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Treat the Whole Person

Become a Master Clinician

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  • Join NAIOMT's program dedicated to achieving the highest standards of clinical practice for manual physical therapists.
  • Take individual courses in any order, or complete your CMPT certification mentored by NAIOMT’s experienced instructors.
  • Experience your career in a whole new, satisfying way as you gain the skills it takes to treat more complex patient problems.

With NAIOMT, You’ll Learn How to:

  • Treat the whole person.
  • Consistently arrive at an accurate functional diagnosis.
  • Provide a safe, effective, quadrant-integrated, hands-on treatment approach with confidence.



"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


Get a Glimpse

“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.

Your Safety is Our Top Priority

For all upcoming scheduled in-person courses NAIOMT will be following the CDC, federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines in regards to social distancing and hygiene. All instructors and participants are required to wear masks throughout the course weekend in consideration of the safety of all course participants.

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Courses can be taken in any order. Follow links for course details and to register:

Video Demonstrations
Course Insights

Watch our teaching faculty demonstrate key techniques from NAIOMT's core courses.


  • C-511 Lumbopelvic Spine I / Not all muscle testing is the same. When you are grading a muscle for a number out of 5 you are not holding the contraction long enough to determine if the muscle is neurologically weak. Do you know how difficult it is to truly pick up a neurological palsy? Your patients deserve that you know the difference! Watch Valerie Coolman demonstrate key techniques from the course C-511 Lumbopelvic Spine I.


  • C-516 Cervical Spine I / Do you have patients with forward head posture? Regaining CT junction extension while protecting the surrounding areas is always challenging. Watch Valerie Coolman demonstrate a technique that is taught in the C-516 Cervical Spine I course.


  • C-611 Lumbopelvic Spine II / The Bilateral Stenosis is actually called a bilateral flexion mobilization and this is helpful in patients with stenotic type symptoms. Do you have a patient who can walk for short periods of time but actually do better if they are able to lean over a cart? Watch Valerie Coolman demonstrate how to mobilize patients into flexion to assist with this dilemma!


  • C-613 Thoracic Spine / Supine Thoracic Spine: Watch NAIOMT's Erl Pettman demonstrate a supine thoracic manipulation.


  • C-616 Cervical Spine II / Is spinal accessory nerve a source of chronic upper trapezius pain / tightness? Watch Liz Henry demonstrate diagnostics and treatment of this common dysfunction. These techniques are taught in the C-616 Cervical Spine II course.


  • C-621 Lower Extremity / Ever wonder why your ankle patients continue to be plagued with pain and/or limitations? Did you know that there are a lot of ligaments that can be damaged in an ankle sprain outside of the talocrual joint? Learn how to examine and treat the whole lower extremity, including the subtalar ligaments. Watch Valerie Coolman demonstrate key techniques from the course C-621 Lower Extremity.


  • C-626 Upper Extremity / Shoulder Abduction Assessment: Watch Terry Pratt demonstrate a shoulder abduction assessment and the clinical reasoning associated with it. This technique is taught in the C-626 Upper Extremity course.


  • S-901 Manip Like a Girl: Work Smarter Not Harder / Join Stacy Soappman as she demonstrates an alternative way to perform a supine thoracic manipulation during a recent Manip Like a Girl course in Portland, Maine with fellow teaching facutly Terry Pratt.

NAIOMT's Full Course Schedule

  • All upcoming NAIOMT courses conveniently displayed on one page. Search courses by course name, location, instructor or date simply by clicking the schedule headlines.


World-Class Mentors
Meet Your Instructors


Valerie Coolman, PT, DSc, COMT, OCS, FAAOMPT

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.

Learn more about Valerie Coolman:
Meaningful Mentors: Meet NAIOMT's Valerie Coolman

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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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Meaningful Mentors: Meet NAIOMT's Angela Gordon

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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.

Learn more about Erl Pettman

Listen to Steve Allen's conversations with Erl Pettman in the podcast “You Think You Know: Conversations That Inspire”:

Watch Erl Pettman discuss clinical reasoning with NAIOMT CEO Brett Windsor:


Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT

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, PT, PhD, MPA, FAAOMPT

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.

Learn more about Brett Windsor

Listen to Steve Allen's conversation with Brett Windsor in the podcast “You Think You Know: Conversations That Inspire”:


Get Expert Insights

Get manual therapy technique videos, practical clinical insights from NAIOMT faculty and news on upcoming courses in your area. 

Watch NAIOMT teaching faculty member, Angela Gordon, demonstrate how to use toe spreaders to loosen up intrinsics and stretch out hard-to-reach muscles. Techniques using this tool are taught in NAIOMT's Lower Extremity course.

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Complex Patient Problems Call for a Master Clinician Level of Care

The Highest Standards of Clinical Practice

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.




NAIOMT Teaching Faculty Valerie Coolman demonstrating a manual therapy technique during a Cervical Spine I course.