Manual Therapy Forum

Brett Windsor PT, PhDc, MPA, OCS, FAAOMPT

We visit with Brett Windsor in this interview.  Brett currently serves as Director of Clinical Excellence for ATI Physical Therapy, as well as the CEO of the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).  He is originally from Australia, but eventually found his way to the US after doing some other travels abroad.

You will certainly want to listen in on this interview as Brett gives a lot of good insight into current state of affairs with manual physical therapy education, whether it be at the entry-level or beyond.

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My experience as an examiner

Previously this summer, I had received an email from one of my mentors, Gregg Johnson.  If being asked to be an instructor for a nationally recognized continuing education organization (Institute of Physical Art) is equivalent to being called up to the big leagues, the email I received was like being invited to the all-star game… or maybe even like deciding which of your peers would be joining your team.  It was an invitation to be an examiner for the Certification in Functional Manual Therapy.

Now, a bit of background for you.  I myself went through this certification exam back in 2011 after finishing my residency with the IPA, and before starting my fellowship with them.  The certification exam and fellowship were located in Steamboat Springs, CO.  It was a fantastic place to live and learn during that time and I have always missed being there since then.  So, you can imagine my excitement to return (even if for just a few days) during the CFMT week!

This week is a little different from some certification processes because each course of the certification curriculum is reviewed in the days leading up to the oral/practical and written exams.  Plus, it’s not just one big O/P and written exam.  Each class in the CFMT curriculum has its own O/P and written exam.  So, it’s a pretty serious week for all those involved.

This year, I got to sit in on the examination of oral/practicals for three courses for ‘training’ and then actually be the examiner for another.  It was incredibly humbling to be invited to such a process, but even more so to see the therapists display and demonstrate all they have learned and incorporated over the previous years.  Another aspect of being an examiner is seeing how much some people have grown over the years!  Getting to be an instructor for three of the seven courses required for CFMT, I got to see a few therapists over the years in each class.  To see how much their confidence and abilities had grown during that time was extremely rewarding as an instructor.

One thing I didn’t quite know how to prepare for was the amount of time we examiners had to spend on making things go as well as they did!  Except for lunch and dinner, we went pretty much non-stop from 8 am to 10 pm (at least).  So, the first couple of nights back from this trip, I definitely went to bed early.

After the examinations were all done, we got to sit around and hear what the participants had to say regarding their experience and what went well, as well as what could be better.  Let me tell you, when you’re a little nervous through the whole process and praying you do a good job examining others, it’s a great feeling to hear from several people how they really enjoyed going through the oral/practical with you.  Not that my questioning or examination was easy, but they appreciated the demeanor, tone, dialogue, etc.  Allowing participants some freedom to show what they know and could do, while at the same time keeping them on task was certainly a challenge!

Overall, my first time being an examiner for the CFMT this year was a lot of fun.  Enjoyable to spend time with mentors and friends, catch up with each other, and grow closer even more.  I certainly hope to go back again in the future!


CFMT class of 2017


Panoramic view of the beautiful countryside


Looking out to Mt. Werner


My friend and mentor Brent Yamashita

Inspirational quote for today

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t.  You’re right.”

– unknown


“Try not.  Do… or do not.  There is no try.”

– Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)

Interview with Ray Klepper PT, DPT – part one


**Update – I had to split this post into two separate posts to make sure both parts of the interview were loaded onto iTunes and Stitcher properly, so forgive me because there is nothing new**


Today’s interview is a change of pace from our usual foremat that many of you have come to enjoy.  It is specific to one topic that isn’t really about manual therapy.  However, it is a topic that is being discussed more and more among the health field… and that is, nutrition and the role it plays in our health.

Ray Klepper PT, DPT is a co-worker, colleague, and friend of mine who has delved pretty far down this rabbit hole as it relates to the typical recommended diet by those in authority over the past fifty years… and how (not so new) alternatives are proven to be much safer and healthier.  However, recent research is showing more and more that previously recommended diets are not solving our health problems as a country, but more likely contributing to them.

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!

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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.