Chief Consultant/Sole Proprietor: Dr. Ola Grimsby
Following his graduation from Idrettshøyskole (sports college) in Denmark, hegraduated 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 Operating Officer: Dr. Rick Kring
Dr. Kring graduated from physical therapy school in 1997. Finished a three-year residency culminating in the Doctorate of Manual Therapy (DMT) followed by a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT) from the Ola Grimsby Institute. Dr. Kring received his PhD in 2008 with emphasis in neurophysiology and dissertation titled “The Role of Central Sensitization in the Manifestation of the Facilitated Segment”. Serves as the Director of Clinical Research and Clinical Manager in Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Kring is the Chief Operations Officer for the Ola Grimsby Institute, responsible for all legal and standards of operations for the Ola Grimsby Institute. Currently active in research, authorship, as well as teaching residencies, fellowships and post doctoral candidates throughout the US and Internationally. Frequent lecturer at local, State and National levels. Clinical Interests include: All aspects of Manual Therapy, specific exercise prescription, neurophysiology, education, and the impact of basic science research on clinical treatment.
Chief Financial Officer: Laura Markey
Dr. Laura Markey is an Arizona Native, She attended Arizona State University from 1982-86, and transferred to Daemen College in Amherst, New York where she graduated in 1989 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Her drive and motivation for quality services culminated by opening a private orthopedic practice in 1991. Laura’s dedication towards patient care and personal growth led her on an educational journey in Physical Therapy, Leadership and Management. She has achieved the highest certification and credentials in the field of orthopedic manual therapy through Fellowship Training and Board Certification in Orthopedics. She also earned two doctoral degrees, both in Orthopedics and Manual Therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute.
She has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as, a shareholder and board member of PTPN Arizona. With clinical experience came the desire to share her knowledge with other physical therapists. She has been an instructor for the Ola Grimsby Institute teaching certification and residency programs since 1995. In November 2014, she was invited to teach an international spine course in Italy. Mentorship of her current clinical staff keeps Laura challenged and passionate in the field of orthopedic manual therapy. She enjoys watching others grow and attain their personal career goals.
Chief Academic Officer: Dr. Jim Rivard
Dr. Jim Rivard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 1988. After completing a two-year Part I residency program with the Ola Grimsby Institute, he received a Masters in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy through the state of California. In 1993 he completed a two-year Part II program with the OGI. His teaching experience has included residencies in San Diego, Dallas, Anchorage, and Spokane, as well as short-term courses in Manual Therapy of the Spine, Extremities and S.T.E.P. (Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions). Dr. Rivard has received invitations to speak at national conferences and state chapter meetings in Washington, Alaska and Florida, and has also been invited to speak in Norway, Canada, Belgium, Finland and Brazil. He is one of the Vice Presidents of the O.G.I. Responsible for Program Content and Development.