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MAPS Faculty, Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship

Chris R. Showalter, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, Fellowship Program Director

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"Clinical Expertise: The Essence of Manual Therapy"


Held at the Hotel Indigo, Riverhead, NY 11901 

April 29 - May 1, 2016

22.3 Hrs (2.23 CEUs*)

MAPS faculty presenters at the 2016 Symposium.

(l to r) Keith Wobeser, Michael O'Hearn, Trish Fong, Darren Earnshaw, Steve Nestor, Kate Hoppensteadt,
Bob Fleming, Steve Houghton, Colette Seymann, Rob Fluegel, Jody Musick, Vinnie Kabbaz, Ken Learman, Chris Greetham,
Marrow Burnette, Chris Showalter (MAPS Program Director) and Dave Sahley.


The 175+ attendees gave an overall approval rating of 91%


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The following awards were presented at the 2016 MAPS Symposium. Congratulations to all the winners!


MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship
"Center of Excellence" Awards

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(From left to right) Christopher Showalter, Darren Earnshaw, Vincent Kabbaz, Colette Seymann, Stephen Houghton, Robert Fleming, Ken Learman, Jody Musick and Michael O'Hearn. Not pictured, Clare Jones.


Clinical Reasoning Award

Awarded to an individual in recognition of excellence in the application of clinical reasoning utilizing the Maitland-Australian approach

Presented to:

Lorrainie Hardman, PT, COMT

Vincent Kabbaz presenting Lorraine Hardman with a $200 cash award,
a Natural Comfort Pillow and a framed certificate.


Robert "Bob" Sprague Memorial Award

To acknowledge and honor an individual who has consistently exhibited excellence in the advancement and application of the Maitland-Australian approach to clinical reasoning and patient management.

Presented to:

Tricia Fong, MSPT, COMT

Chris Showalter presenting Tricia Fong with the trophy award and certificate.
Pictured with past receipients Jody Musick and Chris Greetham.


Here's what some of the 2016 attendees said:

"The thing I liked most about the Symposium was...

...the percent of speakers that are at the top of the field. Just amazing to have an opportunity to listen to so many great minds. Overall I have always been a huge fan of MAPS. It has made me into the PT that I am today."
C. Stotskey

...having all of the MAPS instructors together is amazing. Maitland is the best con ed hands down! I recommend it to all of my colleagues. I always leave Maitland courses with new knowledge and skills that are applicable in the clinic on Monday morning. Becoming a COMT is the best professional decision I ever made."
Jennifer Hicks Sperco

...Fantastic!!! What an honor it is to be in the presence of such talented therapists. Live pt demos are always helpful. I enjoyed Kate’s presentation the most because it will help me very practically. Thank you to all the instructors for being so honest and approachable."
Julie Cote

...Great topics. Very enjoyable to listen to the great minds in our profession. Great demonstrations. Overall had a great time! Very pleased that I came."
Jeff Deguire

...the large amount of clinical expertise, the large amount of talent in the room. Looking forward to the next one!!"
E. Jeblonski

...close interaction with presenters...fantastic
Julie Johnson

...connecting with other COMTs. Most of the topics were excellent for reminding me why I love the Maitland approach of clinical reasoning. I feel it has been good for challenging my thought processes.
Julie Coates

...the level of information is outstanding and excellent. Clinically relevant information that can be applied immediately.
Jared Kipnis

...stellar presenters with excellent skill of presenting concisely. Very good symposium, thank you.
John C. Seivert

...there's always something new to learn at these symposiums. And always not enough time. Great presenters!!! Kudos to the organizers! I like the fact that I see different and new presenters too!
E. Yu

...nice variety of topics! Overall info was very helpful and applicable to clinical practice. Demonstrations were very good in conjunction with lecture/material. Commentaries within presentations of research/outcomes and EBP. Overall great symposium, MAPS faculty/staff are very nice/helpful and knowledgeable! Nice review/carryover also incorporated from prior MAPS course.
Michael Lusk

...I enjoyed when the lectures were followed by demonstrations. I also appreciated the integration of other concepts such as Mulligan. I appreciated the use of evidence to support the lecture but find the personal experience of the instructors to bring everything together.
Nick Karashima

...the speakers were very knowledgeable.  I appreciate the flexibility of the course – changing the times according to needs or logistics.  This was a great motivator for me to stay current with research and concepts.  Also to try new things, ie: Rx of TMJ-Concussions.”
Kimberly Guinee

…the level of expertise is inspiring to me, coming from an area where research & Maitland concepts are rare in the clinical setting.  Excellent presenters!  It’s such an awesome experience to listen, see & interact with these PT Experts!  Thanks for putting this together.”
Cherish Canda

…collection of SO MUCH knowledge, expertise, and gifts to humbly share experiences in one room!  Emphasis on continual learning, even from those already experts in their fields, is inspiring.  Could easily observe that the MAPS team is truly a family.  Everyone pitched in to make things work and had a great attitude.”
E. Ball

…short sessions, filled with info and the panel questions are great.  Approachable speakers – everyone is so nice and helpful.  I really enjoy the real case studies, updated research, private practice feedback and any Pearls of Wisdom by the gurus of MAPS.  Thank you for organizing.”
Cory Hustad

…loved the lecture/lab combo presentations.  Awesome job!  Looking forward to the next one.  Job well done!!”
Mark Gugliotti

…knowledge & info provided with dynamic presenters.  Enjoyed the exposure to so many different topics.  I really enjoyed this Symposium and the knowledge of the staff.  Everyone was very friendly and helpful.  I enjoyed the time during breaks and at the Cocktail party to be able to talk with the staff and get more information.  Thank you!”
Yvonne Schloegl

…current topics, great speakers.  This was my 1st Symposium and it was great!  I look forward to the next one.”
Andy Sobuta

…variety and talent of speakers, schedule of conference.  Great content and variety of topics.”
Dustin Maracle

…really targeted at more advanced/experienced clinicians.  Great information/discussion to further clinical skills.  Loved the upper cervical/BPPV material, all topics were interesting.  Research discussed but focus was on practical information.  I feel that my money and time were well spent.  Look forward to the next one.  Loved the upper cervical and BPPV info and legal/private practice info.  Chris Showalter does a great job of keeping the Symposium relaxed but efficient.”
A. Huston

…the neurodynamics course, pre-conference, was fascinating, and I look forward to implementing new knowledge in patient care next week, as I do with all material presented throughout the conference!  The presenters were extremely knowledgeable and impressive!  It was great to network with everyone!  IT is an excellent group of people!  I truly enjoyed the Symposium, learned techniques that I can immediately use in treatment, and met some great clinicians!”
Karen Jensen-Vick

…being able to discuss with MAPS Faculty and Key Note speakers questions and to pick everyone’s minds including the MAPs audience.  Very informative information that is very relevant to everyone that is a clinician.  Also very refreshing revisiting and practicing techniques from MT 1-4 and discussing clinical rationale with everyone at the Symposium.”
Daniel Prata

…clinical application of evidence-based research, demonstration of techniques and rationale, private practice owners Q & A.  I most enjoyed demonstration at the conclusion of presentations.  Great presenters, great Symposium.”
Joshua Mannigan

…cervicogenic headaches with Jack Miller, TMJ was great, also upper cervical spine.  All presenters were awesome.  Great information.  Presenters were knowledgeable and entertaining, which made weekend insightful and fun at the same time.  I highly recommend MAPS to all PTs who want to increase their clinical reasoning, assessment and treatment/clinical skills.”
James Hughes

…sharing information in a very presentable way and backing it with evidence, knowledge of the subject and motivating the participants.”
Gopalakrishnan Girish

…a great way to learn and build relationships with like-minded professionals in a fun and interactive environment.”
Lorraine Hardman

…wide range of topics, especially the business discussion.  Great conference!  I really enjoyed listening to all of the very experienced instructors.  I appreciate their skill and also their fun and relaxed demeanor.”
Jody Swearingen

…the ability to stay continually engaged for the most part due to the dynamic teaching style.  Love the light-heartedness and sense of humor when presenting.  Love the diversity of topics introduced.  The Symposium was a great review with new information to keep us up-to-date with the current research and “hot” topics in the PT world.  The instructors were dynamic, knowledgeable and most of all passionate about the subject they were teaching.  Their love and sense of humor kept this Symposium fun and educational – a great way to spend a weekend!  Thank you!”
Malini Thadani

…the presenters are such experts in our field with a wealth of evidence-based practices.  They are so easy to talk with and their humor blended with knowledge makes you crave more!  Great, informative weekend!  There were so many great take-home points throughout the weekend.  It gave me new options for treatment, research for EBM and enhanced my current thought processes.  The facility was not great with very uncomfortable chairs.  Overall, great conference and will definitely be attending the next one!”
Danielle Scogland

…the down to earth presenters and humble approach of sharing studies, stories, successes and failures was respectable.  The Symposium was filled with great, qualified speakers that challenged my clinical reasoning skills, enhanced my clinical manual skills and treatment.  Thank you!  This Symposium met and exceeded my expectations.  […]  Empowering us to make sound clinical decisions with evidence based research and to keep clinical reasoning skills sharp has made me into the PT I am today.   […]  Thank you MAPS!”
Jana Miller

…the level of expertise, the knowledge of the presenters are amazing, well organized.  Keeps you interested.  The level of knowledge and work ethic that is demonstrated by the presenters and of the MAPS faculty reinforces why I choose to become a Physical Therapist.”
Bernard Povanda


The 2016 Symposium included:

- International Panel of Manual Therapy Experts

-General Sessions with Keynote Speakers

- Panel Discussions

- Mentorship, Networking and Fun

- Welcome Cocktail Reception, Caribbean Beach Bash and more


Click here for the 2016 Symposium Booklet



The 2016 Symposium Pre-Conferences featured world-renowned International Leaders in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from Australia, Canada and the United States.

Pre-Conference #1

Held on Wed., April 27 and Thurs., April 28, 2016
15 Hrs. (1.5 CEUs)

Michael Shacklock, DipPhysio, MAppSc, FACP
"Clinical Neurodynamics - Upper Quarter Manual Therapy Course"

The originator of the concept of neurodynamics in physiotherapy, Michael Shacklock links neurodynamics with the musculoskeletal system, based upon his internationally-acclaimed best selling text "Clinical Neurodynamics". This course, which now includes new groundbreaking original research, takes the therapist from the old concepts of neurotension to the new concept of neurodynamics with practical demonstrations and extensive hands-on laboratory sessions.

Pre-Conference #2

Held on Thurs. April 28, 2016
4 Hrs. (0.4 CEUs)

Chris Showalter, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT and
Jack Miller,
"Cervicogenic Headaches and Dizziness:
The Maitland and Mulligan Approaches"

A unique opportunity (perhaps the FIRST ever...) to learn Maitland and Mulligan Approaches, presented head-to-head in the management of Cervicogenic headache and dizziness. Learn the concepts of Clinical Reasoning, Assessment, and Treatment of these Cervical Spine conditions, while comparing and contrasting the approaches of Geoff Maitland and Brian Mulligan, including when and when not to use thrust manipulation. Chris Showalter and Jack Miller with over 50 years of combined clinical experience will each present their own expertise in Maitland and Mulligan, respectively. Jack is a former Editor of the Canadian Physio Association’s Orthopaedic Journal and a Past President of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy, holds PT faculty positions at the University of Toronto and other Canadian universities. He teaches the Mulligan Concept throughout North America, and was formerly mentored by Robin McKenzie, Mark Laslett and Brian Mulligan. Chris, studied manual physiotherapy directly under Geoff Maitland, Chris Conway and Bob Sprague, and has been practicing Orthopedic Manual Therapy for more than 27 years. Chris is the Program Director for MAPS and the MAPS Fellowship Program in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and has been teaching the Maitland Approach to PT professionals since 1993.



Pre-Conference #3

Held on Thurs. April 28, 2016
4 Hrs. (0.4 CEUs)

Jim Meadows, BScPT, MCPA, FCAMT
"Advanced Thrust Manipulative Techniques...
Cervical Spine and Upper Limb"

Jim Meadows has been practicing and teaching musculoskeletal therapy for over 47 years and studied directly under the legendary physician Dr. James Cyriax M.D., who is widely considered to be the “father of modern day manual therapy.” The list of clinical affiliations and studies Jim has undertaken with some of the world's most noted clinical experts is exhaustive. In this course, Jim instructs participants in the philosophies and techniques of Advanced Thrust Manipulation, a highly effective and safe advanced manual therapy treatment. Participants will learn how to differentially evaluate cervical and upper limb abnormalities, and how and when to safely use thrust manipulation in the treatment of those conditions.








Dr. Cook is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Duke University's School of Medicine in Durham, NC. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. Dr. Cook has authored or co-authored 3 textbooks, has published over 165 peer reviewed manuscripts and lectures internationally on orthopedic examination and treatment. His awards include the Dorothy E. Baethke - Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching (2009), Williams Evans Research Fellow, University of Otago, (2012), the AAOMPT/Dick Erhard Excellence in Research Award, First Author in 2011 (co-author in 2012, and 2013), the Jan Richardson, Excellence in Teaching Award-Duke University (2006, 2007, 2010) and the Helen May Bradley Career Achievement Award-Maryville University (2007).




Jim was chair of the Canadian Orthopedic Division's Education and Specialization Committees for 12 years and a past Examiner and Instructor with the Canadian Orthopedic Division. Jim is a co-founder and a Senior Faculty Member and Senior Examiner with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). He is a past faculty member of the University of Alberta and current adjunct faculty at the Texas Women's University, Andrews University, the Massachusetts Institute of Health Sciences, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He also visits and lectures at the University of Pittsburgh. He has presented at National and International Conferences on Manual Therapy and has published in numerous journals. His video series Manual Therapy and textbook Orthopedic Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy are sold throughout North America. Jim began his Physiotherapy career in 1969 and has been treating patients and educating his peers for over 46 years!




Jack is a Canadian Physiotherapist who spent six years practicing Physiotherapy in New Zealand where he completed the New Zealand Manipulative Therapy Association’s 3 year Post-Graduate Diploma of Manipulative Therapy in 1984. During that time he had the opportunity to mentor directly under Robin McKenzie, Mark Laslett and Brian Mulligan. Jack completed a Master of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy in 2008 and a Doctor of PT in 2011. Jack now lives in London, Canada where he is in clinical practice. He teaches the Mulligan Concept in Canada and the Caribbean and currently holds faculty positions at the University of Toronto, McMaster and Western Universities in Canada. Jack is the former Editor of the Canadian Physio Association’s Orthopaedic Journal and a Past President of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy.



DipPhysio, MAppSc, FACP

Michael received his physiotherapy degree at the Auckland School of Physiotherapy, New Zealand, in 1980. He worked in public hospitals in the medical, surgical, pediatrics, orthopedics, intensive-care and burns areas around New Zealand before being employed in private practices, treating spinal and sports injuries in Nelson and Auckland. In 1985 he moved to Adelaide, Australia, practicing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and private practices around Adelaide. He then completed his Masters of Applied Science (Manipulative Physiotherapy) at the University of South Australia in 1993 and earned the prestigious honor of Fellowship in the Australian College of Physiotherapists (FACP) for his monograph and international best seller textbook, Clinical Neurodynamics, Elsevier, Oxford, 2005.  Fellowship in the Australian College of Physiotherapy is extremely rigorous and highly selective, and Michael is one of only sixty three musculoskeletal physiotherapists worldwide to earn this honor.  In addition to his neurodynamics book, Michael has published two other books, Moving in on Pain (Elsevier) and Biomechanics of the Nervous System: Breig Revisited. In addition, he also authored, co-authored and mentored numerous research projects and articles, commentaries and clinical papers in international peer reviewed journals and is a reviewer for, and is on the International Advisory Board of, Manual Therapy journal, United Kingdom. His special interests are neurodynamics, pain and musculoskeletal function. He continues to give invited presentations and workshops at conferences, elite sporting and sports medicine facilities, universities, hospitals and seminar hosts around the world. Michael is an active clinician, with more than 30 years experience treating patients, and is recognized as an international leader in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders with a neural aspect.  Michael currently practices physiotherapy in Cumberland Park in South Australia.





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