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  • Date & Time

    Saturday, October 7, 2023: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Registration/Sign-in 7:30 am - 8:00 am) Sunday, October 8, 2023: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Location

    Messiah University - Winding Hill Location Mechanicsburg, PA

  • Registration $599

    2nd/3rd Year PT Student $349

NAIOMT COMT 3: Thoracic Spine

This is the third course in a series of 5 courses in the COMT certification.

This case-based, lab-focused course features human movement and high performing PT management of the thoracic spine and rib cage. Participants will screen and analyze the role of the thoracic spine in upper and lower quadrant movement, incorporating the patient's health conditions, pain presentations, and relevant biopsychosocial factors. Mobility patterns of the upper and lower quadrant system are studied, and the central and spinal neurophysiological factors determining normal and abnormal movement patterns. Management strategies include education, activity modification, manual therapy techniques, and individualized neuromuscular rehabilitation prescription, with the goal of restoring optimal function and preventing future health conditions and impairments. Participants will incorporate techniques into evidence-informed clinical practice guidelines for specific upper and lower quadrant movement impairments and interpret relevant outcomes measures to guide treatment progression.
  • Course Details

    This course is 2 days on-site (14 hours) plus 7 hours online course work in Thinkific. Participants will receive an emailed link to the on-line course work 2 weeks prior to the course and another emailed link 1 week prior to the course containing the course materials. Please watch for the links in your email in-box.

  • 21 CEUs

    This course awards 21 CEUs in eligible states. See www.naiomt.com/ceus for details.

  • Refund Policy

    Refunds up to 30 days before event.

Instructor(s)

PT, MPA, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Brett Windsor

Brett Windsor graduated as a physiotherapist from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, in 1994. Prior to coming to the US, Brett worked in sports medicine in Australia and the United Kingdom before a 5-year stint in Indiana and Michigan. Brett became an ABPTS board certified orthopedic clinical specialist in 2000 and completed the NAIOMT Clinical Fellowship in Manual Therapy in 2003, graduating to fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT) in 2004. Following eight years as an Assistant professor at DPT programs with Pacific University and Campbell University, Brett moved to ATI Physical Therapy where he served as the Vice-President of Clinical Excellence, responsible for the clinical pathways and care patterns leading to improvements in clinical outcomes. He then served two years as the Senior Vice-President of Sales before becoming the Chief Clinical Officer in December 2020. Brett left ATI in March of 2021 and is now an SVP of Clinical Services with PRN Physical Therapy, and a Clinical Professor with Northern Arizona University. Brett is the Executive Director of NAIOMT and President of Eduglobal Associates, an organization which facilitates US DPT students completing international clinical education experiences. Brett is a published author; his research interests are musculoskeletal PT, in particular the relationship between clinical reasoning and the development of objectively measurable expertise. He also enjoys work-place based assessment investigations and novel methods of assessing the development of clinical reasoning skills in pre and post professional students. Brett is also working to implement competency education programs into post-professional development pathways. Brett regularly presents at regional, national and international programs. Brett was the lead instructor of manual therapy at the Fondazione Turati Rehabilitation Institute in Gavinana, Tuscany between 2007 and 2011 and has been a faculty instructor in the post-graduate manual therapy program at the Kenyatta Medical Training College in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and completed his PhD at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. His dissertation investigated the ability of script concordance testing to discriminate expertise in clinical reasoning related to the lumbar spine. Brett is a past vice-chair of the Washington State Physical Therapy Licensing Board. He currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida with his wife, Susan and two dogs, Leo and Lucy.

Course Organizer

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.