This week, we’re welcoming Mike Rogers to the EIM Clinical Podcast! Mike has had a tremendous influence on the physical therapy profession, from helping to found the American Association of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) to advocating for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). John, Jeff, and Mike discuss how he got involved in these efforts, the motivations behind them, and how he’s managed to avoid burnout despite having a lengthy career. Mike also shares some words of wisdom for new PTs.
Mike Rogers has been a practicing physical therapist specializing in orthopedic manual physical therapy (OMPT) since graduating from SUNY at Buffalo in 1975. He began his studies in OMPT by taking a series of courses taught by Dr. James Cyriax at Strong Memorial Hospital that same year and then traveled to London, England to observe Dr. Cyriax in clinical practice in 1976. In the years to follow, he had the opportunity to learn from some of the other masters in the field of manual therapy including John Mennell, Phil Greenman, John Bourdillon, Ola Grimsby, Freddy Kaltenborn, Olaf Evjenth, David Lamb, Richard Erhard, Bjorn Svendsen, and Laurie Hartman. In May 2018, he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Evidence In Motion. He currently practices as a lead orthopedic physical therapist at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport outpatient clinic.