Conference objectives

Report and evaluate

Report and evaluate the latest advances in basic and clinical research in fields related to manual therapies via plenary, oral presentations, poster, and breakout sessions.

Promote

Promote active participation in interprofessional breakout sessions designed to clarify and focus common basic and clinical research platforms and priorities.

Collaborate

Collaborate to build new interprofessional relationships with leading international researchers in manual therapies.

The ICMT 2021 Purpose is to offer scientific presentations and engage researchers and practitioners in three topic areas.

  • Defining Manual Therapy Procedures across professions
  • Summarize Physiological Theories put forth by professions explaining the proposed impact of manual therapies on the body
  • Reporting and explaining current and future biomedical approaches that have been or may be helpful in Measuring Physiological Effects of manual therapies.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in small group sessions that will shape the outcomes of these topics. The input from those attending this conference will be included in a series of white papers which will be published on these topics following the conference.

Conference highlights

1Presentations reveal the latest research advances in manual therapies
2Plenary speakers and oral sessions by internationally recognized researchers in manual therapies
3Interactive, innovative and thought provoking breakout sessions
4Poster sessions with cutting-edge research in manual therapies
5Interprofessional collaboration with researchers and practitioners.

Topic areas for the breakout sessions

Manual Therapy Procedures

Question: What is the full scope of manual therapies?

Purpose: To identify, describe and understand manual assessment and treatment techniques used by practitioners from various professions.

Outcome: We will create a model of the general categories of manual assessment and treatment procedures to improve communication and understanding across professions.

Physiological Theories

Question: What are the physiological theories behind manual therapies?

Purpose: To review the theories within the manual therapy research literature.

Outcome: We will develop a compendium of the physiological theories as a resource in designing and reporting future research.

Measuring Physiological Effects

Question: What are the known physiological effects of manual procedures on body tissues?

Purpose: To review the tools used or could be used by researchers to measure the physiological effects of manual therapies.

Outcome: We will develop a compendium of tools available to researchers to assess manual therapy physiological effects to help shape future manual therapy research.

Working Groups
Working Groups 1 & 2
Manual Therapy Procedures and Physiologic Theories

Pronouns: he/him

Website: https://embodied.clinic

Daniel Akins has been practicing as a Board Certified Structural Integrator since 2013, and as a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1999. Under supervision of the Portland State University Systems Science department, he published a thesis that described structural integration (SI) in physiological terms using a visual model. After that, Daniel spent two years as Editor in Chief for the International Association of Structural Integrators’ annual journal. His publications and presentations advocate for a humanistic, science-based view of SI—and all manual and movement therapies—as primarily interactive approaches to embodiment education and self-regulation. Daniel lives and practices in Las Vegas, Nevada.

E-mail: pvandun@comecollaboration.org

I have a private practice as an osteopath in Mechelen (Belgium) and Habichtswald (Germany). I am a Board of Trustees member of the Centre for Osteopathic MEdicine Collaboration (COME), Pescara (Italy), an interdisciplinary foundation for osteopathy excellence and I am the chair and co-founder of the Commission for Osteopathic Research, Practice and Promotion vzw (CORPP), a non-profit organization that promotes osteopathic scientific research in Belgium.

I received my M.Sc. degree in Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy at the Catholic University Leuven in 1989 and completed my osteopathy studies at COC, organised at the Free University of Brussels, in 1993.

I have a broad interest in osteopathic research but in recent years I’ve been focussing on osteopathic professional identity, the practice characteristics of European osteopaths (Osteopathic Practitioners, Estimates and Rates, OPERA-project) and the Health Economic Value of Osteopathy (HEVO-project).

I love the challenge of translating research into clinical practice and I’m fortunate to be able to guide this process through my activities in several osteopathic non-profit organizations.

Somavitality.com

Denise Foster Scott is a Board Certified Structural Integrator and a lead instructor at the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration. Along with the school’s Structural Integration program, she teaches anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. Denise has a deep fascination about how our individual facets (emotional, spiritual, intellectual) affect the structure of the body and how to use these connections in ourselves to create spaciousness and openness within. She has special interest in anatomy and structure and pays close attention to the relationship between form and function in her work with clients and students. She has served on the International Association of Structural Integrators® Board of Directors including two leadership terms as Vice President and President. She remains active with IASI, chairing the Education Committee.

Current job/role/title: Board Certified Structural Integrator, Soma Institute Faculty, CE provider and developer of CE program “Reclaiming the Pelvic Floor”.

When did you start/how many years? Graduated from the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration in 2008, practicing for 12 years. Faculty at the Soma Institute for 10 years.

List three career highlights: Developed own CE program, “Reclaiming the Pelvic Floor”, co-created Education Standards for IASI, former President of IASI.

List school attendance and/or a few certifications you hold: Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration, Green River College, Board Certified Structural Integrator.

List two publications/presentations where you’ve been an author: published article “Working with Uncertainty: Structural Integration for a Double Amputee”, published article “Pectus Excavatum and Structural Integration.”

List one interesting fact about yourself: Denise rescues Formosan Mountain Dogs from Taiwan. She currently has 3 Formosans at home.

Preferred pronouns: he/him/his

E-mail: rphofer@gmail.com

FB: facebook.com/embodiedryanhofer

Biography: Explorations in embodiment and language finally led me to Structural Integration. I continue to see potent growth within myself and my clients when I apply a somatic, nourishing bodywork methodology. I use my education in Biology, Literature, Teaching, and Communication to re-imagine the role and cultural capital of Board Certified Structural Integrators in the USA and around the world.

Current job/role/title: Certified Rolfer and BCSI When did you start/how many years? Graduated from DIRI in 2018

List three career highlights: Chair, Certification Board for Structural Integration 2019, 2020; IASI

Education Team Chair 2019

List school attendance and/or a few certifications you hold: DIRI, Board Certified Structural Integrator

List two publications/presentations where you’ve been an author: IASI Recognition Standards Co-Author 2019, Certification Exam for Structural Integration Revision Team

List one interesting fact about yourself: (hobby, skill, adventure, special interest, talent, or another fact which illustrates your personality.) Brown belt in Ki Aikido, former English teacher in Japan and South Korea

Eric Jacobson, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a research scientist who investigates alternative medicine at Harvard Medical School, including an NIH-funded pilot clinical trial of Structural Integration as an adjunct to outpatient rehabilitation for chronic low back pain. Prior to this he worked on studies of the placebo effect and diagnostic reasoning in acupuncture. Jacobson was trained in Structural Integration by Ida Rolf in 1974 and has been in private practice in the Boston area since then. He currently serves on the Research Committee of the Dr. Ida P. Rolf Institute, and the Board of Directors of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

E-mail: crystalmartin@pnwu.edu

Crystal Martin is an Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at Pacific Northwest University. She studied public health at Columbia University in New York, attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Florida and completed her residency in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at A.T Still University in Kirksville, Missouri. Her research interests are osteopathic manipulative medicine, public health, sports medicine, and nutrition. Her hobbies include hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and playing the violin.

website: rolfingdenver.com

Michael’s first introduction to Rolfing came as a client, when seeking help with a series of sports injuries and improvement of moderate scoliosis. His interest in the body began early as a result of these ailments and he began his college years on track to become a physical therapist. After experiencing the power of Rolfing as a client in Boulder during his early twenties, Michael shifted gears and quickly enrolled at The Rolf Institute® in 1998. Immediately following his graduation in 1999, he was invited to re-enter the classroom as a teaching assistant and has been involved with teaching in Rolfing and Continuing Education classes ever since.

After almost 20 years of study, Michael still has the same beginner’s excitement when it comes to exploring the art, science, theory, and practice of Rolfing. Through consistent study and continuing education classes with Rolfers, as well as with Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Psychotherapists, and Movement/Rehab experts, Michael learns more about what is possible with this work each year. His enthusiastic curiosity of how people (and their bodies behave) fuels his passion for understanding how anatomy, physiology, movement, posture, pain, and healing potential all come together with this work.

E-mail: pstandley@cox.net

I earned my doctoral degree in medical physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Endocrinology and Hypertension at the same institution.

I moved to Arizona to become a founding faculty member at Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In that new position, I continued NIH-funded and AHA-funded research investigating biomechanical modeling of arterial pressure waveforms and developing in vitro models of myofascial release and other manual therapies.

I have humbly accepted the Irvin Korr Award (American Osteopathic Association), two Northup Awards (Journal of the American Osteopathic Association), and the Academy Award (American Academy of Osteopathy) for my research contributions to the osteopathic profession and other manual medicine professions.

I enjoy outdoor recreation of all sorts.

I also enjoy bringing educators and researchers together to solve large issues and teaching and mentoring medical students to be their very best.

TW: @TJWilliamson06

mail: DrWilliamson@longmontjointandspine.com

I acquired my Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Sports Science & Rehabilitation (Magna Cum Laude) from Logan University in St. Louis in 2019. I was awarded distinct recognition on the President’s Honor Roll and received the University’s Evidence-Informed Award for my dedication to pursuing knowledge in evidence-informed care and providing mentorship to chiropractic students and colleagues.

I served as a research assistant with interests in functional neuroimaging and chronic pain disorders. From this, I authored a two-part review series studying chronic primary spine pain while also practicing in a federally-qualified health center, serving St. Louis residents of low socioeconomic status suffering from chronic pain disorders and multiple comorbidities.

Currently, I practice in a private integrated clinic in Longmont, Colorado, USA, where I specialize in chronic pain with an emphasis on spinal-related disorders. I provide nonpharmacologic care using an integrative approach - combining rehabilitative, manual, psychological, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. I also serve as an assistant editor for Techniques in Orthopaedics - a Wolters Kluwer journal.

Outside of work I enjoy weightlifting, craft beer, and spending time outdoors in the Rocky Mountains with my family.

Working Groups 3
Measuring Physiologic Effects

Preferred pronouns: Fra

E-mail: fcerritelli@comecollaboration.org

Twitter: @CerritelliF

LinkedIn

I have been the Chair of the Foundation Centre for Osteopathic Medicine (COME) Collaboration, a not-for-profit research institute, for the last five years.

I am a neuroscientist and osteopath with broad interests in osteopathic and touch research, neuroscience, and health science focusing on interdisciplinary aspects of evidence-based medicine.

I received a Master in Public Health from Imperial College London (UK) and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy).

I have published more than 50 scientific papers in the field of osteopathy and neuroscience and recently published a paper in Scientific Reports that focused on fMRI and the interoceptive aspect of osteopathy.

I like problem-solving roles that call for creative thought.

I also enjoy mapping things out and applying novel, but challenging, ideas to organizational activities.

Eric Jacobson, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a research scientist who investigates alternative medicine at Harvard Medical School, including an NIH-funded pilot clinical trial of Structural Integration as an adjunct to outpatient rehabilitation for chronic low back pain. Prior to this he worked on studies of the placebo effect and diagnostic reasoning in acupuncture. Jacobson was trained in Structural Integration by Ida Rolf in 1974 and has been in private practice in the Boston area since then. He currently serves on the Research Committee of the Dr. Ida P. Rolf Institute, and the Board of Directors of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation.

E-mail: pstandley@cox.net

I earned my doctoral degree in medical physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Endocrinology and Hypertension at the same institution.

I moved to Arizona to become a founding faculty member at Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In that new position, I continued NIH-funded and AHA-funded research investigating biomechanical modeling of arterial pressure waveforms and developing in vitro models of myofascial release and other manual therapies.

I have humbly accepted the Irvin Korr Award (American Osteopathic Association), two Northup Awards (Journal of the American Osteopathic Association), and the Academy Award (American Academy of Osteopathy) for my research contributions to the osteopathic profession and other manual medicine professions.

I enjoy outdoor recreation of all sorts.

I also enjoy bringing educators and researchers together to solve large issues and teaching and mentoring medical students to be their very best.

2021 Schedule

1600 - 1800 Check-in and poster presenter set up
1800 - 2000 Welcome reception
700 - 745 Continental breakfast provided
800 - 830 ICMT overview and welcome
830 - 900 Keynote Speaker Lars Arendt-Neilson, Dr. Med., Ph.D.
900 - 1000 Manual Therapy Procedures: Scientific Presentations
1000 - 1030 Break
1030 - 1230 Manual Therapy Procedures: Breakout Session
1230 - 1330 Lunch provided
1330 - 1400 Manual Therapy Procedures: Discussion
1405 - 1530 Physiological Theories: Scientific Presentations
1530 - 1600 Break
1600 - 1800 Physiological Theories: Breakout Session
1805 - 1830 Physiological Theories: Discussion
700 - 745 Continental breakfast provided
800 - 1000 Measuring Physiological Effects: Scientific Presentations
1000 - 1030 Break
1030 - 1230 Measuring Physiological Effects: Breakout Session
1230 - 1330 Lunch provided
1330 - 1400 Measuring Physiological Effects: Discussion
1400 - 1600 Peer-reviewed Oral Abstract Session
1600 - 1630 Break
1630 - 1900 Poster Presentations and Reception
700 - 745 Continental breakfast provided
800 - 920 Summary Reports: Manual Therapy Procedures, Physiological Theories, Measuring Physiological Effects
920 - 1000 Keynote Speaker Helene Langevin, M.D.
1000 - 1030 Break
1030 - 1150 Panel discussion and audience participation
1150 - 1200 ICMT 2021 accomplishments and next steps
1200 - 1210 Announcement of dates and location of the next ICMT

Practitioners who provide manual therapy are encouraged to attend

  • Athletic trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Doctors of Chiropractic
  • Doctors of Oriental medicine
  • Doctors of physical therapy
  • Manual medicine physicians
  • Massage therapists
  • Osteopaths
  • Osteopathic physicians
  • Physiatrists
  • Physical therapists
  • Structural Integration practitioners

Researchers in these fields are encouraged to attend

  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Circulation
  • Kinesiology
  • Motor control
  • Neurophysiology
  • Pain
  • Pathophysiology
  • Physiology
  • Sociology
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E-mail: bdegenhardt@atsu.edu

I have spent my career trying to integrate scientific pursuits into clinical practice. As a specialist in osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine, I am captivated by the diverse ways the neuromusculoskeletal system responds to life’s events.

I am also fascinated by the ways it responds to various forms of physical touch. These observations have fueled my passion for the clinical and scientific work I have performed throughout my career, and I have come to appreciate that science should be a communal process, not one performed in isolation.

Unfortunately, research in isolation has been common in the manual therapy professions.

It is for this reason that the ICMT is important to me as a means of facilitating knowledge and the practice and effectiveness of manual therapies.

E-mail: pstandley@cox.net

I earned my doctoral degree in medical physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Endocrinology and Hypertension at the same institution.

I moved to Arizona to become a founding faculty member at Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In that new position, I continued NIH-funded and AHA-funded research investigating biomechanical modeling of arterial pressure waveforms and developing in vitro models of myofascial release and other manual therapies.

I have humbly accepted the Irvin Korr Award (American Osteopathic Association), two Northup Awards (Journal of the American Osteopathic Association), and the Academy Award (American Academy of Osteopathy) for my research contributions to the osteopathic profession and other manual medicine professions.

I enjoy outdoor recreation of all sorts.

I also enjoy bringing educators and researchers together to solve large issues and teaching and mentoring medical students to be their very best.

LinkedIn

I have been involved in continuing education for physicians and other healthcare providers for over 20 years.

I was the Director of the American Urological Association in Linthicum, Maryland, for four years and managed their annual meetings, hands-on cadaver and animal laboratories, and online and other live continuing medical education events.

I have been employed at A.T. Still University for over five years and am responsible for all live continuing medical education events.

I also assist with internal departmental educational requests.

I always enjoyed going to school and have attended and received degrees from Stephens College, Maryville University, Washington University, and the University of Missouri.

Preferred pronouns: Fra

E-mail: fcerritelli@comecollaboration.org

Twitter: @CerritelliF

LinkedIn

I have been the Chair of the Foundation Centre for Osteopathic Medicine (COME) Collaboration, a not-for-profit research institute, for the last five years.

I am a neuroscientist and osteopath with broad interests in osteopathic and touch research, neuroscience, and health science focusing on interdisciplinary aspects of evidence-based medicine.

I received a Master in Public Health from Imperial College London (UK) and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy).

I have published more than 50 scientific papers in the field of osteopathy and neuroscience and recently published a paper in Scientific Reports that focused on fMRI and the interoceptive aspect of osteopathy.

I like problem-solving roles that call for creative thought.

I also enjoy mapping things out and applying novel, but challenging, ideas to organizational activities.

E-mail: jessicacorrick@atsu.edu

LinkedIn

Facebook

I am the Operations Assistant for the A.T. Still Research Institute, a position I have held for the last three and a half years.

I have a great interest in translational, health policy, and services research to improve mental health equity.

I have a BSN from Truman State University and an MHA from A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS); I am also a class of 2021 candidate for a Doctorate of Health Administration degree from ATSU-CGHS.

I strive to advocate for diversity in the workplace: I am trained in Mental Health First Aid and serve as a Safe Zone Ally.

One career highlight is planning and coordinating the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium, a regional research conference, for the past three years. In my rare spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities with my family and animals.

Pronouns: fae/faer/faer (they/them/their)

E-mail: gfranklin@atsu.edu

Twitter: @frgeof

LinkedIn

I have been the Data Manager for the A.T. Still Research Institute for the last four years.

In my vocation, I am an applied data scientist researching ways to provide better access to data for scientific investigators.

I have an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Western Governors University and an Associate in Emergency Management from Frederick Community College.

One of the highlights of my career was the creation of OPComp, the judging platform used by the American Academy of Osteopathy, A.T. Still Research Institute, and A.T. Still University for their poster sessions.

I drive a robot to work.

Pronouns: she/her/they

E-mail: Atrigg1@arizona.edu

I have been a Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Research Office for Medical Education (ROME) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix for three years.

During that time, I have hosted numerous research forums, curriculum retreats, and special events to engage faculty, staff, and the Phoenix community to advance medical education research.

I have a Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Arizona University.

A highlight of my career has been systematically developing ROME to promote scholarship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

I am an avid fan of the US Women’s National Soccer Team team and a regular patron of restaurants and breweries in Downtown Phoenix.

LOCATION
Phoenix – Arizona @ University of Arizona College of Medicine
April 30 – May 2, 2021
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Thank you for your interest as an ​Exhibitor ​at the International Congress on Manual Therapies InauguralConference! This packet includes information on the conference goals and purposes, schedule, speakers, and exhibitor benefits​.

Registration

Opens 2020.09.01

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Hotel Information

Sheraton Phoenix is offering special rates to attendees of the conference.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown guest amenities: Sheraton Phoenix

Travel Information

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown does not provide airport shuttle services.

Phoenix Skyharbor Airport Rental Car Center offers vehicle rental from a variety of different agencies. For more information or to make a reservation, visit: Skyharbor.com

For airport transportation options: Transportation downtown

For general Phoenix transportation options: Transportation

MAP

Via I-10 West
5 miles / 8 minutes

Head east on E Sky Harbor Blvd
56 ft

Use the left lane to stay on E Sky Harbor Blvd
190 ft

Slight left toward E Sky Harbor Blvd
436 ft

Turn left onto E Sky Harbor Blvd
0.1 mi

Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Downtown/I-10 W/AZ-51/Phoenix and merge onto I-10 W
0.8 mi

Merge onto I-10 W
2.7 mi

Use the 2nd from the right lane to take exit 145A for 7th St
0.2 mi

Keep left at the fork, follow signs for 7th St S
413 ft

Use any lane to turn left onto N 7th St
0.5 mi

Turn right onto E Fillmore St
0.3 mi

Turn left onto 3rd St., destination on right
0.2 mi

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
340 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

MAP

Via E. Van Buren Street
0.5 miles / 9 minutes

Head south on 3rd St. toward E Van Buren St
299 ft

Turn left onto E Van Buren St
0.1 mi

Turn left onto N 5th St
0.1 mi

Turn right onto E Taylor St, destination will be on the right
0.1 mi

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
475 N 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Other attractions, things to do, and reasons to travel to Phoenix: Visitphoenix.com

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