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Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

Bridging Science and Care

Since 1993

About Us

Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

Bridging Science and Care

Since 1993

About Us

Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

Bridging Science and Care

Since 1993

About Us

Who We Are

AAOMPT recognized post professional Fellowship Program

International recognized Kaltenborn-Evjenth Fellowship Program

We Are Teachers & Leaders

We are teachers, leaders, and skilled practitioners of orthopaedic manual therapy. Since 1993, the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (IOMT) has been teaching seasoned and new physical therapists alike from across the state and the country how to enhance their skills in orthopaedic care. Our goal is to help you bridge the gap between what you learn in the classroom, read in the literature, and what you see and do every day in clinical care.


We Bridge Science to Care! At the IOMT, we are dedicated to helping you deliver the best patient care possible utilizing a unique and specialized approach.


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The IOMT Approach

The IOMT approach is rooted in the Kaltenborn/Evjenth Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (OMT) System. At its core are in-depth anatomical and bio-mechanical principals developed and fine tuned through years of clinical experience and evidence-based research.


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IOMT emphasizes the sequential process of differential diagnosis. This approach allows treatment to be focused, individualized, and tailored to ensure better outcomes and excellence in quality care.

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At the IOMT, we take pride in helping our students to develop the manual skills and therapeutic exercise techniques that you simply can’t learn from a book alone. Using the Nordic System of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, we create movement specialists by emphasizing motor learning and dynamic control, in addition to training highly skilled manual therapists.


Through our Level I and Level II year long Certificate Programs and our Weekend Seminar offerings, we integrate academics, classroom instruction, and supervised patient treatment to develop the tools you need to be knowledgable, experienced, and seasoned masters of your craft. Our manual therapy graduates routinely credit their IOMT experience for their improved confidence in clinical skills and a newfound professional satisfaction.

Certificate Programs & Seminars

Level I Year Long Manual Therapy Program

This year long program starts in September and ends in June. In our part-time Level I Certificate Program, we start from the beginning and build from the ground up. Through classroom lectures and labs, students enhance their existing knowledge with an academic foundation of manual therapy. We study clinical biomechanics, therapeutic exercise principles, and communication skills to facilitate patient management. We go in-depth into evaluation and treatment techniques for the spine and extremities, and specifically focus skills development on the areas of study outlined below.

  • Patient management/education as it relates to specific findings and symptom presentation
  • Interpretations of signs and symptoms
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Setting goals
  • Proper technique selection
  • Progression of treatment
  • Clinical Pattern Recognition
  • Symptom Localization
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Provocation and alleviation techniques
  • Joint and soft tissue assessment
  • Mobilization of the spine, rib cage, sacroiliac joint, and extremities
  • Spinal locking techniques
  • Thoracic manipulation
  • Three-dimensional manual unloading/decompression techniques
  • Muscle stretching techniques
  • Spinal exercise prescriptions
  • Medical Exercise Therapy (MET)

In this program, we seek to strengthen clinical assessment and problem solving skills while also invigorating each student’s practice by providing direct feedback during co-evaluation and co-treatment sessions. By performing a thorough subjective interview followed by a detailed and specific objective examination, we design the ideal individualized treatment plan for different patient care situations.

The next Level I class starts September 5, 2024.

In Short

Our Level I Long Term Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Certificate Program is designed to fit the schedule of the working physical therapist seeking extensive training in orthopaedic manual therapy. Scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Professional Physical Therapy Woburn Location with no weekend commitment, this year long training emphasizes manual skills, exercise concepts, and patient self-management techniques. Lab instruction and supervised patient care are provided under the direction of Martin Langaas, PT, OMT, FAAOMT. Completion of Level I earns students a Kaltenborn-Evjenth Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.

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Level II Year Long Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

Our Level II Program is for graduates of the Level I Certificate Program who want to continue to advance their post professional studies with intensive hands-on training. This training includes preparing students for the high-velocity manipulation of joints. In Level II, we dive into lectures and labs, as well as supervised patient care, to master the evaluation and treatment of spinal and pelvic disorders.

We combine and bridge all of our knowledge and manual training together to fully equip students in the management of all of the aspects of patient care. Because, in the end, we are here for the patients and we owe it to them to continually strive to be the best clinicians possible.

Skills Example

Watch a video of an example of skills you will learn in Level II (this is not an instructional video, do not try this technique without proper training and supervision).

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Weekend Seminars

Tuition: $400 for single course
$750 for both course
12 CEU pr. Course (APIA Massachusetts)

In addition to our Certificate Programs, we also offer Weekend Seminars on varying topics in orthopaedics. In these seminars, we teach manual therapy skills, exercise concepts, and patient self-management techniques. Our Weekend Seminars are aimed to provide a snapshot view of orthopaedic manual therapy, facilitate thought processes, and reinvigorate licensed physical therapists’ skill sets. All Seminars will be held at host partner, Professional Physical Therapy Woburn, MA location.

Current research has confirmed that a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercises and patient education is the cornerstone of physical therapy treatment for patients with spinal dysfunction. However, during daily clinical practice it can sometimes be difficult to decide on optimal clinical decision making.

To enroll in one of our seminars, click on the Application Information button below.

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Seminar topics include

  • Anatomy, biomechanics, and pathology
  • Clinical pattern recognition
  • Examination techniques- regional and segmental symptom localization
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Active and passive manual stretching techniques
  • Exercise concepts related to specific findings
  • All aspects of patient management
  • Clinical skills you can implement immediately into patient care


  • Lectures and supervised patient care


Level I Program (Starting September 5, 2024)
  • Weeks 1-12 (Tuesday/Thursday)
    • 7:00am-11:00am: Lecture and Lab
  • Weeks 13-40 (Tuesday/Thursday)
    • 7:00am-9:00am: Supervised Patient Care
    • 9:30am-11:30am: Lecture and Lab
Level II Program
  • Weeks 1-10 (Tuesday/Thursday)
    • 7:00am-12:15pm Tues
    • 7:00am-11:00am Thurs
  • Weeks 11-40 (Tuesday/Thursday)
    • 1:30pm-3:00pm: Lecture & Lab
    • 3:00pm-6:00pm: Supervised Patient Care

Upcoming Weekend Seminars

Cervical Spine: April 6-7, 2024

Lumbar Spine: June 1-2, 2024

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Meet the Team

Martin Langaas, PT, KEOMPT, FAAOMPT

Director, Founder, and Lead Instructor

Martin is Co-Founder and Director of the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (IOMT). He graduated in 1982 from the Physical Therapy College in Berlin, Germany, and after graduation, returned to Norway to attend the National Norwegian Fellowship Program. He trained extensively with Olaf Evjenth and Freddy Kaltenborn, the developers of the Kaltenborn/Evjenth Orthopaedic Manual Therapy System. Martin completed the Fellowship Program and obtained his OMT certification in 1989, moving shortly thereafter to the United States.

With a passion for education and teaching, Martin founded and opened the IOMT in Woburn, Massachusetts. In conjunction with Orthopaedics Plus and Winchester Hospital, Martin has been leading and teaching at the IOMT since 1991. There have been many changes throughout the years, but bridging the gap between academics and clinical care has always been of utmost importance. In 2016, IOMT joined the Professional Physical Therapy organization where he also serves as their Co-Director of Clinical Education. Martin now operates IOMT out of the Professional Physical Therapy Woburn, MA Location and utilizes the Professional Physical Therapy network for clinical sites for supervised patient care.

Since 1991, Martin has also lectured and presented workshops throughout the United States. In 2007, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) presented Martin a prestigious award in recognition of Outstanding Instruction in a Post-Professional Clinical Education Fellowship Program. Martin is recognized as an International Instructor by the Kaltenborn-Evjenth Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (KEOMT) International organization. Martin’s goal has always been to assist developing therapists in bridging and integrating academic knowledge with daily clinical practice. Martin also owns and operates a private practice, Langaas Spine Care, in York, ME.

David Melchiorri PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, KEOMPT

Clinical Mentor, Assistant Instructor

Dave currently serves as a Clinic Mentor and Lab Instructor for the IOMT fellowship program. He completed level 1 and level 2 in the IOMT program in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He also completed the Boston University Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy program in 2013. He graduated from the Boston University DPT program in 2010. He has presented at the CSM and IAOMPT national conferences focusing on lumbar spine care. Dave is also a lab instructor in the evaluation and treatment of spine course in the Boston University DPT program. He is the Clinic Director and Partner of the Professional Physical Therapy Clinic located on 475 Winter Street in Waltham, MA.


Clinical Mentor/Assistant Instructor

Steve currently serves as a clinical mentor and lab assistant for IOMT as well as the Program administrator for the IOMT Fellowship program. He graduated from Level II in 2020 and from the Boston University Fellowship in Orthopeadic Manual therapy in 2019. He graduated with his DPT from Boston University in 2016. He also teaches in the orthopedic labs at Northeastern University. Steve treats patients out of the Professional Physical Therapy Boston – Financial District location where he is the clinic director. He also serves as the ProPT New England Clinical excellence director helping to oversee and manage continuing education, outcomes and patient experience for all the ProPT New England therapists.


Clinical Mentor/Assistant Instructor

Nicole is a 2009 graduate of IOMT Level II, teaching assistant and clinical mentor for the program. Nicole assists with IOMT operations and planning and is happy to answer any questions you may have about the program. Nicole graduated from Northeastern University’s PT program in 2006 and eagerly began IOMT the following year. Since going through the program and experiencing rapid clinical growth and confidence in treating orthopedic patients, she helped to develop internal mentorship and training programs in her organization for clinicians, clinical instructors and students. When Professional PT became the host site for IOMT in 2016, she took on a more active role in the program, to assist with growth so more clinicians could have the opportunity to go through Level I/II each year, and more importantly to keep learning and sharing her expertise as a mentor. Today, Nicole oversees several ProPT offices, but her heart is still in IOMT. She considers herself privileged to have been through Level I, 8 times and counting!


I cannot speak highly enough of the IOMT program. Having gone through Levels 1 and 2, my confidence in patient evaluation and treatment have increased significantly and I have seen a real improvement in pt. outcomes. This program is the best thing I’ve ever done in terms of further education. It is centered around a systematic, logical evaluation and treatment process with ample practice time and guided patient treatment. I started the program after 9 years of treating patients and wish I had done so sooner.


Kristie Rowley, MSPT, FAAOMPT

Dover, NH

As an orthopedic spine surgeon and the medical director of the Northern New England Spine center, physical therapy is a very important part of my treatment algorithm. I have familiarity and experience with many physical therapists and their treatment approaches and outcomes. The skills of IOMT trained therapists in clinical assessment and manual therapy and the emphasis on and ability to safely and effectively proceed with therapeutic exercise is unparalleled. Their consistent excellent outcomes make my job easier. Due to my experience over the last 14 years, I refer specifically to IOMT therapists whenever possible.


Dr. Peter Dirksmeier

Seacoast Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

Somersworth, NH

Participating in the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy has been a career changing opportunity for me. I learned to develop my skills in a way I never imagined would be possible. This program has enabled me to become the physical therapist that I want to be and to meet the career goals that I have set forth for myself. I know in the future it will continue to be an asset to me and to my aspirations. I am thankful to have been a part of this program and I would recommend it without hesitation to anyone wishing to grow and develop his or her manual skills.


Maura Ryan, PT, DPT, OMT, CSCS

Marshfield, MA

I can honestly say that IOMT level I and II were career changing for me. The overall structure, with weekly classes and clinical focus, is unmatched. I was able to develop my manual skills with continuous feedback from the instructors themselves, both in the classroom and during patient care. Meeting weekly allowed me to digest the information, put it into practice, and discuss concepts and techniques with classmates and instructors. This program bridged the gap between academia and patient care. The treatment approach taught at IOMT is systematic, logical, and effective. Above all Martin has hands on skills, charisma, and love for the profession that are unparalleled. He has an even greater ability to pass on these techniques to his students. I would highly recommend this program to all therapists who are looking to excel in orthopaedic physical therapy.


John P. Scafidi, PT, DPT, OMT, CSCS

Owner: PT Solutions, LLC

Middletown, NJ

The residency and fellowship programs at the IOMT have served as the biggest influence in my career as a Physical Therapist. No academic, continuing education, or clinical experience has even come close to instilling the skills and knowledge I need to help my patients on a daily basis like my experience with IOMT. The treatment philosophy is backed up by sound reasoning, research, and clinical experience. And the faculty is amazing in their abilities to teach the complex subject matter in a clear manner. They take great pride in assuring you truly grasp the material. Skills and decision-making are practiced not only on fellow residents, but also on patients to assure carry over in your day-to-day patient experiences. The constant feedback and opportunity to practice under the tutelage of the expert faculty is the most valuable component of this unique learning experience. The confidence in my clinical skills and reasoning gained from my experience with the IOMT has been invaluable. I believe any Physical Therapist who is serious about providing the highest level of orthopedic patient care should pursue training at the IOMT without hesitation.


Michael Stare, DPT, OMT, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Beverly, MA

I attended Level 1 at the IOMPT in 2011. The education and experience I gained in this program was something that I would recommend to anyone, at any level of expertise in the physical therapy field. My clinical practice is performed with greater purpose and organization now. The institute provided me with the knowledge to be a valued clinical resource for fellow staff at the private practice I currently work at. The instructors hold valuable skills on dealing with even the most complex patients, and their individualized support allows you to tackle your own weaknesses. I will never be the same physical therapist I used to be since going through this experience and I’m so much more confident in my current assessment/treatment.


Kate Cote, DPT

Boston, MA

Spending two years with Martin is unquestionably the greatest decision I could have made for my career. As a new grad, taking on a whole caseload can seem daunting – but through Level I students are taught to evaluate patients with a systematic approach. This way of thinking has made work much more enjoyable and significantly less stressful. Continuing with Level II has made me that much better of a clinician and all of my current and future patients benefit from this experience. I would highly recommend any physical therapist looking to further their manual therapy and patient management skills to sign up for IOMT.


Alex Trotsky, DPT

North Andover, MA

We all come out of school with a Doctorate in PT and think we are ready to take on the world. Sooner or later though, we all have a realization that school can only prepare us so much. The Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy takes everything you have learned, expands upon it, and helps create frameworks to understand how to effectively help every patient. Even when you are unsure, you always know how to help the person in front of you. After the institute, you never have a bad day at work and your confidence in your ability to treat patients grows exponentially.


Stephen Vitale, DPT

Boston, MA

I cannot speak highly enough about IOMT and Martin Langaas. The IOMT program has taught me so much about managing and treating patients. My career as a physical therapist has become much more fun and rewarding as my patient outcomes have drastically improved. IOMT helps to simplify complex ideas and theories and helps you develop a system that is logical and leads to improved outcomes. The classes are a combination of hands on skills training and patient discussion. All of the patient contact hours are closely monitored by highly skilled and highly trained therapists that are there to help you develop your skills. All in all, anybody who is looking for advances training to become a better, more confident clinician, look no further than IOMT.


Steve Shevory, DPT

Arlington, MA

For 2 full years I had the privilege to be taught and mentored by Martin Langaas PT, OMT, FAAOMPT The Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. Martin helped me grow as a clinician and improve patient outcomes by helping me to understand and clinically implement three distinct variables of Orthopedic evaluation and treatment….The way Martin teaches us how to ask our patients the right questions to guide and narrow our objective exam is beyond anything that graduate school, a weekend course, or a research article could ever teach us….Martin brings the emphasis back to how to use your hands the right way. How to mold your hands, how and where you should stand, how high or low the table should be, how and where to position the patient, what direction your manual force needs to be in order to test and treat a painful &/or a dysfunctional joint the right way….In order to improve long term patient outcomes, Martin teaches us how to educate our patients and use analogies to guide the patients understanding of the issues at hand….If you are a clinician and you have the opportunity to enroll in this program to learn from martin, do it. Learning from Martin will save you time and money in the long run.


Ramez Antoūn, PT, DPT

Barrington, NJ


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Application Information

Program Requirements

Entry into the Level I Year Long Manual Therapy Program is open to graduates of an accredited physical therapy college. All applicants must be licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts. Candidates must register online and will receive notice that their application has been received. Interviews will be scheduled within a short period from the application being submitted, candidates will then be selected and notified thereafter. Open enrollment.

Candidates for the Level II Year Long Manual Therapy Program must have completed the IOMT’s Level I Certificate Program. Candidates will be selected and notified within four weeks of receiving their application. Class size is limited to six students.

Weekend Seminar Application

Use our online registration and payment form:

The Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

Attn: Emily Lannan

c/o Professional Physical Therapy

300 Tradecenter Dr, Suite 1650

Woburn, MA 01801

Online Registration

Program Application Instructions

Tuition for each program is $5,800. Payment may be paid in two installments. To apply to the Level I Certificate Program, use our online registration and payment form.

The Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

Attn: Emily Lannan

c/o Professional Physical Therapy

300 Tradecenter Dr, Suite 1650

Woburn, MA 01801

Level 1 Application (PDF)

Online Registration

*Deposits will be refunded if the candidate is not accepted into the program.


Contact Us




The Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

c/o ProEx Physical Therapy

210 Commerce Way, Suite 120

Portsmouth, NH 03801