Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM, is a Dutch-trained physical therapist who holds a Master of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in biomechanical trauma and health care administration, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. 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 on the editorial board of the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain (editor Dr. I. Jon Russell), the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (editor Dr. Leon Chaitow), the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (editor Chad Cook, PT, PhD), and Cuestiones de Fisioterapia.
He has authored many chapters and articles on myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and performing arts physical therapy, and prepares a quarterly literature review column on myofascial pain for the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain. Read “Treating the Trigger” (PDF), a 2008 interview with Dr. Dommerholt published in Advance magazine. Dr. Dommerholt is the president of Bethesda Physiocare® and editor of several books on myofascial trigger points.
Robert Gerwin, MD, FAAN, is Co-Founder, Vice President, and Co-Director 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 two years of Internal Medicine post-graduate training at New York University—Bellevue Hospital and did his Neurology Residency at Case-Western Reserve University/Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. He had a two year special fellowship at NIH in neurology and immunology. He has been in private practice in the Washington DC area for many years. Dr. Gerwin 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. Dr. Gerwin is former President of the International Myopain Society. He was the Scientific Program Chairman for the 2007 International Congress of the Myopain Society.
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.
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Tracey 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 in 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 has had a private practice, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, since 1984. Dr. Adler is a member of the VPTA, APTA, Myopain Society, and IPPS. See her article, “Trigger-Point Needle Helps Relieve Chronic Pain” (PDF), in the July 26, 2008, Richmond Times Dispatch. On January 2, 2008, Tracey Adler spoke with Gloria Taylor Edwards and Shirley T. Burke on the “Speaking from the Heart” Radio Show on WCLM Radio 1450AM. The topic of their discussion was “The Magic of Dry-Needling.” Listen to part 1 (MP3) and part 2 (MP3).
Joseph 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.
Jennifer Flage Hobson, PT, DPT, MTC, CFC, CMTPT, is a Dutch-trained physical therapist who earned her degree in physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She then went on to train in Madrid, Spain at the prestigious Hospital de Mostoles, followed by a clinical residency in Advanced Orthopedics. Dr. Hobson earned her Manual Therapy Certification, Cranio-Facial Certification, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy under the direction of Dr. Stanley Paris at the University of St. Augustine, Florida. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Hobson continues to train in Santiago, Chile, with Dr. Mariano Rocabado, a leading Cranio-Facial, TMJ, Neck and Spine rehabilitation expert. Dr. Hobson later completed the course program of Myopain Seminars and is a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist.
Dr. Hobson is recognized for her physical therapy skills for head, neck and facial pain. She has taught in a variety of institutions, including the Northwestern University Physical Therapy Gross Anatomy Lab, and is currently a clinical mentor and guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Residency program, the UIC Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, and the Achieve Ortho Rehab Institute Orthopedic Clinical Residency program in Chicago. Dr. Hobson has assisted with continuing education courses through the University of St. Augustine in the Chicago area and also in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Hobson conducts lectures to the medical community and to the general public on topics such as: head, neck & spine health, body wellness, body mechanics, and the importance and effects of proper posture.
Dr. Hobson practices at her Physical Therapy Renaissance, Ltd. clinics in Chicago and Hinsdale, IL. Her practice is dedicated to treating head, neck, spine and temporomandibular disorders.
Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT, is the co-owner of Freedom Physical Therapy Services in Fox Point, Wisconsin since 1997. His specialties in the field of Physical Therapy include: TMD (Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction); Spine and Pelvic Dysfunctions Myofascial Pain and Orthopedic therapies.
Michael graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. After he graduated, he received his Athletic Training License from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and later, Michael completed his Manual Therapy Certification and Masters of Health Science from the University of St. Augustine in Florida.
In 2005, Michael had the honor of being trained by Dr. Mariano Rocabado, (in conjunction with the University of St. Augustine) who is the leading national expert in the field of craniofacial therapies. Michael holds a Craniofacial Certification with the University of St. Augustine. In addition, Michael has attended an Orofacial Pain and TMD residency with the University of Minnesota Dental School. He is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP), and is one of the few physical therapists in the United States recognized as a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist with the AAOP. Michael is certified through Myopain Seminars.
Michael owns Freedom Physical Therapy, a private practice in Wisconsin with offices in Fox Point, Grafton, and Brookfield.
Michelle Layton, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT, received her Master of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2001. Michelle has attended many courses with several renowned physical therapists, including Dr. Mariano Rocabado, Brian Mulligan, Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, and Dr. Stanly Paris.
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) and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Dr. Layton is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Layton has completed the course program of Myopain Seminars and in 2009, she became certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. In 2010, she was invited to join the highly regarded Academy of Advanced Item Writers, sponsored by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Michelle works at Bethesda Physiocare and has a particular interest in the treatment of the so-called upper quarter, which includes the head, neck, face, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), cervical spine, and shoulder girdle. She enjoys working with dancers as one of her sub-specialties.
Johnson McEvoy, PT, MSc, DPT, 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 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, 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, 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.
Andrew 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 all 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 M. Blackmon, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT (Mandy), holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Medicine and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Georgia. She graduated form Emory University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005 and received her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2009.
Mandy practices at One-on-One Physical Therapy in Atlanta, Georgia, where she specializes in treating performing artists and dancers, as well as patients with myofascial pain, headache, and TMJ dysfunction. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Mercer University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, teaching in the Anatomy, Applied Anatomy and Musculoskeletal curriculum.
Mandy’s manual therapy and specialty training includes 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.
Erika Bourne, RN, CMTPT, is 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 Seriestm 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, CMTPT, 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 from 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-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, 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.
Todd R. Hooks, PT, ATC, OCS, SCS, MOMT, MTC, CSCS, CMTPT, FAAOMPT, is currently employed by Drayer Physical Therapy. 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 PhD, Kevin Wilk DPT, and James Andrews MD. Todd is board certified both 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, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CMTPT, is a clinical practitioner working at the White Oak Physical Therapy and Pain Management Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. 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 from 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.
Andy Kerk, PT, CFMT, ATC, is the owner and founder of Body Mechanics Physical Therapy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated in 1983 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a Bachelor’s Degree in physical therapy with a dual credential in Athletic Training certification from coursework and clinical experience in the athletic department at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Andy’s continuing education background includes extensive training in muscle energy technique, myofascial release, and cranial mobilization from Michigan State University Osteopathic College, the spinal mobilization series from Stanley Paris, PhD, PT, and “Chain Reaction” from Gary Gray, PT, ATC. He has also trained in craniofacial disorders with Dr. Mariano Rocobado and Steven Kraus, PT. He has extensive training through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) and became certified as a Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) through the IPA in 1999. Andy has been primary faculty in the IPA continuing education course series since 1987 under the teaching and clinical mentorship of Gregory Johnson, PT. In 2009 Andy was part of the first class in the State of Wisconsin to be certified by Myopain Seminars in trigger point dry needling and has integrated the methods effectively into his eclectic manual physical therapy approach for all types of musculoskeletal disorders.
Andy leads an experienced team of practitioners at Body Mechanics Physical Therapy with two locations in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.
Savas 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 Sports Rehabilitation 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.
Aart 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.
Ralph Simpson 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 Physical 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.
Colleen M. Whiteford, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT, received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University in 1984. She continued her training through multiple courses with Dr. Stanley Paris, Dr. Phillip Greenman, Steve Kraus, and others focusing on the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Certified as an Orthopedic Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2001, she has maintained this certification since. She obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree through Shenandoah University in 2009. Research associated with this degree prompted initiating training with Myopain Seminars in 2009, and she became certified in dry needling by Myopain Seminars in May 2010.Dr. Whiteford remains an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Virginia Physical Therapy Association, and also belongs to the International Myopain Society. She has presented on multiple topics to physical therapists through the Virginia Physical Therapy Association, as well as area dentists on the role of physical therapy in the management of headaches and facial pain. She has instructed students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Shenandoah University on various topics including myofascial pain and dry needling, and has also served as a clinical instructor for this and multiple institutions. Areas of ongoing study and special interest include pelvic dysfunction as well as widespread chronic pain. She is the founding partner and co-owner of Appalachian Physical Therapy with offices in Virginia and North Carolina, and currently practices and lives in Virginia.
Katie Adams, LMT, CNMT, CMTPT, holds a B.A. from Ithaca College and received her massage and neuromuscular therapy certifications in 1996. She is the founder of 360 NeuroMuscular Therapy in Needham, MA. 360 NMT® is the only practice in Greater Boston exclusively focused on rehabilitation of soft tissue dysfunction associated with medically diagnosed injury and pain derived from myofascial trigger points. The clinic provides collaborative adjunct care for leading hospital medical practices, pain-focused physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors and dentists. Having trained as a professional dancer, Katie is passionate about manual therapy to restore optimal function and movement for her patients. She specializes in treatment of post-operative myofascial pain, and has been on the faculty at the New England Baptist Shoulder and Sports Symposium for three years. Katie is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists and the International Myopain Society. Katie is a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist after graduating from the Myopain Seminars course series.
Stewart 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 longstanding 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, DeLany, Deane Juhan, Dr. Gil Hedley, and Aaron Mattes.
Stewart’s most recent teachers have been Dr. Bob 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 principle developer and will teach the MTT workshops, which are especially tailored for those practitioners not legally able to practice the dry needling techniques.
Stewart lives just outside Boston, MA, and is the co-owner of 360 NeuroMuscular Therapy (with an accompanying blog) that is located in Needham MA. There, Stewart and his business partner Katie Adams have developed a comprehensive approach to treating various common but enigmatic pain conditions using hands-on therapy. All Manual Trigger Point Therapy (MTT) courses in the Boston region will be based at 360NMT starting in 2011. You will find 360NMT a very condusive environment for deep learning and practice. For further information, watch the video Stew Wild: Active Manual Trigger Points Techniques for the Rotator Cuff.
Rick Wall, DVM, 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.
Andry Vleeming, PT, PhD, is a world-renowned clinical anatomist. Since 1990, when he established a clinical research team at the Erasmus Medical University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Dr. Vleeming has been studying the lumbar spine and pelvis from an anatomical and clinical perspective. His anatomical and biomechanical research has been accepted worldwide and incorporated into rehabilitation programs for patients with lumbopelvic dysfunction. In 1996, he founded the Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Centre in Rotterdam, a specialized rehabilitation hospital for severe chronic lumbar and pelvic pain patients, in cooperation with the Dutch government. His accomplishments were recognized when he was honored with knighthood. Currently, Dr. Vleeming is a professor at the Ghent Medical University in the department of Rehabilitation and Kinesiotherapy and a visiting professor in Clinical Anatomy at the University of New England in Maine.
Dr. Vleeming and his colleagues continue to study the stability and movement of the pelvis and spine, which has led to many publications in spine journals. By applying new techniques to measure motion of the pelvis, such as radio stereo photogrammetry analysis-RSA- and echo Doppler oscillation research, new insights revealed that the motion of the pelvis in patients is different than expected. Evidence-based studies demonstrated that many manual tests of the pelvis are not sufficiently reliable and new tests became available. These new diagnostic test procedures became accepted as a standard for evidence-based diagnosis of the pelvis.Dr. Vleeming is chairman of the Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain in close cooperation with the office of continuing education of the University of San Diego. He acted as chairman for the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) committee development of the European Pelvic Girdle Pain Guidelines, which were published in 2008. He is author of many clinical books on non-operative orthopaedic medicine, including the book Movement, Stability & Lumbopelvic Pain: Integration of Research and Therapy.
Harry J.M. von Piekartz, PT, PhD, MSc, MT(OMT), qualified as a physical therapist in 1985, when he graduated from the University of Enschede in the Netherlands (Hogeschool van de Twentse Academie voor Fysiotherapie). In 1988, he successfully completed his manual therapy training (Maitland Concept) in Switzerland. In 1993, he received the IFOMT diploma in the Netherlands through the Dutch Manual Therapy Association (NVMT). In 1994, he completed the teacher training program of the International Maitland Teacher Association (IMTA) and a year later, he also started as a teacher for the Neuro-Orthopaedic Institute (NOI).
From 1996 to 2000 Harry was involved in a number of multidisciplinary projects on chronic craniofacial pain patients and in 2001, he published his first book Craniofacial Dysfunction and Pain, Manual Therapy—Assessment—Management (Butterworth-Heinemann). The book was also published in German (Thieme Verlag, 2001) and Spanish (McGraw-Hill, 2003).
In 2000, he successfully completed his Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Leuven (Belgium). His thesis focused on “The Neurodynamic Testing of the Mandibular Nerve: Reliability and Norm-Data.”
In 2003, he became a senior IMTA teacher, was granted a fellowship of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, Section Germany (ICCMO), and was elected president of the Craniofacial Therapy Academy (CRAFTA). In 2005 he was awarded a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from Staffordshire University (UK). His second book “Craniofacial Pain. Assessment and Management of the Neuromusculoskeletal System” was published in 2007 (Elsevier).
Since 2008 Dr. von Piekartz is Professor for Physiotherapy at the University of Applied Science in Osnabrück (Germany http://www.fh-osnabrueck.de /) where he is involved in several research projects, give lectures and is study leader of the Master of Science education in Manual Therapy (IFOMPT).
Dr. von Piekartz is an international lecturer and he has published many publications in this field of orofacial pain, among others. His special interests include the management of problems in the craniocervical, craniomandibular and craniofacial regions; physical therapy for children with craniocervical and craniofacial dysfunctions and pain; the function of the (cranial) nervous system and the role of physiotherapy; and rehabilitation programs and pain management for long term pain problems in the neuromusculoskeletal domain. When he is not teaching, traveling, or doing research, he sees patients in his private practice in Ootmarsum, a small town in the eastern part of the Netherlands (www.physioedu.com).
Marisa Hoffmann, PT, MSc, BoH, MT (OMT), received her Physical Therapy degree in 2005 from the University of Applied Science Fresenius, Idstein, Germany in cooperation with the Hogeschool Utrecht, the Netherlands. As part of her undergraduate degree she completed an internship at the Capitol Spine and Pain Centers in Shirlington, VA in the US and participated in the Trigger Point Examination and Treatment courses offered by Myopain Seminars.
During a one-year residence in the United Kingdom, Marisa enrolled in a postgraduate studies program at the University of Southampton where she earned her Master of Science in Health and Rehabilitation degree in 2007. She gained insight into the U.K. National Health System through a position as Research Assistant at The Stroke Association Rehabilitation Research Centre, Southampton. Since 2006 she has held multiple positions as a physical therapist in Germany. The focus of her work is in the field of orthopedics, craniofacial therapy, and postsurgical treatment.
In 2012 Ms. Hoffman opened her own private clinic AGILPHYSIO, working mainly with patients requiring specialized treatment and focusing on manual physical therapy and head, neck, and face pain. Furthermore, she lectures at the Catholic University of Applied Science, Mainz, Germany.
Early on in her education, her neighbor, a well-known orthodontist and researcher, got her interested in the craniofacial field and encouraged her to enroll in the CRAFTA courses. Since 2008 she found her passion in treating adults and children with head and facial pain. She was awarded her CRAFTA degree in 2010 and is an instructor-in-training for CRAFTA since 2011.
Since 2013 Marisa holds a certificate as Orthopedic Manual Therapist after the Maitland-Australian approach (IFOMPT standards).
Whenever she is not busy as a physical therapist, Marisa loves to travel the world and especially, visit her relatives in Arlington, VA. She participates in hiking, running, and dancing. She enjoys the culinary specialties of her home Rhineland-Palatinate, a famous wine region in Germany.
Michiel Trouw, PT, OMT, completed his physical therapy degree in 1992 at the Hogeschool Utrecht, the Netherlands. After completing his manual therapy training (OMT/IFOMPT), he has worked as a manual physical therapist in the Netherlands and Germany. In 1999, he opened his own physical therapy practice in Hengelo, the Netherlands. He is an internship supervisor for students of the OMT Manual Therapy School.
From 2002 to 2005, Michiel completed the CRAFTA educational program. In 2003, he opened a second practice in association with a hospital in Hengelo. His focus in both clinics is on patients with head, neck and facial pain. Currently, he is enrolled in a Master of Science degree program in Manual Therapy (NVMT) in the Netherlands. Since 2011, Michiel is an instructor with the CRAFTA program.
Bill Esser, PT, MS, CCTT, graduated in 1979 with his masters from Purdue University and in 1981 from the University of Iowa Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. Since graduating from the University of Iowa Bill has been active in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice and an owner and partner in private outpatient orthopedic practice in southern Oregon since l986. Bill is a diplomat of the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial Therapeutics and is a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT), a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and an affiliate member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.
In addition to teaching for Myopain Seminars, Mr. Esser teaches courses on TMD through Empiridence Seminars and co-teaches courses with dentists, fostering a collaborative approach to management of acute and chronic TMD. He is a guest lecturer/instructor at Pacific University School of Physical Therapy and George Fox University School of Physical Therapy, and has taught for the Oregon Physical Therapy Association. Bill spoke at the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry National Conference in 2011 on “The Interrelationship of the Cranium, Cervical Spine and Occlusion—A Team Approach for an Optimal Outcome.” In 2013 Bill presented at the Oregon Dental Association State Conference on mechanical screening of neck, head and the TMJ complex to facilitate coordination of multidisciplinary care.
Mr. Esser works closely with the dental and medical community throughout southern Oregon and northern California in a coordinated care model for patients with headaches, and neck and facial pain. His patient care emphasis and clinical specialization for over 30 years has been in the management of temporomandibular, cranial, and cervical spine dysfunction. His clinical case load consists of over 80% craniomandibular patients and includes evaluating 4–5 new TMD patients weekly, for a total of more than 5,000 TMD patients during his career. His current clinical emphasis is on development of a pilot program to coordinate care between the emergency room and the physical therapy clinic for “Acute Close Locked” patients following trauma to the temporomandibular joint. His educational programs are designed to provide physical therapists the basic skills needed to manually unlock and stabilize these patients through application of an appropriate orthosis (splint).
Tim Gibbs, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT, CCTT, CMTPT, is a Physical Therapist specializing in the treatment of Vestibular, Temporomandibular and Cervical Spine Disorders. Tim completed his degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Michigan in 1984. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) with extensive training in osteopathic manipulation. He is also certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of spinal disorders (Cert. MDT).
Tim is an affiliate member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) and is a board member of the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics. He is a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT).
Tim completed three training programs in Trigger Point Dry Needling and is certified through Myopain Seminars. He completed the Clinical Competency based Vestibular Rehabilitation Course at Emory University and the Advanced Competency Course at Duke University. Tim is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Montana Physical Therapy Program, where he teaches a course in the evaluation and treatment of vestibular and cervicogenic disorders. He practices in Kalispell, Montana where he is a co-owner of an outpatient physical therapy practice.
Jules R. Hesse, PT, MTC, PhD, is a Dutch-trained manual physical therapist with the distinct honor of being the first physical therapist in Europe to be appointed to a Dental Faculty back in 1982. As a faculty member of the ACTA / University of Amsterdam, Dr. Hesse was instrumental in developing the first orthopedic protocols in dental examination procedures at several European Dental Institutions. He is a former associate professor at the Dental Faculty of the University of Amsterdam / Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research interest include the clinical and experimental investigations on craniomandibular border characterictics and orofacial pain and the clinical and research diagnostic criteria in patients with temporomandibular dysfunction. His clinical interests have concentrated in the management of patients with headache, neck, TMD, and orofacial pain disorders. Dr. Hesse was an instructor in ENT and oral surgery residency programs. He is a co-founding board member of the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT). He is affiliated with the Departments of Oral Surgery of the Free University Medical Center, the Slotervaart Hospital, and is currently the clinical director of the Sports Medical Center Fysiomed in Amsterdam. He has prepared over 30 publications in textbooks and scientific literature and lectures frequently around the globe.
Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT. Find Michael’s bio on this page in the Dry Needling section, above »
Steve Kraus PT, OCS, MTC, CCTT, CODN, earned his degree in physical therapy at Wichita State University in 1975. He received the Distinguished Physical Therapy Alumni Award from The Wichita State University Department of Physical Therapy. Mr. Kraus is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Division of Physical Therapy Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Kraus is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS), is certified in Manual Therapy (MTC), is a Certified Cervical Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) and is certified in Orofacial Dry Needling (CODN) by Myopain Seminars.
He has taught over 225 courses to physical therapists and physical therapy assistants on the evaluation and treatment of TMD. He has been invited to speak at over 80 dental study clubs and dental conferences to include the 50th Anniversary of the American Equilibration Society, Thomas P Hinman Dental Meeting and the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.
Mr. Kraus is an editor, author and has co-authored a number of articles and chapters on temporomandibular and cervical spine disorders appearing in various dental and physical therapy publications.
Mr. Kraus is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Orthopedic Section of the APTA. Mr. Kraus is an affiliate member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and is a board member of The Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT).
Steve Kraus also offers private courses in temporomandibular pain and dysfunction. See his website TMDstevekraus.com for details.
Jeffrey S. Mannheimer, PT, PhD, CCTT, CODN, received a BS degree in Biology from Bradley University, a MA degree and Certificate in Physical Therapy from New York University and a Ph.D from Seton Hall University. He has 48 years of clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of patients with neuromusculoskeletal pain and dysfunction syndromes. His clinical interests, teaching, publications and specialization during the past 28 years have been confined to the evaluation and treatment of cervical spine disorders (CSD), cervicogenic headaches (CGH), temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain (OFP). He is certified as a Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics (www.ptbcct.org) as well as certified in Orofacial Dry Needling (CODN) by Myopain Seminars.
He has many publications pertaining to the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain by postural and ergonomic correction, manual techniques, therapeutic exercise and non-medicinal pain control in dental, medical and physical therapy texts and journals. Jeff coordinated the chapter on “Cervicogenic Mechanisms of Headaches and Orofacial Pain” for the 4th edition of “Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis & Management” of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP).
In addition to private clinical practice, Dr. Mannheimer is currently an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (Program in Physical Therapy) at Columbia University in New York City. He was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dental School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and director of the physical therapy tract for their continuing education program in the Diagnosis and Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain for 13 years until the program was discontinued.
Current professional memberships are held in the American Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) and the International Association for the Study of Pain. He has served on the examination committee of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, which certifies dentists in this specialty field and also served as an AAOP council member. Dr. Mannheimer is the current president of the PTBCCT, which consists of an international group of physical therapists who desire to promote education and specialty certification in the field of CSD, CGH, TMD and OFP. Dr. Mannheimer is a frequent invited speaker at national and international seminars and scientific meetings.
Shaun O’Connor, PT, CCTT, is a physical therapist specializing in the treatment of complex pain, temporomandibular and cervical spine disorders. A native Vermonter, Shaun graduated from the University of Vermont Physical Therapy Program. He is a Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT). He is a guest lecturer for the UVM Doctoral Physical Therapy Program and UVM General Dentistry Residency Program.
He is an affiliate member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and the American Physical Therapy Association. Shaun practices in South Burlington, Vermont where he is the owner of Catamount Physical Therapy, an outpatient physical therapy practice.
Michael Ritchie, PT, M.Ed, MCPA, FCAMPT, CODN, graduated in 1979 from Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada. After graduation he practiced first in Vancouver and Calgary, before returning to Halifax in 1981 to open a private practice. He became interested in the stomatognathic system early in his career and he has had the opportunity to work with several dental specialties over the course of his career. He has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on speech inefficiencies. Mr. Ritchie received his Master of Education in 2005 in adult education from Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax Canada. He prefers the professional description of “forensic anatomist” over the designation “physical therapist.”
Mr. Ritchie has served for 12 years with IFOMPT, the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists. During the first four years he was the Canadian Representative. In 2004, Mr. Ritchie became President of the IFOMPT while four years later, he functioned as executive member in charge of the IFOMPT website. He currently continues to assist with the website.
Mr. Ritchie has lectured at the graduate and undergraduate level to both physical therapists and dentists about TMD (as well as participating in several TMD continuing education courses for dentists), and has had the opportunity to do cadaveric studies over the past several years to better understand anatomy, both normal and abnormal.
During the CCT-1 course, he will explore the challenges of speech inefficiencies as they relate to TMD and its associated signs and symptoms. He will also touch upon the various functions of chewing to give the course participants a better understanding of why different presentations of pain-related chewing give specific types of pain complaints. Through this presentation he will highlight the need to look at inefficient function (speech and chewing) as well as issues of parafunction (clenching and grinding, oral habits).
Patricia A. Rudd, PT, DPT, CCTT, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. She provides physical rehabilitation for the patients in the Center for Orofacial Pain. She completed her doctor of physical therapy at Pacific University, and is a founding member of the board of Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapeutics. Dr. Rudd has authored articles and chapters on Temporomandibular Disorders, Self-Care, prevalence of cervical findings in the orofacial pain population, and has been a reviewer for the Journal of Orofacial Pain. She has lectured nationally and internationally on Dental Ergonomics, Orofacial Pain, and the association between Orofacial Pain and Cervical Disorders. She formerly maintained a private physical therapy practice for 12 years in downtown San Francisco where she primarily treated patients with temporomandibular, cervical and upper extremity disorders.
Mark Strickland, PT, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT, CFC, CCTT, CODN is a graduate from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston in 1984. He received his McKenzie certification in 1994, completed his Board Certification in Orthopedic Specialty in 1999, his Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 1999, and his Craniofacial Certification in 2005 also through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. In 2009, he was certified by the Physical Therapy Board of Cervical & Craniofacial Therapeutics (PTBCCT) as a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist. In 2012, he completed his Vestibular Certification through the American Institute of Balance and Certification in Orofacial Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars.
For the past seventeen years Mr. Strickland has been a chief clinical instructor for the Physical Therapy School at Texas State University. For the past eight years he has been an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine where he teaches an online course in Craniomandibular Disorders (beginner, intermediate and advanced for 8 College credit hours for seventh semester DPT and post graduate transitional DPT students). He also co-teaches the Continuing Medical Education seminar series offered through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, leading to Craniofacial Certification (CFC) with Dr. Mariano Rocabado.
After 22 years in private practice, Mr. Strickland has been a multi-site manager for Physiotherapy Associates (South Texas). He manages eight clinics. He practices physical therapy in Austin, TX with primary specialties of spine, manual therapy, and Craniomandibular Disorders, including pre and post surgical TMJ cases, total joint replacements, arthroplasty, condylotomy, and arthroscopy with or without plication, orthognathic surgery, and grafts. He routinely sees patients with congenital or developmental deformities such as Melnick Needles Syndrome, Cerebrocostomandibular Syndrome, Hemifacial Microsomia, neuropathies, post complete or partial facial reconstruction, traumatic head and facial injuries and disorders of myogenous origin.
In his personal life, he plays Men’s Senior Baseball, golf, and works in his garden. Mark holds Black Belts in Kung Jung Mu Sul and Bakido.
Lorenzo Copetti, PT, was born in Tolmezzo, Italy. In 1981 he completed his Diploma in Physiotherapy and has been a private practitioner since 1982. He has studied with Ph. Souchard (Global Postural Re-education), M. Bienfait (Osteopathic techniques), A. J. Koning (Visceral Manipulation—Upledger Institute) and completed his Cyriax training in 1993. After his first course in Fascial Manipulation© with Luigi Stecco in 1997, Lorenzo has continued on-going training in this method to become an authorized teacher in 1998. He has taught numerous courses in Italy and Poland. Since 1992 he has also taught Manual Therapy techniques to Physiotherapy students at the University of Udine in Italy and has supervised a number of theses papers. He is a member of the examination commission for the course in “General Rehabilitation Methodology and Manual Therapy” at the same University.
Julie Ann Day, PT, is originally from Adelaide, South Australia. A physiotherapist since 1977, after graduation from the Institute of Technology in Adelaide, Julie currently lives and works in Padova in northern Italy. After initially working in the neurological field, for many years now she addresses mostly orthopaedic dysfunctions. Specialized in Connective Tissue Massage (Dicke and Teirich-Leube methods), since 1999 she has been involved in Fascial Manipulation© studying extensively with Luigi Stecco. In 2002 she became part of the authorized teaching group for this method. She has translated two books about Fascial Manipulation from Italian to English—“Fascial Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Pain” Nuova Libraria Piccin, and “Fascial Manipulation—Practical Part” by the same editor.
Julie is a founding member of the Associazione Manipolazione Fasciale (AMF) or Fascial Manipulation Association (FMA), which was established in 2008 in Italy. This association aims to promote research concerning fasciae and their role in a wide variety of problems. In recent years, she has collaborated extensively with Dr. Carla Stecco, an orthopaedic surgeon and assistant professor of Anatomy at the Padova University, who is dedicated to fascial anatomy research.
Julie has taught Fascial Manipulation© courses in Italy and Poland and has presented workshops in the Netherlands, USA and Canada about this method.
Currently part of the staff of the Physiotherapy Department of the Ospedale dei Colli, in Padova in a busy outpatient clinic, since 2000 Julie also supervises a number of 3rd year Physiotherapy students from the University of Padova during their Orthopaedic clinical practice. Julie maintains a blog at fascialmanipulation.blogspot.com.
Rodney Jackson, DC, discovered the healing power of natural therapeutics after suffering career ending injuries while racing motorcycles and working in industry in the 1970s. He attended Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, graduated in 1984 with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, then continued on to the Chiropractic Orthopedics program, graduating in 1987 as a board eligible chiropractic orthopedist. Having completed courses in Sacro Occipital, Torque Release, Network and Freeman techniques, Rod first became interested in the fascia by studying the Fascial Distortion Model. After watching a lecture by Antonio Stecco, MD, on the histology of the fascia, he became fascinated by Fascial Manipulation and attended the second International Fascia Research Congress in Amsterdam in 2009 where an FM workshop by Julie Ann Day, PT prompted him to attend the first English speaking Fascial Manipulation course near Thiene, Italy in 2010. While completing his second full FM course in 2011 in the USA, he also assisted at FM courses with Julie Ann Day, Lorenzo Copetti, Giorgio Rucli, Antonio Stecco and Warren Hammer.
Dr. Jackson has practiced in the rural town of Tillamook, Oregon, since 1985 utilizing a wide variety of chiropractic and soft tissue techniques. With his wife, Anna Jackson, LMT, he founded the first multi-disciplinary alternative health clinic on the Oregon coast in 2004 incorporating acupuncture, naturopathy, clinical counseling and massage to complement his own soft tissue based chiropractic practice. Rodney is an assistant instructor in Fascial Manipulation.
Giorgio Rucli, PT, was born in Udine in Italy. After an initial career as a professional athlete for the National Italian team, starring in hurdles and decathlon events, Giorgio Rucli completed his Diploma in Physiotherapy in 1986. He has been working in private practice since 1991 and has studied with M. Bienfait, completed courses in Postural Re-education and Orthopedic medicine according to Cyriax. From 1991 to 1996, he was the team physiotherapist of several professional soccer and basketball teams in the north of Italy. Since 2008, Giorgio teaches manual therapy techniques to physiotherapy students at the University of Udine. He began studying Fascial Manipulation with Luigi Stecco in 1996, and continued on-going training in this method to become an authorized teacher of this method in 1998. Since then he has taught courses extensively in Italy and Poland and has presented Fascial Manipulation courses at conferences in Italy, Netherlands, and the USA.
Larry Steinbeck, PT, MS, CMTPT, graduated in 1985 from the physical therapy program at Ball State University with an associated minor in athletic training. He received a Masters of Science degree in physical education/athletic training from Ohio University. Mr. Steinbeck is a physical therapist with the Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers, a public outpatient physical therapy facility. He received his certification in trigger point dry needling through Myopain Seminars and has completed numerous other post-graduate training ranging from muscle energy technique to thrust technique for the spine. Larry was the first person from North America to complete the Fascial Manipulation Level 1 and Level 2 Diploma courses (twice!) through the Fascial Manipulation Association in Italy. Larry is an assistant instructor in Fascial Manipulation (watch a presentation video by Larry).