AAOMPT Founding Fellows

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) was founded in Rochester, Michigan, during the summer of 1991.  At the urging of Norwegian manual therapist, Freddy Kaltenborn, a group of manual therapists met at Oakland University to discuss common issues facing manual therapy in the United States. This was the first time that leaders of various manual therapy residency programs had come together under one roof. Recognizing their common interest in advanced manual therapy in the United States they proceeded to form the AAOMPT.

The AAOMPT was instrumental in the preparation of the successful application of the United States to become a voting member of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMPT). This was the first time in the 20 year history of the IFOMPT that the United States had been a voting member. Included in the IFOMPT application were Standards for Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Residency Training in the United States. These comprehensive standards now form the basis for Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Fellowship programs which are credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and recognized by the AAOMPT. The OMPT Fellowships have been a model for the development of other residency/fellowship programs credentialed by the APTA.


The mission of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) is to serve its members by promoting excellence in orthopaedic manual physical therapy practice, education and research, and to collaborate with national and international associations. The AAOMPT has also established four primary goals:

  1. AAOMPT will promote research in orthopaedic manual physical therapy and foster the principles of evidence-based practice within the membership.
  2. AAOMPT will develop and update professional and post-professional education guidelines and continuing education programming relevant to the practice of orthopaedic manual physical therapy.
  3. AAOMPT members will serve in the regulatory, accreditation, governance, and legislative bodies within or related to the profession of physical therapy.
  4. AAOMPT will be the resource for promoting orthopaedic manual physical therapy in the United States.


AAOMPT encourage all physical therapists licensed to practice in the United States who have an interest in supporting and practicing orthopaedic manual physical therapy to join the Academy. The membership benefits include access to the members only section of this website, subscription to the newsletter Articulations and the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, and reduced conference fees for the Academy annual conference and educational programs.

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