MAPTA: Mid-Atlantic Physical Therapy Associates

Instructor Information

Information and bios for each instructor are below.


Kent Keyser received his BS in Physical Therapy from Cal State Northridge/UCLA in 1978, certification in Athletic Training in 1983, and a Masters Degree in Human Anatomy from the University of Oregon in 1987. He became OCS certified in 1995 and received his COMT in 1996. He is a graduate of the NAIOMT Residency Program, receiving his Fellow with the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapy in 1998. He is also on faculty and has taught extensively with the Institute of Physical Art and is a Founding Fellow of CFMT. He is an instructor in the Department of Exercise Movement Science at the University of Oregon and adjunct professor of Physical Therapy at Touro College in Long Island, NY. He has taken numerous orthopaedic and sports medicine courses. He is a member of the Board of Directors of NAIOMT. Presently, Kent is providing outpatient care at his private practice in Eugene, OR.

Karl Kolbeck, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT

Karl Kolbeck is the Founder and President of Empiridence® Seminars and remains an active practicing clinician. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse in 1991 and has practiced in the orthopaedic physiotherapy setting his entire career. He is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the APTA, a Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT) Level IV graduate "with distinction" of the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), as well as a graduate of their fellowship program. In addition, Karl has been trained both as a Clinical Fellowship Instructor and Faculty Instructor with NAIOMT. In 2005 Karl became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). He has been teaching orthopaedic manual and physical therapy courses for over 8 years.

Based in Portland, Oregon Karl practices under Kolbeck Physiotherapy Services, providing orthopaedic and manual therapy clinical mentorship and fellowship training, consultation services, and remains active in clinical outpatient orthopaedic practice.

Karl has spent the vast majority of his professional career and clinical practice studying and treating cervical and thoracic dysfunction as well as the orthopaedic/sports injured shoulder. His passion for teaching led to the evolution of Empiridence® Seminars, allowing him to share his knowledge and clinical experience. He is involved in the development and planning of all courses offered through Empiridence® Seminars and specifically teaches the courses related to the shoulder girdle, providing a comprehensive integrated approach to clinical evaluation and management of the cervical and thoracic spine and the shoulder girdle based on empirical knowledge and evidence enhanced practice.


Diane Lee received her PT degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada in 1976 and practices in her orthopedic physiotherapy clinic in Delta, BC. In addition to teaching internationally and nationally, she is Instructor / Chief Examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and sits on the Board of Associate Editors for The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. Her many publications include: A Workbook of Manual Therapy Techniques for the Vertebral Column and Pelvic Girdle, 1986, DOPC, and A Workbook of Manual Therapy Techniques for the Upper Extremity, 1989 DOPC, The Pelvic Girdle, 2nd Ed, 1999, Manual Therapy for the Thorax, 1994, and numerous articles. In addition, she has developed videotapes on the assessment, manual therapy treatment, and exercise program for the sacroiliac joint.

Linda-Joy Lee, BSc, BSc(PT), FCAMT, CGIMS, MCPA, PhD Candidate

Linda-Joy Lee is a Physical Therapy graduate from the University of British Columbia, Canada and a UBC Wesbrook Scholar (1996). "LJ" became of fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Therapists in 1999 with distinction and completed her certification in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in July 2001. LY is an education and clinical consultant in North Vancouver, BC. She sees a wide variety of patient, including all levels of recreational and competitive athletes, and specializes in treating patients with pelvic and spinal dysfunction. LJ is known for her skills in motor control and movement retraining of the lumbopelvic-core muscles. LJ has worked with internationally known clinician Diane Lee since 2000, and is currently collaborating with Diane on several projects in addition to teaching and developing courses based on the Integrated Model of Function. Passionate about new challenges, LJ is also currently pursuing a PhD part-time at the University of Queensland in Human Neurosciences Unit with Professor Paul Hodges. Her research is focused on investigating motor control of the thoracic spine and its relation to the lumbopelvic regio. LJ recently co-authored two chapters in the 3rd edition of "The Pelvic Girdle" by Diane Lee and published a chapter on "Restoring Force Closure/Motor Control of the Thorax" in the book "The Thorax: An Integrated Approach" by Diane Lee. In addition, she has co-produced, along with Diane Lee, a 4.5 hour, 2-disc DVD set titled "An Integrated Approach to the Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbopelvic-Hip Region". LJ enjoys opportunities to present lectures and teach courses both nationally and internationally on these and other topics.

Laurie McLaughlin, BHScPT, MCPA, FCAMT

Laurie McLaughlin graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelors degree in Health Science (Physiotherapy) in 1983. She received her RCAMT and FCAMT from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1987 and 1988 respectively and has lead continuing education courses in Australia, the United States and Canada for the past 17 years. She is an Instructor and Examiner for NAIOMT and has been an examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA since 1992 becoming a Chief examiner for Canada in 1999. Laurie was involved the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cervical Spine Manipulation. She currently owns two clinics in Hamilton and Oakville Ontario and is known for her success in treating headaches, neck, back and pelvic pain and well as hard-to-treat cases.

James Meadows, BScPT, MCPA, FCAMT

Jim has 30 years of clinical and teaching experience throughout North America, Britain and Norway. His first teacher of manual therapy was James Cyriax and he continued his learning in Norway and Canada, earning his certificate in Manipulative Therapy in 1983. He 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. He is a past faculty member of the University of Alberta and current adjunct faculty at the Texas Women's University, Andrews University, MI, the Massachusetts'.

Gail Molloy, PT, OCS, COMT

Gail Molloy received her physical therapy degree from the University of Colorado Health Science Center in 1984. Since 1989 she has owned and operated a private physical therapy practice in Englewood, Colorado. She passed her orthopaedic manual therapy examinations in 1991 and her advanced manipulative exams in 1993. Since 1990 she has been an industrial consultant and speaker concerning occupational and injury prevention programs. She has taught for NAIOMT since 1992 and is currently the Vice President for Special Projects for NAIOMT.

David Musnick, MD

Dr. David Musnick is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine. He was the instructor for the Oregon Medical Screening Course. Dr. Musnick currently practices in Boulder, CO and integrates his knowledge of medicine with manual therapy and integrative medicines and nutritional medicine. He is a physician examiner with NAIOMT and has completed training through NAIOMT's Level III courses. He is the author of "Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness," an extensive guide to functional strength training and balance training.

Erl Pettman, PT, MCSP, MCPA, FCAMT

Erl Pettman received his diploma in Physiotherapy from the Nottingham School of Physiotherapy (England) in 1972 and from the National Academy of Acupuncture in 1976. He has been an Examiner for the Canadian Manual Therapy Examinations since 1980 and Chief Examiner from 1982-2002. In addition to being a senior faculty with NAIOMT, he has been a certified manual therapy instructor for the Olaf Evenjth system since 1990. His chapter on Upper Cervical Instability was published in ?Modern Manual Therapy?, 2nd Ed 1992 and he has presented papers at IFOMT Proceedings in 1984, 1988 and 1992. Erl Pettman developed the integrated quadrant system of evaluation in 1980, a three-month manual therapy course in Western Canada in 1982 and founded the NAIOMT in 1984. He is currently practicing in Abbotsford, BC, Canada, and is researching early intervention work conditioning.

Michele Roy, BScPT, MCPA, FCAMT

Michele Roy received her BScPT from McGill University in Montreal in 1978 and received her FCAMT from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1986. She has been an examiner for the Canadian Manipulative Therapy Certification since 1993. Michele has been instructing NAIOMT courses in Ontario, Quebec, Maritime Provinces, and the United States since 1984. She officially joined the NAIOMT faculty in 1993 and is currently working in a private practice in Toronto, Canada.

Jack M. Stagge PT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Received his bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from CSU Fresno in 1978. He received a specialty certification in Adult Neurology from U.S.C. in 1979. His postgraduate training includes extensive manual therapy course work in Norwegian, Australian, McKenzie and Cyriax protocols. He was chosen as a subject matter expert by the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialties in 1988 and helped in writing the first O.C.S. exam. He was Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in May 1990 and 1999, and became a Fellow of the A.A.O.M.P.T. in 2002. Mr. Stagge taught "Physical Evaluation and Treatment of Neural Tissues in Disorders of the Neuromusculoskeletal System" with Mr. Robert L. Elvey, P.T., G.D.M.T. of Curtain University, Perth, Australia for several years throughout the United States. Mr. Stagge has been a featured presenter at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, the APTA's National Scientific meeting, Combined Section Meetings, State Conferences, and the I.F.O.M.P.T. in Perth Australia. He has served as a visiting professor and lecturer at several graduate programs and is a member of the International Teachers' Forum of I.F.O.M.P.T. Mr. Stagge has also served as a book reviewer for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports P.T., and as a consultant on several articles published on orthopedic manual therapy. Mr. Stagge is currently director of International Manual Therapy Seminars and is in private practice in Wenatchee, Washington.

Kathy Stupansky, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Kathy Stupansky graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1981. She has been certified in advanced manual therapy techniques since 1993 and an instructor with North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) since 1992. She is currently the Clinical Director at Physiotherapy Associates-Aurora. She has lectured and taught several courses for NAIOMT and to various clinics and study groups. As the faculty representative of the Board of Directors of NAIOMT, she functions as a liaison between participants and the faculty. She has been actively involved in the examinations process in progression toward certification with NAIOMT. She was accepted as a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists by Portfolio Review in 2001. Currently, she is working on her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy degree through Andrews University in Michigan.


Bill Temes received a Certificate in Physical Therapy from New York University in 1974 and earned his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1979. He became OCS certified in 1996 and received his COMT in 1994. He is a graduate of the NAIOMT residency Program, receiving his Fellowship with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual therapy in 1998. He has studied and worked extensively in acute and chronic spinal pain and orthopedics. Bill currently serves the Chief Administration Officer for NAIOMT and Assistant Director of the NAIOMT Fellowship Program. He is employed by Therapeutics Associates and is the Director of their Supervised Clinical Placement Program.


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