"Safe and efficient manual therapy assessments and interventions based on sound clinical reasoning, current evidence, and anatomy and physiology are taught in a comfortable setting with time for hands-on learning and feedback."
Mette Coleman, PT, CMPT, DSc student
Supine Thoracic Spine: Watch NAIOMT's Erl Pettman demonstrate a supine thoracic manipulation. This technique is taught at C-613 Thoracic Spine course.
The next course at Andrews University in Berrien Springs is the C-621 Lower Extremity course on October 20-21, 2020.
For all upcoming scheduled in-person courses NAIOMT will be following the CDC, federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines in regards to social distancing and hygiene. All instructors and participants are required to wear masks throughout the course weekend in consideration of the safety of all course participants.
NAIOMT's course schedule at Andrews University is structured to allow you to progress quickly through our program. With this accelerated approach you can:
Courses can be taken in any order. Follow links for course details and to register:
All attempts are being made to run courses as scheduled, however COVID may necessitate changes.
Watch our teaching faculty demonstrate key techniques from NAIOMT's core courses.
Valerie Coolman completed her Doctor of Science in PT from Andrews University in 2006, and earned her Certified Manual Manipulative Therapist certification through NAIOMT in 2008 and her Orthopaedic Certified Specialist certification through APTA in 2008. Valerie became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist in 2010. Valerie is a NAIOMT faculty instructor, examiner, Clinical Fellowship Instructor and now serves as the Director of NAIOMT's Fellowship Program. She currently teaches NAIOMT courses in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and New York.
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NAIOMT co-founder Erl Pettman received his diploma in Physiotherapy from the Nottingham School of Physiotherapy (England) in 1972 and from the National Academy of Acupuncture in 1976. He has been an Examiner for the Canadian Manual Therapy Examinations since 1980 and Chief Examiner from 1982-2002. In addition to being a Senior Faculty with NAIOMT, he has been a certified manual therapy instructor for the Olaf Evenjth system since 1990. In 2019 Erl was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Andrews University.
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The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Inc. (NAIOMT) is a private physical therapist-owned organization dedicated to achieving the highest standards of clinical practice for manual physical therapists.
NAIOMT specializes in a flexible teaching program, which seeks to promote the utilization of safe, effective and efficient manual physical therapy management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. It further seeks an environment that is conducive to the application of a reasoned approach to manual physical therapy through critical inquiry and the creation of new knowledge and skills based on scientific study and dissemination of that knowledge.
NAIOMT strongly supports the union of the clinician, academician and researcher to further facilitate the development of quality patient care, physical therapy education and the development of master clinicians.