The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists is a unique institution in that it exists as an autonomous body outside of the American Physical Therapy Association's structure of Chapters and Sections. AAOMPT is recognized by the APTA Board of Directors and works alongside the Board and the Orthopaedic Section to serve the best interests of manual and manipulative therapy.

Founding Members

  • Richard Erhard, PT, DC
  • Joe Farrell, PT, DPT, MS
  • Ola Grimsby, PT
  • Kornelia Kulig, PT, PhD
  • Michael Moore, PT
  • Stanley V. Paris PT, PhD
  • Michael D. Rogers, PT, OCS
  • Bjorn Svendsen, PT, DHSc.


Mission Statement

The AAOMPT serves its members by promoting excellence in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy practice, education and research and collaborates with national and international associations. (October 2010)

Vision Statement

Fellows of the AAOMPT will provide the highest level of musculoskeletal care and its Members will be recognized for their commitment to OMPT.



-Freddy Kaltenborn-

"It is critically important that joint manipulation be taught in physical therapy schools. Some physical therapy schools omit manipulative training, and this fact is taken by some courts of law as justification to prevent physical therapists from delivering manipulative treatment. Over the past century there have been repeated attempts from both within and outside the physical therapy profession, to limit the practice of joint manipulation. I have battled against these efforts for decades, and continue to support and promote the skilled delivery of manipulative treatment by physical therapists."