Featured Fellow: Dr. Pam Kikillus PT, DSc, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, CHT

Pam Kikillus practices physical therapy at Olympic Sports and Spine in Puyallup, WA. She is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Puget Sound DPT program   in Tacoma, WA, and an instructor in the Green River College PTA program in Auburn, WA.  She is a certified hand therapist. She is the current chair of the Orthopaedic Specialty Council, for the OCS exam and is a member of the Advanced Item Writer Committee for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. She teaches continuing education courses focusing on orthopedic manual physical therapy, including as an instructor for the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Dr. Kikillus received the Cardon Award for Excellence in a Published Research Article Research in 2008 and the Presidential Service Award from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in 2005. She received a master of science in physical therapy and a doctor of health science degree from the University of Indianapolis, Krannert Graduate School of Physical Therapy.

What inspired you to pursue fellowship training?

I work in a clinic with some amazingly talented and brilliant manual physical therapists. Seeing their skills in use continues to inspire me.

What fellowship program did you attend and why?

I attended NAIOMT (North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy). This organization has a great reputation for excellence. The faculty have amazing skills and are very intelligent, however they remain humble.

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

I took courses, wrote case reports, completed a capstone project, spent tutorial hours in the clinic, completed live patient oral practical examinations.

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

NAIOMT has an eclectic approach and uses many approaches.


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

Work with brilliance, ask for feedback, put yourself out there (ask for criticism) and be vulnerable. 


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  1. Physical therapy ranks in the top 3 of all occupations for being most enjoyable. It is also ranked highest in job satisfaction and the feeling of actually helping others while have a high salary. Only requires 2.5 years of grad school which is much shorter than an of the other medical fields that only make slightly more. Always on the move and never setting behind a desk all day. So many positives.


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