Faculty Clinical Fellowship Instructor Jason Winburne, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT, completed his fellowship in manual therapy through NAIOMT, and was accepted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists in 2008. Jason serves as a guest lecturer, clinical instructor and on the advisory board for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is also a guest lecturer and clinical instructor for the Texas Woman’s University. Jason is a partner with PTRA and practices at the Town East and Midtown locations in the Dallas area.
What drew you to PT as a career? When and how did you start your journey?
I always knew I wanted a career in the medical field. I grew up playing sports and during this time I had a few injuries and experiences with rehabilitation. Being a patient I was able to see the role a therapist has on the functional improvement of a person. This lead me to working as a technician in my hometown physical therapy clinic. Then it was just a matter of hard work and drive to complete the journey.
Where did you go to school and why?
My undergraduate work was completed at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Class of 1997! Then graduate work was done at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School of Dallas where I obtained a Master's in Physical Therapy in 2000. I chose this school because of it's location to my hometown, reputation, and resources with the medical school.
Where did you take your first NAIOMT courses and what was your first impression?
Most of my classes were held in Dallas, TX. My first class I attended was in 2002. I remember my eyes opening up to the importance differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning. The early coursework showed me what more I needed to learn to get to the level I wanted to become.
Was fitting the fellowship into your lifestyle challenging?
The best thing about NAIOMT's fellowship is that the timeline can be tailored to each person individually. I was in the program early in my career and life. I had several early adult milestones occurring such as marriage, children, purchasing a house. The flexibility of course, examinations and clinical hours allowed my personal and career goals to be reached together.
What did you enjoy most about the Fellowship program?
The best thing about the fellowship program was the mentorship. Having the expert spend time with you advancing your differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning skills, fine tuning your treatment skills and working on rehabbing the entire person. I enjoyed deepening my theory on the what, why and how it all tied together to effect the entire chain.
Who was/is your mentor? Tell us about several if you have them!
My most influential mentor then and now is Michael Lucido. Early in my career I worked closely with him in the clinic. I witnessed him go through the fellowship and become a leader within NAIOMT and our profession. He has pushed me to work hard and go beyond the status quo within therapy.
I also had several others along the way including Jim Meadows. His questioning and challenging of my clinical reasoning was monumental in my development. There have been many others along the way that I was able to spend some fellowship hours with and take many classes from and I am excited that most remain involved within NAIOMT. So I am excited to continue to absorb their expertise and knowledge whenever given the chance.
Why did you decide to become a mentor?
Not sure? It really just was kind of something that happened. I knew that several people helped get me to the position I am in today. I wanted to pay it forward and be a part of the community it takes to build a village. I saw early on how much difference a skilled clinician can make from my mentors. I wanted to share what I could with others to help them reach their goals.
What's your most strongly held belief about how PT should be provided?
That it starts with differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning. Understanding the why and how the impairment is affecting biomechanics and pathophysiology helps to elevate a clinician to a level of master in their craft.
What's your mantra when it comes to treating?
I often like to think of myself as a mechanic of the human body. I am trying to get each part to work efficiently and effectively as a unit to allow them to complete whatever functional task they are having difficulty with.
What do you believe is the biggest problem facing PT today?
I am involved in outpatient orthopedics and independent practice. One problem I see is that the general public is not as educated on our role and importance within healthcare. We need to do a better job of sharing what we can do in both the prevention and rehabilitation of their injuries.
What changes would you like to see the PT profession make? What's lacking?
Being from Texas we still have limited direct access. The PT community here needs to continue to strengthen the value of early prevention, wellness, and what our skillset brings to reduce the cost of healthcare today.
What advice would you give to new PT graduates?
Find early employment that allows for clinical growth. Try and find somewhere with access to mentorship.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and watching my three daughters play sports. I also appreciate a good book, playing a round of golf, and traveling.
If you could have lunch with anyone in the PT profession (dead or alive) who would it be?
I. A. Kapandji. His knowledge on functional anatomy I find fascinating.
What's something your fellow faculty members might not know about you?
I enjoy a good beverage, sports, and conversation.
Favorite movie? Why?
Glory. I remember watching it when I was younger and feeling being moved by their determination, confidence, and courage.
Favorite vacation spot? Why?
Summer in the Rocky mountains. I love the boundless activities one can do from fishing, hiking, biking, rafting, etc. I enjoy always doing something and experiencing new things. I like the beach but can only tolerate a few days of relaxation before I get the itch to try something adventurous and exciting.
Post-Course Office Hours
If you ask any of our faculty how they went from good clinicians to great clinicians you will often hear them refer to their mentor. That person who believed in them and took the time to answer their questions. We know that many of you are still looking for that mentor and we would like to help!
Join Jason Winburne in NAIOMT's online mentorship program Post-Course Office Hours.