to cultural diversity.  After graduation, she immediately pursued advanced level training in pelvic floor rehabilitation through a variety of educational entities.  In 2005, Dr. Ball became certified in lymphedema treatment in the LeDuc method. At the time, the focus of her clinical work was primarily individuals with  women’s health and spine dysfunctions.  Having a desire to improve her manual skills, Dr. Ball earned her Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from Maitland/MAPS in 2010.  Dr. Ball then completed the dry needling course series and received her CMTPT from Myopain Seminars in 2012. That same year, her work to leverage popular technology in the pursuit of improved patient education earned the program a Charlotte Business Journal award for Excellence in Healthcare Innovation.  She is currently Regional  Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for a large healthcare system, where she continues to treat patients and was awarded Leader of the Year in 2013.  Dr. Ball earned her Board Certification in Women’s Health in 2016. She enjoys exploring new approaches to personal and professional growth and spending time with her husband, family, and friends, including her two dogs (one of which is an amputee and benefits from canine needling!)

Dr. Carlos J. Berio

Carlos J. Berio, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS, CMTPT has been working in the health, fitness and rehabilitation fields in the Metro D.C. region since 1998 Dr. Berio earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University, also in Arlington, VA. Upon his graduation, Dr. Berio rebranded his personal fitness business to incorporate his unique and intensive approach to complete health and wellness to form d rehabilitation fields in the Metro D.C. region since 1998. Carlos earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park as a member of the College Park Scholars program. During this time, he worked closely with elite level athletes of the Washington Capitals and the Junior Tennis Champion Center in College Park, MD. After working for several years in the field as a strength and conditioning professional, he pursued a Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he was also a graduate assistant and adjunct professor in the College of Health and Human Performance. Several years after obtaining his M.S. degree, Carlos started Pro Motion Lifestyle and Performance, a personal training and lifestyle consultant business which operated out of Arlington, VA.While working full-time Dr. Berio earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University, also in Arlington, VA. Upon his graduation, Dr. Berio rebranded his personal fitness business to incorporate his unique and intensive approach to complete health and wellness to form SPARK Physiotherapy which he currently owns and operates in Alexandria, VA.

Carlos has used his skills in soft tissue manipulation via dry needling and several other techniques learned over years of continuing education to include Maitland, Mulligan and Closed Chain Manipulation techniques. His passions lie in the attaining of client rehab goals and the highest level of performance possible. Carlos derives the most satisfaction from the realization that his clients become highly educated in the technical aspects of their body and how the entire “chain” functions as a whole. As Executive Director of SPARK Physiotherapy in Alexandria, VA Carlos aspires to push the physical therapy field and his colleagues toward increased skilled and autonomous practice and client-centered outcomes without regard to third-party payment inefficiencies.

Powell Bernardt

Powell J. Bernhardt PT, DPT, MS, COMT, CMTPT became interested in physical therapy during his childhood. Although a congenital abnormality limited Powell’s athletic production, he poured his heart and soul into helping others achieve their goals. Powell graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors Program at University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He also obtained a Master of Science in Applied Computer Science. Powell received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University where he received several awards including the Matt Williams MPT Scholarship Award and the American Physical Therapy Association Minority Award for Educational Excellence. Powell is a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and Dry Needling Provider through Myopain Seminars.  He is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist.  Dr. Bernhardt also has additional training on the physical therapy treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction and orofacial pain (e.g., jaw pain and headaches), visceral manipulation (i.e., gastrointestinal disorders), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Reflex Locomotion, Blood Flow Restriction, Fascial Distortion Model, Functional Range Conditioning, and functional-based treatment approaches. In addition, he has training with kettlebells via StrongFirst.  He also has taken instructional courses on Olympic weightlifting to help with his physical therapy practice.  Dr. Bernhardt is a member of the Orthopedic Section and Pain Management Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition, he has presented at numerous conferences and published journal articles as well as a textbook chapter on cervical radiculopathy.  Powell stepped down from his position as an adjunct professor at Howard University to open Premier Performance + Rehab. Located in McClean, Virginia, Powell utilizes an eclectic approach with a wide range of patients varying from people with chronic pain to developmental and elite athletes to enhance human movement and performance.

Erika Bourne, RN, CMTPTErika Bourne, RN, CMTPT is the owner of the Myofascial Pain Treatment Center in Watertown, MA and has been passionate about relieving pain for over 27 years. She was originally trained and certified in manual trigger point therapy and physical fitness, later taking seminars with Janet Travell, MD and David Simons, MD. She is a Board-certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and became certified in Dry Needling by Myopain Seminars’ Janet G. Travell Seminar Series in 2007. She is a long time member of the International Myopain Society, the American Society of Pain Management Nurses and is certified by the American Academy of Pain Management. She was president of the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists (NAMTPT) from 2007–2011. In 2011 she was awarded Honorary Lifetime Member by the NAMTPT.

Originally from New York City, Erika became a registered nurse in Massachusetts in 1998. Erika has extensive advanced training in treating individuals with pelvic pain with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. In her practice, Erika treats all areas of the body and specializes in treating patients with complicated myofascial pain. She evaluates and helps patients correct perpetuating factors including posture, ergonomics, sleep, exercise, hypermobility, and nutrition.

Anne H. Campbell, PT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT, CMTPTAnne H. Campbell, PT, MS, OCS, CMTPT, FAAOMPT began her career in 1974 with a BSc in Physical Therapy from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, including a year in Edmonton, Alberta, where she studied orthopedics under David McGee, Ph.D., and subsequent manual therapy with mentorship by David Lamb. Experience in Canada and the United States resulted in a broad and eclectic background. She obtained her Master’s degree in 1994 from Texas Woman’s University, during which time she was awarded a Mary McMillan Scholarship. She earned her OCS in 1989, followed by the AAOMPT Fellowship in 1999. She is certified in Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars.

Her manual therapy studies had a primary emphasis on the Canadian Orthopaedic Division curriculum. She took opportunities to be a teaching assistant with Freddie Kaltenborn, Mariano Rocabado, and others, before teaching independently. She has taught numerous manual therapy courses in several US states, Canada, and Taiwan. Anne is a Clinical Fellowship Instructor with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). Her experience with NAIOMT is parallel with the Canadian curriculum, lending consistency to her teaching philosophy and delivery. Anne is a frequent attendee at AAOMPT and International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy meetings, as well as other key meetings nationally and internationally, keeping her manual therapy didactic knowledge updated. Anne has been involved with clinical research in support of an evidence-informed basis for clinical practice. She has published several articles with a bias toward manual therapy. She has been involved with political action for the protection of Manipulation and other skills within the Physical Therapy scope of Practice.

Anne continues her Adjunct Teaching status with Texas Woman’s University with her TMJ portfolio. She opened Access Rehab Clinics north of Houston, Texas, in 1986. Her manual physical therapy practice was recognized locally as a practice of excellence, with emphasis on chronic pain, TMD, and spinal dysfunction. The practice has been accredited as an Orthopaedic Residency site for Texas Woman’s University and a fellowship site for NAIOMT.

Jonathan Claude PT, DPT, CSCS, CMTPT, CF-LV1Jonathan Claude PT, DPT, CSCS, CMTPT, CF-LV1 received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University, Denver CO in 2007. Jon has held multiple positions in the field of physical therapy but has found his passion working with movement dysfunctions and their relationship to pain and impaired functional performance. As a Manager of High Country Physical Therapy, a private practice in Laramie WY, he has the opportunity to work within a small community and specialize within the CrossFit community for injury reduction and performance enhancement, work with local athletics and consultation for the UWYO Men’s Rugby. He has been fortunate to have been trained under Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist (AAOMPT) at Regis University and is a Manual Therapist at heart.

Dr. Claude holds certifications in Dry Needling from Kinetacore in 2010 and Myopain in 2013, ASTYM, TRX Sports Med. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is aa FMS and SFMA Certified Specialist, and has certificates for CrossFit level 1 trainer, Kinesio/Therapeutic taping, and the Mulligan Concept. He has found a passion in the utilization of trigger point dry needling with his movement-based rehabilitation and has the intention and opportunity to progress with this field in the lab to research trigger points at the University of Wyoming.

Jon is originally from Saskatoon, SK, and moved to the US in pursuit of a baseball scholarship. From there he moved to Denver to attend physical therapy school and met the love of his life, Gretchen, who also practices at High Country Physical Therapy specializing in Women’s Health. He was two amazing children who keep him busy. He enjoys spending the rest of his time with CrossFit, healthy eating and living, outdoor sports, and growing his relationship with his family and friends.

Andrew Contreras, PT, DPT, SCS, CMTPTAndrew Contreras, PT, DPT, SCS, CMTPT, received his Master of Physical Therapy from Gannon University in 1998 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. He is a practicing physical therapist within the US Army Department of Defense and is currently practicing in Washington, DC. An APTA board certified Sports Clinical Specialist since 2003, his interests are manual therapy; musculoskeletal injuries and their prevention; human performance optimization and wellness.

He was the first physical therapist in the Department of Defense to be credentialed and certified in Dry Needling. His skills were put to work extensively during a 15-month deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 82nd Airborne where he was one of the first physical therapists to serve in sustained combat operations and the first physical therapist credentialed to use dry needling in a deployed austere environment. Although he was already credentialed to practice dry needling, he sought out a deeper and more robust education in dry needling and completed the Myopain Seminars program in 2009. A progressive leader in the field, he was asked to assist in the drafting of the US Army regulation that governs dry needling. He continues to mentor other PTs in application and techniques and uses dry needling in his daily practice.


Johna Crull, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CMTPT, ATC attended Purdue University and studied athletic training before graduating from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy.  She later received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from A.T. Still University.

Johna has been fortunate to have practiced physical therapy in several different states and in Hong Kong, which has served to broaden her professional perspective.  She spent the early part of her career working with professional dancers and performers at Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil. Most recently, she is living in Southern California working with tactical athletes at Camp Pendleton.

Dr. Crull has advanced training in manual therapy from the University of St. Augustine and Great Lakes Seminars, and has been a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist since 1995.  She is also Polestar Pilates trained for pilates in rehabilitation, is a certified yoga therapist, and is a Gyrotonic instructor.

Dodgson websiteAndrew Dodgson, PT, DPT, CMTPT received his masters in physical therapy from Western Carolina University in 2012. He went on to obtain a post-professional doctorate of physical therapy from EIM in 2015 while working in multiple outpatient orthopedic clinics. Shortly after graduating, he worked diligently with Myopain Seminars to become a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist. Since then he has become a strong advocate for the use of dry needling by physical therapists and has even participated in Senate hearings on this issue. He continues to advocate for dry needling as a web developer through online venues created for patient education. He also occasionally lectures on the topic of dry needling to groups such as the US Army Golden Knights and The North Carolina Lupus Association.

Andrew is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Orthopedic Section. Despite his relatively short time practicing, he has already introduced dry needling to several clinics and continues to do so as a traveling therapist. In his free time, he enjoys regular exercise, playing guitar and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He currently he resides in Greensboro, NC.

Jennifer Flage Hobson, PT, DPT, MTC, CFC, CMTPTDr. Jennifer Flage Hobson, PT, DPT, MTC, CFC, CMTPT, OMT  is a European-trained physical therapist; she earned her degree in physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She completed Hogeschool internships in Holland and Madrid, Spain, and then concluded with a clinical residency in Advanced Orthopedics in Chicago. Dr. Hobson earned a Manual Therapy Certification, Cranio-Facial (Rocabado) Certification, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy under the direction of the renowned New Zealand expert Dr. Stanley Paris at the University of St. Augustine, Florida. She received certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling, by the renowned Dr. Jan Dommerholt, through Myopain Seminars. Dr. Hobson has been instrumental in introducing this technique to the state of Illinois. Fluent in the Spanish language, Dr. Hobson continues to train and teach in Santiago, Chile, with Dr. Mariano Rocabado, a leading Cranio-Facial, TMJ, Neck, and Spine rehabilitation expert.

Dr. Hobson trained with Joy Moeller, BS, RDH, and Sandra Coulson, SLP who are the leading instructors in the field of Myofunctional Therapy in the US. Dr. Hobson enhanced her knowledge of restoring not only the head, neck, and jaw, but also the tongue and its functions related to the proper development of the mouth, teeth, and throat.

Dr. Hobson is a certified educator of Buteyko Breathing method (the simple idea of breathing volume reduction) through the instruction of Patrick McKeown, one of the few practitioners accredited by Professor K. P. Buteyko.  She is also working toward Dr. Lois Laynee’s Restorative Breathing Method certification.

Dr. Hobson practices at her Physical Therapy Renaissance, Ltd. clinic in Chicago, IL. Her practice is dedicated to treating head, neck, spine and temporomandibular disorders.


Tony Fox, PT, DPT, CMTPT graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Georgia State University in 2011. There, he assisted with research studying tai chi for Parkinson’s disease and conducted research on the use of a modified wheelchair and tai chi form for spinal cord injury patients.

Having been introduced to trigger point dry needling while in PT school and during early clinical rotations, Tony was aware of the benefits of dry needling. He immediately worked to become a certified manual trigger point therapist through Myopain Seminars. In addition to advanced training in manual therapy treatment, he received training for Redcord Neurac, Pilates for the rehabilitation provider, and is certified SFMA and FMS.

Tony practices at One on One Physical Therapy in Smyrna, Georgia, specializing in the treatment of orthopedic patients and those with pain disorders. As an avid martial artist, he has a special interest and unique insight into the treatment of martial arts practitioners, in addition to weekend warrior athletes. Tony finds the greatest joy in helping his patients help themselves to achieve their goals.

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Maggie Gebhardt PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Georgia State University in 2008 and completed her Orthopedic Residency at Mercer University in 2010. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in which she also completed at Mercer University in 2015. She is an adjunct clinical professor at Mercer University teaching in the entry-level Physical Therapy curriculum as well as the orthopedic residency. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA,) and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG). Maggie received her Dry Needling Certification through Myopain Seminars in 2009 and her clinical specialties include movement analysis, functional movement screening, manual therapy, neurodynamics, dry needling, women’s health, and athletic hip injuries.

Maggie has been published on topics related to runners and medical screening in physical therapy. She has also presented on topics related to nerve pain, chronic pain, runners injuries, hypermobility syndrome, and clinical reasoning for the physical therapist. Her area of research is related to the use of clinical reasoning by the physical therapist in the clinic as well as its role in the physical therapy curriculum. She works at Motion Stability  in Atlanta, GA.

Todd R. Hooks, PT, ATC, OCS, SCS, MOMT, MTC, CSCS, CMTPT, NREMT-1, FAAOMPTTodd R. Hooks, PT, ATC, OCS, SCS, MOMT, MTC, CSCS, CMTPT, NREMT-1, FAAOMPT is currently employed by the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, LA. Todd is a graduate of The University of Mississippi Medical Center and following graduation, he completed the Ola Grimsby residency, fellowship, and doctorate program. Todd has also completed a Physical Therapy Sports Medicine Fellowship with American Sports Medicine Institute under the direction of Glen Fleisig Ph.D., Kevin Wilk DPT, and James Andrews MD. Todd is board certified as an Orthopedic and Sports Specialist.

Todd has served as the Physical Therapy coordinator in both college and professional athletics. He has lectured at state, national, and international meetings and conducted continuing education meetings on orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. He has published articles and chapters on the treatment of various orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Todd serves on the specialization academy of content experts and is a member of the American Academy of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.

Francis Jung HeadshotFrancis Jung, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, Cert. MDT, CMTPT, FAAOMPT is clinical director of Columbia Physical Therapy In Motion located in Columbia, Maryland, USA.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Jung is a clinical expert in the field of manual physical therapy specializing in cervicogenic dizziness, headaches, chronic spine disorders, and rehabilitation with a special interest in runners, martial artists, and golfers.

Dr. Jung studied Exercise Science and completed an Honors program in Biomechanics. He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. He completed the Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He is part of the clinical faculty of manual physical therapy fellowship programs and he is very interested in the metacognitive process in Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making in clinical practice. Dr. Jung is certified in McKenzie, the Maitland-Australian Approach, Vestibular Rehabilitation, and Dry Needling with Myopain Seminars. Dr. Jung is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy credentialed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He has presented several clinical cases, incorporating dry needling, at professional conferences. He has authored several abstracts and articles. Dr. Jung is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is Korean-American, happily married and has two daughters. He is an avid golfer and a martial artist in both Kumdo and TaeKwonDo.


Nathan Mayberry PT, DPT, CMTPT is the owner and founder of Mayberry Physiotherapy in Annapolis, Maryland.A native of the region, he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University ofMaryland at Baltimore School of Medicine. It was during that time period he was first introduced to the science of Trigger Point Dry Needling from guest lecturer Dr. Dommerholt. As a result, Nathan obtained his CMTPT through Myopain Seminars to fill the missing link in his treatment of the Myofascial System. In addition to his experience with Myopain Seminars, Nathan has continuing education training in Functional Manual Therapy (FMT), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Blood Flow Restriction Training, Anatomy Trains Structure & Function, and Mobilization of the Nervous System. His practice specializes in the treatment of chronic pain. He relies on the integration of the above with a focus on Trigger Point Dry Needling and PNF to achieve optimal results. This creates alternative motor patterns to those that have developed as compensation from years of myofascial pain syndrome.

Nathan is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Private Practice Section. His passion is to collaborate and advocate with other private practice therapists for cash-based clinics to become the standard of care for outpatient physical therapy.

Aart Schulenklopper, PT, DPT, CMTPTAart Schulenklopper, PT, DPT, CMTPT graduated in 1990 from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Science. In 1993, he completed a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY followed in 2005 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Dr. Schulenklopper has been practicing full time for over 20 years, specializing in orthopedics and sports injuries. He completed the dry needling course program and became certified through Myopain Seminars in 2011. He is founder and President of Greensboro Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Services in Greensboro, NC, which he started in 2001.

Dr. Schulenklopper is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedic Section and Sports Section), the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Myopain Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Jacob N. Thorp, PT, DHS, OCS, CMTPT, MTC graduated both PTA and PT schools in 1996 and 2001, respectively. He worked full-time, as a clinician, until 2007 when he joined East Carolina University. He became the lead orthopedic professor and teaches the content related to the spine and TMJ regions as well as manual therapy and chronic pain. He also manages and treats patients at the faculty practice where his caseload involves patients with primarily chronic pain including spine, TMD, and headaches.

In addition to his osteopathic PT degree from Des Moines University, Dr. Thorp earned his OCS, Manual Therapy Certification for University of St. Augustine, DHS from the University of Indianapolis, and CMTPT from MyoPain Seminars. Jacob was the founding president of the North Carolina Orthopedic SIG and is currently an item writer for ABPTS and on the executive board for the APTA Orthopedic Section Pain SIG.

Dr. Thorp’s research interests include manual therapy interventions and outcome data as related to TMJ and spinal impairments and dysfunctions. In addition to his state and national presentations, Jacob has been published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, JOSPT, and Pain Medicine. He has also co-authored the three spine chapters for both the 6th and 7th editions of Kisner’s and Colby’s Therapeutic Exercise book. Jacob’s current and future research agenda is focused on the TMJ region and people who experience cervicogenic headaches and incorporating dry needling as a successful intervention.

Dry Needling for Pelvic Pain – Instructor

Blair Green, PT, DPT, OCS, PHC is a pelvic health physical therapist who has been practicing nearly 17 years. She is the owner of Catalyst Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA. She graduated with her Master’s of Physical Thopain Seminars.erapy from Hahnemann University and has completed a transitional DPT from Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions in conjunction with a Pelvic Health Certification. She is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, is a Polestar trained Pilates Instructor, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA). She is trained in Redcord Neurac and is also certified to perform Trigger Point Dry Needling through My

Blair’s practice focuses on pelvic floor dysfunction in men and women. She has a special interest in pregnancy-related musculoskeletal dysfunction, and postpartum musculoskeletal health. She serves on the Advisory Board for Oh Baby! Fitness, a national organization that provides training and fitness classes for pregnant and post-partum women. In addition, she is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for the Physical Therapy Program of Mercer University and she provides guest lectures to the entry-level Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs at Emory University. She most recently has joined Evidence in Motion as an instructor in the Pelvic Health Certification program and Myopain Seminars, as an instructor and creator of the Dry Needling for the Pelvic Pain course.

Blair is active in the Section on Women’s Health, previously as a CAPP-OB case reviewer, the 2016 Nominating Committee Chair and a member of the 40th Anniversary Task Force.

Canine Trigger Point Therapy –  Instructor

Rick Wall, DVMRick Wall, DVM, CMTPT is a 1979 graduate of Texas A&M University-College of Veterinary Medicine. He is currently in small animal practice in The Woodlands, Texas where he is the owner of Animal Clinics of the Woodlands, a multi-location small animal practice that includes the Center for Veterinary Pain Management and Rehabilitation.

In addition to his veterinary degree, Dr. Wall is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist. Additionally, Dr. Wall is a speaker for the Osteoarthritis Advocate Program co-sponsored by Novartis Animal Health and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Dr. Wall serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Medical Association. Additional organizations include the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and the International Myopain Society. Dr. Wall is currently serving as chairman of the Credentialing and Applications committee for the IVAPM Pain Practitioner Certification program.

Soft Tissue Courses  (Manual  TrP Therapy & Fascial Manipulation)
Manual Trigger Point Therapy –  Instructor

Stewart Wild, LMT, CNMT, CMTPTStewart Wild, LMT, CNMT, CMTPT was born in New Zealand, and began his career in the health profession as a Hematology and Blood Bank Laboratory Technologist (1973–1999), working both in NZ and the United Kingdom.

Stewart has been practicing massage therapy since 1994. He became the first person to certify in the St. John version of Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) at the New Zealand College of Massage (NZCM) in Auckland, NZ. He became an NMT instructor in 1998. In 2004 Stewart relocated to the US and double-certified in the “American Version” of NMT with Judith DeLany, and was on the teaching staff of the NMT Center from 2005–2009.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is an educated, hands-on approach to long-standing pain of soft tissue origin. The NMT paradigm takes into account postural distortion, trigger point involvement, nerve entrapment, all forms of muscle damage and imbalance, and various other health markers. To reinforce each of these aspects Stewart has studied with various soft tissue pioneers like Dr. Leon Chaitow, Judith DeLany, Deane Juhan, Dr. Gil Hedley, and Aaron Mattes.

Stewart’s most recent teachers have been Dr. Robert Gerwin and Dr. Jan Dommerholt of Myopain Seminars. In 2009, Stewart became the first massage therapist to become a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) at Myopain Seminars. In 2009–2010 this series was divided into the Dry Needling (DN) courses and the Manual Trigger Point Therapy (MTT) courses. Stewart has been the principal developer and teaches the MTT workshops, which are specially tailored for those practitioners not legally able to practice the dry needling techniques.

Stewart lives just outside Boston, MA, and is the owner of Myopain Solutions located in Dedham, MA. Watch the video Stew Wild: Active Manual Trigger Points Techniques for the Rotator Cuff.

Manual Trigger Point Therapy — Lab Instructor

Samantha Porter, LMT, CMTPT graduated from Truman State University in 2012, where she received a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science. It wasn’t until 2015, when she moved to Charleston, SC, that she decided to become a licensed massage therapist. Shortly after her completion of massage therapy school, she began classes with Myopain Seminars. Ms. Porter became a Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist in 2016 with one of the highest theory exam grades ever recorded. She loves her work as a massage therapist and enjoys educating each of her clients on trigger point therapy. While Ms. Porter is newer to the field, she is excited to have found something that inspires her each and every day. Ms. Porter is currently in the process of completing her physical therapy prerequisites and hopes to begin working toward her Doctorate degree in 2019. With her Doctorate degree, Ms. Porter hopes to further her knowledge of Trigger Point Therapy and human nutrition. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and traveling.


Rick Young, PT, MPT, CODN, CMTPT graduated in 1985 from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In 1992, he completed a Master of Physical Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has been practicing full time for 25 years in various environments including acute care, onsite workers’ compensation, and outpatient physical therapy holding managerial as well as staff positions. He is co-founder and co-owner of Aberdeen Physical Therapy and Wellness with his wife Terry in Aberdeen, North Carolina. Rick is an active member of the America Physical Therapy Association (Private Practice Section) and the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association where he currently holds the office of Director-at-Large for Practice. He has a son who is attending Michigan State University and a daughter who attends East Carolina University.  In his free time, he tries to play the bagpipes.