Chief Consultant/Sole Proprietor: Ola Grimsby, PT, DMT, FFAAOMPT
Following his graduation from Idrettshøyskolen (sports college) in Denmark, he graduated from the Norwegian State Physiotherapy School and the Physical Therapy Department of Health in Oslo, Norway. In addition he has completed 3 years of postgraduate studies in Mobilization with the Nordic Special Group for Manual Therapy and with the Norwegian Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Grimsby served as chairperson for the Norwegian Physical Therapy Association’s Special Group for Manual Therapy after which he became the chairperson for the Nordic Group of Specialists in Manual Therapy. He was Norway’s first Executive Member if IFOMPT and a Founding Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. He also served as a Member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Dr. Grimsby established degree granting authority for the OGI residency programs offering a Doctor of Manual Therapy Degree as well as a PhD. In 1991 he received a Certificate of Authorization for Service as the Director of a California Postsecondary Educational Institution under CEC Section 94311(a). Ola Grimsby has received numerous national and international awards and he has published books and articles in several languages.
Chief Executive Officer: Ola Grimsby Jr., PT, MOMT, FAAOMPT / MNFF, Specialist in Manual Therapy
Ola Grimsby Jr. received his Physical Therapy degree from Hogeschool van Amsterdam in Holland, and completed his Manual Therapy masters degree and the PhD program from the Ola Grimsby Institute in the US. He has been trained by world – recognised authorities and has the highest standard of performance. Currently he is practicing as an authorised Specialist in Manual Therapy in Oslo, Norway. As the founder of the Ola Grimsby Institute, Europe, he is developing an academic and clinical milieu, which is based on the international programs of the Ola Grimsby Institute Consortium, USA; where he also serves as a Member of the Boards of Directors, of Instructors and of Examiners.
Residency Instructor: Dan Washeck, PT, COMT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Dan has been working in orthopedic physical therapy with a manual therapy emphasis for more than 20 years. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998 and completed a 4 years of Post-Graduate training including Residency, Fellowship, PhD training program in orthopedic manual therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) in 2003. After Post-Graduate training he completed an additional year of Instructor apprenticeship. He became an instructor for the OGI in 2005 and the lead Residency instructor for Seattle in 2011/2012 and St. Louis from 2013 – present. Dan also completed a 1-year (S.T.E.P) Therapeutic Exercise Residency in 2007. He is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has authored several chapters in the book series Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and has taught Manual Therapy seminars both nationally and internationally over the past decade. He is currently on the board of directors, board of examiners and the Residency Director for the OGI. He owns and operates Winghaven Manual Physical Therapy, an outpatient manual therapy clinic and full time teaching clinic for post-graduate Residency and Fellowship students for the OGI.
Fellowship Director: Alec Kay, PT, DMT, FAAOMPT, OCS, ATC
Alec has been practicing physical therapy for over 25 years and currently works full time in a clinical practice at United Physical Therapy in Anchorage, Alaska. He is the current president of that organization. Working as an athletic trainer prior to PT school, he continues to enjoy working with athletes as his interest in sports rehabilitation continues to evolve. His post-graduate studies included completion of a Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 1997 and a Doctor of Manual Therapy degree in 2000, with a dissertation on the lumbar multifidus, leading to multiple publications. After completion of his DMT, Alec was appointed to the faculty of the Ola Grimsby Institute Post-Professional Consortium and is currently teaching advanced techniques in manual orthopedic physical therapy locally and in other states, as well as presenting as an invited speaker both nationally and internationally. In addition to teaching, Alec shares his expertise working as a clinical mentor for residency, fellowship students in both manual therapy and Family Practice Medicine.
Research Director: Brent Harper, PT, DPT, DMT, DSc, PhD
Brent Harper is currently an Associate Professor at Chapman University in Irvine, CA. Previously, he served as the Chair and Program Director of Radford University in Roanoke, VA. He is married to Sonya Harper a pediatric nurse practitioner. They have four children, three boys and one girl between the ages of 6 to 16 years of age. He has expertise in orthopedics and specialization in manual therapy. Over the last twenty-three years he has developed a strong clinical background in outpatient orthopedics. He has achieved credentialed clinical instructor (CCI) status from the APTA. He has completed the APTA’s Educational Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship program (2015), which is specifically designed to develop academic leaders by mentoring academic professionals in physical therapy. He is an APTA Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) (02/2003 & 05/2012) and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) (04/2005 & 09/2013). He completed an APTA credentialed orthopaedic manual physical therapy residency (2002) and a manual therapy fellowship (2004) program focused on spinal manipulation from the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) while completing his DPT (5/2004), DMT (8/2005), and PhD (11/2008) in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from the OGI. He completed a Doctor of Science
(DSc) from Andrews University (05/2011) which is based on the manual therapy philosophy of the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). He has a working knowledge of the manual therapy fellowship curriculum of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapists (AAMT) and Evidence in Motion (EIM) having provided mentorship hours for fellows-in-training (FITs) for both programs. He has completed fascial manipulation training and the movement based educational curriculum from Gray Cook. Beyond these programs, he has extensive eclectic continuing education exposure. He has actively sought out and completed multiple certification programs to explore these areas of interest at the forefront of physical therapy education. His clinical education demonstrates flexibility in learning and exploring the differences within clinical practice and treatment philosophies within the context of evidence-informed practice. He has held APTA elected office positions in three different states (California, Oklahoma, and Virginia) serving at the local, state, and national levels. He has had the privilege to serve at the highest policy making legislative role by representing physical therapists and physical therapy assistants of Oklahoma at the House of Delegates (HOD) in 2010 and 2011.