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NAIOMT Fellowship: Reflections of a New Grad

Posted by NAIOMT on Apr 15, 2019 7:25:39 PM

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." 

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

How To Have Your PT Career (And Enjoy It Too!)

Posted by NAIOMT on Mar 30, 2017 9:12:55 PM

Most physical therapists I have met over the years have similar reasons for entering the field and practice: The willingness to help others. But somewhere along the line, that passion can get lost. We get caught up in other entities of the job and lose sight of what we entered the practice for. There are productivity standards and expectations. Committees and side projects that do not have much to do with patient care. Documentation is no longer a review of what worked and what didn’t—it is a satisfaction of the requirements of the insurance company (so we can get paid.) So how can we keep the passion for PT in this new “business" environment?

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Topics: manual therapy, NAIOMT, Clinical Fellowship Program, Clinical Reasoning, clinical skills, mentorship, Uncategorized, rajesh khemraj

To PTs Striving For Something More...

Posted by NAIOMT on Mar 6, 2017 10:37:29 PM

Ten years. It was ten years ago that I took the NAIOMT upper quadrant course which consisted of Cervical II and Shoulder/elbow/wrist. It was ten years ago that I left the course and distinctly remember calling my husband and telling him that it was just too hard. I was so excited about what I was learning but was convinced that I could never pass the tests. I told him (and myself) that I would continue to take the classes for the knowledge but would never be able to pass the exams. They seemed impossible for me to pass.

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Topics: manual therapy, Manual Therapy, Clinical Fellowship Program, Uncategorized, NAIOMT training

Fellowship Reflections: C2/3 Dysfunction

Posted by NAIOMT on Feb 27, 2017 10:25:13 PM

A patient came in with complaints of dizziness, facial tingling, disturbed vision/hearing and pain in her neck.  She had history of a bad MVA approximately 25 years ago and her symptoms had persisted since the accident. During subjective history she mentioned that all of her previous physicians thought she was crazy. As I was performing the subjective examination, I thought her symptoms sounded like what Erl Pettman has described as “trigeminal symptoms.” It occurred to me she might have a C2/3 dysfunction that was contributing to trigeminal convergence creating these symptoms.

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

Good Clinical Reasoning or Good Hands: Which is Better?

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Feb 13, 2017 10:01:44 AM

Some people think that manipulation is one of the hardest skills to obtain in physical therapy education. I would like to challenge that and say that clinical reasoning is one of the hardest skills to achieve. When I teach, I often use the example of my eight-year-old. Believe it or not, I have taught him how to manipulate my sacro-iliac joint and my talo-cural joint! Yes, even at his young age, he can perform the skill quite well. What he can’t do is discern when to perform the skill.

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Topics: manual therapy, Clinical Fellowship Program, Clinical Reasoning, Uncategorized

When PTs Get Together...

Posted by NAIOMT on Jul 2, 2016 5:37:02 AM

What happens when you put together people with a common passion, nature, food/drink and people who have a heart to give back to others?

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Topics: manual therapy, Manual Therapy Mentorship, NAIOMT, PT fellowship, Clinical Fellowship Program, Fellowship

Why Mentorship Matters in PT

Posted by NAIOMT on Oct 27, 2015 9:00:38 AM

Why does mentorship matter so much in our physical therapy profession? And why do we keep harping on this? Here goes.

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Topics: Courses, manual therapy, Manual Therapy, physical therapy, Clinical Fellowship Program, Clinical Reasoning, mentorship, OMPT fellowship

Why North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy? Why NASHVILLE? Why NOW?

Posted by NAIOMT on Aug 19, 2015 10:41:45 AM

Why pursue training and mentorship with The North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT)? Here are three reasons:

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Topics: cervical spine, cervical spine course, Manual Physical Therapy, manual therapy, Manual Therapy, Manual Therapy Mentorship, PT continuing education, Clinical Fellowship Program, Clinical Reasoning, clinical skills

This is One of The Most Overlooked Skills By PTs

Posted by NAIOMT on Aug 5, 2015 11:42:56 AM

Today NAIOMT faculty Stacy SoappmanPT, DSc, COMT, FAAOMPT weighs in on one of the most overlooked skills by PTs. Watch the video or read the transcript below filled with valuable insights about developing skills and experience over time, and the immense value of mentorship for a physical therapist.

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Topics: Manual Therapy, Manual Therapy Mentorship, PT fellowship, PT skills, Clinical Fellowship Program, clinical skills, Faculty, OMPT fellowship

Better Together: The Mentor – Mentee Relationship

Posted by NAIOMT on Aug 1, 2015 8:34:54 AM

In our field, mentorship matters. I have had the ENORMOUS privilege and honor to work with mentors in my OMPT practice and other areas of my life. Gail Molloy and Jim Meadows have been constant relationships, and they are two mentors that I look up to and still ask questions of.

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Topics: manual therapy, Manual Therapy, Manual Therapy Mentorship, PT mentor, Clinical Fellowship Program

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