Featured Fellow: Dr. Michael Lucido PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Dr. Michael Lucido PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Mr. Lucido is a 1985 graduate from of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas with a bachelor’s of science degree in physical therapy and received his doctorate in physical therapy from A.T. Still’s University in Mesa, AZ in 2011. Michael has over 27 years of orthopedic physical therapy experience with clinical interest and specialization in spinal dysfunction. His early instructors in manual therapy were Robin McKenzie, Freddie Kaltenborn, Erl Pettman, Cliff Fowler and Jim Meadows. Michael has taught post-professionally throughout the United States to physical therapist, occupational therapist and primary care physicians. Michael is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and has completed a fellowship in orthopedic manipulative physical therapy thru the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). He is a member of the North American Spine Society and the National Association of Spine Specialist. His present teaching responsibilities are to the graduate school at Texas Woman’s University and NAIOMT. Michael is married and has three children and lives in Dallas, TX.

What inspired you to pursue fellowship training?

My inspiration for wanting to do a fellowship was that I felt there was about 1/3 of my patients that I was not able to help and had no idea why I was not able to help them so I wanted a more experienced senior level therapist looking over my shoulder to assist me with the population that I was unable to help and offer me guidance on that population.

What Fellowship program did you attend and why?

I attended the NAIOMT fellowship program mostly because the emphasize is on clinical reasoning and their instructors are all practicing physical therapist which is what I prefer over academician type therapist whose primary responsibility is teaching not treating patients on a weekly basis.

What did you fellowship program entail (as far as specific training, etc.)?

The NAIOMT fellowship program is based on organization of knowledge and clinical pattern recognition which is a high level skill used by experts in any field

What advice would you give to new grads aspiring to pursue residency/fellowship training?

My advice is any program (residency or fellowship) is only as good as their faculty. I would recommend looking deep into each faculty and see who actually is treating patients on a weekly basis or who is publishing research or functioning as an administrator. To me the ones seeing patients everyday understand the challenges of complicated patients and can accelerate your thinking because they are doing just that everyday.
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  1. I would agree, it is better to be trained by therapists whose main focus is clinical experience, rather than getting focused on academic only, because they lose focus on what it takes to get patients better. I like the banner, weighing the evidence with wisdom.


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