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RESEARCH COMMENTARY
Ejona (Ona) Jeblonski, DPT, COMT
Fellow in Training, MAPS Accredited Fellowship in Orthopedic Therapy

Chris R. Showalter, PT, COMT, OCS, FAAOMPT
MAPS Fellowship Program Director

Mobilization Increases Dorsiflexion in Chronic Ankle Instability (CAI) Patients


 
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MAPS Teaching Faculty

Our faculty are respected leaders in the industry, passionate educators and clinicians with over 540 combined years of clinical experience. Many have published original research and peer-reviewed (185+ articles to date) articles in well-respected journals (e.g. "JOSPT", "Manual Therapy", etc.) and are authors and/or major contributors to a dozen Physical Therapy textbooks. Faculty includes: 15-FAAOMPTs, 16-OCSs, 7-Advanced Manipulation degrees, and 13-PhDs/DPTs.

This wealth of diverse knowledge results in research-savvy clinical educators who are passionate about teaching clinical EBP. That passion ensures that course participants gain valuable expertise in mastering "hands-on" clinical skills, with direct instructor feedback. Their utilization of advanced clinical reasoning, and highly specific interventions, gives course participants a unique opportunity to improve their clinical skills, resulting in significant positive outcomes for patients and clinics alike.

 

MAPS Teaching Faculty


Marrow Burnette, PT, MSPT, OCS, COMT.

M.S.('01) and B.S. ('00) in P.T., Univ. of North Florida. Marrow is the Owner of a Private Practice P.T. clinic in Jacksonville, FL.
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C.J. Conway, PT, GDMT, MMPAA, COMT.

A Univ. of So. Australia Manual Therapy graduate ('79), Chris studied directly under G. Maitland and has owned/operated many private practices in Australia.

 


Charles DiSanto, DPT, OCS, CHT, COMT.

B.A Psychology ('93) B.Sc. (PT) ('97) both from Cleveland State University. D.P.T ('15) University of Montana. CHT ('03). Charles is a Clinical Specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy in Lorain OH and teaches in the Cleveland Clinic Orthopedic Residency.
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Darren Earnshaw, PT, MMT, Cert MDT, COMT, FAAOMPT.
Senior Faculty Advisor, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program 

B.S. in   Physiotherapy (92), M.S. Manipulative Physiotherapy ('96). Curtin Univ., Perth, Australia.  Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical therapists since 2001. Certified in Mechanical diagnosis and Therapy by the Mckenzie Institute (2001). Darren has  also completed a clinical Movement Science fellowship through Washington University, St Louis (2017). He  practices in Schererville, IN, and has been an adjunct Professor for the University of Illinois's Manual Therapy Fellowship Program for over 10 years.
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Robert Fleming, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT.
Senior Faculty Advisor, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

D.P.T. Sage College ('05), B.S./M.S. P.T., Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY ('98). Bob is in private practice in Schenectady, NY, and has co-authored several APTA Spinal Stabilization Courses and the MAPS Stabilization Training & Functional Rehab Course (MT-ST).
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Robert Fluegel, PT, COMT.

Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

B.S. Hogeschool Enschede, the Netherlands ('98). Rob currently owns his own private orthopaedic and sports PT clinic in New York City.
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Tricia Fong, MSPT, COMT.
 
Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

M.S. P.T. Univ. of Miami, FL ('00), B.S. Health Science, St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA ('97). Trish currently practices manual therapy in private practice in San Francisco.
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Carla Franck, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT.
 

D.P.T University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA ('09), B.A. Biology and Art, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA ('07). Carla currently resides in Eastern Iowa where she works as a staff orthopedic physical therapist..
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Chris Greetham, PT, MCSP, COMT.

B.S. P.T. Bath Univ., U.K. ('83) & advanced training under Dr. James Cyriax (London). Chris owns/operates numerous private practices in Northern Virginia.
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Kate Hoppensteadt, MSPT, ManipPhysio, COMT.

M.S. Manip. Physiotherapy, Univ. of Australia-Sydney ('02); M.S.P.T. West Carolina University ('99), B.S. Allied Health, UNC-Charlotte ('96). Kate currently lives in Asheville, NC and owns a fee for service orthopedic private practice.
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Steve Houghton, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT.
Senior Faculty Advisor, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

B.S.P.T. Wayne State Univ., Detroit ('82), B.S. Biology, Michigan State ('80). Steve studied Maitland in Switzerland & practices in Michigan.
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Dhinu Jayaseelan, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT.

DPT The George Washington University, Washington, DC ('10), BS Exercise Science, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA ('07). Dhinu is a professor in the Physical Therapy Program at The George Washington University, maintains clinical practice at the GWU Hospital and is actively engaged in research.
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Clare M. Jones, PT, OCS, COMT, CFMT, FAAOMPT.
Senior Faculty Advisor, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

B.S. Physiotherapy LaTrobe Univ., Melbourne, Australia ('91). Also certified in the Functional Manual Therapy approach, Clare practices in Bellingham, WA
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Vincent Kabbaz, PT, MMPT, COMT, FAAOMPT.

Senior Faculty Advisor, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

M.S. Manipulative Physiotherapy, Univ. of So. Australia, Adelaide ('00), B.S. Physiotherapy, Univ. of So. Australia, Adelaide (' 94). Vincent practices Physical Therapy in Madison, WI and was previously a senior instructor for Univ. of IL's fellowship in Manipulative Therapy.
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Ken Learman, PhD, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT.

Senior Faculty Advisor, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

PhD Sports Medicine, Univ. of Pittsburgh ('07), M.Educ. in Health Education, Penn State ('92) and B.S. P.T., SUNY-Buffalo ('89). Ken is a Professor of PT at Youngstown State University & actively involved in manual therapy research.
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David McPherson, PT, COMT, MAPA. B.S. Physiotherapy Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia ('88). David owns and operates a busy manual therapy practice in Melbourne, Australia.

 


Jody Musick, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT.

Senior Faculty Advisor, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

BS Biology/Health Science (Magna Cum Laude) ('96) MPT ('00) DPT ('05) from Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA). Jody practices Orthopedics and Manual Therapy in private practice and owns Achieve Health & Wellness Inc. in Gray and Kingsport, TN.
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Stephen Nestor, DPT, COMT.
Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

DPT, Mass. Gen. Hospital- Instit. of Health Professions, Boston, MA ('06), B.S. P.T., Northeastern Univ. ('96). Stephen is a Clinical Director for a private PT practice in Rhode Island and an instructor for Northeastern University's transitional DPT program.
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Bryan J. O’Halloran, DPT, OCS, SCS, COMT.

Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

DPT, Mass Gen. Hosp-Instit. of Health Professions, Boston ('12), B.S. Physiotherapy, Lincoln Institute-LaTrobe Univ., Melbourne, Australia ('88). Bryan owns/operates several private practices in Philadelphia.
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Michael O'Hearn, PT, MHS, OCS, FAAOMPT.
Senior Faculty Advisor, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

BSc. Univ. of NSW, Australia ('81), Grad Diploma Physio (Sydney '82), MHS, Univ. of Indianapolis ('99). Michael is Chief of P.T. at Lakeland Health, Michigan & adjunct clinical instructor for the fellowship program in OMPT at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Brian S. Russ, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, COMT.

B.S. PT, University of Buffalo ('99). FAAOMPT Kaiser Haywood, CA (’05), D.P.T AT Still Univ. (’13), Dr. Russ is an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University.
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David Sahley, DPT, OCS, COMT
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Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

B.S. Sports Medicine, Radford Univ., Radford, VA ('95), MSPT ('00); DPT ('06) Marymount Univ., Arlington, VA. David owns/operates private practices in No. Virginia.
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Colette Seymann, PT, DPT, M.Appl Sci, FAAOMPT.
Senior Faculty Advisor, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

B.S. Kinesiology ('87) Univ. of California, L.A., M.S. Physical Therapy ('90) Univ. of So. California, M.S. Physiotherapy (Manipulative Medicine), Univ. So. Australia, Adelaide ('96). Colette owns/manages her own private PT practice in San Diego, CA.
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Christopher R. Showalter, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT.

Program Director, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

B.S. Anatomy ('84), B.S. Physiotherapy ('88) Lincoln Institute-LaTrobe Univ., Melbourne, Australia. Clinical affiliations directly under G. Maitland. Chris previously owned several private practices in NY and is Clinical Director of MAPS.
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Robert Sprague, PT, PhD, FAAOMPT, GDMT, COMT.
MAPS Founder

Deceased and sadly missed. A Graduate of Univ. of So. Australia’s program in Manual Therapy under G.D. Maitland (‘79), Dr. Sprague previously headed the PT department at Ithaca College, and spent many years in private practice.

 


Travis H. Stoner, PT, DPT, COMT
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Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

DPT ('05), B.S. Kinesiology ('02), Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA.
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Corne Van Eck, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT.

B.A. Internat'l Relations ('92), B.S. Physiotherapy ('96) Univ. of Pretoria, So. Africa, DPT, Ola Grimsby Institute, CA ('06). Corne also completed the Ola Grimsby Residencey and is a P.T. in So. Africa and Memphis, TN
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Keith Wobeser, PT, OCS, COMT.

Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

B.S. Biology ('90) and B.S.P.T. ('93), Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. Keith is a P.T. in private practice in the Philadelphia area.
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Research Consultant


Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT

PhD Human Sciences, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX ('03), MBA Global Management, University of Pheonix, Pheonix, AZ ('99), and B.S. PT Maryville University, St. Louis, MO ('90). PT Professor & Program Director at Duke University, Durham, NC. Senior Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Special Topics Editor of JOSPT. Author, Orthopedic Manual Therapy: An Evidence-Based Approach.
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PRESS RELEASE

MAPS ORTHOPEDIC MANUAL THERAPY FELLOWSHIP RECOGNIZES FACULTY
RECEIVING CENTER OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS


Mattituck, NY, May 3, 2016– MAPS is proud to announce that nine faculty members have received the MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship “Center of Excellence Award” which were presented during the 2016 MAPS Symposium, “Clinical Expertise: The Essence of Manual Therapy”.  These awards recognize Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists who demonstrate excellence in education by meeting or exceeding standards set by The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) and The International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).
“It is my great pleasure and honor to recognize the following MAPS faculty with the MAPS OMT Fellowship “Center of Excellence Award.”  These individuals are some of the top educators in the country, and we commend their dedication and contributions to clinical education in the Maitland-Australian approach.  Thousands of physical therapy professionals from around the world benefit from their mentorship, passion and academic excellence. We are thankful to have such distinguished faculty within our Fellowship Program.  Congratulations to the following faculty:

  • Darren Earnshaw, PT, MMT, CMDT, FAAOMPT
  • Robert Fleming, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
  • Stephen Houghton, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
  • Clare Jones, PT, OCS, COMT, CFMT, FAAOMPT
  • Vincent Kabbaz, PT, MMPT, COMT, FAAOMPT
  • Kenneth Learman, PhD, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
  • Jody Musick, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
  • Michael O’Hearn, PT, MHS, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Colette Seymann, PT, DPT, M.Appl Sci, FAAOMPT”

 -- Chris Showalter, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, Fellowship Program Director

 
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Looking for a COMT? This list of Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapists (or COMTs) includes all COMT graduates worldwide, as well as MAPS faculty. We suggest that you visit this page often to check course confirmation status and to find new courses which are added frequently. Our seminars incorporate the teaching of Geoff Maitland and others who have contributed to what has become known as the "Maitland-Australian Approach". Registering for classes is easy. Submit full payment with the registration form. Reservations are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. Come meet our world-class faculty. Each of our faculty has experience in a wide variety of manual therapy practices and specialty areas.

 

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