Like it or not, the first class obtaining a Diploma in Osteopractic from the Spinal Manipulation Institute graduated this past month.

Diploma in Osteopractic c/o 2014

We are all physical therapists, hopefully soon to be Fellows in the Academy.  Our subspeciality is Osteopractic, which means we have completed an evidence-based post-graduate training program in the use of high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust manipulation and dry needling for the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities.

I am honored to be one of the initial 31 physical therapists from across the country obtaining this specialization.  This class, under the leadership of Dr. James Dunning, has taken a major step in our profession through defining an actual specialty in physical therapy, especially for manual therapists.

Words alone don’t show enough emotion.  Watch the following video, created by Dr. Sarah Hanna, that shows our amazing journey so far! It is very special to our class and I hope you will enjoy it too.

For those on social media, you can follow all the action and learn more at #osteopractor and #aamtfellowship

If you are reading this blog and have been for some time, you most likely have taken bits and pieces from this model.  For a better sneak peak, read the official blog of Osteopractic here; or better yet, take a class.  Trust me, it will get you pumped!




  1. Congratulations on the accomplishment Harrison! I am currently a Fellow-in-Training with a different program. This program instructs in manipulation and dry needling as well. How does your program differ compared to other fellowship programs?

    1. Thanks for commenting Chris. I am not sure how your program’s information is taught so would be very difficult to make a comparison. It would probably take a sit down chat to come up with differences / similarities.


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