Ortho - Manual Strategic Plan

Purpose of the Orthopaedic Manual/Physical Therapy SIG:
To provide opportunities for networking and education amongst PTs and PTAs with a common interest in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, along with providing community resources and promoting the advancement of evidence - informed physical therapy practice in the state of Maine.


Chad Howland, PT, DPT, CMPT, Cert DN
Faculty Instructor School of Physical Therapy, Husson University

Cameron Puls, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, OMT
Founder of Performance Therapy Institute, LLC
Outpatient Physical Therapist, Dragonfly Physical Therapy

Short-range (12-to-18 months)

  1. Develop continuing educational opportunities starting with a journal club (every other month)
  2. Provide written commentaries specific to the practice of orthopaedic manual physical therapy in the Maine Chapter Newsletter (quarterly).
  3. Under the legislative/payment & policy committee's direction, participate in legislative efforts related to PT practice (i.e., manipulation, dry needling, direct access).
  4. Establish yearly elections for leadership positions within the SIG.

Mid-range (2-to-3 years)

  1. Develop mentorship programs for PTs and PTAs within the Chapter.
  2. Develop online educational material for practicing clinicians
    • Free to members of the Orthopaedic Manual Therapy SIG
    • Reduced fee for Maine State Chapter members (non-members of the SIG)
    • Fee for non-members of the Maine State Chapter
  3. Develop resources for medical practitioners in the local communities
    • Present at American Medical Association CEU events

Long-range (5+ years)

  1. In conjunction with the continuing education committee, develop educational platforms for the annual Chapter conferences.
  2. Establish a liaison between the Orthopaedic Manual Therapy SIG and APTA (candidate must be FAAOMPT/fellow within the academy).
  3. Promote research and scholarship efforts in the field of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy.

For any questions related to the Maine Ortho-Manual SIG, please reach out to howlandc@husson.edu.