Meaningful Mentors: Meet NAIOMT's David Deppeler

Posted by NAIOMT on Jun 1, 2020 6:34:29 PM

Dr. David Deppeler received his Physical Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his Doctor of Science from Andrews University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, completing his manual therapy fellowship through NAIOMT. He has completed instructor certifications through Better Physiology, The Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences, The Oxygen Advantage, Holden Qi Gong, and Les Mills (RPM/cycle). David is a NAIOMT Clinical Fellowship Instructor and the founder of the education and certification program “Breathe Your Truth”.


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

I started my PT journey at University of Wisconsin - Madison. I accepted a grant to start my manual therapy journey in the Netherlands. That was a great launching point for my NAIOMT journey. I moved to the Pacific Northwest as soon as I got back to the US so that I could be closer to the classes (and because I love the Pacific Northwest).


How did you hear about NAIOMT?

As a student, I had a clinical affiliation mentor who had taken some of the course work. I admired her skills.


Where did you take your first NAIOMT courses and what was your first impression?

Portland, Oregon. It was a course sponsored through the Oregon Orthopedic Physical Therapy Study Group. I felt immediately at home. Ann [Porter Hoke] was there. :-)


What got you hooked on NAIOMT?

The quality and content, and the spirit.


How did you hear about the fellowship program?

It was being born before my eyes — while I was going through the coursework.


Was fitting the fellowship into your lifestyle challenging? 

I'd say yes, it felt challenging. And, it was as easy as it would be. It would only have been harder with each passing year. My advice. Do it early. I have never regretted it.


Who was your first mentor? 

Erl Pettman and David Lamb were my first big manual therapy mentors. I sure appreciate that start. 


What’s unique about you as a teacher?

I like to simplify whenever possible.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

Do Qi Gong, stand up paddle, make things, and see my dog being happy.


How do you combine these interests with your PT profession?

I now do a fair amount of work from home, and get to hang out with my dog. She is also pretty good at Qi Gong.


What's your most strongly held belief about how PT should be provided?

With open eyes and an open mind. There is plenty of room for evolution. As we get better as a profession, we will be better at empowering people to find their way — which is not always the obvious path held by many.


What do you believe is the biggest problem facing PT today? 

Living under insurance reimbursement.


Why do you believe in the NAIOMT system?

It is a solid dedication to orthopedic and biomechanical systems. I have never regretted having that base.


If you could have lunch with anyone in the PT profession (dead or alive) who would it be?

I'd like to have a little more time with David Lamb. I'd also take time with Jim Meadows. He cracks me up when we’re not setting the house on fire. And I know a part of us get each other.


Favorite movie? Why?

Crash. It helped me see a little deeper — that frequently (if not always) things are as they are for good reason. And the illusion of duality is just that, and often does not serve us well. I had started the movie before going to dinner, and missed dinner because it seemed so important to see it through. 


Favorite vacation spot? Why?

Stand up paddling in Hawaii. Also, I love an outdoor shower — especially in Hawaii. 


Hiking or a movie?

Hiking, unless it's dark. Then a movie is much safer.


Your favorite TV show, streaming or otherwise, is:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. If I get quoted on that, I'll call "typo".


Finally, what is the Breathe Your Truth program?

Breathe Your Truth is a new project that teaches people how to breathe better and teaches people how to teach people how to breathe better. We are a small collection of folks right now, with the vision of growing to an international collaborative think tank of innovative, fun, and curious practitioners — interested in how life changes through the breath. We use technology, science, and ancient wisdom teachings as guideposts to help people find their best breathing. At the core, this work revolves around using a CapnoTrainer® and screen-sharing through web-based platforms. As a larger expression, this work can be done in-person, in a clinical setting, or it can be integrated with existing practices.

What can participants expect from the upcoming webinar “Intro to Breathe Your Truth”?

The webinar is an introduction to the program. Participants will leave with a better understanding of some of the science behind the program.



David Deppeler's live webinar "Intro to Breathe Your Truth" takes place on Tuesday June 2, 2020.

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