"Safe and efficient manual therapy assessments and interventions based on sound clinical reasoning, current evidence, and anatomy and physiology are taught in a comfortable setting with time for hands-on learning and feedback."
Mette Coleman, PT, CMPT, DSc student
“Facilitated” Elbow Pain": Watch teaching faculty Michael Lucido demonstrate the examination and treatment of a patient with lateral elbow pain with a cervical component. This practice and theory is taught in our NAIOMT’s course C-616 Cervical Spine II.
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Valerie Coolman completed her Doctor of Science in PT from Andrews University in 2006, and earned her Certified Manual Manipulative Therapist certification through NAIOMT in 2008 and her Orthopaedic Certified Specialist certification through APTA in 2008. Valerie became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist in 2010. Valerie is a NAIOMT faculty instructor, examiner, Clinical Fellowship Instructor and now serves as the Director of NAIOMT's Fellowship Program. She currently teaches NAIOMT courses in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and New York.
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Angela Gordon 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 and earned her Doctorate of Science from Andrews University in 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 seven seasons.
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NAIOMT co-founder Erl Pettman received his diploma in Physiotherapy from the Nottingham School of Physiotherapy (England) in 1972 and from the National Academy of Acupuncture in 1976. He has been an Examiner for the Canadian Manual Therapy Examinations since 1980 and Chief Examiner from 1982-2002. In addition to being a Senior Faculty with NAIOMT, he has been a certified manual therapy instructor for the Olaf Evenjth system since 1990. In 2019 Erl was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Andrews University.
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Stacy Soappman received her physical therapy degree in 2001 and her DScPT degree in 2011 from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. She completed her fellowship training through NAIOMT in 2011. Stacy currently works in outpatient orthopedics in Denver, CO and is also an adjunct professor at Andrews University in the Physical Therapy Department. Stacy currently teaches NAIOMT classes in Denver, New York, Orlando and Seattle. In addition to NAIOMT core courses Stacy has developed and teaches the specialty course Manip Like a Girl: Work Smarter not Harder.
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Brett Windsor graduated as a physiotherapist from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia in 1994. He became APTA board certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) in 2000 and completed the NAIOMT manual therapy clinical fellowship in 2003, graduating to fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT) in 2004. Brett is the current CEO of NAIOMT and also holds the position of National Director of Clinical Excellence at ATI Physical Therapy based in Bolingbrook, IL.
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The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Inc. (NAIOMT) is a private physical therapist-owned organization dedicated to achieving the highest standards of clinical practice for manual physical therapists.
NAIOMT specializes in a flexible teaching program, which seeks to promote the utilization of safe, effective and efficient manual physical therapy management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. It further seeks an environment that is conducive to the application of a reasoned approach to manual physical therapy through critical inquiry and the creation of new knowledge and skills based on scientific study and dissemination of that knowledge.
NAIOMT strongly supports the union of the clinician, academician and researcher to further facilitate the development of quality patient care, physical therapy education and the development of master clinicians.