We are so very pleased to announce that Christopher Fred Thurston, Jr, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, COMT has completed the NAIOMT Fellowship Program as our organization's 128th fellowship graduate!
His fellowship project, also presented at the AAOMPT 2018 Conference, is “The Manubrial Test: A Novel Assessment for Regional Interdependence in Adolescent Overhead Athletes.” Here are a few reflections from Christopher on his goals and experience with the NAIOMT Fellowship Program. We congratulate him on all his hard work and this great career-enhancing accomplishment.
"When I started the program, my short-term goals were to obtain my COMT certification and benefit from the one-on-one mentoring. I have achieved both of these goals. I underestimated how much I would grow from going through the process of both. The COMT certification process pushed me to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone and really be able to effectively communicate my thought process.
I have a much more grounded treatment approach to patients. I have become very systematic in how I approach complex patients and my ability to articulate my findings. I am no longer intimidated by having the results of my assessment not fully match up with my initial hypothesis. To me, this means I am more fluid in my thought process and thorough in application of my foundational knowledge. I find myself utilizing proper referral options better, such as with physicians."
Chris Thurston received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida in 2012 and completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida. He became recognized as a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2015 and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) through the North American Institute of Manual Physical Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2016. In 2019 became a Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) and a graduate of the NAIOMT fellowship program. He currently works at the University of Miami in the outpatient orthopedic setting treating patients with injuries related to orthopedics, vestibular dysfunction and concussion. He frequently lab assists for NAIOMT courses in Florida.
He has previous experience as a mentor in both sports and orthopedic residency programs and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. He has successfully completed Emory and APTA’s Vestibular Rehabilitation: A competency-based course. He is involved in the University of Miami’s Pro Bono student run clinic. His abstract was selected for poster presentation at the 2018 AAOMPT conference titled, “The Manubrial Test: A Novel Assessment for Regional Interdependence in Adolescent Overhead Athletes: A Case Series.” Chris is an avid sports fan and enjoys having a good laugh with family/friends.