Physical Therapist Education

Background, Scope and Focus of the FPT Post-Graduate Orthopedic PT Continuing Educational Program

Michael Moore, P.T. started what has evolved into the Folsom Physical Therapy Post-Graduate Orthopedic PT Continuing Educational Program in 1981 after having studied directly under Freddy Kaltenborn and Olaf Evjenth during his 2-year Orthopedic Manual Therapy residency in Norway. Prior to his time in Norway, Michael was on staff at Kaiser Vallejo directly under the tutelage of Maggie Knott, one of the founders of the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation program.

After completing the FPT Long-term Course in 1982, Tim McGonigle completed his OMT residency through the program at Kaiser Hospital in Hayward in 1983. During this residency, Tim had two instructors who had been in Norway studying with Kaltenborn and Evjenth and three instructors who did their residencies under Geoff Maitland in Australia. Tim joined Michael as a partner in FPT’s clinical practice and post-graduate education program in 1984.

For 27 years straight, Freddy Kaltenborn or Olaf Evjenth came to FPT to teach and see patients with the FPT staff before they became too old to continue this trend in 2008. Tim has been on the Kaltenborn-Evjenth Board of Directors since Freddy and Olaf retired in 2014. The primary focus of the KEOMT Board is to carry the Concept into the future and to establish international standards for the educational content and examination procedures for all levels of competency in the KE System.

Over the decades our education program has continued to evolve as we ourselves mature in the profession. Our program has been strongly influenced by our friends, and mentors, Dennis Morgan, P.T., D.C. and Eileen Vollowitz, P.T. through their expertise in manual treatment, exercise, ergonomics and clinical reasoning. We have had three P.T., D.C.’s on our staff in the past. We currently have a certified lymphatic therapist, a pelvic floor specialist and a vestibular specialist working with us. More recently we have enjoyed incorporating aspects of the Stecco fascial manipulation system into our practice and we have tried to keep up with the pain science developments over the years. Our interest in pain science has been strongly influenced by collaborative work on a weekly basis with the Division of Pain Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine.

From this background we believe we have gained much insight into how orthopedic PT should be taught and practiced. Our education system incorporates all of these influences from our past and we believe we are currently developing a fully integrated system that should be the OMT education and practice model of the future. We continue to evolve and learn ourselves. Hopefully the process will never end, as we are still excited about learning, developing our own skills and sharing it all with others.

The certificate of completion of the FPT Series is internal as we are a stand-alone organization. However, our Series will well prepare students to continue into the preparation courses for the Kaltenborn-Evjenth OMT Practitioner examination, which is internationally recognized. The KEOMT Board is currently establishing the international standards for the examination process. We will be capable of conducting KEOMT examinations at FPT when the criteria are set.


All of our courses focus on development of critical skills necessary to enhance clinical efficiency and professional satisfaction in today’s challenging medical-economic environment.  This is accomplished by facilitating productive intervention early in the patient interface through methods of –

Quick assessment of the type and magnitude of the patient’s presentation

Skillful application of effective treatment options for the most common types of presentations encountered in an orthopedic outpatient physical therapy practice

The initial series highlights the foundation of OMT practice –

Use of a clinically-based reasoning model

Interpreting palpation and movement testing findings

Effective manual, exercise and ergonomic interventions

  Orthopedic PT clinical expertise requires understanding of the interplay between body systems and the ability to interpret the contribution of each to the patient’s overall presentation.  As such, instruction will include pertinent anatomy and pathology associated with, and interplay between, the lymphatic, fascial, and arthro-neuro-motor systems.  Clinical skill development will focus on sharpening reasoning, manual and intervention proficiency.

   Participants should wear clothing that allows visual and manual access to the entire spine and extremities.  Participation in this course is strongly recommended, but not required, prior to participation in the subsequent course.


Upon completion of the course the participants will have been instructed in –

Pertinent anatomy and pathology associated with, and interplay between, the lymphatic, fascial, and arthro-neuro-motor systems

Advanced palpation, passive movement testing and interpretation skills for the spine and extremities

Effective manual, exercise and ergonomic/ADL management intervention for the most common types of presentations seen in orthopedic PT practice:


Non-inflammatory edema

Muscle guarding

Mechanical presentations

Hypomobility due to shortened, adhered connective tissues


Neuromotor deficits

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