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Bill Boissonnault PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

Today, we are sharing our conversation with Bill Boissonnault. In it, you get to hear how Bill got started as the primary author of one textbook all of us probably had to get in graduate school (or should have gotten). You also get to learn of some big influences in his early career in terms of manual therapy education. This is a shorter interview than usual, mainly due to Bill being very busy with his position at the American Physical Therapy Association. However, shorter does not mean lacking in quality. So, please listen in and here from an important figure in the physical therapy world!

Gail Wetzler PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D

Gail Wetzler joins us next in our interview series, and I'll go ahead and say it now... you're welcome. Seriously, make sure you save some time in your day/week/whatever to listen to this conversation with Gail. Especially if you are a younger clinician trying to wade through the manual therapy realm of your profession. In our time with Gail, we get to hear some fascinating stories of her youth, early career, things that have led her to where she is today, and much much more. So, I hope you enjoy!

Joe Farrell PT, M App Sc., DPT, FFAAOMPT, FAPTA

Joe Farrell is our next guest to the blog in our series of interviews. He is recently retired as a private practice owner in California, but is still quite active within the profession. One of the things that makes Joe special (one of many indeed!) is that he was a founding member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Another important thing that Joe is known for over the years is that he served as senior faculty for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Residency and Fellowship programs. Joe is both a leader and servant, as evident by awards that he has received... which include the Distinguished Lecturer award from AAOMPT and the Catherine Worthingham Fellow from the APTA. Listen in on our conversation and get a glimpse at what makes Joe such a special guy!

Mike Baum PT, CFMT

Mike Baum is the next friend we get to speak with in our series of interviews. He is a practice owner in Junction City, OR that probably treats a more wide-variety of patients than most of us on any given day. Talk about a well-integrated clinician... with a background in multiple different manual therapy approaches; as well as PNF, he could probably make your head spin if you tried to keep up with him in the clinic (at least that's what I've been told). So tune in and learn a lot from one of the best human beings out there!

Interview with Ray Klepper PT, DPT – part deux

During this interview, Ray and I discuss some of the physiology behind blood metrics like cholesterols, triglycerides, blood glucose and insulin; as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes, metabolic disorders, etc. that can all be changed (for the better) through an appropriate diet/lifestyle.  Our conversation centers mainly around the low carbohydrate-high fat realm.  For those of you somewhat familiar with this topic, you may have heard of "keto" or "ketogenic diet".  This is just a more strict form of low carb-high fat. If you are at all interested in health/wellness and newer research that has been coming out recently (i.e. fat isn't bad, cholesterol is not the devil we though it was, saturated fats are not harmful, etc.), then you won't want to miss this interview.  Or, if you disagree with us, please voice your opinions on the comment section of this blog because I would thoroughly enjoy learning your opinions!

Brett Windsor PT, PhDc, MPA, OCS, FAAOMPT

Brett Windsor is our guest for this interview. Talk about a great guy with a lot of knowledge and wisdom to share. It's likely no coincidence he is the CEO of the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and Director of Clinical Excellence for ATI Physical Therapy. Listen in and pick up on a lot of great things from Brett. Also exciting, this is the first post that I'm announcing we are now listed on iTunes and Stitcher as a podcast! Another great way to access content from our blog. Follow the links on this post and be able to listen to this stuff in an easier way!

Interview with Ray Klepper PT, DPT – part one

During this interview, Ray and I discuss some of the physiology behind blood metrics like cholesterols, triglycerides, blood glucose and insulin; as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes, metabolic disorders, etc. that can all be changed (for the better) through an appropriate diet/lifestyle.  Our conversation centers mainly around the low carbohydrate-high fat realm.  For those of you somewhat familiar with this topic, you may have heard of "keto" or "ketogenic diet".  This is just a more strict form of low carb-high fat. If you are at all interested in health/wellness and newer research that has been coming out recently (i.e. fat isn't bad, cholesterol is not the devil we though it was, saturated fats are not harmful, etc.), then you won't want to miss this interview.  Or, if you disagree with us, please voice your opinions on the comment section of this blog because I would thoroughly enjoy learning your opinions!

Talo-navicular dorsiflexion

Have you ever worked to improve ankle dorsiflexion by mobilizing the talocrural joint and stretching the calf of your patient, but still felt like there was some limitations? In this video, Dr. Thomason demonstrates how dorsiflexion at the talo-navicular joint can be limiting overall dorsiflexion, and how to mobilize this dysfunction. Enjoy!   Matt

A change of pace – interview with me!

http://blog.aaompt.org/featured-fellow-matthew-s-thomason-pt-dpt-ocs-cfmt-ffmt-cmpt-faaompt/ The link above is for a short written interview with the AAOMPT blog, in their Featured Fellow section.  You can hear my thoughts regarding fellowship experience and advice for younger clinicians.  It's short and sweet, so hope you enjoy it! Cheers,   Matt

Interview with Jim Meadows BScPT, MCPA, FCAMT

For this interview, we have the pleasure of speaking with Jim Meadows BScPT, MCPA, FCAMT.  The following is a biography that can be found on his website: Jim was chair of the Canadian Orthopedic Division's Education and Specialization Committees for 12 years and a past Examiner and Instructor with the Canadian Orthopedic Division. Jim is … Continue reading Interview with Jim Meadows BScPT, MCPA, FCAMT

My bout with a kidney stone

I reckon this could be our first case report to share on the blog.  Below, you will find my account of battling a kidney stone recently.  Please share your thoughts, questions, comments below!   Isn't it funny some of the things that happen right before you go on vacation?  Last week, (Thursday night to be specific) I … Continue reading My bout with a kidney stone

Interview with Gregg Johnson PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT

Welcome back!  In our next interview, we speak with Gregg Johnson.  He is co-founder and co-owner of the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) with his wife, Vicky Johnson PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT.  Gregg is also one my main mentors as I have completed some of my manual therapy training with the IPA's curriculum in residency, but … Continue reading Interview with Gregg Johnson PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT

Seated CT junction gapping HVLAT technique

Hi again!  An interesting thing happened in the clinic today.  A friend and colleague shared a video he had seen on Facebook of another therapist teaching a manipulation to a group of chiropractic students and asked what my thoughts were on the technique shown.  Not to be overly critical, but in my humble opinion it … Continue reading Seated CT junction gapping HVLAT technique

Palpating vertebral landmarks

In our latest video, Dr. Thomason demonstrates how different the size of vertebrae are on an actual patient when compared to the typical plastic models we see in the clinic.  Our subject for this demonstration is a younger male that is about 5'6" in height. As part of this video, a lumbar vertebra and thoracic … Continue reading Palpating vertebral landmarks

Interview with Bill O’Grady PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, DAAPM, FAPTA

Welcome back to our interview series!  For this one, we speak with Bill O'Grady, a veteran (in more ways than one) within the world of physical therapy and manual therapy. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from California State University, Long Beach during 1972; his master’s from the University of Southern California … Continue reading Interview with Bill O’Grady PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, DAAPM, FAPTA

Thank you!

The weekend of June 9 - 11, I had the pleasure of teaching a continuing education course in Chico, CA to a talented group of physical therapists.  The course is called "Foundations of Manual Therapy:  Clinical Reasoning for Direct Access" and is offered through Crunkeyser (Comprehensive Manual Therapy Seminars).  To add to this honor, six Japanese … Continue reading Thank you!

So you’ve just taken a con-ed course… now what?

Have you ever taken a continuing education course and wondered... now what?  Learning different or new assessment/treatment techniques and seeing the benefits of them during a weekend course can be simply life-changing to some.  But let's face it, your partner over the weekend isn't normally like the patients you are going to be seeing on … Continue reading So you’ve just taken a con-ed course… now what?

Interview with Professor Laurie Hartman DO, PhD

Our latest interview is with Professor Laurie Hartman.  Laurie is Associate Professor of Osteopathic Technique at the British School of Osteopathy, and has been teaching osteopathic and manipulative technique and manual therapy since 1964. He has taught and lectured in 17 different countries with osteopaths, physiotherapists, medical manipulative groups and chiropractors.  Laurie has also authored the … Continue reading Interview with Professor Laurie Hartman DO, PhD

Back to the basics… again

In a previous post (Back to the basics…) I mentioned how important our knowledge of anatomy is when considering characteristics of what makes someone a "master" clinician. This time, I want to mention a another characteristic of what makes someone a "master" of manual therapy (especially mobilization/manipulation of joints)... and that is the understanding and application … Continue reading Back to the basics… again

Talo-crural distraction HVLAT

Welcome to our first technique video! The talo-crural distraction thrust is a technique that is utilized often for patients with ankle dysfunction.  However, have you learned the biomechanical rationale and reasoning as to why this technique works?  Or, what types of patients it will benefit the most?  Dr. Thomason demonstrates which patients are appropriate for … Continue reading Talo-crural distraction HVLAT

Interview with Erl Pettman PT, MCSP, MCPA, FCAMPT

Welcome to our second interview!  This time, we speak with Erl Pettman.  Erl is a former senior lecturer and chief examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).  He is also a co-founder of the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), for which he still serves as senior instructor and chief examiner.  In … Continue reading Interview with Erl Pettman PT, MCSP, MCPA, FCAMPT

Interview with Bruce Franke PT, DSc, OCS, COMT, MTC, FAAOMPT

Our initial interview is with Bruce Franke.  He is owner of Desert Palms Physical Therapy /Movement Studio/Institute in Tucson, AZ.  Bruce teaches and mentors orthopedic manual physical therapy as well, both locally and internationally.  There are a number of good pearls for professional development in this interview that I hope all clinicians (veteran and novice) … Continue reading Interview with Bruce Franke PT, DSc, OCS, COMT, MTC, FAAOMPT

Synergy

The definintion of synergy:  the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. One of my biggest mentors often talks about the word "gestalt" in classes that we teach.  His main point for using this term is "the … Continue reading Synergy