Meaningful Mentors: Meet NAIOMT's Bill Temes

Posted by NAIOMT on Nov 16, 2019, 11:51:19 AM

Bill Temes received a Certificate in Physical Therapy from New York University and began practicing in 1974. He is a graduate of the NAIOMT Fellowship Program and received his Fellowship with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual therapy in 1998. Bill serves on the Board of Directors for NAIOMT and currently teaches NAIOMT courses in Portland, OR. During 2020 Bill will be teaching in San Diego, CA as part of the Accelerated Program, which allows students to complete all NAIOMT's core courses including CMPT certification in one year at a reduced cost.

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AAA – A One-Percenter

Posted by Terry Pratt, MS, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Nov 4, 2019, 11:08:46 AM

One of the concerns we have as clinicians—one that patients also have—is a serious diagnosis when they present with an MSK issue. The Society for Vascular Surgery published guidelines in January of 2018 for care of patients with AAA (3). The chances of encountering AAA are pretty slim, so I consider this one of the one-percenters. The majority of lumbar pain does not have a serious origin, but on average 1% do, and AAA is a life threatening diagnosis, which results in death of 9,000 individuals a year in the USA (2).  Here are some basic facts about AAA:

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Meaningful Mentors: Meet NAIOMT's Terry Pratt

Posted by NAIOMT on Nov 2, 2019, 8:33:36 AM

Terry Pratt is the clinical director of Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy in Topsham, Maine. Terry received his MSPT from Andrews University in 1997 and his FAAOMPT in 2013 through the NAIOMT Fellowship Program. He is a Faculty, Clinical Fellowship Instructor and Examiner for NAIOMT. He currently teaches core NAIOMT courses in Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Florida.


What drew you to PT as a career? When and how did you start your journey?

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Elbow Mobilization

Posted by NAIOMT on Oct 28, 2019, 4:09:38 PM

Watch NAIOMT's Steve Allen demonstrate a mobilization of the elbow into extension while describing key arthrokinematics, capsular pattern and vector glides to restore vital, functional motion. This technique is taught at the NAIOMT course C-626 Upper Extremity.

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Is Spinal Accessory Nerve a Source of Chronic Upper Trapezius Pain?

Posted by NAIOMT on Oct 21, 2019, 2:13:26 PM

In the video below NAIOMT teaching faculty Liz Henry demonstrates key techniques from NAIOMT's Cervical Spine I and Cervical II courses. Is spinal accessory nerve a source of chronic upper trapezius pain/tightness? Watch Liz Henry demonstrate diagnostics and treatment of this common dysfunction. 

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Meaningful Mentors: Meet NAIOMT's Liz Henry

Posted by NAIOMT on Oct 19, 2019, 8:13:43 AM

Liz Henry, PT, DSc, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, CCTT is the president of LifeForce Physical Therapy in Wilmington, NC where she specializes in temporomandibular and craniofacial dysfunction, golf injury rehabilitation and golf performance, and dance injury/rehabilitation. She is senior consulting therapist at the Carolina Ballet. In addition to being a member of the APTA, AAOMPT, she is also a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. Liz underwent fellowship training with NAIOMT in 2011 and was accepted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT).


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Superior Tibiofemoral Manipulation in Quadruped

Posted by NAIOMT on Oct 14, 2019, 4:14:38 PM

Watch NAIOMT teaching faculty Bill Temes' demonstration of how to restore normal superior tibia-fibular motion in an individual with stiffness of the joint in an antero-lateral direction. 

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Sleep Ergonomics: Clinical Applications - Physical Therapy Approaches to Promote Patient Restorative Sleep

Posted by Karen Walz, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT on Oct 9, 2019, 3:13:33 PM

What are your favorite tips to assist patients with pain to sleep better? Physical Therapists work with patients to resolve movement impairments that often are associated with pain and other symptoms. As part of the interventions we provide in our plan of care, we may typically offer some advice on sleep supports, basic pillow positioning and maybe a little input on general sleep hygiene. What if you could offer more in-depth insight and specific information to assist this patient with their suffering? Join NAIOMT on the online course “Sleep Ergonomics: Clinical Applications- Physical Therapy Approaches to Promote Patient Restorative Sleep” to learn more about some of the alternative and best practice ways to assist your patient with sleep related ergonomics and pain.

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Meaningful Mentors: Meet NAIOMT's Angela Gordon

Posted by NAIOMT on Oct 5, 2019, 9:54:48 AM


Angela Gordon, PT, DSc, MPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, ATC, OCS, is the co-owner of Advanced Kinetics Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Falls Church, VA. Angela has more than 17 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. She earned her Masters of Physical Therapy from Andrews University in 2002, and her Doctorate of Science from Andrews University 2012. Angela is a certified athletic trainer and earned her orthopedic manual therapist certification through NAIOMT in 2012 and graduated from NAIOMT’s Clinical Fellowship Program in 2018. Angela served as the lead physical therapist for the Washington Nationals for 7 seasons.


What drew you you to PT as a career? When and how did you start your journey?

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Meaningful Mentors: Meet NAIOMT's Bret Swigard

Posted by NAIOMT on Sep 21, 2019, 9:32:15 AM

NAIOMT's Clinical Fellowship Instructor Bret Swigard is the owner of Innova Physical Therapy in Redmond, WA.  Bret became a NAIOMT Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist in 2010 and completed the APTA Advanced Clinical Instructor Program in 2011. He graduated from the NAIOMT Fellowship Program in 2011 and was granted Fellowship status by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2012.

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