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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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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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Meaningful Mentors: NAIOMT's Valerie Coolman

Posted by NAIOMT on Sep 7, 2019 1:58:57 PM

One of the things that truly sets NAIOMT apart from other post professional PT programs is our faculty. Each brings their own unique personality, clinical expertise, specialization, research and background into the classroom. So over the next few months, we're highlighting each of them for the incredible people, teachers and mentors that they are. First up, an interview with Valerie Coolman, DScPT, CMPT, COMT, OCS, FAAOMPT.

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NAIOMT Fellowship: New Grads

Posted by NAIOMT on Sep 1, 2019 1:55:40 PM

Did you know that 134 physical therapists have graduated from the NAIOMT Fellowship Program? We are pleased and proud to introduce you to some of our our most recent NAIOMT Fellowship graduates! 

 

Emily Mitiguy Novoa, DPT, OCS, COMT

Graduation Date: 8/15/2019

Emily’s fellowship project  is titled  “Optimization of Treatment: A Look at a More Efficient Way to Treat the Subtalar Complex.” Emily’s project has been accepted for presentation at the 2019 AAOMPT Conference.

About Emily:

Emily Mitiguy Novoa, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2012. She moved to Eugene, Oregon to work alongside excellent mentors as a part of the Therapeutic Associates Orthopedic Manual Therapy Residency (completed in 2014). During this time, she worked towards and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (completed 2015).

Following graduation from the residency, Emily moved to Olympia, Washington to work in as an integrated-PT in a family medicine residency clinic. While working here, Emily developed a new faculty role for a physical therapist at the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program. During her time at St. Peter Family Medicine, Emily presented at three national conferences for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine regarding the unique role of a PT in a medical residency program. She also traveled to Haiti with a multi-disciplinary team to provide continuity of care to a remote village in the mountains outside Port-au-Prince (this group returns every six months to the same village).

Emily completed the process of becoming a Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist with NAIOMT in 2018 and completed the NAIOMT Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program in 2019.

Currently, Emily works at Providence Tumwater Valley Physical Therapy in Tumwater, Washington as an outpatient therapist. Emily has a passion for individualized patient treatment with emphasis on regional interdependence and assessing the effect of biomechanics on the development of dysfunctional movement patterns and pain. She spends her spare time trail running, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, skiing, biking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband, Blake, her son, Leo, and her dog, Zeila. 

 

Raymond Joseph Arreguin Jr., PT, DPT, OCS, COMT

Graduation Date: 8/15/2019

Ray’s fellowship project is titled “Craniovertebral ligamentous stress tests in asymptomatic individuals.” 

About Ray:

Ray Arreguin Jr. PT, DPT, OCS, COMT received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Ohio University in 2011. After graduation he moved west in search of mentorship and training in the field of orthopedic manual therapy. In 2014, he was recognized as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Through NAIOMT, Ray became a Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) and completed his fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy in 2019. Ray works for Therapeutic Associates, treating patients at their Downtown Portland clinic and serving as faculty in their orthopedic residency program. Additionally, he is a regional mentor, working with new hires in the Oregon and Washington areas. Outside of TAI, he hosts the monthly Portland Study Group for NAIOMT and occasionally serves as a lab assistant for weekend NAIOMT courses. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife Kana and his dog Rufus. His hobbies include music and spending time outdoors cycling, hiking, skiing and racing triathlons.

 

Jessica Ann Morss, DPT, OCS, COMT  

Graduation Date: 8/15/2019   

Jessica’s fellowship project is titled  “Thoracic Influence in a Patient with Cervicogenic Dizziness: A Resident’s Case Problem.”

About Jessica:

Jessica Morss, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Eastern Washington University, graduating in 2012. She obtained her OCS in 2015 and graduated from NAIOMTs fellowship program in 2019. She lives in Olympia, WA and works in the primary care setting at Providence where she collaborates with a diverse medical team to help direct patient care and provides direct access and early access care to patients. Jessica has a particular interest in working with the dance community and coordinates an annual screening event for local pre-professional dancers. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys family adventures that involve hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiing, and backpacking.

 

Paul Ochoa, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT

Graduation Date:  8/26/2019 

Paul’s fellowship project is titled “Optimization of Treatment: A Look at a More Efficient Way to Treat the Subtalar Complex.” Paul’s project has
been accepted for presentation at the 2019 AAOMPT Conference.

About Paul:

Paul Ochoa PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Paul’s career in the medical field began as a phlebotomist and EMT in the late 90’s and a Massage therapist in the early 2000’s. He graduated from the Touro College DPT program in 2009 and continued on to pass the OCS exam in 2012. During his manual therapy education with NAIOMT he also had the honor of learning from the great minds of David Butler, Lorimer Mosley, Diane Lee, LJ Lee, Jill Cook, Mark Comerford, Shirley Sarhman and so many more amazing mentors. He has been an active member of the APTA and AAOMPT and runs his physical therapy practice, F Squared PT, in New York City since 2011.

 

Cara Atwell, PT, DPT, OCS, OMPT, CMTPT, COMT

Graduation Date: 7/23/2019 

Cara’s fellowship project is titled  “Managing a Patient with Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome Using Regional Interdependence.”

About Cara:

Cara Atwell PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CMTPT studied kinesiology and dance at the University of Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2010. She then earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2013. In 2014, Cara became certified as a myofascial trigger point therapist (CMTPT) and in 2016 she was recognized as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Through NAIOMT, Cara became a Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) and completed her fellowship in orthopaedic manual physical therapy in 2019.

Cara currently works in the Annapolis, Maryland area seeing mostly orthopedic patients in both mobile and outpatient clinical settings. She is married to Kyle Atwell who is also a NAIOMT fellow ship graduate. Cara most enjoys being outside near the water, staying active through strength training, yoga, and cycling, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Kyle Lee Atwell,  PT, DPT, OCS, OMPT, CMTPT, COMT

Graduation Date: 7/23/2019 

Kyle’s fellowship project  is titled  “Trigger point dry needling: a manual therapy approach to long-term management of persistent musculoskeletal pain in a patient with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a case report.”

About Kyle:

Kyle Atwell PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CMTPT graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terpsl) In 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He then went on to Physical Therapy school earning his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2013. In 2014 Kyle was certified as a myofascial trigger point therapist (CMTPT). He was recognized as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2016. Kyle both became a Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) and completed his fellowship through NAIOMT in 2019.

Kyle currently lives and works in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Cara (also a NAIOMT fellowship grad). Kyle works in the Annapolis region providing both mobile orthopedic physical therapy as well as orthopedic physical therapy in the clinical setting. When he is not working, Kyle loves staying active through weightlifting, Yoga, paddle boarding, and surfing. He also enjoys spending plenty of time with friends and family.

 

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Topics: Clinical Fellowship Program, OMPT fellowship, Uncategorized, C2/3 dysfunction, clinical fellowship

A Chronic Pain Insight

Posted by NAIOMT on Aug 14, 2019 8:27:06 PM

Earlier this summer, our NAIOMT faculty members gathered for our annual retreat.  It's a meaningful time for us to connect face-to-face, dive deep into topics  that affect our field and our patients, and discuss everything from new courses and our clinical fellowship program, to how to be the best possible physical therapists, teachers and mentors we can be.  

And of course, it's always a treat to hear from master clinician, mentor to many, and NAIOMT co-founder, Erl Pettman. 

In this brief clip as he shares an insight on chronic pain.

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Topics: cervical spine course, cervical spine techniques, manual therapy, manual therapy certification

Abstract of the Week - New perspectives on dry needling following a medical model: are we screening our patients sufficiently?

Posted by NAIOMT on Jun 26, 2019 8:04:57 AM

One thing that sets NAIOMT apart in the world of post professional manual therapy education is our faculty. We are an eclectic, ever-evolving group of practicing clinicians dedicated to moving the profession forward. This week, the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy released its July issue with a focus on dry needling. In it, NAIOMT faculty member, Gary Kearns, instructor of our Advanced Dry Needling course, presents New perspectives on dry needling following a medical model: are we screening our patients sufficiently?, along with colleagues César Fernández-De-Las-Peñas, Jean-Michel Brismée, Josué Gan & Jacqueline Doidge. 

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Topics: Manual Physical Therapy, manual therapy, Manual Therapy, Physical Therapy, clinical skills, Dry Needling, dry needling course, gary kearns

NAIOMT Alumni and Faculty Publish Spinal Manipulation Article in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy

Posted by NAIOMT on May 15, 2019 8:46:11 AM

We would like to congratulate NAIOMT alumna Christina Cuka (‘14) PT, DPT, COMPT, SSPT, alumna (‘09) Amy W. McDevitt PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Distinguished Faculty Instructor Ann Porter Hoke PT, DPT, OCS, FCAMPT, FAAOMPT, and Research Director Steve Karas PT, DSc, CMPT, MA, ATC on the publication of their article, “Spinal manipulation after multiple fusions in an adult with scoliosis: a case report” in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

JMMT published the article online on January 13, 2019. The article will also appear in JMMT’s next print edition. 

We are very proud of our alumni and faculty who continually carry forward NAIOMT’s high standards. 

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Topics: manual therapy courses, NAIOMT, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized, thoracic spine manipulation

Ligamentous Stress Tests of the Craniovertebral Region

Posted by NAIOMT on May 4, 2019 9:36:30 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT cofounder and meaningful mentor to many, Erl Pettman, demonstrates the ligamentous stress tests of the Craniovertebral region. Watching how easily he flows between the ligaments is mastery at its best! Our Cervical Spine I and II courses are great stops on the path to getting to this level.

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Topics: Cervical Spine, Courses, Manual Therapy, Manual Therapy Videos

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