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At Odyssey Seminars, we’re passionate about delivering the best care to our patients. We understand how important it is for our colleagues to do the same, which is why we strive to help them find the right solutions for their patients. To learn more about Odyssey courses & check out their descriptions and content below.   To learn more about attending one of our seminars or being a sponsor please contact us and we'll get back to you.

About Odyssey Seminars

Odyssey Seminars was started by Dr. Mike Rogers along with Dr. Tonya Olson with the goal of developing interactive manual skills courses designed to help physical therapists become more proficient at using joint and soft tissue mobilization/manipulation techniques in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders of the neck and lower back regions.   Dr. Rogers' extensive clinical experience in treating neck & lower back pain along with Dr. Olson's curriculum design expertise  has  led to their unique approach to teaching manual skills courses.

Odyssey Seminars' Clinical Manual Skills Courses are exactly what the name implies-

courses that enable the participant to perform manual techniques with a high level of

proficiency with improved outcomes. Evaluation and treatment techniques are taught

in a case study design format allowing for progression/modification of techniques based

on hypothetical changes in patient signs and symptoms. We not only teach how, but when

and why a technique is indicated for optimal results.  

 

The cornerstone to the selection of techniques covered in Odyssey courses is based on years of clinical practice treating thousands of patients with neck and back pain. Dr. Rogers has been able to synthesize the many approaches/schools of thought he has learned from so many recognized experts and pioneers in manual therapy and in so doing develop an effective and pragmatic approach in the treatment of neck & lower back musculoskeletal disorders.  Instead of "throwing the baby out with the bath water" and jumping from one approach in favor of another, he was able to combine best aspects from these approaches into a new best practice keeping the most effective components of each and integrating them into his clinical practice. 

Unique course design with intensive evidence based technique instruction.   Walt S.

 

The magic in this course was learning from PT’s with years of clinical experience resulting

in information and skills that can be applied on Monday morning.     Jamie T.

This course was great. There was a good mix of lecture and lab. Thank you for the

individual attention and the feedback was fantastic!      Margaux L.

Excellent course. Great opportunity to practice skills and obtain feedback. Plenty of opportunity

to ask questions.  Pat N.

A biomechanical clinical decision-making algorithm [Hart-Rogers Plane of Movement Model] created by the late and sorely missed Dennis Hart, PT, PhD and Dr,Rogers that generates pragmatic classification categories for lower back pain that serve as a guide to treatment options will be presented. Treatment options generated by the algorithm assist both the OMPT specialists and non-specialists to  make clinical decision more effective.  Using the “3-E” Approach” of Education/Exercise/External Forces in an efficient interrelated 

Examples of evaluation and treatment techniques currently used by the instructor from multiple manual therapy schools of thought are presented along with case studies in which the specific interventions were applied. The screening/evaluation techniques and treatment interventions used in the case studies are presented throughout the course during practical lab sessions with a focus on a hands-on experience.

What they say about our courses....

 
About Our Team

Combining Clinical Expertise Anchored In Evidence Based Practice 

 
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Michael Rogers, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

President,  Instructor

Michael Rogers has been a practicing physical therapist specializing in orthopedic manual physical therapy (OMPT) since graduating from University of Buffalo in 1975. Upon graduation he began his studies in OMPT by taking a series of courses taught by Dr. James Cyriax at Strong Memorial Hospital and in the spring of 1976 travelled to London to do a preceptorship under Dr. Cyriax.  He met John Mennell in 1977 and became his teaching assistant for the next 14 years. From 1978-1980 completed a series of courses in manual therapy at the Michigan State School of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1981-82 he completed a manual therapy residency program in Norway at the Sorlandets Fysikalske Institutt under the direction of Ola Grimsby. Over the years he had the opportunity to study under Dr. Phil Greenman, Dr. John Bourdillon, Freddy Kaltenborn, Olaf Evjenth, David Lamb, Richard Erhard, Bjorn Svendsen, Vladimir Janda, and Laurie Hartman. In 1991 Dr. Rogers he became  one of the eight Founding Members of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and served as its president from 1997-2000.  In 1993 he earned his certification as a Manual Therapy Specialist in the OMT-Nordic System from the International Seminar of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy under Freddy Kaltenborn.  In 2014 the Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy authorized him to perform dry needling in Mississippi. He earned his Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the EIM Institute of Health Professions in 2018. He is a recognized leader in the area of residency training and fellowship and founded the Gulf Coast Graduate Physical Therapy Institute (AAOMPT recognized residency) serving as its director and lead instructor from 1982-2002. During his career he has presented at national, state, and local conferences and has taught numerous courses in the USA and internationally. He continues to teach manual therapy courses and in 2018 co-founded Odyssey Seminars with Tonya Olson, MSPT, DPT, OCS, CMT. He currently is employed as a lead orthopedic physical therapist at Memorial Hospital of Gulfport outpatient clinic continuing to provide optimal care to his patients.

Tonya Olson, MSPT, DPT, OCS, CMT

Co-Founder, Instructor

Tonya Olson has been a practicing PT since 2007 after earning her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. She earned her manual therapy certification (MTC) from EIM in 2013 and became a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) that same year. She continued on as a life-long learner by earning a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014 through EIM. Tonya has worked in a variety of settings in outpatient orthopedics that includes working with elite level runners in Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Olson has been working in PTA and PT education the past two years designing curriculum and teaching for hybrid, accelerated programs at Rasmussen College in Florida and South University in Knoxville, TN. She recently entered private practice and is the president and founder of Centaur Rehab, LLC a mobile physical therapy practice. Tonya has played a key role in the development of Odyssey Seminars  its course curriculum design and lab practicums. 

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ANTHOLOGY COURSES

Raising the Bar

Anthology courses provide a unique opportunity to learn from a manual therapy specialist, Dr. Michael Rogers, with over 40 years of clinical experience. Through lecture, demonstration, & hands-on learning  Dr. Rogers presents an effective and pragmatic clinical approach to treating musculoskeletal disorders.  From his training and clinical experience, he has been able to take key components from multiple manual therapy schools of thought/approaches and apply them to his clinical practice. His vast experience in the treatment of cervical & lumbar musculoskeletal disorders as both a clinician and manual therapy instructor make these courses relevant to today's practice. 

Bringing the Mentoring Experience to Continuing Education

Procedure/Sequence Design for Lab Practicums:  

For nearly 25 years Dr. Rogers taught structured OMPT continuing education courses while at the same time taught/mentored physical therapists enrolled in the Gulf Coast Graduate Physical Therapy Institute's residency program.  Based on his residency experience in Norway, he learned early on that teaching  techniques in a mentorship environment was the most effective & pragmatic method of teaching manual skills clinically. Drawing from his experience he was able to merge the two methods of teaching.

 

Along with co-founder and instructor, Dr. Tonya Olson, Odyssey Seminars now offers a course construct that brings the mentoring experience into the continuing education setting. It has designed its Lab Practicum to simulate the mentoring experience that takes place in the clinic.

Clinical Decision Making Practicum Construct

  • Each lab practicum begins with a Case Study that provides confirmatory objective & subjective data supporting the use of manual interventions. The assumption is that contraindications or other factors that might preclude the use of manual therapy have been ruled out.

  • Using the confirmatory data provided, the patient is assigned to the appropriate movement preference(s) taking any co-variances into account

  • Following with sound clinical reasoning, evaluation and treatment techniques are selected for the “Technique” to be applied (e.g. Muscle Energy Technique, Component Thrust Joint Manipulation Technique, Combined Movement Technique, Mobilization With Movement, Manual Traction Technique) are demonstrated and practiced.

Hands-on/Psychomotor Skills Development

​The hands-on lab session design is the key to what makes this course unique as selected techniques for the case studies are taught 

  •  A key "skills drill" to aid participants in the optimal performance a particular psychometric skill is included in each Lab Practicum 

  • Both manual assessment and treatment techniques are linked to the case studies

  • Taking the participant step-by-step through the following:

    • the optimal position of the therapist

    • the pre-procedure position of the patient

    • pre-procedure testing

    • and finally the delivery of the procedure itself.

  • Spaced repetition is used throughout the course to ensure the participants are prepared to use the manual skills for evaluation and treatment with proficiency on Monday morning

This two and a half day interactive course offers a unique approach to teaching manual skills used to treat MSK disorders of the cervical spine region (CSR). This is an intensive hands-on course designed to enable participants to not only become proficient at using different manual techniques but to use them in conjunction with each other. Relevant evidence-based clinical research/information and a variety of treatment options are presented for the treatment of neck pain and related musculoskeletal disorders with manual therapy, exercise. and education.

                                             Topics  Covered:

  • Manual Therapy Approaches and Schools of Thoughts Influencing Current Clinical Practice of the Instructor

  • Upper Quarter Screen and Movement Assessment

  • Plane of Movement [POM] Model – A treatment guide algorithm [Hart-Rogers}​​

  • Screening for Critical Safety Issues Related to Cervical Spine

  • Management of The Acute Neck Injury

                                                 Technique/Pattern Recognition/Clinical Reasoning  CSR Manual Skills Practicums

  • Combined Movement Mobilization [Edwards/Maitland]

  •  Thrust Joint Manipulation [Component Technique]

  • Evaluating & Treating Cervicothoracic Joint Dysfunction

  • Upper rib dysfunction - assessment and treatment 

  • Dynamic Manual Traction techniques

  • Muscle Energy Technique [Osteopathic]

  • Medical Training Therapy [MTT] - cervical and thoracic spine  hypo and hypermobility

  • Head Weight Assisted UBE - Cervical Unloading

  • Spine Neutral Education/Neck and Back Injury Prevention 

  • Ergonomic Pearls

               Course Objectives:  At the conclusion of the course the attendee will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the integration of various manual therapy approaches/schools of thought can synergize and contribute to improved outcomes in clinical practice

  • Demonstrate proficiency in correlating objective findings in the movement and force assessments with functional movements

  • Correctly categorize patients using algorithm based on movement and force assessment findings.and assign to appropriate movement preference and treatment category

  • Choose appropriate interventions from a variety of treatment options based on treatment classifications

  • Demonstrate proficiency in performance of manual evaluation & manual treatment techniques for the cervical region (upper cervical, mid-lower cervical, C-T junction, upper ribs, & mid-thoracic regions)

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of linking objective findings to functional activities to help justify medical necessity in response to today's changing reimbursement climate

  • Educate patient's with neck/back pain in use of spine neutral posture [dynamic and static] to efficiently and effectively reduce bending moments and shorten levers to prevent injury to the neck/back.

OC-II    ANTHOLOGY OF MANUAL THERAPY OF THE LUMBAR REGION:

AN INTEGRATIVE CLINICAL MANUAL SKILLS COURSE

This two and a half day  interactive course examines the influence of different schools of thought/approaches to orthopedic manual physical therapy [0MPT] in PT practice and offers a unique approach to the treatment of lower back pain from an orthopedic manual therapy specialist's perspective.  Relevant evidence-based clinical research/information and treatment approaches are presented and correlated with this combined approach to treatment of lower back pain and related musculoskeletal disorders with manual therapy, exercise. and education.

Topics/Techniques Covered:

  • Manual Therapy Approaches and Schools of Thoughts Influencing Current Clinical Practice of the Instructor

  • Key contributions of these approaches the instructors practice

  • Lower Quarter Screen and Movement Assessment

  • Plane of Movement [POM] Model – A treatment guide algorithm [Rogers/Hart}

                  Technique/Pattern Recognition/Clinical Reasoning  CSR Manual Skills Practicums

  • Combined Movement Mobilization [Edwards/Maitland]

  • Lumbar Manipulation – Component Technique [Laurie Hartman]

  • Soft Tissue Instrument Assisted Techniques [Mennell]

  • Self-Autotrac Technique [Based on Gertude Lind’s work]

  • Muscle Energy Technique [Greenman]

  • Medical Training Therapy – with focus on treatment of hypo and hypermobility [Holton]

  • Spine Neutral Education/Back Injury Prevention [Apts/Rogers]

  • Position of Power Drills for the Dynamic Spine Neutral Posture Advantage

  • Clinical Pearls along the way

Course Objectives:  At the conclusion of the course the attendee will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the integration of various schools of thought can synergize and contribute to improved outcomes in clinical practice

  • Demonstrate proficiency in correlating objective findings in the movement & force assessments with functional movements

  • Choose appropriate interventions from a variety of treatment options based on treatment classifications

  • Demonstrate a proficiency in performance of evaluation techniques and

  • manual interventions

  • Correctly categorize lower back pain patients using algorithm based on movement and force assessment findings.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of linking objective findings to functional activities

  • Educate lower back pain patients in use neutral spine posture [dynamic and static] teaching techniques to efficiently and effectively reduce bending moments and shorten levers to prevent injury to the lower back

OC-III BACK HEALTH PROMOTION 

IN THE CLINICAL, COMMUNITY, & CORPORATE SETTINGS

During his career Dr. Rogers has been a sought after trainer/educator in the area of clinical and corporate neck and back injury prevention and brings to this course a wealth of knowledge and experience in preventing back and neck injuries .  This is a unique opportunity for physical therapists to  learn proven techniques from someone who has been on the front lines of fighting back pain. This is a two day course and is offered in two formats. One is two consecutive days and the other is two evenings and the following Saturday. The latter is for the large practices that want as many staff to attend without staffing interruption. 

*The Saturday workshop is from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon.  As part of the workshop Dr. Rogers will conduct a full back school class for the participants  as he would do in the field. 

Participants from both the Evening lectures and Saturday workshops  will be able to download  Odyssey's Back Injury Prevention ProgramTraining Manual and  its two-part power point presentation, Fighting Back Pain, designed for classroom presentations for employees. Both of these training/teaching tools come with the course at no additional cost. 

Industrial Experience

  • 1983 – 2004  Consultant and Trainer to the Mississippi Power Company in the areas of back injury and carpal tunnel syndrome prevention

  • 1992 – 2005   Physical Therapy Case Management Consultant to the Mississippi Power Company 

  • 1985 Co-Produced “Fighting Back Pain” training video with the Mississippi Power Company for employee training

  • 1990 Co-Produced “Fighting Back Pain II” training video with the Mississippi Power Company for employee training and home use 

  • 1996 Co-Produced “Back Injury Prevention Program-BIPP” manual for their "Train-the-Trainer"

  • Other Corporations  Mr. Rogers has provided consultation and training include:

- Department of Defense/United States Navy (Honolulu   and Norfolk Naval Bases)

- Naval Construction Battalion  (Gulfport)

- Dupont Corporation  (DeLisle, MS Plant)

- Morton-Thiokol (presently   Morton  International)

- Thomas Mansville   Forest Products

- Mississippi Power & Light   (Entergy)

- The Southern Company

- Florida Power and Light

- Alabama Power Company

- Gulf Power Company

- Georgia Nuclear

- Exxon Corporation

- City of Long Beach Fire Dept.             

- City of Gulfport Fire  Department

Topics/Techniques Covered:

  • How to design and implement and effective Back Injury Prevention Program by avoiding fear based training and focusing on a construct that uses functional training techniques

  • Optimal Functional  Training (OTF) strategies and techniques techniques that can be applied and implemented  in patient treatment (Clinical Care) clinical, community (Health Promotion), and corporate/business (Industrial Health) settings

  • Plane of Movement [POM] Model – A treatment guide algorithm

  • Marketing strategies using for health promotion services to market clinic services

  • Sales strategies for obtaining contracts for services from business and industr

  • OFT with education, dynamic muscle activation movement patterns, circuit aerobic

  • PoPm Drills for the Dynamic Spine Neutral Posture Advantage

  • Group Back injury Prevention Training

  • Clinical Pearls along the way

      166:2 Pathway to Performance: Position of Power Model 

The Foundation for Neck & Back Health

This segment offers PT's  treating neck and back pain patients a unique strategy for educating and training clients/patients/employees to work from a position of power using analogies/metaphors and techniques developed by Dr. Rogers. 

By the mastering the "Position of Power" (PoPm) drills & exercises  the patient is able maintain their own spine neutral posture and control bending moments & sheering forces in the performance of functional activities. 

                                                   Teaching tools that include videos & printed handouts of the techniques are included. 

 

PATIENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING 

AN INTEGRAL COMPONENT OF ALL ODYSSEY COURSES

 

At Odyssey we understand the importance of having the patient involved in their treatment program. That's why we teach them the "166:2 Pathway to Performance Position of Power Model"  concept which simply means that if we work with them one hour twice a week for a total of 2 hours there are another 166 hours that  they control outside of the clinic. We provide them with the knowledge and tools to take that control! Combining Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) with Movement Strategies 

 

Course Objectives:  At the conclusion of the course the attendee will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to implement education and training strategies for the non-disabled chronic recurrent lower back pain patient in a clinical setting using OFT 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Plane of Movement Algorithm and how to use it to classify patients to appropriate treatment preferences

  • Demonstrate and understanding of how to effectively use teaching  analogies/metaphors in training patients and employees to understand spine neutral concepts

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to use Health Prevention  to reduce LBP  in the community as well as business and industry settings

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform PoPm drills and OFT exercises for taught in prevention health to reduce incidents of lower back pain in frequency, duration, and intensity

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of linking neck injury prevention with back injury prevention

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the "do's and don't" in presenting group back injury prevention classes

Position of Power

"Unlock-Lock" Drills

Position of Power Model

"Unlock-Lock"

Odyssey Seminars' Inaugural Class

Odyssey Seminars held its first seminar, Anthology of Manual Therapy of The Lumbar Spine, October 27-28, 2018 at Western New York PT/OT and we could not have asked for a better and more receptive group of PT's to teach. We thank them for making this inaugural course a success and are proud to call them our colleagues. 

"Shuffle Up To Buffalo" 

Hands on training from experienced clinicians

From

​Clinically Relevant Lectures

To

​Clinically Pragmatic Labs

The Elite Eleven - OS's First Class

You made this special!

A Special Thanks to 

Western New York PT/OT 

for hosting the course

One of the best manual CEU courses I have taken. Instructors really take the time to make sure you feel comfortable with the technique learned and challenge you to improve your skills. Great course. Thank you.

OC-I ANTHOLOGY OF MANUAL THERAPY OF THE CERVICAL REGION:

AN INTEGRATIVE CLINICAL MANUAL SKILLS COURSE

 

Position of Power

Movement Control Drills

"Patient  Education"

We Can't Say It Enough

Is The Critical Component to Long Lasting Outcomes

 

At Odyssey we understand the importance of having the patient involved in their treatment program. That's why we teach them the "166:2 Pathway to Performance Position of Power Model"  concept which simply means that if we work with them one hour twice a week for a total of 2 hours there are another 166 hours that  they control outside of the clinic. We provide them with the knowledge and tools to take that control!

Upcoming  Seminars & Presentations

Contact us for information on sponsoring a course

 
 

Cervical  Anthology

 2019

March 22-25 Buffalo, NY

2020

Green Bay, Wisconsin TBD

Lumbar  Anthology

 

2019

Seattle. WA

July 22 & 24 (Evening Lectures)

July 27 Saturday Practicum

Tacoma, WA

July 23 & 25 (Evening Lectures)

July 27 Saturday Practicum

 

Back Health Promotion In The Clinical, Community Settings

October:  Buffalo, NY

Tues 10/1 & Thurs 10/3 Evening 

Saturday 10/5 Morning Workshop (Optional - limited to 25)

Presentations

Dr. Michael Rogers will be a

keynote speaker at

The Florida Physical Therapy Association 

2019 Annual Conference 

Championsgate, Florida

September 19-22

To learn more about

2019 FPTA  Annual Conference

go to 

  fpta.org

 

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