Dry Needling in Florida

Physical therapists in Florida finally can use dry needling in their clinics. Towards the end of June 2020, Governor DeSantis signed bill HB 467 into law making dry needling by physical therapists legal in the State of Florida! After a long legal battle managed by Tad P. Fisher, CEO of the Florida Physical Therapy Association, the legal team of Cynthia Mikos, and many others, patients in Florida finally will have access to dry needling. The Florida Board of Physical Therapy is finalizing the dry needling criteria.

Thinking about learning dry needling in Florida? Myopain Seminars is “the obvious choice.” Myopain Seminars President Jan Dommerholt and Senior Instructor Rob Stanborough have worked hard with the Florida APTA to get dry needling approved in the Sunshine State. In 2018, Jan was the main expert witness for the Florida APTA and was not only deposed but also was one of the key advocates in favor of dry needling for PTs in Florida during Administrative Court Hearings before the Honorable Lawrence P. Stevenson.

As expected, now that dry needling has been approved, several course providers are advertising their DN courses in Florida. How interesting that they were nowhere to be seen when it was time to stand up for our profession and testify and argue before the judge!

Rob Stanborough, DN instructor with Myopain Seminars, and one of the owners of First Coast Rehabilitation in St. Augustine has been promoting dry needling for many years and became the first PT who legally was allowed to use DN in Florida.

Jan Dommerholt, President/CEO of Myopain Seminars, was one of the key content experts during the administrative court hearings back in 2018. “I can’t thank you enough Jan for all your help,” says Tad Fisher. For more information about the process, see our blog Mr. Bibbey Strikes Again.

Very knowledgable instructors and great clinical applications! Materials were presented in a way that made me confident using these techniques!
Dr. John Gray, PT, DPT, Panama City Beach, FL

Since dry needling was approved in Florida, Myopain Seminars has started teaching several dry needling courses in St. Augustine at the offices of our partner First Coast Rehabilitation.

The next dry needling courses in St. Augustine are scheduled for October 2-4 (DN-2), October 16-18, 2020 (DN-2), and December 4-6, 2020 (DN-3).

Recently, we added two more course locations in Crestview, FL and Ft. Lauderdale, FL:

Upcoming Myopain Seminars Dry Needling Courses in Florida – The Obvious Choice®
DN-1 October 16-18, 2020 Crestview, FL
November 13-15, 2020 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
DN-2 October 2-4, 2020 St. Augustine, FL
October 16-18, 2020 St. Augustine, FL
November 20-22, 2020 Crestview, FL
December 11-13, 2020 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
DN-3 December 4-6, 2020 St. Augustine, FL
January 22-24, 2021 Crestview, FL
February 5-7, 2021 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The faculty of Myopain Seminars have a long history of advocating for the physical therapy profession. Already in 1998, Dr. Jan Dommerholt approached the national APTA and urged the organization to take a positive stand on dry needling as an approach within the scope of physical therapy practice. In 2010, the APTA established a Dry Needling workgroup. Jan was one of the invited members.

During the next two decades, Jan has testified in many states to advocate for the scope of PT practice and dry needling, such as Virginia (2006), Colorado (2007), the District of Columbia (2009), Maryland (2009 – onwards), Michigan (2009), Delaware (2009), Oregon (2010), Georgia (2009), North Carolina (2010), Mississippi (2012), Washington (2016), and Florida (2018).

Did you know that currently, three Myopain Seminars instructors serve the profession as members of their State Physical Therapy Board? Dr. Tracey Adler serves on the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. Dr. Keith Poorbaugh serves on the Alaska State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board, and Dr. Michelle Finnegan serves on the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners! Myopain Seminars’ faculty do much more for the physical therapy profession than providing outstanding continuing education courses!

The DN course was hands down the best CEU course I have taken. The material is directly applicable to my patient population and I can see how I will apply it in the future!
Dr. Delilah Balding, PT, DPT, St. Augustine, FL.

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