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Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Jason Manning MSPT, FAAOMPT, ATC

Becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) is a membership classification and a professional credential. The “Fellow” is a physical therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical, analytical, and hands-on skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal orthopedic disorders and is internationally recognized for their competence and expertise in the practice of manual physical therapy.

The AAOMPT is a professional organization of physical therapists whose mission is to serve its members by promoting excellence in orthopedic manual physical therapy practice, education, research, and to collaborate with national and international associations.

Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is any “hands-on” treatments; joint mobilization and manipulation, muscle stretching, passive movements of the affected body part, and selected soft tissue techniques used to improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles. Orthopedic manual physical therapists treat conditions in body regions such as the head, neck, back, arms and legs.

This is the highest designation a physical therapist can achieve for manual physical therapy. To become a fellow of AAOMPT, you must complete a fellowship program for manual physical therapy, which is a minimum of one year of additional training.


Women’s Health

Mackenzie Barnes DPT

Women’s Health/Pelvic Floor Rehab involves numerous courses taken around the country over a number of years. Dr. Mackenzie Barnes has taken seven continuing education courses, over 160 hours in total, to grow her knowledge and practice.

In order to provide the best possible care and the most current treatments available for our women’s health clients, we strongly believe in continued education. Dr. Barnes completed training courses through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Institute whose focus is a hands-on and evidence-based approach to pelvic floor dysfunctions. These trainings encompassed colorectal, gynecological, obstetrical, orthopedic and urological dysfunction and rehabilitation of the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle across the female.

In additional continuing education, Dr. Barnes will sit for the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) at Herman & Wallace after meeting the requirements of 2,000 hours of patient care. This will further set our women’s health care apart as a specialized Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist Dr. Barnes will be one of a few DPTs with this certification and recognition in the country.


Osteopractor/Osteopractic Physical Therapy

Derek Lehman PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Osteopractic Physical Therapy is a sub-specialty of Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

A Physical Therapist with a Diploma in Osteopractic has undergone rigorous, evidence based post-graduate training in the use of several manual therapy techniques, such as high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation, dry needling, and instrument-assisted manual therapies. They also have advanced training in differential diagnostics for the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

Osteopractic Physical Therapy is not related to Chiropractic or Osteopathic training. Rather, it focuses on the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions with the use of the best evidence-based, non-operative interventions, including manual (hands-on) techniques and personalized, specific strengthening/re-training programs.


Certified DN (Dry Needling)

All Physical Therapists at Each Location

In order to carry the credential of Certification in Dry Needling (Cert. DN), a physical therapist must not only undergo advanced, additional training in the usage of Dry Needling, but also achieve an advanced understanding of the scientific basis for how, why, and when dry needling is effective. Cert. DN is achieved through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT), and integrates the latest research and clinical experience in how to most effectively implement comprehensive dry needling techniques.



Jason Manning MSPT, FAAOMPT, ATC and Esme Lopez DPT

The American Institute of Balance (AlB) is among the country’s largest multi-specialty centers for evaluation and treatment of dizziness and balance disorders. AIB’s therapy programs are used by physicians, audiologists and therapists worldwide.

This advanced training course is AIB’s most comprehensive program. Learning the full spectrum of care of vestibular diagnostic and treatment management of the dizzy patient. It Includes assessment, diagnostic testing, rehabilitation techniques and treatment. Techniques learned during this advanced training include, Anatomy & Physiology, Vestibular Assessment & Diagnostic Testing, VNG/ENG, postural stability, active head rotation tests. The management and treatment of all techniques for the evaluation and treatment of BPPV, and vestibular rehabilitation therapy using diagnostic based strategies for all types of vestibular and balance disorders.

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