Memorial Healthcare System - Certification in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

05 Feb 2022 - 20 Nov 2022

Course Overview:

The COMT program is for clinicians who wish to significantly enhance their manual therapy skills for soft tissue work, joint mobilization, and joint manipulation, along with evidence-based critical decision making to improve their clinical practice. Learn how manual therapy hands-on interventions will reduce patient symptoms and impairments getting your patients moving fast. The uniqueness of the Ola Grimsby Institute’s Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) program lies in the combination of the advanced, hands-on training, and the dedication of our instructors to your success and the health of your patients. Courses are a 60/40 lab versus lecture format. The MT1 course is more heavily weighted as a lecture for fundamental sciences in manual therapy and will be presented as a home study course. Certification Requirements: Complete all 6 courses, including online quizzes following the courses, along with a review and examination weekend. In-class hours 96, out of class study/practice 214 hours, testing weekend hours 12 hours.

  • MT1: Clinical & Scientific Rationale For Modern Manual Therapy (Home study program recommended to be completed as early as possible) all on one line if possible
  • MT2: Manual Therapy of the Cervical Spine and Upper Extremity (Taught by Dan Washek on Feb. 5-6)
  • MT3: Manual Therapy of the Lumbar Spine, Pelvis, and Lower Extremity (Taught by Dan Washek on Mar. 19-20)
  • MT6: Introduction to Spinal Manipulation (Taught by Alec Kay on May 14-15)
  • MT7: Advanced Soft Tissue (Jul. 16-17)
  • MT8: Manipulation of the Extremities (Sep. 24-25)
  • Review, Written Exam, and Practical Exam Weekend (Nov. 19-20)

Signing up to each course separately will cost you $3.319 (MT 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8: $499 per weekend course. Exam weekend: $499. MT1 Home Study $325.) If you sign up for the entire program you will get the MT1 for a low $99, for a total of $3.093.

Course Details

Registration Open (UTC): 2022-01-01 (08:00 AM)

Start Date (UTC): 2022-02-05 (08:00 AM)

End Date (UTC): 2022-11-20 (08:00 PM)

Course Fee: $3093

Faculty Details

Dan Washeck

Faculty (PT, OCS, FAAOMPT)


Dan has been working in orthopedic physical therapy with a manual therapy emphasis for nearly 20 years. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998 and completed 4 years of Post-Graduate training including Residency, Fellowship, Ph.D. training program in orthopedic manual therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) in 2003. After Post-Graduate training, he completed an additional year of Instructor apprenticeship. He became an instructor for the OGI in 2005 and the lead Residency instructor for Seattle in 2011/2012 and St. Louis from 2013 – present.  Dan also completed a 1-year (S.T.E.P) Therapeutic Exercise Residency in 2007. He is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has authored several chapters in the book series Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and has taught Manual Therapy seminars both nationally and internationally over the past decade. He is currently on the board of directors, board of examiners, and the Residency Director for the OGI. He owns and operates Winghaven Manual Physical Therapy, an outpatient manual therapy clinic and full-time teaching clinic for post-graduate Residency and Fellowship students for the OGI.

Alec Kay



Alec has been practicing physical therapy for over 25 years and currently works full time in a clinical practice at United Physical Therapy in Anchorage, Alaska. He is the current president of that organization. Working as an athletic trainer prior to PT school, he continues to enjoy working with athletes as his interest in sports rehabilitation continues to evolve. His post-graduate studies included completion of a Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 1997 and a Doctor of Manual Therapy degree in 2000, with a dissertation on the lumbar multifidus, leading to multiple publications. After completion of his DMT, Alec was appointed to the faculty of the Ola Grimsby Institute Post-Professional Consortium and is currently teaching advanced techniques in manual orthopedic physical therapy locally and in other states, as well as presenting as an invited speaker both nationally and internationally. In addition to teaching, Alec shares his expertise working as a clinical mentor for residency, fellowship students in both manual therapy and Family Practice Medicine.