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Join Us in at Andrews University and Learn How to
Treat the Whole Person

Become a Master Clinician

Join Us

  • Join NAIOMT's program dedicated to achieving the highest standards of clinical practice for manual physical therapists.
  • Take individual courses in any order, or complete your CMPT certification mentored by NAIOMT’s experienced instructors.
  • Experience your career in a whole new, satisfying way as you gain the skills it takes to treat more complex patient problems.

With NAIOMT, You’ll Learn How to:

  • Treat the whole person.
  • Consistently arrive at an accurate functional diagnosis.
  • Provide a safe, effective, quadrant-integrated, hands-on treatment approach with confidence.



"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


Get a Glimpse

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

The next course at Andrews University in Berrien Springs is the C-621 Lower Extremity course on October 20-21, 2020.


Your Safety is Our Top Priority

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.

Confidence & Career Satisfaction Starts Here
Join NAIOMT's Courses in Berrien Springs, MI

NAIOMT's course schedule at Andrews University is structured to allow you to progress quickly through our program. With this accelerated approach you can:

  • Become a certified manual therapist in just one year
  • Conveniently take the 500 and 600 level courses back-to-back during 2020
  • Take all NAIOMT courses from 500 through 700 levels in two years
  • Minimize travel and enjoy Saturdays off (Courses are offered Sunday - Monday or Tuesday - Wednesday.)

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.

Video Demonstrations
Course Insights

Watch our teaching faculty demonstrate key techniques from NAIOMT's core courses.


  • C-511 Lumbopelvic Spine I / Not all muscle testing is the same. When you are grading a muscle for a number out of 5 you are not holding the contraction long enough to determine if the muscle is neurologically weak. Do you know how difficult it is to truly pick up a neurological palsy? Your patients deserve that you know the difference! Watch Valerie Coolman demonstrate key techniques from the course C-511 Lumbopelvic Spine I.


  • C-516 Cervical Spine I / Do you have patients with forward head posture? Regaining CT junction extension while protecting the surrounding areas is always challenging. Watch Valerie Coolman demonstrate a technique that is taught in the C-516 Cervical Spine I course.


  • C-611 Lumbopelvic Spine II / The Bilateral Stenosis is actually called a bilateral flexion mobilization and this is helpful in patients with stenotic type symptoms. Do you have a patient who can walk for short periods of time but actually do better if they are able to lean over a cart? Watch Valerie Coolman demonstrate how to mobilize patients into flexion to assist with this dilemma!


  • C-613 Thoracic Spine / Supine Thoracic Spine: Watch NAIOMT's Erl Pettman demonstrate a supine thoracic manipulation.


  • C-616 Cervical Spine II / Is spinal accessory nerve a source of chronic upper trapezius pain / tightness? Watch Liz Henry demonstrate diagnostics and treatment of this common dysfunction. These techniques are taught in the C-616 Cervical Spine II course.


  • C-621 Lower Extremity / Ever wonder why your ankle patients continue to be plagued with pain and/or limitations? Did you know that there are a lot of ligaments that can be damaged in an ankle sprain outside of the talocrual joint? Learn how to examine and treat the whole lower extremity, including the subtalar ligaments. Watch Valerie Coolman demonstrate key techniques from the course C-621 Lower Extremity.


  • C-626 Upper Extremity / Shoulder Abduction Assessment: Watch Terry Pratt demonstrate a shoulder abduction assessment and the clinical reasoning associated with it. This technique is taught in the C-626 Upper Extremity course.

NAIOMT's Full Course Schedule

  • All upcoming NAIOMT courses conveniently displayed on one page. Search courses by course name, location, instructor or date simply by clicking the schedule headlines.


World-Class Mentors
Meet Your Instructors


Valerie Coolman, PT, DSc
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists

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.

Learn more about Valerie Coolman

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NAIOMT teaching faculty Erl Pettman


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.

Learn more about Erl Pettman

Listen to Steve Allen's conversations with Erl Pettman in the podcast “You Think You Know: Conversations That Inspire”:

Watch Erl Pettman discuss clinical reasoning with NAIOMT CEO Brett Windsor:

Get Expert Insights

Get manual therapy technique videos, practical clinical insights from NAIOMT faculty and news on upcoming courses in your area. 

Mobilization for bilateral stenosis. Watch Valerie Coolman demonstrate a technique that is taught in the C-611 Lumbopelvic Spine II course.

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Complex Patient Problems Call for a Master Clinician Level of Care

The Highest Standards of Clinical Practice

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.




NAIOMT Teaching Faculty Erl Pettman demonstrating a manual therapy technique during a Cervical Spine I course.