Laurie McLaughlin


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​​NAIOMT  C-611  Lumbopelvic Spine II 

*Will Be Rescheduled in 2021
Erl Pettman
April 3-5, 2020
Spooner Physical Therapy
2122 E. Highland Ave.
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ

​​NAIOMT  C-621  Lower Extremity
*Will Be Rescheduled in 2021
Erl Pettman
May 8-10, 2020
Spooner Physical Therapy
2122 E. Highland Ave.
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ

​​​NAIOMT  C-613  Thoracic Spine 

Erl Pettman
Nov 6-8, 2020
Spooner Physical Therapy
2122 E. Highland Ave.
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ


​​Breathing Evaluation and Management
Laurie McLaughlin
December, 2020 (date TBD)
Desert Palms Physical Therapy
12142 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. 
Suite 150
Oro Valley, AZ



​​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 - and co-founded NAIOMT with David Lamb, Cliff Fowler and Jim Meadows in 1984. He is currently practicing in Abbotsford, BC, Canada, and is researching early intervention work conditioning.

Mr. Bookhout received his Certificate in Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic in 1977 and his Master’s Degree in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the Institute of Graduate Health Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia in 1982. In April of 1983 he co-founded Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Specialists, Inc., a private practice physical therapy clinic which specializes in evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Mr. Bookhout has taught numerous courses throughout the United States since l981 and has taught over 200 continuing medical education courses since 2001. He has been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan since 1987 teaching Muscle Energy Level I and II courses to P.T’s, D.O’s and M.D.s. In 1992 Mr. Bookhout developed a course on exercise as a compliment to manual medicine as part of the Michigan State Continuing Medical Education Program. Since 2011 Mr. Bookhout has been a certified instructor for the Neuromeningeal Manipulation courses with the Barral Institute. Mr. Bookhout has authored numerous articles regarding the evaluation and treatment of patients with thoracic and low back pain and was a co-editor of the 6th Edition of Bourdillon’s Spinal Manipulation book, published in 2002. 

Dr. Sahrmann is Professor Emeritus of Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. She received her bachelors degree in Physical Therapy, masters and doctorate degrees in Neurobiology from Washington University. She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a recipient of the Association's Marion Williams Research Award, the Lucy Blair Service Award, athe Kendall Practice award, the Inaugural John H.P. Maley Lecture and Mary McMillan Lecture awards.

Dr. Sahrmann has also received Washington University's Distinguished Faculty Award, the School of Medicine ’s Inaugural Distinguished Clinician Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. She has also received the Bowling -Erhard Orthopedic Clinical Practice Award from the Orthopedic Section of the APTA. She has served on the APTA Board of Directors and as president of the Missouri Chapter. In addition to her numerous national and international presentations, Dr. Sahrmann has been a keynote speaker at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, and at the Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and Danish national congresses. 

Dr. Sahrmann's research interests are in development and validation of classification schemes for movement impairment syndromes as well as in exercise based interventions for these syndromes. Her books, Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes and Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Cervical and Thoracic spines and the Extremities, describe the syndromes and methods of treatment. 

Dr. Bruce Franke has over 29 Years of experience and is a clinical specialist, mentor, researcher and faculty instructor in orthopedic physical therapy. Bruce has trained under many world renowned physical therapists and has always strived to provide a unique, comprehensive and aggressive approach to patient care.

Bruce received his Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy in 1987 from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth MN; his Masters of Science in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2001 from the University of St. Augustine; and completed his Doctor of Science degree in 2016 from Andrews University.

Dr. Franke has presented research at the Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Barcelona, Spain in 2007 and Singapore in 2016; at the World Congress of Orthopedics (WCORT) in Xian, China in 2015 and Goyang-si, South Korea in 2016; as well as at several other national conferences here in the US. Dr Bruce Franke is a Board Certified Clinical Therapist in Orthopedic Physical Therapist (OCS) with the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr Franke is a Fellow in the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), and a fellowship instructor and faculty with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).  

Dr. Franke established DPPT in northwest Tucson in 1997. Along with his like-minded team of professionals he provides hands-on physical therapy, notably the highest quality of individualized patient care. The team utilizes an integrative approach to physical therapy, taking into consideration the whole body not only the injury.

Dr. John Heick is an associate professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Dr. Heick received his clinical Doctorate and Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University and undergraduate from Northern Arizona University.  Dr. Heick received his Ph.D. in 2015 from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Orthopaedic and Sports Science with his dissertation on concussion assessment.  Prior to physical therapy education, John was a medic in the Air Force for 12 years in a primary care clinic and performed aero- medical evacuation in various aircraft.  John has practiced physical therapy for 14 years in various settings to include the emergency department, sports, orthopaedics, neurologic, wound care, aquatics, inpatient rehabilitation, acute care and in a balance center.  John continues to practice clinically prn in an orthopaedic/sports outpatient clinic and participates on a regular basis in the NAU pro bono Orthopaedic and Neurologic clinic.  John is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in orthopaedics, neurology, and sports.  In the profession of physical therapy, there are only 5 therapists that have 3 ABPTS specialties throughout the profession of physical therapy.  In 2010, John received national recognition from the APTA as an Emerging Leader.  John is active and engaged in the Arizona Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association currently serving as President of the chapter.  John is also active at a national level serving on the Orthopaedic Section’s Education Committee, the Sport Section’s Arizona legislative representative, and is co-lead investigator for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section’s Clinical Practice Guideline for Heart Failure.

Renee Ivens, PT, DPT is an associate professor of physical therapy and orthopedic surgery at Washington University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Maryville University, her masters of health science and clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University.

In addition to her involvement in the didactic entry level DPT and movement science fellowship, Dr Ivens maintains a clinical practice at the School of Medicine. Her clinical interests are posture and movement dysfunctions with emphasis on the spine, shoulder girdle and upper extremity peripheral nerve dysfunction.

Dr Ivens is actively involved in teaching continuing education courses on Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement System Syndromes both nationally and internationally. Renee has coauthored a chapter on disorders of the thoracic spine in the text Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spine. She is currently working on co-authoring the revision of the chapter on the Shoulder for the 2nd edition of the Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes.

Renee has also presented at Major League Baseball’s annual medical team conference, American Society for Shoulder and Elbow Therapist Conferences and the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting & Annual Conference.

Laurie graduated from McMaster University and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association with distinction. She has developed and taught continuing education courses in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. Her areas of interest include Advanced Practice for the Spine, Spinal Manipulation, Manual Therapy for the Fascial System and Breathing Evaluation and Retraining. Since 1992 she has been a national examiner for physiotherapists specializing in orthopaedics in Canada serving as a Chief Examiner for Canada from 1999 to 2005. She has also been on faculty and an examiner for the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (NAIOMT) since 1992. Laurie completed a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy at Andrews University in Michigan in 2007. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University, a member of the HaNSA (Head and Neck, Shoulder, Arm) research team, the Canadian Spine Society and the Spine Expert Committee for the Ministry of Health. She works in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville, Ontario, Canada as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist doing surgical triage and treating patients with orthopaedic complaints.


      *  Eclectic Approaches  
      *  Evidence Based  
      *  Enhancing Clinical Skills for over 20 years  
We are a mentoring facility offering regular continuing education classes in Tucson, AZ.  
DPI sponsors Internationally renown instructors to provide on-site training classes. Additionally, all of our Therapists are board certified clinical specialists or have acquired advanced certification in sub-specialties.  


Desert Palms Physical Therapy began sponsoring a residency in Tucson starting in 2012 and fellowship instruction in 2016.  All NAIOMT courses  we sponsor will be applicable to this residency and fellowship process.  This residency and fellowship is in association with Andrews University and NAIOMT. You can be a part of  Residency and Fellowship from any work location. For more information contact Bruce Franke at 

Bruce A. Franke Jr. started Desert Palms Institute on a national level in 1996 with a vision to provide the highest quality and exceptionally well delivered continued education to Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants through a series of weekend courses.   
   Continuing Education Courses approved by the State of Arizona  
   National/International Instructors  
   Specialty Courses  
   Mentoring/Residency/Fellowship Facility  

* Study groups for NAIOMT attendees, interested clinicians and future exam candidates  in 2017  


IF THE PARTICIPANT CANCELS: If written notification of cancellation is received 2 weeks prior to the course start date, the participant may substitute someone in their place, or transfer to another course at the same location without penalty. No monies will be refunded for cancellation. No money or credit will be issued for “no shows” to the course, or for cancellation after the course is in progress. IF THE INSTITUTE CANCELS PRIOR TO THE COURSE START DATE, NAIOMT reserves the right to cancel the course. If cancelled, a full refund is given. Host will not be held responsible for any personal costs incurred  

Desert Palms Institute

NW 520-531-0305 | Oro Valley 520-338-2728 

John Heick 


Bruce A. Franke, Jr 


Erl Pettman

Dr. Shirley Sahrmann


Physical Therapy

Movement Studio


Mark R. Bookhout 


Renee Ann Zoeller Ivens