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 addition, Erl is an instructor for the post-professional Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy Program (DSc) at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.
During our interview, we learned of Erl’s influences from a young person to pursue physiotherapy as a profession and how he got involved into manual therapy. Erl is a passionate individual for his profession, not just for treating patients, but for instructing other therapists as well. If you have not had an opportunity to learn from him, please consider as he has a wealth of knowledge not often seen in manual therapy. His approach to manual therapy is one that consistently uses biomechanical principles and functional anatomy to create the safest techniques of mobilization/manipulation, while being gentle and highly effective.
If you would like to learn more about Erl, please visit his website at http://www.erlpettman.com. On there, you will find a book that he has written on manipulation (DVD included). If you haven’t come across this book yet, check it out! I would highly recommend purchasing one to have in your clinical library (I do). Also, you could find out where he is teaching next on http://www.naiomt.com.
I hope you enjoy this interview. As always, please reply if you have any comments or questions!