Matt completed his DPT at Elon University in 2007. He then completed an orthopedic residency through Evidence in Motion in 2010. He has completed certifications in dry needling (Kinetacore) and SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) before starting an orthopedic residency fellowship program with Evidence in Motion in 2012. He felt like he needed to take his time and really dive deep into the fellowship, and finished in 2016, after taking a year off. He currently works at a VA medical center helping veterans, as well as, own a small private practice on the side working mainly with athletes. He has been a teaching assistant with South University, and really enjoys being a clinical instructor for DPT students.
What inspired you to pursue fellowship training?
I had a professor while in graduate school at Elon, Dr. Stetts, who was a fellow. She was an excellent teacher, and I appreciated her skill, confidence, and expertise. In 2006, she mentioned that the AAOMPT conference would be in Charlotte, NC, and it would be worth attending. I did not really know what AAOMPT was at that time, but signed up to volunteer. I met many of the authors of the articles we were reading in school and listened to some giants in our profession speak. I met another student, Christian Little, who was developing the student SIG, and I wanted to be involved. I spent several hours with Tim Flynn, and his energy and passion for physical therapy was infectious. I decided that I wanted to pursue residency and fellowship training during that conference.
What fellowship program did you attend and why?
I went through the Evidence in Motion Fellowship program. See above!
What did your fellowship program entail (as far as specific training, etc.)?
It is a little difficult to describe the whole program in a short statement. Much of the didactic program was online, with a great deal of reading and discussion. There are weekend courses that we went through as both a student and a teaching assistant. There is one longer course, focused on clinical decision making. Virtual Rounds is a way to receive input and constructive criticism from colleagues, based on video cases that each student submits. There was also a great deal of one on one mentorship.
Are you trained in any specific areas of manual therapy (e.g. Maitland, McKenzie, etc.)? If so, why did you choose that area?
I did not pursue a specific school of thought. The EIM fellowship is eclectic, and pulls from all evidence, with a framework based on Maitland’s framework.
What advice would you give to new grads aspiring to pursue residency/fellowship training?
Don’t be in a rush. Focus on improving over time. Be yourself, and don’t follow someone else’s path. Don’t think that because something hasn’t been done, that it can’t be done. Know yourself and find the program that best suits you!