Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars History

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Since its inception in 1985, Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) has provided intensive Evidence-Based Continuing Education courses for rehabilitation clinicians in the Maitland Approach, as described initially by renowned Physiotherapist Geoffrey D. Maitland.  MAPS incorporates additional evidence-based philosophies and techniques provided by other manual physiotherapists into the Maitland-Australian Approach, including J. Cyriax, M. Jones, D. Rivett, C. Cook, D. Butler, and C. Showalter among others. 

MAPS was originally founded by Dr. Robert Sprague PT, GDMT, PhD, FAAOMPT along with his wife Cindy Sprague, PT, under the name Cayuga Professional Education Association (CPEA).  Dr. Sprague received his Graduate Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the University of South Australia in 1979, under the tutelage and direct instruction of Geoff Maitland, and served as the Director of the Physical Therapy program at Ithaca College for many years.  CPEA, what is now MAPS, was originally founded to bring the expertise of Maitland and Australian Physiotherapy to clinicians, primarily those in the U.S., where Manual Therapy training was generally lacking from the standard Physical Therapy program. 

In July 1999 Dr. Sprague selected Christopher Showalter, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, also Maitland-trained in Australia and a then senior instructor for CPEA, as his successor, President, and Clinical Director.  At that time the company’s name was changed to Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) to better reflect the course curriculum.  Mr. Showalter earned his Bachelor of Science from Monash University in 1984, then his Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy in 1988 from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2018 from the College of St. Scholastica. Chris is a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist, a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and since 2004 has been an Appointed Examiner and Member of the Governing Committee of the Board of Examiners for the AAOMPT.  He is also the immediate past Chairman of AAOMPT’s Conference Committee. Chris has over 31 years of clinical experience. MAPS has since evolved into a world-class educational institution and now offers a highly respected Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) through a series of six required courses culminating in a rigorous examination process.

MAPS is fully accredited through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (through ACOMPTE) to offer an Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship program as a post-professional program for Physical Therapists. Upon successful completion of the MAPS OMT Fellowship Program, fellows will be accepted as fully credentialed Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (AAOMPT).