Rick Kring

Avon, OH

Instructor: Rick Kring
City, State: Avon, OH

Name: Richard Kring, PT, PhD, DMT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Kring graduated from Cleveland State University Physical Therapy School in 1997. Finished a three-year residency followed by a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (FAAOMPT) from the Ola Grimsby Institute. Received his PhD in 2008 with emphasis in neurophysiology and dissertation titled “The Role of Central Sensitization in the Manifestation of the Facilitated Segment”. Dr. Kring currently serves as the Director of Clinical Research and Clinical Manager in Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ola Grimsby Institute, an international consortium for Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Post Professional education with programs in North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Kring is the Executive Director of the International Accrediting Commission for Post-Professional Physical Therapy Programs (IACPPPTP), working closely with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in Washington DC. With his roles as Director of Research for both the Cleveland Clinic and the OGI, he has many active studies primarily emphasizing cervical cranial responses to trauma. He is currently active in research, authorship, as well as teaching residencies, fellowships and post-doctoral candidates throughout the US and Internationally. Dr. Kring is a frequent lecturer at State, National, and International levels. Clinical Interests include: All aspects of Manual Therapy, specific exercise prescription, cervical-ocular-cranial manifestations of Whiplash Associated Disorders and concussion, neurophysiology, education, regional interdependencies, and the impact of basic science research on clinical treatment.

Highlights:

  • Chief Executive Officer: The Ola Grimsby Institute

  • Director of Research Development: The Ola Grimsby Institute

  • Board of Directors, Examiners, and Instructors: The Ola Grimsby Institute

  • Executive Director: International Accrediting Commission on Post-Professional Physical Therapy Programs (IACPPPTP)

  • Director of Clinical Research: Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy

  • Clinical Manager: Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy

  • Nominating Committee: (AAOMPT)

Experience:

  • 20 years practicing as a licensed Physical Therapist

  • Staff, Senior, Clinical Specialist, Clinical Manager, and Director of Research (2010 to the present) roles over those 20 years

  • Eleven Years as an Instructor for the Ola Grimsby Institute

  • Four Years on The Board of Directors for the Ola Grimsby Institute

  • Taught Residencies, Fellowships, Certification programs, and weekend courses for the OGI in multiple cities around the country and Europe.

  • Speaker at local, state, national, and international meeting conferences.

Education:

  • Physical Therapy Degree (PT) 1997

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 2003

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT) 2005

  • Doctor of Manual Therapy (DMT) 2007

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2008

  • Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the APTA 2015

Clinic:

The Cleveland Clinic

9500 Euclid Ave, A-41

Cleveland OH. 44195

The Cleveland Clinic is a top ranked national and international hospital and research institute in all 20 medical subspecialties. The specific physical therapy clinic is located at the Main Campus in Downtown Cleveland. An expansive location that spans over 20 blocks in length and 4 in width with 40,000 employees. This clinic is set up with individual treatment rooms with solid doors for privacy, and all STEP / MET equipment necessary for a manual therapy approach to treatment.

Courses Teaching at the OGI:

  • Manual therapy certification

  • Residency

  • Fellowship

  • Components of advanced clinical 3rd year

  • MT-1: Introduction to Basic Sciences

  • MT-2: Manual Therapy of the Extremities

  • MT-3: Manual Therapy of the Spine

  • MT-4A: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression of the Extremities

  • MT-4B: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression of the Spine

  • MT-6: Introduction to Spinal Manipulation

  • MT-7: Soft Tissue Mobilization

  • MT-9: Advanced Spinal Manipulation

  • STEP 1: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression of the Shoulder

  • STEP 4: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression of the Lumbar Spine

  • STEP 5: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression of the Cervical Spine

  • STEP 6: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression of the Upper Cervical, Ocular, and TMJ.

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