Featured Fellow: Ms. Rebecca Lowe, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT, RYT-200

Rebecca Lowe, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT is a 1993 graduate of the University of Maryland at Baltimore Physical Therapy Program. She received her NAIOMT Level III certification in 1998 and Level IV certification in 1999. Ms. Lowe is a 2006 graduate of the NAIOMT Clinical Fellowship Program and is a NAIOMT Clinical Fellowship Instructor. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy accepted her as a Fellow in 2007. Since 2001, she has owned Manual Therapy of Nashville. She has published on the topic of adhesive capsulitis of the hip and has given lectures to her community, nationally, and internationally. She published Restoring Hope in Chronic Pain: A Whole Person Perspective from an Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist, which can be found in print and digitally on Amazon. She has created the Cube Care Method, which uses self-treatment tools and classes, as an adjunct to manual therapy treatment. She has also become a registered yoga instructor and integrates manual therapy with yoga with her clients and in group classes. Her passions are teaching people how to be a part of their own treatment team, novel research, and teaching manual therapy, now with IMPACT. She enjoys family and friends, reading, hiking, biking, camping, yoga, music, meditation, and dancing. You can find more about her at www.manualtherapyofnashville.com and www.RebeccaLowe.physio.

What inspired you to pursue fellowship training?

I am a life-long learner and will continue to become a better therapist. I had early access to mentorship through coursework and my work setting. I am very thankful that I spent the time then, and continue with mentorship after fellowship training.

What fellowship program did you attend and why?

There were very few manual therapy programs in the early 90s. I became exposed to NAIOMT-trained therapists and saw the difference in clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis, treatment approaches, and outcomes.

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

Certification coursework and fellowship hours, project.

Are you trained in any specific areas of manual therapy (e.g., Maitland, McKenzie, etc.)? If so, why did you choose that area?

NAIOMT

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

It is a very different environment now in manual therapy than it was in the early 90s. There are many variables in cost, time, and programs. I recommend that you spend time with therapists who have been trained in different programs so that you can see the different strengths and match your philosophy with the program that you choose. If you love to learn, you will always be able to learn, nothing will stop you. Choose a program that is focused on learning, and not on just promoting their own methodology. Choose a program that encourages you to think, uses research AND clinical expertise, and allows you to question.

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